Forecast 2013

24            Another Challenging Year
Guarded optimism for 2013, but no one believes it will be easy.
By Karen Walker

27            Industry of contradictions
Boom time for aircraft orders, but not for airline profitability.
By Karen Walker

29            NORTH AMERICA: Tight Discipline
Capacity and cost controls help keep US carriers in the black.
By Karen Walker

35            ASIA: Still Hot
Despite challenges, Asia Pacific remains one of the most dynamic and positive regions.
By Karen Walker

36            EUROPE: Bleak Times
For European carriers, 2012 was annus horribilis. This year may prove only marginally better.
By Victoria Moores

38            LATIN AMERICA: Latin Paradox
Ingredients exist for strong growth in Latin America, but infrastructure isn’t keeping pace.
By Aaron Karp

41            Cargo Flattened
Virtually no growth seen from 2007-2012 for global air cargo traffic.
By Aaron Karp

Features
43            Service Change
Technology and data management are the new drivers of aircraft maintenance.
By Christine Boynton

47            Winged Ambitions
Turkish carrier finds low-cost niche opportunities in new markets.
By Alan Dron

51            Engineering Innovation
Jumps in aircraft efficiency largely fall on engine manufacturers.
By Aaron Karp

54            Eyes on the Goal
Interview with Harry Hohmeister, CEO of Swiss International Air Lines.
By Kurt Hofmann

5            Editorial
Legal Shenanigans
By Karen Walker

NEWSBRIEFS
9      Obama signs law enabling US airlines to skirt EU ETS
10    American Airlines nears US Airways merger decision
12    AirAsia orders 100 more A320s
13    AviancaTaca orders 15 ATR-72-600s
14    FAA orders Boeing 787 inspections
16    Bombardier confident in new CSeries schedule
17    Emirates reports strong half-year profit
18    Oneworld eyes Asia for new members

20            Analysis
Transatlantic Manuevering—Delta looks to boost its London Heathrow presence with 49% stake in Virgin Atlantic.
By Aaron Karp

57            Trends
63            Customer Services
63            Advertisers’ Index
63            Advertisers’ Websites
64            Commentary

Legal Travesty. The European Court has abandoned the rule of law with its passenger rights bill.
By Pablo Mendes de Leon