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Big changes are underway in Saudi Arabia and India, with both poised for rapid growth in airline traffic. Each, however, is taking a distinct approach with respect to protecting their domestic airlines. Airline Weekly’s Jay Shabat discusses with Skift’s Asia editor Peden Doma Bhatia.  Related Stories How India Is Preparing for Its Goal of 1 Billion Airline Passengers What You Need to Know About Saudi Arabia’s Bet on a New National Airline Skift India Daily: A Billion Air Travelers Expected by 2040 — How Adani Airports Is Preparing Middle East Set to Be One of the Fastest-Growing Airline Markets
U.S. airlines presented at a major investor event in New York last week. What did they say? Airline Weekly's Jay Shabat discusses with special guest Brian Sumers of The Airline Observer. Plus, a look at an airline in the Philippines with a very unique business model... and a very unique aircraft configuration.  Related Stories: Rival CEOs at JetBlue, United and American Rally Together to Challenge Justice Department To Hear CEO Ed Bastian, It’s Delta’s World, We Just Live In It
It’s official: The U.S. Justice Department just sued to block JetBlue and Spirit from merging. Will it win? That’s anyone’s guess, but JetBlue CEO Robin Hayes said he plans to fight the regulator. Edward Russell and Jay Shabat discuss. Plus, the latest results from Azul and Thai Airways. Reading List U.S. Sues to Block JetBlue and Spirit Merger JetBlue Prepares for a Fight With Justice Department if Spirit Merger Blocked Azul Escapes Potential Bankruptcy With Aircraft Lessor Agreements
Airlines face wide-ranging fallout from Russia's invasion of Ukraine a year ago in February. The biggest is the airspace closure, but the war has also triggered a surge in global energy prices while western sanctions are pressuring Russian airlines. Edward Russell and Jay Shabat discuss. Plus, why you need an accounting degree and years of experience to decipher AirAsia-parent Capital A's numbers. Reading List Airlines Adapt Amid Russia's Ukraine War AirAsia Looks to China to Drive Budget Airline’s Recovery
Singapore Airlines and Copa Airlines were two champions of the December quarter with standout financial results. What set them apart from the pack? Edward Russell and Jay Shabat discuss on the Airline Weekly Lounge. Reading List Singapore Airlines Looks Beyond Strong Profits to Big Things From Air India Deal Copa’s Stars Aligned in Fourth Quarter
Spirit Airlines lags other U.S. airlines in financial performance. In fact, it lost money last year while most of its peers produced profits. Can it fix its cost problems and restore order? Edward Russell and Jay Shabat discuss on the latest Airline Weekly Lounge. Plus, is Azul in trouble? Reading List Spirit Airlines Struggles to Control Costs as It Awaits Fate of JetBlue Merger Brazil’s Azul Eyes Potential Restructuring Chile’s JetSmart Enters Fray as Potential Spoiler to Viva Air-Avianca Merger
A goodbye to the Boeing 747, the Queen of the Skies. The planemaker delivered the last off the line of the iconic jumbo jet to Atlas Air on Tuesday. Reading List Skyfaring: A Journey with a Pilot by Mark Vanhoenacker Atlas Air celebrates the final 747 delivery with a tribute to the Queen (Flightradar24)
It's a busy earnings week with American, Southwest, Alaska, and JetBlue all reporting. Edward Russell and Jay Shabat preview what they're listening for ahead of the airline calls on Thursday, January 26. Plus, EasyJet's strong December quarter revenues suggest their network shift to southern Europe is working. Reading List American Airlines Sees First Full Year of Profitability Since 2019 Southwest Airlines Vows to Return to Recovery Plan by March After Meltdown Alaska Airlines’ Exposure to Tech Sector Hits Carrier’s Bottom Line JetBlue Boasts 50 Percent Jump in TrueBlue Loyalty Enrollment in 2022 EasyJet Financials Lifted by High Demand and Ancillary Revenues
Was that a hint of an Irish accent when United Airlines CEO Scott Kirby took down the U.S. industry for being unprepared for the post-Covid operating reality? Edward Russell and Jay Shabat discuss. Plus, the U.S-China air service recovery is in the hands of government officials. Reading List United CEO Says U.S. Airline Industry Unprepared for Post-Pandemic Realities by Edward Russell Geopolitics Get in Way of Resuming U.S.-China Flights as Demand Surges by Edward Russell
Welcome to fourth quarter airline earnings season. Oil prices have come down from the peak of the year but labor costs are climbing as the system of pulleys and levers that determine the industry's costs continue to fluctuate. Edward Russell and Jay Shabat discuss what they're looking at as airlines report. Plus, the ongoing evolution in air service to small cities across the U.S. Read this week’s issue of Airline Weekly: Read the latest aviation headlines at AW Daily:
