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Samoa Airways, via its official Facebook account, confirmed (22-Sep-2017) it plans to launch operations on 14-Nov-2017, although flights remain subject to regulatory approval. The carrier has selected Auckland as its first destination.

China Development Bank Financial Leasing (CDB Aviation Lease Finance) announced (22-Sep-2017) its subsidaries entered into purchase agreements for 60 Boeing aircraft and 45 Airbus aircraft.

  • Boeing purchase agreement:
    • Aircraft ordered: 42 Boeing 737 MAX 8, 10 737 MAX 10, eight 787-9;
    • List price: USD7.4 billion. Boeing granted "significant price concessions", which were "in accordance with customary business and industry practice";
    • Deliveries: 2019 to 2024;
    • Funding: The Boeing aircraft will be funded through a mix of sources which may include interbank borrowing, the issue of bonds, commercial bank loans, pre-delivery payment financing, other debt and equity financing and the group's working capital;
    • Deal finalisation date: 01-Dec-2017;
  • Airbus purchase agreement:
    • Aircraft ordered: 30 A320neo, 15 A321neo;
    • List price: USD5.2 billion. Airbus granted "significant price concessions", which were "in accordance with customary business and industry practice";
    • Deliveries: 2022 to 2024;
    • Funding: The Airbus aircraft will be funded through a mix of sources which may include interbank borrowing, the issue of bonds, commercial bank loans, pre-delivery payment financing, other debt and equity financing and the group's working capital;
    • Deal finalisation date: 17-Nov-2017. [more - original PR]

Thai Airways reported (24-Sep-2017) the following traffic highlights for Aug-2017:

  • Passengers: 1.7 million, +10.3% year-on-year;
  • Passenger traffic (RPKs): +15.1%;
  • Passenger load factor: 80.1%, +6.0ppts;
    • Domestic: 84.3%, +1.1ppts;
    • Europe: 83.6%, +5.0ppts;
    • Regional: 78.6%, +6.9ppts;
    • Australia: 77.4%, +6.6ppts;
  • Cargo: 57,205 tons, +21.7%;
  • Cargo load factor: 64.7%, +8.9ppts. [more - original PR]

JAL Group reported (24-Sep-2017) the following traffic highlights for Aug-2017:

  • Passengers:
    • Domestic: 3.2 million, +6.2% year-on-year;
    • International: 749,347, +0.1%;
      • Southeast Asia: 277,767, -1.5%;
      • China: 133,650, -5.7%;
      • America: 111,353, +3.5%;
      • Hawaii/Guam: 97,818, -3.9%;
      • Europe: 64,315, +11.5%;
      • Korea: 54,163, +3.7%;
      • Oceania: 9968, -21.5%;
  • Passenger load factor:
    • Domestic: 78.2%;
    • International: 83.1%;
      • China: 88.5%
      • Korea: 84.8%;
      • America: 83.4%;
      • Southeast Asia: 83.4%;
      • Guam: 82.9%;
      • Europe: 80.5%;
      • Oceania: 79.5%;
  • Cargo:

Boeing projected (22-Sep-2017) demand for 4210 new aircraft, valued at USD650 billion, over the next 20 years for customers in Southeast Asia. The company's Southeast Asia Current Market Outlook forecasts the region will continue its strong annual traffic growth at 6.2%, outpacing the world average of 4.7%.

  • Regional jets: 40 aircraft, valued at less than USD5 billion;
  • Narrowbody: 3230 aircraft, valued at USD370 billion;
  • Small widebody: 610 aircraft, valued at USD170 billion;
  • Medium/large widebody: 320 aircraft, valued at USD110 billion;
  • Freighters: 10 aircraft, valued at less than USD5 billion. [more - original PR]

Seattle-Tacoma International Airport reported (21-Sep-2017) traffic highlights for Aug-2017:

  • Passengers: 4.8 million, +0.5% year-on-year;
    • Domestic: 4.3 million, +0.4%;
    • International: 510,107, +0.8%;
  • Cargo: 39,420 tonnes, +18.2%;
    • Freight: 34,620 tonnes, +19.9%;
      • Domestic: 23,220 tonnes, +20.3%;
      • International: 11,401 tonnes, +19.1%;
    • Mail: 4800 tonnes, +6.9%;
  • Aircraft movements: 39,883, -1.6%. [more - original PR]

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Latin America’s low cost airline expansion has lagged other regions. Central America, driven by Mexico has a high (domestic) LCC component, but South America, even with a 50% LCC share in the large Brazilian domestic market, lacks any significant penetration.
Overall, international LCC activity is very limited. This is changing as some of the branded LCCs expand into new territory, but it is only with greater liberalisation that opportunities for the branded LCCs will be able to make a substantial difference.

  • What are the reasons for limited LCC penetration in Latin America?
  • Is there a significant low cost electorate – e.g. proportionately to other regions (i.e. 30%+)?
  • Which countries offer the main opportunities for LCC expansion?
  • How do investors feel about investing in this sector?

CAPA – Centre for Aviation, Chairman, Peter Harbison in conversation with:
Indigo Partners, Founder & Managing Partner, William Franke

Global Networks

Issue 41
  • The Transformers: airlines changing network dynamics
  • Aircraft Innovations: new models are changing the route options
  • Latin America: The role of connectivity for LATAM Consolidation & Alliances
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Airline Models Evolving

Issue 40
  • Changing Business Models: The challenge of responding to travel trends
  • Alliances and Beyond: Global alliances in transition
  • Airports of the Future: The evolution of the airport
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