Past Issues

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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Issue No. 833

Regionals’ Labor Issues Return

The U.S. regional sector has long faced hiring issues. Cape Air began actively working to address the impending pilot shortage in 2009, even before the so-called "1,500 hour rule" — largely panned in the sector — came into force in...

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Issue No. 832

U.S. Sues to Split Up American and JetBlue

We thought it could happen when the U.S. Justice Department (DOJ) said it was looking into the American Airlines-JetBlue Airways Northeast Alliance. And it did. Last week, the DOJ filed a suit in the U.S. District Court for the District...

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Issue No. 831

A Crisis Like No Other

Crises have wracked the airline industry almost since its inception. Wars, diseases, economic recessions and depressions, jet fuel price spikes — the list is almost endless and illustrates an industry almost uniquely prone to exogenous shocks. The Covid-19 pandemic started...

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Issue No. 830

Hope for the Holidays

As the Delta Variant Depresses Demand, Airlines Pin Their Recovery Hopes on the Holidays It was a good summer for airlines in many parts of the world, all things being relative. Leisure demand came back as people who had been...

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Issue No. 829

Nascent Recovery Ushers In Era of Change

Airlines Begin to Emerge From the Crisis to New Competition and Remade Markets Welcome back! The airline industry is making its usual summer-to-fall transition in a very changed world. Leisure travel demand soared in many regions during the summer, as...

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Issue No. 828

The 737 Max Is Back

After two fatal accidents, regulators around the world grounded the Boeing 737 Max for almost two years. When the FAA re-certified the aircraft, most Max operators allowed passengers to book away from the type. Media reports were awash with stories...

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Issue No. 827

Lufthansa’s Mixed Bag

The three biggest European airline groups have reported their second-quarter earnings results, and it's the same mixed bag for Lufthansa as it was for IAG and Air France/KLM. Leisure markets are booming, while longhaul and business are a fraction of...

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Issue No. 826

Europe’s Tepid Summer

Second-quarter and first-half earnings for European airlines have proved to be a mixed bag. While their U.S. counterparts pop open champagne and say the worst of the crisis is over, European airline CEOs are more measured. Some markets, like Spain,...

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Issue No. 825

Will Delta Bring Out the Bears?

Alaska, American and Southwest all reported profits in the June quarter, albeit with the beneficent help of Uncle Sam, with the steady return of U.S. travelers giving them — and United — optimism for the recovery this fall. In fact,...

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Issue No. 824

Delta Kicks Off June Quarter Results

We kick off June quarter earnings with Delta Air Lines, who had a rosy outlook for the recovery — at least in the U.S. The carrier turned a profit in June, and expects the black ink to continue to flow...

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