The Boeing-Airbus duopoly of the $1.6 trillion aircraft manufacturing market is set to face a formidable challenge from the BRIC economies over the next two decades. Young upstarts – including the likes of Brazil’s Embraer and China’s Comac – are launching aircraft that will erode the duopoly’s 90 percent share of the narrow-bodied market.
Airlines are likely to add more than $50 to the price of transatlantic tickets in a bid to recoup losses from the volcanic ash crisis and soaring oil prices. According to leading think tank, the Centre for Economics and Business Research, fares could rise by up to 5.2 per cent this year, and 6.3 per cent in 2011 and 2012.
All Nippon Airways is introducing women-only lavatories on its international routes in response to “numerous requests for this service”. The Japanese carrier joins Korean Air as the only other commerical airline to offer such a service.
Despite recent gains, losses in the premium air traffic market during the global recession have erased the previous six years of growth, according to the International Air Travel Association (IATA).
Overall global airline capacity grew for the sixth month in succession during February, according to the latest figures from OAG Aviation.
Last year witnessed the biggest slump in air passenger traffic since World War II, according to the International Air Transport Association. Passenger traffic dropped by 3.5% in 2009 from a year earlier, while freight traffic fell 10.1%, reversing years of steady growth.
Delta Air Lines, the world’s largest airline by revenue, has announced plans to invest $1 billion over the next four years to upgrade its fleet and passenger facilities.
Ryanair has emerged as an unlikely model for sustainable travel in new research showing that low-cost carriers produce up to 35 percent less carbon emissions per passenger than their full-service counterparts, due to higher load factors and seat density, as well as newer fleets.
Obese passengers who are too large to fit into one seat face being charged for a second under new rules being imposed by Air France, and may not be allowed to board for “safey reasons” if they refuse to pay.
British Airways and American Airlines have been dealt a bitter blow by the U.S. Department of Justice, which has ruled that their proposed tie-up would result in “competitive harm” and lead to transatlantic fares rising by as much as 15 percent. It has recommended major concessions in return for granting anti-trust immunity.
Simultaneous parallel departures for the first time ever in Russia ensured in Moscow Domodedovo Airport
The race between American Airlines and Delta Air Lines to strike a partnership with Japan Airlines has taken on added importance following the completion of agreement between the US and Japan to liberalise air traffic. The “open skies” deal will allow airlines from both countries to have a wider range of destinations and effectively operate as a single carrier.