Past Issues

Issue No. 819

Is Europe (Finally) on the Verge of Recovery?

Last summer, European airlines raced to restore capacity as the first wave of Covid-19 ebbed and Europeans flocked to beaches. Since then, the continent has struggled with a resurgent virus, the inevitable lockdowns and travel restrictions, and a slow vaccine...

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Issue No. 818

Could the Pandemic End Air Transport Liberalization?

Brian Pearce has been IATA's chief economist since 2004, and in that time he's seen his share of exogenous shocks to the industry: SARS, MERS, the global financial crisis, the historic spike in oil prices, and now Covid-19. The industry...

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Issue No. 817

A Summer of Opportunity

Memorial Day on May 31 symbolically kicked off summer in the U.S., when the entire country fires up their grills and gets ready to relax. And this Memorial Day looks a lot different than last year, when a devastating second...

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Issue No. 816

David Neeleman’s Fifth Act

It's a new Breeze blowing into the U.S. market. (We couldn't resist the bad joke.) But in all seriousness, Breeze founder David Neeleman tells us this week why he's launching his fifth airline and how he thinks it will serve...

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Issue No. 815

American’s Evolving Network

Last week, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said vaccinated Americans can stop using masks in most outdoor and indoor settings, guidance President Joseph Biden lauded as a milestone toward the end of the pandemic. But travelers already...

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Issue No. 814

European Airlines’ Uncertain Summer

After the first week of U.S. airline industry earnings calls last month, one thing became clear: U.S. airline CEOs expect leisure demand to go through the roof as people cooped up from more than a year of lockdowns flock to...

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Issue No. 813

American Tech Ops’ Post-Pandemic Future

Early in the pandemic, American's Tulsa, Okla., maintenance base spent a lot of its time readying aircraft for long-term storage. Now, it's doing precisely the opposite as the world's largest carrier starts to pull its aircraft out of mothballs. We...

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Issue No. 812

A Hot Summer for U.S. Airlines?

To hear U.S. airline executives tell it, the summer ahead could be a bonanza, as travelers cooped up at home during the pandemic take to the airways in huge numbers. They say travelers will flock to beaches and outdoor leisure...

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Issue No. 811

The Pandemic’s Network Legacy

Airline networks have changed as a result of the pandemic. Some were clear money grabs — United flying from cities in the Upper Midwest to Florida in the winter — but others are more strategic, like JetBlue moving its Southern...

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Issue No. 810

What’s Next for South America’s Airlines?

The airline industry in Latin America and the Caribbean is in a tough spot. Some of its largest players are in the bankruptcy process, and some have stopped flying altogether, and the ones that remain are finding the region's patchwork...

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Issue No. 809

Are Alliances Back in Style?

Are alliances back in style? In recent years, some airlines and analysts have said the industry has moved beyond alliances and toward a future of bilateral agreements between unaligned carriers. But Alaska Airlines' decision to join the Oneworld alliance flouts...

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Issue No. 808

European Airlines’ Summer of Recovery Remains Hazy

Almost exactly a year ago, as the world was shutting down in the face of a terrifying new disease and as we watched news reports out of Italy and New York with growing horror, airline CEOs the world over were...

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