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Airlines in Transition

Who has the right model for European aviation?

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Long-haul low-cost – Yes it does work, but there’s no template for success

Over the past decade, more than half of the world’s new entrant long-haul airlines have been low cost. This is a radical break from the full service norm and a quick sprouting of low-cost, long-haul.

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Airlines hybridising to capture the corporate dollar

CAPA’s Airlines in Transition events address the various forms that airlines are taking as they adapt away from their previous labels of LCCs and full service airlines. The motivation for undergoing this metamorphosis is apparent in the valuable corporate sector, blurring the earlier distinctions.

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Fleet planning: is it an art or a science? Or a vision?

It would appear that, despite our self-perception, humans are irrational and given to herd behaviour and various cognitive biases. We use the physical to anchor our bias, in particular relying on the technical or mathematical.

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Disrupting the airline business; inertia rules

There are numerous definitions of “disruption”, but the one that fits best in the context of industry change is “the prevention of something, especially a system, process, or event, from continuing as usual or as expected”.

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Would Ryanair do trans-atlantic? - Perhaps it already does.

The potential of trans-Atlantic LCC operations was discussed at IATA’s 2013 World Passenger Symposium. Then-Ryanair COO and Deputy CEO Michael Cawley flatly stated Ryanair would not enter the trans-Atlantic, despite statements otherwise from the more maverick Michael O’Leary. Some however think trans-Atlantic is purely a PR stunt for Ryanair, a topic that keeps it in the headlines.

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Regions

Alice in Wonderland goes to India (via the Gulf)

Unprecedented attention has been directed at the confrontation provoked by three major US network airlines, the biggest in the world, as they allege the three major Gulf carriers are unfairly subsidised.

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Opinion

Connecting the Airline to Deliver Value

Value delivered to passengers depends on the quality of an airline’s operations and that, in turn, is impacted by the complexity of the airline business. [By Nawal Taneja]

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