Analysis for Asia
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.
Asian carrier Scoot faces some critical decisions in the coming months as the Singapore Airlines LCC subsidiary begins long haul operations. The carrier recently took delivery of its first Boeing 787 configured for long haul flights and is about to take its second long haul configured aircraft, followed by two more in the current fiscal year. But, it has currently only announced just a single long haul destination.
Is a true all-LCC option on the horizon for the Australia-London market? AirAsia X’s potential Gatwick relaunch and a Norwegian-Jetstar partnership could make it possible
AirAsia X is planning to resume services on the Kuala Lumpur-London Gatwick route –perhaps as early as late this year if it decided to acquire 777s but at the latest in 2018 as it takes delivery of new A330-900neo aircraft.
Australia has been the testing ground for the long haul low cost model over the last decade and the market has benefited from a disproportionate amount of long haul low cost capacity. Australia still accounts for more than 20% of global long haul low cost capacity even though the sector continues to expand and make inroads in other regions such as Europe and the Americas.
The CAPA-ACTE 2017 Melbourne Aviation & Corporate Travel Summit is just around the corner, scheduled for 30-May-2017. Let’s take some time to learn about some of the incredible speakers scheduled for the event.
“If governments and other stakeholders are serious about safeguarding mobility, it’s time to kill monopolies.” Those were the words of respected low-cost airline guru Tony Fernandes, founder and group chief executive officer of AirAsia in a paper presented to the World Economic Forum earlier this quarter.
Each month the Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics (BITRE) monitors the punctuality and reliability of major domestic airlines operating between Australian airports.
Singapore Airlines Group Part 3 – The Canberra-Wellington “Capital City” route highlights the SIA-Virgin-Air NZ partnership discords
Singapore Airlines’ initial performance in the Canberra market has been above expectations with the load factor between Canberra and Singapore particularly encouraging. The average load factor on the Canberra-Singapore and Singapore-Canberra sectors in the first five months of the operation was above 80%, fuelled by strong local demand.
Singapore Airlines Group Part 2 - Long haul LCC Scoot to deliver good news for Australian travellers and tourism as it links long haul destinations
The SIA Group has until now failed to capitalise on the potential for linking its range of intra-Group operations. That will change, which is good news for Scoot, as well as for travellers. Another piece of good news comes as Scoot expands its range of long haul destinations to serve over its Singapore hub. Athens is first to be added, in Jun-2017.
Singapore Airlines Group Review Part 1 - SIA has grown its Australia traffic by 50% in five years; launch of Scoot has not impacted parent airline’s performance or growth
The Singapore Airlines (SIA) Group has grown its passenger traffic to and from Australia by 50% over the last five years. SIA the parent airline has grown by 21% while new long haul LCC subsidiary Scoot has accounted for most of the remaining growth.