This week’s issue of Airline Weekly (subscription) contains charts on the largest airlines in each of the largest country markets in East Asia, based on Diio Mi data on scheduled seats in 2018.
- Air China isn’t the biggest airline in China. China Southern is.
- Lion Air is nearly 60% bigger in Indonesia than Garuda Indoensia.
- AirAsia is bigger in Thailand than Thai Airways. It’s double the size of Malaysia Airlines in the Malaysia market.
- VietJet is now three-quarters the size of Vietnam Airlines
- EVA Air is now 90% as big in Taiwan as China Airlines
- Cebu Pacific is 50% larger than Philippine Airlines in the Philippines.
- The four largest airlines in East Asia are all from China. Singapore, Korean Air, and Thai Airways don’t crack the top 10.
Outside of Air China’s position in the Chinese market, the rest were real surprises to me — at least seeing the magnitude of change. The biggest takeaways are the growth of Chinese carriers and the declining importance in Southeast Asia of national carriers relative to low cost carriers which are overtaking them, especially on short haul and domestic routes.