Qantas Braces for Crowd Rush With Staff Bonuses, Schedule Cuts

The Covid-19 pandemic air travel recovery may have a hex on it. Flying is in disarray in Europe and the U.S. amid staffing shortages and industrial action, and Australia appears the next domino to fall with the country's largest airline,...

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IATA Sees Pent-Up Profits

Are profits on approach for airlines in 2023? Edward "Ned" Russell and Jay Shabat discuss IATA's updated outlook, and Director General Willie Walsh's comments at the annual general meeting in Doha. Also, SkyWest Airlines has a novel approach to expanding...

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Potential British Airways Strike Adds to European Airlines’ Struggles This Summer

Two unions representing British Airways ground staff at London's Heathrow airport have voted to strike over a pandemic pay dispute in what could be the latest in a series of travel disruptions the UK capital faces. Ground staff, including check-in...

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SkyWest Airlines Finds a Bold Solution to Pilot Shortage — Launch a New Carrier

They say necessity is the mother of invention, and many U.S. regional airlines are desperate for an inventive solution to their pilot woes. While some are pitching a potential — but unlikely — increase in the mandatory pilot retirement age...

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EasyJet Moves to Silence Critics With a Big Airbus Order

EasyJet is putting criticisms that it does not have the aircraft to play a major role in the reshuffling of Europe's aviation market to rest with a deal to expand its firm aircraft orderbook by more than half. The UK-based...

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June Hiatus

Airline Weekly is taking a week off. Our next weekly issue will be published on June 27, and we will resume updating AW Daily with airline industry news and commentary on June 20. The Airline Weekly Lounge podcast will air...

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South Africa’s Airline Market Resets After Comair Failure

South Africa is getting a dramatic post-pandemic makeover with the closure of Comair, the country's second-biggest airline. Lawyers for the airline, which had suspended flights on May 31, moved to liquidate the company on June 9. They cited an inability...

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JetBlue Ups Hostile Offer for Spirit Airlines to $3.4 Billion

JetBlue Airways has been spurned not once but twice by Spirit Airlines but it remains undeterred in its attempt to take over the largest U.S. ultra-low-cost-carrier. The New York-based airline upped its offer Monday for Spirit to $31.50 per share...

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Delta’s Red-Hot Summer

Delta Air Lines now forecasts its summer revenues will outpace 2019, a significant milestone in the U.S. airline industry's recovery. But all is not golden as costs, particularly fuel, are rising as well. Edward “Ned” Russell and Madhu Unnikrishnan then...

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Iberia CEO Says Now Is the Time to Invest and Expand

Iberia is leading the recovery at International Airlines Group (IAG). The carrier continues to outperform its group peers in terms of the financial recovery, but CEO Javier Sánchez-Prieto does not see that as a signal to rest on his laurels...

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Delta Air Lines Revenues Fully Recovered From Pandemic

Delta Air Lines revenues are back from their two-year pandemic-driven dip as travelers, from leisure to corporate and international, rush back to planes this summer. The Atlanta-based carrier forecasts a full revenue recovery to 2019 levels in the second quarter,...

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SAS Threatens Administration Unless It Gets a Deal on Cost Savings

SAS CEO Anko Van der Werff has threatened to take the airline through a court-led restructuring process after little progress was made on the strategic plan it unveiled earlier this year. "If people are still aiming for or expecting that...

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