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.
Impressive stuff. Check them out here.
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
Each week we review the Top 5 trending news stories. Below are this weeks major updates on low fares airlines round the world.
- Congress Wants to Keep Norwegian Airlines’ Cheap Flights Out of America from the Daily Best Daily Beast
- Fans stick with Southwest despite rising fares from USA Today
- SpiceJet launches latest spate of low air fares from the Economic Times
- Ryanair unveils ‘Low Fares Luis’ who aims to take a bite out of high fares – BusinessandLeadership.com
- Jetlines CEO Dave Solloway pitches new low-cost airline CBC.ca
You cannot visit Australia without flying Virgin Australia Airlines. For years the Australian flag carrier Qantas ruled the air with semi-state monopoly pricing.
Just like Ireland in the 80′s, travel was regulated by government. Prices were high. Air travel was for the rich.
The Ireland Dublin-London route is similar to the Melbourne Sydney route in terms of distance, cost and historically high prices. Enter Virgin Australia Airlines which has grown to become Australia’s second-largest airline and the largest Virgin flag carrier in the world. as well as the largest by fleet size to use the Virgin brand.
Founded in 2000 by Richard Branson with 2 aircraft, Virgin took advantage of Ansetts collapse on September 11th 2001 and has been growing ever since.
The airline has grown to directly serve 29 cities in Australia with a mixture of Boeing, Embraer jets and Airbus and Boeing widebody jets.
This video illustrates the extent to which airlines go to constantly innovate. Here we see how easyJet are experimenting with the use of drones to assist in aircraft maintenance. Worth a watch.
- In 2013 United Airlines merged with American Airlines to form the largest airline in the world to form the new American Airlines
- American Airways was developed from the acquisitions in 1930 of 82 small airlines
- The AA logo was designed in in 1967 by Massimo Vignelli
- American Airlines has a fleet of 619 aircraft; American Eagle has 281 aircraft
- Just under 7,000 flights will occur each day to 50 countries and 330 cities
- The new airline employs 113,000 staff
- The new American Airlines Group has annual revenue of about $40 billion
- The merger is valued at at $11 billion and take 2 years to complete
- AA is headquartered in Fort Worth
- AA owns 72% of the ‘new’ American Airlines