ArrowArtboardCreated with Sketch.Title ChevronTitle ChevronEye IconIcon FacebookIcon LinkedinIcon Mail ContactPath LayerIcon MailMenu BurgerPositive ArrowIcon PrintIcon SearchSite TitleTitle ChevronIcon Twitter
Business

Slowing growth means greater competition in Asian skies

SINGAPORE -- Despite the fall in fuel prices, Asia's aviation industry is facing headwinds as growth slows in China and other emerging markets. Emirates' move to team up with Malaysia Airlines is likely to spur competition in the region, where both full-service and budget airlines are trying to outdo one another.

     Analysts are unsure how much pressure Emirates can mount with partner Malaysian Airlines continuing to restructure. Still, Singapore Airlines and other full-service carriers have to be at least a little uncomfortable seeing Emirates enhance its presence in the region.

     "Singapore Airlines is already facing pressure from Middle-Eastern carriers on long-haul," said a Singapore-based analyst. Emirates, Etihad Airways and Qatar Airways have expanded to Asia in recent years with convenient connections to European cities, muscling in on Singapore Airlines' turf. A tie-up between Qantas and Emirates formed two years ago took away some of connecting passengers between Australia and Europe from Singapore Airlines. "If the partnership with [Malaysia Airlines] leads to larger capacity for Emirates, it will surely add more pressure," he added.

Sponsored Content

About Sponsored Content This content was commissioned by Nikkei's Global Business Bureau.

You have {{numberArticlesLeft}} free article{{numberArticlesLeft-plural}} left this monthThis is your last free article this month

Stay ahead with our exclusives on Asia;
the most dynamic market in the world.

Stay ahead with our exclusives on Asia

Get trusted insights from experts within Asia itself.

Get trusted insights from experts
within Asia itself.

Get Unlimited access

You have {{numberArticlesLeft}} free article{{numberArticlesLeft-plural}} left this month

This is your last free article this month

Stay ahead with our exclusives on Asia; the most
dynamic market in the world
.

Get trusted insights from experts
within Asia itself.

Try 3 months for $9

Offer ends January 31st

Your trial period has expired

You need a subscription to...

  • Read all stories with unlimited access
  • Use our mobile and tablet apps
See all offers and subscribe

Your full access to the Nikkei Asian Review has expired

You need a subscription to:

  • Read all stories with unlimited access
  • Use our mobile and tablet apps
See all offers
NAR on print phone, device, and tablet media