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Airbus A380: The next decade

Mention the Airbus A380 to travellers, and one would be showered by a barrage of praise about this superjumbo; on its quiet smooth ride or how it reminded them of the glamour of flying from a bygone era. However, has this positive sentiment translated to a profitable model for Airbus? April 2015 marked the 10th anniversary […]

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Premium economy: The next big push for Singapore Airlines

Although the numbers are not exactly the result to be excited about when Singapore Airlines (SIA) had seen better days, its performance for FY2014/15 ending March 31st nevertheless is an encouraging sign that the airline, once the world’s most profitable, is regaining lost ground, at least on an operating level (“Is Singapore Airlines getting its mojo […]

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Japan Airlines flies into tomorrow with simplicity

ANA overtakes JAL as largest Japanese international airline for the first time JAL now a full 32% smaller than ANA; doubling 16% in FY11 Employee productivity at JAL is 93% lower than at ANA JAL CASK advantage against ANA widens to 7.36% in FY14 Q4 due to fuel Peach makes Sendai 4th hub by mid-2017 as Skymark […]

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Changi Airport feels the heat

Singapore Changi Airport is feeling the heat of competition, which has pressured the world’s best airport in the Skytrax survey 2015 to cut airport charges for airlines and introduce incentives for ground agents. The airport admits to the increased competition posed by airports such as Hong Kong International (HKIA) and Dubai International. Airlines operating large […]

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Tackling 787 cash burden will unlock Boeing’s earnings potential

737 MAX will meet 14% block fuel burn reduction target by 2020: sources 777X fuselage material not chosen; corrosion drives Al-Li study more than weight Al-Li shaves 2-3% of empty weight off 777X fuselage ~230 empty 777 slots till 2020 will put considerable pressure on margins 36 empty slots in 2017, 68 in 2018, 71 […]

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US vs Gulf carriers: Redefining Open Skies

The new American mantra for aviation is fair skies, not open skies. With the rise of the Gulf carriers and their increased presence in the US, home carriers are banding to press the Department of Transportation (DOT) to review the long-standing Open Skies policy and the agreements executed thus far. Their grouse: Unfair competition because […]

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Malaysia re-strategises: Too little, too late?

Malaysian aviation authorities are implementing new strategies to revive the fortune of the country’s beleaguered national flag carrier and its air hub standing in regional competition. Recent developments include the appointment of a new chief executive to head Malaysia Airlines (MAS) and the launch of a new airline – flymojo – to be based in […]

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Cathay Pacific begins the next chapter of growth

Unrealised mark-to-market fuel hedging loss totalled HK$14.3 billion Forex gains narrowed reduction in cashflow hedges to HK$12.48 billion 61% hedged at US$95/bbl Brent in 2015; 60% at US$85 in 16, 50% at US$89 in 17 & 37% at US$82 in 18 Cathay Pacific to replace part of Airbus A330-300 fleet with A350-900s: sources “Displace & […]

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Is budget long-haul but a pipe dream?

Only days after announcing plans to launch transatlantic flights in five years, Ryanair retracted its position, abandoning the plans. In a statement, it said it “has not considered or approved any transatlantic project and does not intend to do so.” This ran contrary to the earlier announced approval by its board to mount budget flights […]

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Boeing NSA/MOM launch timing hinges on 737 MAX progress

CFM Leap-1B engine misses SFC spec by 4-5%; -1A 2% Valve modulating HPT cooling failed more than once; nacelle showing heat damage 737 MAX total COC per seat advantage narrows from 8% to 3-4% A320neo Space-Flex’s 3 extra seats further reduce differential to 1-2% 737 MAX 9 range drops to 3,415nm; MAX 8 to 3,439nm […]

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