Edward Russell

Edward is Skift's Washington, D.C.-based airlines reporter. He's covered the industry from the American-US Airways combo to the depths of the coronavirus pandemic. He enjoys bikes, trains and runs with his dog, Heathrow.

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Airline Weekly

Australia’s Qantas-Alliance Deal Concerns May Parallel JetBlue-Spirit Approvals

Regulators in Australia are skeptical of the country's largest airline, Qantas, plan to buy a regional competitor. Could the U.S. be next with JetBlue and Spirit?

Australia’s Qantas-Alliance Deal Concerns May Parallel JetBlue-Spirit Approvals

Airline Weekly

Seaplane Airline Tailwind’s Washington-New York Service Will Start Now on Land in D.C. ‘Burbs

Tailwind Air's seaplane flights to Washington, D.C., will land a few miles short of the Potomac River on land. Can they succeed without the advantage of a waterfront gateway?

Seaplane Airline Tailwind’s Washington-New York Service Will Start Now on Land in D.C. ‘Burbs

Airline Weekly

Airline Seats Could Get Bigger to Accommodate Larger Travelers

Airline seats have shrunk even as Americans have gotten larger. That could change.

Airline Seats Could Get Bigger to Accommodate Larger Travelers

Airline Weekly

Turkish Airlines Emerges as First European Carrier to Fully Recover

Turkish Airlines' hybrid status between a Gulf and a European legacy carrier is paying off. It's the first in Europe to fully recover, and is using that leading position to accelerate growth and grab marketshare.

Turkish Airlines Emerges as First European Carrier to Fully Recover

Airlines

Wheelchair Users Could Soon Bring Their Own Chairs on Flights

Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg wants to keep wheelchair users in their own chairs when they fly. But the chairs and docks must meet federal air crashworthiness standards first.

Wheelchair Users Could Soon Bring Their Own Chairs on Flights

Airline Weekly

Spirit Airlines Is Latest to Blame Its Slower Recovery on Air Traffic Control Staffing Issues

Spirit Airlines lost money in the June quarter for the obvious reasons, including fuel, but also because air traffic control staffing issues that its executives say are slowing the recovery.

Spirit Airlines Is Latest to Blame Its Slower Recovery on Air Traffic Control Staffing Issues

Airline Weekly

Sun Country Flips to Loss as Pilot Shortages Limit Flying, Idle Planes

Sun Country Airlines' successful, diversified business model met its match in the pilot shortage.

Sun Country Flips to Loss as Pilot Shortages Limit Flying, Idle Planes

Airline Weekly

Regional Airline Contour Offers Big Lessons for Pilot Staffing Challenge

Is the pilot shortage U.S. airlines face only about the number of pilots, or are pay and quality of life part of it? The CEO of small Contour Airlines argues it's the latter.

Regional Airline Contour Offers Big Lessons for Pilot Staffing Challenge

Airline Weekly

Airlines That Hedged on Fuel Prices Emerged Winners in Second Quarter

The June quarter was highlighted by a surge in air travel and marred by high oil prices, but some airlines had a secret weapon.

Airlines That Hedged on Fuel Prices Emerged Winners in Second Quarter

Airline Weekly

Lufthansa CEO Sees Some Flight Disruptions Continuing Into Next Year

Lufthansa sees schedules to remaining constrained through the fall as airlines recover from their bad summer. That means higher fares for travelers, but also profits for some carriers.

Lufthansa CEO Sees Some Flight Disruptions Continuing Into Next Year