Photo by Malcolm Nason at the Aer Lingus birthday celebrations, May 2011
Aer Arann ATR42 EI-CVR landing at Ronaldsway, 8 July 2005. Photo by joolsgriff
British Airways Concorde takes off from Heathrow airport in London November 7 2001. Picture by phil
AirAsia is a Malaysian based low fares airline headquartered in Kuala Lumpur.
An award winning airline, it is widely regarded as a pioneer of the low cost model in Asia and offers local & international flights to 100 destinations in 22 countries.
AirAsia is applauded for its operating margins. It operates with the world’s lowest unit cost of US$0.023 per available seat kilometers (ASK) and load factor of 52%.
While Ryanairs business is regarded as efficient, Air Asia clearly has an astute management team making strategic decisions thats are allowing it to operate at maximum efficiency. For example, Air Asia achieves an aircraft turnaround time of 25 minutes, has a crew productivity level that is triple that of Malaysia Airlines.
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The Boeing 737 is the most popular amongst low fares airlines. Here are 10 things you may not have known about the next generation Boeing 737 Max due to arrive in 2017.
- Fuel burn per seat will be 8 percent per-seat lower than the future competitor aircraft
- The 737 MAX will be powered by CFM International LEAP-1B engines
- Fuel emissions will be reduced by 14%
- The first flight is scheduled fro 2106
- Deliveries to customers beginning in 2017
- The interior also features larger, pivoting overhead stowage bins that add to the openness of the cabin
- The latest quiet engine technology will reduce to reduce operational noise by up to 40 percent.
- Range will be extended to 3,600 nautical miles 405
- The 737 MAX 8 will have the lowest operating costs* in the single-aisle segment
- The Boeing ‘Sky’ Interior will come standard on the 737 MAX
The possibility is “growing every day” that Airbus will go ahead with the so-called “A330neo”, though not necessarily at next week’s Farnborough Airshow, he told the Financial Times – Tom Enders, Airbus CEO
Manchester Airport in July 1980. A pair of Britannia Airways Boeing 737-200s. Photo by Chris