Jetstar Asia has been forced to cancel plans to launch long haul operations with Singapore-Tokyo Haneda service after Singapore’s Air Traffic Rights Committee awarded all available rights on the route to Singapore Airlines (The Straits Times, 15-Nov-2009). Singapore Airlines plans to launch the twice daily service in Oct-2009.
Jetstar Asia forced to cancel plans to launch Singapore-Tokyo Haneda service
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Tigerair Singapore is now back in the black after more than two years of losses driven by overcapacity. Market conditions in Singapore have improved, and a virtual merger with Scoot is starting to open up new opportunities for expansion since Scoot needs Tigerair to feed its fast-growing medium/long haul operation.
Tigerair currently operates 23 A320 family aircraft, having reduced its fleet from a high of 27 aircraft in 2014. The LCC is now planning to add six A320s in 2017 and 2018, resulting in a new all-time high of 29 aircraft. Tigerair, which became 100% SIA owned in early 2016, also has 39 A320neos on order that will be used for a combination of fleet renewal and growth over the next decade.
Hawaiian Airlines: enjoying a revenue premium while preparing for crucial new network development
During the first few years of the decade Hawaiian Airlines undertook a massive network expansion that included the addition of more than 10 long haul routes. With a few minor expansions Hawaiian efforts have been successful, reflected in the airline’s more balanced network that features some of Hawaii’s largest origin markets.
Hawaiian begins taking the next steps to fill gaps within its network in 2017. During the year the airline starts accepting deliveries of Airbus A321neos that allow it to serve smaller secondary markets in North America without degrading the company’s cost performance – which is proving to be a challenge in the short term. Hawaiian believes the aircraft is uniquely qualified to handle some of the operating conditions from the region’s islands to the US mainland.
Hawaiian embarks on 2017 enjoying a significant revenue premium above the US industry and the airline continues to strengthen its revenue management techniques to maximise product offerings, including extra legroom seating and new lie-flat premium seating on its Airbus widebody aircraft. The company is forecasting modest capacity growth for the year of 2% to 5%, the bulk of which is driven by new services to Tokyo launched in 2016.