Oil price sinks but airlines aren’t lowering fuel surcharge

The oil price plummets, but airlines are not lowering the fuel surcharge. Why not? The call is really not the consumer’s to make as airlines rake in the savings on the back of an improved economy and increased demand for seats. Still it is only reasonable to expect some measure of adjustment downward of the […]

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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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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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Making sense of ultra long-haul flights

Once upon a time, the honour of flying the world’s longest non-stop commercial flight belonged to Singapore Airlines (SIA). That was in June 2004 when SIA launched its non-stop service from Singapore to New York Newark, a journey of 19 hours on the Airbus A340-500 jet covering a distance of 9,535 miles. SIA had earlier […]

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Partnership is Air New Zealand’s answer to litmus test

Air New Zealand (ANZ) is probably best known for its innovative approach in its in-flight safety video presentation. Drawing inspiration from the “Men In Black” to “Hobbits” of the Middle Kingdom, what used to be a staid, no-nonsense delivery of critical information that is often ignored by many travellers, the presentation has become entertainment. Though […]

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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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US airlines cap capacity: Economics or collusion?

A marketing proposition discussed at the recent International Air Transport Association (IATA) annual general meeting (AGM) in Miami has opened a can of worms. It seems that airlines are recognising that it is in their joint interest to cap capacity so as to maintain airfares if not keep them high. It is a lesson learnt from […]

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US vs Gulf carriers: Redefining Open Skies

The new American mantra for aviation is fair skies, not open skies. With the rise of the Gulf carriers and their increased presence in the US, home carriers are banding to press the Department of Transportation (DOT) to review the long-standing Open Skies policy and the agreements executed thus far. Their grouse: Unfair competition because […]

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Boeing NSA/MOM launch timing hinges on 737 MAX progress

CFM Leap-1B engine misses SFC spec by 4-5%; -1A 2% Valve modulating HPT cooling failed more than once; nacelle showing heat damage 737 MAX total COC per seat advantage narrows from 8% to 3-4% A320neo Space-Flex’s 3 extra seats further reduce differential to 1-2% 737 MAX 9 range drops to 3,415nm; MAX 8 to 3,439nm […]

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Qantas/China Eastern partnership: Dressing up an old arrangement

Qantas and China Eastern Airlines (CEA) announced a new agreement that the airlines said will enlarge their existing codeshare arrangement signed in 2008 for a deeper level of commercial co-operation on flights between Australia and China. A statement issued by Qantas referred to the new relationship as a “joint venture”. In the application to the […]

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