Articles tagged “airline innovation”

Frontier Lowers Its Change Fees As Competition Heats Up

Frontier Lowers Its Change Fees As Competition Heats Up

Brian Sumers, Skift

This is how competition should work. American, Delta and United have been poaching customers from discount airlines with their no-frills basic economy fares. Frontier doesn't like that, so it has come up with a new passenger-friendly policy to try to sway potential passengers.

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Wow Air’s Plan to IPO Is a Rarity Among Low-Cost Airlines

Wow Air’s Plan to IPO Is a Rarity Among Low-Cost Airlines

Luca Casiraghi and Richard Weiss, Bloomberg

Wow Air is being hounded on all sides. But, as we've noted before, an initial public offering might give it the cash it needs to rebuild itself and thrive.

1 day ago

A Billionaire Aims to Be the First Paying Passenger on Elon Musk’s Moon Rocket

A Billionaire Aims to Be the First Paying Passenger on Elon Musk’s Moon Rocket

Yuji Nakamura and Lisa Du, Bloomberg

He’ll be in his late 40s if the mission goes ahead on schedule, but Yusaku Maezawa deserves props for his bravery for what would be a dangerous and historic trip.

2 days ago

Singapore’s Changi Airport Blazes a Trail by Embracing Automation

Singapore’s Changi Airport Blazes a Trail by Embracing Automation

Kyunghee Park, Bloomberg

When passengers fly in and out of Changi's Terminal 4, they witness a whole terminal built to test the airport robots of the future. It's good practice for the mammoth terminal coming to the airport by next decade's end.

3 days ago

Onetime Disruptor Wow Air Is Ready for a Reinvention

Onetime Disruptor Wow Air Is Ready for a Reinvention

Brian Sumers, Skift

Wow Air is being squeezed from all sides. It will need to reinvent its business if it wants to survive. The good news is that the company's founder and CEO, Skúli Mogensen, is willing to take some risks.

4 days ago

Seattle-Tacoma Airport’s New Arrivals Facility May Cost $1 Billion

Seattle-Tacoma Airport’s New Arrivals Facility May Cost $1 Billion

Associated Press

A review panel gave a new final estimated cost for Sea-Tac's International Arrivals Facility of $968 million, up from the original $608 million. Let's hope they stay on budget from now on.

4 days ago

New Jets With Less Legroom Help Fight Climate Change

New Jets With Less Legroom Help Fight Climate Change

Justin Bachman, Bloomberg

New airplanes with cramped seating provide the greatest fuel efficiency. That reduces the carbon they spew and how much they disrupt the climate. Norwegian Air’s fleet is the most fuel-efficient across the Atlantic, says a new survey.

1 week ago

U.S. Safety Board Investigates Delta Jet-Engine Failure

U.S. Safety Board Investigates Delta Jet-Engine Failure

Mary Schlangenstein and Alan Levin, Bloomberg

Thankfully, there were no injuries and the Boeing 757 landed safely. But after the deadly Southwest engine failure in April, this kind of incident is getting extra public attention.

2 weeks ago

Emirates May Resume U.S. Growth as Business Recovers From Trump Policies

Emirates May Resume U.S. Growth as Business Recovers From Trump Policies

Brian Sumers, Skift

Folks in Pittsburgh would probably love a nonstop flight to Dubai. But will they get it? It seems unlikely, even if Emirates CEO Tim Clark said the airline would consider flights from smaller U.S. cities.

2 weeks ago

TSA Will Expand Tests of Next-Generation Scanners for Carry-on Bags

TSA Will Expand Tests of Next-Generation Scanners for Carry-on Bags

Alan Levin, Bloomberg

New airport scanners for carry-on bags use computed tomography X-rays, which give much better views of what's inside. But their cost is astronomical. Don't expect all of your local airport's scanners replaced anytime soon.

2 weeks ago

Ryanair Board Faced With Expanded Threat of Investor Protest

Ryanair Board Faced With Expanded Threat of Investor Protest

Benjamin Katz, Bloomberg

Glass Lewis, an influential shareholder advisory company, has told shareholders of the budget airline to vote against several directors on its board because of concerns over proper governance. Its arguments are more persuasive than Ryanair has let on.

2 weeks ago

Why Do National Airlines Still Exist?

Why Do National Airlines Still Exist?

Brian Sumers, Skift

Many politicians fear their nations will be irrelevant if they abandon their money-losing flag airlines. That's probably a stretch. In most places, the market likely would fill the gap — provided the government got out of the way. But national pride is powerful, and few people want to see storied brands disappear.

2 weeks ago