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See below the list of current and pending members of the Global Alliances.

Airline Alliance Status Join Date
Adria Airways Star Alliance Member 2004
Aegean Airlines Star Alliance Member 2010
Aeroflot SkyTeam Member 2006
Aerolineas Argentinas SkyTeam Member 2012
Aeromexico SkyTeam Member 2000
Air Canada Star Alliance Member 1997
Air China Star Alliance Member 2007
Air Europa Lineas Aereas SkyTeam Member 2007
Air France SkyTeam Member 2000
Air India Star Alliance Member 2014
Air New Zealand Star Alliance Member 1999
airberlin oneworld Member 2012
Alitalia SkyTeam Member 2001
All Nippon Airways Star Alliance Member 1999
American Airlines oneworld Member 1998
Asiana Airlines Star Alliance Member 2003
Austrian Airlines Star Alliance Member 2000
Avianca Star Alliance Member 2012
Avianca Brazil Star Alliance Pending 2015
Avianca Costa Rica Star Alliance Member 2012
Avianca El Salvador Star Alliance Member 2012
Avianca Peru Star Alliance Member 2012
Blue1 Star Alliance Member 2004
British Airways oneworld Member 1998
Brussels Airlines Star Alliance Member 2009
Cathay Pacific oneworld Member 1998
China Airlines SkyTeam Member 2011
China Eastern Airlines SkyTeam Member 2011
China Southern Airlines SkyTeam Member 2007
Comair (South Africa) oneworld Member 1998
Copa Airlines Star Alliance Member 2012
Copa Airlines Colombia Star Alliance Member 2012
Croatia Airlines Star Alliance Member 2004
CSA Czech Airlines SkyTeam Member 2001
Delta Air Lines SkyTeam Member 2000
Donavia SkyTeam Member 2006
Dragonair oneworld Member 1998
EgyptAir Star Alliance Member 2008
Envoy oneworld Member 1998
Ethiopian Airlines Star Alliance Member 2011
EVA Air Star Alliance Member 2013
Finnair oneworld Member 1999
Garuda Indonesia SkyTeam Member 2014
Iberia oneworld Member 1999
Iberia Express oneworld Member 2012
Iberia Regional Air Nostrum oneworld Member 1999
J-Air oneworld Member 2007
Japan Airlines oneworld Member 2007
Japan Transocean Air oneworld Member 2007
Kenya Airways SkyTeam Member 2007
KLM Royal Dutch Airlines SkyTeam Member 2004
Korean Air SkyTeam Member 2000
LAN Airlines oneworld Member 2000
LAN Argentina oneworld Member 2000
LAN Colombia oneworld Member 2013
LAN Ecuador oneworld Member 2000
LAN Express oneworld Member 2000
LAN Peru oneworld Member 2000
LOT Polish Airlines Star Alliance Member 2003
Lufthansa Star Alliance Member 1997
Malaysia Airlines oneworld Member 2013
Middle East Airlines SkyTeam Member 2012
NIKI oneworld Member 2012
Qantas Airways oneworld Member 1998
Qatar Airways oneworld Member 2013
Royal Jordanian oneworld Member 2007
S7 Airlines oneworld Member 2010
SAS Star Alliance Member 1997
Saudia SkyTeam Member 2012
Shenzhen Airlines Star Alliance Member 2012
Singapore Airlines Star Alliance Member 2000
South African Airways Star Alliance Member 2006
SriLankan Airlines oneworld Member 2014
SUN-AIR of Scandinavia oneworld Member 1998
SWISS Star Alliance Member 2006
Swiss Global Air Lines Star Alliance Member 2006
TAM Airlines oneworld Member 2014
TAP Portugal Star Alliance Member 2005
TAROM SkyTeam Member 2010
Thai Airways Star Alliance Member 1997
Turkish Airlines Star Alliance Member 2008
United Airlines Star Alliance Member 1997
US Airways oneworld Member 2014
Vietnam Airlines SkyTeam Member 2010
Xiamen Airlines SkyTeam Member 2012
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Royal Air Maroc & Qatar Airways form joint venture. More JVs for each as RAM eyes oneworld alliance

22-May-2015 11:38 AM

The planned joint venture between Royal Air Maroc and Qatar Airways will be a relatively small but tidy affair. More importantly, it signals the future direction: each carrier will work more with partners. Qatar Airways plans more JVs, with a IAG one highly anticipated. Qatar has an existing JV with Cathay Pacific. RAM is planning a JV with Iberia, with the Iberia and Qatar partnerships likely to be followed by joining the oneworld alliance. RAM will give oneworld a long-sought expanded presence in Africa.

