Past Issues

Issue No. 845

Allegiant Bets on Boeing

In the first week of the new year, Allegiant decided to make some news. The long-time Airbus operator ordered 50 Boeing 737 Max-family aircraft, with options for 50 more. Allegiant downplayed the news by saying it has operated a mixed...

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Issue No. 844

A Year of Inflection Points

If there's one phrase that airline executives have repeated this year, it's "inflection point" (followed closely by "pent-up demand"). The pandemic's inflection point would mark when Covid-19 began to recede, pent-up demand was unleashed, and the recovery really began. Remember...

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Issue No. 843

Parker Exits The Pattern

The C-suites of U.S. airlines will look quite a bit different when the pandemic recedes than it did before Covid-19. Gone or soon to be gone from the corner offices are United's Oscar Munoz, Alaska's Brad Tilden, and Southwest's Gary...

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Issue No. 842

From Alpha to Omicron

This has happened before, and now it seems like a pattern. Just when the airline industry says the worst of the pandemic is over, a new virus variant emerges. It happened earlier this year with the Delta variant, which took...

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Issue No. 841

Special Video Edition: Skift Aviation Forum Highlights

What did we hear from airline leaders at the second annual Skift Aviation Forum on November 17? We heard mainly cautious optimism, although some warned that the road to full recovery will be bumpy. In this special video edition, we're...

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Issue No. 840

The Dubai Order Frenzy

In the Before Times, the biennial Farnborough and Paris Airshows were where airframers announced masses of orders from the world's airlines. Those two shows have been idled for two years during the pandemic, but the Dubai Airshow was not. And...

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Issue No. 839

Latin America Comes Back Strong

South America's Domestic Markets Propel the Region's Airlines to Recovery Again and again during the pandemic we have seen the power of domestic recoveries to propel airlines. Brazil, South America's largest market, is no different. Vaccination rates there are soaring,...

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Issue No. 838

Europe’s Summer of Hope

Will there be too much capacity in Europe next summer or not enough? The answer depends on whom you ask. IAG is champing at the bit to add as much as it can next summer and expects to be almost...

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Issue No. 837

The Leisure Travel Lifeline

Leisure, leisure, leisure. If this pandemic has taught us anything, it's that almost everything we knew about the airline industry is no longer true. Everyone has a guess on when business travel will return, but no one has a crystal...

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Issue No. 836

All Eyes on Business Travel

More carriers reported their third-quarter earnings and, for most, it was a tale of two quarters: Strong demand in July and a precipitous drop in September as a new surge in Covid-19 sapped demand. Even Volaris, which now says it...

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Issue No. 835

Is Premium Leisure the Next Big Thing?

Delta opened the third-quarter earnings season with confidence. After posting its first quarterly profit sans government aid since early 2020, the airline is looking to a year-end holiday bump and then a pick up in business travel in the new...

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Issue No. 834

A Patchwork Recovery

Last week's IATA Annual General Meeting was a celebratory ball, of sorts, as airline leaders gathered together en masse for the first time since they did so in 2019, in Seoul. The tone of the meeting was excitement, as executives...

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