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Owned and operated by Heathrow Airport Holdings (previously BAA), London Heathrow Airport is a major international airport, the principal international gateway serving the city of London and (depending on measure used) the world's busiest international airport. Heathrow hosts domestic, regional and international passenger and cargo services from over 50 airlines, the airport is a hub for airlines such as British Airways, the oneworld alliance, Virgin Atlantic and the Star Alliance.
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A little more than four years since CEO Craig Kreeger took the helm at Virgin Atlantic: it has refocused its network even more strongly on routes across the Atlantic, replaced around one third of its fleet with new and more efficient aircraft, successfully developed a joint venture on UK-US routes with its 49% shareholder Delta Air Lines, and improved its focus on financial performance. It has also launched and then closed its UK domestic operation, Little Red.
The publication of Virgin Atlantic's 2016 annual report in late Mar-2017 demonstrated that its profitability is improving, but remains very slim in margin terms.
This report takes the opportunity to assess Virgin Atlantic's progress since CAPA published a report analysing its business in Mar-2013, shortly after Mr Kreeger's arrival. Much has been achieved since then, but genuinely sustainable profitability remains to be achieved.
China Airlines has sat out on long haul growth over the last decade and is now looking to reinvigorate its position, making wins against local rival EVA Air, which has quietly but spectacularly grown. EVA, however, now faces uncertainty with new owners that may favour conservative expansion, which could benefit China Airlines. But China Airlines remains in a difficult position, one where it is under too much influence from its government owners, has an undefined vision, and lacks having aircraft on order.
China Airlines has received four A350s, with another 10 due by the end of 2018. China Airlines will have twice as many A350 flights to North America as to Europe – the market it originally envisaged for the A350.
European A350 growth could expand as China Airlines plans to resume London in Jun-2017. China Airlines could also consider a new service to Paris. Europe risks long term overcapacity, however, and this is not a strong market for Taiwan. Growth options are limited to North America, where China Airlines needs longer range aircraft but does not have any more 777-300ERs on order.
Is it possible to ‘annex’ a neighbouring airport – its runway(s) or terminal(s) or both – in order to provide additional capacity while coming under the direct control of the principal airport? That seems to be one potential solution to the capacity issues at Lisbon’s Humberto Delgado airport – or at least, that is the language being used. The problem is that the ‘annexed’ airport in this case would be a little matter of 20km (12.5 miles) by road from the principal one, across the Vasco de Gama Bridge over the River Tagus.
This report looks at what has prompted the Portuguese government to investigate this solution.
Meanwhile, Lisbon is not alone in considering such an option, one that has come under the microscope at Mumbai and London and which might be applied elsewhere.
On 01-Feb-2017 SAS announced that it is to establish a new AOC in Ireland, with operational bases in London and Spain. It has yet to specify the airports that will become its first bases outside its three Scandinavian home countries. SAS is following a course established by Norwegian, apparently forgetting its previous objections to its LCC rival's approach.
Indeed, it seems that SAS' move is a pragmatic response to intense competition from LCCs, particularly from Norwegian. According to SAS' 2016 Annual Report, 65% of its ASKs compete with LCCs. Scandinavia's high labour costs are a significant handicap in competing with airlines that have bases outside the region.
Spain and UK are its two biggest markets outside Scandinavia, with London Heathrow its biggest non home airport. After years of cost reduction programmes – also years of initiatives aimed at enhancing the appeal of SAS' product and brand to its core target market of Scandinavia's frequent flyers – a bolder step is needed. SAS will be a very rare example of a European legacy airline with bases outside its home market, more than 20 years after market liberalisation presented the opportunity.
Malaysian long haul low cost airline AirAsia X is planning to dry lease two 777-300ERs from 2Q2017 to support the resumption of services to London Gatwick in Jun-2017. Its joint venture airline in Thailand is also aiming to launch long haul services to Europe in summer 2017 with a new route to Frankfurt, using the group’s existing A330-300ceo fleet.
The lease of second hand 777-300ERs enables AirAsia X to accelerate the relaunch of flights between its main home market of Malaysia and Europe. Previously AirAsia X was intending to wait for the delivery of the A330-900neo to resume long haul flights, which it last operated in 2012 with inefficient A340-300s.
The group was initially aiming to start operating A330-900neos from 2018, but first delivery has been delayed to early 2019. Short term leases on two 777-300ERs therefore give AirAsia X at least an 18 month jump on resuming London – a strategically important market.
However, the 777-300ERs come with high risks and costs, particularly given the current market conditions and the relatively low density full service airline configuration that AirAsia X inherits with the aircraft.
Qantas' first regular 787 services are a year away, but the airline is already announcing the initial routes so it can increase its proposition in deeply significant markets (and also begin preparations while avoiding possible media leaks). The well-flagged Perth-London nonstop service was announced first, but the first route to be flown will be Melbourne-Los Angeles from 15-Dec-2017.
Perth-London nonstop is less about the actual market between Perth and London (it is small) and more about Qantas connecting the rest of Australia with a one-stop proposition via an Australian port with an experience that Qantas can intimately control. Even with Qantas' successful restructuring and cost base reduction, it will still need to command a yield premium.
Nonstop to London, an unprofitable market not expected to turn to black in the short term, is also about the prestige and marketing value of being the only airline to operate Australia-Europe nonstop. Melbourne-LA was likely a late change, prompted by US rejection of its proposed JV with American Airlines. The JV would have resulted in American entering the Melbourne-LA market; Qantas' 787 will instead provide the necessary boost in presence of a market that has become more competitive.