On-Demand Helicopter Services Are Ready to Take Off

Posted by Kunal Shah on Mon, Oct 21, 2019

This article originally was published on Forbes.com.

Hate sitting in traffic to and from the airport? Just order your own helicopter! On-demand helicopter services such as Voom, Uber Copter and Blade offer flights in some U.S. cities for the relatively affordable cost of about $200-$300, booked via an app or online.


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How to Create and Implement Proactive Revenue Management Workflows

Posted by Marios Prokopiou on Tue, Oct 08, 2019

Airline executives know that a more successful revenue management department starts with strategies that incorporate market and owned data and pinpoint revenue opportunities. These strategies drive coordinated decision making among revenue management, sales and network planning departments. But most importantly, they help revenue management analysts be more proactive. RM analysts who spend most of their day proactively identifying revenue opportunities constantly outperform. Thus, creating and implementing revenue management strategies that drive proactive workflows ought to be an important part of every revenue management team’s agenda.


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It's Time for Airlines to Differentiate Their Domestic Lounge Experience

Posted by Kunal Shah on Tue, Oct 01, 2019

This article originally was published on Forbes.com.

For airlines, airport lounges are a great way to build their brand and increase customer loyalty. However, do travelers really think the lounge experience is valuable anymore? Many lounges feel dated and don’t meet the expected standard of luxury. Others that have been upgraded over the past few years often tend to feel overcrowded. It’s fair to say that the lounge experience is hit or miss. Even with some upgrades, the fundamental issue is that lounges are not particularly attractive to anyone because they cater to everyone.


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Imagine If You Could Redeem Your Airline Loyalty Points at Restaurants and Retailers Too

Posted by Kunal Shah on Thu, Aug 01, 2019

This article originally was published on Forbes.com.

Travel loyalty programs are undergoing an evolution of sorts. As Skift recently noted, loyalty partnerships between major travel suppliers, such as United-Marriott and American-Hilton (and most recently, Emirates-Marriott) have traditionally targeted members with elite status. However, Accor Hotels and Air France/KLM recently announced a different kind of loyalty offering: one that targets all the brands’ loyalty program members, not just the elite. While Accor and Air France/KLM already have a close financial relationship, with Accor mulling a stake in the air carrier last year, their new offering offers inspiration for other suppliers in considering forging similar partnerships and raises questions about what the future holds for loyalty programs, in general.


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Why National Airlines Aren't Economically Justifiable

Posted by Glenn Hollister on Tue, Dec 18, 2018

Last year, Qatar Airways, part of the Middle East 3 (ME3) airlines with Etihad Airways and Emirates Airlines and backed by the Qatari government, bought a 49% stake in Meridiana, Italy’s second-largest airline, and renamed it Air Italy. The purchase was a way to expand the airline’s footprint as Qatari planes now fly routes from Italy to the U.S. But when Air Italy announced that it was adding even more flights to the U.S. earlier this month, U.S. airlines and lawmakers cried foul, saying that Air Italy would not be able to add these routes without Qatar Airways’ financial backing, thus violating (if not technically then at least in spirit) an agreement signed by the ME3 last year vowing that the Gulf carriers would not add such routes.


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