Airline Analysis

Swiss regional celebrates 4th anniversary

Logo: FlybabooAnyone operating Q400s must be facing anxious times. Flybaboo only has one but it represents one-third of its total fleet. But this Geneva-based regional, which is celebrating its fourth birthday, will become a jet operator in 2008. What are its key routes and what competition does the airline face?

Norwegian faces LOTs of competition in Warsaw

Logo: IntroIn just over a year Norwegian has grown to become the third largest carrier at Poland’s gateway airport in Warsaw. Two aircraft are based there and this winter sees the launch of new routes to Munich, Paris, Salzburg and Stavanger. What competition does Norwegian face on its routes and how cheap are fares for imminent travel? We investigate.

Blue Air develops Bucharest base with first flights to London and Stuttgart

Base Analysis: Blue Air in BucharestNewest EU member Romania already has its own LCC which began operations in 2004. Blue Air is based at Bucharest’s second airport, Baneasa. Now it is entering the UK market and developing routes from other Romanian airports. We look at the airline’s network for this winter and its range of fare classes.

Jazeera develops dual-hub strategy from Kuwait and Dubai

Base Analysis: Jazeera Airways in Kuwait/DubaiThere aren’t many independent airlines in the Middle East but Kuwait’s Jazeera Airways is a notable exception. It only began services from Kuwait in October 2005 but has already established a second base at Dubai airport. And it’s making money. Which European destination does it serve? plans further expansion at LBA to confirm #1 status

Base Analysis: at Leeds/ will carry around four million passengers in 2007 but has a relatively low media profile compared to other LCCs. We look at operations from its home base at LBA and how the airline has built up its network year-by-year. What new routes are planned for 2008 and which aircraft type has it been buying in the last year?

Russia’s first LCC silences the doubters

Base Analysis: SkyExpress at Moscow VnukovoRussia has its own LCC – no, honest! SkyExpress has been operating since January and has already grown to seven B737 aircraft. It started its seventh domestic route this week. How does its scheduling compare with traditional LCC models given the often harsh winters in Russia? We take a closer look at the operational details.

MyAir develops mix-and-match policy with A320s and CRJ900s

Base Analysis: MyAir at Venice Marco PoloItalian LCC MyAir started operating CRJ900s this summer to complement its existing A320 fleet. We take a closer look at its operations from its second biggest base at Venice. What are its key markets and which domestic routes is it starting this winter despite serious competition from two other carriers?

Nok Air’s expansion now includes international destinations

Image: Base AnalysisThai LCC Nok Air has returned to Don Muang airport after being forced to move to the new Bangkok airport in 2006. After three years it is finally branching out into international flights with services to India and Vietnam. How are the airline’s B737-400s scheduled and what role does an ATR72 play?

Vueling develops first foreign base in Paris

Base Analysis: Vueling at Paris CDGRyanair and easyJet may have lots of ‘foreign’ bases but other Western European LCCs have tended to stay closer to home. But Spain’s Vueling has had three aircraft based at Paris CDG since mid-May and will operate to 15 destinations from Paris this winter. Who is it competing against?

Ryanair celebrates 10 years in Sweden with major Skavsta expansion

Country Focus: SwedenRyanair recently celebrated 10 years of operations at Stockholm’s ‘out-of-town’ airport. It became a proper base in 2003 and this winter Ryanair will have six aircraft based there operating to 30 destinations. How are the aircraft scheduled and which routes are possibly the longest in the Ryanair network?

Flybe takes control of Southampton

Base Analysis: Flybe at SouthamptonThe 1700-metre runway at Southampton on the UK’s south coast restricts certain operations. But Flybe with its mix of regional jets and turboprops has turned it into a major base. Which routes does it serve from the airport and how much are fares for imminent travel? The results may surprise you.

Volareweb: Europe’s forgotten LCC

Article Thumbnail: Base AnalysisVolareweb at Milan Linate. Only three years ago Volareweb was Europe’s third largest LCC with 18 aircraft and 71 routes. Then it all went wrong. It relaunched in June 2005 with four aircraft and since then the airline has been in limbo as its future is debated in the courts. Alitalia wanted to buy it but AirOne objected. What routes does it operate and what does the future hold?