Analysis

Airline Leader Summit: Google monopoly is real threat to airline distribution

11 May, 2017

The world’s airlines are facing an increasing threat from Google Flight Search, and the technology giant’s monopoly position across multiple markets which could change the face of travel forever more. “Google Flight Search is bad for the airline industry and bad for travel distribution," says Bobby Healy, chief technology officer at Dublin-based CarTrawler, speaking at this week’s CAPA Airline Leader Summit in the Republic of Ireland city, suggesting that its power could “wipe out” review and metasearch sites, according to CarTrawler’s Bobby Healy.

Video of the Week - Travel Disruptors: What New Approaches & Innovations Are Needed? from the 2017 CAPA Americas Aviation Summit

10 May, 2017

The CAPA Americas Aviation Summit, which occurred in Apr-2017, delivered some of the most incredible discussions from a wide range of expert speakers.

Scoot takes delivery of first long haul aircraft

10 May, 2017

Scoot has taken delivery of its first 787 configured for long haul flights and is using the aircraft on Australia routes ahead of the Jun-2017 launch of services to Athens, its first true long haul route.

Growing connectivity helps drive traffic growth across the Canary Islands

10 May, 2017

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.

AirAsia X achieves phenomenal growth in Australia over the last decade

9 May, 2017

Late this year AirAsia X will celebrate its tenth anniversary in the Australian market – and overall. The Malaysia based long haul low cost airline commenced operations in Nov-2007 with a flight from Kuala Lumpur to the Gold Coast and has steadily grown over the last decade to become the third largest foreign airline in Australia.

Air Canada announces direct services to Melbourne

9 May, 2017

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.

Budapest continues to enjoy life after losing Malév, but US route remains a wish

9 May, 2017

It is now just over five years since Malév Hungarian Airlines closed its doors as the economic crisis prevalent in Europe at that time, combined with the volatility in the price of fuel, made the environment one of the toughest in aviation history.

Qantas Investor Day 2017: What you need to know

8 May, 2017

Qantas Group hosted its Investor Day 2017 on Friday 05-May-2017, which reviewed its preliminary trading for Q3FY2017 and highlighted future key initiatives. Blue Swan has pulled together all the key highlights from the day into an easy to read snapshot for your reference.

Is it time for a regional revolution in Malta?

8 May, 2017

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.

It’s ‘D-Day’ for the airline industry with disruption on the cards

7 May, 2017

Two key fundamentals of the airline industry are about to be uprooted – in tandem, as they are interrelated and, in some sense, feed off each other. The regulation of flying and way tickets are sold are changing and the result will be a vastly different industry where airlines become mere pipelines, and retailers become the platforms for sales.

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