Issue No. 799
The Right Jet for These Times
JetBlue Debuts the Airbus A220, an Aircraft Airlines Say Is Well-Suited to These Times
Pushing Back: Inside This Issue
JetBlue introduced its first new aircraft type in years, the Airbus A220. As airlines the world over park and retire widebodies, the A220 is emerging as the right-sized jet for these pandemic times, as we explore in this week's feature story.
Earnings season continues in the U.S., with United's fourth-quarter and full-year results. The Chicago-based carrier was slightly more pessimistic than Delta about when business travel might return, but management thinks its hubs and route network position the airline well for when travel starts to return.
Elsewhere in this issue, the U.S. has a new president, and therefore a mandate requiring masks and facial coverings on aircraft and in airports. Qatar is returning to the UAE now that the Saudi-led blockade has lifted.
Earnings continue next week, with Alaska, Hawaiian, Boeing, American, Southwest, and JetBlue.
"[The] inflection point… [is] the same day that you feel like you can go everywhere in the country and go to a restaurant and be at 100% capacity."United CEO Scott Kirby