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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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Emirates President Slams Airbus and Boeing for Lack of Reliability: Emirates President Tim Clark clearly had an agenda on Wednesday speaking with the media. He said he is tired of reliability challenges with new airplanes, and he wants suppliers to get their act together — quickly. Somebody had to say it.
EasyJet CEO Calls Out Legacy Rivals in Battle Over Airline Emissions: The growth of low-cost carriers has helped make travel more accessible, but it has come at an environmental cost. Airlines like EasyJet are hoping that electric technology will one day act as a savior but it’s hard to imagine battery-powered commercial jets ever flying across the Atlantic.
Virgin Atlantic CEO Predicts Airline’s Issue With Rolls-Royce Engines Is Almost Over: Earlier this week Emirates President Tim Clark blasted two engine manufacturers for producing shoddy products. Virgin Atlantic has had more than its share of problems with Rolls-Royce engines, but the airline’s CEO said the situation is improving. Finally.
Why JetBlue Is Happy to See the Summer End: JetBlue has had to navigate a tricky last few months. Reading between the lines, it seems that it’s the international routes that are the problem with domestic demand still strong.
Air France May Play a Part Rescuing Country’s No. 2 Airline: Slots are a valuable commodity, especially at busy airports like Orly. Aigle Azur’s demise offers Air France an opportunity to increase its presence at Paris’ second largest airport, but other airlines will likely be interested as well.