Welcome to the second episode of the Airways Podcast, the digital audio extension of our team’s world class written content. To recap, the idea behind this podcast is to do a weekly deep-dive into three or four important aviation stories or trends, with a particular focus on aerospace and the U.S. airline industry. This is not a news podcast (in fact almost everything we cover will have been written about on the site by the time we discuss it) but rather one focused on in-depth analysis and assessment.

This week’s episode is the first featuring the regular podcast hosting team of Senior Business Analyst Vinay Bhaskara and Columnists R and Alex McIntyre. Topics of discussion included:

  • Norwegian Air Shuttle’s protracted battle with U.S. airlines and their labor unions over the European ultra-low cost carrier’s Norwegian Air International (NAI subsidiary) – how should the US DOT rule?
  • United Airlines’ “value driving initiatives” – were we impressed by United’s latest pitch to Wall Street?
  • What do recent moves by Frontier Airlines and Spirit Airlines to improve their product and customer service mean for America’s ULCCs?
  • What are some of the potential benefits of India’s newly liberalized civil aviation policy?

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As we evolve the format of this new Airways feature, we would love your feedback as we look to find the optimal mix. And for now, consider this “Podcast Unplugged”. We’ll be adding production value enhancements as we move forward, in addition to special guests and contributors. Please let us know your thoughts in the comments below or directly via email.