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Airline Pricing Was Broken Long Before COVID-19

by 
Chris Anthony
September 1, 2020
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A narrative has been taking shape that COVID-19 upended airlines' commercial model, but airline commercial processes have been broken long before the pandemic.

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Why I’m Worried By Digital Immunity Passports

by 
Jack Chen
July 22, 2020
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Airline and airport executives have recently expressed interest in “digital immunity passports” to certify non-Covid-19 travelers

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How American Airlines’ And JetBlue’s Partnership Will Impact Airline Alliances

by 
David Kaplan
July 16, 2020
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American revives its NY/Boston presence, while JetBlue gets a chance to build up its premium appeal.

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Which Airlines Are Best Positioned To Succeed Post Covid-19?

by 
Joseph Vito DeLuca
June 28, 2020
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As the airline industry resets, a shakeout is sure to result in a shift in the dominant business models between full-service carriers and low-cost carriers.

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Why Europe-Asia Airline Market Won't Recover Until 2021

by 
David Kaplan
June 25, 2020
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LCCs serving the two regions are likely to emerge stronger from the crisis, says Dr. Volodymyr Bilotkach.

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McKinsey’s Air Travel Pulse Points To European Summer Flight Comeback

by 
David Kaplan
June 17, 2020
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Daily bookings with destinations for Spain, for example, increased by 33 percent within one week.

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What Are The Keys To Airline Passenger Satisfaction Now?

by 
David Kaplan
June 16, 2020
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Leisure travelers tell J.D. Power that info on cleaning/hygiene and daily updates on the state of the pandemic in the area they will be visiting are key to contentment in the air.

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Airlines’ Digital Transformation: Glass Half Full – Or Empty?

by 
David Kaplan
June 11, 2020
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Airlines still have a long trek toward digital optimization, a Diggintravel report shows.

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Can Airlines – Or Passengers – Afford An Empty Middle Seat?

by 
Nicole Roedig
June 9, 2020
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Like free lunch, there’s no such thing as a free vacant middle seat.

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Prose and Contrails: Commercial Aviation Recovery From Covid-19

by 
Steve Hendrickson
June 2, 2020
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Flight operations among the Aero 80 carriers through 15 June continue to show mostly cautious reintroductions of capacity.

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WTF: Why Airline Health Protection Surcharges Are Inevitable

by 
Steve Hendrickson
May 12, 2020
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4
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Restoring “Willingness To Fly” will depend on costly hygienic and cleaning processes.

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Have Airlines Actually Cut 90 Percent Of Capacity?

by 
David Kaplan
May 5, 2020
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Many of the seats are still out there. You can buy them. But that ‘90 percent of capacity’ really is a short term indicator.

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How Soon Will Travelers Be Willing To Fly Again?

by 
David Kaplan
April 20, 2020
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5
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The best way to encourage booking behavior is to mitigate risk. Jay Sorensen offers airlines some thoughts on how best to do that.

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The $200 billion dollar stimulus package the airline industry can offer

by 
Jack Chen
April 16, 2020
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3
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Even while cash-strapped along with every other business, carriers can implement their own multi-billion dollar stimulus plan for consumers using mileage points.

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How Business And Leisure Travel Can Come Back Post COVID-19

by 
Lauryn Chamberlain
April 8, 2020
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When the lockdowns end, business travel will be the first to return, with a tentative inclusion of leisure.

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Why Airlines Deserve Immediate Rescue

by 
Steve Hendrickson
March 24, 2020
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4
 min read

Reforming the industry can only have meaning if we assure its survival.

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Charting The Future Of Air Travel Demand And Network Planning

by 
David Kaplan
March 23, 2020
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6
 min read

The histories that factor into route planning mean zero now.

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What Does the Coronavirus Mean for Aviation Now?

by 
David Kaplan
March 4, 2020
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8
 min read

Uncertainty is abundant, but aviation industry shocks over the past 20 years offer guideposts.

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The Gamification of Airline Loyalty

by 
Jack Chen
March 3, 2020
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3
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Airlines need to up their loyalty game now more than ever.

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The Deafening Silence Of Depressed Demand – One Traveler’s View From Singapore

by 
Judson Rollins
February 21, 2020
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6
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“Outside the airshow, the normally bustling city-state of Singapore took on an eerie quiet that felt like the slowest of public holidays rather than a normal workday.”

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How American’s And Alaska’s Alliance Impacts West Coast Competition

by 
David Kaplan
February 19, 2020
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5
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The expansion of the existing codeshare agreement presents clear advantages for both carriers – and a new challenge for Delta in Seattle.

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How ULCCs Can Continue Growing Amid Slot-Constrained Primary Airport

by 
René Armas Maes
January 6, 2020
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As competition among Ultra Low-Cost Carries intensifies, slots at secondary airports could promote continued expansion.

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U.S. Airlines Expected To Fly 31.6 Million Over Thanksgiving

by 
David Kaplan
November 24, 2019
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A4A projects U.S. airlines will carry an average of 2.63 million passengers per day during the Thanksgiving travel period.

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Global Airline Ancillary Revenues To Rise By 18 Percent In 2019

by 
David Kaplan
November 20, 2019
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5
 min read

The growing list of a la carte choices in GDSs is a primary driver of non-booking airline sales.

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End-Of-Summer Airline Demand Rose Higher, As Growth Rates Slow, IATA Says

by 
David Kaplan
October 10, 2019
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Latin America was the lone laggard region in August.