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Airlines Need New Planes, But The Supply Chain Has Other Ideas

Aviation’s supply and demand balance has been out of whack since the pandemic began. That caused airfares to plummet then skyrocket. Many corporate buyers and their preferred airlines rolled agreements over, waiting for the dust to settle. Domestic demand is now strong but on the supply side, seat capacity in the U.S. market for this…

With Google ITA, Deem Presents Clients A New Choice For Shopping Southwest

[CORRECTION, Oct. 19, 2022: The original version of this article included outdated information about some Southwest Airlines leisure routes not available to Deem users via certain shopping channels. There are no longer any such restrictions.] Southwest Airlines early this year began “limited” participation in the Google ITA QPX airfare search and shopping system. Corporate online…

Pete Buttigieg Is Trying To Fix Air Travel With A ‘Dashboard.’ What’s On It?

Customer service issues in air travel have regulators considering various measures. German lawmakers are looking into abolishing advance purchase fares and requiring airlines to charge passengers only when they check in. That would expand the idea behind Lufthansa’s “Pay As You Fly” concept for large corporate accounts. After last month proposing a new rule to strengthen . . ….

Dorothy Dowling Left Best Western, Will Step Down From GBTA Board

[UPDATE, Sept. 19, 2022: GBTA’s Allied Leadership Council elected Marriott International SVP for global sales Tammy Routh as its president and Avis Budget Group SVP for Americas sales Beth Kinerk as vice president. Routh takes a seat on the GBTA board of directors.] Dorothy Dowling will step down from the Global Business Travel Association board…

Pricing And Overall Demand Are Strong, But Big U.S. Airlines Cannot Grow

Airfares are up, planes are full and some major U.S. carriers are reporting record revenues. At the same time, staffing shortages are wrecking customer service, dark economic clouds loom and some worry the recovery in corporate demand is decelerating. According to ARC, U.S. air bookings made by travel agencies that mainly serve commercial clients have…

Bidding War For Spirit Could Undercut Power Of Four Big Airlines

Rival bids for Spirit from Frontier and JetBlue could create an airline that presents a more formidable challenge to American, Delta, Southwest and United. By Niraj Chokshi and Lauren Hirsch. When the dust settled on a big round of airline consolidation nearly a decade ago, four large companies came to dominate the industry. A new…

U.S. Airlines Expect Higher Fares To Offset Sky-High Jet Fuel Prices

To kick off his company’s conference broadcast from New York on Tuesday, J.P Morgan airline analyst Jamie Baker mentioned “unrelentingly robust current demand trends and the success that the industry is currently having in putting higher fuel prices to customers in the form of revenue management and capacity cuts.” Executives from major U.S. carriers speaking…

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