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Senior Aviation Business Editor

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Delta Pilots Upset That Primo Routes to Europe Are Going to Foreign Partners

Delta Pilots Upset That Primo Routes to Europe Are Going to Foreign Partners

Brian Sumers, Skift

At your typical U.S. airline, a minor dispute between a labor union and management is not unusual. But Delta has a lot fewer of these skirmishes than its competitors.

1 day ago

American Airlines Will Make First Class Classier on Some Jets

American Airlines Will Make First Class Classier on Some Jets

Brian Sumers, Skift

People think airlines don't listen to customers. But they do, especially when revenue is at stake. American's most lucrative customers fly in first class, and when they're not happy, it's a problem. We're not surprised American is changing course on its short-haul first class product.

4 days ago

Cathay Pacific Falls in Line With China as Hong Kong Airport Protests Turn Violent

Cathay Pacific Falls in Line With China as Hong Kong Airport Protests Turn Violent

Brian Sumers, Skift

Cathay Pacific has followed Chinese regulator demands through the saga. Why? It's a business decision.

2 weeks ago

United Airlines Now Tells Pilots No Drinking for 12 Hours Before Shift Starts

United Airlines Now Tells Pilots No Drinking for 12 Hours Before Shift Starts

Brian Sumers, Skift

United's change is a sensible move. People should feel more comfortable knowing United's pilots must take their final drink 12 hours prior to reporting for duty, rather than eight. That said, some pilots may still make mistakes.

2 weeks ago

Israel’s El Al Airlines Tries to Reinvent Itself for the Modern Era

Israel’s El Al Airlines Tries to Reinvent Itself for the Modern Era

Brian Sumers, Skift

Some national flag airlines no longer have a commercial purpose and probably should go out of business. El Al is not one of those carriers. Tourism in the airline's Israel home market is booming, and El Al should be able to ride the wave.

2 weeks ago

Skift Global Forum Preview: Air France-KLM CEO Ben Smith Reveals How He’s Winning Over Labor

Skift Global Forum Preview: Air France-KLM CEO Ben Smith Reveals How He’s Winning Over Labor

Brian Sumers, Skift

Air France-KLM has been content with the status quo for a long time. Under new CEO Ben Smith, that's changing. But is it too much change, too fast?

3 weeks ago

United Airlines Confronts Ticketing Ploy That Nets Travelers Cheaper Fares

United Airlines Confronts Ticketing Ploy That Nets Travelers Cheaper Fares

Brian Sumers, Skift

Airlines hate so-called hidden-city ticketing. They believe it flouts their fare rules and threatens how they do business. But are they being too aggressive as they try to thwart it?

3 weeks ago

Air Canada Pays 737 Max Pilots to Not Fly as Grounding Drags On

Air Canada Pays 737 Max Pilots to Not Fly as Grounding Drags On

Brian Sumers, Skift

Air Canada bet on the Boeing 737 Max to refresh its fleet and reduce its operating costs. But it has not worked out as planned.

4 weeks ago

Skift Global Forum Preview: Delta CEO on Responsibility to Manage Footprints We Leave Behind

Skift Global Forum Preview: Delta CEO on Responsibility to Manage Footprints We Leave Behind

Brian Sumers, Skift

At most airlines, the advertising tagline is just for marketing. But Delta seems to take its tagline — "Keep Climbing" — a little more seriously than its competitors.

4 weeks ago

Alaska Airlines Pledges to Defend Home Turf Against Competition

Alaska Airlines Pledges to Defend Home Turf Against Competition

Brian Sumers, Skift

People joke that Alaska Airlines' name no longer makes sense. But the airline still has a huge franchise in the state. It's going to want to defend its turf.

4 weeks ago

Did an Aggressive United Push Southwest Out of Newark Hub?

Did an Aggressive United Push Southwest Out of Newark Hub?

Brian Sumers, Skift

When United Airlines President Scott Kirby joined in 2016, he promised he'd boost share at Newark. Now Southwest is pulling out of Newark, citing a tough environment. Think this is a coincidence?

4 weeks ago

American Airlines Will Retire Fewer Aircraft as 737 Max Saga Drags On

American Airlines Will Retire Fewer Aircraft as 737 Max Saga Drags On

Brian Sumers, Skift

Operationally, American had a rough second quarter, with the Max grounding and a labor dispute. But the financial results show the carrier performed fine. Will it last?

4 weeks ago