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Is the airline industry recovery still on track?

6/28/2024
In the latest episode – sponsored by Panasonic Avionics – Graham and Lewis discuss the industry outlook following the recent IATA AGM in Dubai, including an improved profit forecast from the association. They then look at the latest consolidation developments, including a surprise tie-up seeking to take remedies from IAG's acquisition of Air Europa, and potential moves from the Middle East's Qatar Airways. They also discuss the new Airline Business website (www.flightglobal.com/airline-business) ahead of the second-quarter earnings season. Music credit: Tea K Pea “highabove”/Creative Commons Is there an answer to the SAF question that keeps being asked? https://www.flightglobal.com/analysis/is-there-an-answer-to-the-saf-question-that-keeps-being-asked/158672.article SAF supply dominates IATA AGM as Walsh sees no straight line to net-zero target https://www.flightglobal.com/analysis/saf-supply-dominates-iata-agm-as-walsh-sees-no-straight-line-to-net-zero-target/158619.article Stability follows volatility as IATA projects profits notching up https://www.flightglobal.com/analysis/stability-follows-volatility-as-iata-projects-profits-notching-up/158602.article ‘Steady as she goes’: airline chiefs offer views on industry outlook https://www.flightglobal.com/analysis/steady-as-she-goes-airline-chiefs-offer-views-on-industry-outlook/158601.article How Abra and Volotea are joining forces as Air Europa ‘remedy takers’ at Madrid https://www.flightglobal.com/analysis/how-abra-and-volotea-are-joining-forces-as-air-europa-remedy-takers-at-madrid/158910.article Will Qatar Airways become latest player in Virgin Australia stakeholder story? https://www.flightglobal.com/analysis/will-qatar-airways-become-latest-player-in-virgin-australia-stakeholder-story/158912.article Why Africa might have its best chance to achieve a single air transport market https://www.flightglobal.com/analysis/why-africa-might-have-its-best-chance-to-achieve-a-single-air-transport-market/158816.article Why does airline consolidation matter in Europe? https://www.flightglobal.com/analysis/why-does-airline-consolidation-matter-in-europe/158766.article How IndiGo aims to expand its reach https://www.flightglobal.com/analysis/how-indigo-aims-to-expand-its-reach/158743.article

Duration:00:45:41

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First-quarter challenges but brighter summer to come

5/24/2024
In the latest episode – sponsored by Panasonic Avionics – Graham and Lewis look back on a first-quarter earnings season that saw a variety of challenges around the world, but also positivity on what will follow in 2024. They also discuss the new Airline Business website (www.flightglobal.com/airline-business). Airlines optimistic for another strong summer on transatlantic despite weakening signs https://www.flightglobal.com/analysis/airlines-optimistic-for-another-strong-summer-on-transatlantic-despite-weakening-signs/158381.article Sun Country profitable as other US discounters slog through first quarter https://www.flightglobal.com/analysis/sun-country-profitable-as-other-us-discounters-slog-through-first-quarter/158182.article US airline industry ‘evermore rigged game’ favouring major carriers: Spirit Airlines CEO https://www.flightglobal.com/analysis/us-airline-industry-evermore-rigged-game-favouring-major-carriers-spirit-airlines-ceo/158159.article Why IndiGo believes time is right for widebody move with A350 order https://www.flightglobal.com/analysis/why-indigo-believes-time-is-right-for-widebody-move-with-a350-order/158093.article Asia-Pacific carriers flag China’s tepid return https://www.flightglobal.com/analysis/asia-pacific-carriers-flag-chinas-tepid-return/158407.article Lufthansa takes actions as it counts cost of strikes and new pay deals https://www.flightglobal.com/analysis/lufthansa-takes-actions-as-it-counts-cost-of-strikes-and-new-pay-deals/158086.article Air France-KLM looks past tricky first quarter towards ‘promising’ summer https://www.flightglobal.com/analysis/air-france-klm-looks-past-tricky-first-quarter-towards-promising-summer/158087.article IAG enjoys Madrid’s status as ‘new Miami’ as it starts 2024 on front foot https://www.flightglobal.com/analysis/iag-enjoys-madrids-status-as-new-miami-as-it-starts-2024-on-front-foot/158247.article

Duration:00:42:51

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Changes at the top of Boeing and Europe's united front

3/28/2024
In the latest episode - sponsored by Panasonic Avionics - Graham and Lewis discuss the impact of the recently announced changes at the top of Boeing, which came after several airlines voiced concerns about aspects of the airframer's management. They then look back to the Airlines for Europe (A4E) meeting in Brussels, examining the issues on which the region's largest carriers have a united voice. Music credit: Tea K Pea “highabove”/Creative Commons Fewer ‘spanners under floorboards’ but O’Leary still seeks Boeing improvements https://www.flightglobal.com/airlines/fewer-spanners-under-floorboards-but-oleary-still-seeks-boeing-improvements/157472.article Airlines candid on Boeing concerns https://www.flightglobal.com/airline-business/airlines-candid-on-boeing-concerns/157376.article Boeing chief Calhoun to leave at end-2024 as Deal departs Commercial Airplanes https://www.flightglobal.com/airframers/boeing-chief-calhoun-to-leave-at-end-2024-as-deal-departs-commercial-airplanes/157509.article Boeing management overhaul could spark real change – or bring more of the same https://www.flightglobal.com/airframers/boeing-management-overhaul-could-spark-real-change-or-bring-more-of-the-same/157514.article Europe’s airlines heartened by sharp change in perception of industry https://www.flightglobal.com/airlines/europes-airlines-heartened-by-sharp-change-in-perception-of-industry/157470.article Air France-KLM boss hits out at unfair Dutch ‘greenwashing’ ruling https://www.flightglobal.com/airlines/air-france-klm-boss-hits-out-at-unfair-dutch-greenwashing-ruling/157445.article ‘Like lipstick on a pig’: Ryanair chief slams Single European Sky reforms https://www.flightglobal.com/strategy/like-lipstick-on-a-pig-ryanair-chief-slams-single-european-sky-reforms/157443.article

