Madhu Unnikrishnan

Wizzing Past the Competition

Why is Wizz Air CEO Joszef Varadi "happy" to compete with Ryanair and why does he think it's the legacy carriers that should be scared? Edward "Ned" Russell and Madhu…

June 10th, 2022 at 1:09 PM EDT

Transat to Lease Aircraft Short Term Due to Airbus Delays

Transat's ambitious plans for the summer are running into Airbus' manufacturing travails, forcing the Canadian carrier to wet-lease aircraft to fulfill its summer schedule.

June 9th, 2022 at 1:42 PM EDT

Hong Kong Loan Extension Illustrates Cathay Pacific’s Troubles

The Hong Kong government has given Cathay Pacific another year to draw down a HK$7.8 billion ($1 billion) loan, in a sign that the carrier's business remains tenuous even as…

June 7th, 2022 at 2:16 PM EDT

Elbers Exits KLM

Two years ago, industry analysts warned that airlines without domestic markets would be the first in a wave of airline bankruptcies and liquidations — then thought likely — due to the…

June 6th, 2022 at 12:31 AM EDT

Outgoing CEO Pieter Elbers

Pandemic Confirms Value of Strong Hub to KLM CEO Pieter Elbers

At the start of the pandemic and through 2020 and much of 2021, industry observers predicted airlines without domestic markets — like Cathay Pacific Airways, Emirates, KLM, and Singapore Airlines…

June 2nd, 2022 at 2:55 PM EDT

Summertime, and the Fares Are Easy

Delta Air Lines became the latest in a long list of U.S. carriers to cut summer capacity. Now, almost all the U.S. majors and mid-tier airlines have cited some combination…

May 31st, 2022 at 12:31 AM EDT

Qatar Airways A350

Airbus, Qatar Airways Dispute to Go to Trial Next Year

The drama between Airbus and Qatar Airways over the A350 will head to trial, a UK High Court judge ruled this week. The three-month trial is expected to begin next…

May 27th, 2022 at 12:59 PM EDT

IndiGo CEO Fears Demand Will Fall as Fares Rise to Match Fuel Costs

IndiGo is navigating between dual headwinds, unfavorable foreign exchange and sharply rising fuel costs, and is reaching a limit of how much of these higher costs it can pass on…

May 25th, 2022 at 3:09 PM EDT

Spirit Airlines Board Blasts JetBlue’s Bid as ‘Cynical’

In some of its most forceful comments yet, Spirit Airlines rejected JetBlue Airways' unsolicited merger offer, making clear that it believes the best outcome for shareholders is the already planned…

May 24th, 2022 at 1:53 PM EDT

Phoenix Rising

Few places boomed like Phoenix, the capital of Arizona, did during the pandemic. People from all over the country were lured by its wide-open spaces, warm climate, relatively lower-cost real…

May 23rd, 2022 at 12:31 AM EDT