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Articles Tagged ‘European flag carriers’

Grounding planes in winter improves profitability: The new network planning reality explored among Europe’s airlines

Grounding planes in winter improves profitability: The new network planning reality explored among Europe’s airlines

We all know about Ryanair grounding 80 aircraft last winter but by how much did other European LCCs cut their capacity between July 2011 and January 2012? How does this compare with the year before? And how much have Europe’s legacy carriers started to follow this behaviour?

Turkish Airlines now #4 among Europe’s flag-carriers; over 20 destinations added from Istanbul in two years

Turkish Airlines now #4 among Europe’s flag-carriers; over 20 destinations added from Istanbul in two years

Now operating more than 150 aircraft, Turkish Airlines is rapidly creating a major hub in Istanbul. How quickly is its transfer traffic growing and which are the airline’s leading country markets? And which sporting teams and stars is it sponsoring to help spread its ‘global’ message?

TAP Portugal expands in Africa; Brazil is leading country market from Lisbon where TAP has 60% of capacity

TAP Portugal expands in Africa; Brazil is leading country market from Lisbon where TAP has 60% of capacity

The Portuguese national carrier has grown quickly in recent years. Which are its top country markets and how seasonal is demand for its flights? Who are its nearest competitors in Lisbon and Porto?


A318 to A380; Europe’s legacy carriers take different approaches to long-haul development

Lead StoryBritish Airways and Air France have come up with different ways of serving the New York market. But how do their networks (and that of Lufthansa) compare in terms of geographic spread and current ‘growth’?

Malév focusing on regional growth; new routes to Slovakia will use buses

Malév focusing on regional growth; new routes to Slovakia will use busesHungary’s partly Russian-owned flag carrier has given up long-haul services. But which new services has it started and what major fleet development is likely? How seasonal is demand to Budapest and which routes are looking vulnerable?

AEA passenger numbers down 9.5% in Q1; load factors down 2.7 points

Article Thumbnail: Market TrendsPassenger numbers on AEA member airlines have stabilised at around 8-10% below last year’s levels. Only one airline saw traffic grow. Which one? And which carrier saw load factors climb by seven points despite a 25% cut in ASKs?


SAS cuts capacity across all three major bases; intercontinental services face uncertain future

Article Thumbnail: Airline AnalysisSAS has handled around 25 million passengers for each of the last five years. That looks set to change dramatically this year as major network cutbacks are made. Which long-haul flights have been axed and which have survived, for now? What are the network aims of the new “Core SAS” plan?

“RyanAer’s” combination in Dublin would have far less impact than Lufthansa’s dominance of Frankfurt

Article Thumbnail: Lead StoryRyanair has made a second bid for Ireland’s national carrier. But how dominant would the combined airline be at Dublin? Which other capital city airports across Europe have the top two carriers sharing over 80% of seat capacity? Where does one carrier have over 60%? Where else are LCCs ranked second to flag carriers?

“Old” Olympic faces increasing competition in Athens; “new” Olympic will be 35% smaller

Article Thumbnail: Base AnalysisAlitalia is not the only European flag carrier trying to rescue itself from oblivion. Olympic of Greece is trying (again) to engineer a new beginning with some private capital. How competitive is life at Athens? Which carriers are adding to Olympic’s misery?


Aer Lingus facing increasing direct competition from Ryanair in Dublin; UK and US routes account for over 40% of capacity

Article Thumbnail: Base AnalysisAer Lingus is now a low-cost airline, though not as low-cost as arch-rival and investor Ryanair. Aer Lingus now faces direct or indirect competition from Ryanair on over half of its European routes. But where does it still have a monopoly?

KLM still growing at Amsterdam; UK and Norwegian markets important; three new routes in 2008

Article Thumbnail: Base AnalysisKLM flies non-stop to 119 destinations in 58 countries from Amsterdam. How significant are its UK and Norwegian services and which country market has most ASKs? And which three new routes were added by KLM in 2008. And which significant short-haul route is it axing?

Dominant new-look Czech Airlines bucks trend: starts six new routes this summer

Base AnalysisTraffic at Prague airport has doubled in four years and CSA Czech Airlines has managed to maintain its dominant position with almost 70 non-stop routes, six of which are new for this summer. It has a monopoly on 31 routes but faces three competitors on flights to Copenhagen.