Thinking Through DOT’s Surprising FAA Oversight Memo

Thinking Through DOT’s Surprising FAA Oversight Memo

You may have heard yesterday something about how the Department of Transportation (DOT) was investigating maintenance practices at Allegiant and American. That’s not exactly right, there’s another layer involving the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) here, but regardless it was quite the surprise to a lot of people. I should clarify. … Read the post

American and Qantas Try to Hook Up Again, Warn of Doom and Gloom If Shot Down

American and Qantas Try to Hook Up Again, Warn of Doom and Gloom If Shot Down

Back in 2015, American and Qantas tried to gain US government approval to expand a joint venture to include anti-trust immunity for flights between the US and Australia/New Zealand. This seemed like a fairly standard request at the time, but the Department of Transportation (DOT) surprisingly shot it down. … Read the post

Trump Gets Tough on the Middle East Airlines… Or Possibly Not

Trump Gets Tough on the Middle East Airlines… Or Possibly Not

If you saw the news earlier this week that President Trump had addressed the gulf carrier subsidy issue, you could be forgiven for being extremely confused. What happened was reported in very different ways depending upon the interpretation, so you ended up seeing headlines like these:

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In the Great 2017 Mexico City Slot Giveaway, Alaska, JetBlue, Southwest, and Volaris are the Victors

In the Great 2017 Mexico City Slot Giveaway, Alaska, JetBlue, Southwest, and Volaris are the Victors

After the US and Mexico agreed to an open skies agreement for travel between the two countries, Delta and Aeromexico wasted no time filing for an immunized joint venture that would allow them to share revenues. This shouldn’t surprise anyone since Delta owns a sizeable stake in the airline and … Read the post

International Travel Demand to the US Should Be an Enormous Concern

International Travel Demand to the US Should Be an Enormous Concern

With so much uncertainty surrounding travel and visa policies for people coming to the US, demand has unsurprisingly started to drop. If I’m a US-based airline, this is one of the most concerning potential issues out there today.

Since Trump’s election, business sentiment has been … Read the post

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