Airline Weekly Lounge

Airline Weekly Lounge Episode 60: Around and Around

January 10, 2017

SAS has tried and tried to turn itself around, but to no avail—at least judging by its recent earnings report. In fact, on profits alone, the airline’s third quarter was a step backward. What’s going wrong, and can it be fixed? Meanwhile, Frontier Airlines posted a tremendous profit in the third quarter, with an operating margin among the best of the best.

And let’s consider JetBlue for a moment. Here’s an airline that for two years has been ascendant, but unlike Frontier, they aren’t pursuing a tried-and-true business model. At times JetBlue looks like a legacy carrier with a lie-flat bed, and at other times it looks like an LCC, densifying their cabin and chasing ancillaries. Is it smart to do both? Also in this episode: Delta, Transasia, Asiana, Korean Air, Spirit, Allegiant and more.

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