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Norwegian’s Dreamliners - an exclusive Q&A with CCO Daniel Skjeldam

Norwegian’s Dreamliners – an exclusive Q&A with CCO Daniel Skjeldam

anna.aero jumped at an opportunity to ask Norwegian’s chief commercial officer, Daniel Skjeldam, some key network development-related questions about this week’s announcement that it will acquire two 787 Dreamliners in late 2012. In his forthright answers, Skjeldam even tells us which snacks will be served en-route to the Big Apple.

Wizz Air makes Vilnius base #14 with one A320 and eight routes; Ryanair in nearby Kaunas provides competition

Wizz Air makes Vilnius base #14 with one A320 and eight routes; Ryanair in nearby Kaunas provides competition

Wizz Air is following in Ryanair’s footsteps and setting up a base in Lithuania. But what competition will it face next April when it launches its eight new routes? And which of these routes might provoke Ryanair into responding?

Spirit Airlines adds routes from Fort Lauderdale and Myrtle Beach; Arnold Palmer, Niagara Falls airports set to benefit

Spirit Airlines adds routes from Fort Lauderdale and Myrtle Beach; Arnold Palmer, Niagara Falls airports set to benefit

The US self-styled Ultra LCC is linking some smaller airports to leisure destinations. Sound familiar? For one airport this marks the return of scheduled services. And on which route will the carrier go head-to-head with Allegiant?


Southwest announces details of new South Carolina routes

Southwest announces details of new South Carolina routes

Southwest is starting operations from not one but two airports in South Carolina from mid-March. How do the networks compare and which carriers are already present in the market? Just how high are existing fares at the airports and where does Allegiant Air fit in?

Tiger attacks second biggest Australian domestic route; launches Sydney to Brisbane service from next February

Tiger attacks second biggest Australian domestic route; launches Sydney to Brisbane service from next February

It already serves the biggest and third biggest domestic markets in Australia, so it’s no big surprise that Tiger is now tackling the second busiest route. How have Australia’s top 5 routes developed since 1998 and what competition will Tiger face on its new route?

Baboo drops E-Jets, Athens and London City; will operate eight routes this winter with two Q400s, four against easyJet

Baboo drops E-Jets, Athens and London City; will operate eight routes this winter with two Q400s, four against easyJet

This winter Baboo has cut back to just two aircraft, but which routes is it still operating? What competition does it face and which other routes are no longer served? Which airlines does it still codeshare with on what routes?


Ryanair responds to German air travel tax by cutting 30% of flights at Frankfurt Hahn next summer; nine routes axed

Ryanair responds to German air travel tax by cutting 30% of flights at Frankfurt Hahn next summer; nine routes axed

And so it begins. Ryanair, never afraid to respond to changing market conditions, has announced cuts at its Hahn base. But which routes will be lost next year, and which were lost (and gained) between 2009 and 2010?

easyJet picks Portugal for 20th base; in 2011 Lisbon will become first new base since Lyon and Paris CDG in 2008

easyJet picks Portugal for 20th base; in 2011 Lisbon will become first new base since Lyon and Paris CDG in 2008

easyJet’s new CEO got to announce a new base this week even though it won’t open for over a year. Which destinations does easyJet already serve from Lisbon, when did they start and what competition does it face?

British Airways announces new service from London City to Stockholm Arlanda to start in early 2011

British Airways announces new service from London City to Stockholm Arlanda to start in early 2011

The London – Stockholm market has not grown during the last decade but BA’s latest decision marks the third new service between the two cities in the space of 15 months. Apart from BA, Ryanair and SAS, who else serves the market?


germanwings launches Italian offensive with nine new routes from Cologne/Bonn, Stuttgart and Hannover in 2011

germanwings launches Italian offensive with nine new routes from Cologne/Bonn, Stuttgart and Hannover in 2011

While the Brits love to get away to France, the Germans prefer Italy. Lufthansa’s LCC announces nine new routes for next summer but who are the leading airlines in the market? And just how small is Alitalia’s share of traffic?

flydubai adds Armenia and another route to Iraq; 26 routes but still only 5% of capacity at Dubai airport

flydubai adds Armenia and another route to Iraq; 26 routes but still only 5% of capacity at Dubai airport

It has only been operating for 16 months but flydubai is already flying to more than 20 destinations. It announced two more this week and starts two more in the next couple of weeks, but it’s still a niche player in Dubai.

Budapest attracts American to serve New York JFK; KLM and Qatar Airways also new, but Ryanair quits

Budapest attracts American to serve New York JFK; KLM and Qatar Airways also new, but Ryanair quits

Budapest gets a second US carrier from next April and will also welcome Qatar Airways and welcome back KLM. But which are the leading airlines at the airport and which non-local carrier operates more weekly flights than Wizz Air? And which three destinations is the airport about to lose as Ryanair terminates flights?