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- Adria Airways
CSA Czech Airlines
Darwin Airline / Etihad Regional
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KLM Royal Dutch Airlines
Royal Air Maroc
Ukraine International Airlines
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- Air China
All Nippon Airways
China Southern Airlines
LOT Polish Airlines
Rossiya - Russian Airlines
South African Airways
Zürich Airport (also known as Kloten Airport) is the major international gateway to Zürich and the busiest airport in Switzerland. Hosting domestic, regional and international passenger and cargo services to over 40 airlines, the airport is a major hub for Swiss International Airlines, Air Berlin and Edelweiss Air.
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Austrian Airlines has not made an operating profit since 2007 and has been consistently the weakest Lufthansa Group carrier in terms of margins and passenger growth. It is more exposed than its sister companies to short/medium-haul markets, where price-based competition is fierce, and its long-haul network is relatively light.
However, it has strong market positions on its long-haul routes and is looking to grow this area of its business with an additional Boeing 777, approved by the parent company. Moreover, its recently completed rationalisation of its narrowbody fleet from 11 Boeing 737s to seven Airbus A320 family aircraft will both reduce its exposure to short/medium-haul markets and allow it to serve them more efficiently.
Meanwhile, the centre-piece of its radical restructuring programme, the transfer of flight operations into its regional subsidiary Tyrolean Airways (effective from Jul-2012), and the concentration of administrative operations at Vienna should lead to further cost savings if legal challenges can be repelled.
Since its takeover by Lufthansa in 2007, SWISS has outpaced its parent’s passenger growth and has been the most profitable carrier in the Group. SWISS’ long-haul network, significant for a carrier of its size, reflects the combination of a small domestic market with an affluent population. Moreover, its long-haul market position is strong.
Playing to its strengths, ASK growth of 2.7% in 2013 will focus on long-haul, specifically driven by SWISS’ new Singapore route and additional capacity on New York and Beijing, while short/medium-haul capacity is reduced.
On the other hand, operating profit has been on a declining trend since 2007. For some years, unit costs have been falling, but unit revenues have been falling faster. Moreover, analysis of its unit costs reveals its CASK to be among the highest in Europe. While the Lufthansa Group expects to beat 2012’s operating result this year, SWISS is only targeting a similar result to last year, suggesting that its period of over-achievement may be ending.
The planned merger of AMR Corp, parent of American Airlines, and US Airways Group will have a small, but noticeable impact on European airlines via their North Atlantic networks. The merged AA-US Air will be the number four ranked airline group on the North Atlantic, an improvement on AA’s current sixth place. In terms of the alliances, if this merger and the Delta-Virgin Atlantic deal both complete, the three global alliances will have divided routes between Europe and North America almost equally between them, with little left for non-aligned carriers.
AA and US Air operate to Europe from different US hubs and there is no city pair route overlap between the two (so competition authorities seem unlikely to worry themselves on the grounds of these operations). However, when looking at overall markets between the US and individual European countries, the merger will have a competitive impact on European carriers’ North Atlantic activities, most notably Iberia and Alitalia, followed by Aer Lingus.
The airberlin-Etihad Airways rumor mill has been working overtime in recent weeks with German publication Manager Magazin reporting that Etihad CEO James Hogan is seeking to replace airberlin Group CEO Hartmut Mehdorn as soon as possible due to the continuing poor financial performance of the company and the slow pace of restructuring. Abu Dhabi-based Etihad increased its shareholding in Air Berlin PLC from 3% to 29.21% in Dec-2011, becoming the company’s largest single shareholder.
airberlin reported a consolidated net loss of EUR66.2 million in 2Q2012, a 53% deepening of the EUR43.9 million deficit posted in the year-ago period. The company intends to sell eight aircraft to help cut debt by EUR300 million by the end of 2012 and improve its liquidity position and equity ratio. airberlin’s shareholders equity amounted to just EUR101.3 million as of 30-Jun-2012 and the equity ratio stood at just 4% as compared to 11.2% on 30-Jun-2011.
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.
Vienna and Zurich airport groups, whose main airports host national flag carriers that are part of the Lufthansa Group, have posted their financial highlights for the FY2011, ended 31-Dec. While Vienna is focused on reducing what have been excessive levels of capital expenditure, Zurich is preparing for an increase to develop a new real estate project that has been likened to ‘a small town.’
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