Malaysia re-strategises: Too little, too late?

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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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Is Qantas robbing Peter to pay Paul?

Qantas thinks it has found a way to respond to the pressure to reduce airfares in light of the hefty fall in the oil price (“A conscionable call as oil price plummets: Will airlines reduce airfares?“, 26th Jan, 15). Logically, and to be expected, fuel surcharge should go down. So Qantas will axe fuel surcharges […]

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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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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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easyJet rides on Air France’s troubles

Air France should feel chastened by easyJet’s jubilant admission that the strike by French pilots had brought it a windfall. The industrial action has boosted the budget carrier’s revenue by about £5 million (US$5.35 million), raising hope of the financial year ending September 30 achieving better pre-tax profit of between £575-580 million, previously expected to […]

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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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