According to the latest figures in the New Route Database reported by Airline Network News and Analysis, 359 of the world’s airlines launched over 3,100 new services across 173 countries in 2015. List was drawn up based on the airlines latest proposes of the new routes, around 1,760 were genuinely new. With Ryanair and easyJet leading, European carriers topped the list of airlines across the world for new services. The aviation market is growing in all the continents, so it is important to constantly monitor the market leaders and see where they are heading. We are introducing the facts and future prospects of 10 most growing airlines in 2015.
1. easyJet – the air company from the United Kingdom was established in 1995 and is based in Luton, GB. Currently easyJet’s fleet is over 200 Airbus aircraft, over 8000 employees including 2,000 pilots and 4,500+ cabin crew works there. This Europe’s leading airline altogether operates over 600 destinations across more than 30 countries, whereas 99 of the new routes were added last year.
2. Ryanair – this airline is traditionally known to start more new routes than any other carrier, but this year has to share the first place with easyJet. Ryanair operating 1800 daily flights from 76 bases has recently ordered another 380 new Boeing 737 aircraft. The airline’s team consists of 10,000 aviation professionals, who help the company to continue 30-year safety record.
3. Vueling Airlines is a Spanish low-cost airline based at Greater Barcelona. Company was established in 2004 and its name comes from the Spanish word vuelo, which means flight. They fly to over 100 destinations covering the main cities in Spain, Europe, North Africa and the Near East. The airline launched 90 new routes last year, operates 138 aircraft (5 – A319, 127 – A320, 6 – A321) and awaits for another 4 Airbus deliveries.
4. Wizz Air – Wizz Air was busy expanding its network by launching 85 new routes in 2015. Today Wizz Air offers over 410 routes from 24 bases. Currently company employees over 2600 people who work or fly on the young fleet of Airbus A320 and Airbus A321ceo aircraft. Wizz Air has an order with Airbus for 110 new technology A321neo aircraft with advanced systems and engines, which delivery is expected to begin in 2019.
5. Southwest Airlines – is a major U.S. airline, the world’s largest low-cost carrier, headquartered in Dallas, Texas. The airline was established in 1967 and now has nearly 46,000 employees who takes care 3,800 flights per day. Southwest introduced 77 new destinations in 2015 and now is the largest operator of the Boeing 737 worldwide, with over 700 in service, each averaging six flights per day.
6. Allegiant Air – This airline’s headquarters is in Summerlin, Nevada, USA. Allegiant Air was founded in January 1997 under the name WestJet Express and now, after almost 20 years of activity, the airline has over 2850 employees. Allegiant offers service to 114 destinations throughout the United States, mostly to smaller non-hub regional airports a few times per week. Allegiant Air fleet consists of 83 active aircraft, which include Airbus A319, Airbus A320, Boeing 757, MD-83, MD-88, also in 2015 the airline announced a firm order for 20 Airbus A320.
7. Pobeda – Pobeda is one of the top 10 largest airlines in the Russian Federation, which was established in 2014. Every aircraft was delivered to the park of Pobeda Airlines directly from the manufacturer. Currently, Pobeda has 12 Boeing 737-800 NG in its fleet, as the plan is by 2018 the park to include at least 40 aircraft. By 2018, they will offer more than 45 destinations in Russia and abroad.
8. Volotea – There are 70 destinations of Volotea, which headquarters are based in Travessera de Gracia, Barcelona. Volotea’s fleet now consists of 19 Boeing 717 aircraft, but 4 Airbus A319s will be delivered in 2016. The number of proposed new routes increased by 47 last year.
9. Aegean Airlines – Aegean Airlines is Greece’s largest airline provider at their inception in 1999 until today. The Aegean Airlines fleet consists of 58 aircraft and is currently comprised of 44 Airbus A320 family aircraft and 14 Bombardier Q series family aircraft. Timetable of 2016 includes a network of 145 destinations, 111 international in 45 countries and 34 domestic, therefore the flight increase will be more intense this year.
10. Germania – Germania is one of Germany‘s longest established airlines founded in 1986. In 1998 Germania took delivery of the very first Boeing 737-700 jet. The airline‘s route network currently includes a variety of destinations in Europe, North Africa and West Asia, 44 of which were added last year. In total, Germania operates 22 aircraft fleet, comprised of 10 Boeing and 8 Airbus A319s, as well as four Airbus A321s delivered in 2013’s.
2016 is going to be another record year for airline route launches, according to Airline Network News and Analysis. A total of 12 airlines have already indicated their intention to start over 20 new services this year with easyJet, Ryanair, Vueling, Wizz Air and Volotea leading the way, followed by Thomson Airways, Transavia and American Airlines. With reports of the new directions and the growing number of aircraft, doors of oportunities are being opened up not only for those who like to travel, but also those whose life is aviation. Predictions are positive, so far.