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The Continental Turnaround: Part 1

In the early 1990s, Continental Airlines wasn’t in a good place. A leveraged buyout firm had just acquired the company after it had declared its second bankruptcy in nine years.  Greg Brenneman, at the time a specialist at corporate turnarounds at Bain, was tasked with fixing Continental. There is an excellent article written by him in the Harvard Business Review that goes into extensive detail about the monumental effort that it took to bring Continental out of a nosedive.  He…

U.S. Threatens More Tariffs Over Airbus Dispute

Earlier in the year, the United States won a key ruling against the European Union over unfair subsidies being given to Airbus. The World Trade Organization had ruled that the United States can go ahead and target the European Union with billions of dollars of punitive tariffs over a dispute…

Indian Government Announces 100 Percent Sale of Air India

After months of speculation and a previous failed attempt at privatization, there finally is a confirmation of sorts in the ever-lengthening saga of Air India’s privatization that everyone knew already. The civil aviation minister of India Hardeep Singh finally announced that the government is looking to sell 100 percent of…

Opinion: I Flew on the World’s Longest Flight and Don’t…

At over 8,000 nautical miles, The Singapore-Newark route is currently the world's longest with regularly scheduled service. It’s a very prestigious route flown by Singapore Airlines using its Airbus A350-900ULR aircraft designed specifically with the route in mind. First opened with the Airbus A340-500 earlier in the century, the route…

More EU Nations Seek to Expand Aviation Taxes

The newfound attention aviation is facing around carbon emissions continues to grow. Recently, airlines have been branded as significant polluters of the world with more and more people looking for ways to penalize the activity of flyers and airlines. This has become so prevalent in some countries that they have…

Airbus Ends October on a Strong Note

Airbus had a strong October and looks to be finishing off the year on a solid note, albeit a slight reduction in expected aircraft to be delivered. The airplane manufacturer clocked in a series of wins in October that left an already injured Boeing even further behind. Airbus reported 415…

Air India Makes Some Progress Towards Privatization

It is now expected that the official expression of interest for privatizing Air India should be done by the end of November, after a delay of a month in the drawn-out process for privatization. The committee overseeing the privatization was supposed to have it ready by the end of October…

Emirates SkyCargo: A Major Player in Perishable Air Cargo

Global cargo has been on a decline this year with a steady downward trend in 2019. At the beginning of the second quarter of this year global cargo had declined 4.7 percent versus the same time last year. This is in contrast to an overall net increase in freight capacity…

A Win and Fail in Airline Frequent Flyer Programs

Two interesting new developments have come about in the past two weeks with regard to airline frequent flyer programs in the United States. First United Airlines announced that that spending on flights would be the main driver of elite status qualification over the previous standard of miles flown, secondly, Delta…

Brussels Airlines Shows off New Airbus A330 Cabin as It…

Brussels Airlines is moving forward on its plans to be the boutique carrier of Europe through a complete revamp of its offerings. The airline doesn’t typically get much attention as one of the smaller members of the Lufthansa Group; however, the airline is using its small size to its advantage…