Fox – sly.  Trots – left-leaning (Trotsky) plus its more insalubrious meaning.

Foxtrots – leading the industry in a dance.


I’ve had a good couple-of-months.


I have had a good couple-of-months – in vindication unfortunately, not money.


  1. Frequently, since 2007, I have been saying that the Air Berlin businessmodel was wrong, suggesting simplification. In September 2016, the airline announced it was downsizing (about 40%), moving some of its leisure operations into a new company, and more, to change what it called its “complicated business model”. (There is still more to do, however.)


  1. In 2015 I formalised my 7-year-old strategy for bigger airline groups. One section proposed expanding Hop, an Air France subsidiary, into a low-cost subsidiary to operate certain flights (short medium long) instead of AF and its associate KLM. In November 2016, the AF-KLM group said it planned to establish a low-cost subsidiary in 2017 to operate certain Asia and Atlantic flights instead of the two.


  1. In April 2016 I said the reported plan by Alitalia to buy 49% of Air Malta would not happen. In October 2016, it was announced that the sale would not take place.


  1. When Scoot was established in 2011 I said it should not have been, and Tiger expanded instead. This plan was dismissed by the owner of both, the Singapore Airlines group (SAG), end-2013. In November 2016, SAG said Tiger would operate under Scoot’s name starting 2017.



For those interested in more:

-What full-service-airlines need to do to survive. See

-We’ve been reporting Air Berlin’s problems since 2006. See

-AirFrance-KLM new subsidiary; we thought of it first. See
-Scoot = Tiger. We thought of it first. See

-How to save Air Malta and others. See 

-Alitalia to buy into Air Malta? See

-Analysing Alitalia’s 2015 results. See




The Fox

Remember, I’ll be famous after I’m dead.