Airline Innovation Coverage

American CEO Doug Parker Is Cautiously Optimistic About the Boeing Max

American CEO Doug Parker Is Cautiously Optimistic About the Boeing Max

Brendan Case, Bloomberg

Both caution and optimism are in order regarding Boeing's fixes to its Max 737 aircraft. American's CEO is one of the first airline execs to talk openly about passenger anxieties when the Max is given the green light to fly again.

3 days ago

Wow Air’s Shutdown Prompts Recession Fears in Iceland

Wow Air’s Shutdown Prompts Recession Fears in Iceland

Ragnhildur Sigurdardottir, Bloomberg

Iceland's tourism growth had seemed unstoppable. But as Skift has said for years, every geopolitical upheaval today can be traced back to the travel sector in some way. Policy planners need to adequately account for it.

3 days ago

American Airlines Asks Court to Stop Disruptive Slowdown by Mechanics

American Airlines Asks Court to Stop Disruptive Slowdown by Mechanics

Justin Bachman, Bloomberg

American Airlines is accusing its mechanics and their unions of conducting an illegal work slowdown to gain leverage in contract talks. The whole industry will be watching how a judge rules in the matter.

4 days ago

SAS Scraps Most of Its Flights Due to Pilots Strike

SAS Scraps Most of Its Flights Due to Pilots Strike

Anna Molin, Bloomberg

As many as 170,000 passengers may be affected through Sunday because of a pilots strike at Scandinavian carrier SAS. Across the globe, a pilots shortage in most markets is strengthening the hand of labor in contract talks.

4 weeks ago

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Volantio and the Accenture Amadeus Alliance Take Collaboration To New Heights

Volantio and the Accenture Amadeus Alliance Take Collaboration To New Heights

Accenture Amadeus Alliance + Skift

The Accenture Amadeus Alliance, the startup Volantio, and Amadeus’ airline partners are collaborating to tackle some of the most pressing challenges faced by the global airline industry.

1 month ago

Chinese Airlines Hope a Cut in Levies Will Boost Profits

Chinese Airlines Hope a Cut in Levies Will Boost Profits

Dong Lyu, Bloomberg

China’s top three carriers are set for a total savings of $500 million (3.74 billion yuan) after July 1, when the government will slash in half the airlines’ mandatory contributions to a civil aviation investment fund. The country is determined to smooth out a recent downshift in its economic growth.

2 months ago

United Becomes First Airline to Add Gender Identifications for Non-Binary Flyers

United Becomes First Airline to Add Gender Identifications for Non-Binary Flyers

Sean O'Neill, Skift

United is the first U.S. airline to let its passengers pick a gender option other than male or female when booking tickets. Delta and other carriers said last month that they plan to make similar moves shortly. We’re with they/them.

2 months ago

China’s Comac May Sell Its First Aircraft to an Overseas Carrier Soon

China’s Comac May Sell Its First Aircraft to an Overseas Carrier Soon

Bruce Einhorn and Moses Mozart Dzawu, Bloomberg

Ghana’s AWA (Africa World Airlines) may order Comac's regional jets this month. The carrier would be among the first overseas customers for Comac's commercial aircraft. But the airline is partly owned by China’s HNA Group, which makes it less of a coup than it first appears. Boeing, Airbus, and Embraer may still have some years yet until they compete in jet sales with Comac.

2 months ago

Amadeus Buys Airport Self-Service Baggage Firm to Diversify Further

Amadeus Buys Airport Self-Service Baggage Firm to Diversify Further

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Automated bag-drop technology may be widespread at major airports, but the rest of the world still has to add the equipment needed for passengers to scan their own bags. Amadeus aims to help sell those machines now that it has bought ICM. Amadeus is positioning itself to compete assertively with airline-owned SITA for airport tech sales.

2 months ago

Airlines Strike a Delicate Balance When Selling Discount Tickets

Airlines Strike a Delicate Balance When Selling Discount Tickets

Brian Sumers, Skift

Are you seeing more discounts in advance from Alaska Airlines? Maybe you're seeing fewer cheap seats in advance from United? This isn't a fluke. Both airlines have made changes to revenue strategies in recent months.

2 months ago

Department of Transportation Requests Audit of Boeing 737 Max

Department of Transportation Requests Audit of Boeing 737 Max

Ryan Beene and Alan Levin, Bloomberg

As U.S. politicians enter damage control mode, U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao makes a prudent move to further scrutinize how the Boeing 737 Max passed the certification process.

2 months ago

British Airways Updates Its Business Class Seat and Adds a Privacy Door

British Airways Updates Its Business Class Seat and Adds a Privacy Door

Christopher Jasper, Bloomberg

British Airways was the first airline to create a lie-flat business class seat. But its design had not been updated in years, and it has not been competitive for awhile. The airline needed an upgrade.

2 months ago