Articles tagged “U.S. airlines”

U.S. Major Airlines Restart Fight Over Open Skies

U.S. Major Airlines Restart Fight Over Open Skies

Madhu Unnikrishnan, Skift

A long-simmering fight over Open Skies is boiling over again and is dividing the U.S. airline industry. The U.S. major carriers say Air Italy is a Trojan horse for Qatar Airways to expand in the U.S. JetBlue and the cargo carriers argue changing the rules of the game now would invite retaliation.

2 months ago

JetBlue Continues to Dangle a Possible European Expansion

JetBlue Continues to Dangle a Possible European Expansion

Mary Schlangenstein, Bloomberg

Southwest Airlines spent nearly a year-and-a-half teasing passengers with information about its plans to fly to Hawaii, earning a remarkable amount of free advertising. JetBlue seems to be doing the same with its possible service to Europe.

4 months ago

U.S. Airline Earnings Show Race Between Rising Costs and Higher Revenues

U.S. Airline Earnings Show Race Between Rising Costs and Higher Revenues

Jay Shabat, Skift

U.S. airlines are still struggling to recoup their higher fuel and labor costs. But as their fourth quarter results showed, they’re making progress. How? With help from some strong revenue tailwinds.

4 months ago

U.S. Airline Executives Sound Alarm Over Shutdown Impact

U.S. Airline Executives Sound Alarm Over Shutdown Impact

Justin Bachman, Mary Schlangenstein and Alan Levin, Bloomberg

Remarkably, the U.S. commercial aviation system has kept humming despite the government shutdown. Yes, there have been some long security lines, but it could get much worse. Airline executives know that, so they're taking a stand. This is an industry that relies on the government to keep it running safely and efficiently.

5 months ago

Here’s How the U.S. Government Shutdown Is Hurting Aviation

Here’s How the U.S. Government Shutdown Is Hurting Aviation

Alan Levin, Bloomberg

U.S. airlines take safety seriously, and their aircraft will remain safe whether or not FAA inspectors are working. But the aviation industry would operate much more efficiently if the government got back to work.

5 months ago

Delta Air Lines Revenue Forecast Cut Spooks Investors

Delta Air Lines Revenue Forecast Cut Spooks Investors

Mary Schlangenstein, Bloomberg

Investors in all sectors are on edge. But that's especially true for airlines, as the industry has an impressive history of losses during harsh economic times. Given the consolidation of the past decade, we suspect U.S. airlines are in better shape to handle a downturn than before. But we'll need a crisis before we know for sure.

6 months ago

Hawaiian Airlines Issues Warning About Fourth Quarter Revenue

Hawaiian Airlines Issues Warning About Fourth Quarter Revenue

Brian Sumers, Skift

Hawaiian Airlines has been an investor darling for a while. It has dominated its home market, and earned hefty profit. But are market dynamics changing?

7 months ago

Investors Regain Confidence in Spirit and Other U.S. Airlines

Investors Regain Confidence in Spirit and Other U.S. Airlines

Esha Dey, Bloomberg

This month several U.S. airlines, most prominently Spirit, have enjoyed stock market gains. But carriers will have to pass successfully through a recession before most investors will be persuaded that airlines have become profitable for good and have tamed their instincts to fight price wars.

7 months ago

U.S. Airlines Target Fares and Fees as They Try to Recoup Higher Fuel Costs

U.S. Airlines Target Fares and Fees as They Try to Recoup Higher Fuel Costs

Mary Schlangenstein, Bloomberg

Fuel prices are rising, and airlines must recoup higher costs. We understand that. But we think airlines should raise fares, not fees. The good news for travelers is that fares go up and down depending on an airline's costs and competitive pressure. But fees only go in one direction — up. Higher fees will be with us forever, including when fuel is cheap again.

10 months ago

U.S. Airlines Hope to Charge Passengers More as Fuel Prices Climb

U.S. Airlines Hope to Charge Passengers More as Fuel Prices Climb

Brian Sumers, Skift

U.S. airlines got a little fat and happy when fuel prices were at historically low levels. Passengers loved it too, because prices on competitive routes came down. But that's ending now, and travelers should get used to the new normal.

11 months ago

Southwest CEO Says Assigned Seats Still Don’t Make Sense

Southwest CEO Says Assigned Seats Still Don’t Make Sense

Brian Sumers, Skift

You have to give Southwest Airlines CEO Gary Kelly credit. Analysts are constantly prodding him to embrace tried-and-true approaches for generating ancillary revenue. For the most part, he resists. He doesn't want to mess with the airline's secret sauce.

11 months ago

Alaska Airlines Made a Costly Loyalty Mistake by Offering Too Many Free Seats

Alaska Airlines Made a Costly Loyalty Mistake by Offering Too Many Free Seats

Brian Sumers, Skift

There's no doubt U.S. airlines are spooked by higher oil prices. By historical levels, they're not that bad. But perhaps they're catching carriers by surprise.

11 months ago