Articles tagged “american airlines”

Airlines Pack More Seats Onto Each Plane and Manufacturers Try to Make Them Comfortable

Airlines Pack More Seats Onto Each Plane and Manufacturers Try to Make Them Comfortable

Justin Bachman, Bloomberg

Airlines and seat manufacturers do try to make seats comfortable enough. But let's be clear: Travelers want tight seating. By their actions, most passengers have shown they want cheap prices over anything else. Airlines can only offer bargain fares if they pack planes with seats.

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Airplane Turbulence Is Underreported Because of Lax Requirements

Airplane Turbulence Is Underreported Because of Lax Requirements

David Koenig, Associated Press

Strong turbulence may be underreported by U.S. airlines due to loose government regulations, but flyers still aren't likely to be injured by it.

1 week ago

Travelport CEO Is ‘Super Skeptical’ About American Airlines Strategy

Travelport CEO Is ‘Super Skeptical’ About American Airlines Strategy

Sean O'Neill, Skift

American is creating a new distribution path that might tweak the role companies like Travelport play in distribution. Travelport boss Gordon Wilson tells us he's skeptical. We remain undecided.

2 weeks ago

Qatar Airways Says It No Longer Plans to Buy a Stake in American Airlines

Qatar Airways Says It No Longer Plans to Buy a Stake in American Airlines

Abbas Al Lawati and Mary Schlangenstein, Bloomberg

Qatar Airways' interest in buying a stake in American Airlines Group did not get a warm reception. It's unclear exactly what prompted the carrier to drop its plan, but the tension between major airlines in the U.S. and those in the Persian Gulf is likely to continue.

2 weeks ago

American Airlines Revives Direct-Connect Moves While Sabre Questions Feasibility

American Airlines Revives Direct-Connect Moves While Sabre Questions Feasibility

Sean O'Neill, Skift

American is reviving its direct-booking conflict with distribution middlemen like Sabre. Advances in technology and fat profits at U.S. airlines make the threat more plausible now than a decade ago.

2 weeks ago

American Airlines Launches Enhanced Baggage Tracking as Competition Heats Up

American Airlines Launches Enhanced Baggage Tracking as Competition Heats Up

Grant Martin, Skift

With new technology launched by American Airlines this week, tracking checked luggage will be ever-so easier.

3 weeks ago

American Airlines Succeeding in Upselling from Basic Economy to Main Cabin

American Airlines Succeeding in Upselling from Basic Economy to Main Cabin

Patrick Whyte, Skift

Investing in a range of new products to entice new and existing customers looks like it is paying off for American Airlines. Its upbeat outlook bodes well for the rest of the year.

3 weeks ago

Southwest CEO Doesn’t Expect Business to Be This Good Forever

Southwest CEO Doesn’t Expect Business to Be This Good Forever

Hannah Sampson, Skift

Southwest Airlines CEO Gary Kelly doesn't always make the decisions that Wall Street wants to see, so don't expect him to deviate from his cautious stance.

3 weeks ago

The Business of Loyalty: Alaska and American Drastically Reduce Their Frequent Flyer Partnership

The Business of Loyalty: Alaska and American Drastically Reduce Their Frequent Flyer Partnership

Brian Sumers, Skift

In recent years, many Alaska Airlines frequent flyers liked to fly American, because they would receive loyalty benefits even when flying the competition. But starting next year, that perk will end, and that's not great news for road warriors.

1 month ago

Delta Holds an Edge Over Competitors by Dominating Less-Competitive Markets

Delta Holds an Edge Over Competitors by Dominating Less-Competitive Markets

Justin Bachman, Bloomberg

For airlines, you'd think the big money would come from the major financial and media hubs. To some extent, that's true. But Delta's real competitive advantage is in Atlanta, where it dominates traffic not only from Georgia, but also from the entire Southeast United States.

1 month ago

Should Qatar Airways Give Up On its American Airlines Investment Idea?

Should Qatar Airways Give Up On its American Airlines Investment Idea?

Brooke Sutherland, Bloomberg

With his disparaging comments, Qatar Airways CEO Akbar Al Baker could be dubbed the Michael O'Leary of the Middle East. If Al Baker's strategy was to endear himself to American Airlines, then CEO Doug Parker beat back that overturn with a sledge hammer. Neither boss has distinguished himself.

1 month ago

American Airlines Eliminates Codeshare Agreements with Qatar Airways and Etihad

American Airlines Eliminates Codeshare Agreements with Qatar Airways and Etihad

Mary Schlangenstein, Bloomberg

Given the rhetoric American Airlines executives have used to describe their Gulf rivals, this is not a surprise. But the decision will hurt some of American's customers, who rely on Qatar and Etihad to fly them to destinations North American and European carriers don't serve.

1 month ago