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Is the Airbus A380 coming of age?

Cheap oil exacerbates divergence in passenger & cargo markets growth When full, 509-seat A380 has 16.8% lower block fuel burn per seat against 264-seat 777-300ER 83% full A380 burns similar fuel per seat against a full 777-300ER On payload-tonne basis, 777-300ER is ~25% more fuel efficient than A380 In 2012, each 1% of oil price change […]

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Iran’s aviation future

16 January 2016 marked a watershed moment for Iran, as the European Union (EU) lifted sanctions in return for Tehran’s implementation of restrictions to its nuclear programme; as agreed in talks in July last year. Under the deal, negotiated between Iran and six powers: the U.S., the U.K., France, Germany, Russia and China, Iran is […]

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Enter the latest ultra low-cost carrier, Newleaf

Less than a month after Canada’s latest carrier Newleaf Airlines revealed plans to offer ultra-low fares operating from its base in Winnipeg to six cities within the country, namely Abbotsford, Halifax, Hamilton, Kelowna, Regina, and Saskatoon, it announced it was “temporarily postponing service” and would refund all transactions already made. The first service was to […]

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Ryanair becoming more of an easyJet

easyJet’s inaugural flight on 10 November 1995, from Luton to Glasgow with flight number EZY121, marked the dawn of the era of no-frills flying, and the birth of a new British aviation icon. Two decades later, as the airline celebrates its 20th anniversary, it has grown to be United Kingdom’s biggest carrier by market share. Results […]

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(Updated) China Airlines, EVA Air look beyond a lost decade

China Airlines to post first annual net profit since 2010 China Airlines/EVA Air lost a combined NT$28.24 billion since 2006 Cross-strait flights biggest & 2nd-biggest region by no. of seats at EVA Air, China Airlines Shanghai Pudong dominates cross-strait market with 19.67% of seats 58.55% of all cross-strait seats supplied to top 10 Chinese cities […]

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Can an Emirates tie-up save Malaysia Airlines?

Malaysia Airlines Berhad (MAB) has signed a mega codeshare deal with Emirates Airline. The commercial partnership will allow the former access to more than 90 locations in the United States, Europe, the Middle-East and Africa via Emirates Airline’s Dubai hub. MAB will terminate its own direct flights to Paris and Amsterdam along with codeshare agreements […]

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AirAsia loses altitude

On December 28, 2014, Indonesia AirAsia suffered the loss of an Airbus Group SE A320-200 jet which crashed after taking off from Surabaya in Indonesia for Singapore, killing 162 people on board. Then there was talk about the weather being a factor and allegations about the lack of adequate measures governing flying permits. A report […]

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The elusive Asean open skies dream

Still waiting. Asean Open Skies, or more formally known as the Asean Single Aviation Market (Asean-SAM), continues to be an elusive dream for the 10-nation bloc as members renewed their commitment at this year’s Asean meeting of their leaders in Kuala Lumpur. Asean, which stands for Association of Southeast Asian Nations, is made up of […]

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Singapore Airlines should revisit half-baked strategy

A350-900’s long-haul 253-seat configuration suboptimal 14.4% smaller Economy cabin than Cathay’s A350 hard to justify revenue premium SIA ex-fuel CASK 9.28% higher since low point reached in FY12/13 H1 with 14.0% lower yield Q2 yield of 10.4 c/RPK lowest ever seen since FY11 Soaring cost base compounded by intra-group cannibalisation Krisflyer point accrual on Scoot/Tigerair should […]

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The rise of Chinese aircraft lessors

There is an age-old saying in the transport business, “If it flies or floats, you should rent it.” Traditionally, airlines have bought their planes outright, even if a significant portion of these deals were arranged as “finance leases”, with the installments spruced up as rent payments in order to make them more tax-friendly. Back in […]

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