Duration:00:35:28

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Safety and consolidation under the spotlight

2/12/2024
In the latest episode - sponsored by Panasonic Avionics - Graham and Lewis look back on an inauspicious start to 2024 in terms of airline safety and consolidation moves. They then consider what airlines including United Airlines, Ryanair and Wizz Air had to say about the year ahead in their recent earnings calls. Music credit: Tea K Pea “highabove”/Creative Commons Spirit pushes back on ‘misguided narrative’ about stability without JetBlue https://www.flightglobal.com/strategy/spirit-pushes-back-on-misguided-narrative-about-stability-without-jetblue/156863.article European regulators ‘welcome’ JetBlue’s summer Amsterdam access https://www.flightglobal.com/networks/european-regulators-welcome-jetblues-summer-amsterdam-access/156788.article Regulators in no mood to wave through airline M&A activity https://www.flightglobal.com/airlines/regulators-in-no-mood-to-wave-through-airline-manda-activity/156749.article SAS chief looks to SkyTeam gains to outweigh ‘emotionally difficult’ Star Alliance exit https://www.flightglobal.com/strategy/sas-chief-looks-to-skyteam-gains-to-outweigh-emotionally-difficult-star-alliance-exit/156831.article Lufthansa remedies to secure ITA deal fail to convince competition regulator https://www.flightglobal.com/airlines/lufthansa-remedies-to-secure-ita-deal-fail-to-convince-competition-regulator/156595.article Commission initiates deeper probe into latest IAG-Air Europa tie-up bid https://www.flightglobal.com/airlines/commission-initiates-deeper-probe-into-latest-iag-air-europa-tie-up-bid/156633.article Why United chief Kirby is unfazed by more operational and cost pressures in 2024 https://www.flightglobal.com/airlines/why-united-chief-kirby-is-unfazed-by-more-operational-and-cost-pressures-in-2024/156602.article Why growing Ryanair expects European short-haul capacity to fall this summer https://www.flightglobal.com/airlines/why-growing-ryanair-expects-european-short-haul-capacity-to-fall-this-summer/156681.article How is Wizz Air handling impact of Middle East war and GTF groundings? https://www.flightglobal.com/airlines/how-is-wizz-air-handling-impact-of-middle-east-war-and-gtf-groundings/156638.article

Duration:00:35:39

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The airlines to watch in 2024

1/8/2024
In the latest instalment of the podcast - sponsored by Panasonic Avionics -Graham and Lewis discuss the airlines to watch over the next 12 months. Among the carriers in the spotlight are Air France-KLM, Lufthansa, Norwegian, Turkish Airlines, Qatar Airways, Etihad Airways, Qantas, Air India, JetBlue and the Abra Group. Music credit: Tea K Pea “highabove”/Creative Commons From aircraft availability to consolidation: 10 airline stories that will shape industry in 2024 https://www.flightglobal.com/airlines/from-aircraft-availability-to-consolidation-10-airline-stories-that-will-shape-industry-in-2024/156248.article Turkish Airlines secures AOC for low-cost unit AJet https://www.flightglobal.com/strategy/turkish-airlines-secures-aoc-for-low-cost-unit-ajet/156348.article Lufthansa orders first 737 Max jets as part of deal for up to 200 narrowbody aircraft https://www.flightglobal.com/fleets/lufthansa-orders-first-737-max-jets-as-part-of-deal-for-up-to-200-narrowbody-aircraft/156253.article Acquisition moves must be within ‘risk profile’: Air France-KLM chief https://www.flightglobal.com/strategy/acquisition-moves-must-be-within-risk-profile-air-france-klm-chief/156231.article JetBlue expects P&W engine issues to ground at least six aircraft through 2024 https://www.flightglobal.com/fleets/jetblue-expects-pandw-engine-issues-to-ground-at-least-six-aircraft-through-2024/155615.article How Adrian Neuhauser transformed Avianca into a low-cost competitor https://www.flightglobal.com/airlines/how-adrian-neuhauser-transformed-avianca-into-a-low-cost-competitor/156159.article Qantas faces shareholder ire at AGM, acknowledges ‘substantial’ loss of trust https://www.flightglobal.com/airlines/qantas-faces-shareholder-ire-at-agm-acknowledges-substantial-loss-of-trust/155657.article Air India takes delivery of first A350 https://www.flightglobal.com/airlines/air-india-takes-delivery-of-first-a350-/156301.article Norway’s competition authority approves Norwegian’s acquisition of Wideroe https://www.flightglobal.com/strategy/norways-competition-authority-approves-norwegians-acquisition-of-wideroe/156292.article China Eastern eyes Abu Dhabi link amid plan to deepen Etihad tie-up https://www.flightglobal.com/airlines/china-eastern-eyes-abu-dhabi-link-amid-plan-to-deepen-etihad-tie-up/156270.article Qatar Airways chief Al Baker to step down in November https://www.flightglobal.com/airlines/qatar-airways-chief-al-baker-to-step-down-in-november/155491.article

Duration:00:39:00

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Capacity, China, conflict and consolidation: looking back on 2023

12/22/2023
In the latest instalment of the Airline Business Podcast – sponsored by Panasonic Avionics – Graham and Lewis look back on the past 12 months for the airline industry, considering the high and low points. They also discuss what might be ahead in 2024. Music credit: Tea K Pea “highabove”/Creative Commons From aircraft availability to consolidation: 10 airline stories that will shape industry in 2024 https://www.flightglobal.com/airlines/from-aircraft-availability-to-consolidation-10-airline-stories-that-will-shape-industry-in-2024/156248.article When it comes to airline M&A, is the gain still worth the pain? https://www.flightglobal.com/airlines/when-it-comes-to-airline-manda-is-the-gain-still-worth-the-pain/156138.article Bulk aircraft orders continue as airlines stock up for future growth https://www.flightglobal.com/airlines/bulk-aircraft-orders-continue-as-airlines-stock-up-for-future-growth/156282.article Why airline industry focus is on the margins of profitability https://www.flightglobal.com/airlines/why-airline-industry-focus-is-on-the-margins-of-profitability/156134.article

