This week in aviation, Iceland’s discount carrier Wow Air finally admits defeat, joining the ranks of other small airlines that have shut down amid intense competition this past year. Plus, Boeing’s recent crashes have only added to the global anxiety surrounding air travel, something the carrier will have to work hard to address.
Airline News Weekly Roundup
Throughout the week we post dozens of original stories, connecting the dots across the travel industry, and every weekend we sum it all up. This weekend roundup examines aviation.
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RIP Wow Air: Discount Airline Finally Calls It Quits: It’s the end of the road for Wow Air. But what does its failure mean for Iceland’s aviation and tourism industries?
Wow Air Joins 20 Other Airlines That Folded in Just the Past Year: Wow Air’s failure stranded passengers all over its route network and got quite a lot of attention because of its role in Iceland’s tourism success story. But it’s got company — check out the list of airlines that have folded in just the last 12 months. Aviation is a tough business.
Airplane Crashes, Boeing and the Age of Permanxiety: While plane crashes are rare, travelers worry about them to an extreme extent. Boeing needs to be transparent about how it has failed the traveling public and reassure travelers this will never happen again.
United Airlines Accuses Rogue Flight Attendants of Fraud: United Airlines corporate security has been busy this year. First it caught some employees selling their travel passes. Now it has caught a small group of flight attendants who appeared to be scheming to take the best trips from their colleagues.
Canadian Seaplane Service Wants to Fly All-Electric Planes Within 3 Years: Harbour Air may not be a household name, but this is a promising development. It flies small planes on short routes and could be an early beneficiary of new battery technology. But remember, regulators have to certify it first.
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Photo credit: WOW Air Iceland Airbus A321. The low-cost carrier discontinued operations and canceled flights Thursday. BriYYZ / Flickr