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That’s What Friends Are For

Things were looking dark for American. Poor margins. Messy operations. Fights with unions. Grounded MAXs. Lost friends. Then suddenly, this: A revived partnership with Alaska Airlines, this time envisioning a much deeper relationship than the two ever had before.  Make...

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Frequent Flying Amid Capacity Scarcity

For U.S. airlines, Q4 earnings season is now complete. And as is customary these days, all players produced solid profits. Collectively, Delta, American, United, Southwest, Alaska, JetBlue, Hawaiian, Spirit, and Allegiant reached a double-digit operating margin, topping 10% on nearly...

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Risking a Civil War

Things look great for SAS right now. Things look terribly dire.      For Scandinavia’s largest airline, there is plenty to celebrate. Capacity conditions are extremely favorable with rivals missing their MAXs. LCC predators like Ryanair, easyJet, and Wizz Air have their...

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All Nippon Airways Looks to Dethrone its More Profitable Rival

If All Nippon Airways (ANA) has a bit of a chip on its shoulder, you can understand why. It was once Japan’s most profitable airline, routinely beating its larger, bloated rival Japan Airlines (JAL). After the Japanese government rescued JAL...

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Chi-Town, Fly Town

Chicago’s O’Hare airport has seven active runways. Hey, London Heathrow, are you jealous? Don’t be. Chicago might have lots of runways, but its airline market is barely growing. In fact, during 2019, while Heathrow managed a modest 1% y/y increase...

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The 2020s: The Decade Ahead

In the year 2030, Alitalia will be the greatest airline on earth.  Just kidding. But would you have laughed any less 15 years ago at the notion that Delta would become the powerhouse it is today? Or that Ireland’s Aer...

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The 2010s: A Decade in Review

On Jan. 4, 2010, Airline Weekly began the new decade with a review of the progress and perils of the prior 10 years. From 2000 to 2009, the world saw a flowering of low-cost carriers on shorthaul routes, the rise...

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