August 16, 2016
Korean carriers Asiana and Korean Air are being squeezed between rapid growth from Chinese carriers and new capacity coming out of Japan. But nonetheless, the two Korean carriers posted some of the most improved earnings among widebody carriers worldwide. Japan Airlines and All Nippon, meanwhile, both regressed in their year-over-year earnings despite a strengthening yen and lower fuel costs. Dismal demand is the culprit.
In South America, LATAM is wrestling with the economic breakdown in Brazil as well as pressures to the global cargo market. Jet Airways posted its fifth consecutive profitable quarter. Cebu Pacific continues to take the world by storm. Air Berlin continues to struggle. And Garuda posted one of the worst declines in year-over-year Q2 profits. And lastly, is Delta making the right bet with its newly unveiled Delta One suite?
August 9, 2016
One of the bright spots in the Lufthansa Group’s second quarter earnings report was its Swiss unit, which bested Lufthansa mainline, the Austrian unit and even the healthy maintenance unit. Meanwhile, Eurowings was the worst performing airline of the group, with a negative one percent margin—but that was a great improvement from the first quarter.
All in all, it added up to Lufthansa underperforming IAG but outperforming Air France/KLM, a scenario that’s become a recurring storyline. In Canada, the storyline seems to be changing as Air Canada outperformed WestJet. Icelandair had one of its best second quarters ever. Panama’s Copa continues to weather economic challenges and this time with hopeful signs that the worst is behind them. Indigo is cruising with a 15% operating margin. And, lastly, we discuss Delta’s Monday malfunction.
August 2, 2016
The second quarter year-over-year profit margin improved at Air France/KLM, but only because of a huge windfall from fuel. In fact, the real story is that the airline group is largely missing out on profits that normally would come from such a lift from fuel. Another airline group, IAG (the parent company of British Airways, Iberia, Vueling and Aer Lingus), did better despite the Brexit vote. But IAG’s results were nothing like Ryanair, who actually lowered unit costs even after excluding fuel, which lowered costs further still.
In the U.S., JetBlue continued the profit parade, but it did so rather modestly compared to the giant profits of its peers. Spirit is still cruising along, but conditions in the U.S. now leave the LCC slightly outside its comfort zone. It shows when you compare its results to, say, Southwest. And then there’s Allegiant, who at the moment is certainly comfortable towering over everyone.