Mexico is finding joy in a low-cost carrier renaissance as Volaris, Interjet and VivaAerobus are all growing and profiting. But the profits aren’t being distributed equally. Why is one carrier performing so much better than another? Also, how long can these airlines keep growing before they run out of elbow room? North of the border, Virgin America meanwhile is shifting to a high-growth gear. Canada’s Air Transat has taken up a new strategy. And it appears Qatar Airways won’t be the launch customer for the A320neo—does it matter? Lastly, in this special double-sized holiday episode, we spend a few minutes looking back at 2015.
Shouldn’t Doug Parker be dancing in the end zone? He is, after all, the CEO of a mega-airline with mega-profits at a time of economic strength and falling fuel prices. But even this airline has challenges. In this week’s episode, we ask him how American plans to remain a profit champion in the face of new and growing competitive threats. As it happened, the interview coincided with the big announcement of American's plan for an international premium economy class, a first among the U.S. Big Three. We asked about that, as well as Parker's thoughts on alliances, fuel hedging, Gulf carriers, the big upcoming changes to the AAdvantage frequent flier plan and much more.
The number of challenges facing Korean Air could fill an A380. Nonetheless the airline remains quite profitable. Korean Air’s prime competitor, Asiana, has not been as fortunate, and we discuss the differences. Meanwhile, Aegean Airlines is doing just fine—more than fine, even—in a very tough economic environment. No stranger to a tough economic environment, Brazil’s Azul is trying to hold its own by again selling a piece of itself. Also, what’s so special about the U.K. leisure carrier Jet2.com?