The Airline Weekly Lounge Podcast

To Mask or Not Mask?
Jason Clampet

Brett Snyder, better known as The Cranky Flier, emphatically says passengers need to wear masks or facial coverings onboard aircraft. It’s not a question, Snyder says in this episode of Mondays With Skift Airline Weekly. Airlines dug themselves into a public-relations hole...

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How Airports Need to Adapt for a Public Health Crisis
Jason Clampet

Ty Osbaugh, architecture firm Gensler’s aviation lead and principal, joins Skift Airline Weekly Editor Madhu Unnikrishnan for a discussion on how airports need to change to handle a public-health emergency. Everything from check-in to terminal design needs to be rethought...

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Enormous Challenges and Possible Opportunities
Jason Clampet

The airline industry is ravaged now, but could this create an opportunity for new airlines to emerge? Skift Airline Weekly Editor Madhu Unnikrishnan and Seth Kaplan, Airline Weekly co-founder and current host of the Airlines Confidential podcast, discuss the possibility.

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How Much Money Are Airlines Losing Now?
Jason Clampet

This week Skift Airline Weekly editor Madhu Unnikrishnan was joined by Skift Aviation Business Editor Brian Sumers to discuss first quarter earnings -- and why they are likely the best numbers airlines will see for all of 2020.

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The Threat to Virgin Australia
Jason Clampet

Skift Airline Weekly's Jay Shabat and Madhu Unnikrishnan discuss the April 26 issue, paying special attention to Virgin Australia's unique challenges.

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New Livestream: Mondays With Skift Airline Weekly
Jason Clampet

We started a new weekly livestream Q&A series: Mondays Live With Skift Airline Weekly. Join Skift Airline Weekly editors as we discuss the hottest topics in the airline industry in the week ahead and take listeners' questions. Hosted every Monday morning,...

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How Is the Coronavirus Pandemic Different From 9/11 for Airlines?
Madhu Unnikrishnan

The coronavirus pandemic is bringing the world's airlines to their knees. The Trump administration's decision on Wednesday to suspend travel between the U.S. and the European Union's Schengen area is unprecedented. But how is this shock different from the aftereffects...

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La Compagnie President: All-Business-Class Can Work
Madhu Unnikrishnan

Can an all-business-class airline work? La Compagnie President Christian Vernet thinks so. While others have failed — remember MAXJet? — Vernet said his airline's product sets it apart, and the A321 is the ideal aircraft for both the route and...

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Qatar’s Bet on Air Italy Fails
Jason Clampet

Qatar Airways took a page from Etihad's book and invested in a European carrier. This elicited howls from the major U.S. airlines. They claimed this move was nothing more than a Trojan Horse strategy for Qatar to operate fifth-freedom flights...

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The Sabre-Farelogix Antitrust Lawsuit
Jason Clampet

A federal court is wading into the arcana of airline distribution. It's assessing whether there are antitrust issues with travel tech company Sabre's proposed acquisition of Farelogix. But what exactly is the deal? And why does the government have concerns?...

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French Bee Wants to Succeed Where Others Have Failed
Jason Clampet

French Bee President Marc Rochet is confident the airline's upcoming Newark-Orly flights will be successful, because the key to the airline's wins so far is its simplicity, he said. But will it work? Rochet said simplicity — in fleet, in...

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Do Secondary Airports in L.A. and San Francisco Work?
Jason Clampet

Just what is going on in California? JetBlue is drawing down at Long Beach and dropping Oakland altogether, while United is adding flights to small California cities. Can any airline make a go of the Los Angeles Basin's secondary airports?...

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