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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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Lufthansa Sees Minimal Fallout From Ukraine War

Russia's invasion of Ukraine will not affect Lufthansa's recovery plans, even if airspace closures require the German carrier to fly more circuitous routes to Asia. Lufthansa is predicting heavy summer leisure demand, particularly on European short- and medium-haul routes. Before...

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Sanctions on Russia for Ukraine War Could Reorder Global Aviation

President Joseph Biden's State of the Union announcement on Tuesday that the U.S. is closing off its airspace to Russian aircraft topped off a week of extraordinary upheaval in global aviation that shows no signs of settling down. The repercussions...

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Ukraine War and Airlines: Here’s What We Know so Far

The world's airlines have already begun to feel the fallout from Russia's invasion of Ukraine, just two days into the conflict, with more repercussions expected as the West and Moscow escalate sanctions and other punitive measures. Airlines around the world,...

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Airlines Face Major Business Disruptions From Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine

Global airlines could face severe disruptions from Russia's invasion of the Ukraine that could escalate if the West and Moscow volley sanctions at one another. Airlines, like Ryanair, Wizz Air, and Qatar Airways which as recently as Wednesday were flying...

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