The Airline Weekly Lounge Podcast

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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Why Volaris is Taking the Bus
Madhu Unnikrishnan

Volaris is not eyeing other airlines. It has set its sights on the bus. That's where the Mexican ultra-low-cost carrier sees the most opportunity to grow: by poaching passengers from the country's long-distance bus network. In this episode of the...

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What’s the Deal With Air India?
Madhu Unnikrishnan

Will there be a deal or won't there? The Indian government now says it wants to sell 100% of the state-owned carrier, but who will buy it? The airline is notoriously saddled with debt and has a restive labor force....

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Much Ado About Europe
Madhu Unnikrishnan

Skift Europe Editor Patrick Whyte joined Skift Airline Weekly Editor Madhu Unnikrishnan to share his insights into the latest in European airline news. First, of course, Whyte takes a look at why Air Europa's parent company, Globalia, would want to...

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How Does IAG Benefit From Acquiring Air Europa?
Madhu Unnikrishnan

International Airlines Group (IAG) had a surprise for the airline industry this week: It stated its intention to buy Spanish carrier Air Europa. This wasn't a surprise to Skift Airline Weekly, however, which earlier this year reported on the rumors...

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