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Aviation Business Editor

Recent Stories from Brian Sumers:

Airports See a Driverless Future Across the Tarmac

Airports See a Driverless Future Across the Tarmac

Brian Sumers, Skift

We may soon see more driverless vehicles on airport ramps. It's easy to call this a safety risk. It might be. But human drivers have accidents, too.

11 hours ago

United Airlines Plays Hardball With Expedia and JPMorgan Chase

United Airlines Plays Hardball With Expedia and JPMorgan Chase

Brian Sumers, Skift

For years, airlines had little leverage with their partners. But airlines now are strong, and they have the advantage. Why shouldn’t they use it in contractual discussions?

5 days ago

How Airlines Decide What You’ll Eat and Drink On Board

How Airlines Decide What You’ll Eat and Drink On Board

Brian Sumers, Skift

With their onboard food and drink programs, airlines want to keep passengers happy. But they also want to keep costs reasonable.

1 week ago

Delta Air Lines Plans to Reduce Seat Recline in Bet to Make Flyers Happy

Delta Air Lines Plans to Reduce Seat Recline in Bet to Make Flyers Happy

Brian Sumers, Skift

This could go one of two ways. Passengers could revolt, taking to social media to complain about Delta's decision to reduce recline on 62 airplanes. Or customers could be pleasantly surprised at how much space they'll have under Delta's new test configuration.

1 week ago

Delta Expects to Make $7 Billion From Its Amex Credit Card Relationship by 2023. But How?

Delta Expects to Make $7 Billion From Its Amex Credit Card Relationship by 2023. But How?

Brian Sumers, Skift

Delta's new contract with American Express should generate massive revenue. It's another sign Delta is trying to stay far ahead of its peer airlines.

2 weeks ago

Overhead Bins Stir Lots of Flyer Anxiety: Digital Tech Is Here to Help

Overhead Bins Stir Lots of Flyer Anxiety: Digital Tech Is Here to Help

Brian Sumers, Skift

Even many seasoned travelers have overhead-bin anxiety. Can Boeing and Airbus find a way to make it easier to match travelers with bin space?

2 weeks ago

Meet American Airlines’ Turbulence Guru

Meet American Airlines’ Turbulence Guru

Brian Sumers, Skift

Steve Abelman, the only meteorologist employed by American Airlines, is passionate about his craft.

3 weeks ago

Kiwi.com Wants to Disrupt How Airlines Price Long-Haul Airfare

Kiwi.com Wants to Disrupt How Airlines Price Long-Haul Airfare

Brian Sumers, Skift

Travel hackers have long known about the risks and rewards of throwaway ticketing. But one enterprising entrepreneur is trying to bring the method to the masses. Airlines are not happy.

3 weeks ago

United Airlines Accuses Rogue Flight Attendants of Fraud

United Airlines Accuses Rogue Flight Attendants of Fraud

Brian Sumers, Skift

United Airlines corporate security has been busy this year. First it caught some employees selling their travel passes. Now it has caught a small group of flight attendants who appeared to be scheming to take the best trips from their colleagues.

4 weeks ago

Canadian Seaplane Service Wants to Fly All-Electric Planes Within 3 Years

Canadian Seaplane Service Wants to Fly All-Electric Planes Within 3 Years

Brian Sumers, Skift

Harbour Air may not be a household name, but this is a promising development. It flies small planes on short routes and could be an early beneficiary of new battery technology. But remember, regulators have to certify it first.

4 weeks ago

Airlines Strike a Delicate Balance When Selling Discount Tickets

Airlines Strike a Delicate Balance When Selling Discount Tickets

Brian Sumers, Skift

Are you seeing more discounts in advance from Alaska Airlines? Maybe you're seeing fewer cheap seats in advance from United? This isn't a fluke. Both airlines have made changes to revenue strategies in recent months.

1 month ago

Does British Airways Have Its Mojo Back?

Does British Airways Have Its Mojo Back?

Brian Sumers, Skift

British Airways probably will never win back its past magic. But the airline can get better and as it strives to improve, it should look forward, not back.

1 month ago