Transport

Why Viva Air Wants to Put Latin America’s Startups on the Map

Why Viva Air Wants to Put Latin America’s Startups on the Map

Kristin Majcher, Skift

VivaAir is the latest carrier to take a Silicon Valley-style approach to improving its technology, recently announcing that it has partnered with local universities, government entities, and startups to create an innovation lab. If executed well, this could raise the bar for customer service in the region.

7 hours ago

Ryanair Faces Controversy for Response to Racist Incident on a Flight

Ryanair Faces Controversy for Response to Racist Incident on a Flight

Associated Press

Ryanair blew it with its laissez faire response to an apparently racist incident on one of its flights. Has the airline learned nothing about how to treat passengers and crisis communications?

14 hours ago

Salt Lake City’s Airport Is Being Overhauled With Mormon Travelers in Mind

Salt Lake City’s Airport Is Being Overhauled With Mormon Travelers in Mind

Danielle Moran, Bloomberg

An estimated 30,000 Mormons travel through Salt Lake International Airport each year on church business, and the airport overhaul will include new meet-and-greet areas for families and military that will provide a smoother passenger experience for all.

17 hours ago

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American Airlines Looks to Latin America with New and Expanded Routes

American Airlines Looks to Latin America with New and Expanded Routes

American Airlines + Skift

American Airlines is looking south with its new and expanded routes to destinations in Latin America, further securing its position as the leading U.S. airline in the region.

2 weeks ago

This Is a Golden Age for First Class Airline Travel

This Is a Golden Age for First Class Airline Travel

Eric Rosen, Bloomberg

Note that no U.S. carriers are mentioned in this article praising today's first-class cabins. Just saying.

23 hours ago

Uber Talks Up Its Side Hustles in March Toward an IPO

Uber Talks Up Its Side Hustles in March Toward an IPO

Eric Newcomer, Bloomberg

The success or failure of Uber's upcoming IPO try will hinge on the merits of its core ridesharing business. Big bets are nice to have and can turn out to have enormous impact, but investors aren't usually known for their patience and long-term thinking.

2 days ago

United’s Fuel Price Hedge and 4 Other Aviation Trends This Week

United’s Fuel Price Hedge and 4 Other Aviation Trends This Week

Sarah Enelow-Snyder, Skift

In aviation news this week, United raises ticket prices to help offset rising fuel costs, while Qatar Airway's CEO claims he's ready to pull out of the Oneworld airline alliance for good.

2 days ago

New Air France-KLM CEO Seals Labor Peace With French Unions

New Air France-KLM CEO Seals Labor Peace With French Unions

Tara Patel, Bloomberg

New Air France-KLM CEO Ben Smith pulled off what some thought impossible, by negotiating a new pact with labor. But remember, Smith is still in his honeymoon period. Can he reset labor relations over the long-term? Or is this just a short-term success?

3 days ago

Korean Air May Make A Big Widebody Jet Order to Grow Fleet

Korean Air May Make A Big Widebody Jet Order to Grow Fleet

Kyunghee Park, Bloomberg

Korean Air flies the most modern of narrowbody jets — the Airbus A220 — but some of its widebody airplanes are getting older. It's probably time for replacement.

3 days ago

Boeing Risks Becoming a Casualty in the U.S.-China Trade War

Boeing Risks Becoming a Casualty in the U.S.-China Trade War

Bloomberg

Boeing has sought to avoid becoming caught in the trade fight between the U.S. and China, but Xiamen Airlines is in early-stage talks with Airbus, sources say. That doesn't bode well for Boeing.

3 days ago

India’s First High-Speed Train May Not Arrive Until 2024

India’s First High-Speed Train May Not Arrive Until 2024

Jill Ward, Bloomberg

The planned 316-mile rail link between the western cities of Mumbai and Ahmedabad is the most eye-catching symbol of the infrastructure ambitions of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. It may be delayed, but the more important question is if the Japanese-built trains can be self-sustaining revenue-wise.

4 days ago

Qatar Air CEO Threatens the Airline Could Exit Oneworld ‘Soon’

Qatar Air CEO Threatens the Airline Could Exit Oneworld ‘Soon’

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Qatar Airways CEO Akbar Al Baker may be posturing about leaving Oneworld, but he is indeed making alternative plans nonetheless.

4 days ago