Articles tagged “fope”

Interview: SpiceJet Founder Rescued an Airline and Has Big Ambitions for Indian Aviation

Interview: SpiceJet Founder Rescued an Airline and Has Big Ambitions for Indian Aviation

Brian Sumers, Skift

Unless you're obsessed with aviation, you probably don't know SpiceJet. But you might someday. India is a fast-growing aviation market, and SpiceJet has nearly 200 Boeing 737s on order. Someday, it might even fly long-haul jets to London or beyond.

1 month ago

Interview: Virgin Atlantic CEO on Loyalty and Low-Cost Competition

Interview: Virgin Atlantic CEO on Loyalty and Low-Cost Competition

Brian Sumers, Skift

Virgin Atlantic has a strong brand, but for years it has lagged far behind British Airways in most categories. The upstart has just been too small to be a bona fide competitor. But Virgin Atlantic is finally taking action to ensure it will be more nimble going forward.

1 month ago

Interview: SAS CEO Explains Why the Airline Embedded a Microchip in Employee’s Hand

Interview: SAS CEO Explains Why the Airline Embedded a Microchip in Employee’s Hand

Brian Sumers, Skift

It's a tough time to be a small, full-service airline in Europe. But SAS CEO Rickard Gustafson is trying to ensure his airline can compete both with low cost airlines, like Norwegian, and massive legacy airlines like Lufthansa Group and Air France-KLM.

4 months ago

CEO Interview: How Finnair Plans to Crack the Potentially Lucrative Chinese Market

CEO Interview: How Finnair Plans to Crack the Potentially Lucrative Chinese Market

Brian Sumers, Skift

Not every airline can be a global behemoth. Finnair mostly focuses on its niche — connecting Europe with Asia, including secondary Chinese cities.

4 months ago

Interview: Copa Airlines CEO on Building the ‘Hub of the Americas’ in Panama

Interview: Copa Airlines CEO on Building the ‘Hub of the Americas’ in Panama

Brian Sumers, Skift

Panama's Copa Airlines is not well-known in most of North America, but it's among the most profitable airlines in the Americas. Its secret? Like Southwest Airlines, it keeps its model simple.

4 months ago

CEO Interview: KLM CEO on Why His Airline Still Feeds Passengers for Free

CEO Interview: KLM CEO on Why His Airline Still Feeds Passengers for Free

Brian Sumers, Skift

KLM may not be a perfect airline, but it's surprisingly spunky considering it's owned by a giant French company that also controls Air France. The two airlines couldn't be more different.

4 months ago

CEO Interview: Air Asia X’s Plan to Make Cheap Trans-Pacific Flights a Reality

CEO Interview: Air Asia X’s Plan to Make Cheap Trans-Pacific Flights a Reality

Brian Sumers, Skift

Just as Norwegian Air has on trans-Atlantic routes, Air Asia X might disrupt established trans-Pacific players and push down fares. But making money on long-haul flights is tricky, and Air Asia X might decide it has better options closer to home.

8 months ago

British Airways CEO Interview: How to Bring a Low-Cost Mindset to a Legacy Airline

British Airways CEO Interview: How to Bring a Low-Cost Mindset to a Legacy Airline

Jason Clampet, Skift

Some old-school companies talk about embracing start-up thinking without knowing what that really means. This, though, is what they wish it looked like in practice.

9 months ago

Interview: IAG CEO on Protectionism, Low-Cost Competition and Passenger Experience

Interview: IAG CEO on Protectionism, Low-Cost Competition and Passenger Experience

Brian Sumers, Skift

Willie Walsh is not afraid to make decisions that anger employee unions and disappoint some passengers. That may seem like poor strategy, but it's a big part of the reason that International Airlines Group is in better shape than most of Europe's other airlines. Sometimes, an executive must make unpopular decisions to ensure the long-term success of a business.

11 months ago

Volaris CEO Interview: Mexico’s Top Low-Cost Carrier Knows What Passengers Want

Volaris CEO Interview: Mexico’s Top Low-Cost Carrier Knows What Passengers Want

Skift, Brian Sumers

Volaris is probably the most successful New York Stock Exchange-traded airline stock you've never heard of. In about a decade, Enrique Beltranena has built the airline into powerhouse in Mexico. Now, he wants to expand. Will it work?

1 year ago

La Compagnie CEO Interview: Why an All-Business Class Airline Can Still Work

La Compagnie CEO Interview: Why an All-Business Class Airline Can Still Work

Brian Sumers, Skift

You have to give Frantz Yvelin some credit for thinking big, but the idea that an all-business class airline could work outside of a few of the largest financial centers in the world seems far-fetched. And even routes like London to New York aren't sure winners, as La Compagnie showed recently when it suspended flights.

1 year ago

Norwegian Air CEO Interview: Regulators and Airlines Are Afraid of Us

Norwegian Air CEO Interview: Regulators and Airlines Are Afraid of Us

Brian Sumers, Skift

Many U.S. airlines and their employee unions are concerned about Norwegian's rapid growth — and for good reason. With its low cost, long-haul model, Norwegian is a threat to legacy airlines.

1 year ago