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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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(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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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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Pictures: Cathay Pacific unveils revised livery

As part of an effort to better align the corporate branding across its aircraft, new Studioilse-designed lounges in Tokyo Haneda, Manila, Bangkok and The Pier First Class lounge in Hong Kong, oneworld carrier Cathay Pacific has unveiled a revised livery since the iconic “brushwing” was first introduced in 1994. Simplicity and unboxing the “brushwing” are […]

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Cathay Pacific’s new livery signifies fresh direction

Forex impacted first-half yield by 3% Aspire Aviation finds 87.5% correlation between CX pax yield & jet fuel prices CX would have achieved 11.34% net profit margin without hedging losses Australia operation desperately needs A350-900 up-gauging after 98% L/F Transpacific freighter weekly schedule upped from 35 to 42 China-US flights comprise 70.3% China-originated passengers, up from […]

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Airbus, Boeing face defining moments

Boeing 777-9X 4-class OEW grew from 182 tonnes to 185t OEW still below 4-class Rev E spec of 188,241kg 777X take-off field performance better than -300ER; no need for increased thrust Boeing replaced CFRP MLG sidestays on all 787 variants with titanium part MLG material switch due to producibility issue with braided CFRP part Airbus […]

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Exclusive: Cathay Pacific plans May 2016 long-haul debut of A350

Auckland, New Zealand is set to become the first destination when Hong Kong-based Cathay Pacific Airways launches the long-haul operation of its Airbus A350-900 in May 2016, following the first delivery of the game-changing aircraft next February, according to people familiar with the oneworld carrier’s preliminary plan. The initial year of A350 operation at Asia’s biggest international […]

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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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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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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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