Issue No. 879

An India Comeback Story

Air India Maps an International Revival Under Tata Ownership

Pushing Back: Inside the Issue

United and Emirates working together? The once unthinkable is now true, though the partnership of the two unveiled last week is limited in scope, at least for now. More significant for United is the sustained strength in travel demand right into the normally off-peak autumn. More U.S. airlines, along with Air Canada, gave their own bullish perspectives last week.

Also last week, Air India presented a new business plan, SAS is progressing in its bankruptcy restructuring, and Aegean Airlines reported its latest financial results. Expect to hear more from airlines this week, with several executives scheduled to present at the Skift Global Forum in New York City.

Airline Weekly Lounge Podcast

Is Indian aviation's moment here? Air India under Tata ownership has a deal for new airplanes, while the country's largest airline, IndiGo, keeps growing and several new startups are adding new competition to the market. Edward Russell and Jay Shabat discuss, plus the Tijuana Airport's U.S. bridge and how its changing California-Mexico travel. Listen to this week’s episode to find out. A full archive of the 'Lounge is here.

Weekly Skies

Emirates and United Airlines let bygones be bygones and unveiled a new partnership that will join their two global networks. The limited pact will see Chicago-based United return to Dubai with a nonstop flight from Newark from March, the airlines…

Sky Money

A U.S. bankruptcy court has approved $700 million in debtor-in-possession (DIP) financing for SAS. Funds will come from Apollo Global Management to carry the airline through its Chapter 11 restructuring. SAS has made progress reaching deals with its labor unions…


Air Lease Corp.’s founder and executive chairman, Steven Udvar-Hazy, at a Deutsche Bank event earlier in September, outlined a rosy environment for airlines, with demand strong and load factors in some cases at all-time highs. Global traffic, measured by RPKs,…

Landing Strip

Drive down San Diego’s Otay Mesa Freeway and suburban development gives way to a landscape of warehouses and logistics centers along the U.S.-Mexico border. But in the middle of this anywhere-and-nowhere landscape sits a stucco terminal building with a busy…

Routes and Networks

The New York-Washington market is hot. Delta will begin four-times daily flights between New York LaGuardia and Washington Dulles on November 9, per Diio by Cirium. The route has been the sole domain of United since 2014 when Delta ended…

Feature Story

The following two statements are both true: One, India was a pheromonal growth market for airlines last decade. And, two, India’s airline market barely grew at all last decade.