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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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A conscionable call as oil price plummets: Will airlines reduce airfares?

As the oil price plummets – some 55% since June last year – the question top most in the mind of the consumer must be: Will airlines reduce airfares? Many of them have chosen to be silent on the subject, the reason being that the historical volatility of the market is such that the trend can […]

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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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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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More repercussions on A380 than A350-1000 on Emirates’ cancellation

The cancellation of an order for 70 Airbus A350 aircraft amounting to US$16 billion based on 2007 list prices by Emirates Airline has turned the focus on the Airbus company. In an obvious attempt to play down the drama, Airbus chief operating officer (COO) customers John Leahy said: “It is not the world’s greatest news.” […]

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ANA aims to soar on the wings within

ANA’s network rebalancing key to narrowing gap with JAL Fuel costs increased by ¥66.2 billion for ANA in FY2013, only ¥37 billion for JAL ANA’s maintenance & depreciation cost significantly higher than JAL’s Negatively impacted operating profit by ¥89.1 billion in FY2013 ANA’s new plan places its CASK at ¥8.22, below JAL’s ¥8.3 by FY2016 […]

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Premium economy: Singapore Airlines catches up, at last

Johnny come lately. Was it pride or misplaced hope that took Singapore Airlines (SIA) that long to finally decide it would introduce – or, rather, re-introduce – premium economy in its fleet? The Singaporean flag carrier announced last week it would offer the sub-class next year as part of a S$347 million (US$325 million) cabin […]

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