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Headquartered in Toulouse, France, Airbus develops, manufactures and supports commercial aircraft in the 100 seat and above range. In 2001, Airbus became a simplified joint stock company after the four national entities of France, Germany, the United Kingdom and Spain, which had previously formed the Airbus consortium, transferred their Airbus-related assets into new company; Airbus, EADS along with BAE Systems. In 2006, following the sale of BAE Systems' stake, Airbus became a wholly-owned division of EADS (now known as the Airbus Group).
Manufacturing, production and sub-assembly of parts for Airbus aircraft are distributed across 16 sites around Europe, with final assembly in Toulouse and Hamburg. There are also centres for engineering design, sales and support in North America; and sales and customer support centres in Japan and China. Airbus also has a joint engineering centre in Russia with Kaskol.
Other company subsidiaries include Airbus Asset Management and Airbus ProSky, which provide integrated leasing and airspace management services.
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Now that Alaska Air Group has completed its acquisition of Virgin America, the combined company is offering capacity guidance for 2017 that is higher than the industry average. But Alaska is stressing that the projected growth is 2ppt below the combined increase of the two airlines in 2016. Much of the growth is driven by Alaska’s delivery of 18 Embraer 175s used on routes to enhance network offerings from the hubs of both Alaska and Virgin America.
Adding Virgin America’s network to its operations appears to be creating a competitive shield for Alaska. The company has refined competitive capacity growth estimates downward for 1Q2017 as the broader scale created by absorbing Virgin America gives Alaska the strategic network diversification that it lacked prior to the merger.
The merger integration between Alaska and Virgin America remains in its infancy, and many questions about fleet composition and branding remain unanswered. But in the short term Alaska aims to slow delivery streams for the Airbus A321neos in Virgin America’s order book until it can properly determine fleet needs for the combined airline over the long term.
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Hawaiian Airlines is maintaining a positive outlook for 2017, despite cost pressure and delays in delivery of the first Airbus A321neo aircraft to join the company’s fleet. The airline is a huge proponent of the new generation narrowbody, touting the jet as the only aircraft that serves its mission of serving secondary North American markets at the right cost point. Because of the delays Hawaiian faces the undesirable situation of incurring the costs of adding the A321s to its fleet without enjoying any revenue benefit from their operation.
The delays may intensify the cost pressure Hawaiian already faces in 2017, and its current guidance does not include any effects from a potential collective bargaining agreement it could reach with its pilots. Hawaiian is not alone in facing cost pressure in 2017; nearly every US airline is bracing for non fuel unit cost challenges alongside rising oil prices.
But the unit revenue momentum Hawaiian enjoyed throughout most of 2016 is continuing into early 2017 as industry capacity to Hawaii remains rational, and its own growth is largely driven by new long haul routes introduced in late 2016. But it will be tough for Hawaiian, and the industry in general, to sustain a revenue performance that offsets the cost pressure that most US airlines, Hawaiian included, face in 2017.
As Latin America begins a slow climb from economic weakness that has plagued the region during the past two years, airlines operating within, to, and from the area’s largest market Brazil are hoping conditions in the country’s domestic market stabilise during 2017, after the country’s recession has shattered demand in Latin America’s largest market.
Brazil’s two largest airlines Gol and LATAM Airlines Brazil remain cautious about the country’s domestic environment, at the end of 2016 concluding that excess capacity remained on domestic routes, despite their own capacity reductions within Brazil’s domestic network. Additionally, neither airline seemed particularly bullish that pricing in the Brazilian market had started to stabilise.
The country’s third and fourth largest airlines, Azul and Avianca Brazil, each have fairly robust aircraft order books, which triggers questions about each company’s growth strategy for the short and medium term. Azul is expanding its international footprint in South America, including possibly examining the establishment of a larger footprint in Uruguay. Avianca Brazil’s major shareholder is turning its attention to other Latin American markets, and the airline’s strategy going forward remains somewhat unclear.
Global commercial aircraft deliveries fell in 2016 as Boeing again outsold Airbus; 2017 to be a peak
The global commercial aircraft fleet grew by 4% in 2016 and the year ended with an order backlog of more than nine years of production. Among the regions, North America still has the biggest and oldest fleet, but the lowest ratio of orders to aircraft in service. By contrast, Middle East has the fewest in service, but the highest ratio of orders to current fleet numbers.
This report gives an overview of the number of commercial aircraft deliveries in 2016 and the outlook into 2017 and beyond. It also looks at numbers in service and on order by region. It is based on preliminary numbers from the CAPA Fleet Database and guidance on 2016 deliveries from Airbus and Boeing, who have yet to announce final numbers.
The data indicate that total worldwide deliveries fell in 2016, the first such decline for six years, as a result of delays to new aircraft programmes. Boeing delivered more aircraft than Airbus for the fifth straight year, but its deliveries fell short of its 2015 level, while Airbus increased its numbers year-on-year. Total deliveries will likely rise again in 2017, but this may prove to be a peak year.
AirAsia Group fleet analysis: expansion to resume in 2017 with 32 deliveries including 15 new leases
The AirAsia Group is accelerating expansion in 2017 after deciding to lease 15 additional A320ceos which were not previously in its fleet plan. AirAsia now plans to take delivery of 32 A320s in 2017 (11 A320neos and 21 A320ceos) while returning three aircraft, for a net gain of 29 aircraft, marking its biggest expansion since 2013.
The AirAsia Group took delivery of only 10 aircraft in 2016 and originally was planning to take delivery of just 10 aircraft again in 2017. It initially slowed its fleet growth in 2015, with four deliveries, after several years of rapid double digit fleet expansion.
The AirAsia Group’s active fleet grew by only two aircraft in 2016 and shrank by two aircraft in 2015, when aircraft sales, leases outside the group and lease returns are taken into account. Fleet growth peaked in 2013 with 36 aircraft, before initially slowing to 18 aircraft in 2014 as market conditions became more challenging.