Duration:00:43:40

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Widebody wins in Dubai and air cargo's turbulent descent

11/28/2023
In the latest instalment of the Airline Business Podcast – sponsored by Panasonic Avionics – Graham and Lewis discuss the aircraft orders placed at this year’s Dubai air show and what they might mean for capacity growth in the region, particularly when it comes to widebody jets. They also look at the air cargo sector’s declining fortunes since its pandemic-era highs and consider whether a turnaround in demand is on the horizon. Music credit: Tea K Pea “highabove”/Creative Commons Widebodies account for almost half the order business at Dubai show https://www.flightglobal.com/orders-and-deliveries/widebodies-account-for-almost-half-the-order-business-at-dubai-show/155870.article Dubai air show underlines Middle East carrier growth ambitions https://www.flightglobal.com/airlines/dubai-air-show-underlines-middle-east-carrier-growth-ambitions/155885.article Emirates to expand A350 commitment with additional -900s https://www.flightglobal.com/airlines/emirates-to-expand-a350-commitment-with-additional-900s/155890.article Etihad chief sees carrier entering third decade with renewed growth opportunity https://www.flightglobal.com/strategy/etihad-chief-sees-carrier-entering-third-decade-with-renewed-growth-opportunity/155865.article Ethiopian commits to additional A350-900s https://www.flightglobal.com/airlines/ethiopian-commits-to-additional-a350-900s/155871.article Flydubai follows Emirates in establishing Dubai South MRO centre https://www.flightglobal.com/airlines/flydubai-follows-emirates-in-establishing-dubai-south-mro-centre/155869.article Widebody delivery timelines likely to slip as order books fill-up: Udvar-Hazy https://www.flightglobal.com/fleets/widebody-delivery-timelines-likely-to-slip-as-order-books-fill-up-udvar-hazy/155864.article Emirates' Clark: 777X follow-on order a balance of confidence and lead times https://www.flightglobal.com/airlines/emirates-clark-777x-follow-on-order-a-balance-of-confidence-and-lead-times/155847.article SunExpress chief on how carrier is stepping up in scale with new Max 10 order https://www.flightglobal.com/strategy/sunexpress-chief-on-how-carrier-is-stepping-up-in-scale-with-new-max-10-order/155914.article EgyptAir signs for 10 A350-900s https://www.flightglobal.com/airlines/egyptair-signs-for-10-a350-900s/155829.article Clark still gets ‘real buzz’ from leading Emirates after delaying retirement https://www.flightglobal.com/airlines/clark-still-gets-real-buzz-from-leading-emirates-after-delaying-retirement/155918.article Why stakeholders reject assumption hydrogen power will push up air fares https://www.flightglobal.com/airlines/why-stakeholders-reject-assumption-hydrogen-power-will-push-up-air-fares/155950.article Battered but not beaten: air cargo’s turbulent descent from Covid-era highs https://www.flightglobal.com/airlines/battered-but-not-beaten-air-cargos-turbulent-descent-from-covid-era-highs/155897.article

Duration:00:38:46

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SAS stakes, sustainability and sweet spots

10/11/2023
Graham and Lewis discuss the latest consolidation moves in Europe, as Air France-KLM announces plans to take a minority stake in SAS. They also consider the industry’s sustainability challenge, in light of the IATA World Sustainability Symposium in Madrid, including hurdles in the development of a sustainable aviation fuel industry. Finally, they consider the latest opinions on the industry’s outlook, as strong demand and constrained capacity continue to support yields. This episode is sponsored by Panasonic Avionics. If you have any questions, comments or suggestions, please email podcast@flightglobal.com Music credit: Tea K Pea “highabove”/Creative Commons Air France-KLM has potential avenue to becoming controlling SAS shareholder https://www.flightglobal.com/airlines/air-france-klm-has-potential-avenue-to-becoming-controlling-sas-shareholder/155232.article SAS to leave Star for SkyTeam after picking Air France-KLM and Castlelake as investors https://www.flightglobal.com/airlines/sas-to-leave-star-for-skyteam-after-picking-air-france-klm-and-castlelake-as-investors/155224.article Malta puts hopes on higher load factors and profitable routes for successor carrier https://www.flightglobal.com/airlines/malta-puts-hopes-on-higher-load-factors-and-profitable-routes-for-successor-carrier/155231.article Government to launch successor carrier to Air Malta in March 2024 https://www.flightglobal.com/government-to-launch-successor-carrier-to-air-malta-in-march-2024/155201.article ‘Airline sweet spot may have got sweeter’: IATA chief economist https://www.flightglobal.com/airlines/airline-sweet-spot-may-have-got-sweeter-iata-chief-economist/155242.article ‘Not a single drop’: LATAM Airlines chief highlights region’s SAF challenges https://www.flightglobal.com/airlines/not-a-single-drop-latam-airlines-chief-highlights-regions-saf-challenges/155274.article Portugal clears path for TAP sale with new decree https://www.flightglobal.com/airlines/portugal-clears-path-for-tap-sale-with-new-decree/155161.article Airline optimism high as demand trumps fuel cost concerns https://www.flightglobal.com/airlines/airline-optimism-high-as-demand-trumps-fuel-cost-concerns/155143.article Early signs of ‘normalisation’ effects at airlines https://www.flightglobal.com/airlines/early-signs-of-normalisation-effects-at-airlines/154951.article

Duration:00:40:09

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Strong financials, market ‘normalisation’ and start-up stories

