Article • Landing Strip

Dulles Airport Metro Link Opens

Washingtonians have pined for the day they can take the train to Dulles International Airport for nearly six decades. That day, finally, arrived last week. The local Metro system begins revenue passenger rail service to the airport around 2 p.m....

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Article • Feature Story

Animal Spirits

The animal that is Frontier Airlines says no, it’s not in a cage. The Denver-based ultra-low-cost carrier insists that it’s just as free as ever to grow and prosper, rejecting the argument from United’s Scott Kirby and others that ULCCs...

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Article • By the Numbers

Frontier’s Busiest Airports

Frontier's busiest airports ranked by seats scheduled in the fourth quarter, according to Diio by Cirium schedules. Note that in the first quarter (January to March), Florida markets move up in importance; Orlando in fact will surpass Denver. A few...

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Article • Weekly Skies

5 Takeaways From the Skift Aviation Forum

Leaders from across the global aviation sector gathered in Dallas last week, at the inaugural in-person Skift Aviation Forum co-hosted with Dallas-Fort Worth airport. The prevailing sentiment was simultaneously upbeat and uneasy. Participants pleased with current demand conditions but concerned...

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Article • Fleet

Every New Plane is Delayed: Udvar-Hazy

Air Lease Corp. is taking new Airbus A321neo aircraft at least six to seven months late due to a myriad of production and supply chain issues facing the European airframer. But that’s not a one-off problem. More broadly, neither Airbus...

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Article • State of the Unions

Finnair Wants to Outsource Some Cabin Crews

Times are tough for Finnair. It's lucrative business connecting Asia and Europe via Helsinki has been all but shut down thanks to the closure of Russian airspace. As such, the airline is seeking more cost savings. Its latest move is...

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Article • Routes and Networks

Bonjour, JetBlue!

JetBlue has named its long-awaited second European destination and, well, it's a bit trite: Paris. We're shocked, shocked that the city with some of the highest origin and destination numbers for U.S. travelers after London was the carrier's pick. Flights...

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Article • Sky Money

Spirit to Raise $600 Million in Loyalty-Backed Debt

Spirit will raise $600 million in loyalty program-backed debt. The private placement is secured by the assets and intellectual property of the Miramar, Florida-based carrier’s Free Spirit and Spirit Saver$ Club programs. The three-year debt will carry an interest rate of...

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Article • Fleet

Boeing Picks Up 777 Freighter Orders

Boeing inked several freighter orders last week. Emirates picked up five Boeing 777Fs with two aircraft due in 2024, and the remaining three in 2025. Emirates CEO Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum said the order "reflects Emirates’ confidence in airfreight...

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Article • By the Numbers

Capacity Trends at Europe’s Big 3 and Turkish

All data compares the fourth quarter of 2022 to the same period in 2019. Source: Diio by Cirium — Jay Shabat

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Article • Routes and Networks

Spirit Cuts 35 Routes, Adds 4 (14Nov)

Spirit Airlines has cancelled at least 35 routes from January as industry-wide issues take their toll on air carriers’ ability to recover — and expand — their schedules next year. The South Florida-based discounter has pulled 35 routes from its...

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Article • Feature Story

Istan-Bullish

Turkish is having a moment. It’s a rare carrier that’s both larger and more profitable now than it was before the Covid crisis.    Turkish reported its third quarter financial results on November 3 and, wow, they were good. It...

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