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The editors of Skift Airline Weekly discuss the most interesting developments within the commercial airline industry. In keeping with Skift Airline Weekly’s style, conversation generally centers on one question: How do you make money in this industry? 

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    • 3.9 • 94 Ratings

The editors of Skift Airline Weekly discuss the most interesting developments within the commercial airline industry. In keeping with Skift Airline Weekly’s style, conversation generally centers on one question: How do you make money in this industry? 

    The South American Spider Web

    The South American Spider Web

    Abra, the new holding company planned by Colombia's Avianca and Brazil's Gol, would knit together South America in what Copa CEO called a spider web (although he said he's not too concerned about it). In this week's episode, Edward "Ned" Russell and Madhu Unnikrishnan take a look at what the new transnational company could look like and why Copa is doing well. And then they blame Alanis Morrissete for ruining the word "ironic." 

    • 21 min
    Who's to Blame for the Pilot Shortage?

    Who's to Blame for the Pilot Shortage?

    Tempers are flaring as airlines, unions, and even Congress point fingers at who's to blame for the pilot shortage. Edward "Ned" Russell and Madhu Unnikrishnan discuss an innovative program at Southern Airways Express as well as why Mesa CEO Jonathan Ornstein may have a point about foreign pilots flying into the U.S. and the challenges to changing the 1,500-hour rule. Later, the pair look into the great summer ahead for the European Big Three and why Azul is having a banner year.

    • 22 min
    Just What's Happening in Newark?

    Just What's Happening in Newark?

    Airlines are sparring over Newark Liberty International Airport, as United claims the FAA is allowing low-cost-carriers to go over the 79 flight operations per hour cap. But Spirit and JetBlue refute that claim and say United should reduce its own operations if it wants fewer delays. Who's right? That's what Madhu Unnikrishnan and Edward "Ned" Russell discuss, before turning to how the lack of spare Airbus A220 parts is forcing AirBaltic to wet-lease a Boeing 737 from Ukraine International Airlines. 

    • 22 min
    The Thick of Airline Earnings

    The Thick of Airline Earnings

    Edward “Ned” Russell and Madhu Unnikrishnan are in the thick of first quarter earnings. The takeaway so far: demand changed for the better in March but summer may not be as rosy as many hoped, at least for travelers. Staffing concerns continue to weigh on schedules, threatening limited and pricey options for those with pent-up demand to travel.

    • 22 min
    Bellwether Delta

    Bellwether Delta

    Cape Air CEO Linda Markham warns that the U.S. industry’s every-airline-for-themselves approach to easing the pilot shortage may not be the best way to address supply. Edward “Ned” Russell and Madhu Unnikrishnan discuss her comments, and our favorite spokes-seagull. Then, Delta Air Lines was the industry’s bellwether on financials with the recovery turn it saw in March apparently set to carry other U.S. airlines back to the black.

    • 24 min
    A Tale of Two Quarters

    A Tale of Two Quarters

    It’s that time of year again: earnings! Delta Air Lines kicked off the first quarter results season with better than expected financials that reflected the two halves of the quarter; one characterized by Omicron and the other by pent-up demand. Edward “Ned” Russell and Madhu Unnikrishnan also discuss how the U.S. pilot shortage has spread to mid-size carriers Alaska Airlines and JetBlue.

    • 21 min

Customer Reviews

3.9 out of 5
94 Ratings

94 Ratings

Pilotindave ,

What’s behind the bad ratings?

It seems people have a grudge against the hosts. I enjoy the conversational nature of this podcast. The hosts are knowledgeable and well informed.

Vinn3208 ,

Hosts don’t mesh

I used to enjoy this podcast because it was insightful. There are still some interesting discussions on airline news and industry happenings, but it feels as if the hosts are not really engaged in the show.

Ned Russell seems like a genuine and caring guy who loves all things transportation related. He does his best to explain stories and analyze without criticizing things. However, it seems that Madhu always wants to point out problems. Simple things like pretending like the audience may not understand an abbreviation or poking fun at a comment. Ned Russell deserves a better co-host who is more respectful and on the same page as he is.

Madhu might be a good guy but he comes across quite obnoxious on here and I cannot stand hearing him speak. I rarely listen anymore and removed it from favorites.

Sdlongrider ,

Please outline or script some shows

Lately there has been so many stuttering and sentence stumbling that’s it’s really affected the quality of a program I used to enjoy. Please consider scripting or at least outlining each episode - it really needs some more formatting to help. Best wishes.

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