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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Airplane Bathrooms Are Getting Even Smaller. Where Does the Squeeze End?

Posted by Marios Prokopiou on Thu, Oct 18, 2018

Frequent air travelers are used to dealing with headaches, from delays to crowded airports to feeling like sardines squeezed onto planes. That squeeze continues to tighten: A recent Wall Street Journal investigation proved that airplane bathrooms are getting even smaller.


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An Emirates Takeover of Etihad Makes Sense for Everyone

Posted by Glenn Hollister on Thu, Sep 27, 2018

This article originally was published on Sept. 20, 2018, on Forbes.com

Bloomberg reported last week that Emirates is in early talks to take over Etihad’s airline assets, which would create the world’s largest airline by passenger volume. The potential merger has been the subject of frequent speculation throughout the industry for a while, and it makes sense: Both airlines have a similar business model, relying on a large volume of connecting traffic to fill planes that also carry a smaller population of high-yield traffic. They also have similar planes in their fleets and similar service levels and customer experiences. The integration of the two carriers should be easier than past industry mergers.   


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How to Prove the Value of Your Loyalty Program to Frequent Travelers

Posted by Brian Keating on Tue, Nov 15, 2016


This past month was a great reminder for me about the value of airline loyalty programs because I realized the benefits of my relationships with two airlines via some attractive rewards and perks. However, the travel industry isn’t always proactive when it comes to reminding customers about the value that we receive from our loyalty.


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Airline Revenue Managers Behaving More Like Discount Retail Marketers

Posted by Alain Boutros on Tue, Nov 17, 2015

Another day, another “limited-time” promotion …

Nov. 4, 2015: Need a pick-me-up? We’re serving a double shot of savings with up to 45% off base fares.  And today only, we’re sweetening things up with an extra 20% on top for fall and winter travel. With all that energy, you’ll want to book your extra savings by midnight tonight!


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