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FAA Restricts Flying Range of Dreamliners With Potentially Faulty Engines

FAA Restricts Flying Range of Dreamliners With Potentially Faulty Engines

Benjamin Katz, Bloomberg

A U.S. safety watchdog ordered restrictions on 14 Boeing 787 Dreamliners after a glitch was discovered in their Rolls-Royce engines. The flying public should be grateful for corruption-free, airline safety inspectors who are willing to err on the side of caution.

4 days ago

U.S. Airlines May Have to Avoid Russian Airspace as Diplomatic Talks Continue

U.S. Airlines May Have to Avoid Russian Airspace as Diplomatic Talks Continue

Nick Wadhams, Bloomberg

If the two countries can't resolve this issue quickly, it could be costly for U.S. carriers. America's airlines often overfly eastern Russia to get to east Asia. They don't necessarily need to, but other routings take longer and burn more fuel.

4 days ago

Spirit Airlines Considers Smaller Jets With an Eye Toward Expansion

Spirit Airlines Considers Smaller Jets With an Eye Toward Expansion

Mary Schlangenstein, Bloomberg

Under previous management, Spirit Airlines only wanted the largest single-aisle aircraft, as it flew almost exclusively between the biggest U.S. markets. Now Spirit is looking at other route options, and it may want smaller aircraft. That makes sense.

4 days ago

WestJet Has a Lot Riding on the Launch of Its New Low-Cost Airline

WestJet Has a Lot Riding on the Launch of Its New Low-Cost Airline

Frederic Tomesco, Bloomberg

Starting up a new low-cost airline in a pretty crowded market presents a major challenge for WestJet's new CEO. Add on an expansion of its long-haul program, and you can see why aviation analysts are a little worried.

5 days ago

Virgin America as Standalone Brand Disappears Next Week

Virgin America as Standalone Brand Disappears Next Week

Brian Sumers, Skift

After acquiring Virgin America, Alaska Airlines will switch to a single reservations system next week. The company is confident it will avoid some of the problems other airlines have faced after cutovers. We tend to agree. Let's hope it's a non-event.

5 days ago

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American Airlines’ New Flagship Experience Raises the Bar for Passengers

American Airlines’ New Flagship Experience Raises the Bar for Passengers

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American Airlines’ new Flagship experience gives its premium passengers a sneak peek into the passenger experience of the not too distant future.

6 days ago

How Damaging Will a 60 Minutes Report Be to Allegiant Air?

How Damaging Will a 60 Minutes Report Be to Allegiant Air?

Brian Sumers, Skift

The 60 Minutes report on Sunday about Allegiant Air was solid, serious journalism. But it wasn't much of a surprise to industry insiders, who have known about the carrier's issues for awhile. Will executives have to deal with a wider fallout now?

6 days ago

Canadian Bill to Relax Foreign Ownership Laws on Airlines and Railways Hits a Snag

Canadian Bill to Relax Foreign Ownership Laws on Airlines and Railways Hits a Snag

Frederic Tomesco and Josh Wingrove, Bloomberg

The proposed bill establish new airline-passenger rights for customers in Canada, so that's good news for consumers.

1 week ago

Airlines Struggle to Keep Dreamliners Flying Because of Engine Issues

Airlines Struggle to Keep Dreamliners Flying Because of Engine Issues

Christopher Jasper, Benjamin Katz and Alan Levin, Bloomberg

Worldwide, the airline industry is booming. But there's at least one problem. Airlines are struggling with reliability problems with two engines types — one from Pratt & Whitney and the other from Rolls Royce. Airlines are having to remove planes from service, and they hate that. Aircraft only make money when they fly.

1 week ago

Norwegian CEO Not Interested in Selling to British Airways Owner

Norwegian CEO Not Interested in Selling to British Airways Owner

Jonas Cho Walsgard and Richard Weiss, Bloomberg

There we have it: Norwegian's CEO doesn't want to do a deal with IAG. That's not necessarily the end of the story, however. These things can change pretty quickly.

1 week ago

7 Headwinds Are Making Air India’s Sell-off a Bumpy Ride

7 Headwinds Are Making Air India’s Sell-off a Bumpy Ride

Anurag Kotoky, Bloomberg

India is not the first country that has politicized the sale of a state-owned airline. Still, it is to blame for a process that has created perverse incentives. Individual politicians can engage in risky one-upmanship of demands without being held accountable for blowing the best deal possible.

1 week ago

Singaporean Investment Firm Could Be a Big Winner From HNA Group’s Selling Spree

Singaporean Investment Firm Could Be a Big Winner From HNA Group’s Selling Spree

David Fickling, Bloomberg

Singapore's Temasek Holdings could become a juggernaut in airline catering if it buys Gategroup and Swissport from HNA Group. Nobody is quite sure if the price is right, even though HNA Group is ready to sell.

1 week ago