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Qantas Boldly Overhauls Loyalty Program, Resists Dynamic Pricing

Qantas Boldly Overhauls Loyalty Program, Resists Dynamic Pricing

Grant Martin, Skift

Broad changes to the frequent flyer program employed by Qantas should largely be welcomed by the airline's road warriors, a rarity in today's airline loyalty industry.

5 days ago

American Air Orders 50 New Airbus Long-Range Jets to Replace Aging Boeing Fleet

American Air Orders 50 New Airbus Long-Range Jets to Replace Aging Boeing Fleet

Mary Schlangenstein, Bloomberg

American Airlines needs a replacement for its Boeing 757s flying longer routes, and while Boeing eventually may make something, nothing appears imminent as it prioritizes 737 Max damage control. So American went with Airbus. This will limit room for Boeing’s expected push into midrange aircraft.

5 days ago

Virgin Atlantic CEO Reveals Plans for FlyBe Acquisition

Virgin Atlantic CEO Reveals Plans for FlyBe Acquisition

Christopher Jasper and Guy Johnson, Bloomberg

Get ready for "Virgin something" as the airline moves to beef up its intercontinental offerings and take advantage of Heathrow's planned third runway with acquisitions like FlyBe.

6 days ago

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Volantio and the Accenture Amadeus Alliance Take Collaboration To New Heights

Volantio and the Accenture Amadeus Alliance Take Collaboration To New Heights

Accenture Amadeus Alliance + Skift

The Accenture Amadeus Alliance, the startup Volantio, and Amadeus’ airline partners are collaborating to tackle some of the most pressing challenges faced by the global airline industry.

2 months ago

Boeing 737 Max Gets a Lift With 200-Jet Order From British Airways Parent IAG

Boeing 737 Max Gets a Lift With 200-Jet Order From British Airways Parent IAG

Brian Sumers, Skift

International Airlines CEO Willie Walsh likes a good deal. We're guessing he found one here. Clearly he's betting travelers have short memories.

6 days ago

American Airlines Union Dispute More Disruptive Than 737 Max Grounding

American Airlines Union Dispute More Disruptive Than 737 Max Grounding

Brian Sumers, Skift

Big U.S. airlines have erased most of the ghosts from their past. They don't engage in many market share battles or fare wars anymore. They don't dump capacity. But they still have labor disputes with their unions. And those can be as disastrous to operations today as they were two or three decades ago.

6 days ago

Boeing Kicks Off Paris Air Show With 737 Max Apology

Boeing Kicks Off Paris Air Show With 737 Max Apology

Angela Charlton, Associated Press

At the aviation industry's largest yearly gathering, Boeing apologized to airline operators and the families of the 346 people who died in two Max crashes. But their belated contrition may not be enough to regain trust — or traction against rival Airbus, for that matter.

1 week ago

Emirates Is First Major Airline to Launch Basic Business Class Fare

Emirates Is First Major Airline to Launch Basic Business Class Fare

Colin Nagy, Skift

Emirates has fired the first salvo in the unbundling of business class fares. Now you can buy just the seat, with none of the other trimmings that travelers are used to with top-tier carriers. It's a pragmatic strategy, one that gives more choice to travelers. The tension will now be maintaining that great luxury brand halo and still letting the premium cabins do the marketing hard yards for the carrier.

1 week ago

Airbus Announces the Longer-Range A321, Puts Boeing on Notice

Airbus Announces the Longer-Range A321, Puts Boeing on Notice

Benjamin Katz, Bloomberg

A new longer-range version of the single-aisle workhorse plane is a great move for Airbus — and it's a competitive threat for Boeing, which is still dealing with the aftermath of the Boeing 737 Max crisis.

1 week ago

U.S. Airlines Face Computer Outages About Once a Month

U.S. Airlines Face Computer Outages About Once a Month

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Some airlines track delays and cancellations associated with computer outages internally to identify patterns and recurring issues that need fixing. The industry as a whole might benefit if it shared such data. But don't hold your breath on that happening.

1 week ago

United Touts Eco-Friendly Flights and 7 Other Aviation Trends This Week

United Touts Eco-Friendly Flights and 7 Other Aviation Trends This Week

Isaac Carey, Skift

This week in aviation, airlines grapple with increasing pressure to reduce their environmental impact. Plus, one of the world's largest airline groups is finally moving into Asia, after partnering with regional airline Thai Smile.

1 week ago

Uncertainty Looms Over Boeing and Airbus Ahead of Paris Air Show

Uncertainty Looms Over Boeing and Airbus Ahead of Paris Air Show

David Koenig, Associated Press

Over the past decade, global airlines have committed to a lot of airplanes. Perhaps too many. Is it possible the bubble might burst soon?

1 week ago