> SNBA is a 'new' airline, so it doesn't surprise me that
> they wheren't a member of the Association of European Airlines (AEA).
Also Swiss is a new airline, however they joined AEA already 6 months earlier than SNBA!
I believe that mainly financial reasons explain SNBA's later entry into AEA.
Those monthly AEA reports give an insight to the available capacity, revenue demand, as well as load factor and punctuality of each airline.
However besides the annual AEA report, does the AEA publish any monthly info about the profitability of each airline?
In what way are these AEA reports (other than the punctuality data) useful for airline executives, because consolidated data on ASK, RPK and Load Factor do not indicate much regarding profitability, are they?
By looking (solely) at the monthly AEA data of Sabena for 2001, could one actually foresee that the airline was going down? According to the AEA reports, e.g. Sabena may have had a load factor of about 70% and Lufthansa may have had a load factor of about 70%. However the bottom line was that SN made huge losses, while LH made profits.
I believe that the AEA data do not tell us anything about expenses and income per seat-kilometer. Therefore it remains hard to compare the data of each individual airline.
So I guess the most essential parameter to evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of an airline's operations does not lay within its ASK, RPK or load factor, however it lays within the expenses and income per transported seat kilometer. I guess this information remains confidentiel within each airline, although I believe some professional magazines may publish (some of) these data, aren't they?
Thanks for any comments on this issue.