Rising labor costs at Delta dented its fourth quarter results significantly—but not enough to prevent the airline from posting a terrific profit for 2016. And the big story within the story is that revenues have stopped falling. All in all, Delta remains bullish, which is a nice way to kick off earnings season.
Also in this episode, we consider a rumored Etihad-Lufthansa merger. One airline that certainly doesn’t need a merger is Volaris, but how worried should it be about U.S.-Mexico relations? And in India, Go Air, Indigo and now SpiceJet all have placed fairly big aircraft orders. Are they too ambitious? And is Jet Airways, which doesn’t have as many aircraft on order, being too cautious?