American, Southwest denied boardings rate up in 1H2019, impacted by 737 MAX grounding

US FAA reported American Airlines voluntarily denied boarding to 69,924 passengers and involuntarily denied boarding to 5022 passengers in 1H2019 (Reuters, 15-Aug-2019). Additionally, Southwest Airlines voluntarily denied boarding to 22,364 passengers…..

Avianca Holdings posts a USD36m operating loss in 2Q2019 attributed to 5.5% pax revenue reduction

Avianca Holdings reported (15-Aug-2019) that 2Q2019’s USD36 million operating loss is primarily driven by a 6.9% decrease in total operating revenues, as passenger revenues decreased by…..

Azul is ‘disappointed’ with ‘shorter range’ on A321LR aircraft

Azul founder David Neeleman stated the carrier is a “little disappointed with the A321LR because it has a shorter range than Airbus designed, and the routes we could take with…..

Delta, Virgin Atlantic to launch three US-UK services, increase frequencies from 2020

Delta Air Lines announced (15-Aug-2019) plans to operate the following services with JV partner Virgin Atlantic Airways: Frequency increase: Delta: New York JFK-London Heathrow: Increase to three…..

The Hong Kong outlook – can we expect a further escalation in action or will there be a loss of momentum?

Last month, The Blue Swan Daily highlighted research that showed how much of an impact the wave of demonstrations against the controversial extradition bill in…..

British Airways’ London Heathrow-New York JFK service remains the world’s only billion dollar airline route

The news this time last year that British Airways was the operator of the world’s only billion dollar air service by annual revenue secured significant…..

Travelling with infants can be a struggle – Virgin Australia eases the pain by becoming the first to provide a baby baggage allowance

When travelling for business most corporate travellers are happy to be as far away from infants as possible, but most of them also travel with…..

Your weekly travel and aviation Quote-a

The Blue Swan Daily brings you a roundup of the most thought-provoking and interesting comments from those industry leaders in the know. airBaltic CEO Martin…..

Believing in Brazil – international pressures remain, but domestic market seems to be showing signs of improvement

Brazil posed significant challenges for Latin American operators during 2018 because of currency fluctuations and uncertainty driven by the presidential elections. The pressure was largely…..

Air Canada to launch two services to US with A220-300s from May-2020

Air Canada announced (14-Aug-2019) plans to launch the following services with A220-300 equipment from 04-May-2020: Montreal-Seattle: Daily; Toronto-San Jose (California): Daily. The airline stated it will…..

Mexico City Santa Lucia Airbase conversion costs increased 17% before ground works started

Mexico‘s Defence Secretariat adjusted the construction costs for Mexico City Santa Lucia Airbase, increasing the projected costs by 17%, totalling MXN92 billion (USD4.7 billion) (El Economista,…..