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.