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American Airlines CEO Doug Parker speaks to the Snowball Express crowd in Dallas (Photo: AirlineGeeks | Parker Davis)

Executive Series: U.S. Legacy Carriers

Facing numerous challenges and opportunities, leaders of airlines oftentimes come from different backgrounds. Some may rise through the ranks of the airlines while some may be pulled from other industries. These varying backgrounds also impact how each airline leader handles the challenges and opportunities that their respective airline faces. Over the next few weeks, we will take an in-depth look to see how leaders of some of the world's largest airlines got to where they are today, what challenges they…

An Irish Alliance: Aer Lingus and Ryanair Sign Flight-Connection Deal

Ireland's two largest airlines have agreed to a historic deal to connect short and long-haul routes out of the country's capital, Dublin. Flag-carrier Aer Lingus and eminent low-cost carrier Ryanair signed the cooperation agreement that will allow easier connection for customers looking to explore Europe and beyond. It's a particularly unusual move…

Qatar Airways Open to Codeshare Discussions with American Airlines

Despite the ongoing dispute between the big three airlines of Gulf nations in the Middle East and the U.S. airlines regarding the Open Skies agreement and the issue of government subsidies, Qatar Airways has announced that it is open to the idea of resuming codeshare operations with American Airlines. Qatar…

Chicago O’Hare Eyes Dramatic Expansion

The nations third busiest airport may be getting bigger. The Chicago Tribune is reporting that the city of Chicago and the airlines serving Chicago O’Hare are nearing an $8.5 billion deal to expand the airport. The deal would see renovated terminals, new concourses, and more gates for the airport. If…

Emirates Threatens to Pull $76 Billion Boeing Deal Amid Ongoing…

As the Gulf carriers continue to grow their fleets and expand their route networks, U.S. carriers continue to pursue their agendas in reversing the Open Skies agreement between the United States and the United Arab Emirates. Delta Air Lines, United Airlines and American Airlines have all taken an active stance…

Still Stuck in the Back: The Worthlessness of Some Frequent…

Disclaimer: This article contains opinions from the author based on his personal experiences with this topic In 1972, United Airlines, with help from Western Direct Marketing, created the first true airline frequent flyer program. Members received special plaques, among other things, but that was just the beginning. Over the course…

Copyright Board Rejects American’s Logo For a Second Time

The U.S. Copyright Board has rejected American Airline's logo for a second time. The logo, which was adopted in 2013, after a merger with US Airways, features a white eagle's head sticking out of a blue and red diagonal bar. The Board released a five-page report explaining why the logo…

American and Delta Reinstate Interline Agreement After Hiatus

Starting on Jan. 24, American Airlines and Delta Air Lines plan to reinstate their electronic interline ticketing agreement, which ended almost two years ago. Once the agreement is active, the airlines will once again have the ability to re-accommodate customers that were impacted by any sort of irregular operations, including…

American Airlines Announces New Shuttle Service and Additional Routes

American Airlines recently announced that it would be launching its newest shuttle service between Chicago's O'Hare Airport and New York's La Guardia Airport starting on April 4 later this year. Along with the shuttle announcement, the Dallas-based airline announced the additions of another six destinations bringing their total new flights…

Delta Takes First Place in Airline Performance in 2017

Delta Air Lines overtook Alaska Airlines in 2017 to become the best airline in the United States for performance. Delta surpassed every major carrier in the country, even with multiple meltdowns that resulted in thousands of canceled flights and tens of thousands of passengers stranded. For the past four years,…