The Airline Weekly Lounge Podcast

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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Willie Walsh in Retirement
Madhu Unnikrishnan

Airline Weekly talks this week to Skift Europe Editor Patrick Whyte on the news of International Airlines Group CEO Willie Walsh's retirement announcement. Walsh has been a powerhouse in the airline industry, helping transform British Airways into a pan-European behemoth....

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Looking Ahead at 2020
Madhu Unnikrishnan

A single year can result in dramatic change within the airline industry, so an entire decade could see it completely transformed. After 10 years of strong profits and relatively stable oil prices in the 2010s, what does the decade ahead...

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Looking Back on 2019
Madhu Unnikrishnan

It's that time of year again. Airline Weekly Editor Madhu Unnikrishnan and Senior Analyst Jay Shabat look back on the year that was. It was yet another tumultuous year in this industry we love: Storied names like Thomas Cook, among...

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Is The “Smart Airport” Really a Thing?
Madhu Unnikrishnan

Skeptics might say the airport of the future has always been just around the corner, but maybe the "smart airport" really is a thing. Skift Travel Tech Editor Sean O'Neill tells Airline Weekly Editor Madhu Unnikrishnan about how advances in technology...

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