What were you reading? Blue Swan’s Top 5 most popular analysis pieces of 2018

    It’s been a big year for the The Blue Swan Daily. More than 100,000 people now visit our site every month, so what were you reading?

    Below is a snapshot of the top 5 most popular Blue Swan pieces published in 2018:


    Passengers impacted as Scoot wet leases Singapore Airlines 777 on Sydney route due to 787 engine issues

    Scoot is wet leasing a 777-200 from parent Singapore Airlines (SIA) to cover Sydney-Singapore flights as it deals with another batch of engine issues on its 787 fleet.

    Scoot has informed customers that SIA will be operating TR2 from Singapore to Sydney and TR3 from Sydney to Singapore between 6-Jun-2018 and 30-Jun-2018 (a total of 15 return flights as TR2/TR3 operates four times per week). Scoot has used SIA several times over the last two years on the Sydney-Singapore route when it is confronted with a shortage of in-service 787s.

    To read the full article, visit Passengers impacted as Scoot wet leases Singapore Airlines 777 on Sydney route due to 787 engine issues


    Singapore Airlines tries to stimulate demand for new US nonstops with very low initial premium economy fares

    Singapore Airlines (SIA) has engaged in heavy discounting in attempt to drum up demand for its new nonstop services to the US.

    SIA offered for one week (until 19-Sep-2018) a promotional SGD1328 (USD969) all-in premium economy return fare for Singapore-Los Angeles and SGD1428 (USD1042) for Singapore-Newark. The sale undercut by a few hundred dollars an earlier promotion after the two new nonstop routes initially went on sale for the first time.

    To read on, visit Singapore Airlines tries to stimulate demand for new US nonstops with very low initial premium economy fares


    A330-200 could be a solution for Malaysia Airlines’ Auckland quandary

    Malaysia Airlines’ newly acquired fleet of A330-200s could emerge as a lifesaver for the Auckland-Kuala Lumpur route.

    Malaysia Airlines has served Auckland with A330-300s since 2015, when it stopped deploying the 777-200 due to a restructuring related decision to phase out the 777 fleet. However, the A330-300 is not an ideal aircraft for Auckland-Kuala Lumpur as the route is up against the aircraft’s range limits, resulting in payload limitations on some flights.

    To read on, visit A330-200 could be a solution for Malaysia Airlines’ Auckland quandary


    Thai Airways plans to upgrade Sydney to A350 double daily service in 1H2018

    Thai Airways plans to introduce the A350-900 on the Bangkok-Sydney route in 2018 and upgrade the service to double daily.

    Thai Airways currently serves Sydney with 11 weekly flights using ageing 747-400s. Thai Airways VP Alliances and Commercial Strategy Krittaphon Chantalitanon told Blue Swan Daily on the sidelines of the 24-Oct-2017 AAPA Assembly of Presidents that Sydney is included in the deployment plan for the five A350-900s that Thai Airways is slated to receive in 1H2018.

    To read on, visit Thai Airways plans to upgrade Sydney to A350 double daily service in 1H2018


    AENA set to develop new Murcia Airport to rival Alicante

    In Dec-2017, and following the withdrawal of the only remaining competitors, Corporacion America and Edeis, the giant Spanish airport operator AENA was awarded the contract for the management of Murcia Corvera International Airport. Local commerce associations had been vocal about AENA holding a monopoly over both the airports in Murcia, claiming Corvera would be relegated to a standby airport.

    To read on, visit AENA set to develop new Murcia Airport to rival Alicante