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Wizz Air Thinks It Has a Simplicity Advantage Over Ryanair

Wizz Air Thinks It Has a Simplicity Advantage Over Ryanair

Patrick Whyte, Skift

Ryanair's decision to morph into a group airline has opened up plenty of opportunities, with the individual carriers able to operate differently. But is there a downside? For Wizz Air, it's all about keeping things simple.

11 hours ago

U.S. Bans Any New Flights To and From Malaysia

U.S. Bans Any New Flights To and From Malaysia

Harry Suhartono, Will Davies and Kyunghee Park, Bloomberg

Though the assessment focuses on the civil aviation authority, not individual airlines, this comes at a bad time for Malaysia Airlines, which is seeking new investors, and for AirAsia X if the low-cost, long-haul carrier plans to open new U.S. routes.

18 hours ago

Carnival Adds to Its Compliance Team as Scrutiny Builds

Carnival Adds to Its Compliance Team as Scrutiny Builds

Rosie Spinks, Skift

It's good to see Carnival building out its ethics and compliance team. Given the cruise company's recent history, these new hires certainly have their work cut out for them.

2 days ago

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Airlines Use New Tech to Create Partnerships That Increase Direct Bookings

Airlines Use New Tech to Create Partnerships That Increase Direct Bookings

Dohop + Skift

New interlining technology is helping airlines simplify how they partner with other airlines and grow direct bookings.

2 days ago

JetBlue Adds Basic Fare in Battle With Discount Rivals

JetBlue Adds Basic Fare in Battle With Discount Rivals

Mary Schlangenstein, Bloomberg

JetBlue isn't immune from the structural changes that are taking place in the aviation industry. Like it or not, basic economy is a part of the landscape now, and to truly compete you need to have it in your arsenal.

2 days ago

South African Airways May Fire a Fifth of Its Employees in Restructuring

South African Airways May Fire a Fifth of Its Employees in Restructuring

Hilton Shone, Bloomberg

Nearly 1,000 people might be losing their jobs as the airline tries to slow its ongoing losses. Hopefully the company doesn't meet the same fate as Jet Airways, the Indian airline that was grounded earlier this year after racking up over $1 billion in debt.

2 days ago

Mexico City’s Airport Project Will Cost $9 Billion to Scrap

Mexico City’s Airport Project Will Cost $9 Billion to Scrap

Andrea Navarro, Bloomberg

As if scrapping a plan to build a much-needed new airport wasn't bad enough, it will also cost the Mexican government more to cancel the Mexico City project than to finish it.

3 days ago

Death of Philippine Airlines Parent’s President Casts Doubt Over Succession

Death of Philippine Airlines Parent’s President Casts Doubt Over Succession

Ditas Lopez and Claire Jiao, Bloomberg

The sudden death of Lucio “Bong” Tan Jr., 54, raises new questions over the leadership of Philippine Airlines. Meanwhile, the Philippine aviation industry has also lost another tycoon: John Gokongwei Jr., who built up low-cost carrier Cebu Air. Gokongwei, 93, died on Saturday.

3 days ago

Singapore Changi Airport Confronts Copycat Allegations and 7 Other Top Aviation Stories This Week

Singapore Changi Airport Confronts Copycat Allegations and 7 Other Top Aviation Stories This Week

Jasmine Ganaishlal and Spencer Lee, Skift

This week in aviation, without naming any names, Qatar Airways' CEO called out Singapore Changi for lifting Hamad International's airport design. Meanwhile, IAG is making a $1.1 million offer on Air Europa following the Delta-Latam deal.

5 days ago

Cruise Chairman Deflects Concerns Over Industry’s Environmental Threats as ‘Fake News’

Cruise Chairman Deflects Concerns Over Industry’s Environmental Threats as ‘Fake News’

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

It makes sense that a longtime leader of a cruise company would give lip service to sustainability. To say consumer concerns about the sector's sustainability are fake, however, risks alienating customers at a pivotal moment for the sector.

5 days ago

Amtrak Charts Difficult Course to First Break-Even While Spending to Upgrade Operations

Amtrak Charts Difficult Course to First Break-Even While Spending to Upgrade Operations

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Former Delta CEO Richard Anderson has been spearheading a revamp of the U.S. national railway through boosting safety, driving more profits from its co-branded credit card, and creating a mix of more low-cost and premium services in the U.S. northeastern corridor. Anderson's tricky balance is being ambitious while trimming longstanding losses.

6 days ago

Qatar Air Still Wants to Buy a Stake in Fast-Growing IndiGo

Qatar Air Still Wants to Buy a Stake in Fast-Growing IndiGo

Rajesh Kumar Singh and P R Sanjai, Bloomberg

This deal would make sense, but only at the right price and only when IndiGo has sorted out its own internal issues.

7 days ago