Airlines

IAG Makes Bigger Bet on the Narrow-Body Long-Haul Revolution

IAG Makes Bigger Bet on the Narrow-Body Long-Haul Revolution

Benjamin Katz, Bloomberg

Willie Walsh is one of the shrewdest airline bosses working today. If he thinks long-haul flying with narrow-body aircraft will work, you wouldn’t bet against him. The only problem for IAG and Walsh will likely be getting hold of the requisite aircraft.

17 hours ago

Spirit Airlines is Prepared for United and American’s Basic Economy Fares

Spirit Airlines is Prepared for United and American’s Basic Economy Fares

Michael Sasso, Bloomberg

Under CEO Robert Fornaro, Spirit has gotten the message — legacy carriers do not want discount airlines growing in their hubs. Instead, Spirit has taken much of its new capacity elsewhere, adding flights at medium-sized airports, like Akron-Canton in Ohio.

2 days ago

A Game Plan for Enduring the Longest Flight in the World

A Game Plan for Enduring the Longest Flight in the World

Eric Rosen, Bloomberg

Whether you're flying long-haul or short-haul, first-class or economy, these are some great tips for enduring your next flight.

2 days ago

Norwegian Air is Selling Trans-Atlantic Flights From Small U.S. Airports for $65 One Way

Norwegian Air is Selling Trans-Atlantic Flights From Small U.S. Airports for $65 One Way

Brian Sumers, Skift

This will be a good test. There's no doubt people love low fares, and Norwegian Air will be using a cost-effective aircraft. But is there enough demand from smaller U.S. airports to sustain flights to Europe?

2 days ago

Qantas’ Profit Dips Amid Overseas Competition

Qantas’ Profit Dips Amid Overseas Competition

Angus Whitley, Bloomberg

It may not have been a record second half of 2016 for Qantas, but the carrier is in far better financial condition than its main domestic rival, Virgin Australia. Qantas CEO Alan Joyce has done a fine job turning around the airline in less than three years.

2 days ago

Is Warren Buffett Scheming to Buy a U.S. Airline?

Is Warren Buffett Scheming to Buy a U.S. Airline?

Bloomberg, Katherine Chiglinsky, Mary Schlangenstein and Lisa Du

Anything can happen, and trying to predict the future is a fun game. Still, it seems unlikely that anyone — even Warren Buffett — would want to take an airline private. As one analyst said, airlines generally don't make the best leveraged buyout candidates. But, hey, wouldn't it be fun to be surprised?

3 days ago

$85 Billion Worth of Planes Not Enough to Meet Demand for SpiceJet in Asia

$85 Billion Worth of Planes Not Enough to Meet Demand for SpiceJet in Asia

Anurag Kotoky, Bloomberg

After some very difficult years due to industry expansion, it looks like SpiceJet is ready to go again. Will it be different this time?

3 days ago

Delta Air Lines Has Ways of Making Passengers Pay for Their Free Meals

Delta Air Lines Has Ways of Making Passengers Pay for Their Free Meals

Justin Bachman , Bloomberg

Technically, there's no such thing as a free lunch. But on a lot of these routes, Delta is going to charge the same fares as its competitors, while offering customers free meals. On those flights, Delta customers will come out ahead.

3 days ago

Air France-KLM Gets Union Go-Ahead to Launch a New Airline

Air France-KLM Gets Union Go-Ahead to Launch a New Airline

Andrea Rothman, Bloomberg

Air France-KLM has scored a win. Too bad the plan is unpromising. Yes, its new airline may save on salaries, a good thing given that its staff costs are too high, as a proportion of revenues, relative to its peers. But the project will be costly and distracting.

4 days ago

United and American Just Started Selling Super Restrictive Discount Fares

United and American Just Started Selling Super Restrictive Discount Fares

Brian Sumers, Skift

Consumers aren't going to like this product, but Basic Economy fares are a sign of the times. Travelers are already buying tickets on Spirit and Frontier that come without free large carry-ons, so why shouldn't American and United offer a similar option?

4 days ago

CEO Interview: Air Asia X’s Plan to Make Cheap Trans-Pacific Flights a Reality

CEO Interview: Air Asia X’s Plan to Make Cheap Trans-Pacific Flights a Reality

Brian Sumers, Skift

Just as Norwegian Air has on trans-Atlantic routes, Air Asia X might disrupt established trans-Pacific players and push down fares. But making money on long-haul flights is tricky, and Air Asia X might decide it has better options closer to home.

4 days ago

United Launches Long-Haul Polaris Business Class Seats

United Launches Long-Haul Polaris Business Class Seats

Grant Martin, Skift

United Airlines finally launched the in-cabin portion of its Polaris experience, bringing lie-flat, aisle-access seats to all of its new widebody aircraft.

4 days ago