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Aviation Business Editor

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Alitalia’s Plan to Save Itself Includes Teaming Up With Delta and Air France-KLM

Alitalia’s Plan to Save Itself Includes Teaming Up With Delta and Air France-KLM

Brian Sumers, Skift

Alitalia has a new idea to save the company. Will it work? It's not clear it will, but you probably have to give the airline credit for trying. Right?

4 days ago

How’d That Aviation Story Go Viral? Blame Artificial Intelligence

How’d That Aviation Story Go Viral? Blame Artificial Intelligence

Brian Sumers, Skift

If it happens on an airline and someone tweets it, journalists will know. It's often not because of their top-rate investigative reporting skills. Instead, they're using an artificial intelligence platform that flags interesting posts on social media. The future is here, folks.

4 days ago

How Artificial Intelligence Determines Which Airline Stories Go Viral

How Artificial Intelligence Determines Which Airline Stories Go Viral

Brian Sumers, Skift

As a Dataminr executive told us, "There is no such thing as a secret now." If it happens on an airplane and someone puts it on social media, it is bound to become news. That's just how it goes now, for better or worse.

7 days ago

How Southwest Airlines Looks to Grow in Los Angeles

How Southwest Airlines Looks to Grow in Los Angeles

Brian Sumers, Skift

It has been a long time since Los Angeles International Airport has seen real gate growth. It's nice to see the airport considering some expansion.

2 weeks ago

Hawaiian Airlines Issues Warning About Fourth Quarter Revenue

Hawaiian Airlines Issues Warning About Fourth Quarter Revenue

Brian Sumers, Skift

Hawaiian Airlines has been an investor darling for a while. It has dominated its home market, and earned hefty profit. But are market dynamics changing?

2 weeks ago

Southwest CEO: Cheaper Fuel Won’t Change Our 2019 Game Plan

Southwest CEO: Cheaper Fuel Won’t Change Our 2019 Game Plan

Brian Sumers, Skift

Given Southwest's track record and strong balance sheet, some analysts wonder why the airline keeps hedging fuel. But the airline is sticking with its strategy.

2 weeks ago

Frontier Owner Steps In to Rescue Wow Air

Frontier Owner Steps In to Rescue Wow Air

Brian Sumers, Skift

Wow Air has delighted passengers with low fares since 2011. But its creditors have not been as happy. Will that change if this investment goes through?

2 weeks ago

When Will More Innovation Come to U.S. Airports?

When Will More Innovation Come to U.S. Airports?

Brian Sumers, Skift

Most U.S. airports are clunky, publicly run enterprises, and they innovate slowly. Plus, their largest tenants — airlines — can be cheap, and unwilling to pay more than they need to. But a few airports are innovating, and that's good news for passengers.

3 weeks ago

United Airlines Capitalizes on Robust Demand Amid Falling Fuel Prices

United Airlines Capitalizes on Robust Demand Amid Falling Fuel Prices

Brian Sumers, Skift

Two months ago, airlines were panicked about the price of fuel. But fuel is now cheaper than it was before the run-up, and business is booming. It seems like it's a good time again to be an airline executive.

3 weeks ago

Alaska Airlines Hints It May Finally Join the Oneworld Alliance

Alaska Airlines Hints It May Finally Join the Oneworld Alliance

Brian Sumers, Skift

Alaska Airlines is evolving its business as it tries to think more globally. But unlike Canada's WestJet, which went out and acquired Boeing 787s, Alaska is thinking much more prudently. That's probably the right move.

3 weeks ago

How 2 U.S. Airports Are Unshackling Bureaucracy to Give New Businesses a Try

How 2 U.S. Airports Are Unshackling Bureaucracy to Give New Businesses a Try

Brian Sumers, Skift

U.S. airports can be slow to innovate. Most are run by local governments, and they're risk-averse. It's good to see some airports trying to take chances. Let's see if more follow.

3 weeks ago

Premium Economy Isn’t Really Economy Class. Why Does It Have the Name?

Premium Economy Isn’t Really Economy Class. Why Does It Have the Name?

Brian Sumers, Skift

The premium economy cabin many global airlines are installing isn't much like regular economy. So why do many airlines include "economy" in its name?

4 weeks ago