Past Issues

Issue No. 851

After Winter Must Come Spring

"We are now past the inflection point," Air Lease Corp. Executive Chairman Steven Udvar-Hazy said last week. By the lessor's reckoning, CEO John Plueger noted, the inflection point occurred some time in the second half of last year, even as...

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Issue No. 850

That Frontier Spirit

U.S. Airline Consolidation Marches on With Proposed ULCC Merger One of the most popular airline-industry parlor games (yes, we've heard there are such things) is which two airlines would be the next dominoes to fall in U.S. airline consolidation. It's...

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Issue No. 849

Freight Forward

These indeed are remarkable times. In the span of a few months, the world has two new freighter variants, the Airbus A350F, launched late last year, and now the Boeing 777-8F, a derivative of the 777X, an aircraft that hasn't...

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Issue No. 848

Boeing Looks to 2023

What happened to Boeing? One of the most storied companies in the U.S., and one of its largest exporters, now is foundering. Long known for its engineering prowess — it designed and built the 747 in record time — the...

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Issue No. 847

The 5G Crisis That Wasn’t

The U.S. air transport system would grind to halt, stranding tens of thousands of passengers all over the world and further disrupting the supply chain by critically disrupting cargo. At least, that's what the airline industry predicted would happen if...

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Issue No. 846

Airlines’ Long Covid

Airlines around the world are looking past the pandemic to a future in which Covid-19 may be endemic. But just as with some people who contract the disease, the effects of Covid may last longer than the initial shock. One...

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Issue No. 845

Allegiant Bets on Boeing

In the first week of the new year, Allegiant decided to make some news. The long-time Airbus operator ordered 50 Boeing 737 Max-family aircraft, with options for 50 more. Allegiant downplayed the news by saying it has operated a mixed...

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Issue No. 844

A Year of Inflection Points

If there's one phrase that airline executives have repeated this year, it's "inflection point" (followed closely by "pent-up demand"). The pandemic's inflection point would mark when Covid-19 began to recede, pent-up demand was unleashed, and the recovery really began. Remember...

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Issue No. 843

Parker Exits The Pattern

The C-suites of U.S. airlines will look quite a bit different when the pandemic recedes than it did before Covid-19. Gone or soon to be gone from the corner offices are United's Oscar Munoz, Alaska's Brad Tilden, and Southwest's Gary...

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Issue No. 842

From Alpha to Omicron

This has happened before, and now it seems like a pattern. Just when the airline industry says the worst of the pandemic is over, a new virus variant emerges. It happened earlier this year with the Delta variant, which took...

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Issue No. 841

Special Video Edition: Skift Aviation Forum Highlights

What did we hear from airline leaders at the second annual Skift Aviation Forum on November 17? We heard mainly cautious optimism, although some warned that the road to full recovery will be bumpy. In this special video edition, we're...

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Issue No. 840

The Dubai Order Frenzy

In the Before Times, the biennial Farnborough and Paris Airshows were where airframers announced masses of orders from the world's airlines. Those two shows have been idled for two years during the pandemic, but the Dubai Airshow was not. And...

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