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The elusive Asean open skies dream

Still waiting. Asean Open Skies, or more formally known as the Asean Single Aviation Market (Asean-SAM), continues to be an elusive dream for the 10-nation bloc as members renewed their commitment at this year’s Asean meeting of their leaders in Kuala Lumpur. Asean, which stands for Association of Southeast Asian Nations, is made up of […]

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International Airlines Group partnership works

The success of International Airlines Group (IAG) in the last two to three years is proof that its strategic partnership works. The group, made up originally of British Airways (BA) and Spanish carrier Iberia and subsequently Vueling which is a budget operator, was joined by Aer Lingus in August this year. Excluding Aer Lingus, IAG […]

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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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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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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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Europe’s aviation challenges

Hope of Europe-based airlines bouncing back into good times on the back of an improved economy is not turning out to be as expected. Much of the good news reported last year seems to be short-lived. Air France-KLM is among the airlines that have issued profit warnings, even though it expects higher earnings compared with […]

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More repercussions on A380 than A350-1000 on Emirates’ cancellation

The cancellation of an order for 70 Airbus A350 aircraft amounting to US$16 billion based on 2007 list prices by Emirates Airline has turned the focus on the Airbus company. In an obvious attempt to play down the drama, Airbus chief operating officer (COO) customers John Leahy said: “It is not the world’s greatest news.” […]

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Differentiation in strategy key to Etihad Airways’ success

Only a few years ago, the business case behind Abu Dhabi-based Etihad Airways was murky at best. The carrier was only recognised as the smallest of the “Middle East Big Three” (MEB3), an informal group that includes Emirates, Qatar Airways and Etihad Airways – the hub-and-spoke giants which have been successful in taking away passengers on long-haul sectors from legacy

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