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04/01/2022
What’s Delta Planning at LAX?

Delta Air Lines is making a play for more premium passengers in Los Angeles. Our reporter Brian Sumers took a field trip to LAX to talk to Delta leaders to see what the airline thinks sets it apart at the country's second-largest market. Then, Brian and Madhu Unnikrishnan use the "garden center index" to gauge how far the travel recovery has come.

03/18/2022
What Oil Crisis?

Russia's invasion of Ukraine initially sent oil markets into a spiral. Prices may have come back down to earth, but oil remains volatile. Yet, U.S. airline executives aren't terribly concerned. More pressing is how to hire enough pilots to operate flights. Edward "Ned" Russell and Madhu Unnikrishnan report on what they learned at a recent industry conference and discuss which airlines plan to add or trim capacity this summer.

03/11/2022
What Happens to Russia’s Leased Fleet?

How does a country that spans 11 time zones function without long-haul aircraft? That is among the questions Russia Edward "Ned" Russell and Madhu Unnikrishnan consider in this week's episode. Russia's invasion of Ukraine continues to roil the airline and aerospace industries, as lessors write off their assets in the country and a growing list of companies say they no longer will support Russia's airlines. Meanwhile, the war's economic effects are only now beginning to come into focus. And Ned learns why edible oils are critical to the the world's economy.

03/04/2022
How Will Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine Change Airlines and Aerospace?

In this week's episode, Edward "Ned" Russell and Madhu Unnikrishnan break down the many ways the Ukraine war will affect global aviation. Will lessors repossess jets by March 28? How will airlines reroute their polar flights? This global crisis has the potential to set aviation and aerospace back years. After the break, Madhu and Ned turn their attention to the growing U.S. pilot shortage and what that may mean for airline recovery.

02/18/2022
What Will Business Travel Look Like This Year?

This week, Accenture's Emily Weiss, global travel lead, and Scott Davidson, managing director-travel industry, talk to host Madhu Unnikrishnan about how different business travel may look when it returns. If the pandemic has taught the travel industry anything it's the "art of the possible," Weiss noted. Will digital nomads offset the slow return of business travel for airlines? And just how promising are eVTOLs in solving the urban mobility conundrum? Listen to this week's episode to find out.

02/11/2022
The ULCC Shakeup

Big news in the U.S. ultra-low-cost-carrier market this week, as Spirit and Frontier announced their plans to merge. Meanwhile, Allegiant's long-serving CEO Maury Gallagher, who helmed one of the most profitable airlines in the world, announced his retirement. Madhu Unnikrishnan and Edward "Ned" Russell. discuss the hurdles ahead for the merger, why Gallagher's retirement is significant, as well as why India's IndiGo is not concerned about a revitalized Air India.

02/04/2022
Where Will Ryanair Put Its ’Gamechangers?’

Boeing hinted it would launch a new aircraft, and it did: The 777-8F, a freighter variant of its 777X program. Launch customer Qatar Airways put in an order for up to 50 of the new aircraft. Meanwhile, Ryanair's normally bullish CEO Michael O'Leary is less confident about summer demand. And network changes at the discounter make us wonder where the airline will put all its new Boeing 737 Maxes, or as Ryanair calls them "Gamechangers." Madhu Unnikrishnan and Edward "Ned" Russell ask why Ryanair is still trying to make "fetch" happen.

01/28/2022
Cathay Pacific Struggles

Cathay Pacific is struggling under new travel restrictions from the Hong Kong government, and the lack of any significant support from the government means it’s back in the red. Hosts Edward “Ned” Russell and Madhu Unnikrishnan also discuss cargo’s continued growth in 2021, and Airbus’ plan to launch a new cargo carrier with its bulbous Belugas, and they wrap with the throughline from the U.S. Big 3’s results.

01/21/2022
All the Hullaballoo Over 5G

The rollout of 5G wireless technology threatened major disruptions to the U.S. air transport system until it didn’t, in a crisis that J.P. Morgan analyst Jamie Baker likened to Y2K. Hosts Madhu Unnikrishnan and Edward “Ned” Russell also discuss the pilot shortage, and what they expected from American Airlines and United Airlines 2021 results.

01/14/2022
Will Boeing Become The Junior Partner in The Duopoly?

Airbus and Boeing have split the commercial aircraft market for a while, but analysts say Boeing could become the junior partner if it doesn't come up with something for the middle of the market. Hosts Madhu Unnikrishnan and Edward "Ned" Russell chew on Boeing's options and discuss Airbus's rather good 2021.

Delta, Virgin Group Invest $530 Million in Virgin Atlantic https://hubs.li/Q010KZ6r0
12/13/2021
Delta, Virgin Group Invest $530 Million in Virgin Atlantic

Delta, Virgin Group Invest $530 Million in Virgin Atlantic https://hubs.li/Q010KZ6r0

Delta Air Lines is investing up to $1.2 billion in three of its foreign airline partners — Virgin Atlantic, Aeromexico, and Latam Airlines Group — as those carriers emerge from bankruptcy and restructuring. The move is a sign that Delta is betting that its pre-pandemic international expansion pl...

