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Interview: Regional Carriers at Fulcrum of U.S. Airline Industry Recovery

Two U.S. regional carriers are largely prevailing as victors in a battle for survival as airlines globally continue to weather an unprecedented downturn in travel demand. Phoenix-based Mesa Airlines and St. George, Utah-based Skywest Airlines have both posted profits for the last quarter while larger airlines report losses in the millions of dollars per day. This achievement boils down to one contingency for these two regional airlines: contracts. Air travel numbers are rebounding in the U.S., albeit gradually. As projected…

Interview: Qatar Airways Flies Through the Pandemic

Recently we had the opportunity to sit down with Eric Odone, Senior Vice President of the Americas at Qatar Airways to pick his brain on a few topics related to global travel during the COVID-19 pandemic and how Qatar Airways is adapting to these challenges and more. Since March airlines…

Interview: Eastern CEO Talks 777 and Strategy as Traffic Picks…

Despite diminished demand, shrinking fleets and network cuts affecting airlines around the world as a direct result of the COVID-19 crisis, Eastern Airlines made headlines earlier this month as it acquired its largest aircraft yet and applied to serve its first regularly scheduled domestic flight. It’s important to distinguish which…

Interview: “Stronger Together” Commuter Airlines Announce Merger

Yet another set of U.S. airlines has merged, but unless you live on the island state of Hawaii you probably won’t notice a difference. On June 4, 2020, the merger between Mokulele Airlines and Makani Kai Air was announced via Southern Airways Express media platforms. Southern Air acquired Mokulele back…

Interview: How Sun Country is Adapting to an Evolving Industry…

As the airline industry struggles to find its footing during an unprecedented travel downturn worldwide, many air carriers are finding new ways to cope during this period. Minneapolis, Minnesota-based Sun Country Airlines is no exception to this. While commonly seen as a leisure carrier, the airline has recently enacted contracts…

Exclusive: An Interview with Air New Zealand’s CRO

The effects of the coronavirus crisis on air transport demand are well known by now. A sheer drop in demand, combined with a very high number of booking cancellations has brought airline traffic to an all-time low. As a result, countries quickly reacted to ensure the survival of such companies…

ASTA: The Challenges of Running a Subregional Airline in Midwest…

As the saying goes, the best way to become a millionaire is by having a billion dollars and opening an airline. Aviation is a high-risk industry, with high costs and narrow margins. The risk of losing money is amplified in the regional markets. The low capacity brings costs per seat…

Airline Tycoon David Neeleman Talks Breeze Airways Start-Up

This Friday, the world finally met the U.S.'s newest airline: Breeze Airways. Known as Moxy during the developing phases of the project, the airline is headed by no less than David Neeleman, the world-famous airline entrepreneur, founder of Morris Air, WestJet, JetBlue and Azul. AirlineGeeks had the chance to catch…

Interview: SAS Operates First A350 Flight to Chicago

The introduction of a new aircraft type into an airline’s fleet is a momentous occasion. Years of planning prelude to the actual first flight of the aircraft in an airline's fleet. Back in November 2019 AirlineGeeks attended the delivery ceremony for SAS Scandinavian Airlines' first Airbus A350 in Toulouse, France.…

An Interview With Aerolíneas Argentinas’ New Vice President

After Alberto Fernandez took office, succeeding Mauricio Macri as Argentina's President, one of the big questions of the local commercial aviation market was who will take charge of the state-owned carrier, Aerolíneas Argentinas. Pablo Ceriani was appointed CEO of the Aerolineas holding, in a move that was perceived as a…