Podcast

Wizzing Past the Competition

Why is Wizz Air CEO Joszef Varadi "happy" to compete with Ryanair and why does he think it's the legacy carriers that should be scared? Edward "Ned" Russell and Madhu Unnikrishnan, in his last appearance on the 'Lounge, discuss this...

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Transat to Lease Aircraft Short Term Due to Airbus Delays

Transat's ambitious plans for the summer are running into Airbus' manufacturing travails, forcing the Canadian carrier to wet-lease aircraft to fulfill its summer schedule. Transat had expected to take delivery of two Airbus A321LR's this summer, but deliveries are delayed...

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Hong Kong Loan Extension Illustrates Cathay Pacific’s Troubles

The Hong Kong government has given Cathay Pacific another year to draw down a HK$7.8 billion ($1 billion) loan, in a sign that the carrier's business remains tenuous even as other airlines in the region are planning to wean themselves...

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Pandemic Confirms Value of Strong Hub to KLM CEO Pieter Elbers

At the start of the pandemic and through 2020 and much of 2021, industry observers predicted airlines without domestic markets — like Cathay Pacific Airways, Emirates, KLM, and Singapore Airlines — would struggle to regain their pre-pandemic markets, and that...

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Airbus, Qatar Airways Dispute to Go to Trial Next Year

The drama between Airbus and Qatar Airways over the A350 will head to trial, a UK High Court judge ruled this week. The three-month trial is expected to begin next summer. The judgement brings some clarity to the dispute, which...

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IndiGo CEO Fears Demand Will Fall as Fares Rise to Match Fuel Costs

IndiGo is navigating between dual headwinds, unfavorable foreign exchange and sharply rising fuel costs, and is reaching a limit of how much of these higher costs it can pass on to passengers. But despite these negative forces, the Indian carrier...

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Spirit Airlines Board Blasts JetBlue’s Bid as ‘Cynical’

In some of its most forceful comments yet, Spirit Airlines rejected JetBlue Airways' unsolicited merger offer, making clear that it believes the best outcome for shareholders is the already planned merger with Frontier Airlines. JetBlue's offer is "illusory" and unlikely...

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The South American Spider Web

Abra, the new holding company planned by Colombia's Avianca and Brazil's Gol, would knit together South America in what Copa CEO called a spider web (although he said he's not too concerned about it). In this week's episode, Edward "Ned"...

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Singapore Airlines Traffic Spikes as Covid Restrictions Ease

Singapore's decision to ease most of is Covid-19 travel restrictions in April benefited the country's namesake airline. Singapore Airlines' traffic surged in April, and forward bookings for the summer are approaching 2019 levels, the carrier said in its most recent...

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AerCap Warns of Looming Aircraft Shortage as International Travel Rebounds

The good news, according to AerCap CEO Aengus Kelly, is that demand for air travel is roaring back. The bad news is that supply chain woes could hamper the manufacturers' ability to deliver enough new aircraft on time. Air travel...

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Who’s to Blame for the Pilot Shortage?

Tempers are flaring as airlines, unions, and even Congress point fingers at who's to blame for the pilot shortage. Edward "Ned" Russell and Madhu Unnikrishnan discuss an innovative program at Southern Airways Express, as well as why Mesa CEO Jonathan...

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Mesa Airlines Suspends Outlook as Pilot Attrition Weighs Heavy

A year ago, regional carrier Mesa Air Group was flush with profits, even as many of the mainline carriers staggered from the evaporation of demand during the pandemic. But while the major airlines are now optimistic about the the rest...

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