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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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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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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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Boeing eyes 2018 launch for New Small Airplane

2018 launch, 2024/25 entry into service: internal target CFM, Rolls-Royce & Pratt & Whitney started work: sources “No moonshots”: CNRP not an option, CFRP fuselage eyed Out-of-autoclave (OoA) technology key enabler for NSA 4,000nm, 200-seat mission for NSA 737 MAX 9’s 286 orders lag A321neo’s 709; 737-900ER’s 515 lag A321ceo’s 1,545 737 MAX has 2,412 […]

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Boeing’s NSA could feature game-changing technologies

A320neo outsold 737 MAX by 9.3% at same stage Advanced Technology winglet reduces fuel burn by 1.8% on 3,000nm mission A320ceo with Sharklet narrows market value gap with 737NG 737 MAX still leads A320neo in COC narrowly DLR: Difficult to make small twin-aisle work Avolon: average seat count rising to 198 seats by 2032 Open-rotor […]

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It’s about Qantas.

No. of international passengers up 88.2% in 10 years Tourism’s contribution to Australia GDP increased by 32.1% in 10 years Argument on Qantas cannot be matched in providing ‘positive externalities’ unfounded Virgin Australia a disruptive force, not a distortion Qantas must abolish 65% “line in the sand” strategy Qantas Group’s domestic share slid to 61%, […]

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Airbus is still name of the game

It is no surprise when the European Aeronautic, Defence & Space Co. (EADS) announced on 31st July that it will be renamed as the Airbus Group beginning January 1st, 2014, given the world’s second-largest plane-maker accounted for 71.9% of EADS’s €26.3 billion 2013 first-half revenue and 73.7% of EADS’s earnings before interest and tax (EBIT) of €1.48 billion.

But beneath the

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AirAsia: Is love in the air?

Love is in the air. Or is it? After making forays in the key Indian market by partnering with Tata Sons and Arun Bhatia’s Telestra Tradeplace to launch the AirAsia India joint venture (JV) which is expected to commence operations by October this year, Asia’s largest low-cost carrier (LCC) clinched another groundbreaking deal in March with Philippines’ Zest Airways that

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Post-merger United Airlines well-positioned for a 2013 recovery

2012 was a difficult year for Chicago-based full service carrier United Airlines, who reported a 2012 full year net profit of US$589 million excluding special charges of US$1.3 billion. For the last quarter of 2012, United lost US$190 million excluding US$430 million in special charges as the airline grappled with the effects of “Superstorm Sandy” and lingering customer unease over

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Singapore Airlines at a crossroads

2012 was a significant year for Singapore Airlines (SIA) which saw the Singaporean flag carrier embark on a shift in strategy in reinvesting in its namesake unit alongside strengthening its strategic partnership with Virgin Australia by acquiring a 10% stake in a carrier well positioned in one of SIA’s most important core markets, in addition to the sale of its

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