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Allegiant Air Reimagined and 8 Other Top Aviation Stories This Week

Allegiant Air Reimagined and 8 Other Top Aviation Stories This Week

Jasmine Ganaishlal and Spencer Lee, Skift

This week in aviation, Allegiant Air continues to top its economic growth, but it isn't slowing down as the airline revamps its business model to be more of a travel company. Meanwhile, the European airline industry can't seem to catch a break as Lufthansa faces a potential fine by the end of the year.

2 days ago

AirAsia Group Launches Yet Another New Route: Music

AirAsia Group Launches Yet Another New Route: Music

Raini Hamdi, Skift

Go on, roll your eyes. When you're done, think again and you might see the strategic value of AirAsia's grand music masterplan.

3 days ago

United’s Scott Kirby Finally Gets a CEO Job: Now What?

United’s Scott Kirby Finally Gets a CEO Job: Now What?

Brian Sumers, Skift

In almost every room he enters, Scott Kirby is the smartest person. Everyone knows it — including him. As CEO, though, he may need to show a little humility. Can he do it?

4 days ago

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Intelligent Scheduling Will Drive the Next Frontier of Improving Customer Experience

Intelligent Scheduling Will Drive the Next Frontier of Improving Customer Experience

Sabre + Skift

Airlines have invested in making many of their offerings increasingly data-driven in recent years. Yet they haven’t taken the same approach to schedules, one of their preeminent products.

4 days ago

Horizon Air Executive Sounds Alarm on Airline’s Safety Culture

Horizon Air Executive Sounds Alarm on Airline’s Safety Culture

Associated Press, Associated Press

Given the Boeing crisis, airlines need to be particularly aware of restoring the public's trust in commercial aviation's safety. Against this backdrop, an internal alarm at Horizon Air is especially worrying.

4 days ago

Scandinavian Airline SAS Gets Good News — For Now — on Norwegian Route Changes

Scandinavian Airline SAS Gets Good News — For Now — on Norwegian Route Changes

Patrick Whyte, Skift

While Norwegian's decision to pull its long-haul routes out of Copenhagen and Stockholm is good news for SAS in the short term, it points to a bigger challenge in the long term.

4 days ago

United Promotes Scott Kirby to CEO, Munoz Becomes Executive Chairman

United Promotes Scott Kirby to CEO, Munoz Becomes Executive Chairman

Patrick Whyte, Skift

Plenty of eyebrows were raised when Scott Kirby swapped American for United in 2016, but it was clear he was looking to run an airline. His trajectory to CEO was long anticipated.

4 days ago

South Africa Relinquishes Control of Flag Carrier in Risky Effort to Save It

South Africa Relinquishes Control of Flag Carrier in Risky Effort to Save It

Mike Cohen and Christopher Jasper, Bloomberg

South Africa's national carrier is in dire straits, and some say the latest move by the government to save it is merely delaying the inevitable.

4 days ago

Norwegian Taps Former JetBlue Exec in Management Reshuffle

Norwegian Taps Former JetBlue Exec in Management Reshuffle

Patrick Whyte, Skift

Another big news day for Norwegian. Given the focus on profitability, exiting the difficult domestic market in Argentina is not really surprising, but the appointment of Marty St. George is certainly a curveball.

5 days ago

Hong Kong Airlines Plans Cash Injection to Stave Off Losing License

Hong Kong Airlines Plans Cash Injection to Stave Off Losing License

Shawna Kwan and Will Davies, Bloomberg

Troubled Hong Kong Airlines isn’t providing details on its cash injection plan, so the question remains if the HNA-backed carrier — which is on the verge of having its license revoked — can survive the troubles facing Hong Kong.

5 days ago

The Reinvention of Allegiant Air

The Reinvention of Allegiant Air

Jay Shabat, Skift

Long among the world’s most profitable airlines, Allegiant seeks even greater riches with a mix of old tricks and new ideas. Some, in fact, have nothing to do with air service.

5 days ago

What to Watch Out for in the 2020 Travel Economy: New Skift Research

What to Watch Out for in the 2020 Travel Economy: New Skift Research

Seth Borko, Skift Research

We head into 2020 with more question marks than any year of this cycle. Risks are rising and the global economy is slowing. Here's what you need to know to be prepared.

6 days ago