Issue No. 809
Are Alliances Back in Style?
What Does Alaska Airlines' Decision to Join Oneworld Tell Us About the Future of Alliances?
Pushing Back: Inside This Issue
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 that thinking and shows there's still potential in the old model.
Meanwhile, Air Canada's called off its acquisition of Transat, citing "onerous" relief measures demanded by the European Commission. More airlines are adding even more leisure routes, chasing whatever traffic there may be. Airports in the U.S. could get $25 billion if President Joseph Biden's infrastructure bill is approved. Delta CEO Ed Bastian had a rough week, facing blowback from all sides over his comments on Georgia's new elections law. And airlines seem confident the summer will be the start of the recovery. But with fresh outbreaks of the Covid-19 pandemic in all corners of the world, might that optimism be misplaced?
"We cannot afford to be locked out of that market [China]. There is nothing good that comes from restricted trade for the Boeing Co."Boeing CEO Dave Calhoun
The Airline Weekly Lounge Podcast
New episodes drop every Thursday on our site or wherever you get your podcasts. In the latest episode, Edward "Ned" Russell and Madhu Unnikrishnan discuss the evolving role for chief executives — like Delta's Ed Bastian on Georgia's new elections law — who find themselves having to weigh in on thorny social and political issues.