Podcast

What’s Delta Planning at LAX?

Delta Air Lines is making a play for more premium passengers in Los Angeles. Our reporter Brian Sumers took a field trip to LAX to talk to Delta leaders to see what the airline thinks sets it apart at the...

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Aircraft Lessor AerCap Files Claims for $3.5 Billion in Assets Seized by Russia

AerCap had hoped to take something of a victory lap in the fourth quarter of 2021 as it closed its $30 billion acquisition of GECAS to become far and away the world's largest aircraft lessor. But when the war in...

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Alaska Airlines Retires A321neos, Dash 8s For Efficiency

Alaska Airlines is speeding up its transition to an all-Boeing fleet with new plans to retire the Airbus A321neo aircraft it inherited from Virgin America early. And in unexpected news, the Seattle-based carrier will also retire the De Havilland Dash...

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Mexico City’s New Airport Off to Slow Start

The first flight from Mexico City’s new airport took off on March 21, but whether the new facility can relieve congestion at the capital’s main airport remains to be seen. Felipe Angeles International Airport, located about 28 miles (45 km)...

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What Oil Crisis?

Russia's invasion of Ukraine initially sent oil markets into a spiral. Prices may have come back down to earth, but oil remains volatile. Yet, U.S. airline executives aren't terribly concerned. More pressing is how to hire enough pilots to operate...

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Private Russian Airlines Open to Returning Leased Aircraft

Some of Russia's private airlines appear open to returning their Western-owned aircraft to lessors despite a new law that allows them to seize the planes. Russia's state airlines, including the Aeroflot group's eponymous carrier, Pobeda, and Rosiya, appear to be...

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Dominican Republic’s Arajet Aims to Be Caribbean’s First Low-Cost Airline

Startup Arajet has ambitious plans to knit the Caribbean together from its home base in the Dominican Republic, and eventually connect Central America and North America over Santo Domingo. The hill ahead of it is steep. Airlines with similar ambitions...

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U.S. Airline Executives Unconcerned by Rising Oil Prices — For Now

U.S. airline industry executives largely brushed off concerns that rising oil prices will put a dampener on their still-nascent recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic, confident in the resilience of summer demand to absorb higher fares. In the immediate aftermath of...

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What Happens to Russia’s Leased Fleet?

How does a country that spans 11 time zones function without long-haul aircraft? That is among the questions Edward "Ned" Russell and Madhu Unnikrishnan consider in this week's episode. Russia's invasion of Ukraine continues to roil the airline and aerospace...

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Transat Completes Transformation to an Airline as Canada’s Market Heats Up

Canada's Transat has completed its rapid transformation from a travel company to a national airline, but is emerging from the pandemic to a rapidly changing Canadian airline market. The Montreal-based carrier's fleet renewal is complete. It is now solely an...

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End of Federal Aid Gave Airline Startups a Boost: Avelo Exec

Generous federal aid to U.S. airlines during the pandemic delayed and deferred the industry restructuring that had just started as the crisis began, startup Avelo's new chief financial officer says, arguing that as the industry restructures, even more opportunities for...

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How Will Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine Change Airlines and Aerospace?

In this week's episode, Edward "Ned" Russell and Madhu Unnikrishnan break down the many ways the Ukraine war will affect global aviation. Will lessors repossess jets by March 28? How will airlines reroute their polar flights? This global crisis has...

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