SkyTeam’s Chairman on Plans to Stop Being a “Very Clear Number Two” (Across the Aisle)

SkyTeam’s Chairman on Plans to Stop Being a “Very Clear Number Two” (Across the Aisle)

The SkyTeam alliance got together in New York yesterday to shake hands, kiss babies, and generally feel good about things. See, they were celebrating the alliance’s ten year anniversary with a meeting in New York. While I couldn’t be there, I did get 15 minutes on the phone with Leo Read the post

Republic CEO Bryan Bedford on Fees, Competition in the Hubs, and More (Across the Aisle)

Republic CEO Bryan Bedford on Fees, Competition in the Hubs, and More (Across the Aisle)

I’m back with part two of my conversation with Bryan Bedford, CEO of Republic (which owns Frontier, among others). In part one, we talked about the strategy that led the company to buy Frontier and Midwest. Today, we get a little more into the weeds with everything from inflight … Read the post

Volaris Talks About Expansion, Profitability, and yes, Southwest (Across the Aisle)

Volaris Talks About Expansion, Profitability, and yes, Southwest (Across the Aisle)

Last week, I had the chance to sit down with three of the guys behind Volaris, the successful Mexican low cost carrier that is now likely to be Southwest’s first codeshare partner. Holger Blankenstein (Chief Commercial Officer), José Luís Suárez (Director of Sales), and Manuel Ambriz López (Manager of Commercial … Read the post

LAN’s North American Chief Talks About New San Francisco Flights, Machu Picchu Devastation (Across the Aisle Part 1)

LAN’s North American Chief Talks About New San Francisco Flights, Machu Picchu Devastation (Across the Aisle Part 1)

It’s been awhile since I last put together an Across the Aisle interview. Sure, I’ve spoken with plenty of people, but I haven’t done the straight interview format lately. So, when I was contacted to see if I would be interested in talking to LAN’s VP of North America and Read the post

Talking to Emirates About Onboard Mobile Phone Use (Across the Aisle Interview)

Talking to Emirates About Onboard Mobile Phone Use (Across the Aisle Interview)

Last week, I had the chance Across the Aisle from Emiratesto chat with Patrick Brannelly, Emirates VP Passenger Communications and Visual Services. The topic? Onboard mobile phone use. This should spark some pretty interesting debate.

Patrick was very encouraged by what he’s seeing on Emirates so far, and he … Read the post

Across the Aisle from JetBlue CEO Dave Barger Part 2: Wi-fi, TrueBlue Changes, and International Partners

Across the Aisle from JetBlue CEO Dave Barger Part 2: Wi-fi, TrueBlue Changes, and International Partners

Welcome back to Part 2 of my interview with Across the Aisle from JetBlueDave Barger, CEO of JetBlue. If you missed Part 1 which discusses the problems in Long Beach along with the general product direction, then you might want to go check it out.

In Part 2, … Read the post

Across the Aisle from JetBlue CEO Dave Barger Part 1: Keeping the Product Fresh and Long Beach Troubles

Across the Aisle from JetBlue CEO Dave Barger Part 1: Keeping the Product Fresh and Long Beach Troubles

While I was at the Phoenix Symposium last week, I had the chance to sit Across the Aisle from JetBluewith Dave Barger, CEO of JetBlue to talk shop. I had planned to chat mostly about the airline’s plans to keep the product fresh, but after I mentioned I lived in Long Beach, Dave became … Read the post

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