Adverse oil prices and cut-throat rivalry have left airlines scrambling to limit losses with the increasingly attractive option of jet-fuel hedging. Although a complex exercise, hedging essentially involves locking in a forward fixed price, allowing an increasing number of airlines to avoid surprises from unforeseen cost fluctuations. Today, jet-fuel hedgers trade contracts in Singapore, Rotterdam, the U.S. Gulf Coast or New York, as well as crude and heating oil or gas oil in London and New York, the two most liquid swaps and options markets.
EADS is working out the details of an addition to its Power 8 restructuring plan to cope with the continued decreasing value of the dollar against the euro. Speaking at the European company’s third quarter result conference in Amstersdam, Netherlands, on November 8, EADS CEO Louis Gallois said current hedges are not strong enough to counterbalance the effect on profits.