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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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(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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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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Boeing 747-8: An icon’s last hurrah

The Boeing 747, first flown commercially in 1970, with its distinctive ‘hump’ upper deck is affectionately known by many as ‘Queen of the Skies’. Boeing’s flagship airliner hails from a bygone era. 747s were criss-crossing our world’s sky before mankind reached the moon. Pilots remark about its unique flying characteristics; having both a sense of […]

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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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The search for Boeing’s MOM

As aviation professionals descended into the ‘City of Light’ for the biennial Paris Air Show, much of the buzz was centred on Boeing’s middle of market (MOM) aircraft. John Wojick, senior vice president (SVP) for global sales and marketing at Boeing, confirmed in an interview prior to the air show that the Seattle-based planemaker is […]

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Virgin Australia marks rite of passage

Virgin’s domestic ASK share grew from 35.22% to 36.79% in 3 years FY16’s A$162 million pricing benefit a 13.6% saving of fuel bill, versus 7.61% at Qantas Qantas’s A$300 million pricing benefit, with 3-4% ASK growth, equates to ~10-11% pricing/efficiency benefit Tigerair Australia needs A321LR to further lower unit cost in short-haul international market Virgin posts 69.8% 2015 […]

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