Articles tagged “airline innovation”

Airlines Aren’t Passing on Higher Fuel Costs to Passengers Because of Competition

Airlines Aren’t Passing on Higher Fuel Costs to Passengers Because of Competition

Mary Schlangenstein, Bloomberg

Remember when airline CEOs argued mergers would benefit consumers because it would create more formidable competitors? It's looking like they were right — at least short term. Fuel prices are surging, and airline executives would love to raise fares. But it's hard for one airline to pass on added costs to travelers if the pack doesn't follow. For now, the pack isn't following.

15 hours ago

British Airways’ Owner Thinks Strategically as It Mulls Buying Norwegian Air

British Airways’ Owner Thinks Strategically as It Mulls Buying Norwegian Air

Chris Hughes, Bloomberg

International Airlines Group eventually may acquire Norwegian Air. Suffering Norwegian Air stockholders might prefer a quick deal, but Norwegian's CEO owns roughly 26 percent of the company, and he's not quite willing to let go yet. But that stance may not last forever.

18 hours ago

U.S.-Based Electric Jet Startup Zunum Books Its First Customer

U.S.-Based Electric Jet Startup Zunum Books Its First Customer

Julie Johnsson and Mary Schlangenstein, Bloomberg

In April, JetSuite said it had accepted an investment from Qatar Airways. We wondered what JetSuite planned to do with the cash. Now we have a better idea. JetSuite plans to invest in electric jets. This is an intriguing idea. Let's hope it works.

19 hours ago

FAA Approves Boeing’s Foldable Wingtip Design for Next-Gen Jet

FAA Approves Boeing’s Foldable Wingtip Design for Next-Gen Jet

Julie Johnsson and Alan Levin, Bloomberg

This is impressive innovation, and it's going to surprise passengers when the first crop of next-generation Boeing 777s starts parking at airports. Kudos to Boeing for designing wings that fold upward after landing so the plane can park in relatively tight spaces.

2 days ago

An Allegiant Air Executive Popular With Wall Street Resigns

An Allegiant Air Executive Popular With Wall Street Resigns

Brian Sumers, Skift

Lukas Johnson isn't the most senior executive at Allegiant Air, but he has an outsized role at a company that has remarkably few executive vice presidents. He'll almost certainly be missed.

4 days ago

JetBlue Names a New President, Possible Successor to CEO

JetBlue Names a New President, Possible Successor to CEO

Mary Schlangenstein, Bloomberg

JetBlue has a tradition of putting customers at the forefront of everything it does, and with the new president, that likely will not change. This is good news for the airline's loyalists.

4 days ago

The Active Hawaiian Volcano Is Not Yet Interfering With Air Travel

The Active Hawaiian Volcano Is Not Yet Interfering With Air Travel

Brian K. Sullivan, Bloomberg

Hawaiians call the fog that's infused with volcanic ash "vog." But so far the vog on the Big Island is not causing pilots trouble with flying to, from, and among the islands.

4 days ago

Another Top United Executive Departs as CFO Abruptly Resigns

Another Top United Executive Departs as CFO Abruptly Resigns

Brian Sumers, Skift

Andrew Levy came into United with so much promise, but it doesn't sound like it worked out. That's too bad, but we expect Levy will land somewhere else.

5 days ago

Straighten Up and Fly Right, United to Flight Attendants on Sloppy Grooming

Straighten Up and Fly Right, United to Flight Attendants on Sloppy Grooming

Brian Sumers, Skift

United Airlines is never going to control how its flight attendants look in the same way as airlines in other countries. That's OK. There's no reason flight attendants all must look the same. But it's probably a good thing United is asking some outliers to clean up their approach.

5 days ago

Regulators Make It Easier for Airlines to Limit Emotional Support Animals

Regulators Make It Easier for Airlines to Limit Emotional Support Animals

Mary Schlangenstein and Alan Levin, Bloomberg

Regulators are making it easier for airlines to bar the most outlandish emotional support animals from their flights. Real service animals, thankfully, will continue to be allowed onboard. Looks like I'll be leaving my three precious emotional support geckos at home for my next trip.

5 days ago

It’s Getting Easier to Redeem Frequent Flyer Miles: New Study

It’s Getting Easier to Redeem Frequent Flyer Miles: New Study

Brian Sumers, Skift

It's becoming easier for travelers on many airlines to use frequent flyer miles. That's the good news. But many airlines are only making the cheapest award tickets available on flights where the cash fare is low. In many cases, that means airline miles aren't as valuable as before.

6 days ago

Hawaiian Airlines Promises It’s Ready for Whatever Southwest Plans

Hawaiian Airlines Promises It’s Ready for Whatever Southwest Plans

Brian Sumers, Skift

Hawaiian Airlines executives are talking a big game about how they're ready for competition from Southwest Airlines. Is it true? Or are Hawaiian's executives nervous behind the scenes as they prepare for Southwest's Hawaii expansion?

7 days ago