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Senior Aviation Business Editor

Recent Stories from Brian Sumers:

What’ll It Take to Survive in Short-Term Rentals: Former Top Airbnb Exec

What’ll It Take to Survive in Short-Term Rentals: Former Top Airbnb Exec

Brian Sumers, Skift

People may see short-term rentals as a good get-rich-quick scheme. But according to former Airbnb CFO Laurence Tosi, it's not a simple business. The most successful companies in the space, he said, are also the most sophisticated.

1 week ago

United’s Scott Kirby Finally Gets a CEO Job: Now What?

United’s Scott Kirby Finally Gets a CEO Job: Now What?

Brian Sumers, Skift

In almost every room he enters, Scott Kirby is the smartest person. Everyone knows it — including him. As CEO, though, he may need to show a little humility. Can he do it?

1 week ago

Airlines Care Less About the Environment Than They Lead You to Believe

Airlines Care Less About the Environment Than They Lead You to Believe

Brian Sumers, Skift

Airlines know passengers care about the environment, so they're all ready with talking points to provide their sustainability bonafides. But many are changing little about their strategies.

1 month ago

Trump Administration Bans U.S. Flights to All Cuban Cities Except Havana

Trump Administration Bans U.S. Flights to All Cuban Cities Except Havana

Brian Sumers, Skift

Don't read too much into this. It is probably more symbolic than anything else. For a long time, U.S. airlines have had little interest in cities other than Havana.

2 months ago

Southwest Will Look at Buying Jets Other Than Boeing 737s After 48-Year Run

Southwest Will Look at Buying Jets Other Than Boeing 737s After 48-Year Run

Brian Sumers, Skift

Southwest Airlines always is hesitant to mess with its secret sauce. But it's a gigantic airline, and it might benefit from operating more than one aircraft type.

2 months ago

American Airlines Gets Ready to Bounce Back in 2020

American Airlines Gets Ready to Bounce Back in 2020

Brian Sumers, Skift

American Airlines has had a rough year. But on its third-quarter earnings call, top executives made a compelling argument that they've turned things around. Are they right? Or was it just spin?

2 months ago

Boeing Claims It’s Close to Returning 737 Max to Service

Boeing Claims It’s Close to Returning 737 Max to Service

Brian Sumers, Skift

Boeing said Wednesday it expects regulators in some countries soon will approve its fixes to the 737 Max program. We've heard this before. But indications seem to suggest Boeing is close this time.

2 months ago

JetBlue Airways Pulls Back to Regroup on Latin America and Caribbean Strategy

JetBlue Airways Pulls Back to Regroup on Latin America and Caribbean Strategy

Brian Sumers, Skift

It isn't easy being in the aviation business, but airlines have one advantage over a traditional company. Their assets are mobile. If a carrier like JetBlue discovers softness in one region, it can move its airplanes elsewhere.

2 months ago

Time for Airlines to Get Tough (Real Tough) on Boeing

Time for Airlines to Get Tough (Real Tough) on Boeing

Brian Sumers, Skift

The text messages between Boeing test pilots that came out recently may not be a smoking gun, but they don't look good. How will airlines respond? Let's hope with some backbone.

2 months ago

Delta Air Lines Sells a New Subscription That Indirectly Includes Overhead Bin Access

Delta Air Lines Sells a New Subscription That Indirectly Includes Overhead Bin Access

Brian Sumers, Skift

This priority boarding craze is getting out of hand. Almost no one wants to get on an airplane 45 minutes before it departs. People go nuts over boarding early because they have overhead bin anxiety. Can we just start charging for bin space? It's a precious resource for which demand outstrips supply.

2 months ago

United’s Plan to Use Larger Jets to Control Rising Costs

United’s Plan to Use Larger Jets to Control Rising Costs

Brian Sumers, Skift

Fun fact: What airlines refer to as costs is not an absolute measure of how much a carrier spends. A massive global airline like United can spend a lot more money from quarter to quarter and still keep its costs in check so long as it grows capacity during the quarter.

2 months ago

American Airlines Targets January 16 for Boeing 737 Max’s Return to Service

American Airlines Targets January 16 for Boeing 737 Max’s Return to Service

Brian Sumers, Skift

Is this finally it? Is the Boeing 737 Max returning to service? American Airlines is more confident than ever that the airplane will be ready by January 16, but that remains to be seen.

2 months ago