In the time since Airline Weekly launched 15 years ago, the airline industry has undergone remarkable change, to an industry almost unrecognizable when we put out our first issue. Airlines have consolidated. Low-cost carriers started in regions that hadn’t seen them before. The rise of the ultra-low-cost carrier. Low-cost long-haul. Oil prices spiked to record heights and fell again. Airframers launched game-changing, technologically advanced aircraft like the Boeing 787 and the Airbus A350 (and the A380). The industry globally roared to profitability. These are just some of the ways the industry has transformed since that first issue of Airline Weekly in June 2004.
And now we have a few changes of our own to announce. Skift acquired Airline Weekly last year, and our team has been hard at work integrating the technology and platforms behind the scenes. And as one of the final phases of that integration has been naming a new editor. It is my privilege to be that editor.
We have more changes to come as we work to update the design, look and feel and the way Skift Airline Weekly is delivered, all while providing even more of the unmatched news and analysis you’ve come to depend on from Airline Weekly, and leveraging Skift’s strong coverage of the industry.
And finally, I’d like to thank Seth Kaplan, Jason Cottrell, and Jay Shabat for their vision in creating and building Airline Weekly into the publication it is today. I’m proud to be an inheritor of that vision. I wish Seth and Jason well as they pursue new ventures, and I look forward to working with Jay to continue being a part of your week.
— Madhu Unnikrishnan