Airlines

American Airlines’ Response To Its Social Media Moment Came After Learning From United

American Airlines’ Response To Its Social Media Moment Came After Learning From United

Mae Anderson, Associated Press

All the facts aren't known yet about the incident on board the American Airlines flight before it departed San Francisco but there are many lessons to be learned already. At the least, American Airlines' mea culpa came quickly as the carrier obviously learned from United's missteps.

16 hours ago

Air Berlin Sees On-Time Performance Suffer in Transformation Toll

Air Berlin Sees On-Time Performance Suffer in Transformation Toll

Richard Weiss, Bloomberg

This decline in service is due to wrenching changes. Major shareholder Etihad has pushed Air Berlin to trim its fleet size, to focus on longer haul routes, and to carve out its leisure routes into a unit that may be sold to TUI.

21 hours ago

United President on Potential Boycott and 6 Other Aviation Trends This Week

United President on Potential Boycott and 6 Other Aviation Trends This Week

Sarah Enelow, Skift

These are the aviation trends we were talking about this week.

1 day ago

United CEO Oscar Munoz Will Not Automatically Become Board Chair in 2018

United CEO Oscar Munoz Will Not Automatically Become Board Chair in 2018

Brian Sumers, Skift

It's easy to blame this on the incident last week in Chicago. And perhaps the two things are related. But it's not a big surprise Munoz will not become board chair next year. He had a heart transplant last year, and he has been reducing his role over time.

2 days ago

Norwegian Air to Debut London to Singapore Route With Discounted Airfares

Norwegian Air to Debut London to Singapore Route With Discounted Airfares

Richard Weiss, Bloomberg

The budget airline's expansion to Asia will be operated by Norwegian UK, a Gatwick-based subsidiary. Insiders hint that the low-cost carrier will use this subsidiary to open other routes in Asia, Africa, and South America.

2 days ago

JetBlue Wants to Add Flights From Fort Lauderdale and Boston to Havana

JetBlue Wants to Add Flights From Fort Lauderdale and Boston to Havana

Brian Sumers, Skift

This is a curious move. In May, JetBlue will start flying smaller airplanes to Cuba, as demand is not as strong as expected. But now the airline wants to add more daily flights. Perhaps this is more of a long-term play.

2 days ago

United Airlines President: Leaving New York’s JFK ‘Was the Wrong Decision’

United Airlines President: Leaving New York’s JFK ‘Was the Wrong Decision’

Brian Sumers, Skift

Is there a more honest airline executive than United's Scott Kirby? Probably not. But that's a good thing. United's 2015 decision to leave New York JFK was a head-scratcher, and it's nice to see new management calling it a mistake.

2 days ago

Canada’s Largest Low-Cost Carrier Is Starting an Even Cheaper Airline

Canada’s Largest Low-Cost Carrier Is Starting an Even Cheaper Airline

Frederic Tomesco, Bloomberg

This is an interesting move by WestJet, commonly considered the Southwest Airlines of Canada. It's likely mostly defensive, as several ultra low cost carriers plan to start in Canada. But it's also probably an opportunistic play that may improve revenues.

3 days ago

Budget Airline VietJet Looks to Increase Foreign Ownership

Budget Airline VietJet Looks to Increase Foreign Ownership

Luu Van Dat and Nguyen Dieu Tu Uyen, Bloomberg

After its stock market debut a couple of months ago, VietJet is attracting a lot more interest from foreign investors and the airline is looking to accommodate them. The airline won't have much trouble securing a deal.

3 days ago

Alitalia Staff Votes on Cost-Cutting To Avoid Bankruptcy

Alitalia Staff Votes on Cost-Cutting To Avoid Bankruptcy

Associated Press

Employees of Alitalia are being given a choice: accept a wage cut or prepare to find another job. They are paying a heavy price for years of mismanagement at the airline that has put it on the brink of bankruptcy.

3 days ago

Emirates President Insists Laptop Ban Will Not Crater Its U.S. Strategy

Emirates President Insists Laptop Ban Will Not Crater Its U.S. Strategy

Adam Schreck, Associated Press

Tim Clark, president of the Dubai government-owned airline, says the cuts to the number of flights to the U.S. is temporary. He's wearing a brave face, as U.S. airlines will lobby hard to further hobble the company's growth.

3 days ago

The Airline Business Is So Good U.S. Carriers Are Dropping NFL Charter Flights

The Airline Business Is So Good U.S. Carriers Are Dropping NFL Charter Flights

Barry Wilner, Associated Press

Business is strong now for U.S. airlines, and it's possible they have more profitable opportunities than flying NFL teams. The NFL is not the first sports enterprise to run into the trouble. The NCAA has also been having trouble finding charters for basketball teams.

4 days ago