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One if by Land, Two if by Sea, and Six if by Air to Boston

The transatlantic market has long been among one of the busiest and most lucrative for airlines. Repeatedly after past crises, it was among the first to come back — and come back strong — compared with other international markets. Now,...

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A Tale of Two Airlines

Not that many years ago, Aeromexico was sitting pretty. Its main network competition, Mexicana, had gone bust, despite long-running and tortured attempts to revive it. It was the dominant carrier at Mexico City, a congested but coveted airport. It was...

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Wall Street Hopes There’s No Country Like Sun Country

Why would an airline go public now, during a crisis that has left the industry staggering and forced most carriers to contemplate a smaller, much more limited near-term future? Why go public now in an environment so severe that even...

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2020 Was a Record Year for ‘All the Wrong Reasons’

2020 was a ghastly year for airlines. After racking up the tidy sum of $119 billion in pre-tax profits during the decade ending in 2019, the U.S. big six — Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, JetBlue Airways, Southwest...

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The Airbus A220 Shows its Covid Strength With JetBlue Debut

If there is an aviation wunderkind to emerge from the coronavirus pandemic, it just might be the Airbus A220. The small narrowbody jet has proven popular among airlines even as they parked thousands of aircraft amid the historic drop in...

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When a Codeshare Becomes a ‘Pseudo-Merger’

American Airlines and JetBlue Airways got some rare good news this month. Amid the fallout after the deadly riots at the U.S. Capitol, the outgoing Trump administration signed off on the carriers’ proposed northeast alliance. The pact gives American and...

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The Crystal Ball Is…Murky

At this time in 2020, the airline industry was preparing for another year of record-setting profits and traffic. They were in an arms race to add more premium services and products and — which now seems quaint — were focusing...

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Looking Back, Looking Ahead

It began with hope. Demand was generally strong. Fuel was relatively cheap. The skies were calm. Not trouble free, of course. It’s the airline industry, after all. But the early days of 2020 seemed promising enough for most of the...

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Crisis Management at KLM

Running an airline is not for the faint of heart. And running an airline during a once-in-a-century global pandemic takes even more fortitude. As domestic markets around the world start to recover, how does KLM manage with a domestic network...

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Leased Lightning

There’s a lot of talk about the pandemic’s repercussions, but few opinions carry as much weight as those of Air Lease Corporation Executive Chairman Steven Udvar-Hazy — the man credited with creating the aircraft leasing industry. Udvar-Hazy was the closing...

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Seoul Survivor

Bankruptcies. Mass job cutting. Route closures. Even a few small airline liquidations. The brutal Covid crisis of 2020 has seen all such anguish. Now, for the first time: A major merger. Last week, Korean Air agreed to buy a controlling...

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Too Many Fish in the Sea

It’s beginning to feel different in East Asia. Not very different yet. But different. Optimism is on the rise among airlines throughout the region, which covers roughly 2.3b people in Greater China, Japan, Korea, and the 10-country ASEAN region. Most...

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