Airlines

Boeing Decides to Make Its Own Seats as Manufacturing Delays Anger Airlines

Boeing Decides to Make Its Own Seats as Manufacturing Delays Anger Airlines

Julie Johnsson , Bloomberg

Airlines practically have been begging for more manufacturers to make seats, with some existing producers having quality and on-time performance issues. But it's not an easy business, so we'll have to see if Boeing and its joint venture partner can do better.

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The Space Tourism Race Is Getting More Competitive as Launches Near

The Space Tourism Race Is Getting More Competitive as Launches Near

Julie Johnsson and Dana Hull, Bloomberg

While this story focuses on Boeing and SpaceX, other players including Virgin Galactic and Blue Origin are also working to bring tourists to space. It will be an experience few can afford, but at least the seats will be comfortable.

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Southwest, Delta and Singapore Air Are Among Most-Admired Companies

Southwest, Delta and Singapore Air Are Among Most-Admired Companies

Brian Sumers, Skift

Few travelers would say they admire airlines. But among business executives and analysts, the sentiment is different. They see a few airlines as being well-run businesses worthy of admiration.

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United Will Tell Passengers Why Their Flights Are Delayed and 6 Other Aviation Trends This Week

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British Airways Could Buy Several More Superjumbo Jets from Airbus

British Airways Could Buy Several More Superjumbo Jets from Airbus

Benjamin Katz, Bloomberg

Do you also have whiplash? Earlier this week, a senior Airbus executive said the manufacturer may have to kill the A380 program because of a lack of sales. But soon after, Airbus said it sold at least 20 to Emirates. Now comes word British Airways may want more. Perhaps the end is not near for the superjumbo.

21 hours ago

Delta Air Lines Seeks to Crack Down on Fake Service Animals

Delta Air Lines Seeks to Crack Down on Fake Service Animals

Justin Bachman and Mary Schlangenstein, Bloomberg

Airlines know too many passengers travel with fake service animals to avoid paying fees. But some are wary about cracking down, in part because they're nervous about mistakenly denying legitimate service animals. If an airline makes just one error, the story almost certainly will go viral.

22 hours ago

Angola Owes Foreign Airlines $500 Million

Angola Owes Foreign Airlines $500 Million

Benjamin Katz, Bloomberg

Africa’s second-biggest oil producer has suffered since 2014 due to the freefall in global oil prices. That's left it short of hard currency needed to pay foreign debt. Why hasn't the International Monetary Fund intervened?

22 hours ago

United Will Begin Giving Passengers Details About Why Their Flights Are Delayed

United Will Begin Giving Passengers Details About Why Their Flights Are Delayed

Brian Sumers, Skift

Airline passengers don't like being late. But what they probably dislike more is being late and not knowing why. Over the next few weeks, United will give some customers detailed information about the reason for delays. That could make passengers less anxious, which is a good thing.

2 days ago

United Airlines Will Add Premium Economy to Match Delta and American

United Airlines Will Add Premium Economy to Match Delta and American

Brian Sumers, Skift

United is lagging behind its competitors in launching international premium economy. But this is something it needs to do, if only because of competitive dynamics.

2 days ago

Emirates Offers the A380 a Lifeline With New Order

Emirates Offers the A380 a Lifeline With New Order

Christopher Jasper and Benjamin Katz, Bloomberg

The A380 isn't dead yet but it will need someone other than Emirates to show an interest if it is going to survive in the long run.

2 days ago

The Airport Lounge Conundrum — Airline Innovation Report

The Airport Lounge Conundrum — Airline Innovation Report

Brian Sumers, Skift

Airline lounges are rarely as opulent as the promotional pictures suggest. Yet passengers seem to love them. Why? Will they persist forever?

3 days ago

European Union Might Want to Limit UK Airline Access After Brexit

European Union Might Want to Limit UK Airline Access After Brexit

Ian Wishart, Bloomberg

After Brexit, UK airlines almost certainly will be able to fly from London to anywhere in Europe. What's less likely is whether EasyJet — with a UK operating certificate — can continue flying routes such as Nice to Amsterdam or Nice to Paris. But EasyJet recently obtained an Austrian operating certificate, which would make these limitations moot.

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