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Is Singapore Airlines getting its mojo back?

SIA’s return on capital employed (ROCE) collapsed from pre-GFC threshold of 8% SIA’s break-even load factor below its actual L/F in 12 of past 15 quarters Premium economy progress partially offset by initial launch pricing A380’s first C3 check offers excellent PEY introduction timing SIA should retrofit New Business & New Economy classes on A380s as […]

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Interview: Craig Richmond, chief executive & president, Vancouver Airport Authority

It is easy to see why Vancouver International Airport (YVR) is North America’s best airport. Neatly laid out, aesthetically pleasant, comfortable and customer friendly. Constant upgrading and an innovative approach to aviation issues have marked it out as one among the most progressive airports in the world. YVR recently upgraded and expanded its domestic terminal, […]

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Tigerair not out of the woods

At last Tigerair is making a profit. The Singapore budget carrier reported a positive FY2014/15 third-quarter with a profit after tax of S$2.2 million (US$1.76 million), compared to a hefty loss of S$118.5 million in the previous year. The improved performance was achieved on the back of a reduction in costs by 1.5% and capacity by […]

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The quiet rebirth of Iberia

Iberia a Europe-Latin America specialist Iberia’s employee cost falls from 30% of revenue in 2012 to 24.2% Iberia needs A350-1000 more than BA for hot & high missions Iberia’s Madrid hub well placed to capture North Asia-LatAm spillover demand from Heathrow Iberia’s Madrid routings on North Asia-LatAm competitive with Middle Eastern hubs Madrid commands 60.3% & […]

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Speech at ARC Asia Pacific 2015 conference

Good afternoon, ladies and gentlemen, I am Daniel Tsang, founder of Hong Kong-based consultancy Aspire Aviation and thank you very much for having me. When you mention “ancillary revenues beyond weight limit”, the first thing that comes to many people’s mind is probably the emergence of mobile technologies or in-flight Wi-Fi, such as Etihad Airways […]

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Qatar Airways nets a prized catch, expanding westwards

It may seem somewhat crazy, but it is definitely not surprising in today’s aviation landscape of fast changing and crisscrossed relationships, some of them making most unlikely bedfellows. The ends justify the means. Qatar Airways has acquired a 10% stake in International Airlines Group (IAG), better known as the owner of British Airways (BA) and […]

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Is Qantas robbing Peter to pay Paul?

Qantas thinks it has found a way to respond to the pressure to reduce airfares in light of the hefty fall in the oil price (“A conscionable call as oil price plummets: Will airlines reduce airfares?“, 26th Jan, 15). Logically, and to be expected, fuel surcharge should go down. So Qantas will axe fuel surcharges […]

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A conscionable call as oil price plummets: Will airlines reduce airfares?

As the oil price plummets – some 55% since June last year – the question top most in the mind of the consumer must be: Will airlines reduce airfares? Many of them have chosen to be silent on the subject, the reason being that the historical volatility of the market is such that the trend can […]

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ANA marches on to achieve profitability parity with JAL

ANA narrows CASK gap with JAL to 0.57% ANA has 46.2% higher employee productivity than JAL Fleet renewal key to eradicating 49.2% & 47.2% maintenance & depreciation per ASK gap with JAL ANA has too much domestic capacity: 18.6% RASK & ~2% load factor gap than JAL High-density 787-10 could replace 514-seat 777-300 without adding excess […]

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The big deal about extreme luxury

It is a big deal in the Middle East as the Gulf carriers, notably the big three of Emirates Airline, Etihad Airways and Qatar Airways, race to outdo each other in offering extreme luxury in the air (“Extreme luxury: What price prestige?“, Jun 26th, 14). Ever since Etihad introduced the Residence, a super-class three-room suite […]

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