The Airline Weekly Lounge Podcast

From Alpha to Omicron
Edward Russell

This week Edward Russell and Madhu Unnikrishnan mull the new Omicron variant, and what impact it may — or may not — have on the airline recovery. Also, how EasyJet and SAS did during their 2021 fiscal years (hint: Lots...

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Past The Inflection Point?
Madhu Unnikrishnan

This week Edward Russell and Madhu Unnikrishnan chew over what they heard at the second annual Skift Aviation Forum on November 17. They look at why optimism reigns among airline CEOs, who believe the third quarter was the inflection point,...

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Brazil’s Airlines Surge
Madhu Unnikrishnan

This week in the 'Lounge, Ned and Madhu discuss the U.S. reopening for vaccinated travelers and what that means for airlines. But what caught their attention was the strong rebound Brazil's airlines have made. After a terrible second quarter marked...

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European Competition Heats Up
Edward Russell

Ned Russell and Madhu Unnikrishnan make the water jump across the Atlantic this week, where Air France-KLM, Lufthansa, and Ryanair reported results. Optimism abounds for 2022, and competition is heating up, with Ryanair playing offense and Lufthansa defense. And in...

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JetBlue’s Hopes, Boeing’s Struggles
Madhu Unnikrishnan

Earnings season continues, with JetBlue, Hawaiian, and Spirit rounding out the U.S. carriers. Once again, all eyes are on the fourth quarter of this year and the first quarter of next year. Ned Russell and Madhu Unnikrishnan chew over why...

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The Recovery Will Start When?
Madhu Unnikrishnan

Ned and Madhu digest United's third-quarter earnings in this latest episode of the Lounge and observe that airline CEO predictions about the recovery run the gamut from United CEO Scott Kirby's extreme bullishiness to the more cautious optimism expressed by...

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Delta’s Premium Leisure Bet
Edward Russell

This week in the Lounge, Madhu and Ned breakdown Delta's third-quarter earnings, and take bets on whether premium leisure is the travel trend of the future that CEO Ed Bastian thinks it is. Also, Southwest burns out and United wants...

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It’s Anyone’s Guess When Business Travel Returns
Madhu Unnikrishnan

Airline Weekly's' Edward "Ned" Russell heard a variety of forecasts for when business travel will return at the IATA Annual General Meeting this week in Boston. He and Madhu Unnikrishnan discuss whether Emirates President Tim Clark is right that business...

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The Pandemic Exacerbated Labor Issues at U.S. Regionals
Edward Russell

Airline Weekly's Edward Russell reports back on the annual Regional Airline Association Leaders Conference, where executives said their long-standing labor issues expanded during the crisis. Also, Madhu and Ned discuss Qatar Airways' results, and the American Airlines and Southwest Airlines...

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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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