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Full Video: Air France-KLM CEO Benjamin Smith at Skift Global Forum 2021

Air France-KLM got a good surprise when the U.S. announced it would reopen to vaccinated travelers last month. The airline is gearing up for a strong Summer 2022 as it emerges from the crisis.

Full Video: Air France-KLM CEO Benjamin Smith at Skift Global Forum 2021

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Guidance From Airlines Still Held Captive by Shifting Covid Conditions

When will business travelers return? That's the question all airlines want the answer to. Unfortunately, no one can accurately forecast that, and predictions still vary from the end of the year to some time in 2024.

Guidance From Airlines Still Held Captive by Shifting Covid Conditions

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Latin America’s Aviation Recovery Stalled by Absence of Standard Health Rules

Airlines are talking to each other, but if governments don't see eye to eye then there's simply no quick fix.

Latin America’s Aviation Recovery Stalled by Absence of Standard Health Rules

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Hawaiian Airlines Gambles on Big New Business Class Cabin

Hawaiian Airlines is late to the lie-flat seat game, but its new Boeing 787s will have 34 beds in the front of the aircraft. Why? The airline thinks leisure travelers, especially from Japan, will pony up when travel restrictions ease and they resume vacations to Hawaii again.

Hawaiian Airlines Gambles on Big New Business Class Cabin
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Southwest’s Expanded Partnership Brings Bookings to the Sabre Standard

The newly expanded partnership between Southwest Airlines and Sabre GDS is now live, bringing the airline to a higher operating level via Sabre: a boon for corporate travel managers and travel management companies industry-wide.

Southwest’s Expanded Partnership Brings Bookings to the Sabre Standard

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Humbled Hainan Airlines Parent HNA Gets Creditor Approval to Restructure

You remember HNA Group, the company that operates Hainan Airlines and went on a buying tear, owning a chunk of Hilton Worldwide for a time before selling it off. Although it aims to be more focused this time around, a $5.8 billion funding infusion won't hurt its prospects.

Humbled Hainan Airlines Parent HNA Gets Creditor Approval to Restructure

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British Airways Owner IAG Taps Hotel Exec as New Chief Financial Officer

It doesn't appear as though Whitbread's Nicholas Cadbury has much, if any, airline experience. No worries, he'll be a fast learner.

British Airways Owner IAG Taps Hotel Exec as New Chief Financial Officer

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Spain’s Airlines Could Surpass Pre-Covid Levels This Winter

It would be a milestone of sorts if Spain's airlines can operate more flights this winter than they did before anyone knew about Covid-19. But given the twists and detours of the pandemic, you need to consider all such forecasts with a degree of skepticism.

Spain’s Airlines Could Surpass Pre-Covid Levels This Winter

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Pandemic-Strengthened Volaris Plots Aggressive Fourth Quarter Growth

Contrary to most of the airline industry, Volaris has emerged from the Covid-19 pandemic strengthened with a growing fleet and expanding share of its home Mexican market. The airline is focused on keeping costs low to lure more former bus riders and expanding into Central America.

Pandemic-Strengthened Volaris Plots Aggressive Fourth Quarter Growth

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Qantas Expansion Shows Power of Vaccinations in Travel Recovery

Australia is lowering the drawbridge, reopening for international travel now that vaccination rates in the country are high. And Qantas is taking full advantage, bringing back its largely idled international network weeks, and for some routes, months before it had anticipated.

Qantas Expansion Shows Power of Vaccinations in Travel Recovery

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Southwest Slows Pandemic Recovery Amid Operational and Staffing Issues

Southwest is paying the price for its meltdown earlier in October, which left thousands of passengers stranded all over the country. When once the airline saw profits for the rest of the year, now it sees only losses.

Southwest Slows Pandemic Recovery Amid Operational and Staffing Issues

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Alaska Airlines Plans for ‘Choppy’ Recovery as Delta Variant Takes a Bite Out of Bookings

Alaska Airlines is decidedly more pessimistic about the recovery after suffering a severe Delta variant setback. Despite that, the airline is pushing ahead with its fleet renewal and plans to fully restore its schedule by next summer.

Alaska Airlines Plans for ‘Choppy’ Recovery as Delta Variant Takes a Bite Out of Bookings