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American Airlines’ Woes and 8 Other Top Aviation Stories This Week

American Airlines’ Woes and 8 Other Top Aviation Stories This Week

Tom Lowry, Skift

This week in aviation news, American Airlines, fresh from being outsmarted by Delta in Latin America, continues to struggle. Our new On Airlines column tackles what is wrong at the airline. Also, a startup wants airlines to use buses to replace regional jet service.

2 weeks ago

What’s Gone Wrong at American Airlines?

What’s Gone Wrong at American Airlines?

Brian Sumers, Skift

American Airlines has made a lot of excuses for its performance this year. It blames so many of its problems on a labor dispute and the grounding of the Boeing 737 Max. But perhaps there's something more here?

3 weeks ago

Delta Air Lines Buys Stake in Latin America’s Latam at American’s Expense

Delta Air Lines Buys Stake in Latin America’s Latam at American’s Expense

Justin Bachman, Bloomberg

American Airlines sent out a release Thursday downplaying the significance of Delta snatching a stake in its top partner in Latin America. But make no mistake: This is a big deal. American has been the strongest U.S. airline in Latin America for decades, and this will hurt its competitive position.

3 weeks ago

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2 weeks ago

Boeing Creates Safety Committee to Address 737 Max Concerns

Boeing Creates Safety Committee to Address 737 Max Concerns

Julie Johnsson and Alan Levin, Bloomberg

Many insiders say the Boeing 737 Max is not nearly as flawed as a lot of passengers may think. This saga, however, has shown that Boeing made some mistakes as it rushed the take the airplane to market. Let's hope Boeing learned from those errors.

3 weeks ago

British Airways Owner IAG Cuts Profit Forecast After Strike Disruption

British Airways Owner IAG Cuts Profit Forecast After Strike Disruption

Benjamin Katz, Bloomberg

It's been a tough summer for a lot of European airlines with a number going out of business. IAG is in a pretty healthy financial state but has faced its own set of challenges, including a labor dispute at British Airways.

3 weeks ago

U.S. FAA Head Asks Regulators to Push for Safer Jets and Improved Pilot Training

U.S. FAA Head Asks Regulators to Push for Safer Jets and Improved Pilot Training

Ryan Beene and Alan Levin, Bloomberg

IATA, the global airline trade group, had been hopeful all regulators would clear the Boeing 737 Max on the same day. Now that seems highly unlikely.

3 weeks ago

Ryanair and Expedia Settle Screen-Scraping Lawsuits on 2 Continents

Ryanair and Expedia Settle Screen-Scraping Lawsuits on 2 Continents

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Screen-scraping lawsuits are as old as the internet. We don't know if any money changed hands when Ryanair and Expedia settled lawsuits in the United States and Ireland, but what seems apparent is that Ryanair flights have gone missing on Expedia websites. Case(s) closed.

3 weeks ago

United Airlines Simplifies Seat Upgrades With Points Incentives

United Airlines Simplifies Seat Upgrades With Points Incentives

Brian Sumers, Skift

The majority of U.S. travelers don't have to worry about how they'll upgrade on United Airlines. But United's most loyal customers, who contribute more than their share of revenue, care deeply about the process. United can't make things too difficult for them, or they will defect.

3 weeks ago

FAA Allegedly Downplayed a Whistle-blower’s Complaint About 737 Max Inspections

FAA Allegedly Downplayed a Whistle-blower’s Complaint About 737 Max Inspections

Alan Levin, Bloomberg

The FAA has some ways to go to regain its reputation after the 737 Max crisis. This latest allegation from a federal agency that investigates whistle-blower complaints won't help.

3 weeks ago

This Startup Wants U.S. Airlines to Use Buses to Replace Smaller Regional Jets

This Startup Wants U.S. Airlines to Use Buses to Replace Smaller Regional Jets

Brian Sumers, Skift

It's hard to think of the bus as a disruptive form of mass transportation. But who knows? Maybe this company, Landline, will revolutionize how Americans buy airline tickets.

3 weeks ago

Hong Kong Airlines Appeal to Government for Short-Term Relief

Hong Kong Airlines Appeal to Government for Short-Term Relief

Kyunghee Park, Bloomberg

With months of ongoing protests resulting in a drastic fall in arrivals, financial survival has replaced profitability as a main concern for Hong Kong's airlines.

3 weeks ago