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FORTRESS HUBS AND OPEN MARKETS IN THE US

In the third of our series with Blue Swan Daily on the world’s Top 100 airports, we’re looking at how airlines dominate some hub airports and not others, and specifically the situation in the US.

At Los Angeles International Airport 69 airlines operate scheduled services with the largest, American Airlines, having only a 15% share of capacity. This makes LAX the least dominated airport of any of the US airports in the Top 100. On the opposite coast, LaGuardia Airport also benefits from a wide spread of airline operators with the largest, Delta Air Lines, operating only 18% of capacity.

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Boeing’s Dream Comes True…..

For Boeing executives, the last few days may seem just like a dream. An order from Emirates for some 40 B787’s and a thumbs down on a highly anticipated order for A380’s casts further doubt on the continued production of the capacity giant.

Behind the headline is perhaps a subtle change in strategy for Emirates and an acceptance that big is not entirely beautiful in a changing world full of competition and uncertainty. This winter sees the first slowdown in overall capacity supplied season on season from the big three Middle East carriers for many years. Whilst Qatar Airways capacity cuts are clearly not of their choice, Emirates have also reduced frequency by 1% and Etihad by some 3%. A hiatus in aircraft deliveries for all carriers in 2017 may account for the slowdown but competitive pressure is building from all sides.

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Airline dominance at airports across asia pacific

The second in-depth analysis in our latest series carried out by the Blue Swan Daily and MIDAS Aviation partnership considered the market share of dominant airlines at the biggest Asian and Australasian airports.

While the three major Chinese airports each have a dominant Chinese carrier (China Southern at Guangzhou, Air China and Beijing and China Eastern at Shanghai Pudong) many of the next tier of leading Chinese airports have no such airline domination.

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Middle East Temperatures Begin to Cool Down…First Signs of Global Warming Slowing!

The delivery of Emirates 100th A380 last week was well publicised, especially by Airbus seeking to squeeze the last drops of confidence in the aircrafts’ future. The arrival of the IATA Winter Season suggests that for all the positive spin around new aircraft deliveries the market may be cooling down.

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A FISTFUL OF DOLLARS - WILL CURRENCY EXCHANGE POSE A REAL RISK TO EUROPE'S AIRLINES THIS WINTER?

It’s an irony of a global industry that many airlines find their costs are set in US Dollars (USD) whilst for some  much of their revenue is generated from other currencies. It leads to an already overly complex industry notorious for its low margins, also having to contend with the vagaries of foreign exchange rates. This week International Airlines Group (IAG) CEO, Willie Walsh commented on this issue posing a risk to some European carriers who may be exposed to a heavy USD cost base.

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MARKET DOMINANCE v'S NO ONE BIG CARRIER - WHICH IS BETTER FOR AN AIRPORT? 

The Blue Swan Daily, in partnership with MIDAS Aviation, have carried out an in-depth analysis of the world’s ‘Top 100’ airports by capacity, highlighting differences in airport approaches to route development, passenger profile trends between different destinations, those airports that have the most reliance upon a single airline partner and those that have the biggest diversity of airline partners. 

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The Exotic Southwest- Surf's Up in Long beach, oakland, phoenix, orange county aND las vegas

They are many things; but few would ever describe Southwest Airlines as exotic. But their planned expansion into Hawaii alongside their more recent Caribbean adventures will seem exotic alongside much of their network.