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JetBlue Takes Off

Mar 22, 2016 The first Airbus aircraft produced in the U.S. Manufacturing Facility has flown for the first time. The A321, destined for JetBlue took off from the Mobile Aeroplex at Brookley in Mobile, Alabama, at 9:36 a.m., performed its test sequences, and ... Read more

Pegasus Airlines

Mar 22, 2016 Boeing and Turkey's leading low-cost carrier Pegasus Airlines, have finalized an order for five Next-Generation 737-800 airplanes, valued at approximately $505 million based on expected list prices at delivery. Pegasus Airlines and its subsidiaries, Air Manas and Izair, operate a fleet of 58 737-800s and ... Read more

Ups and Downs

Mar 16, 2016 In Episode 30 we discuss Qantas’s record-breaking year and why Virgin Australia has not found the same level of fortune. Air New Zealand continues to defy gravity. Avianca appears to be weathering—in pretty good fashion—the economic storm that’s consuming Brazil right now. Aeroflot is ... Read more


Feb 23, 2016 Finnair, Norwegian and Icelandair all had rather forgettable off-peak fourth quarters, but not because of the chilly weather they are all enduring. Rather, each has a unique set of challenges and opportunities. Finnair’s challenges include exposure to Asia and transatlantic competition, but there’... Read more

Iran Air Choices

Feb 01, 2016 Iran officials have signed two agreements with Airbus covering new aircraft orders and a comprehensive civil aviation co-operation package. The agreements were signed at the Élysée Palace, Paris, during Iranian President Hassan Rouhani’s official visit to France with French President François Hollande. ... Read more


Jan 26, 2016 Regardless of whether it’s up or down, India’s airline market tends to be one of thrills and spills. And right now, we’re seeing both—IndiGo is providing the thrills, Air India the spills. Meanwhile, Jet Airways and SpiceJet are holding their own.... Read more

Korean Air

Dec 03, 2015 The number of challenges facing Korean Air could fill an A380. Nonetheless the airline remains quite profitable. Korean Air’s prime competitor, Asiana, has not been as fortunate, and we discuss the differences. Meanwhile, Aegean Airlines is doing just fine—more than fine, ... Read more


Nov 16, 2015 Is Emirates Airline running out of room to fulfill its jumbo-sized ambitions? The Gulf carrier’s combined second- and third-quarter earnings report went over with another “meh.” Emirates, Qatar Airways, Etihad and—to some degree—nearby Turkish Airlines are all facing big systemic challenges. Too ... Read more


Nov 03, 2015 Well that didn’t last long. American Airlines, the biggest carrier in the world, set a new quarterly profit record, with a $1.9b net profit in the third quarter. Of course, there are some technicalities at play here, but it broke Delta’s ... Read more

Delta Airlines

Oct 28, 2015 How did Delta achieve its record-breaking quarter? We touch on some of the root causes, including Delta’s push for cheap aircraft and near-perfect operations. Also, we discuss Delta’s plan for flat or zero capacity growth in the fourth quarter. And will Delta hold on to ... Read more

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