Past Issues

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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Issue No. 807

Qatar Airways’ Pandemic Lessons

How does a global super-connector handle the near absence of international travel? We asked Qatar Airways Chief Commercial Officer Thierry Antinori this very question, and he attributed the carrier's relative success to its fleet mix, its cargo capacity, and, above...

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Issue No. 806

A European Wild West as Airlines Eye Opportunities

European airlines are looking beyond the exceptionally bad year they had last year and the possibly grim year this year to a brighter future. Many, like Lufthansa Group, are shuffling the pieces around internally to take advantage of any demand...

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Issue No. 805

Air Cargo Emerges From Shadows as Pandemic Lifeline

Cargo gets its place in the sun. One of the more interesting storylines of the Covid-19 pandemic's effect on aviation has been the emergence of freight as a lifeline for industry. Some carriers are tipping into profits on the strength...

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Issue No. 804

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

Paul Revere's midnight ride warned the residents of Boston that the British were coming. Now, it looks like the Americans are returning the favor, with United becoming the sixth airline to enter, or planning to enter, the market. Why this...

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Issue No. 803

A Tale of Two Airlines

Mexico was in the news last week, after a minor political scandal over a U.S. senator's ill-timed vacation. But it was in the news for us for a different reason: Aeromexico and Volaris both reported their earnings, and the two...

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Issue No. 802

Wall Street Hopes There’s No Country Like Sun Country

The last U.S. mainline carrier to go public was Virgin America in 2014, which, it is safe to say, was a different era. The airline industry then was riding high and would soon start posting record profits. We all know...

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Issue No. 801

A Record for ‘All the Wrong Reasons’

So here we are, financial results from the six largest U.S. airlines in hand. Those airlines lost a total of $43.8 billion last year. Or, put another way, that's just a few billion less than the amount the industry lost,...

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Issue No. 800

A Year Everyone Wants to Forget

U.S. airline earnings came fast and furious last week, and by Thursday, the six largest carriers had given their fourth-quarter and full-year 2020 reports to analysts. And after a ghastly 2020, there's still so much unknown about this year. American...

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