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Hosted by Ben Baldanza - former CEO Spirit Airlines & Chris Chiames - 30+ year airline/travel industry veteran. Top stories, discussion, listener questions, and passenger complaints are all addressed head-on in each episode.

Hosted by Ben Baldanza - former CEO Spirit Airlines & Chris Chiames - 30+ year airline/travel industry veteran. Top stories, discussion, listener questions, and passenger complaints are all addressed head-on in each episode.

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United States

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Hosted by Ben Baldanza - former CEO Spirit Airlines & Chris Chiames - 30+ year airline/travel industry veteran. Top stories, discussion, listener questions, and passenger complaints are all addressed head-on in each episode.

Language:

English


Episodes

136 - Daryl Taylor, VP/GM, FAL USA at Airbus America

5/18/2022
This week: Daryl Taylor, VP/GM, Airbus, America - Recorded LIVE on location from the Airbus assembly line, Mobile AL for a major announcement; Also, is Delta leading the industry with expanded FA pay? Listener Qs: Does Southwest have a halo around its brand? Shoutouts to ATC at PBI, and to Braniff.

Duration:00:54:58

135 - Jay Sorensen, President, IdeaWorksCompany

5/11/2022
This week: Jay Sorensen, President, IdeaWorksCompany LLC; The passing of Fmr Transportation Secretary Norman Mineta; Boeing moving HQ to DC - Why?; The need for 13,000 pilots each year; Listener Q's involving pilot scope clauses, outsourcing, the 1500 hour rule; Shout-out to Delta Club employees.

Duration:00:53:41

134 - Chris Sloan Reports on Flying in Alaska

5/4/2022
This week: Chris Sloan reports on the unique experience of flying in Alaska and quizzes Ben & Chris on Ultra Av Geek trivia; Southwest bullish on business travel; Avianca merges with Viva; Chaos at Amsterdam's Schiphol airport; Frontier's high ancillary revenue; Listener Q: Financial risk to buy a ticket on AA? Complaint involving Spirit & Carnival-Fine or Whine? Shout out to Tuskegee Airman Sgt. Victor Butler for his 100th Birthday.

Duration:00:55:06

133 - Gautam Thakkar, CEO, Unifi

4/27/2022
This week: Gautam Thakkar, CEO, Unifi; Plus: Q1 earnings; Mask mandate dropped; Union organizing actions at start-ups Avelo and Breeze; Listener reactions to last week's guest comments; Tips on applying for an airline position; A non-airline Fine or Whine; Shout-outs

Duration:00:46:54

132 - Kathryn Creedy, Future Aviation/Aerospace Workforce News

4/20/2022
This week: Kathryn Creedy, Editor In Chief at Future Aviation/Aerospace Workforce News; Plus: Airfares are up; 3 profitability indicators; Quarterly earning call previews; European summer demand; Listener feedback on international air rights, ULCC sector in Canada, & Ed Bastian's statement that federal dollars were not a bailout.

Duration:00:49:02

131 - Bart Biggers & Kevin Lewis, Partners, Sidley Austin LLP

4/13/2022
This week: Bart Biggers & Kevin Lewis, Partners, Sidley Austin LLP; Plus: Planes are starting to fill up; A JetBlue offer for Spirit; Start-Up Canada Jetlines focuses on Toronto; A DHL 757-200 breaks in half on emergency landing; Listener Q's on international air service rights & DCA signage; Shout-outs.

Duration:00:52:23

130 - John Heimlich VP/Chief Economist, Airlines For America

4/6/2022
This week: John Heimlich VP/Chief Economist, Airlines For America. Plus: Change at the top of UPS & the legacy of FedEx's founder; Pilot picket lines popping up; The new labor shortage & who has leverage in the upcoming restructuring; Another IT meltdown at British Airways; Listener Q: A fundamental change in loyalty programs?

Duration:00:59:19

129 - Elise Eberwein, EVP, People & Communications, American Airlines

3/30/2022
This week: Elise Eberwein, EVP, People & Communications at American interviews Ben & Chris. Personal questions answered and Chris names his most annoying high profile passenger; Plus Southwest creates a value transferable ticket; China Eastern Airlines crash; Listener Q's and more.

Duration:01:10:04

128 - Nancy Hocking, JetBlue, Director Gateway Programs

3/23/2022
This week: Nancy Hocking, JetBlue, Director of Gateway Programs, Lawsuit by pilots over mask mandate; Arajet launches the Dominican Republic’s ULCC; Aeromexico emerges from Chapter 11-now what?; Listener Q from Ben Goldstein @ Aviation Week on fuel hedging; Why are Southwest non-stops priced lower than connecting flights? Southwest status complaint-Fine? or Whine?

