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News of November 2012

Ryanair increases reserved seats

18 November 2012

Ryanair has increased the number of seats passengers can reserve on its flights, in a further example of low-cost carriers adding premium services for customers willing to pay extra.

Ryanair’s move follows the decision by rival easyJet to roll out cabin-wide allocated seating across all flights – a change that has cost the company about £10m on IT systems but could significantly boost revenues.

Fastjet takes EasyJet low-cost model into African airspace

18 November 2012

The low-cost model pioneered by Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou that rocked Europe’s traditional airlines is spreading across Africa. Tickets went on sale last week for the first flights on Fastjet, the latest brainchild of the Greek entrepreneur, which will start flying from Dar es Salaam in Tanzania at the end of the month for prices starting at 32,000 Tanzanian shillings (£13) – plus the inevitable baggage charges and taxes.

Africa is ripe for aviation investment, with huge distances between cities and poor road and rail infrastructure. However, a poor safety record has blighted African airlines, with many carriers barred from European airspace by safety regulators.


Ryanair extends booking fee to Cash Passport cards

11 November 2012

Ryanair customers who went to the trouble of using the airline’s own credit card to avoid paying a £6 admin fee will no longer have that benefit after the firm announced that all passengers will have to pay the charge. Anyone taking a Ryanair flight after 1 December will be required to pay the £6 a person fee for each single journey as part of the headline ticket price, irrespective of how they pay.

Until now, customers who took out a Ryanair Cash Passport Mastercard could avoid the credit card fee, which adds £48 to the cost of booking a return journey for a family of four.

Spanish airline Iberia axing 4,500 jobs

11 November 2012

Loss-making Iberia on Friday announced plans to axe 4,500 jobs to save Spain’s biggest airline from collapse and warned more cuts could follow against the backdrop of economic crisis in the Eurozone country.

To stem Iberia’s cash losses by mid-2013, the Spanish airline plans to slash its network capacity by 15 percent and downsize its fleet by 25 aircraft, including five long-haul jets.

Separately on Friday, IAG announced that the parent group’s net profits dropped 24 percent in the third quarter compared with the equivalent period last year, hit by losses at Iberia.

IAG to buy Vueling for 113m euros

11 November 2012

International Consolidated Airlines Group (IAG) is making a cash tender offer to buy 100 per cent of the share Vueling, the Spanish low-cost airline based in Barcelona.

IAG’s subsidiary Iberia owns 45.85% of Vueling’s shares currently and the Iberia board has agreed not to tender them in the offer. This means that Iberia would retain its shareholding in Vueling with IAG seeking to acquire the remaining 54.15%.

The offer will be €7.00 per ordinary share of Vueling with the total cost of acquiring 54.15% anticipated to be €113m. It will be funded using internal IAG resources.

Dreamliner praised in inaugural United flight

7 November 2012

In a trip that was years in the making, United Airlines passengers Sunday got their first chance to experience the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, which made its inaugural voyage for the airline on a scheduled flight from Houston to Chicago.

The twin-aisle plane, which made its debut three years late because of production problems at Boeing, is said to be far more fuel-efficient and less costly to maintain for airlines, while offering a new level of in-cabin comfort for passengers. Instead of being made mostly of metal, half of the plane, including the fuselage and wings, is made of strong, light composite materials.

Spirit Airlines to charge up to $100 for carry-on luggage

7 November 2012

With little less than three weeks left before the busy Thanksgiving weekend, Spirit Airlines has just released some harsh news that will leave many of its customers rethinking their packing choices.

Starting today, the budget airline will charge up to $100 for each piece of carry-on luggage brought on board a flight.

According to Spirit, the ‘Bring Less, Pay Less’ campaign is expected to help not only the airline, but its customers by cutting down on waiting times and saving millions of gallons of fuel.

Airline ‘extras’ continue to soar

5 November 2012

Airlines around the world will collect an estimated 27.8 billion in extra fees and charges this year.

The figure represents an increase of 11 per cent on last year’s total, and is nearly 40 per cent more than carriers received in 2010.

With total airline income remaining stagnant during that time, it also illustrates just how dependent many airlines have become on “ancillary” revenue, from baggage charges and administration fees to car hire sales and in-flight food and drink, to maintain their profits.

Airlines claim such charges allow them to keep headline fares low, but passengers often complain that they reduce transparency and make it more difficult to compare fares.

Which airline fees are worth the extramoney?

Ryanair half-year profits up 10%

5 November 2012

No-frills airline Ryanair raised its guidance for the year as profit rose 10 per cent in the first half of its financial year and traffic increased.

The airline said it would raise its profit guidance for the year from between €400 million and €440 million to between €590 million and €520 million after a strong performance in the six months to September.

Revenues were 15 per cent higher for the six-month period at €3.11 billion, with profit after tax rising to €596 million compared with €544 million in the six months to September 2011.