Articles by Brian Sumers

British Airways Could Buy Several More Superjumbo Jets from Airbus

British Airways Could Buy Several More Superjumbo Jets from Airbus

Benjamin Katz, Bloomberg

Do you also have whiplash? Earlier this week, a senior Airbus executive said the manufacturer may have to kill the A380 program because of a lack of sales. But soon after, Airbus said it sold at least 20 to Emirates. Now comes word British Airways may want more. Perhaps the end is not near for the superjumbo.

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Delta Air Lines Seeks to Crack Down on Fake Service Animals

Delta Air Lines Seeks to Crack Down on Fake Service Animals

Justin Bachman and Mary Schlangenstein, Bloomberg

Airlines know too many passengers travel with fake service animals to avoid paying fees. But some are wary about cracking down, in part because they're nervous about mistakenly denying legitimate service animals. If an airline makes just one error, the story almost certainly will go viral.

3 hours ago

United Will Begin Giving Passengers Details About Why Their Flights Are Delayed

United Will Begin Giving Passengers Details About Why Their Flights Are Delayed

Brian Sumers, Skift

Airline passengers don't like being late. But what they probably dislike more is being late and not knowing why. Over the next few weeks, United will give some customers detailed information about the reason for delays. That could make passengers less anxious, which is a good thing.

1 day ago

United Airlines Will Add Premium Economy to Match Delta and American

United Airlines Will Add Premium Economy to Match Delta and American

Brian Sumers, Skift

United is lagging behind its competitors in launching international premium economy. But this is something it needs to do, if only because of competitive dynamics.

1 day ago

The Airport Lounge Conundrum — Airline Innovation Report

The Airport Lounge Conundrum — Airline Innovation Report

Brian Sumers, Skift

Airline lounges are rarely as opulent as the promotional pictures suggest. Yet passengers seem to love them. Why? Will they persist forever?

2 days ago

European Union Might Want to Limit UK Airline Access After Brexit

European Union Might Want to Limit UK Airline Access After Brexit

Ian Wishart, Bloomberg

After Brexit, UK airlines almost certainly will be able to fly from London to anywhere in Europe. What's less likely is whether EasyJet — with a UK operating certificate — can continue flying routes such as Nice to Amsterdam or Nice to Paris. But EasyJet recently obtained an Austrian operating certificate, which would make these limitations moot.

2 days ago

Frontier Airlines Will Codeshare With Mexico’s Volaris in a Unique Arrangement

Frontier Airlines Will Codeshare With Mexico’s Volaris in a Unique Arrangement

Brian Sumers, Skift

Passengers should cheer news that Volaris and Frontier will codeshare, as it should help Americans visit many more Mexican destinations at cheap prices. But will Volaris and Frontier cooperate enough to make the process seamless for passengers? We'll soon find out.

3 days ago

JFK Airport Is Getting an American Express Centurion Lounge

JFK Airport Is Getting an American Express Centurion Lounge

Brian Sumers, Skift

Insiders often say airport real estate is some of the most expensive in the world. This is likely a massive investment for American Express, but the company has probably calculated it's worth it. People love airport lounges, and American Express knows it needs to keep its customers happy.

3 days ago

Airbus Casts Doubt on the Future Production of the World’s Largest Jet

Airbus Casts Doubt on the Future Production of the World’s Largest Jet

Benjamin Katz, Bloomberg

The A380 hasn't sold early nearly as well as Airbus expected. Is it possible most airlines will never want a plane so big? Or is the A380 merely ahead of its time? Perhaps more carriers will want a massive jet as more airports face capacity crunches. But by that time, the A380 could be out of production.

4 days ago

U.S. Airlines Cancelled Fewer Flights Than Usual in November

U.S. Airlines Cancelled Fewer Flights Than Usual in November

Brian Sumers, Skift

Maybe airline service isn't as strong as most customers would like. But there's no mistaking the data. Operationally, many U.S. airlines are stronger than ever. That's good news for passengers who want to get to their destination on time.

1 week ago

Virgin America Is No Longer an Airline in the Government’s Eyes

Virgin America Is No Longer an Airline in the Government’s Eyes

Brian Sumers, Skift

Slowly, Virgin America is disappearing. That's bad news for its loyal customers in San Francisco, Los Angeles and other parts of the country. But it's necessary. Virgin America was too small as a stand-alone carrier to compete with the nation's four largest carriers.

1 week ago

Argentine Airport Operator Plans IPO to Fund Expansion

Argentine Airport Operator Plans IPO to Fund Expansion

Charlie Devereux, Carolina Millan and Pablo Gonzalez, Bloomberg

It's a foreign concept in the United States, where local bureaucrats generally run airports. But elsewhere, airports tend to be privately managed. Often that makes them more nimble. They can also be profitable, as this proposed IPO suggests.

1 week ago