Duration:00:43:46

127 - Ginger Hughes, Managing Director, Seabury Securities

3/16/2022
This week: Ginger Hughes, Managing Director, Seabury Securities; Airlines business impact from Russia's war on Ukraine; A 30 day mask extension; United/SkyWest plan to drop service to 29 cities; Aeroflot's isolation; Pilot listener question: Will the A220 put Regionals out of business? Plus shout-outs.

Duration:00:48:35

126 - Lance Lipkus, Vice President, Travel Leaders Group

3/9/2022
This Week: Lance Lipkus, Vice President, Travel Leaders Group. Plus: Avoiding Russian airspace & cutting industry ties; WestJet Acquiring Sunwings; Significant changes in the AAdvantage program; Listener Q's: How will US Airlines build routes under current situation / Why so many hub to hub flights? Fine or Whine? & Shout-outs.

Duration:00:52:14

125 - Andrew Nocella, CCO, United Airlines

3/2/2022
This week: Andrew Nocella, Chief Commercial Officer, United Airlines; Potential airline ramifications of Ukraine situation; Mask mandate update; What's behind a huge London-Heathrow passenger drop?; Listener adds input on Turkish Superbowl ad; United complaint-Fine or Whine?

Duration:00:41:21

124 -Darryl Jenkins, Chairman, American Aviation Institute

2/23/2022
This week: Darryl Jenkins, Chairman/Exec. Dir. American Aviation Institute; Was the Turkish Airlines Superbowl ad worth the price? What impact will Alaska's "Flight Pass" have on revenue?; FAA keeps tight reign on Boeing 787 Dreamliner certifications; Listener Q's on Cargo contracts & which airlines offer best pilot employment opportunities. Complaint on Allegiant's Raider's ticket package-Fine or Whine? Shoutout: Jerry Dyer & Big Jet TV

Duration:00:57:40

123 - Kevin Stamler, CEO, SeatBoost

2/16/2022
This week: Kevin Stamler, Founder/CEO, SeatBoost; Frontier/Spirit $2.2B Deal; What will DOJ look at? Delta tests out free checked bag offer; A potential change in IAG ownership?; Listener Q on SkyWest earnings call predicting reduction in flight hours; Shout out to Bill Franke.

Duration:01:01:03

122 - Jeff Shane, Fmr General Counsel, IATA

2/9/2022
This week: Jeff Shane, Fmr General Counsel, IATA; Plus: Will all the cancellations affect earnings; Ryan's CEO on Covid/Summer travel; Is United selling it's MileagePlus asset? Listener Q's on Aircraft Paint, Sun Country; Almost missed flight due to multiple Delta/ATL gate changes-Fine or Whine?

Duration:00:58:55

121 - Ken McKenzie, Board Member, Canada Jetlines

2/2/2022
This week: Ken McKenzie, Board Member, Canada Jetlines/Fmr COO Spirit; Chris Sloan on his St Lucia Covid quarantine; Southwest & Hawaiian Q4 profit; UK survey: 1/3 of eligible pilots have not returned to work; WSJ's list of leading airlines & new methodology; Listener Q's: AA's FF program changes & AA/Points Guy lawsuit.

Duration:01:22:36

120 - Michael Huerta, Fmr. FAA Administrator

1/26/2022
This week: MIchael Huerta, Fmr FAA Administrator; Plus United and American report large losses; Lufthansa takes 40% of ITA? The Qatar/Airbus dispute results in an unusual delivery cancellation; A listener Q from Spain; How do corporate contracts work? Shout-outs.

Duration:01:13:43

119 - Mike Lenz, EVP/CFO, FedEx

1/19/2022
This week: Mike Lenz, CFO, FedEx; Delta reports loss for Q4 due to Omicron; SCOTUS strikes down a vax mandate-relevance to airlines? Michael Inglese CEO Aircastle predicts more aircraft lessor consolidation; Listener question on Delta's RASM/CASM; Complaint: AA changed my departure airport-Fine or Whine?

Duration:00:55:32

118 - Tony Lefebvre, COO, Signature Flight Support

1/12/2022
This week; Tony Lefebvre, COO, Signature Flight Support: Since Christmas-30,000 flights canceled? Allegiant's big Boeing Max order; Listener takes issue with Ben's choice for person of the year; A listener is having airline job-finding challenges; Plus: New year's travel resolutions.

Duration:00:44:23

117 - Michael Bell, Aviation Recruiter, Korn & Ferry

1/5/2022
This week: Michael Bell, Aviation Recruiter, Korn & Ferry; The 2021 recap & 2022 Predictions; Omicron impacts; Cancellations; Best interviews so far, and more to come.

Duration:00:47:34