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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Airlines Take Wait-And-See Approach to Omicron Variant

The airline industry is taking a wait-and-see approach to the new Omicron variant. But the new variant is the latest indication that rolling travel restrictions and dips in demand in the wake of endemic Covid-19 outbreaks could be just become another facet of the airline business.

Airlines Take Wait-And-See Approach to Omicron Variant

Airline Weekly

AirAsia’s Digital Businesses Throw It a Life Preserver

AirAsia received a strong endorsement of its "digital lifestyle company" strategy with digital businesses driving 60 percent of revenue in the third quarter. But flying remains key, with the group looking forward to a surge in pent-up demand as Southeast Asian countries — hopefully — begin easing restrictions.

AirAsia’s Digital Businesses Throw It a Life Preserver

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American Airlines, JetBlue Seek to Dismiss Justice Department Suit

American and JetBlue executives have argued that the Justice Department's suit against their alliance is, simply put, "wrong." Now, they've made good on that opposition and have asked a district court to dismiss the lawsuit. Will the judge agree?

American Airlines, JetBlue Seek to Dismiss Justice Department Suit

Airline Weekly

Copa Airlines Recovery Accelerates on Strong Latin America Leisure Demand

Leisure travelers are coming back strong in Latin America, Copa Airlines CEO Pedro Heilbron confirmed this week. And the airline with no domestic market is unconcerned about any continued border restrictions with plans to fly more than 80 percent of 2019 capacity by year-end.

Copa Airlines Recovery Accelerates on Strong Latin America Leisure Demand

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5 Takeaways From Skift Aviation Forum

Have airlines passed an inflection point and will 2022 be the year demand recovers more fully? Airline executives at the Skift Aviation Forum believe so, although they warn that the road to recovery will be bumpy.

5 Takeaways From Skift Aviation Forum

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United CEO Vows to Beat Margin-Leader Delta on Quality not Quantity

United CEO Scott Kirby is talking up his investments in product, and quality improvements at the carrier. But it will still be a steep challenge to beat Delta Air Lines, the longstanding leader on quality and margins in the U.S.

United CEO Vows to Beat Margin-Leader Delta on Quality not Quantity

Airline Weekly

Cargo Boosts Korean Air for Another Profitable Quarter

Korean Air reported record cargo revenues — again — in the September quarter as the bottlenecks in supply chains and maritime shipping boosted its air freight business. But, despite rare pandemic profits, the South Korean carrier says passengers need to return for its long-term health.

Cargo Boosts Korean Air for Another Profitable Quarter

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U.S. Airports, Railroads Prep for Influx of $1 Trillion in Infrastructure Funds

President Biden's more than $1 trillion infrastructure plan provides an unseen-for-decades investment in U.S. transportation. But achieving its lofty goals could pose new challenges, which is something former President Obama knows well after partisan politics stymied some of his infrastructure ambitions.

U.S. Airports, Railroads Prep for Influx of  $1 Trillion in Infrastructure Funds

Airline Weekly

British Airways and Iberia Parent Looks to Next Summer For Full Recovery

International Airlines Group (IAG) has no qualms about flying too much next summer. Instead, it plans to fly nearly as much as it did in 2019, with an aim in capturing all the pent up travel demand everyone is talking about. No matter that everyone else is doing the same.

British Airways and Iberia Parent Looks to Next Summer For Full Recovery

Airline Weekly

Air Canada Pares Loss Thanks to Premium Economy, Cargo

The concurrent themes of premium leisure travelers and cargo converged at Air Canada and helped propel its results in the third quarter. The airline is betting on the return of international travelers, plus corporate flyers, to continue its recovery into 2022.

Air Canada Pares Loss Thanks to Premium Economy, Cargo