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Chile’s Latam Airlines Improves Premium Product Ahead of Delta Tie-Up

Chile’s Latam Airlines Improves Premium Product Ahead of Delta Tie-Up

Kristin Majcher, Skift

After changing its fare structure to compete with low-cost carriers and earmarking $400 million to improve its cabins, Latam’s rollout of premium economy on domestic and regional routes makes sense. It puts the carrier in a position to offer higher-end services without the added complexity of a major business cabin reconfiguration.

14 hours ago

Delta Fined $50,000 for Removing 3 Muslim Passengers Without Cause

Delta Fined $50,000 for Removing 3 Muslim Passengers Without Cause

David Keonig, Associated Press

The U.S. Department of Transportation is making an example out of Delta for its poor judgement and intolerant treatment of three Muslim passengers.

1 day ago

Air India Put on the Block Yet Again by the Indian Government

Air India Put on the Block Yet Again by the Indian Government

Sheikh Saaliq, Associated Press

Different year, same story. The Indian government's previous attempts to sell the national flag carrier have all failed and we're not sure the result this time will be any different, especially if the buyer has to absorb $3.26 billion of debt.

1 day ago

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How Travel Agencies Can Maximize Commissions and Boost Profitability in a New Era of Airfare Retailing

How Travel Agencies Can Maximize Commissions and Boost Profitability in a New Era of Airfare Retailing

Avian + Skift

Travel agencies can say goodbye to old-school excel spreadsheets and paper agreements for keeping track of airfare sales. Today, digitalization provides a much easier and powerful tool to manage incentive and commission contracts with airlines.

1 week ago

New Regulations May Limit Emotional Support Animals on Flights

New Regulations May Limit Emotional Support Animals on Flights

David Koenig, Associated Press

It's not good when an emotional support snake or pig bites someone on a flight. The U.S. government wants to make it so only highly trained dogs can accompany passengers on board.

3 days ago

Former Thomas Cook Unit Condor Sold to Polish Airline Group

Former Thomas Cook Unit Condor Sold to Polish Airline Group

Patrick Whyte, Skift

The deal secures Condor's immediate future. But can a small carrier group really hope to compete against the might of Lufthansa and low-cost carriers such as Ryanair?

4 days ago

JetBlue CEO Warns Flight Shaming Is Coming to the U.S.

JetBlue CEO Warns Flight Shaming Is Coming to the U.S.

Madhu Unnikrishnan, Skift

It may have started as a fringe movement in Sweden, but flight shaming is coming to the U.S. JetBlue plans to head it off at the pass by investing in offsetting programs and biofuels. But its real green deal may be in its new aircraft.

5 days ago

Southwest Learns to Adapt to 737 Max ‘Crisis’

Southwest Learns to Adapt to 737 Max ‘Crisis’

Brian Sumers, Skift

Southwest is concerned it is losing market share because of the Max grounding. That is likely true. But the Max is also forcing the airline to be more efficient about where it flies and when. That's probably helping boost unit revenue.

5 days ago

Boeing Plans to Restart Max Production in the Spring

Boeing Plans to Restart Max Production in the Spring

David Koenig, Associated Press

Given the pressure the Federal Aviation Administration and other regulators are under, we shouldn't expect to see the Max in the sky anytime soon. Making sure the aircraft is totally safe is the priority, not Boeing's share price.

5 days ago

United Powers Through the 737 Max Waiting Game With Strong Earnings

United Powers Through the 737 Max Waiting Game With Strong Earnings

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

As United waits for its Boeing 737 Max aircraft to eventually enter service, so, too, is its growth plan on hold following a solid fourth quarter. The good news is that its competitors are facing the same issue.

6 days ago

IAG CEO Willie Walsh Blasts Failure to Reform Europe’s Airspace

IAG CEO Willie Walsh Blasts Failure to Reform Europe’s Airspace

Patrick Whyte, Skift

Reforming Europe's fragmented air traffic management systems would help improve the environmental performance of aircraft. But it won't change the fact that they spew out millions of tons of carbon dioxide every year.

6 days ago

EasyJet Finds More Ways to Capitalize on Collapse of Thomas Cook

EasyJet Finds More Ways to Capitalize on Collapse of Thomas Cook

Patrick Whyte, Skift

Thomas Cook's departure from a number of European markets will help propel EasyJet forward for most of 2020. At the moment, it remains cautious on capacity growth. But given the good start, might the airline be tempted to change tack?

1 week ago