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Condor is a German charter airline and subsidiary of the Thomas Cook Group, with the carrier's aircraft appearing in the Thomas Cook livery but bearing the Condor name. Condor operates from nine airports across Germany to over 70 destinations in Europe, Asia, Africa and North America. It is the only airline of the Thomas Cook Group that is not a charter carrier.
Location of Condor Flugdienst main hub (Frankfurt Airport)
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Condor integrates first retrofitted 767-300 into fleet, second to be in operation by end of Nov-2013
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The current political turmoil in Egypt has led to a number of European nations advising their citizens not to travel to the North African country. The response by airlines has varied, but a number have announced the suspension of flights. Whether flights are suspended or not, demand for travel to Egypt will be hit by the ongoing news coverage of events there and the advice of many European governments.
In this report, we examine the importance of European airlines to the air travel market in Egypt and the importance of Egypt to European airlines. Egypt may need European airlines more than they need it, but Egypt represents a noticeable (and in some cases growing) proportion of the total network for a number of them. The year-round attraction of Egypt as a leisure destination, contrasting with the summer-only appeal of other destinations, means that this proportion is greater in the winter than in the summer for many European carriers.
A low-cost carrier by virtue of its unit costs and revenues, SunExpress’ costs are nevertheless too high for its revenues and it lost EUR12 million in 2012. Jointly owned by Turkish Airlines and Lufthansa, it has a focus on leisure routes between Germany and Turkey. It has some market-leading positions on key routes, but also faces a large number of competitors in this very price sensitive market. Its highly seasonal capacity profile adds to the challenge of achieving year-round profitability.
SunExpress’ value to its parent companies extends beyond its position on routes between their two countries. It has also provided them with more than 20 years of working together and this could point the way to closer cooperation between them in other regions as they look to combat the threat of the Gulf carriers. The appointment last week of the CEO of SunExpress Germany, a subsidiary of SunExpress, to the Supervisory Board of Lufthansa Group company Austrian Airlines further highlights the growing ties.
United ends 2012 as world's biggest airline, Emirates third. Turkish and Lion Air the biggest movers
United Airlines, following its merger with Continental, has ended 2012 as the world's biggest airline measured by available seat kilometres for the current week, ahead of second placed Delta, whose capacity fell 0.3% year on year, according to Innovata. Fast growing Dubai-based carrier Emirates is the world's third biggest airline by this measure, and could be in second place by the end of 2013 if the past year's growth rates are maintained.
Southwest Airlines remains easily the largest LCC, while Lion Air and Jetstar have each climbed the LCC top 10, to sixth and seventh places respectively, overtaking Westjet. Atlanta Airport (just) remains the world's largest, ahead of Beijing Capital Airport, in terms of seat throughput for the week, but this ranking seems certain to reverse in 2013.
The biggest movers in the overall World Top 50 list include Turkish Airlines, which jumped seven places to rank 15th globally, while Indonesian carrier Lion Air vaulted eight places to enter the global Top 40 for the first time. Iberia and India's Jet Airways fell four and seven places in the 2012 rankings, respectively.
Global Airline Alliances collectively grew capacity at higher than the world rate, with SkyTeam expanding fastest of the three majors, although Star Alliance remains easily the largest.
Emirates is close to overtaking American Airlines and becoming the third largest airline by available seat kilometres (ASKs) after the Dubai-based carrier's massive 19% increase in capacity over the last year. Emirates' current capacity is close to 30% above levels of just two years ago, according to Innovata. Over the same period, American has cut capacity by about 8% while larger rivals United Airlines and Delta Air Lines have slashed ASKs by over 16%, according to Innovata. Interestingly, were American Airlines to combine with US Airways it would become the world's biggest airline - some 4% larger than Delta by ASKs based on Innovata capacity figures for Aug-2012.
The other big movers over the past two years include Ryanair, which has leapfrogged China Southern and US Airways into the Top 10, and Turkish Airlines, which has soared into 17th position (from 27th two summers ago) thanks to an astonishing 52% increase in ASKs. easyJet has also moved up several places to be just outside the Top 20, while Japan's ANA and JAL have fallen outside the top 20 grouping.
Munich Airport reports record traffic, north & west Germans seek alternative airports to avoid taxes
Munich Airport continued its impressive gains throughout the first half of 2011 by notching up a six month passenger traffic record. It comes at the same time as the government’s tourist tax has begun to drive German passengers in the north and west of the country over the border into the Netherlands to avoid it.
The world's low-cost carriers (LCC) and airlines not part of the global alliances have taken market share away from the leading global groupings again this month, continuing a theme of recent months. Over the past 12 months, LCCs have increased their share of global aviation (in terms of seats per week) from 22.9% in Aug-2010 to 23.8% in Aug-2011, while the un-aligned carriers have risen from 27.6% to 28.8%. Over the same period, Star Alliance's share has fallen 0.9 ppts to 23.1%, while oneworld has lost 0.8 ppts to 10.2%. SkyTeam has seen its share drop 0.3% to 14.1%, according to Innovata schedule data.
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