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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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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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Airbus A380: The next decade

Mention the Airbus A380 to travellers, and one would be showered by a barrage of praise about this superjumbo; on its quiet smooth ride or how it reminded them of the glamour of flying from a bygone era. However, has this positive sentiment translated to a profitable model for Airbus? April 2015 marked the 10th anniversary […]

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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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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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Air France dispute reflects a divisive & unsure industry

After two weeks, the dispute between Air France and the pilots’ union SNPL was finally called off. One may be tempted to ask: Who wins, who loses? That aside, the dispute clearly reflects not only a divisive industry but also an unsure one trapped without clear strategies in place in the throes of uncertainty. The […]

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The big challenge of overhauling Malaysia Airlines

Whatever form it takes, change at the beleaguered Malaysia Airlines (MAS) is inevitable. The airline suffered two tragic disasters within four months of each other. The first concerned the mysterious disappearance of MH370 in March, flying from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing, resulting in a loss of 239 lives. The second involved an aircraft brought down […]

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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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