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Auctioning Premium Seats and 8 Other Aviation Trends This Week

Auctioning Premium Seats and 8 Other Aviation Trends This Week

Sarah Enelow-Snyder, Skift

This week in aviation, carriers are auctioning off premium seats to squeeze every last dollar out of each flight, and the union representing pilots at Frontier Airlines said it finally reached a tentative pay agreement.

11 hours ago

American Airlines Pushes for Logo to Receive Copyright Protection

American Airlines Pushes for Logo to Receive Copyright Protection

Tom Korosec, Bloomberg

American Airlines may get another shot at copyright protection for its new logo — an understandable desire, given how much work goes into a redesign.

14 hours ago

Virgin Is Lending Its Name to a High-Speed Train Line in Florida

Virgin Is Lending Its Name to a High-Speed Train Line in Florida

Nathan Crooks, Bloomberg

Let's hope Virgin is only lending its branding skills here: The Virgin-run rail line in the UK is a poster child for incompetence.

1 day ago

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Digital Has Helped Airlines Innovate, But There’s Still a Long Way to Go

Digital Has Helped Airlines Innovate, But There’s Still a Long Way to Go

Sabre + Skift

The digital transformation that the airline industry has undergone in recent years has helped fuel a customer-centric approach. But there’s still opportunity for improvement as far as behind-the-scenes tech infrastructure goes.

2 weeks ago

Jet Airways Is Fighting a Price War That Unnerves Potential Investors

Jet Airways Is Fighting a Price War That Unnerves Potential Investors

David Fickling, Bloomberg

If you assume that state-backed Air India lasts forever, then it may not be lucrative for Tata Group, India's giant conglomerate, to invest in privately-owned competitor Jet Airways. But the following analysis may be too sanguine about Air India's fate.

2 days ago

Alaska Airlines Mimics Larger U.S. Rivals by Adding No-Frills Fare Class

Alaska Airlines Mimics Larger U.S. Rivals by Adding No-Frills Fare Class

Justin Bachman, Bloomberg

Few people want to order the cheapest product, right? The airlines hope to use that psychological trick — along with heavy restrictions — to discourage customers from booking their bargain-basement airfares.

3 days ago

United’s Pilots Union Joins Chorus Concerned by Boeing’s 737 Max Jet

United’s Pilots Union Joins Chorus Concerned by Boeing’s 737 Max Jet

Alan Levin, Bloomberg

To repeat what we've said before, it seems like operators were caught off guard about some advanced functionality on the Boeing 737 Max. This is both odd and unusual.

3 days ago

China Southern Quits Skyteam Airline Alliance

China Southern Quits Skyteam Airline Alliance

Bloomberg

Are we witnessing the end of airline alliances? Carriers across the world seem to think there are now better ways to co-operate.

4 days ago

JetSetGo’s New SkyShuttle Takes Off Ahead of Uber in India’s Competitive Air Taxi Market

JetSetGo’s New SkyShuttle Takes Off Ahead of Uber in India’s Competitive Air Taxi Market

Raini Hamdi, Skift

India is ideal for aerial taxi services, and while Uber decides if that’s where its first Uber Air international city will be, local startup JetSetGo simply gets going with a new SkyShuttle service that will provide it with insights for future air mobility.

4 days ago

When Airlines Auction Premium Seats, Some Passengers Win

When Airlines Auction Premium Seats, Some Passengers Win

Brian Sumers, Skift

Airlines are trying to monetize their best products. Imagine that. More and more, airlines look like a sustainable business. We'll see if it lasts.

4 days ago

U.S. Pilots Unions Demand an End to Sudden Flight Schedule Changes

U.S. Pilots Unions Demand an End to Sudden Flight Schedule Changes

Mary Schlangenstein, Bloomberg

In 2019, expect pilot and flight attendant unions to press for new rules that will limit the ability of carriers to make sudden schedule changes. Expect last-minute contract negotiations, too. American Airlines, Delta, and other carriers say that adjustments are sometimes needed to smooth operations.

4 days ago

More Engine Flaws Found After Fatal Southwest Airlines Incident Spurred Global Inspections

More Engine Flaws Found After Fatal Southwest Airlines Incident Spurred Global Inspections

Benjamin Din and Alan Levin, Bloomberg

The Boeing 737 is among the most reliable jets in aviation history. But the aircraft has been involved in several high-profile incidents over the past few years. Let's hope the industry learns from these events and makes sure they do not repeat.

4 days ago