European Union has been urged by ministers from Germany, France, Spain and the UK to abandon or temporarily suspend the inclusion of aviation under its Emissions Trading Scheme (EU ETS) and instead to adopt a global solution through ICAO, according to reports by Europe Magazine and La Tribune. The ministers are from the four nations that control EADS and its commercial aircraft manufacturing subsidiary Airbus and are concerned the company could suffer from retaliatory action by opponents of the EU ETS. German Parliamentary State Secretary Peter Hintze said European nations “want to work to find a global solution to the system of trading emission does not interfere with the activities of Airbus developments in the world”. French Minister for Transport Frédéric Cuvillier said that the principle of the EU ETS was necessary but noted it was also “necessary to be pragmatic not to close the discussion, given the stakes”. UK Minister of State for Business Michael Fallon said there is a “clear and present danger” to Airbus’ order list.
Germany, France, Spain and the UK urge EU to step back on EU ETS to avoid retaliation
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Branded global alliances – Star, SkyTeam, oneworld – remain important, but the evolutionary direction has shifted towards alliances becoming much more pragmatic. This not only affects the airline industry, but goes also to the efficacy of airports and even national economies. Airport hubs will be dictated by these trends, shifting away from the traditional gateway transfer points to Gulf airports and, progressively to markets like China.
This is Part 2 of two parts: CAPA's Global Aviation Industry Outlook 2013, extracted from CAPA's Airline Leader, Issue 17, Apr/May 2013, to be released online shortly.
Indonesia’s Lion Air Group has the growth opportunities to support the 600 aircraft on order
The Lion Air Group has a massive 600 aircraft on outstanding order following its landmark order for 234 A320 family aircraft, which was signed on 18-Mar-2013. The figure at first glance seems overly ambitious given the intensifying competition in Southeast Asia’s low-cost carrier market. But Lion enjoys a very strong position in its massive and fast-growing home market of Indonesia, which could easily support, over the next decade, at least half of the additional aircraft it has committed to acquiring.
Lion also has ambitions of establishing new affiliates and subsidiaries, following the model of rival LCC group AirAsia. The Lion Air Group is launching Malindo, a joint venture carrier in AirAsia’s original home market of Malaysia, on 22-Mar-2013.
The group also has the option of placing some of the 600 aircraft it has on outstanding order with airlines outside Lion through its new leasing subsidiary. This gives Lion unique flexibility should its growing portfolio of airlines not require all 600 aircraft for their own growth and replacement needs.