Under the JV, RAM will operate from Casablanca to Doha three times a week from 09-Sep-2015 with its 787-8, supplementing Qatar’s existing daily service. Qatar is expected to open a service to Marrakech. Qatar will gain access to RAM’s Africa network from Morocco while RAM beyond Doha is eyeing Asian connections. Accessing Qatar’s Asian network has smartly taken precedence over a risky plan for RAM to fly to Beijing.

Gulf airlines under fire - Aside from the rhetoric and dust, what’s the underlying agenda?

15-Apr-2015 9:31 AM

There’s no shortage of heat and light in the US vs Gulf airlines battle. But not much to make it clear why the Gulf airlines’ relatively limited impact should attract so much focus. 

SriLankan Airlines & Mihin Lanka outlook improves following strategic adjustments by new government

12-Feb-2015 7:08 PM

Sri Lanka’s new government is pursuing strategic changes at SriLankan Airlines and sister low-cost carrier Mihin Lanka aimed at improving their financial position. The new government, which took over in Jan-2015, aims to merge the two state-owned airlines and has suspended all flights from the new international airport at Mattala.

SriLankan and Mihin Lanka have both been highly unprofitable in recent years, posting some of the lowest margins in all of Asia. The new government is not willing to maintain the status quo and seems eager to implement long overdue changes that should make the soon to be merged airline a viable entity.

SriLankan’s position has been improving, driven by fleet renewal and membership of oneworld. But the previous strategy still had the airline on a course that likely would have required continued financial support from the government over the long term.

Finnair: net losses are a hard habit to kick. 2014 cost cuts wiped out by falling revenue

12-Feb-2015 5:45 PM

Finnair's net loss for 2014 was its first since 2011, but its fifth in the seven years since 2008. Over the past decade or so, losses have been more common than profits. Its niche in connecting Europe with Asia via Helsinki has placed Finnair among Europe's top twenty airline groups, although Finland ranks outside the top twenty countries by population.

But converting this niche into sustainable profitability is proving a major challenge. Whenever Finnair makes progress with cost reduction (and it has made major strides with labour productivity), it seems that revenue pressures wipe out those benefits. In 2015, Finnair anticipates a further drop in unit revenue, reflecting the highly competitive nature of its markets.

This year will also present opportunities for Finnair to build a more solid base. It will be the first full year under new labour agreements and with a number of product improvements in place. It will also see its first A350 delivery. Lower fuel prices are a stroke of luck, but Finnair needs to ensure it can be profitable without relying on this good fortune.

Royal Air Maroc to grow long-haul routes, expand to China and consider joining a global alliance

16-Jan-2015 7:39 PM

Royal Air Maroc is weighing whether global alliance membership will help attract more premium travellers and provide connectivity to other parts of the world. An alliance would benefit from RAM's position in Morocco but also central/west Africa, RAM's largest international market after Europe.

RAM could use a premium push as incoming 787s prompt an increase in business class seats while RAM's long-haul markets prepare for growth. Sao Paulo will increase a little, while RAM expects to increase Montreal and New York JFK service to double daily over the peak summer 2015, although only New York is so far benefitting from this. Frequency and up-gauging will mean RAM achieves 53% higher growth at its peak in New York than in 2014.

This expansion may prove too ambitious, as might a prospective Casablanca-Beijing service, RAM's first to Asia. Morocco is eager to receive Chinese tourists, but this may not be the way to tap the market. RAM planned to resume service to Dubai, but cancelled it – coincidentally or not – after Emirates increased capacity to Morocco.

This is the second of a two part report on Royal Air Maroc.

Air China's entry into Addis Ababa and Johannesburg would further China's objectives in Africa

12-Jan-2015 10:00 AM

China's aviation authorities have long pressured its airlines to serve Africa, where China has growing commercial and government ties with many resource-rich countries across various regions. African airlines, especially Ethiopian Airlines, have been growing in China and the government is eager to see its own airlines represented there. However, there have been limited African routes operated by Chinese airlines: Hainan Airlines has withdrawn from Luanda while China Southern is serving Mauritius to carry Chinese tourists on holiday.

Air China, as the flag carrier, may be pressured finally into entering Africa as it, according to a Chinese report, is considering service in 2015 to Addis Ababa and Johannesburg. Air China would presumably need to work with Star Alliance partners Ethiopian Airlines and South African Airways on such a service. Ethiopian has been receptive to partnerships while SAA desperately needs a solution to its Beijing route that is heavily loss-making but which the South African government wants maintained. Air China's possible entry comes as Asian airlines are declining in Africa; but both possible routes would be commercially difficult for Air China.

Air Canada SWOT: Working towards sustainability, but familiar foes await - along with some new ones

9-Jan-2015 9:53 PM

Air Canada during the last couple of years has worked diligently to repair its balance sheet, improve its leverage and reduce costs; as a result it is now beginning to enjoy some of the fruits of its labour by meeting its return targets and sustaining liquidity well above its minimum threshold.

