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Delta Sees Stronger Direct Sales From Loyal Customers

Delta Sees Stronger Direct Sales From Loyal Customers

Grant Martin, Skift

Delta's strategy now appears to be driving loyalty in a different way: Instead of flying on the carrier because of Skymiles, passengers simply want to fly on a better product.

20 mins ago

Potential Investors Taking Their Time Over Alitalia Rescue

Potential Investors Taking Their Time Over Alitalia Rescue

John Follain and Tommaso Ebhardt, Boomberg

It sounds like Alitalia's rescue isn't imminent and with the carrier reportedly racking up losses of $789,000 a day you can hardly blame potential investors for being careful.

17 hours ago

FAA Sources Say the Boeing 737 Max May Stay Grounded Until 2020

FAA Sources Say the Boeing 737 Max May Stay Grounded Until 2020

Julie Johnsson and Amanda Albright, Bloomberg

It's more bad news for the Max: the jet may well be grounded until early next year, later than guidance Boeing is providing to customers. Boeing's confidence in the software fix is beginning to look unconvincing.

19 hours ago

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Mobile Solutions Evolve as a Key Driver for Personalization In The Airline Industry

Mobile Solutions Evolve as a Key Driver for Personalization In The Airline Industry

IBM + Skift

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4 days ago

Alitalia Rescue Plan May Boost Delta’s Stake

Alitalia Rescue Plan May Boost Delta’s Stake

John Follain and Tommaso Ebhardt, Bloomberg

The saga of Alitalia seems never-ending with a new bid deadline set for Monday. Delta has been growing its global partnerships so the beleaguered Italian airline might make strategic sense, but expect a few more twists and turns before this is over.

3 days ago

Delta’s Loyalty Offering Improves Direct Booking and 4 Other Aviation Trends This Week

Delta’s Loyalty Offering Improves Direct Booking and 4 Other Aviation Trends This Week

Isaac Carey, Skift

This week in aviation, Delta's investment in its loyalty program leads to happy customers and better business. Plus, we make a tough choice as to what we believe it the most exciting region for airlines so far this year. Check out the story to read where it is and why.

3 days ago

British Airways Parent’s Boeing 737 Max Order Is Prompted by More Than Just Price: CEO

British Airways Parent’s Boeing 737 Max Order Is Prompted by More Than Just Price: CEO

Benjamin Katz, Bloomberg

When British Airways parent company IAG announced the order of Boeing 737 Maxes at the Paris Air Show last month, many saw it as a decision motivated by cost and fleet diversification. It turns out, CEO Willie Walsh was unimpressed with Airbus, too.

4 days ago

How Delta’s Loyalty Offering Is Improving Its Direct Booking Business

How Delta’s Loyalty Offering Is Improving Its Direct Booking Business

Patrick Whyte, Skift

Another strong quarter for Delta. Investing to create more customer loyalty is paying off. What a concept: doing what it takes to keep people keep coming back.

4 days ago

Norwegian Air’s Long-Serving CEO Departs as Airline Pushes for Higher Profits

Norwegian Air’s Long-Serving CEO Departs as Airline Pushes for Higher Profits

Patrick Whyte, Skift

After 17 years, Bjorn Kjos is out as CEO. He is staying on as an advisor and still retains a minority stake, but does his departure make a sale more likely?

5 days ago

The Race to Space Speeds Up With Virgin Galactic’s Listing

The Race to Space Speeds Up With Virgin Galactic’s Listing

Thomas Seal, Christopher Jasper and Justin Bachman, Bloomberg

Richard Branson has been trying to get to space since 2004, when he first founded Virgin Galactic. While the company's move to publicly list the company takes things up a notch, it certainly doesn't guarantee this idea won't remain a true moonshot.

6 days ago

Clash Atop India’s Budget Airline IndiGo Gets Ugly

Clash Atop India’s Budget Airline IndiGo Gets Ugly

Bloomberg, Anurag Kotoky

It’s no secret that the two founders of Asia’s largest budget carrier are fighting but now details have gone public. That’s bad for the airline, considered the best of the lot in India, as it outlines a course to expand aggressively.

6 days ago

The Most Fascinating Part of the World for Airlines So Far This Year

The Most Fascinating Part of the World for Airlines So Far This Year

Jay Shabat, Skift

It's never dull in the airline industry, and the first half of 2019 has been no exception. We were hard-pressed to single out the most interesting region. But the industry in Europe had the wildest ride in the first half, with high-profile bankruptcies, a few strikes, impending acquisitions, changing business models, and the perennial Alitalia saga.

6 days ago