Gordon Smith

Gordon Smith is Airlines Editor at Skift and Airline Weekly. He can be contacted via [email protected]

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Airline Weekly

Who You Calling Stupid?

Breaking news: United Airlines is stupid. Well, it’s stupid according to Michael O’Leary, anyway. But then again, it’s never a surprise when Ryanair’s cantankerous chief executive hurls an insult.

Who You Calling Stupid?

Airline Weekly

The Rising Fortunes of Ryanair

Ryanair has its problems, but it is doing much better than most. As the Irish low-cost giant posts its latest earnings, Gordon Smith and Jay Shabat pick through the numbers and assess what the future could hold for the airline.

The Rising Fortunes of Ryanair

Airlines

American Airlines Launches Its Longest Nonstop Flight: 17 Hours in Economy, Anyone?

This ambitious new service from American will push the performance limits of the aircraft, as well as testing the endurance of its passengers.

American Airlines Launches Its Longest Nonstop Flight: 17 Hours in Economy, Anyone?

Airlines

What Were America’s Busiest Flights in January?

There are more than a few surprises in the top 10 ranking, which shows that even in winter, there is no shortage of off-peak demand.

What Were America’s Busiest Flights in January?

Airlines

Japan Approves Korean Air and Asiana Mega-Merger, But Two Huge Hurdles Remain

Any celebration in Seoul will likely be muted, as airline chiefs know the biggest regulatory challenges are yet to come.

Japan Approves Korean Air and Asiana Mega-Merger, But Two Huge Hurdles Remain

Airlines

World’s Busiest Air Routes in January 2024: Did Your City Make the List?

The absence of New York, London and Dubai in the top 10 is a reminder of the huge demand for air travel in and around the Asia-Pacific region.

World’s Busiest Air Routes in January 2024: Did Your City Make the List?

Airlines

Ryanair CEO Says United’s Boeing 737 Max Comments Were ‘Stupid’

Michael O’Leary has delivered a rousing endorsement of the beleaguered planemaker’s products. After last week’s public criticism from some U.S. airline chiefs, his intervention will be warmly welcomed by Boeing.

Ryanair CEO Says United’s Boeing 737 Max Comments Were ‘Stupid’

Airlines

Taylor Swift Gets Special American Airlines Super Bowl Flight: AA1989

This zero-cost marketing move by American helps associate the brand with the Super Bowl buzz in a fun way.

Taylor Swift Gets Special American Airlines Super Bowl Flight: AA1989

Airline Weekly

United in the Spotlight

United doesn’t need any more silver medals. But it won another last quarter. United, alas, failed again to overtake Delta in the profit chase.

United in the Spotlight

Airline Weekly

What Do United Airlines and easyJet Have in Common?

As airline earnings season continues to gather momentum, this week we examine the fortunes of United and easyJet. In this specially extended episode, Gordon Smith and Jay Shabat discuss the major developments and identify the key trends at these two very different carriers.

What Do United Airlines and easyJet Have in Common?