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Airline Weekly Lounge Episode 92: Kiwis and Kangaroos

Seth Kaplan
March 6th, 2018 at 6:53 PM EST

Airline Weekly's Seth Kaplan discusses the Qsuite with Qatar Airways' Vice President of the Americas Günter Saurwein  

Airline Weekly’s Seth Kaplan discusses the Qsuite with Qatar Airways’ Vice President of the Americas Günter Saurwein

Life is good in Australasia—especially if you’re Qantas or Air New Zealand. Both carriers are enjoying a bit of a golden age that stems from good management and some macro tailwinds. Meanwhile, Virgin Australia, seemingly unable to catch those tailwinds, drifted toward a disheartening 2% operating profit margin in 2017.

Scandinavia’s SAS, meanwhile, had a negative margin that really wasn’t disheartening, because it was a small loss (-3%) and came during the airline’s always-difficult fourth quarter. Avianca managed to profit despite a painful pilot strike. And finally, Seth Kaplan caught up with Qatar Airways Vice President of the Americas Günter Saurwein to chat about the new airline’s business-class product and much more.

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