Airline Weekly Lounge Episode 64: Rising Sun

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Japan Airlines is enjoying a charmed life right now. How good is it? In 2016, JAL was the most profitable of the large global airlines outside the U.S. All Nippon Airlines is also doing pretty well. ANA has narrowed the gap between it and JAL, which is still benefiting from the retrenching that followed its […]

Small Cities, Big Problems: America’s smaller towns and cities are suffering an epidemic of lost air service

America’s smaller towns and cities are suffering an epidemic of lost air service

In the giant U.S. airline market, small planes play a big role. Just how big? Regional carriers—including those wholly owned by larger carriers— operate more than 40% of all U.S. commercial airline departures, carrying about a fifth of all U.S. passengers, according to the Regional Airline Association (RAA). That’s equivalent to about 160m passengers annually. […]

Airline Weekly Lounge Episode 63: All Smiles

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While the revenue story has improved for U.S. carriers, the cost story has become a headwind. Still, as American Airlines demonstrated in its fourth quarter results, costs are a headwind that can be overcome. With that, AA joined Delta and United in delivering solid fourth quarters and downright strong full-year results. And things only got […]

Airline Weekly Lounge Episode 62: United on Top

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By just a tenth of a percent, United’s fourth quarter operating profit margin bested that of Delta—and likely that of American, who reports later—making United, for the quarter, No.1 among the Big Three U.S. carriers. So, has the natural order shifted from United being a perennial laggard to leader? We’ll see. But, make no mistake, […]