Well it’s near the end of the week (and it’s been awful here) so lets do some news that might affect you.. or not
BA’s food Debcale
Need I say much more? No signs of climbdown or anything alas.
Qatar Wuss out – I mean “reassured by Boeing” over 787
Showing that indeed airlines are slaves to airframe makers sometimes, it seems Qatar are happy with the “reassurance” of the 787 programme, with the threat of cancellations (30+30) seem to be put aside for now.
Saying that, they’re accepting only frames from 2012, and not the overweight planes. Boeing have their work seriously cut out I suspect…
Southwest heads to the Frontier
Seems as though its bargain time in the US Aviation industry as SouthWest Airlines are putting in a bid for Frontier Airlines, citing as strongest bid by all interested parties, including Frontier employees, management and its creditors.
How they’ll operate it is another matter – SouthWest is 737-xxx shop, where as Frontier is an Airbus A32x and a Dash shop – be it as wholly owned to start with. However, with economies of scale – I doubt that a mixed fleet will last for long for…
Of course – the courts could just sell everything to Republic Airlines… Speaking of which…
Republic of Hawiai. A bit of Mokulele anyone?
With Republic Airlines seemingly spreading itself far and wide, it investment in Mokulelele is paying off with higher passenger numbers. However profit is eluding them (which lets face it – not many airlines are turning that much of a profit these days)
And speaking of losses….
Singapore looses money behind the sofa, Lufthansa tries not to loose much more
Seems like all the big airlines are feeling at the moment, with SIA loosing over $212 million, and Lufthansa making a small profit of $8 million. Seems like cargo, pax and trade is down across the board.
Stand by for more cuts.
Ethiopian Airlines go for it – Orders A350’s and 777’s
I’ll freely admit this was off my radar, but Ethiopian are going for a major expansion with the orders of 5 777-200LR’s and 12 A350’s. With what longhaul fleet they have a the moment (767’s) this is one heck of an expansion combined with the 787 fleet on order.
And they’ve tied up with Lufthansa to share M+M earning and rewards – Who can sniff a possible entry into Star Alliance here?
Turkish Airlines have spare cash to splash – Orders 777’s
It seems the experience of leasing the Jet Airways 777’s is paying off with TK ordering an extra 7 aircraft, taking the ordering commitment to 12 777-300ER’s. Depending on the configuration used, I suspect this is going to work out very well for TK with a good First class product and reasonable C and Y….
That’s it for news. I’ll think of some airplane p0rn to go online tomorrow…