Airline Weekly Lounge Episode 64: Rising Sun

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Japan Airlines is enjoying a charmed life right now. How good is it? In 2016, JAL was the most profitable of the large global airlines outside the U.S. All Nippon Airlines is also doing pretty well. ANA has narrowed the gap between it and JAL, which is still benefiting from the retrenching that followed its […]

Airline Weekly Lounge Episode 51: French Miss

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The second quarter year-over-year profit margin improved at Air France/KLM, but only because of a huge windfall from fuel. In fact, the real story is that the airline group is largely missing out on profits that normally would come from such a lift from fuel. Another airline group, IAG (the parent company of British Airways, […]

Defying Gravity: Why Allegiant, despite its share of problems, remains a profit champion

Why Allegiant, despite its share of problems, remains a profit champion

Its boldest experiment ever—flying to Hawaii—was a failure. Now it’s stuck with a half dozen B757s it wouldn’t have bought if not for that venture. So it now has three fleet families, representing a lot of complexity for an ultra-low-cost carrier—most have just one. Meanwhile, local economies in places where it long tallied big profits—its […]