CanJet Airlines, a division of IMP Group Limited, Halifax, Nova Scotia, is Canada's newest full-service charter airline. With experienced flight crews, a skilled management team, a knowledgeable support staff and a fleet Boeing 737-800 aircraft configured to 189 seating capacity. CanJet Airlines guarantees value, comfort and convenience on every charter flight. CanJet, born and raised in Atlantic Canada, guarantees a warm welcome and a generous offering of down east hospitality on every charter flight. Flying with CanJet is an experience you will look forward to on every charter flight.CanJet, owned by IMP Group Limited, one of Canada's Top 50 Best Managed Companies and one of Canada's largest aviation and aerospace companies, looks forward to meeting your charter needs.
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
WestJet strives to offer guests a friendly, efficient and relaxing experience from time of booking to final destination. Guests now have a variety of innovative options to make their travels as smooth as possible. WestJet’s check-in choices include web check-in; mobile check-in, self serve check-in kiosks at most airports or traditional counter check-in. Some of WestJet’s airports have also adopted the cost-effective and space-saving flow-through check-in. WestJet was the first airline in North America to launch the electronic boarding pass which is accepted at all Canadian destinations. WestJet’s fleet of Boeing Next-Generation 737 aircraft are equipped with increased legroom, leather seats and live seatback television provided by Bell TV. Guests can also enjoy all the comforts of WestJet lounges. Now open at airports in Calgary, Winnipeg and Vancouver, WestJet lounges offer guests a quiet place to work or relax before their flight.
What began as a small Texas airline has grown to become one of the largest airlines in America. Today, Southwest Airlines flies over 104 million passengers a year to 64 great cities all across the country, and do it more than 3,400 times a day.
With over 500 aircraft, Southwest has one of the youngest fleets in the nation, with an average age of approximately nine years.
Since 1987, when the Department of Transportation began tracking Customer Satisfaction statistics, Southwest has consistently led the entire airline industry with the lowest ratio of complaints per passengers boarded. Many airlines have tried to copy Southwest’s business model, and the Culture of Southwest is admired and emulated by corporations and organizations in all walks of life. Always the innovator, Southwest pioneered Senior Fares, a same-day air freight delivery service, and Ticketless Travel.
Another break through in Low cost era.
The Spirit Airlines' ULCC (Ultra Low Cost Carrier) approach liberates customers from being forced into paying for services they do not desire or use. When customers are seeking the best value in travel they can choose a low fare at spiritair appropriate for their travel needs. Spirits ultra low cost model driven from numerous efficiencies, new aircraft, advanced technology and dedicated staff allows the airline to take this approach offering savings to millions of customers in The Caribbean, Latin American and The United States.
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Since the early 1990’s a number of these airlines have sprung up all over North America as an alternative to the major, long-established carriers. The most successful low cost/charter airlines operating in the United States and Canada are:
- ATA AIRLINES
- AIRTRAN AIRWAYS
- AMERICA WEST AIRLINES
- FRONTIER AIRLINES
- JETBLUE AIRWAYS
- SOUTHWEST AIRLINES
- SPIRIT AIRLINES
On May 05th 2004, Singapore's first low-cost carrier, Valuair was launched, prompting dominant carrier Singapore Airlines to invest in a new low-cost startup,Tiger Airways, to beat the competition. Not to be outdone, Singapore Changi Airport's second most dominant carrier, Qantas Airways, also started its Asian offshoot, Jetstar Asia Airways based in Singapore and commencing operations on December 13th 2004. Malaysia's Air Asia made repeated attempts to set up a Singaporean operation, but its insistence in using Seletar Airport, in addition to other demands to cut airport usage charges, delayed its abilities in gaining the relevant permits from the authorities in Singapore. This set-back may block AirAsia's Singapore expansion ambitions. In July 2005, the owners of Jetstar Asia took over Valuair and are merging the two carriers. Tiger Airways and Jtstar Asia are now profitable.
