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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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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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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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The hangman cometh at Malaysia Airlines

If Christoph Mueller, the new man appointed to head Malaysia Airlines Berhad (MAB) – renamed from Malaysian Airline System Berhad (MAS) from 1 September onwards as a new airline – appears to be a hangman at the onset, it is understandable since termination letters have been sent to all employees ahead of the re-launch. It is […]

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Airbus A350: Is the Xtra making the difference?

Airbus says 3-class 325-seat A350-900 OWE per seat 5% lower than 283-seat 787-9 325-seat A350-900 has 6% lower block fuel burn per seat than 283-seat 787-9: Airbus 787-10 can accommodate 324-seat in 3-class, has 1,500nm less range: Airbus Boeing 787-10 EIS brought forward to Q1 2018: exclusive Trent XWB-84 SFC 0.5% better than specification: sources […]

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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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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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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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Could Singapore Airlines soar with limitless expanse?

Lack of co-ordination among SIA subsidiaries a significant issue Tigerair & Scoot have duplicate reservation systems, PSSs, incompatible websites & products Vistara & SilkAir could share fleet, seats and fuel procurement to gain economies of scale Codeshare with SIA to tap India-Australia connecting traffic Vistara to launch premium economy product in ‘2-and-a-half class’ Premium economy a long-haul […]

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