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United Airlines continues its efforts to close the gap with peers after posting solid 3Q2014 results

25-Oct-2014 1:10 AM

United Airlines admits there is still much work ahead to close the gap with its large network airline peers in key metrics such as margin performance. But efforts United has undertaken to improve its revenue performance showed promise in 3Q2014 as it out-performed its peers in passenger unit revenue growth.

Even as it faces some unit revenue headwinds in 4Q2014, United believes it will sustain profitability during the last quarter of 2014 as the US domestic market remains robust.

Similar to rival Delta, United could grow its capacity to upwards of 2% in 2015, which may cause some concern among investors. But United stresses that much of the growth stems from aircraft up-gauging, improved utilisation and increasing density of certain aircraft.

Expansion at Air Canada rouge continues unabated as mainline pilots embrace their low cost sibling

24-Oct-2014 12:00 AM

Air Canada continues to expand the network of its low-cost subsidiary rouge with the planned resumption of service from Vancouver to Osaka, Japan in May-2015, which marks the first Asian market for rouge. rouge is also planning to take over Air Canada mainline fights from Toronto to Lima in Peru during 2015, which will be the low-cost airline’s first destination in Latin America.

Meanwhile expansion of rouge's European network will continue in summer 2015 with the launch of services from Montreal to Venice.

As rouge continues its expansion, the low-cost airline has appeared to have gained the support of mainline pilots, who once fiercely opposed rouge’s creation. Now that rouge has logged a year in operation, pilots believe the airline is an important part of Air Canada’s long-term viability.

Air cargo: few other industries would tolerate its structural overcapacity

22-Oct-2014 5:48 PM

IATA's most recent air freight market analysis, published 1-Oct-2014, said "The outlook for air freight markets has started to look better again", but it added that "the extent of future gains could be limited". IATA cautioned that trade volumes are expanding at a slower pace than global economic growth and that gains in business confidence have been slow due to the presence of political and economic risks. Recent concerns in the financial markets about the outlook for global economic growth add to this note of caution about future air cargo demand.

However, air cargo faces much more fundamental problems. It accounted for just 8.6% of total airline industry revenue in 2013, down from 12.4% a decade earlier. Freight load factor was just 45.3% in 2013, compared with almost 80% for the passenger business.

Very few other industries would tolerate such a degree of overcapacity. Perhaps the approach of many LCCs - to ignore cargo - is the right one.

Delta Air Lines defends its capacity increases as special items trigger a drop in 3Q2014 profits

20-Oct-2014 11:41 PM

Delta Air Lines continues to trumpet capacity discipline even as it fields questions about a projected 2% rise in CY2015 supply, particularly increases in the trans-Atlantic where airlines are facing industry oversupply.

The airline assures that most of its trans-Atlantic push is directed to London in conjunction with its joint venture partner Virgin Atlantic, and its supply growth in the North Atlantic is in line with demand.

Overall Delta still remains on strong financial footing. But there are specific pockets of geography where is faces challenges that could create revenue pressure during 2015.

ANA and Cebu Pacific scoop top Asian airline awards at CAPA gala. Emirsyah Satar exec of the year

15-Oct-2014 1:25 AM

The CAPA Awards for Excellence in Aviation are awarded to airlines and airports that are not only successful but have also provided industry leadership in adjusting to a new environment. At a time of industry upheaval, our winners are adopting strategies that offer new directions for others to take up.

All Nippon Airways (ANA) has been named the CAPA Asia Pacific Airline of the Year at a gala reception at the CAPA Asia Aviation Summit in Singapore.

Hiroyuki Ito, Senior Executive Vice President of ANA, accepted the award from CAPA Executive Chairman, Peter Harbison. The CAPA Asia Pacific Airline of the Year is awarded to the carrier that has had the greatest impact on the development of the airline industry, established itself as a leader and the benchmark for others to follow.

New Australian domestic aviation and airfare research released

12-Oct-2014 10:12 AM

A new domestic aviation and airfare analysis today has been released to market.

The 37-page Australian Aviation and Airfare Analysis, produced by 4th Dimension, Flight Centre Travel Group's new business travel consulting division and CAPA - Centre for Aviation, provides an in-depth review of the domestic aviation industry and includes the results of a specialised airfare benchmarking analysis.

Including an evaluation of both the current and prospective market trends in Australia, the report focuses on areas such as domestic airline capacity, scheduling and performance.

4th Dimension General Manager Virginia Fitzpatrick said she was excited to be involved with an initiative that introduced a new approach to tracking and reporting of domestic fares and airfare procurement.

Goa launches a PPP tender for construction of a greenfield second airport

11-Oct-2014 2:16 PM

The State Government of Goa issued a tender document on 03-Oct-2014 for a PPP concession to develop and operate a greenfield airport at Mopa, which will be the second airport in the state. Mopa is located approximately 35km north of the state capital, Panaji.

The new airport will complement the existing facility at Dabolim, which will continue to operate after the Mopa airport opens, providing enhanced air connectivity to the state.

Tourism is one of the largest industries in Goa, with the state attracting 2.63 million domestic and 492,000 international visitors in 2013. Ease of access is critical to achieving sustained growth in visitor numbers.

However, there is also strong potential in outbound travel given that Goa has the highest per capita state domestic product in India.

Delta Air Lines trims 3Q2014 unit revenue targets due to overcapacity and other global challenges

6-Oct-2014 5:40 PM

Delta Air Lines has slightly adjusted its passenger unit revenue targets for 3Q2014 triggered by oversupply in some of its markets, unrest in the Middle East and the Ebola outbreak in Africa.

The airline has previously warned of tougher year-on-year comparisons in 3Q2014 after recording 7% unit revenue growth in 3Q2013. But despite the challenges that have cropped up during the last few months, Delta still predicts a strong performance in the quarter with double digit operating margin expansion and solid cost containment as demand in the US domestic market remains strong.

As it prepares to make trans-Atlantic capacity adjustments for the US winter time period in conjunction with its SkyTeam alliance partners, Delta is also making changes in it Pacific network by down-gauging Boeing 747s it operates to Tokyo and replacing them with smaller and more efficient aircraft.

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