Articles tagged “airline innovation report”

What’s Wow Air’s Next Move?

What’s Wow Air’s Next Move?

Brian Sumers, Skift

Can Wow Air make it as a standalone airline? We're not sure. But the airline has some options for its future.

3 days ago

Why Emirates Waited So Long to Add Premium Economy

Why Emirates Waited So Long to Add Premium Economy

Brian Sumers, Skift

No matter what Emirates President Tim Clark says, the airline probably wishes it had moved faster to add premium economy. Most airlines say it has been selling well, as customers are flush with more disposable income. Of course, if and when a recession hits, passengers will stop spending on these perks.

1 week ago

A Case Against National Airlines

A Case Against National Airlines

Brian Sumers, Skift

Many politicians believe their nations must have a national airline. But in most cases, they're wrong. The weakest carriers probably should disappear, and the market can take care of the rest.

2 weeks ago

Is JetBlue Risking Its Brand Equity by Leading on Checked Bag Fees?

Is JetBlue Risking Its Brand Equity by Leading on Checked Bag Fees?

Brian Sumers, Skift

At Skift, we know more than most that airlines are in business to maximize revenue. But $30 for one checked bag seems a little extreme, no? Let's hope other carriers don't match JetBlue.

3 weeks ago

Why United Is Considering Putting Flatbed Seats on New Domestic Jets

Why United Is Considering Putting Flatbed Seats on New Domestic Jets

Brian Sumers, Skift

Here's another reminder that airlines are fiercely competitive. Until recently, U.S. airlines generally weren't considering adding premium business class seats on domestic routes beyond New York, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. But a few years ago, JetBlue disrupted the market with its Mint business class, and now United is considering a similar move.

1 month ago

Let’s Not Get Carried Away With New Airport Security Procedures

Let’s Not Get Carried Away With New Airport Security Procedures

Brian Sumers, Skift

Last week's stolen plane tragedy in Seattle made for great television. It also scared some travelers. But let's call it what it was: a fluke.

1 month ago

Why Did Qantas Hire a Jet Lag Expert?

Why Did Qantas Hire a Jet Lag Expert?

Brian Sumers, Skift

Few airlines take marketing and public relations as seriously as Qantas. The airline should be commended for its efforts to persuade passengers they want to spend 17 hours on a plane, when they have other options.

2 months ago

Are the Good Times Ending for Cheap Flights?

Are the Good Times Ending for Cheap Flights?

Brian Sumers, Skift

Airline passengers never know how good they have it until it's too late. Airfares are going up, and passengers are going to remember 2016-17 as the glory years for fare bargains. Of course, at the time, they didn't think so.

2 months ago

Are Investors Ready to Forgive U.S. Regional Airlines?

Are Investors Ready to Forgive U.S. Regional Airlines?

Brian Sumers, Skift

U.S. bankruptcy law is more forgiving than in many countries, which is why many airlines have had multiple iterations. Now, eight years after filing for bankruptcy, Mesa Air Group again wants to be traded on public markets. Assuming it goes forward with an IPO, it'll be interesting to see if investors return.

2 months ago

Why Norwegian Air Doesn’t Worry About Overtourism When It Chooses New Routes

Why Norwegian Air Doesn’t Worry About Overtourism When It Chooses New Routes

Brian Sumers, Skift

Norwegian Air CEO Bjorn Kjos doesn't care that some in Barcelona would prefer that the tourists stop coming. He can fill Boeing 787s at decent fares with Americans and Europeans who want to visit Spain. He has a business to run. Can we blame him for trying to maximize profits?

2 months ago

The U.S. Braces for More Airline Competition. Finally.

The U.S. Braces for More Airline Competition. Finally.

Brian Sumers, Skift

U.S. airline consumers hate to admit it — they love bashing airlines, after all — but the competitive environment is strong right now, and considering rising fuel prices, fares are decent. But if there's a new entrant into the marketplace, like David Neeleman's proposed new carrier, things could get even better for customers.

2 months ago

The Tricky Business of Selling Alcohol on Planes

The Tricky Business of Selling Alcohol on Planes

Brian Sumers, Skift

Some people get drunk and cause a scene on airplanes. It's horrible, and it shouldn't happen. But are airlines at fault? No way.

3 months ago