Airlines

CEO Interview: How Finnair Plans to Crack the Potentially Lucrative Chinese Market

CEO Interview: How Finnair Plans to Crack the Potentially Lucrative Chinese Market

Brian Sumers, Skift

Not every airline can be a global behemoth. Finnair mostly focuses on its niche — connecting Europe with Asia, including secondary Chinese cities.

4 days ago

The Low-Cost, Long-Haul Carrier Revolution In 3 Charts

The Low-Cost, Long-Haul Carrier Revolution In 3 Charts

Patrick Whyte, Skift

The low-cost, long-haul revolution is only just starting to take off. Will full-service carriers be able to adapt to this new reality or are we about to see a total realignment?

4 days ago

Malaysia Air Mulls New Aircraft Orders to Refresh a Tattered Brand

Malaysia Air Mulls New Aircraft Orders to Refresh a Tattered Brand

Christopher Jasper, Bloomberg

Malaysia Airlines is mulling its options, including purchasing A330neos or Boeing 787 Dreamliners, or choosing to operate used aircraft, as the airline shows signs of recovering from its twin disasters of 2014.

5 days ago

Flyers Love-Hate Cheap Fares and 7 Other Aviation Trends This Week

Flyers Love-Hate Cheap Fares and 7 Other Aviation Trends This Week

Sarah Enelow, Skift

This week we had airline loyalty on the brain. Most airlines are slashing loyalty perks except for the ultra-elite. Redeeming miles has never been so crazy and elusive.

5 days ago

Paris Air Show Will Put Spotlight on Airbus Versus Boeing and Drones

Paris Air Show Will Put Spotlight on Airbus Versus Boeing and Drones

John Leicester, Associated Press

The annual Paris Air Show couldn't come too soon as it gives the airline industry a chance to change the topic from high-profile customer service transgressions and IT failures to innovation from leading manufacturers and newbies.

5 days ago

American Airlines CEO: Trump’s Staffing Gap Hurts Effort Against Gulf Carriers

American Airlines CEO: Trump’s Staffing Gap Hurts Effort Against Gulf Carriers

Mary Schlangenstein, Bloomberg

American, United and Delta are finding a sympathetic audience in the corridors of power regarding their dispute with the Gulf carriers. It's only a matter of time before the issue moves up higher on Trump advisor Steve Bannon's white board.

6 days ago

United Says Customers May Dislike Basic Economy But They’re Buying It

United Says Customers May Dislike Basic Economy But They’re Buying It

Brian Sumers, Skift

What have we learned from this investor conference? Americans are cheap. Some travelers probably do win when buying these fares, but United says as many as 40 percent of customers are choosing them. Surely, some don't know what they're buying.

1 week ago

Brazil’s Business Travelers Haven’t Returned to Frequent Flying Yet

Brazil’s Business Travelers Haven’t Returned to Frequent Flying Yet

Esha Dey and Fabiola Moura, Bloomberg

Business travel spending dropped in Brazil in 2016, and continued uncertainty in the market is making a recovery difficult. Will companies get used to keeping employees off the road?

1 week ago

Why Scandinavia’s SAS Is Creating a New Airline With the Same Name in Ireland

Why Scandinavia’s SAS Is Creating a New Airline With the Same Name in Ireland

Brian Sumers, Skift

To the average flyer this makes little sense. Why would a Scandinavian airline build a new airline with the same name in Ireland? But many consumers expect to pay 30 or 35 Euros to fly from Copenhagen to London. If an airline is going to offer those prices, it needs to control costs.

1 week ago

Laptop Ban May Not Be Expanded, Homeland Security Boss Hints

Laptop Ban May Not Be Expanded, Homeland Security Boss Hints

Alicia A. Caldwell, Associated Press

Is it necessary for the DHS Secretary to deliberate so much in public? He seems to change his statements week by week. Enough, already.

1 week ago

American Airlines Reverses Plan to Shrink Legroom on Some Planes

American Airlines Reverses Plan to Shrink Legroom on Some Planes

Brian Sumers, Skift

In today's airline landscape, legacy carriers generally offer between 30 and 32 inches of seat pitch. Discount airlines give customers 28 or 29 inches. American Airlines had planned to shrink some seats to 29 inches, but customers complained. The plan is off. That's good news.

1 week ago

Interview: Copa Airlines CEO on Building the ‘Hub of the Americas’ in Panama

Interview: Copa Airlines CEO on Building the ‘Hub of the Americas’ in Panama

Brian Sumers, Skift

Panama's Copa Airlines is not well-known in most of North America, but it's among the most profitable airlines in the Americas. Its secret? Like Southwest Airlines, it keeps its model simple.

1 week ago