Seattle/Tacoma International Airport
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Seattle-Tacoma International Airport is the gateway to Seattle and Tacoma, Washington State. Hosting domestic, regional and international passenger and cargo services for over 25 airlines, the airport is a hub for Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air.
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As Delta Air Lines continues a seemingly open attack on its partner Alaska Air Group at its Seattle hub, Alaska Airlines is stressing that alliances like its long-time pact with Delta are complicated. Its overall message is that it will work with Delta where it is mutually beneficial and compete vigorously as Delta continues its encroachment.
Delta’s latest moves are in two of Alaska’s key north-south markets on the US Pacific west coat – Portland and Seattle. Ironically, Delta seems to be practicing what Alaska executives recently stressed to analysts – removing emotion from evolving competitive dynamics. As Delta continues its moves into Alaska’s markets unabated, it certainly is showing no emotion as Seattle continues to rise in prominence in Delta’s domestic and international network.
Just how the current competitive build-up by Delta in Alaska’s markets will affect their long-term relationship is uncertain. But in the meantime Alaska continues to post financial results that are among the best in the US industry, which means that it has a strong foundation from which to defend itself.
United Airlines’ top-line 3Q2013 profit was undermined by weaker unit revenue and yield performance relative to its US legacy peers, a problem that has plagued the carrier for the past year.
The weaker performance is the latest in a string of quarterly results in which the carrier has declared disappointment and pledged that its fortunes will improve. Specific to 3Q2013, the culprits ticked off by the airline included incorrect demand forecast projections, continued pressure in the trans-Pacific and some suboptimisation of its fleet.
To say United has endured a rough couple of years is an understatement. But what the industry and its investors are looking for now is a meaningful improvement in its results that so far has yet to materialise. Three years after the merger’s close the company is still struggling with revenue and cost management – basic tenets of the business that continue to suffer.
A 16-day US Government shut-down and continuing pressure created by the devaluation of Japan’s currency did not hinder Delta’s 3Q2013 earnings growth as profits improved by USD444 million year-on-year to USD1.2 billion (excluding special items).
With corporate demand holding steady and holiday bookings looking relatively solid for Nov-2013 and Dec-2013, Delta CEO Richard Anderson is declaring the carrier will post an all-time record profit during 2013.
Delta throughout much of 2013 has been riding a wave of positive momentum despite some miscalculation in the spool-up of its Trainer refinery, and the continuing pressure from the devaluation of the Japanese yen. Even as it makes proclamations of record profits for 2013, Delta’s CEO Richard Anderson stresses that the carrier is keeping its head down as it works to continue the carrier’s advancement.
Qatar Airways’ has revealed Miami as its sixth US destination. This caps off a raft of planned new service by the three big Gulf carriers in 2014 as each airline – Emirates, Etihad and Qatar – works to increase its presence in the North American market. All are working towards feeding more North American traffic through their hubs in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Doha and onward to points in Asia, Australasia, Africa and Europe.
The rapid expansion by the three Gulf carriers into the Americas during the past couple of years reflects each airline's respective strategy to ensure they serve all the key global markets. That growth is also accompanied by changing dynamics in the global airline business triggered by the rise of the big three as other major airlines throughout the world have softened their attitudes towards Emirates, Etihad and Qatar and forged partnerships with those airlines to optimise the profitability of their networks. Delta and some other US airlines are exceptions, as Delta strongly resists Etihad's expansion into the US, perhaps fearing that US consumers will discover the much higher level of product offered by the Gulf airlines.
United Airlines has entered into the growing competitive fray on the US west coast with a push from its hubs in the region into two of Delta’s hubs. Competition was ignited by Alaska Air Group and Delta with Delta increasing its service footprint from Seattle to drive feed for its burgeoning Pacific operation from the airport.
United’s decision to add service from San Francisco to Atlanta and between Los Angeles and Minneapolis occurs as Delta in early 2014 begins a push into Seattle from the airport’s heavily travelled domestic markets to bolster its growing international footprint from Seattle with a particular focus on Asia.
The decision by United to add service into its west coast hubs is occurring against a backdrop of weaker than expected revenue performance for 3Q2013 driven by lower yields in some trans-Atlantic markets and competitive capacity in China that contributed to lower than expected yields in the carrier’s Pacific entity.
Etihad Airways has delivered on its pledge to unveil a new US destination, revealing Los Angeles as its fourth market in the country. Once the new service begins in Jun-2014 a new competitive element will be introduced between the Middle East and the US as Etihad’s new service creates new pressure for Emirates. At the same time, Etihad’s codeshare with American will be expanded to cover the new service even as rival Qatar readies to officially joined American-anchored oneworld. For the moment American appears comfortable having two Gulf partners, and does not see the need to cut any of its existing ties as its relationship with Qatar deepens.
Emirates remains the largest carrier operating between the US and the Middle East by a wide margin, but Etihad’s latest move shows that it is working to close the gap. Once Etihad’s new service begins, it will compete with Emirates on three of the four US routes it operates – JFK, Washington Dulles and Los Angeles – with more competition likely to ensue in the not too distant future.
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