Air Asia Berhad is a low-cost airline based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. It operates scheduled domestic and international flights and is Asia's largest low fare, no frills airline. AirAsia pioneered low cost travelling in Asia. It is also the first airline in the region to implement fully ticketless travel and unassigned seats. Its main base is the Low Cost Carrier Terminal (LCCT) at Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA). Its affliate airlines Thai AirAsia and Indonesia AirAsia fly from Suvarnabhumi Airport, Thailand and Soekarno-Hatta International Airport, Indonesia, respectively.
The airline was established in 1993 and started operations on 18 November 1996. It was originally founded by a government-owned conglomerate DRB-Hicom. On December 2, 2001, the heavily-indebted airline was purchased by former Time Warner executive Tony Fernandes's company Tune Air Sdn Bhd for the token sum of one ringgit. Fernandes proceeded to engineer a remarkable turnaround, turning a profit in 2002 and launching new routes from its hub in Kuala Lumpur International Airport at breakneck speed, undercutting former monopoly operator Malaysia Airlines with promotional fares as low as RM1 (US $0.27).
On 27 March 2006, the Government of Malaysia announced that AirAsia will take over 96 non-trunk routes, in addition to 19 domestic trunk routes. This was part of Malaysia Airlines route rationalization programme which saw a large number of its domestic sectors being transferred to AirAsia from 1 August 2006.
On September 2007, AirAsia's Kuala Lumpur hub is fully operated with A320s while Thai AirAsia received its first Airbus A320 in October 2007. Indonesia AirAsia will receive its first Airbus by January 2008.
On April 5, 2007, AirAsia announced a three-year partnership with the British Formula One team AT&T Williams. The airline brand is displayed on the helmets of Nico Rosberg and Alexander Wurz, and on the bargeboards and nose of the cars.
Another Malaysia-based low-cost airline is Malaysian Airlines wholly-owned subsidiary,Firefly . Established in 2007, it operates a fleet of Fokker Friendship F50s and ATR 72s, the latter meant to replace the former.
The airline was founded by Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou in 1995. The airline is based in Hanger 89, a bright building adjecent to the main taxiway at Luton Airport. In an industry where corporate HQs are generally considered to be the unltimate status aymbol, it is the very embodiment of the easyJet low-cost ethoes.
easyJet keeps cost low by eliminating the unnecessary cost and "frill" which characterise "traditional" airlines. This is done in the following ways:
Use of internnet to reduce distribution costs by selling 95% of its seats over the internet.
Maximise the utilisation of the sbustantial assets by maximising the use of each aircraft significantly reduces the unit cost.
Ticketless travel allows passengers to receive an email containing their travel detials and booking reference when they book online isntead to receiving paper ticket.
Food Free flights reduces the catering cost. In other words "No Free Lunch".
Efficient use of airports by minimising transit ground time to 30 minutes.
easyJet currently has operating basis throughout UK and mainland Europe.
RAK Airways is the fourth national airlines of United Arab Emirates, established in February 2006. The objective of RAK Airways is to support the economic development of the Emirate of Ras-al-Khaima as it embarks upon an ambitious expension program. the development include economic free zoones to attract businesses as well as residential,leisure and tourisim projects.
RAK Airways operates both charter and scheduled services to meet the demand of the various markets taht the ariline serves.
Bahrain Air was incorporated in the Kingdom of Bahrain on 02nd July 2007 as a closed Bahraini Shareholding Company B.S.C (C). Bahrain Air, the first privately owned Premium low priced Carrier (PLPC), operates from Bahrain to several destinations using modern fleet of Airbus A320 and A319 aircrafts.
The airlines is playing a major role in linking Bahrain, the financial center of the Middle East, to the destinations in the GCC, Levant, Africa and the Indian Sub-Continent with fast and economical point to point services, for the business community and the travelling public. The airline is commited to promote Bahrain International Airport as a major HUB in the region offering its customers the highest level of comfort, service and reliablity at affordable prices.
In 2004 the Kuwait Govt. permitted the establishment of non-govermental airlines essentially ending Kuwait's 50 year old dependency on a single airline. The 2004 Emiree Decree#89 established Jazeera Airways as first airlines to enter this newly liberalized industry. Jazeer Airways is privileged to carry the national flag of Kuwait as the country's new national airlines.
