The Airline Weekly Lounge Podcast

Live From the Skift Global Forum
Madhu Unnikrishnan

This week's episode of the 'Lounge comes to you live from the TWA Hotel at New York Kennedy during the Skift Global Forum 2021. The Airline Weekly team discusses why Air France-KLM Group CEO Ben Smith was "pleasantly shocked," incoming...

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Boeing’s Forecast Shows Why This Crisis Is Unlike Others
Madhu Unnikrishnan

This week the Airline Weekly team chews over why Australia's competition regulator denied Qantas and Japan Airlines a joint venture. Will Fly Play buck the odds and make low-cost longhaul work? And, with gratuitous references to unicorns, Sasquatches, white whales,...

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Philippine Airlines‘ Bankruptcy Was a Long Time Coming
Madhu Unnikrishnan

Edward "Ned" Russell and Madhu Unnikrishnan talk about why Philippines Airlines Chapter 11 surprised no one. The two also discuss Porter's restart flights, and Ryanair's latest fight with Boeing. Despite some deep reporting, Madhu couldn't find out, alas, whether Mr....

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Will South African Make a Comeback?
Edward Russell

The Airline Weekly team heads south to look at South African Airways’ restructuring and restart after an 18-month suspension. Can the notoriously poorly run airline emerge a successful carrier? We also touch on Norwegian Air’s results and the raft of...

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JetBlue Makes The Water Jump to London
Edward Russell

Airline Weekly Senior Reporter Edward Russell talks to PaxEx.Aero Founder and Editor Seth Miller about his experience onboard JetBlue's inaugural flight to London earlier this month. Can the carrier that reshaped the New York market two decades ago do the...

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Who’s Next on the Cargo Bandwagon
Madhu Unnikrishnan

How do airlines like the Boeing 737 Max now that it's been back in service for more than half a year? The Airline Weekly team consider this question as well as wondering if even more airlines will jump on the...

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Latin American Carriers Binge on Aircraft Orders
Madhu Unnikrishnan

This week, Madhu Unnikrishnan and Edward "Ned" Russell, the team behind Airline Weekly, look at why so many Latin American carriers are buying aircraft and if the OEMs are right that airlines are just starting a massive fleet-replacement cycle. It's...

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Will Business Travel Ever Be the Same?
Madhu Unnikrishnan

We have a special guest this week, Skift Editor at Large Brian Sumers, and he and host Madhu Unnikrishnan discuss why business travel may never be the same and question whether U.S. airline CEOs are being too optimistic when they...

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Too Much U.S. Optimism?
Edward Russell

U.S. airlines are maintaining their bullish recovery outlooks even as Covid-19 Delta variant cases jump and mask requirements make a comeback. Reporter Ned Russell and Editor Madhu Unnikrishnan discuss whether this is a realistic view or one tailored for shareholders....

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Porter’s Big Order
Jason Clampet

Canada's Porter Airlines, despite not having flown a single flight since last March, is reimagining itself by ordering its first jets and moving some flights into Toronto Pearson. Reporter Ned Russell and Editor Madhu Unnikrishnan talk about what that means...

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Behind the Veil of United’s New Aircraft Order
Jason Clampet

United made some news last week with its largest aircraft order, but there was more to the order than just the happy talk. Edward "Ned" Russell and Madhu Unnikrishnan discuss why United needed to upgrade its fleet, and why no one...

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The Boeing Max 10 Takes Flight
Jason Clampet

Boeing's largest 737 Max variant, the -10, took flight. Is it enough for Boeing to take on the mighty Airbus A321neo and all its variants? Edward "Ned" Russell and Madhu Unnikrishnan get into it and why Boeing may need to...

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