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How Low Cost Carriers evolve through 7 phases

Published on 01/11/2017
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How Low Cost Carriers evolve through 7 phases

By Amrish Pathack

Here is just a simplification after many years of working with airlines, including those tagged as "low cost" in less than 1000 words

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Scared of High-Maintenance Costs?

Published on 21/11/2014 by Amrish Pathack
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How many times have you heard that aircraft maintenance costs are too high and that they need to be reduced?  Do you feel that you can confidently compare and benchmark maintenance costs? We would like to approach these questions from a slightly different angle and introduce the impact mechanisms which affect airline efficiency and profitability. All safety aspects have been voluntarily excluded: the basic assumption is that the required level of safety is the baseline and this should therefore not be lowered.

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How far should we fly?

Published on 31/05/2013 by Amrish Pathack
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With the end of the commercial supersonic era, the new race is to ultra-long range. The record for the longest commercial route is held by the Singapore Airlines Airbus A340-500 aircraft flying non-stop from New York to Singapore, covering an astonishing distance of 16.600 km in 18h40min. But when devoid of payload, the longest flight recorded is 21,602 km flown non-stop in 22h40min, held by the Boeing 777-200LR. This is 800km beyond the longest route, which is between antipodes (points opposite each other on the earth's surface). It is therefore achievable, although today not economically realistic, to jet from Buenos Aires to Shanghai (19,595 km) or from Madrid to Wellington (19,800 km). 

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