Airlines

Thai Airways Plots Return to United States Two Years After Withdrawing

Thai Airways Plots Return to United States Two Years After Withdrawing

Natnicha Chuwiruch, Bloomberg

Yes, having its safety status upgraded by the FAA could permit Thai Airways to start new U.S. flights. But let's remember flights from Bangkok to California or New York are not obvious moneymakers. Ultra long-haul routes often challenge airlines, even on the newest planes.

4 days ago

Malaysia Airlines CEO Quits to Return to Ryanair

Malaysia Airlines CEO Quits to Return to Ryanair

Associated Press

Ryanair was obviously on the lookout for a safe pair of hands to help it though a difficult time. Bellew's decision looks like it will be a big loss for Malaysia Airlines and will mean it has to hunt for its third CEO in as many years.

4 days ago

Bombardier Pivots From Jetliners to Luxury Planes and Trains

Bombardier Pivots From Jetliners to Luxury Planes and Trains

Frederic Tomesco, Bloomberg

Bombardier is smart to endure the short-term pain of shifting from commercial aircraft to building private jets and trains because those products may have greater long-term demand.

4 days ago

U.S. Airline Cancellations Jumped in August Thanks to Hurricane Harvey

U.S. Airline Cancellations Jumped in August Thanks to Hurricane Harvey

Associated Press

August wasn't the best month for U.S. airline on-time performance, but we know why. Hurricane Harvey caused a mess, especially in Houston. This appears to be an isolated issue. Most U.S. airlines are far more prompt than a few years ago.

4 days ago

Airbus-Bombardier Deal Could Challenge Chinese Plans to Be a Power in Aircraft Sales

Airbus-Bombardier Deal Could Challenge Chinese Plans to Be a Power in Aircraft Sales

Kyunghee Park and Dong Lyu, Bloomberg

Chinese aircraft ambitions will certainly be tested by Airbus, but Comac also must decide whether China's domestic or international market is more important in the long term.

5 days ago

Island Air Files for Bankruptcy but Continues to Fly in Hawaii

Island Air Files for Bankruptcy but Continues to Fly in Hawaii

Associated Press

Since Aloha Airlines failed about a decade ago, Hawaiian Airlines has been the undisputed top carrier for short-haul Hawaii routes. If Island Air continues to struggle, Hawaiian could get stronger, but there's a major caveat. Southwest Airlines has said it might fly between the islands. Will it?

5 days ago

Video: Delta CEO Sees Basic Economy as Way to Show Passengers They Aren’t Getting Ripped Off

Video: Delta CEO Sees Basic Economy as Way to Show Passengers They Aren’t Getting Ripped Off

Patrick Whyte, Skift

Unbundling has been one of the biggest buzzwords in the airline industry in recent years, and for good reason. Full-service carriers like Delta think it is a great way to hit a broader range of consumers, but it doesn't come without its risks.

6 days ago

Airbus Will Take Control of Bombardier’s New Passenger-Friendly Jet

Airbus Will Take Control of Bombardier’s New Passenger-Friendly Jet

Brendan Case, Bloomberg

Owned by Bombardier, the C Series seemed doomed. We've heard it's an impressive machine, with great fuel economy, but it was having trouble breaking into the market. And Boeing's trade case against Bombardier hasn't helped. Airbus should be able to revive the aircraft, one of the more comfortable in the sky.

6 days ago

Ryanair Pilot Battle Drags on as Biggest Base Rejects Raise Offer

Ryanair Pilot Battle Drags on as Biggest Base Rejects Raise Offer

Thomas Seal and Benjamin Katz, Bloomberg

Ryanair pilots have never had much leverage with management. Now they do, and they want to use it. That means they want more than just higher wages. They want better treatment.

6 days ago

Hundreds of Flights Cancelled as Storm Ophelia Lashes Ireland

Hundreds of Flights Cancelled as Storm Ophelia Lashes Ireland

Thomas Seal, Bloomberg

In the aviation industry, safety is paramount and with the worst storm in 50 years rolling across Ireland, airlines are naturally going to be extremely cautious.

6 days ago

Lufthansa Readies $590 Million Bid for Alitalia Assets

Lufthansa Readies $590 Million Bid for Alitalia Assets

Associated Press

Etihad's non-alliance alliance strategy crumbled along with Air Berlin and Alitalia. Now, Lufthansa is moving in with the hope of picking up some of the Alitalia pieces after having already done a deal for Air Berlin.

6 days ago

Business of Pajamas, Pillows and Bragging Rights on Airplanes

Business of Pajamas, Pillows and Bragging Rights on Airplanes

Brian Sumers, Skift

What we learned from this story: Jessica Alba is one reason airlines improved pajama quality, and passengers steal pillows and blankets from airplanes. Plus, not everyone is sure why airlines give premium passengers amenity kits on every long-haul flight.

7 days ago