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Delta Air Lines Sells a New Subscription That Indirectly Includes Overhead Bin Access

Delta Air Lines Sells a New Subscription That Indirectly Includes Overhead Bin Access

Brian Sumers, Skift

This priority boarding craze is getting out of hand. Almost no one wants to get on an airplane 45 minutes before it departs. People go nuts over boarding early because they have overhead bin anxiety. Can we just start charging for bin space? It's a precious resource for which demand outstrips supply.

7 days ago

United’s Plan to Use Larger Jets to Control Rising Costs

United’s Plan to Use Larger Jets to Control Rising Costs

Brian Sumers, Skift

Fun fact: What airlines refer to as costs is not an absolute measure of how much a carrier spends. A massive global airline like United can spend a lot more money from quarter to quarter and still keep its costs in check so long as it grows capacity during the quarter.

7 days ago

Germany Is 6 Months Away From Climate Tax on Air Travel

Germany Is 6 Months Away From Climate Tax on Air Travel

Brian Parkin, Bloomberg

Chancellor Merkel's push for trains over planes is good news for the greening of travel — and will enrich government coffers in the process. Higher plane ticket prices, however, will have a great impact on low-cost carriers.

1 week ago

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Executive Q&A: CEO of ARC on Transforming Airline Retailing for an Omnichannel Future

Executive Q&A: CEO of ARC on Transforming Airline Retailing for an Omnichannel Future

Airlines Reporting Corporation (ARC) + Skift

An omnichannel approach in airline retailing today must encompass the full spectrum of distribution channels including direct and indirect channels, particularly travel agencies.

1 week ago

New Vietnamese Airline Bamboo Plans IPO in Early 2020

New Vietnamese Airline Bamboo Plans IPO in Early 2020

Nguyen Kieu Giang, Bloomberg

Like with other Southeast Asian markets, aviation is booming in Vietnam. But Bamboo Airways has entered a pretty crowded marketplace and will quickly need to establish itself if it is to thrive.

1 week ago

Emirates Warns of Fare Increases Due to Tariff Dispute

Emirates Warns of Fare Increases Due to Tariff Dispute

Layan Odeh, Bloomberg

If tariffs go up, airlines can't always absorb them and customers end up paying more. In this case, we might eventually see the two sides come to an agreement but with President Trump in the White House, anything is possible.

1 week ago

Delta Hints at Simpler Fares and 7 Other Top Aviation Stories This Week

Delta Hints at Simpler Fares and 7 Other Top Aviation Stories This Week

Jasmine Ganaishlal and Spencer Lee, Skift

This week in aviation, Delta's president suggests the airline could throw back to a simpler fare structure — or at least something similar. Meanwhile, travel leaders are already picking sides ahead of the 2020 presidential election.

1 week ago

How to Book the World’s Best Business Class Seats

How to Book the World’s Best Business Class Seats

Eric Rosen, Bloomberg

Airlines have revamped their business-class products as competition on international routes has heated up. These options don't come cheap, but they are a cut above the competition.

1 week ago

In-Flight Seatback Screens May Be Going Extinct

In-Flight Seatback Screens May Be Going Extinct

Justin Bachman and Mary Schlangenstein, Bloomberg

U.S. carriers are split on whether single-aisle fleets need seatback screens. Consumer tastes are changing as in-flight Wi-Fi quality improves.

2 weeks ago

United Upends Loyalty Program to Prioritize Dollars Over Miles

United Upends Loyalty Program to Prioritize Dollars Over Miles

Grant Martin, Skift

United's MileagePlus program is changing dramatically in 2020 to focus more on high-spend rather than high-mileage travelers. Translation: It's getting harder for frugal flyers to be elite.

2 weeks ago

Air New Zealand Lures Walmart’s Top U.S. Exec Home as Its New Chief

Air New Zealand Lures Walmart’s Top U.S. Exec Home as Its New Chief

Matthew Boyle, Bloomberg

A chance to become Air New Zealand CEO is a rare one. Even rarer is the chance of it going to a non-aviation person like Walmart's CEO Greg Foran, a New Zealander. But he seems a perfect choice.

2 weeks ago

American Airlines Pushes Deeper Into Australia With Revamped Qantas Loyalty Partnership

American Airlines Pushes Deeper Into Australia With Revamped Qantas Loyalty Partnership

Grant Martin, Skift

The joint venture between American and Qantas is bearing fruit in the form of better frequent flyer benefits on both sides.

2 weeks ago