You might think that with a new, anti-globalist administration in the US, foreign airlines might want to tiptoe carefully until they figure out the lay of the land. Emirates apparently didn’t get that memo. It has just announced that it will begin flying between Newark and Athens less than two … Read the post
This week’s featured link:
Summer is Here—Summer 2017 Schedule is now Published! – Southwest Airlines Community
Southwest’s summer schedule is out, and there are a bunch of changes. Most notably, Southwest is going into Cincinnati, building up Cleveland, and abandoning Akron/Canton and Dayton in the process. The dismantling of the … Read the post
There isn’t anything quite like the A380. The airplane is enormous, and frankly, it is a true delight to fly (as a passenger, at least). The cabin design feels spacious, you can barely hear any engine noise, and it handles turbulence well. From an airline perspective, however, it’s the economics … Read the post
Loyalty only goes so far as American Airlines, others revamp rewards programs – Dallas Morning News
This was a broader look at changes in frequent flier programs over the last few years. Since it’s from the Dallas paper, American obviously is front-and-center in this story.
It used to be that if you wanted to go between continents, chances are you’d need a stop or two along the way. As time has gone on, the idea of stopping just because you have to has mostly fallen by the wayside. Airplanes have increasingly long range thanks to … Read the post
It happened so quietly that very few people seemed to notice, but over the holiday weekend, Delta ended its interline agreement with Emirates. I know, you’re completely surprised, aren’t you? I actually was surprised… that it hadn’t ended sooner.
An interline agreement is the most … Read the post
Last week, most of you liked the idea of doing a weekly news roundup, but not all. So I’m trying something a little bit different. I’m going to pick just a few links (3 this week), and then pick one as the featured link. That one will show up first … Read the post
We’ve seen so much about the fight between the big US and the big Middle East carriers that it’s easy to forget that not every US carrier is behind this effort. There are some US-based airlines that love Middle East airlines and for good reason. Alaska gave a startling statistic … Read the post
When Delta announced that it would take a 3.55 percent stake in China Eastern, I received a bunch of emails saying effectively the same thing. To paraphrase, how can Delta justify investing in the most subsidized Chinese airline while still fighting Emirates/Etihad/Qatar and their subsidies? It sounds hypocritical, for … Read the post
When American, Delta, and United first released the details of their investigation into the finances of Emirates, Etihad, and Qatar, I figured the case against Emirates was the weakest. For that reason, it’s no surprise that Emirates has been the most vocal and forthcoming in defense of itself. Last … Read the post
At last week’s CAPA conference, the highlight was supposed to be the panel debate between US and Middle East carriers over whether Middle East carriers subsidies created an unfair competitive situation. The two hour panel didn’t disappoint and was very well-moderated. Despite the performance (which you can watch in its … Read the post
I’m sure you’ve all just been dying to get an update on the US-Middle East airline fight, right? There’s little to discuss of substance, but if you’re looking for fireworks, nothing beats what’s happening across the Pond. The European carriers are really starting to take sides, and you won’t be … Read the post