Airlines

Southwest Airlines’ Executive Changes Point to Long-Term Leadership Planning

Southwest Airlines’ Executive Changes Point to Long-Term Leadership Planning

David Koenig, Associated Press

This isn't too exciting, but it is what a responsible airline does.

6 days ago

British Airways CEO Interview: How to Bring a Low-Cost Mindset to a Legacy Airline

British Airways CEO Interview: How to Bring a Low-Cost Mindset to a Legacy Airline

Jason Clampet, Skift

Some old-school companies talk about embracing start-up thinking without knowing what that really means. This, though, is what they wish it looked like in practice.

6 days ago

VietJet to Go Public and Projects 30 Percent Profit Increase

VietJet to Go Public and Projects 30 Percent Profit Increase

Nguyen Dieu Tu Uyen, Bloomberg

VietJet is bullish about its own prospects, which is hardly surprising. The backdrop is that IATA forecasts that Vietnam will be among the world's fastest-growing markets in the next 20 years. There certainly is rising demand but on the downside is the fact that other regional airlines slumped last year.

6 days ago

Frontier Airlines Says COO Steps Down in Second Executive Departure in a Month

Frontier Airlines Says COO Steps Down in Second Executive Departure in a Month

Associated Press

At Frontier, and elsewhere, where there's smoke there's also usually fire. Two top executives have left the company after a bevy of complaints regarding how Frontier handled a winter storm in December.

6 days ago

Alaska Airlines Offers Free In-Flight Mobile Messaging

Alaska Airlines Offers Free In-Flight Mobile Messaging

Grant Martin, Skift

Young travelers may have a new reason to consider Alaska Airlines -- the carrier just opened up free mobile messaging on all of its WiFi-equipped flights.

7 days ago

Struggling Alitalia Plans Crisis Talks With Italian Government

Struggling Alitalia Plans Crisis Talks With Italian Government

Deena Kamel Yousef, John Follain, Tommaso Ebhardt and Chiara Vasarri, Bloomberg

Alitalia's struggles aren't new. It's clear something drastic needs to happen if it is ever to become a viable business again.

1 week ago

KLM Grew its Passenger Tally in 2016 While Sibling Air France Shrunk

KLM Grew its Passenger Tally in 2016 While Sibling Air France Shrunk

Benjamin Katz , Bloomberg

Compared to Europe's other two major airline companies — International Airlines Group and Lufthansa Group — Air France-KLM is slightly behind in creating a cohesive strategy to try to compete with low cost airlines. That means, for the foreseeable future, the company may struggle relative to its peers.

1 week ago

These Are the World’s Most and Least Punctual Airlines

These Are the World’s Most and Least Punctual Airlines

Nikki Ekstein , Bloomberg

EL AL may be worst, but seven of the world's 10 least on-time airlines are in Asia. That suggests Asia's airlines have some work to do to improve their reliability.

1 week ago

IAG’s New Low-Cost Long-Haul Flights and 7 Other Aviation Trends This Week

IAG’s New Low-Cost Long-Haul Flights and 7 Other Aviation Trends This Week

Sarah Enelow, Skift

These are the aviation trends we were talking about this week.

1 week ago

Column: Boeing Likely Can Withstand a U.S.-China Trade War

Column: Boeing Likely Can Withstand a U.S.-China Trade War

David Fickling, Bloomberg

Yes, it's true that Boeing will probably be OK no matter what the Trump Administration does. But the company would probably much prefer that U.S. and China maintain friendlier relations.

1 week ago

EasyJet Is Losing Ground on Its Biggest Low-Cost Rival Ryanair

EasyJet Is Losing Ground on Its Biggest Low-Cost Rival Ryanair

Christopher Jasper, Bloomberg

EasyJet's once stellar reputation took a bit of a battering last year, mainly on the back of problems outside of its control. Still, it is worrying that the airline is continuing to lose ground to rivals such as Ryanair, which face similar geopolitical threats.

1 week ago

3 Charts Showing Top Global Airlines For On-Time Performance in 2016

3 Charts Showing Top Global Airlines For On-Time Performance in 2016

Dan Peltier, Skift

Some airlines have done so much to pad their schedules and use other tactics to ensure they make it to gates on-time that it's difficult to know which carriers are actually the most punctual and time efficient. Passengers notice and this strategy likely helped a few airlines make these rankings.

2 weeks ago