9/5/2023
Graham and Lewis look back on another strong set of quarterly results from the global airline industry, while considering whether the coming months will see ‘normalisation’ in more markets. They then discuss the success or otherwise of the various start-up carriers that have launched operations over the past few years – and prospects for a few that are yet to get off the ground. Music credit: Tea K Pea “highabove”/Creative Commons More signs of airline markets ‘normalising’ as fares soften https://www.flightglobal.com/airlines/more-signs-of-airline-markets-normalising-as-fares-soften/154592.article US pent-up demand shifts to long-haul at expense of domestic https://www.flightglobal.com/airlines/us-pent-up-demand-shifts-to-long-haul-at-expense-of-domestic/154406.article Air cargo grapples with plummeting rates and freighter oversupply fears https://www.flightglobal.com/airlines/air-cargo-grapples-with-plummeting-rates-and-freighter-oversupply-fears/154454.article Pegasus sees post-Covid travel boom ebbing after ‘strong’ second quarter https://www.flightglobal.com/airlines/pegasus-sees-post-covid-travel-boom-ebbing-after-strong-second-quarter/154553.article IAG again flags slower-than-expected recovery in corporate travel https://www.flightglobal.com/airlines/iag-again-flags-slower-than-expected-recovery-in-corporate-travel/154346.article Spohr sees Lufthansa ready to leave operational buffer behind in 2024 https://www.flightglobal.com/strategy/spohr-sees-lufthansa-ready-to-leave-operational-buffer-behind-in-2024/154410.article Profitable Lufthansa foresees ‘unabated’ demand across rest of 2023 https://www.flightglobal.com/airlines/profitable-lufthansa-foresees-unabated-demand-across-rest-of-2023/154404.article Challenges remain despite Air France-KLM's steady post-pandemic progress https://www.flightglobal.com/strategy/challenges-remain-despite-air-france-klms-steady-post-pandemic-progress/154343.article Frontier navigates weather, ATC issues and long-haul competition to Q2 profit https://www.flightglobal.com/strategy/frontier-navigates-weather-atc-issues-and-long-haul-competition-to-q2-profit/154380.article Born during the pandemic, Taiwan’s Starlux now makes up for lost time https://www.flightglobal.com/airlines/born-during-the-pandemic-taiwans-starlux-now-makes-up-for-lost-time/154522.article US start-up Red Way to cease operations two months after launch https://www.flightglobal.com/strategy/us-start-up-carrier-red-way-to-cease-operations-two-months-after-launch/154674.article Monarch revival in doubt as funding runs out https://www.flightglobal.com/airlines/monarch-revival-in-doubt-as-funding-runs-out/154765.article Bonza finds its wings with Australia’s infrequent fliers https://www.flightglobal.com/airlines/bonza-finds-its-wings-with-australias-infrequent-fliers/154756.article Prospective A380 start-up Global Airlines plans initial New York and Los Angeles routes https://www.flightglobal.com/airlines/prospective-a380-start-up-global-airlines-plans-initial-new-york-and-los-angeles-routes/154340.article

Duration:00:37:05

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Summer disruption, airport noise, sustainability and award winners

8/1/2023
Graham and Lewis discuss the operational challenges being seen in Europe and North America, as ATC issues and airspace restrictions combine with weather events and other factors. They also consider the longer-term capacity challenges in the industry and the impact of sustainability concerns on airline growth plans. They then revisit this year's Airline Strategy Awards, highlighting some of the winning stories. Music credit: Tea K Pea “highabove”/Creative Commons READ MORE ON FLIGHTGLOBAL.COM: Airlines need to prepare for more extreme weather events https://www.flightglobal.com/airlines/airlines-need-to-prepare-for-more-extreme-weather-events/154019.article Walsh claims France is ‘harming the environment’ by failing to address ATC strikes https://www.flightglobal.com/airlines/walsh-claims-france-is-harming-the-environment-by-failing-to-address-atc-strikes/153589.article IAG cites Iberia lessons as BA and Aer Lingus battle operational challenges https://www.flightglobal.com/strategy/iag-cites-iberia-lessons-as-ba-and-aer-lingus-battle-operational-challenges/154344.article Why some airlines are relieved to be flying older aircraft https://www.flightglobal.com/airlines/why-some-airlines-are-relieved-to-be-flying-older-aircraft/154317.article Airlines ask Dutch Supreme Court to consider Schiphol noise judgement https://www.flightglobal.com/airlines/airlines-ask-dutch-supreme-court-to-consider-schiphol-noise-judgement/154270.article IATA opposes ban on night flights at Brussels airport https://www.flightglobal.com/airlines/iata-opposes-ban-on-night-flights-at-brussels-airport/154229.article Ryanair indicates 737 Max delivery delays could persist to mid-2024 https://www.flightglobal.com/airlines/ryanair-indicates-737-max-delivery-delays-could-persist-to-mid-2024/154249.article IATA slams North American air traffic control chaos https://www.flightglobal.com/safety/iata-slams-north-american-air-traffic-control-chaos/154174.article EasyJet blames ATC delays as it cancels 1,700 summer flights https://www.flightglobal.com/airlines/easyjet-blames-atc-delays-as-it-cancels-1700-summer-flights/154046.article Why does United Airlines chief think competitors are ‘in denial’? https://www.flightglobal.com/airlines/why-does-united-airlines-chief-think-competitors-are-in-denial/151803.article United sees improvement in Newark as it cuts summer schedule: CEO https://www.flightglobal.com/networks/united-sees-improvement-in-newark-as-it-cuts-summer-schedule-ceo/154210.article Amid United Airlines’ operational meltdown, CEO apologises for private jet trip https://www.flightglobal.com/strategy/amid-united-airlines-operational-meltdown-ceo-apologises-for-private-jet-trip/153987.article The Airline Strategy Awards 2023: winning stories https://www.flightglobal.com/airlines/the-airline-strategy-awards-2023-winning-stories/154083.article

Duration:00:34:46

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Q1 earnings, Ryanair order, Go First woes, Joyce's Qantas legacy

