Issue No. 811

The Pandemic's Network Legacy

The pandemic prompted some out-of-the-box network changes at U.S. airlines, but are they here to stay?

Pushing Back: Inside the Issue

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 California base to LAX. We dive into what's likely to stick around and what's not since Covid-19 grounded most fleets a year ago in the Feature Story this week.

Elsewhere in the issue, Delta sees possible profits this fall but is still awash in red ink as lucrative business travelers continue to sit out the recovery. Airbus continued to outpace Boeing in the delivery race, and Air France-KLM shareholders France (the country) and China Eastern are on track to increase their holdings in the Franco-Dutch company with a new $1.1 billion capital increase. And in Canada, while aid is beginning to flow, Air Canada and WestJet delayed their return to lucrative sun spots as travel restrictions remain.


"Our customers are reclaiming their lives, air travel will be central as people reconnect with loved ones and business colleagues replacing their screens with real human touch points as they venture out of their homes and communities to experience the world again."

Delta CEO Ed Bastian

The Airline Weekly Lounge Podcast

New episodes drop every week and are available wherever you get your podcasts and on In the latest podcast, Edward "Ned" Russell and Madhu Unnikrishnan talk all things Canada, and Ottawa's new financial support for Air Canada with more funds — maybe — coming for its competitors. Listen to the episode.

Weekly Skies

With bookings rising and demand for leisure travel surging, the recovery is within sight for Delta Air Lines, which now says it will return to profitability by the third quarter of this year. But that’s the future. The present for…

Sky Money

Air France-KLM will raise at least €968 million ($1.16 billion) through a private placement of new shares. The Franco-Dutch group will issue at least 200 million new shares at €4.84 each — a price at the low end of initial…


Airbus beat Boeing in March deliveries by several dozen aircraft. The European airframer delivered 72 commercial aircraft in the month to 34 customers. These deliveries were comprised of four A220s; 57 A320neos and three A320s; and eight A350s. In the…

Routes and Networks

Even with the possibility of state aid in Canada's 2021 federal budget, Air Canada and WestJet has extended flight suspensions to the Caribbean and Mexico. The former through the end of May, and the latter through June 4. Both suspended…

State of the Unions

Allegiant and the union representing its 415 mechanics reached an agreement on the workgroup’s first ever collective bargaining agreement. The agreement in principle now must be finalized by the union and Allegiant, before going before members for a ratification vote…

Feature Story

It was clear things had changed when the coronavirus pandemic forced airlines to put down most of their fleets a year ago. Not only did health and safety become paramount as the airborne Covid-19 virus spread, but airlines' planning playbooks…