The Canadian flag carrier has also undertaken a network revamp that includes the creation of its low cost subsidiary rouge and a push into long-haul international markets, leveraging its position as Canada’s leading global airline.

But Air Canada faces challenges as it works to sustain profitability from its familiar foe WestJet, as well as potential new entrants eager to execute the ULCC model within Canada. The airline will no doubt have focussed on these threats, and be aware there is still much to prove as its efforts to transform its business continue.

This CAPA analysis of Air Canada's strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats continues a series on global airlines.

Air China looks for new long-haul markets after securing stronghold in Europe and the United States

9-Jan-2015 12:51 PM

China's three main airlines are all state-owned but the flagship is Air China, which is based in the capital of Beijing and whose Chinese name confers it the title of international carrier. Air China has been the most internationally-focused of the three, including China Eastern and China Southern. Air China has pursued rapid growth in Europe and the United States before its peers did, partially to reflect the opportunity of its Beijing base to be a hub, but also for Air China to represent the country in overseas markets. Being given commercial preference come with the trade-off of political responsibilities.

Air China faces is maximising its short-term opportunities in Europe and the US, so needs to find new markets. A list of planned new routes for 2015 is only rumoured, and includes long-haul flights to Addis Ababa, Johannesburg and Montreal-Havana. (Auckland has already been announced.) The list is logical and at the very least shows gaps in Air China's network the carrier has spoken of and could be expected to eventually close. The challenge will be in finding a balance between where passengers want to go and where Beijing wants the airline to go.

EVA Air poised for Southeast Asia-North America gains as SIA codeshare and US network expand

19-Dec-2014 12:40 PM

Taiwan’s EVA Air is looking to bolster transit traffic from Southeast Asia to help support further growth in the North American market. A newly expanded codeshare agreement with Singapore Airlines (SIA) covering all six of EVA’s North American routes along with a significant expansion of its trans-Pacific operation should generate an increase in the Taiwanese carrier’s share of the highly competitive Southeast Asia-North America market.

EVA is planning to increase capacity to North America by 15% in 2015 at it takes four additional 777-300ERs. Similar growth is expected in 2016.

Expansion of EVA’s Southeast Asian operation is not expected as the airline is focusing regional growth on the mainland China and Japanese markets. But EVA needs a change in its traffic mix on Southeast Asian routes to include more connecting passengers as competition in the local Taiwan-Southeast Asia market intensifies following the launch of Taiwan’s first LCCs, although they are for now small.

India’s aviation: new leadership holds the promise of positive change, but there is much to do

28-Nov-2014 6:00 PM

A new government in New Delhi since May-2014 has brought heightened expectations of faster GDP growth, industry reforms and enhanced transparency. But with an entirely new team leading the Ministry and most of the government agencies involved in aviation, there is a lack of experience at the top. It will therefore take some time for the key decision-makers to grasp the complexity of the situation.

A clear roadmap is yet to emerge on the Indian government’s proposed institutional framework, a strategy for Air India and the Airports Authority of India, and the intended policy settings on critical issues such as bilaterals, economic regulation and route dispersal guidelines. However, indications are that the government will push ahead and abolish the five year/20 aircraft threshold for international operations, airport privatisation, construction of low-cost airports and corporatisation of air navigation services. 

The Aviation Minister has also been encouraging state governments to reduce the onerous sales tax on aviation turbine fuel which currently averages 24%. This would be the single greatest benefit that the government could deliver to the industry.

"Etihad Airways Partners" Alliance accounts for 2.6% of global ASKs, 2.0% of seats

27-Oct-2014 5:55 PM

Once rejected by global alliances, Etihad Airways has turned around and established its own partnership platform, "Etihad Airways Partners". Partners has familiarity to existing alliances: commercial relations are emphasised, there are frequent flyer benefits and aircraft will have the Partners logo.

But Partners is not simply a de facto fourth global airline alliance. Etihad is starting small with six members. This view requires Etihad's standard disclaimer that it seeks not to be the biggest but to have the highest quality.

Partners in some ways is a branding of what Etihad has already done, and plans to continue to do, in the loyalty space. Consolidating loyalty programmes reduces costs while providing scale.

United Airlines continues its efforts to close the gap with peers after posting solid 3Q2014 results

25-Oct-2014 1:10 AM

United Airlines admits there is still much work ahead to close the gap with its large network airline peers in key metrics such as margin performance. But efforts United has undertaken to improve its revenue performance showed promise in 3Q2014 as it out-performed its peers in passenger unit revenue growth.

Even as it faces some unit revenue headwinds in 4Q2014, United believes it will sustain profitability during the last quarter of 2014 as the US domestic market remains robust.

Similar to rival Delta, United could grow its capacity to upwards of 2% in 2015, which may cause some concern among investors. But United stresses that much of the growth stems from aircraft up-gauging, improved utilisation and increasing density of certain aircraft.

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