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28 September 2017

Getting to the bottom of the CASK

The Cost per Available Seat-Kilometer (CASK, or CASM if using statute miles) is an industry standard for measuring an airline's unit cost. Traditionally, a rule of thumb in the industry has been that aircraft size is inversely correlated with the CASK; in other words, the larger the aircraft, the lower the CASK. Recent analysis conducted by PwC's Aviation Center of Excellence indicates that this empirical rule may no longer be accurate.

28 January 2017

The rise of neo-protectionism in aeropolitics

Global aeropolitics are a two-pronged affair. The first is preoccupied with the exchange of information and the harmonization of procedures to ensure the safe and efficient operations of air transport regardless of geography, language, culture and legal environment; it is mostly a technocratic concern driven by the International Civil Aviation...

21 December 2016

Is long-range aircraft innovation challenging the mega-hub model?

In a recent media release, Qantas Airways (ASX: QAN) announced the start of a direct service from Perth to London in March 2018, just two years short of the carrier's hundredth birthday. The announcement may be seen as just one in many, given 2016’s growth of 6% in the global...