Airline Weekly Lounge
Delta‘s Premium Leisure Bet

Delta‘s Premium Leisure Bet

October 15, 2021

This week in the Lounge, Madhu and Ned breakdown Delta's third-quarter earnings, and take bets on whether premium leisure is the travel trend of the future that CEO Ed Bastian thinks it is. Also, Southwest burns out and United wants its Pratt & Whitney-powered 777s back for what could be a blockbuster Summer 2022 across the North Atlantic.

It‘s Anyone‘s Guess When Business Travel Returns

It‘s Anyone‘s Guess When Business Travel Returns

October 8, 2021

Airline Weekly's' Edward "Ned" Russell heard a variety of forecasts for when business travel will return at the IATA Annual General Meeting this week in Boston. He and Madhu Unnikrishnan discuss whether Emirates President Tim Clark is right that business travel will return next year or Avianca CEO Adrian Neuhauser is correct to be more pessimistic in predicting half of all business travel is gone forever. Later, the Airline Weekly team discusses sustainability and how IATA plans to reach its ambitious climate goals.

The Pandemic Exacerbated Labor Issues at U.S. Regionals

The Pandemic Exacerbated Labor Issues at U.S. Regionals

October 1, 2021

Airline Weekly's Edward Russell reports back on the annual Regional Airline Association Leaders Conference, where executives said their long-standing labor issues expanded during the crisis. Also, Madhu and Ned discuss Qatar Airways' results, and the American Airlines and Southwest Airlines pilot union objections to vaccine mandates.

Live From the Skift Global Forum

Live From the Skift Global Forum

September 24, 2021

This week's episode of the 'Lounge comes to you live from the TWA Hotel at New York Kennedy during the Skift Global Forum 2021. The Airline Weekly team discusses why Air France-KLM Group CEO Ben Smith was "pleasantly shocked," incoming Southwest CEO Robert Jordan's concerns about hiring, and what the Justice Department hopes to accomplish with its suit agains

Boeing‘s Forecast Shows Why This Crisis Is Unlike Others

Boeing‘s Forecast Shows Why This Crisis Is Unlike Others

September 16, 2021

This week the Airline Weekly team chews over why Australia's competition regulator denied Qantas and Japan Airlines a joint venture. Will Fly Play buck the odds and make low-cost longhaul work? And, with gratuitous references to unicorns, Sasquatches, white whales, and other mythical animals, Ned and Madhu discuss Boeing's $9 trillion aerospace outlook. 

Philippine Airlines‘ Bankruptcy Was a Long Time Coming

Philippine Airlines‘ Bankruptcy Was a Long Time Coming

September 10, 2021

Edward "Ned" Russell and Madhu Unnikrishnan talk about why Philippines Airlines Chapter 11 surprised no one. The two also discuss Porter's restart flights, and Ryanair's latest fight with Boeing.

Will South African Make a Comeback?

Will South African Make a Comeback?

September 2, 2021

The Airline Weekly team heads south to look at South African Airways’ restructuring and restart after an 18-month suspension. Can the notoriously poorly run airline emerge a successful carrier? We also touch on Norwegian Air’s results and the raft of budget carriers aiming to disrupt the transatlantic, again.

JetBlue Makes The Water Jump to London

JetBlue Makes The Water Jump to London

August 26, 2021

Airline Weekly Senior Reporter Edward Russell talks to PaxEx.Aero Founder and Editor Seth Miller about his experience onboard JetBlue's inaugural flight to London earlier this month. Can the carrier that helped reshape the New York market two decades ago, do the same on transatlantic routes to London?

Who’s Next on the Cargo Bandwagon?

Who’s Next on the Cargo Bandwagon?

August 19, 2021

How do airlines like the Boeing 737 Max now that it's been back in service for more than half a year? The Airline Weekly team consider this question as well as wondering if even more airlines will jump on the cargo bandwagon. 

 

Latin American Carriers Binge on Aircraft Orders

Latin American Carriers Binge on Aircraft Orders

August 12, 2021

This week, Madhu Unnikrishnan and Edward "Ned" Russell, the team behind Airline Weekly, look at why so many Latin American carriers are buying aircraft and if the OEMs are right that airlines are just starting a massive fleet-replacement cycle. It's early days, but the U.S. Senate passed a massive infrastructure spending bill, so will that mean NextGen could finally get off the ground? And why is Mesa Air struggling with maintenance?

 

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