The Airline Weekly Lounge Podcast

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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Norwegian Executive on Its Rebound From Tough Year
Madhu Unnikrishnan

Skift Airline Weekly Editor Madhu Unnikrishnan caught up with Anders Lindström, Norwegian's director of communications for the U.S., at San Francisco International Airport on Monday when the carrier launched San Francisco-Barcelona flights. Lindström explained why Norwegian is moving some flights...

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Just What Happened to Thomas Cook?
Madhu Unnikrishnan

The UK government this week engages in another set of inquiries on why Thomas Cook went bankrupt, which is the perfect time to ask Skift Europe Editor Patrick Whyte, who has been covering the story, what happened. How did the...

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Interview: Airlines for America’s Chief Economist
Madhu Unnikrishnan

Back in the aughts, Airlines for America's Chief Economist John Heimlich often showed a slide with an alarming statistic: Coffee giant Starbucks' market capitalization was more than that of the entire U.S. airline industry combined. So much has changed in...

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Skift Global Forum Aviation Wrap-Up
Madhu Unnikrishnan

In this episode of the Skift Airline Weekly Lounge podcast, Skift Travel Senior Aviation Business Editor Brian Sumers and I discuss the interviews we did on stage at Skift Global Forum in New York City, Sept. 18–19. Air France/KLM CEO...

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Interview: Southwest’s Chief Revenue Exec Andrew Watterson
Madhu Unnikrishnan

Andrew Watterson, Southwest's chief revenue officer, had a few minutes to talk  to Skift Airline Weekly Editor Madhu Unnikrishnan and Skift Travel Senior Aviation Business Editor Brian Sumers at the Boyd Group's International Aviation Forecast Summit in Las Vegas last...

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Interview: Las Vegas’ Rosemary Vassiliadis
Madhu Unnikrishnan

Rosemary Vassiliadis, director of McCarran International Airport System, leads operations at McCarran and oversees four other airports in southern Nevada. Vassiliadis thinks airlines are flat wrong in their opposition to raising the passenger facility charge, or PFC. Airports have long...

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Interview: Hawaiian Airlines CEO Peter Ingram
Madhu Unnikrishnan

Hawaiian Airlines CEO Peter Ingram isn't too worried about increasing competition from U.S. and Japanese carriers on routes to Hawaii. During an an interview with Skift Airline Weekly Editor Madhu Unnikrishnan in Las Vegas on Aug. 26, Ingram said  Hawaiian...

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Interview: AirBaltic CEO Martin Gauss
Madhu Unnikrishnan

[caption id="attachment_32571" align="alignleft" width="200"] Martin Gauss (AirBaltic)[/caption] AirBaltic was an early adopter of the Airbus A220, back when it was the Bombardier CSeries. The aircraft is perfectly designed for the Baltic carrier's missions, and CEO Martin Gauss is enthusiastic about...

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Interview: Christine Ourmieres-Widener
Madhu Unnikrishnan

Just before stepping down as CEO of British regional carrier Flybe, Christine Ourmières-Widener took a minute to talk to Skift Airline Weekly at the IATA Annual General Meeting in Seoul. Ourmières-Widener’s two years at the helm of Flybe were tumultuous,...

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Interview: Singapore Airlines CEO
Jason Clampet

Singapore Airlines CEO Goh Choon Phong said he envies American Airlines CEO Doug Parker for the scale and potential for profitability that U.S. carriers have from a large domestic market. Parker, the chief of the U.S.’s largest carrier, once famously...

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