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Heathrow’s Churn

For many airlines, airport slots are more valuable than their whole operation and no more so than at London Heathrow where slots get traded, swapped and borrowed in a continual merry go round of activity. It’s a sure sign of a failing airline when they depart Heathrow for another London airport with a cheque normally following from another carrier. It’s also sometimes why some airlines acquire others although that may be “virgin” on the ridiculous as a way to grow a business.

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Aviation's Lost Continent

Africa. Frequently mentioned as an after thought, rarely making the aviation headlines yet full of opportunities or threats depending on your SWOT perspective. The recent AviaDev Africa Conference in Cape Town provided an insight into some of these opportunities and challenges.

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BlueSky Thinking

Well, that is a surprise, JetBlue finally getting off the fence and confirming an interest in operating from New York JFK and Boston to London using their A321LR’s. We hadn’t been expecting that at all! But the announcement seems a little odd; twelve or even twenty-four months ahead of a likely start and no London airport selected, so what’s the plan then?

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BEING “CHINA READY”

We’ve been increasingly working to help airports understand what it means to be “China ready”. With the prospect that one in four international travellers could be Chinese by 2030, and the fact that Chinese travellers typically spend more than any other tourists, can any airport afford not to take seriously what this means. 

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One In, One Out, oneworld!

There’ll be huge relief at the Corporate Offices of oneworld this week in New York as the marketing and design teams realise there will be no need to redesign marketing material and web layouts. A simple “one in, one out” change of logo will save weeks of work if the probable departure of Qatar Airways can simply be replaced by the arrival of China Southern. Relief all round then, but what does it all mean?

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China’s New Route Policy - Time to Double Up

For many years China has operated a “one route-one airline” policy towards its long-haul international air services. While it may have frustrated some market opportunities but has also led to a plethora of new secondary routes which has been the characteristic of China’s international route expansion of recent years

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Winter Winners & Losers

As sure as the clocks going back at the end of October, what are the seasonal changes to schedules that airlines apply across their networks. Seasonal summer destinations get swapped out for more slippery winter locations whilst some services are quietly dropped, never to appear again. There are inevitably winners and losers but working out who they are can be complex; so, we’ve done it for you!

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Iceland Overheating. Will The Bubble Burst……

There is a history of hub failure, especially when large proportions of the traffic is connecting, low yield and vulnerable to new competitors. Ask Brussels and the sad demise of Sabena, or Budapest and Malev or Swissair and Geneva; it begs the question, is Keflavik set for a reset in its real capacity size?

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What price for a tug when you need one?

Like many of us, I’m not averse to getting a good air fare, especially when it’s for a family holiday. With that in mind, and with a business interest in seeing what it is that Finnair is doing at their Helsinki hub, I chose ‘the fast route’, as Finnair promotes their northern routes, for my recent trip to Singapore. 

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You Might See an Elephant Fly…….

When any airline receives delivery of a new aircraft it’s an exciting time; but when you are a very small airline ranked at 474th in capacity terms according to the CAPA database and you receive a new B787 fresh from the showroom it is a huge deal.

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Joking Aside – Is it time to take The Pledge?

While Akbar Al Baker, Chief Executive Office at Qatar Airways, suggested that his comment about how his challenging job needed to be done by a man was a joke taken out of context, there’ll be many women in aviation – and outside – who failed to see the funny side. Me included.

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Cape Town - Open for Business

On the way to the departure lounge at Cape Town Airport you pass this advertisement for inward investment. This advert is just one very public demonstration of the focus of Cape Town Air Access, the multi-stakeholder team which is achieving considerable success in attracting new air services.

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China’s Love for Europe!

The excellent Second China – Europe Aviation Summit, hosted by the Institute for Aviation Research (IAR), has just finished in Beijing and one thing was very clear - the Chinese Airlines and travellers love Europe.

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