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Rereading British Airways’ 2020 Resolutions Reminds Us of All That We Have Lost

Rereading British Airways’ 2020 Resolutions Reminds Us of All That We Have Lost

Airline Weekly

We didn't see it then, but 2019 was a high-water mark for the airline and travel industries. Reading these resolutions is like finding an artifact from a long-lost era.

1 week ago

This Is the Most Dire Prognostication on the Future of Airlines … and Travel

This Is the Most Dire Prognostication on the Future of Airlines … and Travel

Rafat Ali, Skift

"Absolutely no one in the industry, government, capital markets or media is willing to face up to this inevitable reality." Don't say we didn't warn you.

1 week ago

How Delta Looks to Leverage Rewards From Its Own Frequent Flyer Program

How Delta Looks to Leverage Rewards From Its Own Frequent Flyer Program

Brian Sumers, Skift

Delta Air Lines needs cash. Its SkyMiles program is one of its only remaining profitable assets. The airline is being smart in using it to secure new funding.

1 week ago

Airlines Feeling a Lift From Rocky Mountain Hubs

Airlines Feeling a Lift From Rocky Mountain Hubs

Airline Weekly

The tech-heavy economies of Denver and Salt Lake City have been relatively unscathed by the pandemic, and tourists, barred from most international travel, have flocked to the national parks near the two cities. Airlines have taken notice and are giving the two Rocky Mountain cities more prominence in their schedules.

1 week ago

Why Did American Really Scrap Change Fees?

Why Did American Really Scrap Change Fees?

Airline Weekly

As the pandemic grinds on, American has noticed its passengers are skewing younger, and those younger travelers are flying mainly for leisure. Dropping change fees are a way to ensure those customers' loyalty, an American executive says.

2 weeks ago

Singapore Airlines Makes Largest Job Cuts in Its History — 4,300 Positions Eliminated

Singapore Airlines Makes Largest Job Cuts in Its History — 4,300 Positions Eliminated

Airline Weekly

Airlines with large domestic markets are starting to see demand return. Singapore Airlines has no domestic market at all and has bowed to the reality that its core international business may not return until 2024.

2 weeks ago

U.S. Set to Relax Enhanced Covid Screening Measures for Some International Passengers

U.S. Set to Relax Enhanced Covid Screening Measures for Some International Passengers

David Shepardson, Reuters

The CDC's current strategy for screening international arrivals has become unsustainable as traveler numbers grow, according to reports. Changes are expected.

2 weeks ago

Forget Business Travelers, U.S. Airlines Now Battle Over Vacationers

Forget Business Travelers, U.S. Airlines Now Battle Over Vacationers

Brian Sumers, Skift

Not long ago, many U.S. airlines were focused on business travelers. They often neglected the leisure traveler. But Covid-19 changed everything.

2 weeks ago

Are Airlines Ready to Transport Vaccines for the World?

Are Airlines Ready to Transport Vaccines for the World?

Airline Weekly

Shipping enough vaccines for the world's 7.6 billion people would require 8,000 Boeing 747 freighters. Nowhere close to that many freight aircraft of any type exist. And if air freight capacity can be mustered, airlines have to worry about keeping the medicine cold and securing what will be the world's most valuable commodity. Governments need…

2 weeks ago

Will Airlines be Hamstrung by a Great Depression Mindset Post-Covid?

Will Airlines be Hamstrung by a Great Depression Mindset Post-Covid?

Airline Weekly

What could come next after Covid? Another pandemic? Deteriorating relations between the world's two largest economies? Cyberterrorism that takes down a country's electrical grid? Volcanoes? Asteroids? All are possibilities. Airlines will need to adapt and change and continue to invest, but must be prepared for a variety of scenarios in the post-Covid world.

2 weeks ago

U.S. Airline Industry Reportedly Left Out of New Senate Virus Aid Bill

U.S. Airline Industry Reportedly Left Out of New Senate Virus Aid Bill

David Shepardson and Tracy Rucinski, Reuters

If legislators fail to fund airlines, thousands of employees temporarily will lose their jobs. It's a horrible outcome, but it is probably the right move. The U.S. airline industry is shrinking because of a lack of demand, and those workers will not be needed for the foreseeable future.

2 weeks ago

Why Airlines Don’t Want to Fly ‘Ghost Flights’ Into European Airports This Winter

Why Airlines Don’t Want to Fly ‘Ghost Flights’ Into European Airports This Winter

Brian Sumers, Skift

In a pandemic, with few people flying, you might think it would be bad business to fly empty airplanes to squat on airport slots. But if that's what is required for airlines to keep access to key airports, they'll probably do it.

2 weeks ago