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Delta Hints at Simpler Fares and 7 Other Top Aviation Stories This Week

Delta Hints at Simpler Fares and 7 Other Top Aviation Stories This Week

Jasmine Ganaishlal and Spencer Lee, Skift

This week in aviation, Delta's president suggests the airline could throw back to a simpler fare structure — or at least something similar. Meanwhile, travel leaders are already picking sides ahead of the 2020 presidential election.

4 hours ago

How to Book the World’s Best Business Class Seats

How to Book the World’s Best Business Class Seats

Eric Rosen, Bloomberg

Airlines have revamped their business-class products as competition on international routes has heated up. These options don't come cheap, but they are a cut above the competition.

8 hours ago

In-Flight Seatback Screens May Be Going Extinct

In-Flight Seatback Screens May Be Going Extinct

Justin Bachman and Mary Schlangenstein, Bloomberg

U.S. carriers are split on whether single-aisle fleets need seatback screens. Consumer tastes are changing as in-flight Wi-Fi quality improves.

1 day ago

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What the Increasing Accessibility of Air Travel Means for Airlines and Airports

What the Increasing Accessibility of Air Travel Means for Airlines and Airports

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4 days ago

United Upends Loyalty Program to Prioritize Dollars Over Miles

United Upends Loyalty Program to Prioritize Dollars Over Miles

Grant Martin, Skift

United's MileagePlus program is changing dramatically in 2020 to focus more on high-spend rather than high-mileage travelers. Translation: It's getting harder for frugal flyers to be elite.

2 days ago

Air New Zealand Lures Walmart’s Top U.S. Exec Home as Its New Chief

Air New Zealand Lures Walmart’s Top U.S. Exec Home as Its New Chief

Matthew Boyle, Bloomberg

A chance to become Air New Zealand CEO is a rare one. Even rarer is the chance of it going to a non-aviation person like Walmart's CEO Greg Foran, a New Zealander. But he seems a perfect choice.

2 days ago

American Airlines Pushes Deeper Into Australia With Revamped Qantas Loyalty Partnership

American Airlines Pushes Deeper Into Australia With Revamped Qantas Loyalty Partnership

Grant Martin, Skift

The joint venture between American and Qantas is bearing fruit in the form of better frequent flyer benefits on both sides.

3 days ago

Delta Hints at Return to Days of Simpler Fares

Delta Hints at Return to Days of Simpler Fares

Patrick Whyte, Skift

Airlines aren't always the most customer-centric businesses so any move to make things easier to understand should be welcomed. As usual, we'll believe it when we see it.

3 days ago

American Airlines Shuffles Top Executives as Damage Control Begins

American Airlines Shuffles Top Executives as Damage Control Begins

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

Offering up a sacrificial lamb to investors won't do much to solve American Airlines' operational issues, which are multifaceted in nature. Perhaps its new executive structure, though, will let it solve its woes more effectively than before. The rest of the U.S. aviation sector is watching.

3 days ago

American Airlines Targets January 16 for Boeing 737 Max’s Return to Service

American Airlines Targets January 16 for Boeing 737 Max’s Return to Service

Brian Sumers, Skift

Is this finally it? Is the Boeing 737 Max returning to service? American Airlines is more confident than ever that the airplane will be ready by January 16, but that remains to be seen.

4 days ago

Why Are Top Airline CEOs Donating Ahead of the 2020 Election to This Political Group?

Why Are Top Airline CEOs Donating Ahead of the 2020 Election to This Political Group?

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

Airlines spend so much time massaging their public images every time they face a crisis. It's important to remember that for all the woke posturing from these brands, their leaders still often back the leaders more likely to give them tax breaks than support liberal social causes.

5 days ago

Boeing Bets on Space Tourism By Pumping $20 Million Into Virgin Galactic

Boeing Bets on Space Tourism By Pumping $20 Million Into Virgin Galactic

Associated Press

Boeing has plenty of money, so it might as well invest a tiny bit of it in space travel. We'll know the aircraft manufacturer is serious about space tourism when it invests billions, not $20 million.

5 days ago