Past Issues

Issue No. 801

A Record for ‘All the Wrong Reasons’

So here we are, financial results from the six largest U.S. airlines in hand. Those airlines lost a total of $43.8 billion last year. Or, put another way, that's just a few billion less than the amount the industry lost,...

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Issue No. 800

A Year Everyone Wants to Forget

U.S. airline earnings came fast and furious last week, and by Thursday, the six largest carriers had given their fourth-quarter and full-year 2020 reports to analysts. And after a ghastly 2020, there's still so much unknown about this year. American...

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Issue No. 799

The Right Jet for These Times

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...

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Issue No. 798

When a Codeshare Becomes a ‘Pseudo-Merger’

Fourth-quarter and full-year 2020 earnings season kicked off last week with Delta's report. The Atlanta-based behemoth thinks business travel will start to recover by the end of this year. IATA and aviation analysts aren't as optimistic, but only time will...

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Issue No. 797

Airlines’ Year of Transition

Welcome to the new Airline Weekly. To say the airline industry has changed since we launched in 2004 is an understatement. Similarly, the way we consume news and information has changed remarkably over the last 17 years. And because of...

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Issue No. 796

Looking Back, Looking Ahead

The end of the year is near. Thank heavens for that. Airlines will remember 2020 as their nightmare year, ruined by a global pandemic. Not even past encounters with war, terrorism, recession, or fuel shocks ever caused this much damage....

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Issue No. 795

Crisis Management at KLM

Nobody’s flying. But somebody’s buying planes. Lots of them. It’s the worst crisis ever for airlines, with demand a fraction of what it normally would be. But Ryanair nevertheless pulled the trigger on another big Boeing order. It’s buying 75...

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Issue No. 794

Leased Lightning

On Wednesday, Nov. 25, the day before Thanksgiving, close to 1.1m Americans took to the skies. And in one respect, that marked a sign of progress for the U.S. airline industry: It was its busiest day since mid-March. But in...

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Special Video Edition: Skift Aviation Forum Complete Sessions and Recap

Skift hosted its first Skift Aviation Forum as an online conference on November 19. Airline Weekly annual subscribers could access the event as part of their subscription. We've compiled all the sessions from the event and present them here in...

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Issue No. 793

Seoul Survivor

A major merger between Korean Air and its weaker rival Asiana signals — perhaps — a new wave of airline industry consolidation. If so, the international landscape could see an easing of competitive pressures akin to what happened after a...

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Issue No. 792

Too Many Fish in the Sea

In another unwelcome first for the airline industry, Emirates — the mighty airline of Dubai — suffered a half-year loss. Mercifully, it’s a pretty big cargo player, at a time when cargo is a major distinguishing factor between carriers with...

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Issue No. 791

Countervailing Cost Currents

It was a week of waiting. Waiting for the results. What would they be?    Finally, the world learned. They learned that Lufthansa, Singapore Airlines, and Turkish Airlines collectively suffered hundreds of millions of dollars of third-quarter losses. But a...

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