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US airline market concentration at 3Y18

Consolidation among US airlines has seen a sharp rise in the market power of a few very big companies. Looking only at the 3Y18 numbers we see the following. The big three account for over 60% of the market. Adding number four takes the concentration to over 70%. The...

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...

Are aging fleets a problem?

With another two stories today about in-flight component failures (Southwest, Sichuan), we are being reminded that airplanes are vulnerable.  There is nothing quite like an airline/airplane scary story to catch people's attention. The industry safety statistics are...

SkyWest Airlines – the major regional

SkyWest Airlines, based in Utah, started the business in June 1972.  Today its fleet count has grown large enough to rival the fleet size of the US majors, even though it is a regional airline.  This is a rather remarkable achievement In terms of fleet size, the most...