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Winners and Losers from Delta’s New Pilot Contract

Delta Air Line pilots approved their new contract last week.  While all details are not available, there are some clear winners and losers: Winners: Delta Air Line mainline pilots: they get a 30% pay raise over four years Other US airlines (and maybe airline pilots in Europe): they will want what Delta pilot’s got Delta […]

Delta Airlines Fleet changes – 2010 vs. 2016

Delta Air Lines has 20 different aircraft fleet types and models today; largely a result of its merger with Northwest Airlines and other fleet acquisitions. The narrowbody aircraft space for Delta has grown at a considerable rate vs. its widebody fleet. Delta’s narrowbody fleet has grown by 101 units over the last six years (2010 […]

Adam Pilarski

Is the world moving towards a repeat of the Cultural Revolution?

The times they are a changin’, and they seem to be heading back 50 years, writes Adam Pilarski, Senior Vice-President at AVITAS. How the world is changing. I remember fondly listening to Bob Dylan half a century ago never imagining that he would eventually become a Nobel Prize laureate. This astounding development is nothing compared to what […]

Why the big increase in mid-size and large narrowbody aircraft?

  In service small narrowbody aircraft have trended flat over the long term But, mid size narrowbodies such as the A320 and the 737-800 have been popular and the trend has accelerated in recent years Large narrowbodies such as the Airbus A321 are now increasing as well Double digit YoY percent changes in oil price […]

Narrowbody Aircraft Fleet Development in Europe

Aircraft fleet development for European domiciled airlines has been in the midst of a definitive aircraft size migration which in part is driving similar worldwide trends Aircraft between 136-175 seats such as the A320 and the 737-800 has grown consistently and appears unconstrained Year over year fleet growth for 136-175 seat types has averaged 9% […]

The US election and its relevance to aviation, Aero Finance

The US election and its relevance to aviation Dr. Adam Pilarski’s analysis of the US Presidential election, now entering its final month, draws parallels with other countries. He asks what consequences the US election, and other political developments will have for globalisation, trade, and he ask how all this is related to aviation. “The political […]

Adam Pilarski

PILARSKI SAYS… Dark clouds of globalisation

Standardisation in airlines is making it boring  to fly in the USA, writes  Adam Pilarski, Senior Vice-President at AVITAS. As featured in Airfinance Journal Column PILARSKI SAYS A well-known industry pundit recently wondered how come the big three US airlines are beginning to resemble each other in service, fees and amenities. He claims that from the flying public point of view, the big three mirror each other and pursue strategies that will ensure […]

2nd Half 2016 AVITAS BlueBook of Jet Aircraft Values available

The 55th edition of the Jet Aircraft BlueBook is now available. The latest BlueBook features for the first time Bombardier CSeries CS100 values.     Considered the industry’s most respected source of commercial aircraft values, the AVITAS BlueBook of Jet Aircraft Values contains base, current market and future values forecasts for all major western-built jet types, including regional […]

Digital Records vs. Oodles of Paper

I remember my first redelivery.  It was a classic Boeing airplane that my airline had operated since new.  It was now nearing 17 years old and being redelivered to the lessor, one of the larger, more demanding leasing companies.  Although I recognized there were numerous “required” records that had to be redelivered with the aircraft, […]