See below the list of current and pending members of the Alliances.
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Malaysia Airlines is stepping up its focus on partnerships as part of an initiative to generate more codeshare and alliance traffic. The airline’s new regional focus makes it an attractive partner, but it also needs to extract more from partnerships to restore profitability and growth.
Malaysia Airlines implemented a landmark partnership with Emirates in early 2016 and has been a member of oneworld since early 2013. But the airline is not yet fully exploiting the Emirates relationship or its membership in oneworld.
Malaysia Airlines is establishing a new team to better manage its relationship with Emirates and drive more codeshare traffic. Within oneworld the airline is planning to promote its fares and regional connectivity more effectively. Malaysia Airlines is the only Southeast Asian member of oneworld.
The decision to merge by Avianca and Grupo TACA in 2009 is what kickstarted consolidation in Latin America. The merger of the two companies, now operating as Avianca Holdings, arguably triggered the combination of LAN and TAM to create LATAM – the region’s most powerful grouping of airlines.
As Avianca and TACA and LAN and TAM were integrating their respective operations, other South American airlines garnered investment from foreign airlines – SkyTeam partners Air France-KLM and Delta invested in the independent Gol, and United and HNA Group took stakes in Azul.
Now Avianca is seeking a strategic investing partner, and many airlines are reportedly interested in obtaining a stake in the company. The investment will allow Avianca to weather difficult near term economic conditions and remain on equal footing with its competitors, while the company’s suitor obtains strategic positioning in one of most important growth markets – Latin America – for the next decade and beyond.
Jordan’s economy is surprisingly robust for a country that is surrounded by others with an actual or historical predilection for political instability. It has established itself as an attractive location for foreign direct investment and as a home for regional banks and finance houses.
Jordan’s main airport competes for business alongside a number of international ones, and also with another airport within Jordan. The national airline, Royal Jordanian, is an alliance member, but while Queen Alia International Airport’s geographical location hints at a possible hub role there is no desire to compete with the MEB3 intercontinentally, and such ambitions are limited to the Levant area of the Eastern Mediterranean.
This report examines Queen Alia International Airport by way of several sets of metrics, looking at the airports that can be considered rivals to it, and at its construction activities and ownership.
Compared with many other regions in Central and Latin America, Mexico’s stable economy is benefiting the country’s two publicly traded airlines Aeromexico and Volaris. There are apparent opportunities for both companies to stimulate traffic, but their business models are completely different. Volaris characterises itself as an ultra-low cost airline while Aeromexico is Mexico’s only full service airline, leveraging its position at Mexico City Juarez international airport to build what it considers to be a major connecting hub and gateway in Latin America.
Ratification of a revised bilateral with the US by the Mexican Senate, and tentative Mexican government approval of a joint venture between Aeromexico and its fellow SkyTeam partner Delta Air Lines, are major steps in Aeromexico’s strategy to distinguish itself as Mexico’s only global, full service airline.
Volaris continues to strengthen its business foundations of VFR (visiting friends and relatives) traffic, and diversifying its network into more US transborder routes. Although Volaris is planning healthy capacity growth in 2016, the company believes that there is enough demand to absorb its projected expansion.
Panama City Tocumen International Airport builds to serve a thriving trading and financial community
Panama City has long played an important role in transportation, thanks in no small part to its pivotal geographical situation.
Firstly, situated at the entrance to the extended Panama Canal, it is a hub for international banking and commerce. Secondly it is a hub in the aviation sense, and a very important one for its region. The main airport, Panama City Tocumen International Airport, is not referred to as the ‘Hub of the Americas’ without good reason.
This CAPA report, which identifies the airport as ‘full service’ and with a high proportion of airline alliance traffic, compares Panama City International with a peer group of six other airports around the Caribbean and it identifies any weak points.
It also looks at construction activities, and at what opportunities might arise for a shift from public to private ownership and/or management.
The evolving Singapore Airlines (SIA) partnership strategy has reached another milestone with a new codeshare agreement with United Airlines. While SIA and United are longstanding members of the Star Alliance, their relationship has never been close and involved any codesharing.
SIA and United stated in a 9-May-2016 application with the US Department of Transportation they intend to start codesharing on 1-Jul-2016. Initially the codeshare includes eight United-operated domestic routes beyond Houston. However, the two airlines are seeking blanket codeshare approval, which would enable potential future extensions to cover United-operated flights beyond SIA’s other US gateways, SIA-operated flights beyond Singapore and their flights in the US-Singapore market.
United is launching non-stop flights to Singapore in Jun-2016 while SIA is planning to resume non-stop flights to the US in 2018. United and SIA are fierce competitors across the Pacific but the new codeshare could open the door to a broader and potentially game changing partnership. SIA has been actively seeking new or enhanced partnerships, an initiative that has already resulted in new joint ventures with Star members Air New Zealand and Lufthansa.