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Senior Aviation Business Editor

Recent Stories from Brian Sumers:

Did Lufthansa Group Overreact to Low-Cost, Long-Haul Threat?

Did Lufthansa Group Overreact to Low-Cost, Long-Haul Threat?

Brian Sumers, Skift

Lufthansa Group was terrified it would repeat past mistakes, so it built an airline to compete with Norwegian Air and other low-cost, long-haul carriers. Now that airline, called Eurowings, is kaput, and Lufthansa can chalk up another mistake.

17 hours ago

Iran Crisis Prompts United to Stop Flying to Mumbai

Iran Crisis Prompts United to Stop Flying to Mumbai

Brian Sumers, Skift

Mumbai is a big route for United. It uses its flagship aircraft. But it's probably best to err on the side of safety.

5 days ago

JetBlue Can Now Expand Europe Long-Haul Strategy With Airbus XLR Order

JetBlue Can Now Expand Europe Long-Haul Strategy With Airbus XLR Order

Brian Sumers, Skift

By ordering Airbus' longest-range narrowbody jet, JetBlue showed it's serious about international expansion. The jet it ordered earlier in the year has enough range to fly to London, so the airline probably intends to fly farther into Europe.

5 days ago

Boeing 737 Max Gets a Lift With 200-Jet Order From British Airways Parent IAG

Boeing 737 Max Gets a Lift With 200-Jet Order From British Airways Parent IAG

Brian Sumers, Skift

International Airlines CEO Willie Walsh likes a good deal. We're guessing he found one here. Clearly he's betting travelers have short memories.

1 week ago

American Airlines Union Dispute More Disruptive Than 737 Max Grounding

American Airlines Union Dispute More Disruptive Than 737 Max Grounding

Brian Sumers, Skift

Big U.S. airlines have erased most of the ghosts from their past. They don't engage in many market share battles or fare wars anymore. They don't dump capacity. But they still have labor disputes with their unions. And those can be as disastrous to operations today as they were two or three decades ago.

1 week ago

JetBlue Senior Executive Marty St. George Is Leaving the Airline

JetBlue Senior Executive Marty St. George Is Leaving the Airline

Brian Sumers, Skift

Thirteen years is a long time to stay at one corporation. Perhaps JetBlue needs some fresh blood. Or maybe Chief Commericial Officer Marty St. George just wants a change of pace.

3 weeks ago

Air France-KLM CEO Says Company Would Consider Buying a Competitor

Air France-KLM CEO Says Company Would Consider Buying a Competitor

Brian Sumers, Skift

The Air France-KLM merger has been a textbook example of how hard it is to meld corporate cultures. But CEO Ben Smith isn't letting that deter him from taking a look at new acquisitions. Too soon?

3 weeks ago

Global Airlines Worry About Havoc Caused by a Boeing 737 Max Regulatory Rift

Global Airlines Worry About Havoc Caused by a Boeing 737 Max Regulatory Rift

Brian Sumers, Skift

Regardless of how you feel about the handling of the Boeing 737 Max, this is a big issue. Airlines have always assumed global regulators would reach the same conclusions about aircraft safety. Now they're not so sure, and that could cause longer-term issues.

3 weeks ago

European Governments See Renewed Importance of National Airlines

European Governments See Renewed Importance of National Airlines

Brian Sumers, Skift

European governments once believed they could rely on the market to ensure their links to the outside world. But many are starting to become more protective of their national airlines. In many ways, it is a return to the past.

3 weeks ago

Delta Air Lines CEO Says China Revenues Are Up Despite Trade Rhetoric

Delta Air Lines CEO Says China Revenues Are Up Despite Trade Rhetoric

Brian Sumers, Skift

Delta Air Lines CEO Ed Bastian is the second U.S. airline CEO in a week to tell Skift the China market is performing fine for passenger demand. Will it last?

3 weeks ago

U.S. Airlines Add Untapped International Routes in Next Stage of Growth

U.S. Airlines Add Untapped International Routes in Next Stage of Growth

Brian Sumers, Skift

When U.S. airlines started making money again several years ago, they added flights to some of the biggest business destinations. But they have mostly filled in those gaps, so now they're taking chances on more unusual routes. Some will surely fail.

4 weeks ago

United Won’t Pay Munoz a Full Bonus: U.S. Airline CEO Pay 2018

United Won’t Pay Munoz a Full Bonus: U.S. Airline CEO Pay 2018

Brian Sumers, Skift

U.S. airline CEOs make a lot of money. But they have tough jobs, and their businesses are making money. Maybe they deserve it.

4 weeks ago