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Qatar Airways-Backed Air Italy Is Shutting Down

Qatar Airways-Backed Air Italy Is Shutting Down

Patrick Whyte, Skift

Another European airline bows out. Alitalia has once again outlasted one of its purported challengers — now it desperately needs to find a buyer.

7 days ago

Ryanair Marketing Boss Kenny Jacobs Is Leaving the Airline

Ryanair Marketing Boss Kenny Jacobs Is Leaving the Airline

Conor Humphries, Reuters

Kenny Jacobs is a well-known member of Ryanair's senior management team and has frequently represented the airline at industry events. Given his prominent role at the company, his departure is something of a shock.

1 week ago

AirAsia CEO Sidelined During Bribery Probe and 9 Other Top Aviation Stories This Week

AirAsia CEO Sidelined During Bribery Probe and 9 Other Top Aviation Stories This Week

Danielle Hyams, Skift

This week in aviation news, AirAsia's iconic CEO Tony Fernandes steps aside for now while officials look into allegations that he accepted a bribe from Airbus in exchange for a major order. Plus, JetBlue founder unveils details about his new airline. He's calling it Breeze.

1 week ago

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How Travel Agencies Are Winning Over Customers and Airlines in a Fragmented Industry

How Travel Agencies Are Winning Over Customers and Airlines in a Fragmented Industry

Airlines Reporting Corporation (ARC) + Skift

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2 months ago

Hong Kong Airlines Will Cut Jobs and Reduce Flights as Coronavirus Hits Travel

Hong Kong Airlines Will Cut Jobs and Reduce Flights as Coronavirus Hits Travel

Shriya Ramakrishnan in Bengaluru and Donny Kwok, Reuters

Hong Kong Airlines was in bad shape before anyone started protesting in Hong Kong. Now it must deal not only with fallout from the protests, but also panic from Coronavirus. It's hard to see how the airline recovers.

1 week ago

Finnair Predicts Coronavirus Will Have Limited Impact on Financials of Airlines

Finnair Predicts Coronavirus Will Have Limited Impact on Financials of Airlines

Patrick Whyte, Skift

As long as the flight suspensions don't last too long, Finnair thinks the impact of the coronavirus outbreak should be fairly limited. The problem is at the moment no one knows exactly how quickly, or how easily, it will spread across the rest of Asia and possibly the world.

2 weeks ago

JetBlue Founder Finally Offers Details About His New Airline — Including Its Name

JetBlue Founder Finally Offers Details About His New Airline — Including Its Name

Brian Sumers, Skift

David Neeleman's new airline promises to have good service at competitive prices. That's his strategy at every airline, and it's commendable. But Neeleman is also planning to operate what is essentially two business models at once. Can he pull it off?

2 weeks ago

Spirit Airlines Shifts Growth Strategy From Adding New U.S. Cities

Spirit Airlines Shifts Growth Strategy From Adding New U.S. Cities

Brian Sumers, Skift

Spirit Airlines entered seven new markets last year. Don't look for that to happen again in 2020. The airline's network is reaching maturity.

2 weeks ago

United Buys Flight Academy to Help Overcome Pilot Shortages

United Buys Flight Academy to Help Overcome Pilot Shortages

David Koenig, Associated Press

We've been hearing for a number of years about the pilot crisis in the aviation industry. United's move is a novel and pretty direct approach to try and solve the problem, but it won't be enough on its own.

2 weeks ago

Malaysian Prime Minister Questions Definition of Bribery in AirAsia Allegations

Malaysian Prime Minister Questions Definition of Bribery in AirAsia Allegations

Reuters

Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad chose his words very carefully. He's expressing an opinion but without getting involved in the specifics of the case.

2 weeks ago

How Airlines Are Relying More on Design Improvements to Make Flying Better

How Airlines Are Relying More on Design Improvements to Make Flying Better

Brian Sumers, Skift

Don't fault airlines for lack of innovation. It's a risky business that doesn't always reward companies that act boldly. Instead, take solace in knowing that airlines are embracing smaller innovations that could make travel better.

2 weeks ago

Ryanair Called Out by UK Regulator for Misleading Environmental Claims

Ryanair Called Out by UK Regulator for Misleading Environmental Claims

Laurence Frost and Alistair Smout, Reuters

Despite all the evidence to the contrary, the airline industry is desperate to inflate its green credentials. This is just one example of a worrying trend.

2 weeks ago