Turkish Airlines and its cross-town rival Pegasus were seeing trouble in their business before the attack on Istanbul’s Ataturk International Airport. In this episode we try to assess—or at least speculate—how the attack will further hurt the two airlines’ prospects. Also, could Turkish’s business model, which relies heavily on sixth-freedom traffic, be especially vulnerable here?
But this episode isn’t all glum. In fact, we discuss new routes announced by Allegiant—currently the most profitable airline on Earth as measured by operating margin—that are a pretty big departure from its business model. Will they work? And lastly, as we’ve crossed the sixth-month mark for the year, we take a look back at the half-year-in-review. In this segment, we cover a lot of ground including the Big Three Gulf carriers, Transavia, Virgin Australia, Azul and Eurowings, to name a few.