5/15/2023
Graham and Lewis discuss how European and North American carriers performed during the recent earnings season, which saw a degree of ‘normalisation’ and plenty of positivity about the summer, despite the slower recovery of corporate travel. They then consider the growing problems around aircraft maintenance delays, particularly in light of India’s Go First grounding its fleet. Next they discuss Ryanair’s bumper – and long-expected – order for Boeing 737 Max 10 jets, before looking at the legacy of departing Qantas chief executive Alan Joyce. Music credit: Tea K Pea “highabove”/Creative Commons IAG reports Q1 operating profit as leisure demand gives it summer confidence https://www.flightglobal.com/airlines/iag-reports-q1-operating-profit-as-leisure-demand-gives-it-summer-confidence/153155.article Lufthansa predicts ‘summer travel boom’ after loss-making Q1 https://www.flightglobal.com/airlines/lufthansa-predicts-summer-travel-boom-after-loss-making-q1/153107.article US carriers see revenues surge, but challenges remain https://www.flightglobal.com/airlines/us-carriers-see-revenues-surge-but-challenges-remain/152916.article Corporate customers are back: United Airlines https://www.flightglobal.com/strategy/corporate-customers-are-back-united-airlines/152917.article How strong is the corporate air travel recovery? https://www.flightglobal.com/airlines/how-strong-is-the-corporate-air-travel-recovery/153242.article Ryanair reaches 737 Max 10 deal covering up to 300 aircraft https://www.flightglobal.com/airlines/ryanair-reaches-737-max-10-deal-covering-up-to-300-aircraft/153197.article Ryanair settles for higher price to secure 737 Max 10 slots https://www.flightglobal.com/airlines/ryanair-settles-for-higher-price-to-secure-737-max-10-slots/153198.article Third of Swiss Airbus A220s grounded as Lufthansa boss lists supply constraints https://www.flightglobal.com/airlines/third-of-swiss-a220s-grounded-as-lufthansa-boss-lists-supply-constraints/153111.article India’s Go First suspends flights, blames P&W engine woes for insolvency protection filing https://www.flightglobal.com/airlines/indias-go-first-suspends-flights-blames-pandw-engine-woes-for-insolvency-protection-filing/153099.article Qantas CEO succession a fitting outcome after Joyce’s diversity focus https://www.flightglobal.com/airlines/qantas-ceo-succession-a-fitting-outcome-after-joyces-diversity-focus/153120.article Unpacking Alan Joyce’s Qantas legacy https://www.flightglobal.com/airlines/unpacking-alan-joyces-qantas-legacy/153089.article Qantas appoints finance chief as new CEO https://www.flightglobal.com/airlines/qantas-appoints-finance-chief-as-new-ceo/153086.article

Duration:00:27:29

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Consolidation challenges, Riyadh Air, C-suite gender diversity

3/28/2023
Graham and Lewis talk through the growing list of consolidation moves within the global industry, discussing why deals take such a long time to get over the line. They then look back on Graham’s recent interview with Lufthansa Group chief executive Carsten Spohr and what he had to say about the Italian market, before considering the launch of Riyadh Air and a bumper widebody deal for Saudi carriers. Finally, Lewis talks through our latest survey of women in the C-suite, with data showing the number of female chief executives has shot up over the past 12 months. Music credit: Tea K Pea “highabove”/Creative Commons Airlines struggle to fast-track consolidation https://www.flightglobal.com/airlines/airlines-struggle-to-fast-track-consolidation/152276.article Significant rise in women leading airlines offsets falls elsewhere in C-suite https://www.flightglobal.com/airlines/significant-rise-in-women-leading-airlines-offsets-falls-elsewhere-in-c-suite/151863.article Carsten Spohr on how Lufthansa is back on the front foot https://www.flightglobal.com/strategy/carsten-spohr-on-how-lufthansa-is-back-on-the-front-foot/152353.article Saudi aircraft orders underscore home carrier ambitions https://www.flightglobal.com/fleets/saudi-aircraft-orders-underscore-home-carrier-ambitions/152465.article Jazeera to create new Saudi low-cost airline https://www.flightglobal.com/airlines/jazeera-to-create-new-saudi-low-cost-airline/152463.article Saudi government unveils new national airline Riyadh Air https://www.flightglobal.com/airlines/saudi-government-unveils-new-national-airline-riyadh-air/152436.article

Duration:00:32:27

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Do airline failures belie brighter outlook?

2/10/2023
Graham and Lewis discuss the recent collapses of European carriers Flybe and Flyr, asking whether those developments belie a much brighter outlook for the industry in 2023. They also consider recent comments from United Airlines chief executive Scott Kirby about fundamental changes to the industry coming out of the pandemic, which he suggests could make growth plans undeliverable if peers fail to act. Expanding on Kirby’s comments, they further consider whether the industry is better prepared for the strong demand ahead as carriers and the wider sector gear up for the northern hemisphere summer. Music credit: Tea K Pea “highabove”/Creative Commons How significant are exits of Flybe and Flyr from Europe’s airline market? https://www.flightglobal.com/airlines/how-significant-are-exits-of-flybe-and-flyr-from-europes-airline-market/151879.article Investors see value in airlines as 2023 outlook improves https://www.flightglobal.com/airlines/investors-see-value-in-airlines-as-2023-outlook-improves/151997.article Why does United Airlines chief think competitors are ‘in denial’? https://www.flightglobal.com/airlines/why-does-united-airlines-chief-think-competitors-are-in-denial/151803.article European airports hope for ‘boring’ summer after ramp-up disruptions https://www.flightglobal.com/networks/european-airports-hope-for-boring-summer-after-ramp-up-disruptions/151926.article

