CAAC issued (22-Jan-2020) notifications to airports regarding containment of the coronavirus, requiring airports, local health and quarantine departments to conduct body temperature checks on passengers. The instruction is a reaction to the outbreak of the coronavirus in China, centred around Wuhan. [more - original PR - Chinese]
How are airlines and MROs are successfully implementing digitalization strategies? What tools–from iPads to drones–are used and how? What are the benefits?
As the first Aeropolitical gathering of its kind in the Middle East, the CAPA Qatar Aviation Aeropolitical and Regulatory Summit returns following a sell-out inaugural event to continue critical discussion on open skies, aviation access and regulation.
American Airlines Group reported (23-Jan-2020) improvements in its operational performance in 4Q2019, reaching record results for on time departures and arrivals and completion factors during this period. American Airlines Group president Robert Isom said the carrier is "very pleased with the trajectory of our operation and are well on our way to delivering operational excellence", adding the carrier will "continue to strengthen" its operations in the future and anticipates "continued improvements" in reliability metrics. [more - original PR]
Southwest Airlines reported (23-Jan-2020) healthy passenger bookings and revenue trends, with total operating revenues up 0.4% year-on-year in 4Q2019 and FY2019 total operating revenue up 2.1%, despite less capacity as a result of the Boeing 737 MAX grounding. RASM grew 1.3% in 4Q2019, primarily due to a strong performance from Southwest's Rapid Rewards loyalty programme and passenger revenue yield growth of 1.5%, which was offset by a load factor decline of 0.4pp. RASM for this period was as per the carrier's expectations, benefitting from the 737 MAX grounding by a few points but also suffering from the adverse effects of adjusting its previously published flight schedule. Southwest Airlines CEO Gary Kelly said the RASM was up 3.7% in FY2019, pushed along by a "stable domestic economy and revenue environment" and a "strong performance" from its Rapid Rewards loyalty programme, as well as lower capacity as a result of the 737 MAX groundings. The carrier also accrued USD667 million in profit sharing for employees in 2019, including USD97 million in 4Q2019. [more - original PR]
All Nippon Airways (ANA) reported (23-Jan-2020) the following outlook for cargo operations:
- Air cargo demand is expected to stagnate in the short term due to the US-China trade issues, but ANA anticipates expansion in the medium to long term. The carrier's freighter operations will be adjusted to balance supply and demand to steadily improve profitability;
- ANA plans to capture more demand by enhancing synergies with other airlines while flexibly using charters, codeshares and other arrangements, in addition to expanding its passenger network;
- ANA will maintain and improve the network at its Okinawa Naha Airport logistics hub through methods including codeshares with other airlines. [more - original PR]
- Visitor arrivals: 39.8 million, +4.2% year-on-year;
- China: 11.0 million, +4.4%;
- Malaysia: 4.2 million, +3.6%;
- India: 2.0 million, +24.9%;
- South Korea: 1.9 million, +5.1%;
- Laos: 1.8 million, +10.9%;
- Japan: 1.8 million, +9.1%;
- Russia: 1.5 million, +0.7%;
- US: 1.2 million, +4.1%;
- Singapore: 1.1 million, -1.2%;
- Hong Kong: 1.0 million, +2.9%;
- Vietnam: 1.0 million, +1.9%;
- UK: 994,018, +0.7%;
- Cambodia: 907,506, -4.4%;
- Taiwan: 789,923, +14.9%;
- Australia: 768,668, -4.1%;
- Tourism spending: THB1933 billion (USD63.4 billion), +3.1%. [more - original PR]
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