Ethiopian secures yet another African hub, Niki Lauda does it again, Frontier, Spirit and United’s growing capacity

Posted on January 23, 2018 by in Travel Deals

– Ethiopian Airline has formally announced flights from Abidjan, Ivory Coast to the USA (New York, Washington D.C.) this week

We sent Premium Subscribers a smoking deal at $318 last week (that was bookable for about 24 hours) when this route launched in the GDS.

Ethiopian has started a similar arrangement with Lome, Togo which is being fed by its ASKY affiliate.

This won’t be the last deal that Ethiopian strikes as Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Nigeria are all looking to Ethiopian to reinvigorate their domestic airlines (as the airline has done with Malawian Airlines (Review)).

Gulf Air is bringing their new 787 to London replacing their only other long-haul aircraft (A330)

– amazing – Niki Lauda was able to pick up the bankrupt airline again

airberlin had been buying Niki in stages for about 100 million Euro. It isn’t clear how much he paid this time but it is likely less than 30 million.

Lauda is a talented aviator and has been successful in marketing consumer products and services in the past. All he needs is a few years of stable development and I’m sure he’ll find another buyer for the airline paying 100 million Euro – maybe Ryanair or Lufthansa this time.

– Frontier and Spirit are some of the world’s fastest growing airlines at about 20% annualized capacity growth, United just announced a 6% capacity increase which is huge for a big network carrier