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

Foxtrots – leading the industry in a dance.


Europe’s big-3 airline groups* – all-2016

All-2016 basics for Europe’s big-3 airline groups:


Air France + KLM + Hop + Transavia.

-Seat sales 80mn +4%.

-Thanks to +6% KLM (now 61% the size of AF) and +23% for its life-saving Transavia – now 17% of the whole group.


British + Iberia + Vueling + AerLingus.

-Seat sales 101mn +6%.

-Data not given but we estimate AerLingus +10%, Vueling +13%.


Lufthansa + Swiss + Austrian + Eurowings.

-Seat sales 110mn +2%.

-Lufthansa and Swiss weak.

-Saved by its hybrid Eurowings +9%.


*A report on this topic in our Travel Business Analyst newsletter contains some important additional information and analysis. Our counts may be fractionally different to those of the three companies.



The Fox

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