Gordon Smith

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

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United Airlines’ New Safety Video Just Dropped — and it Features 1,000 Dominoes

The roll-out comes at a sensitive time for the carrier as the FAA continues a major safety review into the company’s operations. 

United Airlines’ New Safety Video Just Dropped — and it Features 1,000 Dominoes

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EasyJet CEO Johan Lundgren to Step Down as ‘Orderly Succession’ Begins

After seven years overseeing one of Europe’s biggest budget carriers, Lundgren is leaving the business in good shape.

EasyJet CEO Johan Lundgren to Step Down as ‘Orderly Succession’ Begins

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Why the Launch of Airbus’ New Plane Isn’t Going to Plan

The Airbus A321XLR is due to make its commercial debut in just a few months, but the aircraft has found itself caught in the middle of a major dispute.

Why the Launch of Airbus’ New Plane Isn’t Going to Plan

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Qantas Pulls Out of Mainland China, CEO Admits Some Flights are ‘Half Full’

Despite being Australia’s national airline, Qantas couldn’t compete effectively with a torrent of competition from Chinese carriers.

Qantas Pulls Out of Mainland China, CEO Admits Some Flights are ‘Half Full’

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Emirates Sees Rise in Unsold Premium Seats, But the Post-Pandemic Party Isn’t Over Yet

With premium cabins typically delivering much higher profit margins than economy seats, good occupancy is a key performance metric for many airlines.

Emirates Sees Rise in Unsold Premium Seats, But the Post-Pandemic Party Isn’t Over Yet

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This Saudi Airline Hopes to Triple in Size: The CEO’s Plan For Getting There

Flyadeal's new CEO Steven Greenway says the scale of airline's expansion attracted him to the role. His challenge now is turning targets into tangible results.

This Saudi Airline Hopes to Triple in Size: The CEO’s Plan For Getting There

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From Riches to Rags: Can Spirit Airlines Turn Itself Around?

It was once a champion. Now it’s in critical condition. Spirit Airlines is losing dangerous amounts of money, prompting concerns about its future.

From Riches to Rags: Can Spirit Airlines Turn Itself Around?

Airline Weekly

Spirit Airlines and a Japanese Update

Gordon Smith and Jay Shabat explore two big topics in this week's episode. In part one, we examine what Spirit Airlines' Q1 numbers mean for the future direction of the carrier. In part two, we turn our sights across the Pacific to Japan.

Spirit Airlines and a Japanese Update

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JetBlue Slashes its Winter Transatlantic Schedule — A Sign of Weakness or Strength?

Almost a third of the airline's long-haul European capacity is being cut as it redeploys aircraft and resources to routes in the Americas.

JetBlue Slashes its Winter Transatlantic Schedule — A Sign of Weakness or Strength?

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2 Cities For The Price of 1: Portugal Turns Stopover Passengers into Tourists

TAP Air Portugal is one of a growing list of airlines encouraging transit passengers to explore the country during a long-haul layover. New figures show tens of thousands of travelers took the company up on its offer last year.

2 Cities For The Price of 1: Portugal Turns Stopover Passengers into Tourists