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United CEO Munoz’s Polaris Promise Never Matched Reality

United CEO Munoz’s Polaris Promise Never Matched Reality

Brian Sumers, Skift

A first-time business class flyer might love the dog-and-pony show United Airlines promised with its Polaris service. But your average frequent flyer prefers a more consistent experience, even if it's not as strong.

5 days ago

Qantas and Virgin Australia Battle Over In-Flight Wi-Fi Rollouts

Qantas and Virgin Australia Battle Over In-Flight Wi-Fi Rollouts

Allan Leibowitz, Skift

Both Qantas and Virgin Australia should have Wi-Fi available on all domestic flights by the end of 2018. While travelers want to stay connected, they probably won’t pay for Wi-Fi, but might choose flights on the basis of internet coverage, especially on longer routes.

6 days ago

Fuel Hedging Was a Bad Bet for U.S. Airlines in the First Quarter

Fuel Hedging Was a Bad Bet for U.S. Airlines in the First Quarter

Robert Tuttle, Bloomberg

Alaska and Southwest did what many considered to be the prudent thing and hedged a lot of their fuel purchases, but they are now paying higher prices than airlines that didn't hedge. That's how hedging goes, but it's often better to be safe than sorry.

7 days ago

Norwegian Air’s Expansion and 5 Other Aviation Trends This Week

Norwegian Air’s Expansion and 5 Other Aviation Trends This Week

Sarah Enelow, Skift

This week in aviation, earnings are under way and Norwegian is hoping for a brighter 2018 bolstered by pilot recruitment and route development.

1 week ago

Air France-KLM Goes on the Offensive to Counter Discount Rivals

Air France-KLM Goes on the Offensive to Counter Discount Rivals

Ania Nussbaum, Bloomberg

Given Air-France KLM Group's recent history of losses, it might not be the wisest move to go on a capacity growth spurt, especially when going up against carriers with a significantly lower cost base.

1 week ago

Bombardier Returns to a Focus on Business Jets

Bombardier Returns to a Focus on Business Jets

Frederic Tomesco, Bloomberg

By most accounts, Bombardier created a fantastic airplane with the C Series. But the project nearly ruined the company. Now Bombardier is going back to what it knows works — a focus on business jets and rail projects — while Airbus helps out with sales and marketing of the C Series.

1 week ago

Norwegian Air Plans to Move On From a Terrible 2017 With Fleet Expansion

Norwegian Air Plans to Move On From a Terrible 2017 With Fleet Expansion

Patrick Whyte, Skift

Norwegian's critics say it is overstretched and unprofitable. So how does the airline counter this? By ramping up its expansion, of course.

1 week ago

Qantas Faces Funding Crunch Before Launching European Service

Qantas Faces Funding Crunch Before Launching European Service

Angus Whitley, Bloomberg

Qantas' overseas expansion was already going to be tough — although an opportunity — with fluctuating fuel prices. The airline needs to invest in its fleet.

1 week ago

How American Airlines Chooses Which Routes to Fly

How American Airlines Chooses Which Routes to Fly

Brian Sumers, Skift

American is content to let United fly all the ultra-long-haul routes it wants. American is more focused on shorter stage lengths.

1 week ago

Labor Unions Are Gaining Ground at Airports Across the U.S.

Labor Unions Are Gaining Ground at Airports Across the U.S.

Josh Eidelson, Bloomberg

Union critics may claim that higher wages have nothing to do with meeting air safety standards, but that's debatable. Employee retention is crucial for maintaining a stable, consistent environment for both workers and passengers.

2 weeks ago

Richard Branson Believes Supersonic Air Travel Is the ‘Next Big Thing’

Richard Branson Believes Supersonic Air Travel Is the ‘Next Big Thing’

Angus Whitley and Jason Kelly, Bloomberg

Richard Branson has a history of making bold predictions that don't turn out quite right. If – and it's a big if – supersonic jet travel makes a comeback, commercially viable flights are decades away.

2 weeks ago

Online Shoppers Gave Singapore Air a Profit Boost

Online Shoppers Gave Singapore Air a Profit Boost

Kyunghee Park , Bloomberg

While increased earnings from cargo operations is good news, Singapore Airlines is still battling for passengers in a market that is squeezing it at both ends. A transformation program launched last year was supposed to help, but the carrier hasn’t really said what it plans to do.

2 weeks ago