Airline Weekly

Virgin Sacrificed: Airline Weekly Lounge Episode 70

The merger of Alaska Airlines and Virgin American is now well under way and begs the question: How is the integration taking shape? In a word: rosy. Of course, Alaska will be sacrificing the Virgin brand. But Alaska’s management says it’s finding more synergies on both the cost and revenue sides than expected. One of the more interesting moves is that Alaska won’t be joining the Big Three and JetBlue in providing a lie-flat product on transcontinental routes.

In other news, Norwegian is adding two new routes out of London Gatwick. While Virgin Atlantic reported a third consecutive annual profit in 2016, that streak might end in 2017. Lastly, Cathay Pacific reported its first annual loss since 2008 and there are, unfortunately, a few reasons that make a turnaround tough.

Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Overcast | Pocket Casts | Google Podcasts | Amazon | RSS

Up Next

The Airline Weekly Lounge Podcast

Takeaways From the IATA Annual Meeting

The mood in Istanbul at the IATA Annual General Meeting was definitely jubilant this year. Despite all the challenges airlines face — and, frankly, when do they not face challenges? — attendees celebrated strong demand, cheaper fuel, and other tailwinds. Will the good times continue? Edward Russell, fresh off the plane back, and Jay Shabat…

The Airline Weekly Lounge Podcast

Summer Air Travel Record Forecast

U.S. airports saw roughly 300,000 more travelers than in 2019 over the Memorial Day weekend holiday, a sign of a busy summer to come. Are airlines ready? Edward Russell and Jay Shabat discuss. Plus, Delta is hit with a greenwashing lawsuit. Reading List TSA Screened Highest Number of Airline Passengers Since 2019 U.S. Airlines Forecast…

The Airline Weekly Lounge Podcast

The Return of Icelandair

Icelandair had a rough few years before and during Covid. But the airline believes it has turned the financial corner, and forecasts its best results in seven years. Edward Russell and Jay Shabat discuss. Plus, Turkish Airlines' big plans for Anadolujet. Reading List Icelandair Rides High Yields to Profits Turkish Airlines to Spin Off Low-Cost…

The Airline Weekly Lounge Podcast

Air Canada Is off to a Good Start

Air Canada lost money in the first quarter of 2023. But that's no surprise. Wintertime losses are common for the carrier. But the red ink was minimal, setting it up for a strong year. Plus, a discussion about San Francisco's struggling airline market. Jay Shabat is joined by Madhu Unnikrishnan to discuss Air Canada's first-quarter…

The Airline Weekly Lounge Podcast

Ryanair Makes Up With Boeing

Ryanair gave Boeing a boost, and let bygones be bygones, by ordering up to 300 new 737 Maxes. It's the European discounter's largest-ever order. Edward Russell and Jay Shabat discuss the deal. Plus, Air France-KLM and IAG's first-quarter results. Reading List Ryanair Looks East With New Boeing 737 Maxes From Its Largest Order Ever Air France-KLM…

Exit mobile version