Past Issues


Looking Back, Looking Ahead: The top 10 developments in 2013—and what to watch in 2014

Overall, 2013 was the global airline industry’s best year since 2010. There was modest economic growth. Passenger traffic grew strongly. Fuel prices were relatively stable. And cost discipline prevailed. But…

December 16th, 2013 at 12:45 PM EST


Deep in the Heart: When it comes to air service, there’s no messing with Texas

In the state capitol building of Texas, on the floor directly under the rotunda (which stands taller than the U.S. capitol), are the seals of six nations whose flags have…

December 9th, 2013 at 12:24 PM EST

Air China

Domestic Disturbance: Chinese airlines are going abroad, because things at home are not what they used to be

Currency, cargo, and capacity woes are hammering Asia’s airlines. And slowing economies and incursions by both Gulf carriers and LCCs alike don’t help. But China, on the other hand, is…

December 2nd, 2013 at 12:17 PM EST

British Airways

Getting Hammered: For European longhaul airlines, pressure from Gulf carriers continues

European airlines watched with horror last week as Gulf carriers ordered another 400 widebody aircraft, auguring huge competitive capacity increases. Worse yet, all this demand for new planes is pushing…

November 25th, 2013 at 12:14 PM EST


Jugger-Not? The new American Airlines is cleared for takeoff. Now it must execute

Football fans know that history is replete with teams that looked on paper to be among the greatest ever assembled but then failed miserably to live up to expectations.

November 18th, 2013 at 11:11 AM EST

The Silent Killer: Foreign exchange volatility inflicting revenue and cost pain across the industry

For one airline after another—in geographies as diverse as Brazil and Australia, India and Hawaii, Japan and Europe—a silent killer is on the loose. This time it’s not fuel, the…

November 11th, 2013 at 3:05 PM EST

Alaska Airlines

Labor’s Day U.S. airlines are thriving, and so are their workers. Is that a problem?

Ten years ago, in the fall of 2003, the U.S. airline industry was in crisis. The fallout from the 9/11 attacks hadn’t fully dissipated. The U.S. economy was just emerging…

November 4th, 2013 at 12:29 PM EST


Pho-nominal: Vietnam’s economy is cooling. But its airline industry is still hot and spicy

October 28th, 2013 at 5:08 PM EDT


Celtic Comeback: Darkness Gives Way to Light in Ireland

Ryanair wields perhaps the harshest stick in the entire global airline industry. But the carrot can be just as dramatic.

October 21st, 2013 at 12:13 PM EDT


United Under Attack: America’s Largest Airline Remains Troubled

Touting two new markets last week, United released a statement that, well, sounded like any other: “We look forward to giving travelers in Atlanta convenient access to this country’s best…

October 14th, 2013 at 12:08 PM EDT