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Enter the latest ultra low-cost carrier, Newleaf

Less than a month after Canada’s latest carrier Newleaf Airlines revealed plans to offer ultra-low fares operating from its base in Winnipeg to six cities within the country, namely Abbotsford, Halifax, Hamilton, Kelowna, Regina, and Saskatoon, it announced it was “temporarily postponing service” and would refund all transactions already made. The first service was to […]

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Ryanair becoming more of an easyJet

easyJet’s inaugural flight on 10 November 1995, from Luton to Glasgow with flight number EZY121, marked the dawn of the era of no-frills flying, and the birth of a new British aviation icon. Two decades later, as the airline celebrates its 20th anniversary, it has grown to be United Kingdom’s biggest carrier by market share. Results […]

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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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The hangman cometh at Malaysia Airlines

If Christoph Mueller, the new man appointed to head Malaysia Airlines Berhad (MAB) – renamed from Malaysian Airline System Berhad (MAS) from 1 September onwards as a new airline – appears to be a hangman at the onset, it is understandable since termination letters have been sent to all employees ahead of the re-launch. It is […]

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Malaysia re-strategises: Too little, too late?

Malaysian aviation authorities are implementing new strategies to revive the fortune of the country’s beleaguered national flag carrier and its air hub standing in regional competition. Recent developments include the appointment of a new chief executive to head Malaysia Airlines (MAS) and the launch of a new airline – flymojo – to be based in […]

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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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Boeing NSA/MOM launch timing hinges on 737 MAX progress

CFM Leap-1B engine misses SFC spec by 4-5%; -1A 2% Valve modulating HPT cooling failed more than once; nacelle showing heat damage 737 MAX total COC per seat advantage narrows from 8% to 3-4% A320neo Space-Flex’s 3 extra seats further reduce differential to 1-2% 737 MAX 9 range drops to 3,415nm; MAX 8 to 3,439nm […]

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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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