The Airline Weekly Lounge Podcast

North America

Diversifying Delta’s Business

Delta Air Lines held an investor day this week where CEO Ed Bastian said business was "gangbusters." That's what Wall Street wanted to hear but it appears also true for…

June 30th, 2023 at 10:31 AM EDT

Airbus and IndiGo CEOs


India’s Airlines Go Shopping in Paris

Indian airlines IndiGo and Air India grabbed headlines with orders at the Paris Airshow this week. Can the country support all of their planned growth? Edward Russell and Jay Shabat…

June 23rd, 2023 at 10:30 AM EDT

An Air Canada Boeing 777 takes off from London

North America

The Brains Behind Air Canada’s Network

Air Canada is flying double-daily high-density Boeing 777s — its equivalent of an Airbus A380 as Mark Galardo put it — to Athens this summer to meet some of the…

June 16th, 2023 at 11:00 AM EDT

IATA Director General Willie Walsh speaking at the organization's annual meeting in Istanbul.


Takeaways From the IATA Annual Meeting

The mood in Istanbul at the IATA Annual General Meeting was definitely jubilant this year. Despite all the challenges airlines face — and, frankly, when do they not face challenges?…

June 9th, 2023 at 2:53 PM EDT

Delta and Southwest concourses at the Atlanta airport

North America

Summer Air Travel Record Forecast

U.S. airports saw roughly 300,000 more travelers than in 2019 over the Memorial Day weekend holiday, a sign of a busy summer to come. Are airlines ready? Edward Russell and…

June 2nd, 2023 at 4:18 PM EDT

An Icelandair Dash 8 at Isafjordur


The Return of Icelandair

Icelandair had a rough few years before and during Covid. But the airline believes it has turned the financial corner, and forecasts its best results in seven years. Edward Russell…

May 26th, 2023 at 11:45 AM EDT

Air Canada 737 Max

North America

Air Canada Is off to a Good Start

Air Canada lost money in the first quarter of 2023. But that's no surprise. Wintertime losses are common for the carrier. But the red ink was minimal, setting it up…

May 23rd, 2023 at 1:23 PM EDT


Ryanair Makes Up With Boeing

Ryanair gave Boeing a boost, and let bygones be bygones, by ordering up to 300 new 737 Maxes. It's the European discounter's largest-ever order. Edward Russell and Jay Shabat discuss the…

May 12th, 2023 at 12:30 PM EDT

Qantas CEO Alan Joyce


Alan Joyce’s Legacy at Qantas

Alan Joyce took over Qantas just as the Great Recession descended in 2008. He set about turning around its money-losing longhaul business, forging new international ties, and cementing Qantas' dominance…

May 5th, 2023 at 1:14 PM EDT

The New York skyline with the statue of liberty

North America

JetBlue and New York’s Problems

JetBlue has a New York problem. The city that made the airline could hold it back this summer if the Federal Aviation Administration's air traffic control staffing issues are as…

April 30th, 2023 at 2:19 PM EDT