Today, Jazeera Airways is a Kuwait Public Shareholding Company with a capital of KD20 million raised though an initial public offering in Kuwait that was oversc=ubscribed 12 times. The airline is the first and only privatly owned airline in Kuwait and the Middle East, and one of the few airlines in the Middle East built on a low fare busniess model.
Jazeer Airways started operations on October 30th 2005 with a fleet of brand new Airbus A320's all leather seats, flying to the Middle East's most popular destinations for the both business and liesure.
Starting in 2004, airblue's fleet of next generation Airbus A320 and A321 began offering world-class travel to many citires within Pakistan,
Airblue is now offering flights to Dubai UAE from four different cities of Pakistan, and started service to Manchester UK in 2007. Airblue has integrated unique innovations to ensure security and affordability. Among these are complete online reservation systems, online reservations hold in person payment at various locations, and mobile airport check-in precedures.
In the fifth year running in operations Airblue securing good reputation among local travellers with having code share with other major international carriers and giving good competition to Flag carrier Pakistan International Airlines.
The leading low fare airlines in Asia-AirAsia has been expanding rapidly since 2001, to be the award winning and the largest low cost carrier in Asia. With the fleet of approx 72 aircrafts, fling to over 61 destinations (domestic and international) with 108 routes, and operates over 400 flights daily from its hubs located in Malaysia, Thailand and Indonesia. With its associate companies, Thai AirAsia and Indonesia.AirAsia beleives in the no-frills,hassel-free,low fare business concept and feels that keeping costs low requires high effeciency in every part of the business.
The philosophy of " Now Everyone Can fly" AirAsia has sparked a revolution in air travel with more and more people around the region choosing AirAsia as their preferred choice of transport.
AirAsia is one of the loved one airlines in the region by flown over 55 million guest across the region and continues to spread its wings to creat more extensive care of its cutomers.
Air Arabia's main base is Sharjah International Airport, ideally situated for customers to enjoy the benefit of quick access to Dubai, fast check-in process, low congestion, friendly airport staff, as well as access to many other commercial carriers served at the airport.
Air Arabia is modeled after leading American and European low-cost airlines, and its business model is customised to accomodate local preferences. its main focus is to make air travel more convenient through internet bookings and offering the lowest fares in the market aling with the highest levels of safety and service standards.
Air Arabia commeced operations in October 2003 and operates a fleet of new Airbus A320 aircrafts, operating wide range of destinations across the Middle East, North Africa, Europe,CIS, South and Central Asia.
Air Arabia did the break even at the very first year of its operations, and posted 45% of profit at the Q4 of 2008.
Monday, February 23, 2009
On August 26th 1988 the first low-cost carrier in thePhilippines launched operations on March 8, 1996. It was founded as Cebu Air (later Cebu Pacific Air), and subsequently acquired byJG Summit Holdings (owned by John Gokongwei). Cebu Pacific initially served domestic routes at cut-price fares around the Philippine islands, until the 2000s when Cebu Pacific was granted rights to operate international flights throughout the region.Philippine Airlines launched a subsidiary low cost airline known as Air Philippines in 1995, the same year Cebu Pacific was launched. In early 2008 Philippine Airlines launched a low cost regional arm of the airline known as PAL Express to compete with Cebu Pacific on key regional routes and to tourist destinations not accessible by Jet Aircraft.
On May 28, 2008, Cebu Pacific was named as the fastest growing airline in the world. The airline was also ranked 5th in Asia for budget airline passengers transported and 23rd in the World. The airline carried a total of almost 5.5 million passengers in 2007, up 57.4 per cent from 2006
Japan has seen a few attempts at LCC, for example Hokkaido-based Air Do which flew between Sapporo and Tokyo from 1998, but was acquired by ANA in 2000. Viva Macau andJetStar fly from Narita, Osaka and Nagoya. ANA has announced the creation of an LCC by 2009.
