72 episodes

Hosted by Ben Baldanza - former CEO Spirit Airlines & Chris Chiames - 30+ year airline/travel industry veteran. Top stories, discussion, listener questions, and passenger complaints are all addressed head-on in each episode.

Airlines Confidential Podcas‪t‬ Ben Baldanza & Chris Chiames

    • Business
    • 4.5 • 52 Ratings

Hosted by Ben Baldanza - former CEO Spirit Airlines & Chris Chiames - 30+ year airline/travel industry veteran. Top stories, discussion, listener questions, and passenger complaints are all addressed head-on in each episode.

    Episode072/2021-02-24

    Episode072/2021-02-24

    This week: Weather & damage; $14 billion stimulus to airlines?; Are single pilot planes coming soon?; Amy has a question about "QC" airplanes; Kyle asks: Is there a "list price" for a commercial jetliner? Fatima has a complaint about Qatar Airways - Fine? or Whine?

    • 27 min
    Episode071/2021-02-17

    Episode071/2021-02-17

    This week: A trial balloon that didn't fly; New routes announced; A look OAG data indicates who's actually travelling; Listener complaint: Hawaiian Airlines charged $300 in change fees - Fine or Whine? and this week's shout-outs.

    • 26 min
    Episode070/2021-02-10

    Episode070/2021-02-10

    This Week: Special Guest WSJ Travel Editor Scott McCartney with the Best & Worst US Airlines of 2020; Airline staffing and who's asking for more government funding; A listener upset with United ticketing "schemes"- Fine? or Whine?

    • 44 min
    Episode069/2021-02-03

    Episode069/2021-02-03

    This week: The staggering amount US Airlines lost this past year; What were Southwest and American really saying in their earnings calls? Will pre-flight Covid testing for all domestic passengers be a requirement soon? New slot rules...now?  A pilot/listener follows up on pilots breaks during flight; Shout-outs to Peter Ingram and Gary Kelly.

    • 29 min
    Episode068/2021-01-27

    Episode068/2021-01-27

    This week: United shows leadership; A look into the new Washington DC leadership change; What qualifies someone to be Secretary of Transportation? Special guest Richard Mintz; and a Spirit complaint-Fine? or Whine? *Note: We apologize for some audio technical difficulties this week.

    • 35 min
    Episode067/2021-01-20

    Episode067/2021-01-20

    Delta says they can hit cash break even by summer. Can they? Norwegian ceases transatlantic flights.How long is OK for a pilot to be out of the cockpit during a flight? and Dan gets the Geek of the Week Award for his question of Yield vs PRASM

    • 28 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
52 Ratings

52 Ratings

music looooooverr ,

Insightful !

Very insightful! Interesting and enjoy the hosts.

Crazy192837 ,

WAY TOO POLITICAL WITH LITTLE INSIGHT

1/27/21 Amended update: the pod took a hard turn to the left. It’s left wing propaganda masquerading as an airline podcast. Prepare for uber political statements supporting everything anti Trump and pro Biden. very little factual information and all opinion from a fiercely anti-military, anti-veteran co-host

Ethan953488 ,

Used to be excellent, but had gone downhill

Long time listener and a big fan, but over the past few months, things have gone downhill.

Too many ads, the quality of discussion has declined, and replacing Seth was a mistake. Chris is clearly knowledgeable, and I’ve seen him do excellent interviews/commentary in other forums, but the Ben and Chris dynamic, as it currently stands, is just too dry.

I haven’t given up that they can rescue it, but the podcast is in trouble. I no longer look forward to new episodes, and now only occasionally listen.

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