Brian Sumers

Brian is the Los Angeles-based airline business editor-at-large for Skift. He loves baseball, travel and the American West.

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U.S. Airlines Set to Lose Major Battle Against Gulf Carriers in Open Skies Debate

Delta, United, and American wanted the U.S. State Department to take unprecedented action against Emirates, Etihad Airways, and Qatar Airways. But the government didn't opt for a brash approach. This may well be the beginning of the end of the complaints.

U.S. Airlines Set to Lose Major Battle Against Gulf Carriers in Open Skies Debate

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Allegiant Air Will Expand Its Low-Cost Service to Newark, Trespassing on United’s Turf

Allegiant Air will finally start flying into the New York area. Does this mean a fare war with United is coming? Or will the big airline ignore its much smaller competitor?

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United and its Flight Attendants Finally Close in on New Contract

If flight attendants ratify the contract, United's customers should win, and it will be a big win for Munoz, too. Today, flight attendants work under two labor agreements, making the airline a model of inefficiency at times.

United and its Flight Attendants Finally Close in on New Contract

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Southwest Airlines Says it Won’t Use New Technology to Upsell Passengers

Other airlines are trying to segment their customers as much as possible. But that's not something Southwest plans to copy.

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Hawaiian Airlines’ Snazzy Flatbed Seats Reveal Its Big Ambitions

Hawaiian Airlines is introducing new business class seats. But if you live in the mainland United States, you may not see a lot of them.

Hawaiian Airlines’ Snazzy Flatbed Seats Reveal Its Big Ambitions

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DOT Auditor: Government Should Scrutinize Frequent Flier Program Changes

When it comes to regulating frequent flier programs, the U.S. Department of Transportation has little authority.

DOT Auditor: Government Should Scrutinize Frequent Flier Program Changes

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The Unexpected Micro-Revolution Behind United Airlines’ New Business Class Seat

Design firm Acumen did something no one thought possible. It created a high-density, direct-aisle access business class cabin for United Airlines. Will passengers like it? We'll find out early next year.

The Unexpected Micro-Revolution Behind United Airlines’ New Business Class Seat

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United Airlines Highlights Failures While Promising That It Will Improve

We've heard this story before. But will this finally be the time United turns this around?

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How Tiny Silver Airways Plans to Win in Cuba and Beyond

If you live in Florida, Silver Airways wants to be your-go to carrier for Cuba. Its plan may just work.

How Tiny Silver Airways Plans to Win in Cuba and Beyond

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Why U.S. Airlines Should Ignore Shareholders Now for Long-Term Innovation

With airline profits likely to continue for awhile, it's probably time for U.S. carriers to invest in innovation.

Why U.S. Airlines Should Ignore Shareholders Now for Long-Term Innovation