Airlines

U.S. Approves Delta Joint Venture With Korean Air

U.S. Approves Delta Joint Venture With Korean Air

Associated Press

The agreement means Delta and Korean Air passengers will be able to earn and redeem loyalty program miles in each carrier's program.

1 day ago

Why In-Flight Entertainment Screens May Persist and 5 Other Aviation Trends This Week

Why In-Flight Entertainment Screens May Persist and 5 Other Aviation Trends This Week

Sarah Enelow, Skift

This week in aviation, we focused on tech in the cabin. In-flight entertainment systems somehow persist in the age of personal tablets. Meanwhile, United finally commits to speeding up Wi-Fi.

2 days ago

Last-Minute Tickets Bought by Lawyers and Consultants Boost Airline Profits

Last-Minute Tickets Bought by Lawyers and Consultants Boost Airline Profits

Justin Bachman, Bloomberg

Airlines are happy to sell you a cheap ticket four months in advance so you can visit grandma. But much of their margin comes from workers in certain industries who only learn about their trips a few days before the flight.

2 days ago

Fewer Flyers Are Getting Bumped After Widespread Backlash

Fewer Flyers Are Getting Bumped After Widespread Backlash

Associated Press

Airlines have learned their lesson after getting slammed following the violent incident on a United flight earlier this year. Whether this lasts is anyone's guess.

3 days ago

United Is Making Tech Changes to Boost Wi-Fi Speeds on Many Planes

United Is Making Tech Changes to Boost Wi-Fi Speeds on Many Planes

Brian Sumers, Skift

Road warriors have long suspected a systematic Wi-Fi problem on many United planes, but the airline has said little about it. Now, we know more about this issue. The good news? It will be fixed soon, according to United.

3 days ago

Airlines Personalize the Passenger Experience With New Apps and Devices

Airlines Personalize the Passenger Experience With New Apps and Devices

Justin Bachman, Bloomberg

Like any technology, access to flyers' personal data can be used for good or evil. Airlines need to strike the right balance between personalization and intrusion so enhanced access to flyers' whims doesn't get too creepy.

4 days ago

Do Seatback Screens on Planes Have a Future? — Airline Innovation Report

Do Seatback Screens on Planes Have a Future? — Airline Innovation Report

Brian Sumers, Skift

Seatback entertainment screens are so 2002. Airlines should remove them and focus on what their highest-value travelers actually want — fast, reliable Wi-Fi. Passengers who care about quality entertainment can load up their own devices with stuff they actually want to watch. Or they can stream from a server on the plane.

5 days ago

International First Class Fades Even as Emirates and Singapore Debut New Suites

International First Class Fades Even as Emirates and Singapore Debut New Suites

Adam Minter, Bloomberg

Another article about the death of first class? We get it, already. As business class becomes more lavish, fewer passengers are willing to pay a major premium for a first class suite.

5 days ago

Alaska Airlines Blames Trump Administration for Decision to Pull Out of Cuba

Alaska Airlines Blames Trump Administration for Decision to Pull Out of Cuba

Associated Press

Alaska Airlines' blaming of the Trump Administration might be a little disingenuous given the fact that other U.S. airlines have been pulling back from Cuba all year because of high costs and limited demand. Still, the imposition of further restrictions on travel to the country announced last week was likely the final nail in the coffin for the route.

5 days ago

J.D. Power Finds U.S. Frequent Flyers Prefer JetBlue’s Loyalty Program

J.D. Power Finds U.S. Frequent Flyers Prefer JetBlue’s Loyalty Program

Brian Sumers, Skift

JetBlue has one of the least generous frequent flyer programs in the United States. But it's easy to understand, and travelers seem to appreciate that. Many just prefer belonging to a program that makes it simple to redeem for free tickets.

5 days ago

Ryanair Business Model Under Pressure as Pilots Demand Collective Bargaining

Ryanair Business Model Under Pressure as Pilots Demand Collective Bargaining

Benjamin Katz, Bloomberg

Ryanair became Europe's most valuable airline with a nasty divide-and-conquer approach to its employees. But pilots risk overplaying their hand by rejecting a 22 percent pay increase from a CEO who has said he would rather cut off his own hands than sign a deal with a union.

6 days ago

Southwest Has Minor On-Time Performance Issues With New Boeing Aircraft

Southwest Has Minor On-Time Performance Issues With New Boeing Aircraft

Justin Bachman and Mary Schlangenstein, Bloomberg

New planes often have teething issues. Southwest's problems with the Boeing 737 Max seem minor, and the airline should sort them out soon.

1 week ago