India's first low-cost Airline, Air Deccan started service on August 25th 2003. The airline's fares for the Delhi-Bangalore route were 30% less the those offered by its rivals such as Indian Airliens, Air Sahara and Jet Airways on the same route. The success of Air Deccan has spurred the entry of more than a dozen low-cost airlines in India. Air Deccan now faces stiff competition from other low-cost Indian carriers such as Jetlite, SpiceJet, GoAir and Paramount Airways. IndiGo Airlines recently placed an order for 100 Airbus A320's worth 6 billion USD during the Paris Air Show, the highest by any India domestic carrier. After a year of operation, in 2006, Kingfisher Airlines changed its business model from low-cost to value airlines.
Some more airlines in Pakistan, Bangladesh and Nepal, will be added soon
Australia's first low cost airline was Compass which launched operations in 1990 but was short lived. In 2000Impulse and Virgin Blue commenced low cost operations bringing fierce competition to Australian cities. Virgin Blue has become the nation's second largest airline, whilst Qantas purchased Impulse and operated it in a"wet leasing" arrangement before launching its new low cost carrier Jetstar. In 2006, Qantas discontinued a wet leasing aggreement with Australian Airlines and developed international destinations for.
In early 2007, Singaporean low-cost carrier Tiger Airways announced their intention to form a subsidiary airline in Australia. Tiger Airways Australia began operations out of Melbourne Airport in November 2007. Indonesian low-cost carrier Lion Air has also expressed interest in establishing domestic and international routes for 2009.
In 1995, Air New Zealand established a low-fare subsidiary, Freedom Air, in response to the commencement of discount trans-tasman services byKiwi Airlines. Fierce competition on trans-Tasman routes led to the collapse of Kiwi Airlines in 1996. Freedom Air continued to provide discount services between Australia and New Zealand until it ceased operations in March 2008. Wholly owned Qantas subsidiaryJetconnect was set up as a low cost New Zealand arm of Qantas, with Jetconnect operating all New Zealand domestic services and several trans Tasman services in a 'wet leasing' arrangement, using the Qantas brand. Qantas has also launched trans-Tasman Jetstar flights.
Air Arabia was established on February 03rd 2003 and started operations on October 29th 2003, Jazeera Airways of Kuwait also decided to launch a low cost carrier in October 30th 2005 . Saudi Arabia also launched two low frills carrier by the name of Nas Air and Sama Airlines in 2007 . The Kingdom of Bahrain has launched a low cost carrier with the name of Bahrain Air in January 2008. Dubai Government has announced its low cost carrier FlyDubai, which is scheduled to begin operations from 2009, in collaboration with Emirates Airlines.
Some more are in pipe line to launch their operations.
In Finland the national carrier Finnair lowered prices so that the low-cost competitor Flying Finn was forced to cease its operations. Three months after Flying Finn's bankruptcy, SAS's regional wing Blue1 began flights to three of Flying Finn's most profitable destinations.
In Norway the first low cost carrier was Color Air in 1998. Their low prices were matched by competitors SAS and Braathens and Color Air folded in 1999. The next low cost carrier, Norwegian Air Shuttle (or Norwegian), starting their Boeing 737 operations in September 2002, provided tougher competition for the merged Norwegian part of SAS and Braathens. Although Norwegian started with domestic routes, today their international operations are larger than their domestic service. By launching nonstop flights from cities likeStavanger, Bergen, Trondheim in addition to Oslo, they soon became very popular. Norwegians are amongst the most frequent fliers in the world, mostly due to the geography of the country but also due to the high level of income.
The era of low-cost carriers in Germany began in February 2002, when Ryanair opened its base atFrankfurt-Hahn Airport, a few months later Germanwings and TUIfly went in service from Cologne Bonn Airport, In December 2003, easyjet opened a base at Berlin-Schonefeld Airport which is now (2008) the second biggest base of easyjet in Europe. Today, each fifth flight in Germany is realised by a low-cost carrier and nearly each airport can be reached by them.
