Washington Dulles International Airport
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Washington Dulles International Airport is one of two airports serving Washington DC and the main gateway to the US capital. Hosting domestic, regional and international passenger and cargo services for over 35 airlines, the airport is a major hub for United Airlines.
Location of Washington Dulles International Airport, United States
Ground Handlers servicing Washington Dulles International Airport
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A beleaguered United Airlines has outlined ambitious goals for its investors that entails an annual cost cutting scheme of USD2 billion and a pledge to begin returning cash to shareholders by 2015.
After battling operational, revenue and cost challenges during the last couple of years, United has no choice but to crystallise a plan to improve its performance in the medium term. Its target of rewarding shareholders is likely to be a competitive response to Delta Air Lines, who recently outlined plans to return USD1 billion to its shareholders during the next three years.
Additionally, United believes it can increase pre-tax earnings by two to four times during the next four years. Taken together it is tall order for a company that is still trying to deliver on its merger synergy targets. Now that United has declared those goals, the challenge is to deliver a successful execution, something that sceptics might have a right to be weary of.
Emirates is continuing a year-long pursuit of a codeshare tie-up with American Airlines as its landmark deal with American’s fellow oneworld partner Qantas continues to rattle age-old assumptions about the value of alliances in the current aviation marketplace. Emirates’ attempts to forge strategic agreements with two oneworld partners should not be interpreted as a prelude to alliance membership. Of the three large Gulf carriers Emirates remains steadfast in its strategy of pursuing organic growth, while Etihad and Qatar seem more inclined to forge equity stakes in other carriers or explore fully-fledged alliance membership.
Should Emirates prove successful in persuading American to forge a partnership, it could create thorny issues in American’s current relationship with Etihad and Qatar’s reported interest in joining oneworld. Emirates president Tim Clark outlined the carrier’s desire to partner with American on 12-Sep-2012 near Washington, DC, at a celebration marking the inaugural flight of Emirates’ new service from Dubai to Washington Dulles International Airport.
Planned route cuts by Delta Air Lines being instituted in late 2012 as part of the carrier’s capacity management scheme to reduce trans-Atlantic supply by 5% and trans-Pacific capacity by 1%-2% will free up a number of widebody aircraft. As the carrier makes seasonal adjustments throughout its network it is not exactly clear where the widebodies exiting certain markets will be deployed.
The carrier’s planned 4Q2012 cuts in trans-Atlantic capacity will mostly be implemented in late Oct-2012, at the start of the IATA winter 2012 schedule and about one month after the peak travel season in the US ends. Most of the capacity will be restored at the start of the summer 2013 schedule in late Mar-2013. Nearly one-third of Delta’s international capacity (seats) is currently deployed on routes to Western Europe.
Increasing economic uncertainty in Europe has resulted in US carriers pulling back capacity to the continent later this year to proactively contain losses and a drop-off in traffic that could result from the increasing likelihood of Greece’s exit from the euro zone and the Euro falling to a two-year low against the US dollar. Delta has already stated its goal to reduce capacity 5% across the Atlantic during the fourth quarter, while United has already instituted schedule changes that show a pull-down in secondary European markets. US Airways, which during the last year has enjoyed marked success in its trans-Atlantic business segment, has not declared any plans regarding its capacity to Europe later in the year. But the carrier is launching several seasonal services on the back of its strong performance in the European market.
Trade group Airlines for America (A4A) estimates that during the fourth quarter of this year US carriers will reduce their capacity to Europe by 7.8% as they attempt to better manage seasonality and stave off effects of a recession on the continent. This change is significant as Western Europe is still the largest international market from the US.
Public support by American’s unions of a merger with US Airways is an unprecedented move, and reflects the years-long frustration that has built among American’s employees towards previous and current management. The employees see an opportunity to start fresh, and work with a management team that will cease blaming labour for the carrier’s plight. US Airways sees an opportunity to completely overhaul American’s lacklustre revenue management that has consistently produced results that pale in comparison to its peers. But many questions remained unanswered over the perceived strength of a combined network, and many tasks have to be completed before a merger gets remotely close to reality.
US Airways formally declared it was examining its options regarding American earlier this year, and tactically began courting the carrier’s unions to gain support for a merger of the two companies that would entail US Airways’ management taking charge of the new American. Unlike US Airways' attempt to take over Delta Air Lines in 2006 when it was restructuring under Chapter 11 and Delta employees rallied to block the deal, American’s employees are exhausted with methods management has adopted in negotiating new collective bargaining agreements during the last few years.
United is moving international capacity around its largest hubs in what appears to be an effort to maximise its network now that a crucial passenger service system cutover is complete. The IT system cutover allows United and Continental, whose merger is now complete, to fully utilise the combined networks and properly cross-fleet to operate optimal-sized aircraft in United’s markets. One of the more prominent changes is the elimination of flights from United’s Washington Dulles hub to Accra, which was the carrier’s first point in Africa when the route was launched in 2010. Other changes include the seasonal elimination of flights from Washington to Moscow and from Newark to Rome.
The changes will support an overall revised capacity forecast for United this year. The carrier has refined its 2012 capacity guidance from an overall decrease of 0.5% to 1.5%, compared with a previous estimate of between growth of 0.5% and a drop of 0.5%. United’s international capacity is now projected to grow this year by 0.3% to 1.3%, but some of that will be driven by new long-haul flights from Washington Dulles to Doha beginning in May, followed by Dulles to Manchester and Dublin.
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