Finnair Retools in Preparation for Lengthy Russian Airspace Closure

Few European airlines bear the weight of sanctions on Russia and the closure of the country's airspace more than Finnair. In the early days of the war in Ukraine, the carrier was forced to suspend its flights to North Asia...

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Air China, China Southern Make Scant Mention of International Growth in 2022 Outlooks

Two of China's largest airlines, Air China and China Southern Airlines, will focus on domestic growth this year as the country maintains tight Covid-19 border restrictions. The emphasis in their newly released 2021 annual reports, which include multiple mentions China's...

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Bellwether Delta

Cape Air CEO Linda Markham warns that the U.S. industry’s every-airline-for-themselves approach to easing the pilot shortage may not be the best way to address supply. Edward “Ned” Russell and Madhu Unnikrishnan discuss her comments, and our favorite spokes-seagull. Then,...

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Alaska Airlines Sees Big Rebound in Tech Business Travel

Tech companies are making a big return to business travel, with Alaska Airlines and others reporting a significant uptick in corporate bookings in recent weeks. “There's just been this material, as in a 50-point change, in booking levels for some...

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Icelandic Airline Play’s U.S. Launch Not Dimmed by Inflation, Oil Prices

Icelandic startup Play's CEO Birgir Jónsson is unconcerned about the potential fallout from the war in Ukraine or Covid on the realization of the airline's transatlantic ambitions. All three of its initial U.S. destinations — Baltimore-Washington, Boston, and New York...

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Cape Air CEO Worries Industry Tactics Could Lengthen Pilot Shortage

Cape Air CEO Linda Markham is worried that airlines are doing the industry a disservice in pursuing individual approaches to boosting pilot supply as the industry works to ease the shortage in the U.S. “I almost wish there could be...

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U.S. Airfares Climb Above Pre-Pandemic Levels as Travel Demand Hits Record Levels

Flying in the U.S. will be expensive this summer. Passenger numbers are rapidly approaching pre-pandemic levels but airlines, for a variety of reasons, cannot keep pace adding back flights. The average U.S. domestic published airfare on the three largest carriers...

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A Tale of Two Quarters

It’s that time of year again: earnings! Delta Air Lines kicked off the first quarter results season with better than expected financials that reflected the two halves of the quarter; one characterized by Omicron and the other by pent-up demand....

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Ethiopian Airlines Adds U.S. Flights as Recovery Inches Forward

Ethiopian Airlines is beefing up its schedule to the U.S. with additional flights to Washington Dulles, an addition that comes even as its traffic recovery proceeds slower than it expected. The Star Alliance carrier will begin thrice-weekly flights between Dulles...

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JetBlue, Alaska Airlines Cut Flights as Summer Staffing Concerns Loom

JetBlue Airways is the latest airlines to pull back planned schedules as the combination of staffing issues and bad weather limit its ability to recover from operational disruptions. The New York-based carrier told staff on April 8 that it would...

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JetBlue Wants Spirit

In a surprise move, JetBlue Airways unveiled an unsolicited bid for Spirit Airlines, potentially derailing the latter’s deal with Frontier Airlines. But, given the potential market clout a larger ULCC could be to JetBlue, especially on busy Florida routes, maybe...

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American Airlines Restarts Philadelphia Regional Routes With Landline Buses

American Airlines is the latest carrier to contract Landline for connecting "flights" operated with buses. The move comes as U.S. airlines face the concurrent challenges from a pilot shortage primarily hitting regional operators and elevated fuel prices that together have...

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