12/10/2021
American’s New CEO

Who is Robert Isom? Madhu and Ned discuss American Airlines' new CEO, and recount retiring CEO Doug Parker’s long career. Also, Southwest Airlines is cautious for 2022, while Azul charges ahead with the bulls.

Avianca to Test Whether a Legacy Airline Can Become a Low-Cost Carrier https://hubs.li/Q010BgKM0
12/09/2021
Avianca to Test Whether a Legacy Airline Can Become a Low-Cost Carrier

Avianca to Test Whether a Legacy Airline Can Become a Low-Cost Carrier https://hubs.li/Q010BgKM0

Newly restructured Avianca has a robust vision for growth for the next few years. The airline aims to launch as many as 200 new routes by 2023, grow its passenger fleet by a quarter, and compete vigorously with rapidly expanding Latin American low-cost carriers. But that vision requires Avianca to c...

Southwest Airlines Takes Cautious Approach to 2022 Growth https://hubs.li/Q010x8hY0
12/08/2021
Southwest Airlines Takes Cautious Approach to 2022 Growth

Southwest Airlines Takes Cautious Approach to 2022 Growth https://hubs.li/Q010x8hY0

Southwest Airlines, encouraged by growing leisure travel demand, expects to be profitable this quarter and through all of 2022, making the third quarter of 2021 the last loss-making quarter for the carrier. So far, the threat of the Omicron variant has not discouraged Southwest’s passengers from b...

Qantas Sees Pent-Up Demand Driving at Least 2 Years of Strong Long-Haul Business https://hubs.li/Q010nx120
12/07/2021
Qantas Sees Pent-Up Demand Driving at Least 2 Years of Strong Long-Haul Business

Qantas Sees Pent-Up Demand Driving at Least 2 Years of Strong Long-Haul Business https://hubs.li/Q010nx120

Qantas Airways forecasts robust international traffic through 2023 amid strong demand for the long-haul flights it resumed flying in November. The Sydney-based carrier expects at least two years of pent-up demand as it ramps up its long-haul flying, Qantas CEO Alan Joyce said at the CAPA Australia P...

A Pandemic Pattern Begins to Emerge: Just when the airline industry says the worst of the pandemic is over, a new virus ...
12/07/2021
From Alpha to Omicron - Airline Weekly

A Pandemic Pattern Begins to Emerge: Just when the airline industry says the worst of the pandemic is over, a new virus variant emerges. It happened earlier this year with the Delta variant, which took a bite out of airlines' third-quarter bookings and results. Now, the Omicron variant, first identified two weeks ago in Southern Africa, threatens to do the same. https://hubs.li/Q010nwjc0

A Pandemic Pattern Begins to Emerge Pushing Back: Inside The Issue This has happened before, and now it seems like a pattern. Just when the airline industry says the worst of the pandemic is over, a new virus variant emerges. It happened earlier this year with the Delta variant, which took a bite ou...

12/02/2021
From Alpha to Omicron

This week Edward Russell and Madhu Unnikrishnan mull the new Omicron variant, and what impact it may — or may not — have on the airline recovery. Also, how EasyJet and SAS did during their 2021 fiscal years (hint: Lots of red), and the busy, yet uneventful, Thanksgiving holiday travel week in the U.S.

11/28/2021
Bonus Episode: American Airlines CEO Doug Parker and Next-Gen Business Travel

Like many airline chiefs, Doug Parker is “bullish” on the future, particularly after a surge in demand for transatlantic flights after the travel ban lifted on Nov. 8. But American Airlines is poised to begin 2022 as a larger airline — despite labor woes.
Speaking at Skift Aviation Forum on November 17, 2021, Parker said business travel will return to 2019 levels, at some point.
Listen now for the full interview with Skift Airline Weekly Editor Madhu Unnikrishnan.
Read more coverage of the aviation industry at airlineweekly.com

11/20/2021
Bonus Episode: Winning Customers On Quality With United Airlines CEO Scott Kirby

"We will win customers on quality,” Kirby said at the Skift Aviation Forumon November 17, 2021. And he had plenty of examples quality improvements to cite: The addition of premium-heavy “high-J” Boeing 767-300ERs that fly to Europe, the Bombardier CRJ-550 that met pilot contract rules while bringing a dual-class product to smaller cities, and a return of in-seat entertainment screens to its domestic mainline narrow-body fleet to name a few. And, while further out, United is investing in new spaces in Denver and Newark, and possibly in Washington, D.C.
Listen now for the full interview with Skift contributor Brian Sumers.
Read more coverage of the airlines industry at skift.com/airlines

.@Etihad CEO Tony Douglas is speaking with @ByERussell on the Skift stage #SkiftLive
11/17/2021

[email protected] CEO Tony Douglas is speaking with @ByERussell on the Skift stage #SkiftLive

.@MMFrymire, Michelle McKinney Frymire CEO from @my_CWT and Managing Director Bryan Terry from @Deloitte join @matt_pars...
11/17/2021

