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United versus Singapore Airlines: The race for non-stop USA-Singapore connections

United Airlines has stolen a march on Singapore Airlines (SIA) when it announced its launch of a non-stop service between San Francisco and Singapore beginning June 1st, onboard the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner. This will be the first non-stop service between Singapore and the United States after SIA terminated its services to Los Angeles and Newark […]

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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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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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(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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AirAsia loses altitude

On December 28, 2014, Indonesia AirAsia suffered the loss of an Airbus Group SE A320-200 jet which crashed after taking off from Surabaya in Indonesia for Singapore, killing 162 people on board. Then there was talk about the weather being a factor and allegations about the lack of adequate measures governing flying permits. A report […]

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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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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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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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