This week in aviation, a federal appeals court delivered a setback in antitrust litigation between US Airways and Sabre. Then the CEO of IATA said taxes aren't going to help curb carbon emissions — the solution may lie in subsidizing biofuel.
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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Court Ruling Revives a US Airways Antitrust Case Against Sabre: A federal appeals court has asked for a partial do-over in antitrust litigation between US Airways and travel tech firm Sabre. After more than eight years and millions of dollars in expenses, the case has partly been reset to square one. Remarkable.
IATA CEO Wants Help, Not New Taxes, in Bid to Cut Airline Emissions: If governments are serious about reducing the environmental impact of aviation, they may have to make biofuels a more attractive alternative. However, this might come at the cost of taxing ordinary jet fuel, something that will likely upset a lot of airlines.
Datalex to Lose Lufthansa Tech Contract After Management Fiasco: Airline tech vendor Datalex had a spectacular accounting meltdown in 2018. Lufthansa, its largest customer, wants to kill its contract. Meanwhile, Datalex’s auditor threw up its hands and quit. What a mess.
United Airlines Plays Up Its Denver Advantage as Global Routes Suffer: No doubt United President Scott Kirby has a high opinion of his talents. But he said United’s Denver gamble would pay off. And by all accounts, it has.
What Will Be Done to Stop ‘Occupy Airports’ in Asia? Though largely peaceful, Asia isn’t without a string of flash points. Two of its major airports have now been used as protest grounds. Isn’t that enough for airport authorities and governments to ensure their national icons aren’t ready for the taking?
Stopping Asian Airports From Becoming Protesters’ Punching Bags: Unless they live on another planet, most people now know that airports are the perfect places to hold demonstrations and gain maximum coverage for a cause. It’s a message that airport authorities in Asia must correct, particularly as conflicts will continue to simmer in the region.
Photo credit: U.S. Airways jets are seen at Reagan National Airport in Washington on July 12, 2013. US Airways has ongoing antitrust litigation with Sabre. Larry Downing / Reuters