LCC

Japan’s new Zipair airline begins flights despite change of plans

Zipair, a new airline based in Japan, has begun flight operations, launching the first flight from Narita, Japan, to Bangkok, Thailand. The flight ZG51 was originally due to carry up to 290 passengers. Instead, its first and only Boeing 787 Dreamliner took off carrying only cargo load, as the newcomer air carrier had to switch plans for freight operations amid the global COVID-19 outbreak. ...


JetBlue vows “tremendousness” on low cost transatlantic market

A month after Wow Air announced bankruptcy, another low-cost player is stepping into the transatlantic flight market. The U.S. LCC JetBlue is planning to launch its first flights to Europe, vowing to bring “tremendous effect” on ticket prices and traffic along the way....


Virgin Atlantic drops idea of launching low-cost

British Virgin Atlantic Airways was numerously reported considering its own low-cost airline, however, ditched the plan this month, thinking it might negatively affect the brand....


AeroBrief| New-old plane, Kazakh LCC & Dassault’s “no” to Canada

On November 8, 2018: Air Astana announced a launch of a new, “very, very safe” LCC; Azur Air flies the first (but not so new) Boeing 737-900ER in Russia; while Dassault Aviation opts out from Canadian Air Force fighter jet tender, allegedly over “security requirements” concerns....


The future of low cost

They were born as a strange entity in commercial aviation. Among the network of connection hubs in the United States, Southwest, which inaugurated the concept, looked like a swallow that would not make through summer. ...


The many casualties of European airline industry

October has certainly not been a kind month for European aviation in the past few years. Nordic budget carrier Primera Air failed on the one-year anniversary of the collapse of British holiday airline Monarch, which occurred on October 2, 2017. Just recently, on October 17, 2018, Cyprus-based low-cost carrier Cobalt Air announced its closure. And now, Air Belgium might be considering shutting down as well.  ...


Analysis| Q2 2018 LCC performance: spring damped, shocks absorbed

This is the time of year when things get better for Europe’s LCCs. Springtime brings new hope and new growth, and there are still copious amounts of Easter chocolate to feast on after the thin gruel of Winter. Sadly, unions across Europe saw the second quarter of 2018 in similar fashion, with flight crew (fight crew?), cabin crew and air traffic controllers all wanting a bit more of the LCC’s chocolate, please. Particularly Ryanair&rs...


El AI closes operations of low-cost branch UP

El Al Israel Airlines re-merges low cost branch UP....


Vietnam’s startup LCC Bamboo Airways misses launch date

Vietnam's newest low cost carrier – Bamboo Airways – is not launching on October 10 after all....


Norwegian Air Argentina to launch these six domestic routes

Less than a month after Norwegian Air Argentina updated its plans to start operations in the South American country in mid-October, the startup announced on October 1, 2018, the launch of six domestic routes from capital Buenos Aires....