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EC approval of Ryanair and LaudaMotion deal, where Irish Rynair is buying 75% of LaudaMotion (up from existing 24.9%) sparks war of words with Lufthansa, which was forced to drop its bid for NIKI in December, 2017 after the EC’s Directorate General for Competition warned that the tie-up would have harmed passengers in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. NIKI was part of airBerlin and had been kept going through a combination of as much as 10 million euros ($12 million) in weekly support from Lufthansa and a 150 million-euro government loan granted to Air Berlin in August to prevent a wholesale grounding of flights. Lufthansa was successful in acquiring some other Air Berlin assets, including multiple aircraft, crew and slots, as well as regional air carrier LGW, subject to conditions set by the EC to avoid competition “distortions”. These included a reduction of Lufthansa’s project acquisition of slots at Dusseldorf airport and the transfer of 11 aircraft to LaudaMotion.

    Read my regular Articles and Posts on LinkednIN:  https://www.linkedin.com/in/tomas-chlumecky-3200a021/         EC approval of Ryanair/LaudaMotion deal sparks war of words with Lufthansa   19 July 2018 by Naomi Smith – Getting The Deal Through           Lawyers from Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton have helped Ryanair win unconditional … Continue reading

SUMMARY: Canada’s WestJet Airlines, is planning to start a new ultra low cost carrier (ULCC) later this year with 10 x B737-800’s. This will be the first time that a low cost carrier (LCC) that re-positioned itself into a hybrid airline, goes back and starts a ULCC and goes after a market segment they abandoned years before. This is so badly needed in Canada where the top two airlines have a duopoly and control 85% of the domestic capacity, and till today there is NO real low cost carrier (LCC) in Canada, the only major developing country in the world not to have one. In fact, NO US based low cost carrier competes in the Canadian market (yet), and its why +5 million Canadian passengers drive across the US border every year to fly from US airports to save on air travel, by using lower cost US airlines. A ridiculous passenger spillage that no one seems to care about, while the only low cost airline right now coming into Canada is Iceland’s fast growing WOW Air with very low priced deals to Iceland and Europe. The ultra low cost model is growing and even now the US big 3 airlines (DL, UA and AA) are experimenting with their new “Basic Economy” pricing, no amenities, everything ‘extra’ approach, good idea or a dilution of their brands ?

So WestJet Airlines, once Canada’s LCC is starting all over again with another LCC airline of its own ? is this to counter the growing competion from Air Canada’s “LCC” rouge, and the new Canadian planned start-ups like Canada Jetlines, Fly Too (Enerjet with Indigo partners) and NewLeaf now that foreign ownership of a Canadian … Continue reading

ABSTRACT: IAG (International Airline Group) acquires Ireland’s Aer Lingus and gains 23 valuable slots at Heathrow, while oneworld partner Qatar Airways buys 10% of IAG, Europe’s highly fragmented airline industry with 200+ airline groups where the top 5 airlines by traffic have a 46% market share compared to 87% in the highly consolidated and concentrated US market, and a new stage of European consolidations will soon begin, as state aid is all but gone now, and already in 2015 both Cyprus Airways and EuroLOT are shut down, Lufthansa Group and Air France-KLM Group both struggle with sustainable profitability and many of the remaining small carriers are waiting for a “white knight” before they go bankrupt, meanwhile most of the recent European airline acquisitions have been from outside of Europe, the industry is changing, and many airline bankruptcies are expected as there are no more “white knights” around like Etihad Airways to rescue the weak and struggling airlines.

The Irish national carrier, Aer Lingus is being acquired by IAG (International Airline Group, LSE:IAG), the 6th largest airline group in the world with revenue of $US 24.7 B (billion) and the parent of British Airways, Spain’s Iberia and LCC Vueling, valuing the airline at Euro 1.36 billion (+/- $US 1.53 billion). Under current CEO … Continue reading

ABSTRACT: Porter Airlines, now 8 years in operation and Canada’s 3rd largest scheduled airline has been in a state of semi-oblivion since 2011 when it received the last of its current 26 Q400’s, but the latest sale of its Passenger Terminal at Billy Bishop Toronto City Center Airport (CYTZ) for a reported C$ 750 million now gives Porter the money to move forward with its purchase of 12 plus 18 options for the Bombardier CS100’s, just needs to ‘influence’ Toronto’s City Council to allow jets into the airport and lengthen the runway by 400 meters, Bombardier desperately needs this Canadian/North American order for its struggling program, the political obstacles will surely be taken care off, so it is now very likely that Toronto’s City Council will approve of the lifting of the jet ban, agree to the runway extension and the CSeries will be in Porter’s livery one day as money always talks in politics and business, though Toronto will have another major airport right in downtown Toronto that will have to handle +4.5 million passengers ! but is the CS100 strategy the right one for Porter Airlines ? get the strategy wrong and it will bankrupt the airline in no time and can anyone ever change the airline duopoly in Canada ?

Porter Airlines, Canada’s 3rd largest scheduled airline (though it has less than 2.5% of the C$ 13 billion a year Canadian domestic and trans-border market) was heading into its 9th year of operation in a state of oblivion, as its fleet of 26 Bombardier Q400’s (74 passenger seats) and 1,400 employees has remained constant since … Continue reading

ABSTRACT: Etihad Airways (aka “White Knight”) buys 49% of money loosing Alitalia for $2.4 billion and adds its 8th Equity Alliance partner, and the 3rd big partner that desperately needs cash along with Air Berlin and Jet Airways just to survive, it saved much smaller partners Air Seychelles and Air Serbia (ex-JAT) from certain death, and does anyone remember Swissair’s infamous “Hunter Strategy” ? it acquired equity in 10 European airlines and it collapsed in 2002 ! well this Etihad Equity Alliance strategy is nothing like it.

The unique Equity Alliance strategy followed by Etihad Airways CEO Mr. James Hogan is really taking off as Etihad Airways has just signed a $US 2.4 billion deal to buy 49% of Italy’s struggling Alitalia, and in one move Etihad gains access to Europe’s 4th biggest market. Hats off to James Hogan for the creative … Continue reading

Canada’s cozy airline duopoly is about to face new challengers in the form of newly emerging ULCC’s (ultra low cost carriers) Jet Naked (Enerjet) and Canada Jetlines that want a piece of the Low Price Segment in the $11.2 billion a year domestic and transborder market, and free Canadians from high fares !

Well, it is official, we now know of 2 ULCC (ultra low cost carriers) that plan to enter the Canadian market in the near future, as Calgary based Enerjet, owned by WestJet co-founder Tim Morgan and now operating 3 B737-700’s on charters has announced its intent to enter the Canadian ULCC market with Jet Naked, … Continue reading

PART 1 of 2 – The Evolution of the LCC (Low Cost Carrier) Business Model in North America: WHO are the LCC’s ? WHAT is their Strategy ? WHERE are the big cost savings ? and WHY are there so many different LCC Business Models ? and which LCC’s are the best performers ?

For 2013, the U.S. airlines, both FSC (full service carriers) like Delta Air Lines (DL), American Airlines (AA) and United Airlines (UA), US Airways (US) and Alaska Airlines (AS) the 6 U.S. based LCC (low cost carriers) like Spirit Airlines (NK), Allegiant Air (G4), Virgin America (VX), JetBlue Airways (B6), Southwest Airlines (WN) and Frontier … Continue reading