The principal area of competition tends to be the full-coach or "walk-up" fare. Advance purchase fares tend to be competitive with major carriers but not significantly lower.
Traditional perceptions of the "low-cost carrier" as a stripped-down, no-frills airline, as seen on Southwest Airlines, have been changing as new entrants to the market adapt the business model in new ways. AirTran Airways and Spirit Airlines offer a premium cabin while Frontier and JetBlue offer live in-flight television, sometimes for an extra fee. AirTran has XM Satellite Radio available at every seat. Frontier, JetBlue, and AirTran all use assigned seating. Some airlines even have services not available on some legacy carriers, such as mood lighting, found in Virgin America.
In Canada, Air Canada has found it difficult to compete with new low-cost rivals such as WestJet, Canjet, and Jetsgo despite its previously dominant position in the market: Air Canada entered a period of bankruptcy protection in 2003, but emerged from protection in September 2004. Air Canada operated two low-fare subsidiaries, Tango and Zip, but both were discontinued. Jetsgo ceased operations on March 11th 2005 and Canjet discontinued scheduled air services on September 10th 2006.
Today WestJey is the primary low-cost airline in Canada. Previously, Zoom Airlines provided an additional option, but ceased operations on August 28, 2008 due to financial problems. Air Canada has started to offer "Tango" fares (not associated with the aforementioned airline) that offer low-cost carrier services while still offer legacy carrier type service on other fare structures.
Typical low-cost carrier business model practices include:
- a single passenger class
- a single type of aeroplane (commonly the Airbus A319 or Boeing 737), reducing training and servicing costs
- a minimum set of optional equipment on the aeroplane, often excluding conveniences such as ACARS, further reducing costs of acquisition and maintenance
- a simple fare scheme, such as charging one-way tickets half that of round-trips (typically fares increase as the plane fills up, which rewards early reservations)
- unreserved seating (encouraging passengers to board early and quickly)
- flying to cheaper, less congested secondary airports and flying early in the morning or late in the evening to avoid air traffic delays and take advantage of lower landing fees
- fast turnaround times (allowing maximum use of aircraft)
- simplified routes, emphasizing point-to-point transit instead of transfers at hubs (again enhancing aircraft use and eliminating disruption due to delayed passengers or luggage missing connecting flights)
- encourage the use of direct flights. Luggage is not automatically transferred from one flight to another, even if both flights are with the same company.
- generation of ancillary revenue from a variety of activities, such as a la carte features and commission-based products
- emphasis on direct sales of tickets, especially over the Internet (avoiding fees and commissions paid to travel agents and computer reservations system)
- employees working in multiple roles, for instance flight attendants also cleaning the aircraft or working as gate agents (limiting personnel costs)
- a disinclination to handle Special Service passengers, for instance by placing a higher age limit on unaccompanied minors than full service carriers
- Aggressive fuel hedging programs
Not every low-cost carrier implements all of the above points. For example, some try to differentiate themselves with allocated seating, while others operate more than one aircraft type, still others will have relatively high operating costs but lower fares.
The price policy of the low cost carriers is usually very dynamic, with discounts and tickets in promotion. Even if the advertised price may be very low, sometimes it does not include charges & taxes.
As the number of low-cost carriers has grown, these airlines have begun to compete with one another in addition to the traditional carriers. In the US, airlines have responded by introducing variations to the model. Frontier Airlines and JetBlue Airways advertise satellite television. Advertiser-supported Skybus Airlines launched from Columbus in 2007, but ceased operations in April, 2008. In Europe, the emphasis has remained on reducing costs and no-frills service. In 2004, Ryanair announced proposals to eliminate reclining seats, window blinds, seat headrest covers, and seat pockets from its aircraft.
The budget airlines frequently offer flights at low prices – often flights are advertised as free (plus applicable taxes, fees and charges.) Perhaps as many (or as few) as ten percent of the seats on any flight are offered at the lowest price, and are the first to sell. The prices steadily rise thereafter to a point where they can be comparable or more expensive than a flight on a full-service carrier.
I hope above information will help you a little to get some more concept about Low Cost Airlines.