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The Return of Turkey Travel

Thanksgiving travel is back, well nearly. U.S. airlines anticipated flyer numbers just shy of 2019 levels making this turkey day the busiest holiday for travel since the pandemic. Security screening numbers at U.S. airports have been slightly above, or a...

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5 Takeaways From the Skift Aviation Forum

Leaders from across the global aviation sector gathered in Dallas last week, at the inaugural in-person Skift Aviation Forum co-hosted with Dallas-Fort Worth airport. The prevailing sentiment was simultaneously upbeat and uneasy. Participants pleased with current demand conditions but concerned...

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Ryanair Led European Airline Margins this Summer

Ryanair Group CEO Michael O’Leary was his usual confident self on Ryanair’s competitive position in Europe, even as many of the airline’s competitors have become fodder for takeover chatter. Europe’s largest airline by passengers, Ryanair does not plan to actively...

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Is the ULCC Model Dying? The Case of Allegiant

In 2019, the last full year before the Covid crisis, Las Vegas-based Allegiant Air did what it always seemed to do: Make a lot of money. Its 20 percent operating margin, in fact, was best in the world among all...

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Lufthansa Sees Forced Capacity Discipline

The capacity discipline foisted on the airline industry by the confluence of a myriad of constraints is not expected to dissipate anytime soon. But that's good financial news, Lufthansa Group CEO Carsten Spohr said last week. Global supply chain bottlenecks...

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American Reports Sluggish Earnings, Again

It was an earnings laggard before the Covid crisis. And it’s an earnings laggard now that the Covid crisis has passed. American Airlines again trailed its peers United Airlines and Delta Air Lines in profitability last quarter — and by...

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Delta Claims Travel is Countercyclical

People have more than two years of that pandemic cliche, "pent-up demand," to get out of their system. That's driving continued robust travel demand at Delta Air Lines, which sees no slowdown even as the economic outlook sours on both...

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Delta, United Poised For Revenue Boost in Q4

Full flights and busy airports are likely to continue in the U.S. through the end of the year, Wall Street analysts warn. Demand is forecast to remain robust as corporate travel continues to recover, and consumers shift spending back to...

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SkyTeam Lands Virgin Atlantic

The SkyTeam Alliance is the latest winner in the resurgent networks of global airline partnerships. Virgin Atlantic Airways, a long-time partner of several SkyTeam members, will join the alliance next year. The addition of Virgin Atlantic brings the airline’s key...

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American’s Domestic Shift

Post-pandemic American Airlines will get travelers everywhere they need to go around the world, as it did before the crisis. But the carrier will do so more and more with the aid of its global partners — and loyalty program...

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United and Emirates: Enemies No Longer

Emirates and United Airlines let bygones be bygones and unveiled a new partnership that will join their two global networks. The limited pact will see Chicago-based United return to Dubai with a nonstop flight from Newark from March, the airlines...

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Finnair to Shrink

Quite simply, Finnair's world has changed. The airline, which for years managed a functional if not-very-profitable business flying between Europe and Asia, can’t ride that pony anymore. The indefinite closure of Russian airspace to European carriers has added as much...

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