Analysis for The Americas
Until very recently, the concept of long haul, low cost international service with narrowbody aircraft was merely an intriguing thought as the specifications of new generation aircraft in development by Airbus and Boeing began to materialise.
The United States continues to be an important inbound tourism market for both Australia and New Zealand. It seems more and more Americans are visiting our shores but how do the numbers really stack up? Lets take a look with an exclusive Blue Swan Infographic.
CAPA – Centre for Aviation hosted the 2017 CAPA-ACTE Melbourne Aviation & Corporate Travel Summit this week. The event, which brought together a wide variety of key industry speakers and was attended by suppliers and buyers from all over Australia.
Hawaiian Airlines continues to grow from strength to strength, enjoying an impressive positive unit revenue in the past year and the unveiling of fun new livery, all the while expecting delivery of a large number of new aircraft.
A growth in connectivity in and out of the Canary Islands, mainly driven by expansion of low-cost carriers, is helping boost foreign visitor arrivals into the likes of Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria, La Palma, Lanzarote and Tenerife. After what was seen as a strong first quarter where arrivals grew 6.7% year-on-year (+7.5% in January, +6.5% in February and +6.1% in March), foreign visitors grew a massive 18.8% year-on-year in April, with rises across all of the popular holiday islands.
Air Canada recently announced (04-May-2017) the expansion of its international network with the introduction of a seasonal Vancouver-Melbourne service, the first ever direct, nonstop service from Canada to Melbourne. The service will operate four times weekly between 01-Dec-2017 and 04-Feb-2018 with Boeing 787-9 aircraft, and is timed to optimise connectivity to Air Canada's network across North America, as well as internationally from Vancouver.
Can smaller capacity regional airliners be the solution to Malta’s connectivity challenges, and to balance out schedules due to seasonal peaks and troughs? ‘Regional Connectivity and Second Tier Operators’ was the main theme of the sixth edition of the BOV Aviation Outlook held at Bank of Valletta’s head office in Santa Venera and featuring the most influential players in the Maltese aviation industry. The conference was hosted by Bank of Valletta CEO Mario Mallia. Hon Joe Mizzi, Minister for Transport and Infrastructure was also present.
SAS Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) has secured a lot of publicity from the launch of its new weekly winter flight between Stockholm and Miami, its fourth US route from Arlanda Airport in the Swedish capital after New York, Chicago and Los Angeles. The carrier already serves Miami from Oslo and Copenhagen, so this growth was not unexpected and is actually being facilitated by the reduction of its existing Stockholm – Los Angeles route from six to five times weekly from the end of October 2017 so there is no real growth in terms of its capacity in and out of the US. So why the big interest?
This month the Blue Swan Daily road tested the US based ultra-LCC, Spirit Airlines, on two sectors – Newark-Orlando and Orlando-Houston. For those travelling to the US and needing to get around domestically, or to/from Latin America, Spirit can be a good (and inexpensive) option, as the carrier offers a surprisingly extensive network.
Air freight is often seen as a barometer of global economic activity and latest data from global airline grouping International Air Transport Association (IATA) for March 2017 is painting a very positive picture. Latest data shows global air freight markets showing demand growth of 14% in freight tonne kilometres (FTKs) compared to the same period last year. This was the fastest pace of growth recorded since October 2010.