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DOT Approval of More Norwegian Air Flights Opens Door for Cheaper Transatlantic Travel

DOT Approval of More Norwegian Air Flights Opens Door for Cheaper Transatlantic Travel

Brian Sumers, Skift

Politics is a funny game. There was little doubt the government would approve Norwegian's application — it had no legitimate basis to deny it — but the DOT still waited years before finally getting around to it. That was probably not fair to Norwegian, but the airline will survive.

5 days ago

United Airlines to Pay $2.4 Million Fine Over Controversial Chairman’s Flight

United Airlines to Pay $2.4 Million Fine Over Controversial Chairman’s Flight

Associated Press

United Airlines is already a much different (and more passenger-friendly) carrier than it was in 2015 when Jeff Smisek resigned, unexpectedly. But the company is still dealing with fallout from Smisek's decisions.

5 days ago

Delta Is Testing Free Meals in Domestic Coach Class

Delta Is Testing Free Meals in Domestic Coach Class

Brian Sumers, Skift

Even if this test goes nowhere, and Delta stays with the status quo, you should give the airline some credit for trying something new (even if it's old). This is why most insiders believe Delta is the most innovative major U.S. carrier.

5 days ago

The Travel Industry Shouldn’t Worry About Ryanair Holidays… Yet

The Travel Industry Shouldn’t Worry About Ryanair Holidays… Yet

Patrick Whyte, Skift

Ryanair’s plan to “transform” the package holiday market is a bold one given that the company is late to the party. Other airlines have been supplementing their flights in this way for years.

5 days ago

3 Charts Showing the World’s Largest Megahub Airports

3 Charts Showing the World’s Largest Megahub Airports

Dan Peltier, Skift

High demand for domestic travel is what's keeping several U.S. airports at the top of the ranking, even if many passengers have to wait several hours in between flights to reach their destinations.

6 days ago

United Launches Its New Much-Hyped Polaris Business Class

United Launches Its New Much-Hyped Polaris Business Class

Brian Sumers , Skift

From a public relations perspective, United has had a near flawless rollout of its new Polaris Business Class. But with it now flying, can the airline meet customer expectations? Or did the carrier over-promise what it can deliver?

7 days ago

New United Airlines CFO Mulls Changing More Aircraft Orders

New United Airlines CFO Mulls Changing More Aircraft Orders

Michael Sasso, Bloomberg

Remember all those aircraft orders United placed over the past few years? Well, United has new leadership now, and the new team is reevaluating many of the deals. The one major exception? The Boeing 777-300ER. They will start arriving next year, on schedule.

1 week ago

As DOT Secretary Elaine Chao Would Likely Ease Airline Regulation

As DOT Secretary Elaine Chao Would Likely Ease Airline Regulation

Joan Lowy and Jonathan Lemire, Associated Press

Don't expect prospective Department of Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao to get aggressive with airlines or private industry in general. Calls to force airlines to distribute their ancillary services and fares to outlets they disdain are likely to go nowhere.

1 week ago

Startup Boom Technology Aims to Revive Supersonic Flights Under New Model

Startup Boom Technology Aims to Revive Supersonic Flights Under New Model

Justin Bachman , Bloomberg

The demand is there for a next-generation supersonic aircraft but startup Boom Technologies needs to prove that it can nail the economics.

1 week ago

5 Ways Travel for Frequent Flyers Got Worse in 2016

5 Ways Travel for Frequent Flyers Got Worse in 2016

Grant Martin, Skift

It's been a rough year for heavy business travelers as airlines slowly shifted towards revenue-centric products and loyalty programs. Five illustrations of this trend show how just how dramatically the landscape is shifting.

1 week ago

Strike Continues to Hurt Lufthansa as Pilot Standoff Enters Second Week

Strike Continues to Hurt Lufthansa as Pilot Standoff Enters Second Week

Richard Weiss, Bloomberg

Lufthansa's difficult relationship with its pilots is continuing to cause problems at the airline. Low-cost rival Ryanair is in a good spot to capitalize on the situation if things can't be sorted out.

1 week ago

EasyJet Hopes Its Plan to Invest in Start-Ups Will Help It Stay Ahead of Competition

EasyJet Hopes Its Plan to Invest in Start-Ups Will Help It Stay Ahead of Competition

Patrick Whyte, Skift

For a relatively small outlay, EasyJet will effectively have an interest in 35 companies. Many of these will likely come to nothing but even if only a couple succeed the initial investment will seem like a bargain.

1 week ago