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Volume 8, December 2013 | Contents

At the leading edge bookmark
Carly Brear, Commercial director, Tigerair Australia
As part of the start-up team for low-cost carrier, Carly Brear was integral to the launch and evolution of the brand, before joining the world-renowned low-cost carrier easyJet.
Changing faces bookmark
In past months, amid two profit warnings, Ryanair CEO Michael O’Leary has grabbed even more column inches promoting a softer, more relenting approach. As rival easyJet enjoys success with its new formula, will Ryanair follow suit? Will Waters charts O’Leary’s latest moves
Editorial comment – December 2013 bookmark
Ryanair could be nicer, but let’s not lose O’Leary
Flight club bookmark
The relationship between low-cost carriers and full service airlines has often been uneasy, but with a growing number of influential LCCs, Keith Mwanalushi examines whether the two models could find sufficient reasons to become alliance partners
From high to low bookmark
Hong Kong Express recently re-launched as a low-cost carrier. Keith Mwanalushi speaks to Carlos Ozores from ICF SH&E to analyse how it can move in on Asia’s budget aviation revolution
Luggage matters bookmark
New technologies are ensuring that the baggage handling process is becoming simpler, finds Ian Putzger. But can all airports cater to the needs of the low-cost industry?
Niche migration bookmark
Restrictions on older regional aircraft are increasingly being imposed worldwide. Keith Mwanalushi finds out what the implications are for smaller regionals, and if any market potential still exists
Plane gain? bookmark
Carriers have long used the charter business to back up revenues and take extra capacity, but there is a select market for LCC aircraft, finds Ian Putzger
The e-swag bag bookmark
As cockpit technology continues to evolve, Keith Mwanalushi discovers how the growing popularity of electronic flight bags is pushing the industry towards a completely paperless state
Tools of the trade bookmark
LCCs, with their simple, young fleets, operate at an MRO advantage to other carriers. But do the deals with the manufacturers limit their ability to source cheaper parts? Industry analysts at spare parts supply chain company find out
December 2013