The Airline Weekly Lounge Podcast

Interview: AirAsia Deputy CEO
Jason Clampet

The latest edition of the Skift Airline Weekly Lounge contains an exclusive interview with Aireen Omar, AirAsia's deputy CEO. There was no backtracking from AirAsia in its plan to branch out into selling other airlines on its platform, financial services,...

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Interview: British Airways CEO Alex Cruz
Jason Clampet

The Skift Airline Weekly Lounge returns with an exclusive interview with British Airways CEO Alex Cruz. Since taking over as CEO and chairman of British Airways in 2016, Cruz has endured his fair share of criticism over some of the changes...

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Airline Weekly Lounge Episode 112: Prediction Affliction
traceyintorcia

With a new year underway, we’re thinking about what will happen in 2019—always a dicey proposition. In this episode, we consider the prospects of airlines around the world. Some, like Aeroflot and Turkish Airlines, are facing huge opportunities. Others, like...

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Airline Weekly Lounge Episode 111: Deal. No Deal. Deal?
traceyintorcia

After pummeling each other for years, Icelandair and Wow Air agreed to a truce in the form of a merger. But the merger fell through. Now Wow Air may be finding comfort with serial airline investor Indigo Partners. What will...

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Airline Weekly Lounge Episode 110: A Mess in Mexico
traceyintorcia

More and more people are traveling by air in Mexico, but Mexico’s airlines continue to struggle. All four of its main carriers had a disappointing 3rd quarter, which is historically peak season. VivaAerobus at least made a little money. Aeroméxico...

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Airline Weekly Lounge Episode 109: Happy at Heathrow
traceyintorcia

Of Europe’s “Big Three” airline groups, International Airlines Group (IAG) continues to significantly outperform the other two, namely Air France/KLM and Lufthansa Group. A big part of IAG’s success is simply British Airways’ coveted slot portfolio at Heathrow. But it...

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Airline Weekly Lounge Episode 108: Is American Airlines OK?
traceyintorcia

American Airlines truly set itself apart from its peers in the third quarter—and not in a good way. AA posted a dismal 7.5% operating profit margin, nearly half of Delta’s 13.9% margin. But, with good reason, management remains optimistic. United,...

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Airline Weekly Lounge Episode 107: Amazing Race
traceyintorcia

Delta is doing a remarkable job keeping pace with rapidly rising costs. Sure, the airline’s third-quarter fuel bill rose 35% year over year. But rising revenues offset enough of those costs that Delta’s operating profit margin fell only two points....

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Airline Weekly Lounge Episode 106: Not So Sunny at Sun Country
traceyintorcia

Sun Country is largely missing out on the golden age that U.S. carriers have been basking in since 2015. In the past 12 months (ending with the second quarter, the most recent to be reported) all the U.S. carriers posted...

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Airline Weekly Lounge Episode 105: Satisfaction in Sydney
traceyintorcia

Qantas continues to romp. In the first half of 2018, the flying kangaroo posted a 9% profit margin—one point better than in the same period last year. And with that, Qantas is working on its fourth consecutive calendar year with...

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Airline Weekly Lounge Episode 104: Better, But Not Good
traceyintorcia

Revenues and margins improved for Cathay Pacific in the first half of 2018, and the second half is usually better for Cathay. Still, will it be enough to lift the Hong Kong carrier out of its malaise? Fuel costs dented...

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Airline Weekly Lounge Episode 103: Canadian Conundrum
traceyintorcia

Thanks to rising costs, it’s no surprise profits have declined at Air Canada and WestJet. But rising costs alone don’t explain how these Canadian carriers continue to consistently underperform their U.S. peers by a noticeable margin. Meanwhile in Europe, carriers...

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