Call it our year-in-preview show. In this first episode of 2017, we look at some of the more interesting stories that are ushering in the airline industry’s new year. Of course, 2017 doesn’t promise answers to all our questions. But we can hope, can’t we?
Some of those questions: Leisure demand was one of the defining stories of 2016—will the trend continue? Is the burgeoning low-cost longhaul model for real? What about premium travel? Will Airbus and Boeing see a rebound in aircraft orders? Will the CSeries continue the momentum it saw in 2016? Will Singapore Airlines finally get out of its rut? Where will Qantas fly its B787-900s? Will Ryanair or easyJet interline? Will the Gulf carriers continue to decelerate growth? Will Air Canada continue its aggressive expansion? And in the U.S., have we finally seen a peak in the mighty earnings cycle of 2015/2016?