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Join Airline Weekly editors as we discuss the hottest topics in the airline industry in the week ahead and take listeners’ questions.

Hosted every Monday morning, the Airline Weekly Lounge Live will feature an informal, insightful conversation with our editors, sometimes joined by a travel industry insider — or outsider — sharing larger perspectives on the crisis in the global airline industry.




Guest: Sean Donohue, Dallas Fort Worth International Airport CEO

Date: Dec. 7, 2020

Time: 12:00 p.m. EDT

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Past Episodes

November 30, 2020

Airlines aren’t alone. The pandemic has laid the entire travel sector low. Skift Hospitality Reporter Cameron Sperance joins to update us on how the hospitality and cruise industries are faring.

November 23, 2020

Airline Weekly Senior Analyst and Co-Founder Jay Shabat and Editor Madhu Unnikrishnan discuss the big news out of Asia: Korean Air’s proposed acquisition of Asiana. Will this mean more consolidation in Asia, and why are U.S. airlines happy about that idea?

November 2, 2020

Brett “The Cranky Flier” Snyder joined to discuss traveling to Hawaii, the airlines’ brutal fourth quarter prospects, and for another installment of his ever-popular “Skeds of Airlines.”

October 26

Airlines are critical infrastructure, and pilots are essential employees, and without more federal payroll support, the economy will suffer, Air Line Pilots Association President Capt. Joe DePete argues.

October 19

Boeing’s grounded 737 MAX could return to the skies by the end of the year, the FAA has said. What steps remain before the aircraft is re-certified? And what role did human factors play in the aircraft’s design flaws? Aviation Week Air Transport and Safety Editor Sean Broderick breaks it down.

October 12

Hotels, Airlines, and the Pandemic. If you fly, you may need a place to stay. We know how the pandemic has affected the airline industry, but how has it affected the hospitality industry? Skift Hospitality Reporter Cameron Sperance joins for a discussion on how hotels were affected, trends in demand now, and the prospects for more government aid in the U.S.

October 5

What is the passenger experience like during pandemic-era travel? Founder Seth Miller joined us live from Philadelphia International Airport after a flight from Boston to give us a first-hand account and to discuss what opportunities and risks airlines and suppliers face now in developing new seats and inflight experiences.

September 28

What’s Singapore Airlines to do? Before the pandemic, it staked its fortune on luxurious intercontinental traffic. That’s all but gone now, and Singapore Airlines has no domestic market to fall back on. Jay Shabat, Airline Weekly senior analyst and co-founder, joins Editor Madhu Unnikrishnan to discuss what the airline’s options are.

September 14

Brian Sumers, Skift Senior Aviation Business Editor, and Airline Weekly Editor Madhu Unnikrishnan ask why airlines are eliminating change fees now (when customers have been complaining about them forever)? Will airlines be able to transport vaccines? And why is everyone obsessed with Los Angeles?

September 8

Jonathan Keane, Accenture global head of aviation, sketches four scenarios airlines may face post-pandemic, ranging from a “remarkable return” to “the darkest days.” How is Accenture advising its airline clients on preparing for the near- to medium-term future?

August 17

IATA Regional Vice President for the Americas Peter Cerdá outlines the patchwork of travel restrictions impeding the recovery of air travel in Latin America and which countries are beginning to open up. He also explains why governments in the region hesitate to invest in air transport infrastructure.

August 10

Europeans may be traveling again, but it still was a dismal quarter for the continent’s airlines. Airline Weekly Senior Analyst Jay Shabat and Editor Madhu Unnikrishnan take a look at why it’s bad and why it may be particularly bad for airlines that staked their success on longhaul travel.

August 3

Brett “The Cranky Flier” Snyder joins Airline Weekly Editor Madhu Unnikrishnan to talk about why airline schedules are in such disarray, and why travelers are gun shy. Snyder gets the last word with a paean to his favorite aircraft, the Boeing 747.

July 27

Skift Senior Aviation Business Editor Brian Sumers and Airline Weekly Editor Madhu Unnikrishnan examine why the heads of four U.S. and European airlines are asking for quarantine rules to be eased. Also, how much more time do you have to fly in a passenger Boeing 747?

July 20

JetBlue Technology Ventures’ Amy Burr and Vantage Airport Group’s Nirali Shah discuss how technology can make travel safer and reassure passengers during a pandemic.

July 13

Airline Weekly Editors Madhu Unnikrishnan and Jay Shabat look at why JetBlue is zigging while its rivals are zagging, and why now might be a good time for David Neeleman and Andrew Levy to launch their new airlines.

July 6

William Swelbar, Research Engineer, Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s International Center for Air Transportation

June 29

Brian Sumers, Skift senior aviation business editor

June 15

Chris Jones, CMO of McCarran International Airport

June 1

Jay Shabat and the collapse of LATAM

May 18

Adapting airports for public health

May 4

How much money are airlines losing now?

June 22

Seth Miller, Editor, PaxEx.Aero

June 8

Jon Ostrower and airplane manufacturers

May 26

Cranky Flier and the mask problem

May 11

New Opportunities in challenging times

April 27

Virgin Australia’s challenges and ominous earnings reports

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