Article • Routes and Networks

Geopolitics Slows Restart of U.S.-China Routes

The Chinese government lifted Covid-era travel restrictions on January 8. While international travel demand to the country is expected to surge, airline schedules will take some time to recover, including in the big U.S.-China market. Air China, American, Delta, Hainan Airlines,...

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Article • Feature Story

Germany Struggles to Regain Lost Pandemic Capacity

It’s 2023, and most of the least recovered airline markets are still found within East Asia. Hong Kong’s scheduled seat departures are 63 percent fewer this quarter than they were in the first quarter of 2019, according to Diio by...

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Article • By the Numbers

Air Service Recovery to Select European Markets

The number of flights to Greece grew from 2019 to 2022, but most countries have yet to fully recover. Source: Eurocontrol — Jay Shabat

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Article • Landing Strip

LAX Updates Concourse 0, Terminal 9 Plans

Los Angeles International Airport is moving forward with two long anticipated terminal expansions aimed at boosting capacity ahead of the 2028 Olympics at one of the busiest airports in the U.S. The nine-gate Concourse 0, an eastern extension of Terminal 1, and...

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Article • Fleet

United Orders Up To 300 Boeing 787s, 737 Maxes

United Chief Financial Officer Gerry Laderman once said that an airline could buy a plane tailored to a few routes in its network but, if that is the case, it should not buy said plane. The better bet was to purchase an aircraft that...

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Article • Weekly Skies

Transat Stabilizes

Canadian leisure airline Transat, which had a pre-pandemic deal to merge with Air Canada, ultimately remained independent (European competition regulators didn’t like the idea). The pandemic itself was of course greatly damaging to its business. But conditions are much better...

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Article • Feature Story

‘Heck of A Lot Better’ Delta Predicts Big Profits

It wasn’t exactly an investor day event — Delta Air Lines will hold one of those in June, offering a deep dive on different areas of its business. Last week, in a meeting with investors, the airline’s chief focus was...

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Article • By the Numbers

The World’s 100 Busiest Airports Next Quarter

Atlanta is still the world's busiest airport by seats, followed by Dubai, in the first quarter of 2023. In terms of growth compared to 2019, note the Superstar ABCs : Austin, Bogotá, Cancun, and Cairo. On the other side of...

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Article • Routes and Networks

Virgin Australia to Fly 737s to Tokyo

Virgin Australia has emerged a much stronger airline from the Covid-19 pandemic than it was at the outset of the crisis. A court-led restructuring of Australia’s second largest carrier created a leaner and, executives hope, a much more profitable airline. One of...

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Article • Feature Story

Southwest Airlines Looks to Restore Past Prosperity

Michael Jordan worked wonders with a basketball. Can Bob Jordan do the same with a fleet of more than 700 planes? The latter Jordan, CEO of Southwest Airlines, had his chance to convince investors, in a presentation he and his...

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Article • By the Numbers

Which Airlines Are More Profitable Now Than Before the Pandemic

Philippine Airlines, perennially troubled, lifted by pandemic-era cargo boom. Bankruptcy restructuring and flights filled with overseas Filipino workers also help explain the turnaround. As you can see, 15 airlines on this list showed improvement from prior to the crisis. Most...

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Article • State of the Unions

Delta, Pilots Reach Accord

Delta and its pilots, represented by the Air Line Pilots Association, have reached an agreement-in-principal that ends an acrimonious negotiating process but also adds to the cost pressure airlines already face. The deal, unveiled late on December 2, does not...

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