[email protected], Michelle McKinney Frymire CEO from @my_CWT and Managing Director Bryan Terry from @Deloitte join @matt_parsons on the stage #SkiftLive

.@FlyingWithSara and @ALPAPresident join @BrianSumers on the stage #SkiftLive
11/17/2021

[email protected] and @ALPAPresident join @BrianSumers on the stage #SkiftLive

@united CEO Scott Kirby joins @BrianSumers on the Skift stage #SkiftLive
11/17/2021

@united CEO Scott Kirby joins @BrianSumers on the Skift stage #SkiftLive

Julie Kyse, vice president of global air partnerships at @ExpediaGroup, and @Skyscanner CEO John Mangelaars joins @Skift...
11/17/2021

Julie Kyse, vice president of global air partnerships at @ExpediaGroup, and @Skyscanner CEO John Mangelaars joins @Skift founding editor Dennis Schaal. #SkiftLive

Helane Becker, managing director at @Cowen_Inc, and Amelia Deluca, managing director of sustainability at @Delta, join S...
11/17/2021

Helane Becker, managing director at @Cowen_Inc, and Amelia Deluca, managing director of sustainability at @Delta, join Skift travel and tourism reporter Lily Girma for convo on sustainable travel. #SkiftLive

Scott Laurence, head of revenue and planning at @JetBlue, and Adam Decaire, vice president of network planning at @South...
11/17/2021

Scott Laurence, head of revenue and planning at @JetBlue, and Adam Decaire, vice president of network planning at @SouthwestAir, join @ByERussell #SkiftLive

Tamur Goudarzi Pour, Chief Commercial Officer @FlySwiss & Senior Vice President Channel Management @Lufthansa, joins @By...
11/17/2021

Tamur Goudarzi Pour, Chief Commercial Officer @FlySwiss & Senior Vice President Channel Management @Lufthansa, joins @ByERussell #SkiftLive

Right out of the gate, @munnikrishnan talks @AirLeaseCorp's new A350 freighter order with Steven Udvar-Házy, the company...
11/17/2021

Right out of the gate, @munnikrishnan talks @AirLeaseCorp's new A350 freighter order with Steven Udvar-Házy, the company's exec chairman of the board. #SkiftLive

.@DFWAirport CEO Sean Donohue in conversation with @Skift founder and CEO @rafat #SkiftLive
11/17/2021

[email protected] CEO Sean Donohue in conversation with @Skift founder and CEO @rafat #SkiftLive

American Airlines CEO Doug Parker sits down with @munnikrishnan #SkiftLive
11/17/2021

American Airlines CEO Doug Parker sits down with @munnikrishnan #SkiftLive

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10/21/2021
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New Issue of Airline Weekly: Perhaps we all grew a little too confident that the world had been truly knitted together since 1991. The week-old Ukraine war has disabused us of this notion. https://hubs.li/Q015sh_Y0
New Airline Weekly Podcast: Is There That Much Pent-Up Demand for Air Travel? https://hubs.ly/H0KS-2Y0
European airlines are looking beyond the grim reality of the pandemic to a brighter future. So how are carriers like Lufthansa and Ryanair taking advantage of demand recovery? We explore that in Airline Weekly's Feature Issue. https://hubs.ly/H0JjRmd0
New Issue of Airline Weekly: A European Wild West as Airlines Eye Opportunities https://hubs.ly/H0Jg1rf0
The strangest route in the U.S. just got a new lease on life. Airline Weekly Editor Madhu Unnikrishnan explains why the Department of Transportation just extended Samoa Airways' flight between Pago Pago and the Manu’a Islands. https://hubs.ly/H0JdZGZ0
Freight emerged from the shadows as a lifeline for the airline industry during the coronavirus pandemic. But while it supported the sector, cargo isn't a savior. We take a look in this week's Feature Story at Airline Weekly. https://hubs.ly/H0HXLBF0
Freight emerged as a lifeline for the airline industry during the pandemic. But while it supported the sector, cargo isn't a savior. We take a look in this week's Feature Story from Airline Weekly. https://hubs.ly/H0HX0fY0
New in Airline Weekly: United has become the sixth airline to enter, or planning to enter, the Boston to London market. Why this sudden interest in the route? We examine why in this week's Feature Story. https://hubs.ly/H0HnB7r0
New Airline Weekly Podcast: Will 2021 Be Any Better for the Airline Industry? https://hubs.ly/H0G0BZL0
New Podcast from our Friends Airline Weekly: Will 2021 Be Any Better for the Airline Industry? https://hubs.ly/H0G0B_R0
New Airline Weekly Issue Live Now: European Airlines' Summer of Anguish https://skft.it/30K6ry0
New Issue of Airline Weekly: Airlines are not happy with their governments. Air Canada complains of overzealous border restrictions. Asia’s airline association complains of inconsistent policies. Allegiant criticized Washington for inadequate testing and information. Ryanair is livid about government bailouts. Fair enough. But the true enemy is an extremely infectious virus which keeps on spreading. https://skft.it/31aYyAE