Corporates preparing for Travel ‘3.0’. Part 1: renewed focus on technology

The business travel environment continues to change rapidly. Experts believe the industry has entered a new era, characterised by technology and social networks. For corporates,…..

IATA Survey: global airline demand still healthy, airline business confidence positive despite cost and yield concerns. Chinese airlines to keep pressure on the Australia/New Zealand market

On the eve of Donald Trump’s inauguration and as Britain confirms its ‘hard Brexit’ strategy, the global airline industry body IATA released the results of…..

Lufthansa and Etihad – could be good news for Virgin Australia

In late Dec-2016 Etihad and Lufthansa surprised the airline industry by announcing a codeshare agreement on specific routes. A month later, the Italian daily newspaper…..

North America is on sale again as airlines look to sell more seats across the Pacific despite unrelenting competition from Chinese carriers

It’s that time of the year again with many airlines holding further ‘new year’ sales to stimulate demand and fill empty seats. The current sales…..

New MP travel rules should add transparency

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull on 13-Jan-2017 announced important changes to the management of parliamentarians’ travel expenses in the wake of the resignation of Health…..

Part 1: As the Pound falls against the Aussie dollar, the airlines feel the pinch while consumers feel the benefit

As the world awaits the British PM Theresa May’s announcement of  her government’s official Brexit strategy, air passengers are in heaven as the British Pound…..

Air Canada and Virgin Australia codeshare. Part 2: a ‘win-win’ for both Virgin and Air Canada

From early 2017 Air Canada and Virgin Australia introduce a tidy new partnership. Virgin Australia receives improved access to Canada – a market its existing JV partner Delta can’t sufficiently cover from their shared Los Angeles…..

Air Canada and Virgin Australia codeshare. Part 1: the partnership is good news for consumers – but competition is mounting

From early 2017 Air Canada and Virgin Australia introduce a tidy new partnership. Virgin Australia receives improved access to Canada – a market its existing JV partner Delta can’t sufficiently cover from their shared Los Angeles…..

Gulf carrier growth in Australia/NZ. Part 2: Qatar Airways becomes the growth engine

Further Gulf-Australia/NZ growth hinges on Qatar Airways, and reactions to it. Qatar added more capacity to Australia/NZ in 2016 than Emirates or Etihad, and this…..

Tigerair’s regulatory headache; Indonesia’s ill-timed blooper

International aviation is little more than a highly regulated and commercially complex mishmash of a business – as approximately 2,000 passengers, affected by the forced…..

LCCs out to attract business travellers. Part 3: International and Long haul low cost

In the third and final article in this series, the Blue Swan Daily looks at long haul vs short haul LCCs. Is the feasibility of…..