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Colombian Airlines Plot Post-Pandemic Course

As Colombia continues to grapple with the Covid-19 pandemic, its government is encouraging airlines to start new international routes with the aim of revitalizing its aviation sector and reconnecting the country with the rest of Latin America.  With business travel...

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Is Europe (Finally) on the Verge of Recovery?

The travel recovery is moving forward in fits and starts. Domestic markets, like those in China and the U.S., have come back strong while much long-haul international flying remains grounded amid border and other travel restrictions. IATA has called this...

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Could the Pandemic End Air Transport Liberalization?

The aftermath of the Covid-19 pandemic could usher in a new era of airline industry growth and innovation, provided governments don’t stand in the way of the trend towards liberalization and consolidation that were gaining in strength before the industry...

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David Neeleman’s Fifth Act: Breeze Airways

David Neeleman has the airline bug. At 61, he is launching his fifth carrier, Breeze Airways. The concept is simple: apply the low trip-cost model behind the success of Azul in Brazil to the U.S. But instead of a hub-and-spoke...

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American’s Evolving Network

American Airlines has been busy since the start of the pandemic. With business traffic depressed and its large international network virtually idled by travel restrictions, the carrier has added about a hundred new routes and four new destinations in the...

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American Tech Ops Plots Post-Pandemic Future

One of the largest airline maintenance facilities in the world sits on the edge of the Ozark foothills in Tulsa, Okla. There, American Airlines can work on any of its more than 850 mainline jets in a sprawling 330-acre facility...

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How The Pandemic Has (and Has Not) Changed Airline Networks

It was clear things had changed when the coronavirus pandemic forced airlines to put down most of their fleets a year ago. Not only did health and safety become paramount as the airborne Covid-19 virus spread, but airlines' planning playbooks...

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What’s Next for South America’s Airlines?

Frequently changing travel restrictions and a lack of coordination among governments in Latin America are complicating airlines’ recovery and ability to plan, several executives and industry leaders in the region said. “Nowhere are infections as worrisome as in South America,...

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Are Alliances Back in Style?

The network of global airline alliances got a vote of confidence last week when Alaska Airlines became the 14th full member of Oneworld with a snazzy new safety video to boot. The membership is something of a feather in the...

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How Does a Global Super-Connector Manage the Pandemic?

How does a global super-connector with no domestic market survive when a pandemic essentially grounds international travel? Airline Weekly Editor Madhu Unnikrishnan asked Qatar Airways Chief Commercial Officer Thierry Antinori this question in a recent video interview. Antinori stressed that...

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A European Wild West as Airlines Eye Opportunities

Stronger, leaner and poised to capture new opportunities — that's the name of the game among Europe carriers. After posting staggering losses similar to their U.S. brethren, nearly every airline is singing something of a more optimistic tune now with...

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Air Cargo Emerges From Aviation Shadows as Pandemic Lifeline

It’s cargo’s moment to shine. A part of the airline industry most people overlook has shown just how critical it is to the industry’s bottom line when passenger traffic collapses. When a global pandemic forced vast numbers of people to...

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