Airlines

United Says Operations Recovering After Grounding of U.S. Domestic Flights

United Says Operations Recovering After Grounding of U.S. Domestic Flights

Michael Sasso and Alan Levin, Bloomberg

United Airlines officials stated earlier in the week that they plan to stick with their current reservations system. It wasn't clear whether Sunday's outage was directly tied to the reservation system but it was apparent that this was a headache that United and its customers didn't need at the moment.

3 hours ago

Global Airline Safety Standards For Satellite Tracking Will Kick in Next Year

Global Airline Safety Standards For Satellite Tracking Will Kick in Next Year

Joan Lowy, Associated Press

At the rate it currently takes airlines to receive and replace aircraft it will take decades for some of these newer standards to be fully implemented which means planes like Malaysia Airlines flight 370 could still vanish without a trace.

8 hours ago

U.S. Senator Schumer Is Upset About Cheap Airline Tickets Again

U.S. Senator Schumer Is Upset About Cheap Airline Tickets Again

Associated Press

You can almost set your watch by how Schumer will react to the latest fee in the travel industry that he really doesn't understand. You can also set that same watch by when he moves on to another topic without following through on any promise he made earlier.

9 hours ago

American’s Flight Attendants Still Say Their Uniforms Make Them Sick

American’s Flight Attendants Still Say Their Uniforms Make Them Sick

Justin Bachman and Mary Schlangenstein, Bloomberg

It's hard not to think the public isn't getting the full story from either side.

11 hours ago

Time Is Running out for a Final Ride on the Classic 747

Time Is Running out for a Final Ride on the Classic 747

Justin Bachman, Bloomberg

Aviation enthusiasts who want one last ride on a U.S.-operated 747 have limited time (and route options) left. But will avgeeks go out of their way to fly on an aircraft that no longer has wide appeal for passengers?

1 day ago

Low-Cost Carriers Reinvent the Transatlantic Market and 10 Other Aviation Trends This Week

Low-Cost Carriers Reinvent the Transatlantic Market and 10 Other Aviation Trends This Week

Sarah Enelow, Skift

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

2 days ago

United Signals It Wants a Better Deal with Reservation Middlemen

United Signals It Wants a Better Deal with Reservation Middlemen

Sean O'Neill, Skift

If United were Facebook friends with reservation systems like Sabre and Amadeus, it would have just changed its relationship status from "Friends" to "It's complicated." New President Scott Kirby is worried how those companies will display its new basic economy product to travel agents and (indirectly) to ticket buyers.

3 days ago

Google’s Travel Search Dilemma — Digital Marketing News This Week

Google’s Travel Search Dilemma — Digital Marketing News This Week

Jeremy Kressman, Skift

One of the dirty "secrets" of digital advertising is that companies like Google, Facebook and Microsoft purchase ads on their own platforms, essentially competing with other buyers for the top placements. The news should give any marketer spending top dollar to try and earn high-ranking search results cause for concern.

3 days ago

What If Airlines Measured Revenue Like Traditional Retailers?

What If Airlines Measured Revenue Like Traditional Retailers?

Brian Sumers, Skift

Is it time for the airline industry to adopt a new metric to determine revenue growth? Probably not, but kudos to analyst Hunter Keay for trying something new.

3 days ago

Safran Buys France’s Cabin Interiors Specialist Zodiac in $10 Billion Deal

Safran Buys France’s Cabin Interiors Specialist Zodiac in $10 Billion Deal

Christopher Jasper and Ania Nussbaum , Bloomberg

This one is a head-scratcher. Yes, both companies are in the aerospace industry, but Safran makes stuff like engines, landing gear, and brakes, while Zodiac concentrates on cabin interiors. It's no surprise one analyst called the deal a “marriage of convenience” rather than one borne of common sense.

3 days ago

Singapore Airlines and Cathay Pacific Once Dominated Asian Skies but There’s a New World Order

Singapore Airlines and Cathay Pacific Once Dominated Asian Skies but There’s a New World Order

David Fickling , Bloomberg

Cathay Pacific and Singapore Airlines were once two of the world's most iconic airlines. They're still good at what they do, but they face new threats from both discounters and opulent Middle Eastern Airlines. And neither seems to know exactly how to respond.

3 days ago

United’s Chief Commercial Officer Leaves After Five Months on the Job

United’s Chief Commercial Officer Leaves After Five Months on the Job

Brian Sumers, Skift

Haywood was a big hire for United several months ago, but apparently it did not work out. That's OK, as President Scott Kirby should continue to do a fine job running the airline's commercial team.

3 days ago