Articles tagged “low-cost carriers”

Air Asia X Is Exploring Larger Planes for Longer Routes

Air Asia X Is Exploring Larger Planes for Longer Routes

Christopher Jasper and Benjamin Katz, Bloomberg

Discount airlines make decisions based on cost, not passenger comfort. But if Air Asia X chooses the A350 or Boeing 787 over the A330, passengers may win. Even in the densest configurations, passengers tend to prefer the A350 and 787. They have better air quality and are quieter than most other jets.

1 month ago

Ryanair CEO Extends Olive Branch to Calm Rebellious Pilots

Ryanair CEO Extends Olive Branch to Calm Rebellious Pilots

Benjamin Katz, Bloomberg

Ryanair Chief Executive Michael O'Leary is having to eat a massive slab of humble pie in order to stave off a pilot revolt but if his conciliatory tone proves successful he'll no doubt feel it was worth it. We'll have to wait and see to find out whether his words have the desired effect.

2 months ago

EasyJet Plans to Capitalize on Rivals’ Woes

EasyJet Plans to Capitalize on Rivals’ Woes

Thomas Seal, Bloomberg

How quickly things can change in the airline business. Only a few months ago it was EasyJet that was struggling. Now EasyJet stands to benefit from problems at some of its closest competitors.

2 months ago

What Monarch Air’s Bankruptcy Means for European Aviation

What Monarch Air’s Bankruptcy Means for European Aviation

Patrick Whyte, Skift

While there might be too many European airlines, Monarch's demise shouldn't necessarily be seen as being symptomatic of wider industry problems. Like Alitalia and Air Berlin before it, the UK-based airline and tour operator had plenty of self-inflicted wounds that were exacerbated by external issues.

2 months ago

Ryanair Passenger Growth Slows Amid Mass Cancellations

Ryanair Passenger Growth Slows Amid Mass Cancellations

Benjamin Katz, Bloomberg

Monarch's bankruptcy has taken the attention away from Ryanair for the minute but it is going to take some time before the Irish airline's reputation recovers.

2 months ago

Monarch Becomes the Latest European Airline to File for Bankruptcy

Monarch Becomes the Latest European Airline to File for Bankruptcy

Thomas Seal, Bloomberg

Like Air Berlin, Monarch's collapse into bankruptcy has been well-flagged through heavy losses over the last few years. Plenty of CEOs and pundits have predicted consolidation in the European aviation market and it looks like it is now coming to pass.

2 months ago

JetBlue Airplane Redesign Features More Perks But Less Legroom

JetBlue Airplane Redesign Features More Perks But Less Legroom

Justin Bachman, Bloomberg

People who like what JetBlue offers will still be eager to fly on the airline's redesigned aircraft. But adding more seats will make the passenger experience a little more cramped.

2 months ago

Ryanair Must Face UK Aviation Regulator Over Wave of Cancelled Flights

Ryanair Must Face UK Aviation Regulator Over Wave of Cancelled Flights

Thomas Seal and Benjamin Katz, Bloomberg

Ryanair is in a tricky position here where it must face down regulators and pilots at the same time — while also contending with 700,000+ unhappy customers.

2 months ago

EasyJet Is Working to Develop an Electric Commercial Jet Within a Decade

EasyJet Is Working to Develop an Electric Commercial Jet Within a Decade

Thomas Seal, Bloomberg

A fully electric commercial jet is pretty much the holy grail of the aviation industry. Although, developing one within a decade seems like a stretch.

2 months ago

Air France Unveils Its New Millennial-Focused Airline Joon

Air France Unveils Its New Millennial-Focused Airline Joon

Brian Sumers, Skift

Air France might need a low-cost airline. That part makes sense. But why is it trying so hard to attract millennials? Just offer cheap fares and reasonable service, and young people will fly your airline.

2 months ago

Lufthansa and EasyJet Win Battle to Carve Up Bankrupt Air Berlin

Lufthansa and EasyJet Win Battle to Carve Up Bankrupt Air Berlin

Richard Weiss, Bloomberg

Lufthansa and EasyJet have been flagged as front runners for a while now so this shouldn't come as a surprise. Still, it will be interesting to see how both utilize the assets if their bids are successful.

2 months ago

United Is Fighting Low-Cost Rivals With Cheap Fares as Investors Worry

United Is Fighting Low-Cost Rivals With Cheap Fares as Investors Worry

Michael Sasso, Bloomberg

Investors are unhappy that fares are so cheap. That's fine. They're focused on profits. But this is great news for airline passengers. They're finding deals.

2 months ago