US vs Gulf carriers: Redefining Open Skies

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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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Is budget long-haul but a pipe dream?

Only days after announcing plans to launch transatlantic flights in five years, Ryanair retracted its position, abandoning the plans. In a statement, it said it “has not considered or approved any transatlantic project and does not intend to do so.” This ran contrary to the earlier announced approval by its board to mount budget flights […]

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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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The big deal about extreme luxury

It is a big deal in the Middle East as the Gulf carriers, notably the big three of Emirates Airline, Etihad Airways and Qatar Airways, race to outdo each other in offering extreme luxury in the air (“Extreme luxury: What price prestige?“, Jun 26th, 14). Ever since Etihad introduced the Residence, a super-class three-room suite […]

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Jetstar Hong Kong’s long and costly wait to fly

Twenty-one months after Qantas announced the birth of its fifth Jetstar venture in March 2012, initially in partnership with China Eastern Airlines, the airline , Jetstar Hong Kong, has yet to receive approval from the Hong Kong authorities to fly. No doubt it is a costly affair waiting, with 3 remaining Airbus A320 aircraft sitting in […]

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Falling fuel prices: How good is the news?

The slump in the oil price in recent weeks should spell good news for airlines, dipping to a four-year low. It is today some 30% below the price in June. Yet do not be too quick to bet on falling airfare. But when no less a person than director general of the International Air Transport […]

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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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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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Boeing 777X targets to become ultra long-haul leader

Boeing eyes 6 months earlier internal “manage to” target than Q2 2020 777X service entry Everett lowest cost option for 777X FAL, but Charleston offers non-union lure 777X folding wingtip 20 seconds to fold or extend Folding wingtip in “latched & locked” position in failure mode Folding wingtip 3% better than Code E wing with […]

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IAG’s performance augurs well for industry

While Ryanair paints a gloomy picture of the future of aviation out of London, warning that the market will soften resulting in dip of profits despite expected falls in fares, British Airways (BA) all but dispels that as a myth. International Airlines Group (IAG) chief executive Willie Walsh even went as far as suggesting that it was a publicity ploy

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