Analysis for Europe/MEA

Boeing strides away from Paris in the unfamiliar role of victor

11 July, 2017

The 2017 Paris Air Show produced an unexpected flurry of orders – Boeing and its new 737 MAX 10 emerging with a clear victory on what has historically been Airbus home turf. Deals were announced covering almost 1200 aircraft at the air show, making Paris the busiest air show since 2013.

Frankfurt and Munich compete for new Avianca link from Colombia

10 July, 2017

Avianca is planning to expand its network in Europe as part of the next phase of its international expansion as it starts to focus more on the international market, while slowing its domestic expansion. The Colombia based airline group plans to resume non-stop flights into Germany, adding to its existing European destinations of Barcelona, Madrid, and London Heathrow.

Air Serbia completes successful turnaround, but LCC growth in Serbia will deliver new hurdle

10 July, 2017

The Air Serbia brand may be a relative newcomer to the commercial airline market, but it brings with it 90 years of history through Aeroput, JAT and JAT Airways, making it the world's eighth oldest airline still in operation. The airline you see today is very different to the one that used to carry the flag of the old Yugoslavia and is one of the few successful chapters in the Etihad Airways Equity Partners story after relaunching in 2013 after the United Arab Emirates (UAE) carrier acquired a 49% stake in what was a struggling state-owned venture.

London leads the way among Europe’s largest international city pairs

9 July, 2017

The relatively short-hop between the capitals of the United Kingdom (UK) and Republic of Ireland remains the largest international market in Europe. Analysis of schedule data for the last week shows that the London – Dublin city pair has the largest number of seats, just ahead of the London – New York route into second stop. In fact among the top ten international city pairs to/from/within Europe, nine begin or end in London.

Emirates helps sprout uplift in long-haul connectivity from Brussels

7 July, 2017

Emirates Airline has carried over half a million passengers between its Dubai International Airport hub and the Belgian capital since launching operations to Brussels on September 5, 2014 and continues to grow demand both inbound and outbound thanks to the connectivity options its delivers behind and beyond its Gulf hub.

Norwegian adds Austin and Chicago as it continues Transatlantic growth

6 July, 2017

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.

Keflavik freezes out the competition as Europe’s fastest growing airport in 2017

4 July, 2017

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.

Enhanced measures adopted by USA sets new baseline on global aviation security

3 July, 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.

Hong Kong Airlines set to return to London with stronger platform and A350 fleet

2 July, 2017

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.

SAS confirms Málaga and London Heathrow bases for new SAS Ireland subsidiary

1 July, 2017

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.

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