Airlines

Virgin Galactic Clears a Hurdle in Space Tourism Race

Virgin Galactic Clears a Hurdle in Space Tourism Race

John Antczak, Associated Press

Virgin Galactic, Richard Branson's private space company, scored a long-elusive win this week with a successful trip to the edge of space. Branson says in three years he'll be up there. But given a record of delays, we're not holding our breaths.

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Spirit Airlines Wins Best On-Time Performance for Once

Spirit Airlines Wins Best On-Time Performance for Once

Justin Bachman and Julie Johnsson, Bloomberg

Spirit Airlines finds itself in an unusual position by winning best on-time performance for October. The carrier has a slightly more modest goal for the longer term — it wants to be in fourth to sixth place consistently — but even that is an improvement compared to a few years ago.

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Boeing Shrugs Off Trade Tensions With Opening of New China Plant

Boeing Shrugs Off Trade Tensions With Opening of New China Plant

Bloomberg

The opening of Boeing's new China plant comes at a crucial time for the company. Not only is it battling with rival Airbus in the country but it must also keep an eye on relations between Beijing and Washington.

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The Future of Airline Retailing Depends on Industry Collaboration

The Future of Airline Retailing Depends on Industry Collaboration

Travelport + Skift

The speed at which airline distribution stakeholders are able to transform their distribution technologies so that they can directly impact their bottom line will be determined by their ability to effectively collaborate.

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Airline Weekly Podcast: Expect the Unexpected in the Aviation Industry

Airline Weekly Podcast: Expect the Unexpected in the Aviation Industry

Jason Cottrell, Airline Weekly

To build on a cliché, the only certainty in the airline industry is uncertainty. The past few weeks provided all the evidence necessary to reinforce that this is correct.

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Airlines Continue to Struggle With Passenger Racism and Sexual Harassment

Airlines Continue to Struggle With Passenger Racism and Sexual Harassment

Ellen Milligan, Bloomberg

Airlines need to find a way to better deal with drunk and virulently racist passengers. Ignoring troublemakers only ensure this problem will continue; authorities were alerted in only half of the incidents that took place last year.

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Amadeus and Points.com Partner to Scale Loyalty Tech for Airlines

Amadeus and Points.com Partner to Scale Loyalty Tech for Airlines

Sean O'Neill, Skift

This deal is noteworthy because it represents a recent industry shift in the gravity of airline sales efforts. Work that used to happen on computers that interact mainly with travel agencies is now shifting toward computers that mainly power an airline's brand.com site and other direct sales channels.

2 days ago

Air China Looked Into Buying HNA’s Airlines

Air China Looked Into Buying HNA’s Airlines

Bloomberg

Hainan Airlines is in many ways HNA's flagship brand, so selling it off would be an admission of defeat. The company's vociferous denial implies it wants to keep hold of it, but with debts of $78 billion, will it have a choice?

2 days ago

Alitalia’s Plan to Save Itself Includes Teaming Up With Delta and Air France-KLM

Alitalia’s Plan to Save Itself Includes Teaming Up With Delta and Air France-KLM

Brian Sumers, Skift

Alitalia has a new idea to save the company. Will it work? It's not clear it will, but you probably have to give the airline credit for trying. Right?

2 days ago

Higher Standards for Airline Elite Status Don’t Bother Elite Travelers

Higher Standards for Airline Elite Status Don’t Bother Elite Travelers

Grant Martin, Skift

New qualification standards for elite status at American and Delta seem to be working as intended: Business travelers are looking forward to better exclusivity while budget travelers are giving up.

3 days ago

How’d That Aviation Story Go Viral? Blame Artificial Intelligence

How’d That Aviation Story Go Viral? Blame Artificial Intelligence

Brian Sumers, Skift

If it happens on an airline and someone tweets it, journalists will know. It's often not because of their top-rate investigative reporting skills. Instead, they're using an artificial intelligence platform that flags interesting posts on social media. The future is here, folks.

3 days ago

Air France Appoints First Female CEO

Air France Appoints First Female CEO

Patrick Whyte, Skift

Anne Rigail has the key task of trying to get the unions onside in order to avert further strike action. If she succeeds, the future looks good for Air France.

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