Analysis for Europe/MEA
Norwegian will increase the pressure on European and US legacy carriers with the further expansion of its Transatlantic network next summer as it continues to show it is not afraid to compete directly with major airlines in both established and emerging city pair markets.
In recent history Iceland has probably been best known in aviation terms for the unpronounceable volcano, Eyjafjallajökull, that brought European air services to standstill for days when it erupted in April 2010. However, half a decade later the country has emerged to become one of Europe’s fast emerging destinations and home, according to The Blue Swan Daily analysis, of the continent’s fastest-growing airport over the first half of 2017.
The US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is requiring enhanced screening of personal electronic devices, passengers and explosive detection for the roughly 2,000 commercial flights arriving daily in the country from 280 airports on 180 airlines in 105 countries. These enhanced security screening measures for all commercial flights to the US will impact around 325,000 daily passengers, but will avoid the suggested plans to extend the onboard large personal electronic device ban across all markets with non-stop access into the US.
Asian carrier Hong Kong Airlines is expected to introduce flights into Europe and in particular resume services between Hong Kong and London as it takes delivery of its new Airbus A350-900s. The carrier, part of the HNA Group, has already confirmed Hong Kong – Los Angeles as the debut market for the type, but is understood to be very close to making a decision on London services, in an arrangement that could see it partner with Virgin Atlantic on the city pair.
In order to secure the long-term profitability of its key traffic flows and actively participate in the growing leisure market, SAS Scandinavian Airlines is establishing a sister operation in the Republic of Ireland with operational bases in London and Spain. The move will allow it to better compete with rivals, most notably Norwegian and its fast-growing pan-European network.
European flag carrier TAP Portugal continues its long-haul fleet expansion with the introduction of a second Airbus A330-300 into its fleet, but the aircraft provides a look back at the airline’s heritage by wearing a retro livery. The jet, is one of four former Singapore Airlines A330-300s joining the TAP fleet this summer is supporting the airline’s revised long-haul network strategy.
With European aviation facing new competitive challenges in the rapidly evolving global market, the European Union is working to develop a sustainable future aviation strategy, a milestone initiative to generate growth for European business, foster innovation and let passengers profit from safer, cleaner and cheaper flights, while offering more connections.
Alan Joyce on Perth – The “game changing” western hub for Qantas. Paris and Frankfurt next non-stops
With the CAPA-ACTE 2017 Aviation and Corporate Travel Summit next week in Perth, CAPA recently caught up with Qantas CEO Alan Joyce to discuss all things Perth and what’s next for the “Western Hub”, including confirming plans for a daily Perth-Paris service – once the London route is fully tested.
Israel’s El Al has never been seen as being at the cutting edge of the passenger experience, but that could all change as the airline takes a modern approach to flying with the introduction of its first two Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners into its fleet during the second half of this year. A significantly raised cabin and in-flight offering on the type will see the carrier bring added competition on its flights into Europe from September 2017 and North America and Asia from October 2017.
Now in its fourth year of operation in the United States of America (USA), Surf Air has this week taken to the skies in Europe bringing its successful private aviation concept the Continent. Surf Air Europe introduced its "all-you-can-fly" membership club that offers members unlimited flights for a subscription fee of from £1,750 per month.