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Standout stories from 2022

12/30/2022
Graham and Lewis discuss some of the most interesting developments in 2022, including KLM’s challenges, ITA Airways wrangling, Norwegian’s renaissance, JetBlue’s move for Spirit, Abra Group ambitions in Latin America, Air India’s transformation and consolidation, differing fortunes at domestic market-less Singapore Airlines and Cathay Pacific, and Saudi ambitions as it looks to launch new flag carrier. The Airline Business 38: tracking key data indicators from airlines around the world https://www.flightglobal.com/airlines/the-airline-business-38-tracking-key-data-indicators-from-airlines-around-the-world/151438.article Legal action possible as Air France-KLM vows to fight Schiphol cap https://www.flightglobal.com/airlines/legal-action-possible-as-air-france-klm-vows-to-fight-schiphol-cap/149682.article Airline CEO changes in 2022 dominated by appointment of women and upheaval in India https://www.flightglobal.com/airlines/airline-ceo-changes-in-2022-dominated-by-appointment-of-women-and-upheaval-in-india/148920.article ITA sees passenger revenues ahead of budget as Italy works on securing investor https://www.flightglobal.com/airlines/ita-sees-passenger-revenues-ahead-of-budget-as-italy-works-on-securing-investor/151446.article Air France-KLM eyes TAP, Transavia and territories for growth as ITA deadline nears https://www.flightglobal.com/airlines/air-france-klm-eyes-tap-transavia-and-territories-for-growth-as-ita-deadline-nears/150747.article Norwegian trialling expansion beyond Nordics with Riga base https://www.flightglobal.com/airlines/norwegian-trialling-expansion-beyond-nordics-with-riga-base/150704.article Norwegian saw historic-high unit revenue during profitable third quarter https://www.flightglobal.com/airlines/norwegian-saw-historic-high-unit-revenue-during-profitable-third-quarter/150700.article American and JetBlue expand alliance amid looming antitrust decision https://www.flightglobal.com/strategy/american-and-jetblue-expand-alliance-amid-looming-antitrust-decision/151295.article JetBlue-Spirit deal approved by Spirit shareholders https://www.flightglobal.com/strategy/jetblue-spirit-deal-approved-by-spirit-shareholders/150621.article Weathering storms: Avianca survives pandemic, bankruptcy and ‘painful’ changes https://www.flightglobal.com/strategy/weathering-storms-avianca-survives-pandemic-bankruptcy-and-painful-changes/151323.article Latin carriers re-emerge from crisis but with fresh uncertainties ahead https://www.flightglobal.com/strategy/latin-carriers-re-emerge-from-crisis-but-with-fresh-uncertainties-ahead/150904.article How Abra Group could change balance of airline power in Latin America https://www.flightglobal.com/networks/how-abra-group-could-change-balance-of-airline-power-in-latin-america/150546.article How enlarged Air India sets up two-horse race in Indian market https://www.flightglobal.com/strategy/how-enlarged-air-india-sets-up-two-horse-race-in-indian-market/151204.article Singapore Airlines agrees deal on Vistara merger with Air India https://www.flightglobal.com/strategy/singapore-airlines-agrees-deal-on-vistara-merger-with-air-india/151145.article SIA attributes strong results to early investment in capacity https://www.flightglobal.com/strategy/sia-attributes-strong-results-to-early-investment-in-capacity/150862.article Cathay flags ‘substantial’ 2022 loss despite improving environment https://www.flightglobal.com/strategy/cathay-flags-substantial-2022-loss-despite-improving-environment/151034.article How far through recovery are Middle East airlines? https://www.flightglobal.com/strategy/how-far-through-recovery-are-middle-east-airlines/151404.article Wizz Air helps to kick-start Saudi Arabia’s aviation powerhouse ambitions https://www.flightglobal.com/airlines/wizz-air-helps-to-kick-start-saudi-arabias-aviation-powerhouse-ambitions/150145.article

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IATA profit hopes, Heathrow, Virgin, A380, United Airlines order and Air India

12/16/2022
Graham and Lewis discuss IATA's recent forecast for 2023, which showed the industry tipping into profitable territory after a punishing few years. They also discuss airport charges following more developments at Heathrow, and consider Virgin Atlantic's growth plans. They then focus ot the A380's fortunes following Etihad's decision to bring some back into service, before discussing United Airlines' recent bumper aircraft order - and a potential order from Air India. Music credit: Tea K Pea "highabove"/Creative Commons IATA forecasts global airline industry will return to profit in 2023 https://www.flightglobal.com/airlines/iata-forecasts-global-airline-industry-will-return-to-profit-in-2023/151224.article Razor-thin airline industry profit projection for 2023 reflects complex web of factors https://www.flightglobal.com/airlines/razor-thin-airline-industry-profit-projection-for-2023-reflects-complex-web-of-factors/151271.article Virgin chief prepped for ‘subdued’ 2023 but no sign yet of bookings impact https://www.flightglobal.com/strategy/virgin-chief-prepped-for-subdued-2023-but-no-sign-yet-of-bookings-impact/151238.article United hands Boeing order for 100 787 Dreamliners and 100 737 Max https://www.flightglobal.com/fleets/united-hands-boeing-order-for-100-787-dreamliners-and-100-737-max/151308.article Air India to lease six 777-300ERs, six A320neos amid ‘aggressive expansion’ https://www.flightglobal.com/fleets/air-india-to-lease-six-777-300ers-six-a320neos-amid-aggressive-expansion/151218.article Strong end to 2022 prompts Lufthansa Group to raise full-year profit forecast https://www.flightglobal.com/airlines/strong-end-to-2022-prompts-lufthansa-group-to-raise-full-year-profit-forecast/151314.article Virgin Atlantic livid as UK regulator details interim Heathrow price cap https://www.flightglobal.com/airlines/virgin-atlantic-livid-as-uk-regulator-details-interim-heathrow-price-cap/151291.article Etihad partially restoring A380 fleet for service on London route https://www.flightglobal.com/airlines/etihad-partially-restoring-a380-fleet-for-service-on-london-route/151288.article

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Record Q3 revenues, cargo concerns, ICAO deal and Latin latest

