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The Airline Recovery in 2021 – There is still a long way to go

US Airline traffic in 2021 recovered consistently during the year, moving closer to but not quite reaching pre-pandemic levels.  There is still a long way to go. The following chart shows US passengers by month for 2019, 2020, and 2021 as reported by TSA. The first...

How’s the Brazilian recovery from COVID-19 going?

  Brazil is the largest aviation market in Latin America. In 2019, it handled over 213 million passengers, double the second-largest market in the region, Mexico. Currently, Brazil has over 5 million COVID-19 cases, being the third worldwide with the most...

US airline industry fleet concentration

As of the 2Q18, here is where we stood with the US airline industry in-service fleet. The top four airlines accounted for 79% of the fleet.  That is concentrated and clearly points to industry followers needing to be au fait with oligopoly economics to understand the...

As GTF problems are solved, DCGA pulls the plug in India

The Pratt & Whitney geared turbofan has had a difficult introduction, with several problems on the PW1100G powering the Airbus A320neo.  The latest problem involves the aft hub knife edge seal within the high pressure compressor, which has resulted in-flight...