Sunday October 1, 2023

November 2011 traffic, capacity, load factors

For the industry, traffic was up a little (0.3 percent), capacity was down more (-1.3 percent) and loads were up nicely (1.5 percentage points) last month. The increased load factors help explain why unit revenues (revenues per available seat mile) showed healthy increased in November. Here are the numbers from November, with traffic in thousands […]

IATA: Airlines will do better than we expected in 2011, but 2012 isn’t looking so rosy

The International Air Transport Association raised its 2011 profit estimates for the world’s airlines to $6.9 billion, up sharply from its previous estimate of $4 billion in net income for the year. “Airlines are going to make a little more money in 2011 than we thought,” said Tony Tyler, IATA’s director general and chief executive […]

Traffic, capacity, load factors for August 2011

As a change, I’m including all U.S. airlines for which I have traffic figures. A question to readers: Do you prefer this more complete table? Or would you prefer that we focus on what are commonly considered the major mainline carriers: Alaska, American, Delta, JetBlue, Southwest, United Continental and US Airways? Traffic is in thousands […]

Boyd conference coming to Dallas/Fort Worth in 2011

Michael Boyd and his Boyd Group International team have taken their annual aviation conference to such exotic locales as New Orleans, Aspen, Colo., Sarasota, Fla., and Lexington, Ky. In 2012, they’ll bring the show to North Texas. Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport will be a prime sponsor of the 2012 version, with details to come. The […]

Airlines report July 2011 traffic, capacity load factors

With numbers now in from the seven largest U.S. carriers, we’re left to wonder why Southwest Airlines showed the smallest increase in unit revenues among the four carriers who report those numbers. Southwest said its passenger revenues per available seat mile (PRASM) was up about 1 percent. JetBlue Airways says its PRASM climbed 5 percent, […]

2011 Chicago Air & Water Show Guide

In just under two weeks approximately, 2.2 million people will flock to the shoreline of Chicago with the bulk of that crowd converging on North Center Beach, the epicenter for the 2011 Chicago Air & Water Show. The annual show, in its fifty-third year, is “the largest FREE admission air and water exhibition of its […]

Arpey’s Q2 2011 letter to the troops

Here’s Gerard Arpey’s message to employees that accompanied Wednesday’s earnings announcement and other big news: Wednesday, July 20, 2011 Dear Colleague: I want to start my quarterly letter by thanking you for taking very good care of our customers throughout an enormously challenging period. In this most recent quarter, a large swath of the United […]

Skytrax names Qatar Airways as 2011 airline of the year

Once again, Skytrax has handed out its annual world airline awards, or as U.S. airlines call it, Passover. The top airline is Qatar Airways. The top 10 includes one European carrier, Turkish Airlines, with the rest from the Asia-Pacific including the Middle Eastern winners. North American carriers won for their region, but received none of […]

On-time performance plummets nearly 10 points for U.S. airlines in April 2011

Blame bad weather – the rate of ontime arrivals in April 2011 dropped nearly 10 percentage points from a year earlier. The U.S. Department of Transportation reported Tuesday that 75.5 percent of U.S. flights arrived on time or within 14 minutes in April, down from 85.3 percent in April 2010. It’s the second worst April […]

IATA cuts profit estimates in half for 2011

The International Air Transport Association is now estimating that the world’s airlines will earn $4 billion in 2011, down from its March estimate of $8.6 billion. “Natural disasters in Japan, unrest in the Middle East and North Africa, plus the sharp rise in oil prices have slashed industry profit expectations to $4 billion this year,” […]