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?
Cargo and Maxes
Much of the world is trapped at home and shopping online. Who's transporting all those goods? Airlines, and cargo. has been the one silver lining in the airline's terrible pandemic year. But it's not a savior; airlines still are losing money. Edward "Ned" Russell and Madhu Unnikrishnan talk all things cargo and look at why United is buying more Boeing 737 Max aircraft.
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The Opportunities Norwegian Air Is Leaving Behind
Norwegian's retrenchment is providing opportunities for all sorts of airlines, like Finnair, United, and Virgin Atlantic, Airline Weekly colleagues Edward "Ned" Russell and Madhu Unnikrishnan say in this week's episode. And just why is much of the media coverage of United Flight 328 wrong, when the aircraft's systems and its crew acted just as they should have in an emergency?
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United Channels 'The Jetsons' With Electric Air Taxis
United's plan to bridge the "last mile" with electric aircraft is ambitious, especially since the FAA hasn't approved any electric engines for flight yet. Meanwhile, Spirit could have its 2019 capacity back by this summer. Airline Weekly colleagues Ned Russell and Madhu Unnikrishnan take a look at these issues as well as why Aeromexico's bankruptcy and Interjet's inability to pay its fuel bills might help Volaris.
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Now Is When Sun Country Plans IPO?
Sun Country has been planning to go public for more than a year, but it made it official now, during the worst crisis to hit the airline industry. Airline Weekly colleagues Edward Russell and Madhu Unnikrishnan talk about why the low-cost-carrier is going public now, what's happening with Air Canada, and whether Copa will be a Wall Street darling again.
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Will 2021 Be Any Better?
The six largest U.S. airlines have reported their fourth-quarter and full-year 2020 results, and while we knew last year was historically bad, it doesn't look like this year will be any better. Airline Weekly colleagues Edward Russell and Madhu Unnikrishnan dig into the earnings and when travel will start to rebound.
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Why the A220 Works Now
Airbus has a winner with the A220, and airlines are just starting to discover what they can do with the aircraft’s size and range. Chris Sloan, publisher of theairchive.net joins for a discussion on the A220 and the Boeing 737 Max.
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A must-listen for anyone who loves the commercial aviation business
Enjoying the new format and Madhu is both knowledge and a joy to listen to.
The Air India privatization episode was very interesting- I expected a mention of internal ‘social’ routes Air India are required to operate due to Government diktat despite making no commercial sense. Be interested hear more from Jay on this story.
Used to be great
Loss of two very knowledgeable host left podcast in the hands of the B team.
Full of lots of Oh’s and Ah’s by current host.
There content is essentially a couple of outsiders with very limited, surface knowledge of airlines. There’s very little preparation that’s goes into the podcast which becomes abundantly clear. Just because you try to be contrarian with the way you say leisure isn’t fooling anyone. Quality of audio is horrendous. Finally, keep your left wing politics out of an airline podcast. I know it’s hard for a couple of California wannabe media types but seriously, cut it out