Airline Innovation Coverage

British Airways Updates Its Business Class Seat and Adds a Privacy Door

British Airways Updates Its Business Class Seat and Adds a Privacy Door

Christopher Jasper, Bloomberg

British Airways was the first airline to create a lie-flat business class seat. But its design had not been updated in years, and it has not been competitive for awhile. The airline needed an upgrade.

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Boeing 737 Max Design Certification Comes Under Scrutiny

Boeing 737 Max Design Certification Comes Under Scrutiny

Peter Robison and Alan Levin, Bloomberg

Evidence has emerged that institutional failures at the FAA helped create the Boeing 737 Max fiasco. It turns out that allowing the company to approve its own aircraft designs has led to deadly consequences.

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American Airlines Stops Flying to Venezuela

American Airlines Stops Flying to Venezuela

Patricia Laya and Mary Schlangenstein, Bloomberg

Unions for American's flight crew resisted serving on flights to Venezuela, which is facing political unrest. American's flights were the last available flown by a major U.S. carrier. The move came after the U.S. government issued a safety warning to its citizens in the country. Poor Venezuela.

4 days ago

Etihad Airways Has Amassed $4.8 Billion in Losses

Etihad Airways Has Amassed $4.8 Billion in Losses

Christopher Jasper, Bloomberg

Out of annual revenue of $5 billion, $4.8 billion in losses is a lot to have piled up over the years. State-backed Etihad must fix its business model built around both hubs in a volatile region and its investment stakes in troubled carriers.

4 days ago

Southwest May Bear Biggest Brunt After FAA Grounding of Boeing Max Jets

Southwest May Bear Biggest Brunt After FAA Grounding of Boeing Max Jets

Brian Sumers, Skift

U.S. airlines downplayed the significance of the FAA's decision to ground the Boeing 737 Max, mostly saying they have enough slack in their fleets to take care of most customers. American and United probably will be OK, but it's hard to believe this will be business as usual for Southwest. It has more Max aircraft than the others.

6 days ago

Datalex Seeks Cash Injection After Debacle on Lufthansa Tech Project

Datalex Seeks Cash Injection After Debacle on Lufthansa Tech Project

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Datalex, which provides tech to help power ticket booking on airline websites, is desperate for good news, which is why the company's words in the next few months should be treated with skepticism. That said, a lowered share price may make the vendor a takeover target.

6 days ago

Airlines Pollution Levels Are Going Through the Stratosphere

Airlines Pollution Levels Are Going Through the Stratosphere

William Wilkes, Bloomberg

It's the travel industry's dirty secret. Hundreds of millions of new passengers are coming, and there’s no solution to pollution or carbon emissions in sight.

1 week ago

Airlines Tap New Tech to Sell Each Other’s Fares

Airlines Tap New Tech to Sell Each Other’s Fares

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Investor 777 Partners has bought tech company Air Black Box, while online agency Kiwi has taken a stake in reservation system AeroCRS. These deals hint at a growing interest among airlines to use tech to build marketing alliances that differ from traditional codeshares. The true winner may be smaller airports, which stand to gain traffic.

1 week ago

American Cancels Flights Because of Shoddy Overhead Bins

American Cancels Flights Because of Shoddy Overhead Bins

Brian Sumers, Skift

We'd like to think airlines would catch poor retrofit work before an aircraft flies passengers, but clearly that didn't happen here.

2 weeks ago

JetBlue and Alaska Feel Pinch From New U.S. Transcontinental Fare War

JetBlue and Alaska Feel Pinch From New U.S. Transcontinental Fare War

Brian Sumers, Skift

If you've invested in Alaska Airlines or JetBlue Airways, you'll feel squeezed by this transcontinental fare war. But if you're a traveler, you'll love it.

2 weeks ago

Southwest and American Respond to Maintenance Workers’ Public Disputes

Southwest and American Respond to Maintenance Workers’ Public Disputes

Brian Sumers, Skift

It is not rare for an airline's operation to suffer when a major work group is unhappy with contract negotiations. Pilots and maintenance technicians have considerable authority to defer an issue, or to demand it be fixed right away.

2 weeks ago

U.S. Airlines Make It Easier to Redeem Frequent Flyer Miles: New Study

U.S. Airlines Make It Easier to Redeem Frequent Flyer Miles: New Study

Justin Bachman and Mary Schlangenstein, Bloomberg

The six largest U.S. airlines have lowered how many frequent-flier miles they require for some domestic flight awards, a study says. But the prices to redeem miles have tended to decline in tandem with airfares. In many cases, that means airline miles aren’t as valuable as before. Plus, international redemptions have generally gotten worse.

2 weeks ago