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Economic reports - Cost
Analysis of developments in the cost base of the airline industry.
Africa & Middle East
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FX impacts on airlines (Dec 2015)
The international nature of the aviation industry means that airlines are exposed to currency fluctuation risk. This paper outlines the ways in which FX changes can impact airlines – both directly and indirectly.
Airlines and passengers are estimated to have paid at least US$92.3 billion for the use of airport and air navigation infrastructure globally in 2011, equivalent to 14.4% of the cost of transport.
Airline Fuel & Labour Costs
Analysis of airline financial data to 2008 shows the trends in fuel and labour costs. Fuel remains the largest cost category, with regional variation.
The impact of the financial crisis on energy investment
by Dr Fatih Birol, Chief Economist, International Energy Agency; The financial crisis and following recession helped lower airline fuel costs compared to their highs of 12 months ago. The flip side of this equation is that energy investment has also .....
Aircraft lessor prospects and lease valuation for airlines
by William Gibson, AirBusiness Academy; Over the medium term one of the primary stresses caused by the credit squeeze will be the capacity of operating lessors to finance deliveries. The operating leasing model involves the lessor accepting the risk .....
Unions and wages in the US airline industry
by Barry Hirsch, Trinity University, San Antonio, Texas; US airlines have made significant progress in improving labour cost efficiency in recent years. However, there remains a wage premium for airline workers compared to similar skilled workers in .....
Airline cost performance: update
Updated analysis with 2006 data
Airline cost performance: summary report
Summary of full report
Airline Cost Performance
Cost efficiency is critical for an airline's ability to compete and survive. Yet not every airline should seek to be the lowest cost operator. There are still competitive advantages in an efficiently-delivered network model.
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