Airline Weekly Lounge
Will Boeing Become The Junior Partner in The Duopoly?

Will Boeing Become The Junior Partner in The Duopoly?

January 14, 2022

Airbus and Boeing have split the commercial aircraft market for a while, but analysts say Boeing could become the junior partner if it doesn't come up with something for the middle of the market. Hosts Madhu Unnikrishnan and Edward "Ned" Russell chew on Boeing's options and discuss Airbus's rather good 2021.

Cancellations Mar Airlines’ Holidays

Cancellations Mar Airlines’ Holidays

January 6, 2022

It should have been a great holiday season for the U.S. industry, with bookings approaching 2019 levels, but a combination of Omicron-related crew shortages and terrible weather forced airlines to cancel thousands of flights. Edward Russell and Madhu Unnikrishnan dig into what happened and discuss the FAA's spat with the Commerce Department over 5G networks.

American’s New CEO

American’s New CEO

December 10, 2021

Who is Robert Isom? Madhu and Ned discuss American Airlines' new CEO, and recount retiring CEO Doug Parker’s long career. Also, Southwest Airlines is cautious for 2022, while Azul charges ahead with the bulls.

From Alpha to Omicron

From Alpha to Omicron

December 2, 2021

This week Edward Russell and Madhu Unnikrishnan mull the new Omicron variant, and what impact it may — or may not — have on the airline recovery. Also, how EasyJet and SAS did during their 2021 fiscal years (hint: Lots of red), and the busy, yet uneventful, Thanksgiving holiday travel week in the U.S.

Bonus Episode: American Airlines CEO Doug Parker and Next-Gen Business Travel

Bonus Episode: American Airlines CEO Doug Parker and Next-Gen Business Travel

November 28, 2021

Like many airline chiefs, Doug Parker is “bullish” on the future, particularly after a surge in demand for transatlantic flights after the travel ban lifted on Nov. 8. But American Airlines is poised to begin 2022 as a larger airline — despite labor woes.

Speaking at Skift Aviation Forum on November 17, 2021, Parker said business travel will return to 2019 levels, at some point.

Listen now for the full interview with Skift Airline Weekly Editor Madhu Unnikrishnan. 

Read more coverage of the aviation industry at airlineweekly.com

Bonus Episode: Winning Customers On Quality With United Airlines CEO Scott Kirby

Bonus Episode: Winning Customers On Quality With United Airlines CEO Scott Kirby

November 20, 2021

"We will win customers on quality,” Kirby said at the Skift Aviation Forumon November 17, 2021. And he had plenty of examples quality improvements to cite: The addition of premium-heavy “high-J” Boeing 767-300ERs that fly to Europe, the Bombardier CRJ-550 that met pilot contract rules while bringing a dual-class product to smaller cities, and a return of in-seat entertainment screens to its domestic mainline narrow-body fleet to name a few. And, while further out, United is investing in new spaces in Denver and Newark, and possibly in Washington, D.C.

Listen now for the full interview with Skift contributor Brian Sumers. 

Read more coverage of the airlines industry at skift.com/airlines

Past The Inflection Point?

Past The Inflection Point?

November 19, 2021

This week Edward Russell and Madhu Unnikrishnan chew over why optimism reigns among airline CEOs, who believe the third quarter was the inflection point, and now the recovery will be more real. CEOs say, of course, warn that no one knows how Covid-19 will play out, but they're bullish on next year. Next, Madhu and Ned discuss delivery delays at Boeing and whether Airbus will face similar problems when it ramps up production over the next couple of years. 

Brazil‘s Airlines Surge

Brazil‘s Airlines Surge

November 13, 2021

This week in the 'Lounge, Ned and Madhu discuss the U.S. reopening for vaccinated travelers and what that means for airlines. But what caught their attention was the strong rebound Brazil's airlines have made. After a terrible second quarter marked by devastating Covid wave, Brazil's airlines are reaping the benefits of the country's strong and widespread vaccination program. Finally, Ned and Madhu mourn the Eastern Shuttle, which American is finally ending, and wonder where they can watch "Love on the Eastern Shuttle," a long-forgotten movie about the route.

European Competition Heats Up

European Competition Heats Up

November 5, 2021

Ned Russell and Madhu Unnikrishnan make the water jump across the Atlantic this week, where Air France-KLM, Lufthansa, and Ryanair reported results. Optimism abounds for 2022, and competition is heating up, with Ryanair playing offense and Lufthansa defense. And in South America, Azul has its eyes on a big prize: Latam Airlines Group.

JetBlue‘s Hopes, Boeing‘s Struggles

JetBlue‘s Hopes, Boeing‘s Struggles

October 29, 2021

Earnings season continues, with JetBlue, Hawaiian, and Spirit rounding out the U.S. carriers. Once again, all eyes are on the fourth quarter of this year and the first quarter of next year. Ned Russell and Madhu Unnikrishnan chew over why JetBlue has reason for hope. Meanwhile, the best thing that anyone can say about Boeing is that its loss narrowed, and the Airline Weekly team looks at what's going on with the airframer. Finally, Avianca had its day in court.

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