11/4/2022
Graham and Lewis discuss a strong third-quarter results season for airlines in Europe and North America, as constrained capacity met surging demand. They also consider whether that momentum can continue into 2023 and look at developments in the air cargo sector. Then, following the recent ICAO agreement on a long-term aspirational goal for aviation, they examine the next steps for the airline industry on its journey to net-zero CO2. Finally, Graham talks about prospects for the Latin American airline sector after his recent trip to the ALTA Airline Leaders Forum in Buenos Aires. Music credit: Tea K Pea "highabove"/Creative Commons Why airline confidence is high despite headwinds https://www.flightglobal.com/airlines/why-airline-confidence-is-high-despite-headwinds/150844.article Air France-KLM eyes TAP, Transavia and territories for growth as ITA deadline nears https://www.flightglobal.com/airlines/air-france-klm-eyes-tap-transavia-and-territories-for-growth-as-ita-deadline-nears/150747.article Air France-KLM operating profit tops €1bn in Q3 despite Schiphol challenges https://www.flightglobal.com/airlines/air-france-klm-operating-profit-tops-1bn-in-q3-despite-schiphol-challenges/150743.article Lufthansa Group reports strong forward demand as Q3 profit exceeds €1bn https://www.flightglobal.com/airlines/lufthansa-group-reports-strong-forward-demand-as-q3-profit-exceeds-1bn/150718.article Shortage of 787 cockpit windows reflects industry-wide supply constraints: Lufthansa chief https://www.flightglobal.com/airlines/shortage-of-787-cockpit-windows-reflects-industry-wide-supply-constraints-lufthansa-chief/150723.article Vueling heads IAG carrier capacity and profits return https://www.flightglobal.com/networks/vueling-heads-iag-carrier-capacity-and-profits-return/150750.article Delta tops record revenues in strong third quarter https://www.flightglobal.com/airlines/delta-tops-record-revenues-in-strong-third-quarter/150528.article Relief and reality checks after ICAO aviation emissions deal https://www.flightglobal.com/airlines/relief-and-reality-checks-after-icao-aviation-emissions-deal/150636.article Air transport bodies welcome ICAO resolution on net-zero goal https://www.flightglobal.com/airlines/air-transport-bodies-welcome-icao-resolution-on-net-zero-goal/150470.article Taxes, litigation, air rage and infrastructure weigh on Latin American carriers https://www.flightglobal.com/airlines/taxes-litigation-air-rage-and-infrastructure-weigh-on-latin-american-carriers/150579.article Does recession threaten Latin American airlines’ hard-won successes? https://www.flightglobal.com/strategy/does-recession-threaten-latin-american-airlines-hard-won-successes/150593.article Can Argentina’s aviation sector tap growth potential? https://www.flightglobal.com/networks/can-argentinas-aviation-sector-tap-growth-potential/150641.article

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Winter worries, Emirates-United tie-up, Frontier and Blue Air

9/28/2022
Graham and Lewis discuss the transition from a positive summer period in terms of demand and - in some cases - profits to an uncertain winter, with a long list of challenges clouding the 2023 outlook. Jon Hemmerdinger then joins Graham to discuss the recent tie-up between United Airlines and Emirates, and Frontier Airlines' strategy after losing out on Spirit. Finally, Graham and Lewis consider some of the consolidation moves in markets in recent weeks, before discussing the grounding of flights at Romanian operator Blue Air. Music credit: Tea K Pea “highabove”/Creative Commons The two unusual phenomena faced by airlines as headwinds strengthen https://www.flightglobal.com/airlines/the-two-unusual-phenomena-faced-by-airlines-as-headwinds-strengthen/150120.article United and Emirates strike broad partnership that will ‘terrify’ competitors https://www.flightglobal.com/strategy/united-and-emirates-strike-broad-partnership-that-will-terrify-competitors/150200.article JetBlue-Spirit deal will leave Frontier like ‘Southwest in the late ’80s’: CEO https://www.flightglobal.com/strategy/jetblue-spirit-deal-will-leave-frontier-like-southwest-in-the-late-80s-ceo/150237.article Romania’s Blue Air delays service restart until 10 October https://www.flightglobal.com/airlines/romanias-blue-air-delays-service-restart-until-10-october/150143.article Italian start-up ITA retreads familiar path with Air France-KLM link-up https://www.flightglobal.com/strategy/italian-start-up-ita-retreads-familiar-path-with-air-france-klm-link-up/150101.article

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787 return, supply-chain impact and Farnborough thoughts

8/22/2022
Graham and Lewis discuss the resumption of Boeing 787 deliveries and the impact of supply-chain issues on fleet planning. They also look back to July’s Farnborough air show, which saw Boeing dominate the order announcements as Airbus unveiled a string of commitments before and after the event. Music credit: Tea K Pea “highabove”/Creative Commons Boeing resumes 787 deliveries, handing aircraft to American Airlines https://www.flightglobal.com/airframers/boeing-resumes-787-deliveries-handing-aircraft-to-american-airlines/149804.article Dreamliner deliveries resume but capacity constraints remain https://www.flightglobal.com/strategy/dreamliner-deliveries-resume-but-capacity-constraints-remain/149795.article Airbus and Boeing delays add to ‘global supply bottleneck’: Lufthansa chief https://www.flightglobal.com/airlines/airbus-and-boeing-delays-add-to-global-supply-bottleneck-lufthansa-chief/149744.article Boeing Max deals lead Farnborough air show order activity https://www.flightglobal.com/farnborough-2022/boeing-max-deals-lead-farnborough-air-show-order-activity/149546.article ‘We don’t need to make a lot of noise’: Scherer on Airbus at Farnborough~ https://www.flightglobal.com/farnborough-2022/we-dont-need-to-make-a-lot-of-noise-scherer-on-airbus-at-farnborough/149530.article Qatar orders 25 Boeing 737 Max 10, plus 25 options https://www.flightglobal.com/farnborough-2022/qatar-orders-25-boeing-737-max-10-plus-25-options/149547.article GE successfully tests high-power, high-voltage hybrid-electric engine at altitude https://www.flightglobal.com/farnborough-2022/ge-successfully-tests-high-power-high-voltage-hybrid-electric-engine-at-altitude/149460.article Delta orders 100 Boeing 737 Max 10s as Farnborough opens https://www.flightglobal.com/farnborough-2022/delta-orders-100-boeing-737-max-10s-as-farnborough-opens/149430.article Condor orders 41 Airbus A320neo-family jets https://www.flightglobal.com/airlines/condor-orders-41-airbus-a320neo-family-jets/149594.article China’s ‘big three’ airlines sign for 292 Airbus A320neos https://www.flightglobal.com/fleets/chinas-big-three-airlines-sign-for-292-airbus-a320neos/149256.article Malaysia Airlines picks A330neos for medium-haul fleet renewal https://www.flightglobal.com/fleets/malaysia-airlines-picks-a330neos-for-medium-haul-fleet-renewal/149844.article Ethiopian Airlines converts four A350 orders to -1000 variant https://www.flightglobal.com/airlines/ethiopian-airlines-converts-four-a350-orders-to-1000-variant/149660.article

