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Joyce rejoices: Qantas Asia/Pacific’s new star performer

The new star performer of Asia/Pacific is Australian flag carrier Qantas. Move over, Singapore Airlines (SIA) and Cathay Pacific. The flying kangaroo posted a FY2014/15 full-year statutory net profit of A$787 million, a dramatic turnaround from a net loss of A$2.84 billion the previous year and an impressive report card for chief executive Alan Joyce. […]

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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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Premium economy: The next big push for Singapore Airlines

Although the numbers are not exactly the result to be excited about when Singapore Airlines (SIA) had seen better days, its performance for FY2014/15 ending March 31st nevertheless is an encouraging sign that the airline, once the world’s most profitable, is regaining lost ground, at least on an operating level (“Is Singapore Airlines getting its mojo […]

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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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Qantas’s stellar performance: To whom is the credit due?

Qantas reported a stellar FY2014/15 half-year performance from June to December 2014 which may have surprised some observers. To whom is the credit due? Or, is this willy-nilly a matter of rolling back on a favourable global economic tide? The Australian carrier made an underlying profit of A$367 million (US$289 million), its best in four […]

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Delta loss shows availability key to Boeing’s widebody strategy

Boeing stretches 777-9X fuselage from 76.5m to 76.7m: exclusive Airlines, most likely Emirates, asking for more seats on 777X: sources Boeing to announce more seats on 777-9X in Q2 2015: sources 777X de-icing can only take place at Code F stands with FWT down 787-9 OEW 277,000lbs is 11,000lbs lighter than A330-900neo’s 288,000lbs 787-8 OEW […]

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The ‘Virginisation’ of Australian Aviation

Qantas still dominant with 80%+ corporate revenue share Virgin has 31 “full switch” corporate account wins in FY14 Qantas Domestic FY15 Q1 capacity share 63.6% & pax. share 62.3% Virgin FY15 Q1 RPK share 36.8% & pax. share 37.8% Depreciating A$ helps close international cost gap by ~4%: estimate 787-9 a Qantas International priority Qantas […]

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Cathay Pacific vs. Singapore Airlines: A Tale of Two Tails

This has to be the year of Cathay Pacific, which has been voted the best airline by Skytrax respondents, if its first half performance is any indication. Cathay posted a net profit of HK$347 million (US$45 million) for the six months until June, a big leap from HK$24 million last year. The Hong Kong carrier’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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Air India joins Star Alliance: How will it benefit?

No more pussy-footing. Air India becomes a member of Star Alliance from July 11, 2014, joining a global network of 26 airlines that include founders Air Canada, Lufthansa, Scandinavian Airlines, Thai Airways International and Untied Airlines. Other airlines that have since joined the alliance include Air China, Air New Zealand (ANZ), All Nippon Airways (ANA), […]

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