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Delta Slashes Regional Flying by a Quarter

Delta Air Lines is the latest to cull schedules as a result of the pilot shortage facing the regional industry in the U.S. The Atlanta-based carrier has cut regional flights by as much as a quarter from previous plans through...

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Omicron Pummels Airline Operations

The quick spike in Covid-19 cases linked to the Omicron variant got the better of many airlines' operations over the holidays. According to FlightRadar24, airlines globally cancelled nearly 101,000 flights, or 8 percent of their schedules, from December 20 through...

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Delta Eyes 2022 Yields

Delta Air Lines management left investors and analysts with one clear statement on next year: Don’t get too excited. The Atlanta-based carrier’s passenger capacity recovery will slow and that will in turn drive elevated cost growth but, hey, at least...

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Doug Parker Passes The Baton at American

American Airlines CEO Doug Parker will retire on March 31, and be succeeded by his longtime deputy, President Robert Isom. The move will end Parker’s nearly 20-year run at the helm of a U.S. airline, including America West and US...

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Airlines Eye Omicron Warily

Just when the airline industry thought it had caught its breath from the Delta-variant surge, a new coronavirus variant is threatening to upend the recovery. Or is it? The consensus is it’s far too early to say. A little over...

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Delta Flexes With 757 and 767 Fleets

Delta Air Lines has yet to make a full decision on the future of its middle-of-the-market fleet. The carrier will continue flying its Boeing 757s and 767s through the decade with a willingness to “flex” either types numbers up or...

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KLM’s CEO Is a Recovery Realist

On November 8, the first day that the U.S. reopened to vaccinated foreign travelers, KLM's aircraft across the North Atlantic were 97 percent full, a remarkable statistic in the best of times but even more striking now, during a global...

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Azul’s ‘Incredible’ Third Quarter

Brazil's Azul pulled off a feat in 2021 that few airlines have done since the pandemic began. It reported unit revenues that were higher than 2019. "Let me say that again, our unit revenue was higher than 2019," founder David...

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Azul Seeks Latam Takeover

South America’s third-largest carrier Azul has set its sights on a big acquisition target: The continent’s largest Latam Airlines Group. In an interview with Chilean newspaper Diario Financiero, Azul CEO John Rodgerson said the airline has put together a proposal to acquire...

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Transavia Results Shows Leisure Strength

Transavia was far and away the leader at Air France-KLM in the third quarter. The discount subsidiary produced margins near 2019 levels and is set to grow beyond its pre-crisis scope next year as the group looks to a continued...

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American Bullish on Business Recovery

American Airlines is bullish on the business travel recovery. The carrier expects revenue from the lucrative segment to fully recover by the end of 2022, joining the likes of Emirates in taking an overtly optimistic stance on the return of corporate flyers....

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Delta Thinks Premium Leisure Is Here to Stay

Delta Air Lines leadership believes the way people travel has undergone a "structural" change as more leisure passengers opt to fly in the front of the aircraft. The Atlanta-based carrier is now planning to fly more premium seats as it...

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