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Aviation Business Editor

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American Airlines Is Considering Flying to Africa and India With New Dreamliners

American Airlines Is Considering Flying to Africa and India With New Dreamliners

Brian Sumers, Skift

Since its merger with US Airways, American has taken a cautious approach with new routes. It has expanded to major Asian and South Pacific markets out of necessity but otherwise hasn't taken too many chances. It is nice to see the airline considering adding India and Africa.

3 weeks ago

Where Are the Female Airline Executives?

Where Are the Female Airline Executives?

Brian Sumers, Skift

There are remarkably few top female executives at airlines. This needs to change — and soon.

3 weeks ago

U.S. Airlines Battle Over Access to Tokyo’s Preferred Airport

U.S. Airlines Battle Over Access to Tokyo’s Preferred Airport

Brian Sumers, Skift

Delta Air Lines wants U.S. regulators to award it a disproportionate number of slots at Tokyo's Haneda Airport, a preferred airport among business travelers. Other airlines disagree, but Delta probably does deserve better access, as it is the only one of the big three U.S. carriers without a Japanese partner.

4 weeks ago

United Airlines Argues It Can Block Expedia From Future Fares as Standoff Persists

United Airlines Argues It Can Block Expedia From Future Fares as Standoff Persists

Brian Sumers, Skift

Can these two giant global travel companies work out their differences? Surely consumers would prefer to keep searching for United fares on Expedia.

4 weeks ago

The Politics Behind Air France-KLM’s Peace Deal

The Politics Behind Air France-KLM’s Peace Deal

Brian Sumers, Skift

KLM CEO Pieter Elbers has done a fine job with his airline. It is a good thing he is staying put. But how will he work with group CEO Ben Smith? We'll find out.

1 month ago

United Finds Way to Make Up for Weak Transatlantic Economy Sales

United Finds Way to Make Up for Weak Transatlantic Economy Sales

Brian Sumers, Skift

Now is the time to score deals for economy class travel between the United States and Europe. Come April, people will want to fly transatlantic again and prices will go up.

1 month ago

It’s Time to Let Air France-KLM’s New CEO Take Charge

It’s Time to Let Air France-KLM’s New CEO Take Charge

Brian Sumers, Skift

KLM CEO Pieter Elbers is one of the most respected airline managers in the world. But KLM is not an independent airline and ultimately he should be accountable to group CEO Ben Smith.

1 month ago

Why Southwest Needed to Deliver a Sweet Credit Card Promotion

Why Southwest Needed to Deliver a Sweet Credit Card Promotion

Brian Sumers, Skift

Southwest lags behind some of its competitors in credit card revenue. But it is working on fixing that.

1 month ago

Aeromexico Struggles as Most North American Airlines Report Hefty Profits

Aeromexico Struggles as Most North American Airlines Report Hefty Profits

Brian Sumers, Skift

Aeromexico blamed its fourth quarter operating loss on one-off items. To a large extent that's true. But the airline still has some looming problems, which is probably why it won't grow at all this year.

1 month ago

Travel Megatrends 2019: Low-Cost Carriers Lose Some Luster

Travel Megatrends 2019: Low-Cost Carriers Lose Some Luster

Brian Sumers, Skift

Customers like low-cost airlines, but no carriers so far have perfected the model for long-haul flights. It’s not clear they ever will.

1 month ago

Is Southwest’s New Credit Card Companion Pass Offer Too Good to Be True?

Is Southwest’s New Credit Card Companion Pass Offer Too Good to Be True?

Brian Sumers, Skift

New customers who apply for the Southwest credit card by Monday, February 11, and meet minimum spending requirements will earn one of the airline's companion passes for the rest of the year. The deal sounds too good to be true. But Southwest knows what it's doing. This is probably smart business.

1 month ago

How Smart Are Airlines With Upselling?

How Smart Are Airlines With Upselling?

Brian Sumers, Skift

We're often told that travel brands will soon know what we want to buy before we do. But few airlines are anywhere near that level.

1 month ago