01 Nov 2017

Airline Profits Executive Interview: René Armas Maes Discusses Basic Economy Fare Strategy [Video]

Airline Profits Executive Interview: René Armas Maes Discusses Basic Economy Fare Strategy [Video] Hello and welcome to Airline Profits Executive Interviews. I am Kofi Sonokpon, Managing Editor of Airline profits magazine and author of the recent book series on airline business and technology, namely Airlines for Business  and Airlines for

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27 Oct 2017

JetBlue vs. WestJet Case Study Reveals Potential Revenue Optimization Opportunities

JetBlue vs. #WestJet Case Study Reveals Potential Revenue Optimization Opportunities As per link, this is a case study executed few years ago to benchmark WestJet Airlines (“WS) #ancillary revenue strategy against JetBlue Airlines (“B6”). Airlines have similar average stage length, headcount and fleet size which are key metrics to conduct

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20 Oct 2017

Airbus Deal: Is Bombardier Really Sold On the Merit of the CSeries?

Airbus Deal: Is Bombardier Really Sold On the Merit of the CSeries? Just a little over two years ago, we reacted to media reports suggesting that #Bombardier had held secret talks with #Airbus in order to give them a major stake in their all-new #CSeries program. The title of the

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23 Jun 2017

Airnguru: Changing the Dynamics of Airline Pricing?

Airnguru: Changing the Dynamics of Airline Pricing? As you probably know, we had the opportunity to talk with Airnguru Executives on May 18, 2017, the Terrapinn’s Aviation Festival Americas 2017 in Miami, Florida. Dr. Sergio Mendoza and Javier Jimenez, respectively CEO and Chief Commercial of Airnguru teamed up to tackle

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01 Jun 2017

Quarterly Profits: Have Airlines Been Caught in Quicksand?

Quarterly Profits: Have Airlines Been Caught in Quicksand? Just about a two years ago in 2015, many airlines were reporting record profits. For instance, the four major US carriers, namely American Airlines, Delta Airlines, United Airlines and Southwest Airlines reported at least over a billion dollars in net earnings. Many

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29 May 2017

Can the COMAC C919 Alter the Aircraft Market Dynamics Significantly?

Can the COMAC C919 Alter the Aircraft Market Dynamics Significantly? The Chinese home-made single-aisle aircraft, the COMAC C919 has successfully completed its maiden flight on May 5, 2017. According to different reports, the C919 is set out to compete against the re-engined Airbus A320neo and Boeing 737 MAX. And one

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29 May 2017

Is Overbooking a Cost-effective Airline Business Practice?

Is Overbooking a Cost-effective Airline Business Practice? In the previous edition of Airline Profits, we highlighted why selling seats is not a sound economic way for an airline to become profitable. In this article, we are going to review the widely spread practice of overbooking, which is a natural by-product

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29 May 2017

Change of Policy: Has United Airlines Missed the Point?

Change of Policy: Has United Airlines Missed the Point? When you revisit the sequence of events before and after the brutal removal of Dr. David Dao from United Airlines Flight 3411, you would agree that there was perhaps a triple fiasco. The first instance happened at the pre-boarding when the

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29 May 2017

Will AirAsia X Succeed at Conquering the US Market?

Will AirAsia X Succeed at Conquering the US Market? As you probably know, we had the opportunity to speak with Benyamin Ismail, CEO of AirAsia X in a phone interview on May 9, 2017. Mr. Ismail was attending the Aviation Festival Americas in Miami, Florida as a speaker on the

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29 May 2017

Airline Passenger Incidents: A New Trend or a Spotlight on Old Practices?

Airline Passenger Incidents: A New Trend or a Spotlight on Old Practices? Are the recent incidents involving airline passengers a new trend? Or is it rather a new spotlight on old practices, which careless airline employees engage in frequently? The months of April and May 2017 have been full of

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