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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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What conclusions can one draw in an airlines survey?

The industry continues to be fascinated by rankings of the world’s best airlines, although the results of most surveys – take away some bias here and there – are quite predictable and almost similar across the board. The winners by and large boast excellent cabin service, great food, comprehensive in-flight entertainment and innumerable choices, more generous […]

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Delta Air Lines extends its wings

The saga of Japan’s bankrupt Skymark Airlines has shifted attention from the plight of the damsel in distress to the competition among prospective white knights in waiting. Delta Air Lines has emerged as the frontrunner to the rescue of the beleaguered carrier, strongly favoured by Skymark’s creditors, Airbus Group SE and aircraft leasing firm Intrepid […]

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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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Tackling 787 cash burden will unlock Boeing’s earnings potential

737 MAX will meet 14% block fuel burn reduction target by 2020: sources 777X fuselage material not chosen; corrosion drives Al-Li study more than weight Al-Li shaves 2-3% of empty weight off 777X fuselage ~230 empty 777 slots till 2020 will put considerable pressure on margins 36 empty slots in 2017, 68 in 2018, 71 […]

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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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JCAB says Boeing 787 can operate continued flight with failed battery cell

While the December 1st US National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) report into the 7th January, 2013 thermal runaway incident onboard a parked Japan Airlines (JAL) Boeing 787 Dreamliner at Boston Logan International Airport caught worldwide attention, the Japanese civil aviation regulator has quietly released an assessment report in the run-up to Christmas that concluded Boeing’s […]

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Competing to be the best: How reliable are survey readings?

Skytrax has named Cathay Pacific as the world’s best airline in 2014, displacing last year’s winner, Emirates. In second and third place are Qatar Airways and Singapore Airlines (SIA) respectively. Asian and Middle East carriers dominated the ranks of the top ten: Emirates being the 4th, Turkish Airlines 5th, All Nippon Airways 6th, Garuda Indonesia […]

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Airbus, Boeing in game of thrones for widebody dominance

Boeing 777X weight figures revealed for first time 3-class 406-seat 777-9X MEW at 362,000lbs, MZFW 527,000lbs, MLW 557,000lbs 4-class 300-seat 777-9X has OEW of 415,000lbs 777-9X 8.8% lighter in MZFW per seat than -300ER, 6.3% lighter than A350-1000 Airbus: Existing A330 more efficient than A330neo on 2-3 hour missions Airbus: Existing A330 lift-to-drag optimised at […]

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Gulf carriers compete for world dominance

While Gulf carriers Emirates Airline, Etihad Airways and Qatar Airways have become daunting competitors to other airlines across the globe, they are themselves competing with each other for world dominance. All three airlines have been up there in the charts as world’s best in one category or another, garnering awards mainly for premium travel. A […]

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