The Airline Weekly Lounge Podcast

United's final 747 gets lei'd in Honolulu in 2017.


So Long to the Boeing 747

A goodbye to the Boeing 747, the Queen of the Skies. The planemaker delivered the last off the line of the iconic jumbo jet to Atlas Air on Tuesday.

February 3rd, 2023 at 12:15 PM EST

An Alaska Airlines tail at Seattle-Tacoma airport.


The Thick of Fourth Quarter Airline Earnings

It's a busy earnings week with American, Southwest, Alaska, and JetBlue all reporting. Edward Russell and Jay Shabat preview what they're listening for ahead of the airline calls on Thursday,…

January 27th, 2023 at 11:35 AM EST


United Comes Out Swinging

Was that a hint of an Irish accent when United Airlines CEO Scott Kirby took down the U.S. industry for being unprepared for the post-Covid operating reality? Edward Russell and…

January 20th, 2023 at 1:35 PM EST

Travelers at a United Airlines gate

North America

Airline Pulleys and Levers

Welcome to fourth quarter airline earnings season. Oil prices have come down from the peak of the year but labor costs are climbing as the system of pulleys and levers…

January 13th, 2023 at 11:36 AM EST

A line of Southwest planes at Baltimore-Washington airport


Southwest’s Holiday Debacle

Southwest Airlines had a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad holiday season. The cancellation of 15,000-plus flights between Christmas and New Years will weigh on its fourth quarter results, but consumers'…

January 6th, 2023 at 2:00 PM EST

What We’re Following in 2023

It's been quite the year in aviation. From Covid variants to staffing shortages and flight disruptions, and industry dealmaking, 2022 took us for some interesting turns — but then what…

December 23rd, 2022 at 12:00 PM EST

United and Delta jets at San Francisco airport

North America

United and Delta Have Big Ambitions

Delta Air Lines and United Airlines unveiled ambitious plans this week. The latter ordered up to 300 new Boeing aircraft, 200 of them 787s. CEO Scott Kirby claims the deal…

December 16th, 2022 at 3:06 PM EST

North America

Delta Pilots’ New Benchmark

Labor is making big headway at U.S. airlines. The Air Line Pilots Association reached an agreement-in-principal with Delta Air Lines in a deal that could set a new benchmark for…

December 9th, 2022 at 1:00 PM EST


EasyJet’s Unique Comeback

EasyJet is making good on its recovery plan. From expanding at slot-constrained airports like Lisbon and opening new seasonal bases in Greece, the airline is on its way back to…

December 2nd, 2022 at 1:30 PM EST

ALC Executive Chairman Steven Udvar-Hazy at the Skift Aviation Forum

Steven Udvar-Hazy at Skift Aviation Forum

Airlines want more planes to meet travel demand but, with supply chains backed up, there are few new models to go around. That's good news for aircraft lessors with more…

November 25th, 2022 at 1:27 PM EST