The Airline Weekly Lounge Podcast

Latin America

What Are Mexican Airlines to Do?

Mexico's airlines face two countervailing trends: the reopening of the U.S. to new growth countered by new restrictions at the country's busiest airport, Mexico City International. Edward Russell and Jay…

September 22nd, 2023 at 10:00 AM EDT

Frontier and Spirit planes in Phoenix


What’s Happening at Spirit and Frontier?

Slower bookings and "heightened" discounting are hurting Frontier Airlines and Spirit Airlines this quarter. That means potentially deep losses for the ultra low-cost carriers. Edward Russell and Jay Shabat discuss…

September 15th, 2023 at 11:28 AM EDT


Fuel Costs Take a Bite Out of Airline Outlook

Fuel prices keep steadily rising after bottoming out in May. That's beginning to take a bite out the airline financial outlook for the third and fourth quarters. Edward Russell and…

September 10th, 2023 at 1:53 PM EDT

Air Arabia plane in Bordeaux


What Do Airlines Face This Autumn?

How are airlines doing as the second-quarter earnings season wraps up? Generally good, but yield and cost concerns persist. Edward Russell and Jay Shabat discuss. Plus, Air Arabia's impressive results.

August 18th, 2023 at 12:00 PM EDT

Philippine Airlines Boeing 777 takeoff


The World’s Most Profitable Airlines

Edward Russell and Jay Shabat discuss the latest Airline Weekly profit rankings for the second quarter. Plus, the latest developments at Hong Kong's Cathay Pacific.

August 11th, 2023 at 1:21 PM EDT

British Airways Airbus A350 landing


Transatlantic Travel Boom

There was one thing in common across Air France-KLM, IAG, and JetBlue in the second quarter: Transatlantic travel demand is booming. That helped lift the first two to impressive profits.…

August 4th, 2023 at 1:27 PM EDT

Ryanair Boeing 737 wing and nose


Falling Airline Yields Do Not Mean Weak Demand

Both Ryanair and Alaska Airlines reported some decline in yields in the second quarter and continuing into the third. But they also made clear: Overall travel demand remains robust on…

July 28th, 2023 at 12:45 PM EDT

American and United planes Dulles airport

North America

American and United’s Strong Second Quarters

American Airlines and United Airlines just reported record second-quarter results, including double-digit operating margins. Will the magic continue through the third quarter and beyond? Edward Russell and Jay Shabat discuss.

July 21st, 2023 at 10:30 AM EDT

The Norse Atlantic counter at Washington Dulles


Norse Atlantic’s Strategy Comes Into Focus

Norse Atlantic Airways President Charles Duncan is optimistic, if nothing else, about the longhaul low-cost airline's future. But even with some summer profits under its belt, he and his team…

July 14th, 2023 at 10:00 AM EDT

Norwegian Air and Wideroe aircraft at an airport


Norwegian Air’s Wise Wideroe Move

After a decade of reckless growth in the aughts, Norwegian Air made a strategically smart decision in its deal to buy regional Wideroe. The combination would, if approved by regulators,…

July 7th, 2023 at 3:10 PM EDT