Airlines

JetSetGo’s New SkyShuttle Takes Off Ahead of Uber in India’s Competitive Air Taxi Market

JetSetGo’s New SkyShuttle Takes Off Ahead of Uber in India’s Competitive Air Taxi Market

Raini Hamdi, Skift

India is ideal for aerial taxi services and while Uber decides if that’s where its first Uber Air international city will be, local start-up JetSetGo simply gets going with a new SkyShuttle service that will provide it with insights for future air mobility.

5 hours ago

When Airlines Auction Premium Seats, Some Passengers Win

When Airlines Auction Premium Seats, Some Passengers Win

Brian Sumers, Skift

Airlines are trying to monetize their best products. Imagine that. More and more, airlines look like a sustainable business. We'll see if it lasts.

7 hours ago

U.S. Pilots Unions Demand an End to Sudden Flight Schedule Changes

U.S. Pilots Unions Demand an End to Sudden Flight Schedule Changes

Mary Schlangenstein, Bloomberg

In 2019, expect pilot and flight attendant unions to press for new rules that will limit the ability of carriers to make sudden schedule changes. Expect last-minute contract negotiations, too. American Airlines, Delta, and other carriers say that adjustments are sometimes needed to smooth operations.

13 hours ago

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Digital Has Helped Airlines Innovate, But There’s Still a Long Way to Go

Digital Has Helped Airlines Innovate, But There’s Still a Long Way to Go

Sabre + Skift

The digital transformation that the airline industry has undergone in recent years has helped fuel a customer-centric approach. But there’s still opportunity for improvement as far as behind-the-scenes tech infrastructure goes.

1 week ago

More Engine Flaws Found After Fatal Southwest Airlines Incident Spurred Global Inspections

More Engine Flaws Found After Fatal Southwest Airlines Incident Spurred Global Inspections

Benjamin Din and Alan Levin, Bloomberg

The Boeing 737 is among the most reliable jets in aviation history. But the aircraft has been involved in several high-profile incidents over the past few years. Let's hope the industry learns from these events and makes sure they do not repeat.

15 hours ago

HNA Unit Offers Airline Vouchers Instead of Cash to Repay Investors

HNA Unit Offers Airline Vouchers Instead of Cash to Repay Investors

Lianting Tu and Carrie Hong, Bloomberg

A financial unit of sprawling conglomerate HNA Group offered to repay investors with vouchers in HNA-owned airlines, a proposal that speaks to the severity of HNA's debt woes. The Chinese group recently offered to sell its carrier Lucky Air and its airport services provider Swissport.

17 hours ago

Airport VIP Services Cater to the Rich and Famous

Airport VIP Services Cater to the Rich and Famous

Shivani Vora, Bloomberg

When the next recession hits — and it will come at some point — how many of these businesses will make it? We're guessing a lot of VIP travelers will decide they don't mind airport lines, after all.

18 hours ago

Regional Airline Flybe Puts Itself Up for Sale

Regional Airline Flybe Puts Itself Up for Sale

Ellen Milligan, Bloomberg

This shouldn't come as a shock to anyone as Flybe has been struggling for some time. The big question now is, can it find a buyer?

22 hours ago

Sabre to Buy Farelogix for $360 Million to Help Airlines Sell Better

Sabre to Buy Farelogix for $360 Million to Help Airlines Sell Better

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Sabre allegedly tried to kill smaller rival Farelogix years ago. But now there's peace in the valley. Farelogix's merchandising and direct connection technology will plug a gap in Sabre's offering and could accelerate the travel tech giant's growth.

23 hours ago

JetBlue CEO Defends Bag Fee Hike as Cost of Doing Business

JetBlue CEO Defends Bag Fee Hike as Cost of Doing Business

Hannah Sampson, Skift

JetBlue CEO Robin Hayes knows there is nostalgia for the days before airlines introduced so many fees. But he said he is more focused on the carrier's other priorities: legroom, entertainment, and Wi-Fi.

1 day ago

United Airlines Warns Pilots on Issue That Plagued Fatal Lion Air Flight

United Airlines Warns Pilots on Issue That Plagued Fatal Lion Air Flight

Brian Sumers, Skift

It seems like operators were caught off guard about some advanced functionality on the Boeing 737 Max. This is both odd and unusual.

1 day ago

Qatar Airways CEO Repeats Threat to Leave Oneworld Airline Alliance

Qatar Airways CEO Repeats Threat to Leave Oneworld Airline Alliance

Benjamin Katz, Bloomberg

Qatar Airways CEO Akbar Al Baker isn't happy with Qantas. With so much tension between supposed partners, how long can the current state of affairs last?

2 days ago