Analysis for Europe/MEA

KLM plans fond farewell to its Fokker fleet

12 June, 2017

European flag carrier KLM Royal Dutch Airlines will phase out its final Fokker 70 on October 29, 2017, ending 20 years of service with the type. There is no room for Netherlands nostalgia in the airline eyes as it replaces the locally-produced airliner with more cost-efficient E175 and E190 models from Brazilian manufacturer Embraer, but it is planning a fond farewell for the Fokker.

Norwegian takes the lead as new generation narrowbodies open up thin long-haul city pairs

11 June, 2017

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.

TUI remains open to partnership after Etihad ends talks on formation of new leisure airline

9 June, 2017

Leading European tour operator TUI Group says it “remains open” to a potential future partnership after discussions to merge its German aviation subsidiary with NIKI, the Austrian subsidiary of the airberlin Group feel through this week. The creation of the proposed new leisure airline was still subject to regulatory approval, but the collapse of the deal is a surprise as many believed it would have represented a good solution to overcome a clear overcapacity in the German market and help with the ongoing restructuring of the airberlin business.

Europe’s proposed ’open and connected aviation‘ policy path to industry competitiveness

8 June, 2017

The European Commission says it is delivering on its ambitious ‘Aviation Strategy for Europe’ by adopting a series of measures to further support open and connected aviation markets in the European Union and beyond. These initiatives aim to safeguard competition and connectivity in aviation, facilitate investments into European airlines and enhance the efficiency and connectivity of European skies.

Qantas looks at longer range opportunities for future fleet expansion and more non-stop links into Europe

7 June, 2017

The much-publicised new non-stop long-haul link between Perth and London is likely to be just the first of a number of new non-stop flights linking Australia to Europe, Qantas senior executives have confirmed. The arrival of the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner opens up a whole new range of routes for the flag carrier, but its management is already looking beyond the aircraft to models such as the ultra-long-range version of the Airbus A350-900 and new Boeing 777X which could allow future non-stop flights linking both Melbourne and Sydney to London in the future.

CAPA Analysis: Qatar Airways restrictions and wider ramifications

7 June, 2017

For much of this decade, Middle East aviation has been besieged by external events throwing markets in disarray. Now there is a dispute of internal making. Four countries – Bahrain, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the UAE – are cutting ties with Qatar for political reasons. Local flights are being cancelled while Saudi Arabia has shut its airspace to overflights from Qatar Airways.

Qatar Airways faces crisis as escalating diplomatic row sees border and airspace closures

6 June, 2017

Air travel across parts of the Middle East has become very complicated after Bahrain, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) cut ties with Qatar, closing border with the small Gulf nation and effectively blocking land, air and sea traffic in and out of the country due to a row over terror and regional stability. Governments in Yemen, the Maldives and the eastern-based government of Libya have subsequently joined the move to end relations with Qatar.

London hotels set to hit summer price peak, but it is simply a case of supply and demand

5 June, 2017

Basic economics tells us that when the supply for a product reduces and demand for that same product increases, then its cost will rise. It is no surprise to learn then that passengers caught up in the British Airways (BA) flight cancellation saga over the past UK bank holiday weekend (May 27-29, 2017) were forced to pay hugely escalated prices for hotel rooms around the airline’s main hub at Heathrow Airport.

Qatar Airways pursues further Australia expansion benefitting consumers

5 June, 2017

Qatar Airways continues to pursue rapid expansion in the Australia market as it upgauges its Melbourne service to the A380 at the end of Jun-2017 and prepares to launch Canberra in early 2018.

A new level of flying as low cost long haul goes mainstream

4 June, 2017

IAG’s launch of long haul low cost brand Level earlier this month marks a major milestone on multiple fronts and highlights the evolution of business models in the dynamic airline industry. The “adapt or die” motto has never been so relevant as it is today. Business models are changing at a pace which may still seem ridiculously slow for other industries but is scary fast for most airlines.

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