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Porter’s Big Order

Porter’s Big Order

July 15, 2021
Canada's Porter Airlines, despite not having flown a single flight since last March, is reimaging itself by ordering its first jets and moving some flights into Toronto Pearson. Reporter Ned Russell and Editor Madhu Unnikrishnan talk about what that means for the quirky airline and wonder what Porter's raccoon spokescritter is named. Later in the episode, Ned and Madhu discuss what may be behind United's recent orders for new-technology aircraft (spoiler: it has nothing to do with networks). 
 
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Behind the Veil of United’s New Aircraft Order

Behind the Veil of United’s New Aircraft Order

July 12, 2021
United made some news last week with its largest aircraft order, but there was more to the order than just the happy talk. Edward "Ned" Russell and Madhu Unnikrishnan discuss why United needed to upgrade its fleet, and why no one really knows when business travel will return (despite what they say).
 
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The Boeing Max-10 Takes Flight

The Boeing Max-10 Takes Flight

June 24, 2021
Boeing's largest 737 Max variant, the -10, took flight. Is it enough for Boeing to take on the mighty Airbus A321neo and all its variants? Edward "Ned" Russell and Madhu Unnikrishnan get into it and why Boeing may need to pull the trigger on a clean-sheet mid-market aircraft (or not).  Meanwhile, American has a major pilot training bottleneck, and Europe's low-cost airline sector is mixing things up.
 
Boeing and Airbus End Their Trade Spat – For Now

Boeing and Airbus End Their Trade Spat – For Now

June 17, 2021
The U.S. and the EU ended a 17-year-long spat over which side provided more illegal state aid and agreed to drop tariffs, which means chocolate, wine, and exercise equipment may get cheaper. Huh? Edward "Ned" Russell and Madhu Unnikrishnan get into why that is, and also chew over why JetBlue is pruning its pandemic-era schedule.
 
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Southwest to the Max

Southwest to the Max

June 14, 2021

Southwest Airlines ordered 34 Boeing 737-7 Max aircraft, a strong sign of confidence in the once troubled airline program and a spot of good news for the beleaguered airframer. Editor Madhu Unnikrishnan and Airlines Reporter Edward "Ned" Russel talk about what that means for both Boeing and Southwest and whether there is a capacity-traffic mismatch for the summer. Also, how realistic are United's plans for supersonic travel by 2029 (when Boom's overture doesn't yet have an engine)?

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European Airlines Fear Another Lost Summer

European Airlines Fear Another Lost Summer

June 3, 2021

U.S. airline CEOs were encouraged by passenger traffic during the week's Memorial Day holiday, which marks the unofficial start of summer for the United States. But their European counterparts are less optimistic, and are hoping to avoid a second "lost" summer. Meanwhile, rumblings of mergers and acquisitions has caused no end of drama in Brazil.

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JetBlue’s Founder Breezes Into the Skies Again

JetBlue’s Founder Breezes Into the Skies Again

May 21, 2021
David Neeleman's new airline breezes to a ticket counter near you soon, as the first flights launch next week. Edward "Ned" Russell discusses his interview with Neeleman (in the May 24 issue) with Madhu Unnikrishnan.  And why is Ryanair trying to make "fetch" happen?
 
Zoom Deals Vs. Real Deals

Zoom Deals Vs. Real Deals

May 13, 2021
In the first segment of this episode, Accenture's Jonathan Sullivan argues that domestic business travel is coming back around the world, particularly as companies ramp up their sales pipelines. One complicating factor, though, is that it's hard to have face-to-face meetings when most employees still are remote. In the second segment, Edward "Ned" Russell and Madhu Unnikrishnan talk about domestic summer demand and why Americans are falling back in love with their national parks.
 
Is It Time to Book That European Vacation?

Is It Time to Book That European Vacation?

May 6, 2021

Europe could reopen for vaccinated U.S. tourists sometime this summer, officials say. But it's already May. Will all the pieces be in place to salvage airlines' peak summer season? Editor Madhu Unnikrishnan and Airlines Reporter Edward "Ned" Russell ponder that question. Also on this episode, Ned tells us about his field trip to American's Tulsa MRO, and is the world's largest airline right to pull all stored jets out of mothballs?

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Who’s Right: Kirby or Kelly?

Who’s Right: Kirby or Kelly?

April 29, 2021

United CEO Scott Kirby says business travel is coming back, while Southwest CEO Gary Kelly says it could take years? Who's right? Editor Madhu Unnikrishnan and Airlines Reporter Edward "Ned" Russell get into it. And we also take a look at the Mexico market and why Volaris is so bullish, as well as when business travel might return.

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