Airline Innovation Coverage

Delta CEO Learned About Airline’s NRA Discount From the Parkland Students

Delta CEO Learned About Airline’s NRA Discount From the Parkland Students

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Forget board meetings and protocols, brands like Delta know they have to respond to a social media crisis almost immediately. Hesitation kills.

2 days ago

Killing the Airbus Superjumbo Was an Act of Kindness

Killing the Airbus Superjumbo Was an Act of Kindness

Chris Bryant, Bloomberg

Travelers and aviation enthusiasts will be sad about the end of the Airbus A380 program. But it's been on life support for awhile. It was time for it to go. On the bright side, some superjumbos should keep flying for a couple of decades.

2 days ago

Lenders Propose Bailout to Save Beleaguered Indian Airline Jet Airways

Lenders Propose Bailout to Save Beleaguered Indian Airline Jet Airways

Anurag Kotoky, Bloomberg

Bloomberg reports Jet Airways has accumulated more losses in recent years than any publicly-traded Asian airline other than Pakistan International Airlines. That's remarkable, and it's probably a sign lenders should let the airline go. But that doesn't sound likely.

3 days ago

It’s Time to Let Air France-KLM’s New CEO Take Charge

It’s Time to Let Air France-KLM’s New CEO Take Charge

Brian Sumers, Skift

KLM CEO Pieter Elbers is one of the most respected airline managers in the world. But KLM is not an independent airline and ultimately he should be accountable to group CEO Ben Smith.

3 days ago

Aeromexico Struggles as Most North American Airlines Report Hefty Profits

Aeromexico Struggles as Most North American Airlines Report Hefty Profits

Brian Sumers, Skift

Aeromexico blamed its fourth quarter operating loss on one-off items. To a large extent that's true. But the airline still has some looming problems, which is probably why it won't grow at all this year.

3 days ago

Travel Megatrends 2019: Low-Cost Carriers Lose Some Luster

Travel Megatrends 2019: Low-Cost Carriers Lose Some Luster

Brian Sumers, Skift

Customers like low-cost airlines, but no carriers so far have perfected the model for long-haul flights. It’s not clear they ever will.

5 days ago

Ryanair CEO Michael O’Leary Could Get a Giant Payday Despite Airline’s Current Woes

Ryanair CEO Michael O’Leary Could Get a Giant Payday Despite Airline’s Current Woes

Chris Bryant, Bloomberg

Longtime Ryanair CEO Michael O'Leary would receive more than $100 million in incentives if he gets the company's stock back to slightly higher than 2017 levels. That's nice work if you can get it, right?

6 days ago

Southwest Mulls New Fees to Generate Revenue Without Alienating Passengers

Southwest Mulls New Fees to Generate Revenue Without Alienating Passengers

Mary Schlangenstein , Bloomberg

Southwest is much more protective of its brand than the average business, and that has served the company well. But publicly traded corporations need to keep shareholders happy, and shareholders want to see revenue growth. Southwest should be able to balance that with customer preferences.

1 week ago

Is Southwest’s New Credit Card Companion Pass Offer Too Good to Be True?

Is Southwest’s New Credit Card Companion Pass Offer Too Good to Be True?

Brian Sumers, Skift

New customers who apply for the Southwest credit card by Monday, February 11, and meet minimum spending requirements will earn one of the airline's companion passes for the rest of the year. The deal sounds too good to be true. But Southwest knows what it's doing. This is probably smart business.

1 week ago

Thomas Cook Sale of Its Airline Could Be a Brexit Victim

Thomas Cook Sale of Its Airline Could Be a Brexit Victim

Lisa Pham, Bloomberg

Investors in Thomas Cook cheered when executives said they might sell its airline to pay off debt. But the next day an analyst's report spotlighted concerns about how Brexit-related regulatory snafus might hamper a sale. The divorce has so many unintended consequences.

1 week ago

Emirates to Hire Pilots From Etihad and Other Airlines With Cash Troubles

Emirates to Hire Pilots From Etihad and Other Airlines With Cash Troubles

Layan Odeh, Bloomberg

A lack of cockpit crew has been a factor in Emirates' moves to trim its number of flights. But the carrier may have a fix. A new memo shows that the Dubai giant has pinpointed 500 suitable applicants from airlines experiencing financial trouble.

1 week ago

Southwest Moves Closer to Hawaii Flights After Test Run from Honolulu to Dallas

Southwest Moves Closer to Hawaii Flights After Test Run from Honolulu to Dallas

Mary Schlangenstein, Bloomberg

Southwest must be thrilled for all the free media attention. But let's be clear. The airline has been around for five decades. It has talented maintenance and executive teams. It knows what's required to fly long distances over water. The airline will be approved to fly to Hawaii. The only question is exactly when.

1 week ago