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IATA AGM talking points and A380 return

7/4/2022
Graham and Lewis consider the main talking points from the recent IATA AGM in Doha, at which the association outlined an improved economic outlook for the industry. At the same time as better news on Covid restrictions being dropped, however, executives also acknowledged a new set of headwinds. They also discuss the return of the Airbus A380 at some carriers, after questions were asked about its future during the pandemic. The superjumbo is returning to operations amid a stronger-than-expected recovery in demand and delays in other key widebody aircraft programmes. They also discuss a recent bumper aircraft order by Chinese carriers and the forthcoming Farnborough air show. Risks and uncertainties persist despite IATA’s brighter economic outlook https://www.flightglobal.com/iata-agm-2022/risks-and-uncertainties-persist-despite-iatas-brighter-economic-outlook/149108.article Defiant Walsh says airline industry can handle coming headwinds https://www.flightglobal.com/iata-agm-2022/defiant-walsh-says-airline-industry-can-handle-coming-headwinds/149087.article IATA trims industry loss expectations for 2022 to $9.7bn https://www.flightglobal.com/iata-agm-2022/iata-trims-industry-loss-expectations-for-2022-to-97bn/149057.article New Pegasus chief hails tourism rebound and ‘game-changing’ A321neos https://www.flightglobal.com/iata-agm-2022/new-pegasus-chief-hails-tourism-rebound-and-game-changing-a321neos/149106.article Kenya Airways chief sees ‘very promising’ summer as demand picks up https://www.flightglobal.com/iata-agm-2022/kenya-airways-chief-sees-very-promising-summer-as-demand-picks-up/149066.article Break-even unlikely in 2022 amid cost pressures: Malaysia Airlines chief https://www.flightglobal.com/iata-agm-2022/break-even-unlikely-in-2022-amid-cost-pressures-malaysia-airlines-chief/149084.article Emirates chief rates industry challenges 9/10 but sees demand resilience https://www.flightglobal.com/airlines/emirates-chief-rates-industry-challenges-9/10-but-sees-demand-resilience/149081.article Cathay plans hiring spree as airline anticipates network ramp-up https://www.flightglobal.com/iata-agm-2022/cathay-plans-hiring-spree-as-airline-anticipates-network-ramp-up/149070.article A380s return amid strong travel demand and aircraft delivery delays https://www.flightglobal.com/fleets/a380s-return-amid-strong-travel-demand-and-aircraft-delivery-delays/149238.article Emirates chief predicts ‘relief on both sides’ if 787 order parked https://www.flightglobal.com/iata-agm-2022/emirates-chief-predicts-relief-on-both-sides-if-787-order-parked/149135.article China’s ‘big three’ airlines sign for 292 Airbus A320neos https://www.flightglobal.com/fleets/chinas-big-three-airlines-sign-for-292-airbus-a320neos/149256.article

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Disruption blame game and sustainability action plans

6/9/2022
Graham and Lewis consider the blame game that is emerging as airlines and the wider air travel sector grapple with operational challenges. They also discuss the next sustainability steps for airlines – including sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) and offsetting – as the industry prepares to meet in Doha for this year's IATA AGM. Music credit: Tea K Pea "highabove"/Creative Commons IATA chief hits back at ‘idiot politicians’ who blame UK airlines for staff shortages https://www.flightglobal.com/airlines/iata-chief-hits-back-at-idiot-politicians-who-blame-uk-airlines-for-staff-shortages/148907.article EasyJet chief calls for ‘sober view’ of capacity limits at UK airports this summer https://www.flightglobal.com/airlines/easyjet-chief-calls-for-sober-view-of-capacity-limits-at-uk-airports-this-summer/148908.article Air France-KLM chief concerned over staff shortage spreading to Paris and 787 delays https://www.flightglobal.com/airlines/air-france-klm-chief-concerned-over-staff-shortage-spreading-to-paris-and-787-delays/148909.article Airlines grapple with cancellations, queues and government gall https://www.flightglobal.com/airlines/airlines-grapple-with-cancellations-queues-and-government-gall/148865.article Is hydrogen power the right path for aviation? https://www.flightglobal.com/flight-international/is-hydrogen-power-the-right-path-for-aviation/148446.article Aviation will heavily rely on carbon credits to hit EU ‘Fit for 55’ emissions target https://www.flightglobal.com/networks/aviation-will-heavily-rely-on-carbon-credits-to-hit-eu-fit-for-55-emissions-target/148634.article The sustainability chiefs leading the airline industry’s net-zero charge https://www.flightglobal.com/strategy/the-sustainability-chiefs-leading-the-airline-industrys-net-zero-charge/148417.article

Duration:00:14:40