It has been suggested that LCCs will be better off in a post-CoVID-19 world as there is less of a reliance on business travel recovery to contribute to growth. However, Government support has allowed national Full Service Carriers to weather the COVID storm. In this discussion we ask which business models are going to work well in the future?
- CAPA - Centre for Aviation, Chairman Emeritus, Peter Harbison
- IESE Business School, Professor and former Chairman & CEO British Airways, Alex Cruz
- Indigo Partners, Managing Partner, Bill Franke
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- Almost all SilkAir stations have been transferred to SIA, and the integration will be completed within FY2022 subject to regulatory approvals;
- Nine of SilkAir's Boeing 737-800 aircraft have been transferred to the SIA fleet with enhancements to the cabin product.
The group added the integration will result in "greater consistency" in product and service across its full service business. it will also provide greater economies of scale and enhance flexibility in aircraft deployment to meet the demand for air travel as it returns. [more - original PR]
Turkish Airlines announced (27-Jul-2021) plans to commence scheduled operations to Cebu, "based on market conditions". Cebu will be the airline's second destination in the Philippines, after Manila. Turkish Airlines is the only carrier offering nonstop services between Turkey and the Philippines. [more - original PR]
Air Austral received (27-Jul-2021) its first of three A220-300 aircraft on 27-Jul-2021, becoming the first French A220 operator. The second and third aircraft are expected to join the airline's fleet in the coming days and the three aircraft (F-OLAV, F-OMER and F-OTER) are scheduled to arrive in Reunion on 12-Aug-2021. The A220s will replace one ATR 72-500 and two Boeing 737-800s. Air Austral is a new Airbus customer and operator and is expected to deploy its A220s on services to Mauritius and Mayotte, followed by Comoros, India, Madagascar, Seychelles and South Africa. Cabin details of the new aircraft include:
AirAsia Group reported (27-Jul-2021) the following traffic highlights for its Malaysian, Indonesian and Philippine consolidated AOCs, in the three months ended Jun-2021:
- Passengers: 758,746, -94.1% compared to 2019;
- Seat capacity: 1.1 million, -92.6%;
- Passenger load factor: 68%, -17pp;
- RPK: -95.1%;
- ASK: -93.8%;
- Number of flights: 6114, -92.6%;
- Average stage length: 1026km, -16.8%;
- Fleet: 151, up by five aircraft. [more - original PR]
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