Southwest Airlines had a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad holiday season. The cancellation of 15,000-plus flights between Christmas and New Years will weigh on its fourth quarter results, but consumers' memories are short and the airline will survive. Edward Russell and Jay Shabat discuss. Plus, what European country does Eurocontrol's latest data show led the continent's air traffic recovery last year? Further Reading: European Airlines Could Face Steep Operational Challenges in 2023 by Jay Shabat Southwest’s Meltdown Should Be a Technology Warning for Airlines by Justin Dawes
It's been quite the year in aviation. From Covid variants to staffing shortages and flight disruptions, and industry dealmaking, 2022 took us for some interesting turns — but then what year does not? Edward Russell and Jay Shabat discuss what they'll be following in the New Year. Enjoy the last Airline Weekly Lounge episode of 2022. Read daily coverage of the airline industry at Subscribe to Airline Weekly at
Delta Air Lines and United Airlines unveiled ambitious plans this week. The latter ordered up to 300 new Boeing aircraft, 200 of them 787s. CEO Scott Kirby claims the deal will cement United's status as the so-called U.S. flag carrier. And the former aims to recover its pre-pandemic profit margins in just two years. Can Delta and United do it? Edward Russell and Jay Shabat discuss in the 'Lounge. Read more about United and Delta on Skift. For deeper insights into aviation, subscribe to Airline Weekly.
Labor is making big headway at U.S. airlines. The Air Line Pilots Association reached an agreement-in-principal with Delta Air Lines in a deal that could set a new benchmark for pilot pay if ratified. Edward Russell and Jay Shabat discuss the ramifications this week. Plus, IATA's brightening financial outlook for 2023. Read more about Delta Air Lines at Skift: Get essential airline industry news at
EasyJet is making good on its recovery plan. From expanding at slot-constrained airports like Lisbon and opening new seasonal bases in Greece, the airline is on its way back to the black. Edward Russell and Jay Shabat discuss EasyJet's results for the fiscal year that ended in September. Plus, the Air India-Vistara merger. You can read more about EasyJet at Skift. For in-depth coverage of aviation, subscribe to Airline Weekly.
Airlines want more planes to meet travel demand but, with supply chains backed up, there are few new models to go around. That's good news for aircraft lessors with more than 90 percent of leases being renewed, up from around 60 percent historically, Air Lease Corp. Executive Chairman Steven Udvar-Hazy said at the Skift Aviation Forum. Listen to Airline Weekly Editor Edward Russell's discussion with Udvar-Hazy at the forum.
Thanksgiving travel in the U.S. is back, said Airlines for America President and CEO Nicholas Calio. But while it will be as busy as it was three years ago, it will also be different as more people take blended trips and make it a Thanksgiving week. Calio and Edward Russell discuss the holiday outlook, plus the U.S. industry's recovery, operations, and air traffic control staffing. For daily coverage of the airline industry follow along at For deep coverage of the airline industry, subscribe at
Turkish Airlines had a blowout third quarter. The airline's revenues and capacity are way up from 2019 with no pause in sight. Edward Russell and Jay Shabat discuss Turkish's outlook. Plus, Ryanair's cautious outlook despite surprisingly robust travel demand. Get more aviation insights and subscribe to Airline Weekly. Read more about airlines at
Air France-KLM wants TAP Air Portugal, but so does International Airlines Group. IAG also wants Air Europa, and maybe even EasyJet. And the Lufthansa Group is back in play for ITA Airways. Edward Russell and Jay Shabat discuss the outlook for Europe's Big Three airline groups and their latest merger machinations. Plus, the outlook from Emirates. Get more aviation insights and subscribe to Airline Weekly. Read more about airlines at
Who would have thought three years ago that we'd be talking about the bright future for Norwegian Air? One restructuring and pandemic later, and the discounter is profitable and taking corporate travel share from competitor SAS. Edward Russell and Jay Shabat discuss the news from the Nordics, plus Hawaiian Airlines' continued struggles. Get more aviation insights and subscribe to Airline Weekly. Read more about Norwegian Air at
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