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This week, Airways Senior Business Analyst Vinay Bhaskara and columnist RA kick-off the first Airways podcast of 2017, starting with an in-depth coverage of the Q4 and FY earnings reports for Delta (1:42) and United (19:47), which posted their results during the earlier half of the month.

No conversation of the Big Three in the U.S. can take place without bringing up American Airlines, which, despite not reporting Quarterly and Fiscal Year results at the time of recording, had still taken headlines with the details of its new Basic Economy fare (33:52).

Finally, the duo decided to stay in the contiguous 48 this week and concluded on a somber note by discussing the retirement of United’s Boeing 747-400 fleet by the end of 2017 (50:37). We promise that next week will be slightly more international, but earnings is the flavor of the month!

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 US 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.

In addition to playing the episode on this page, you can also subscribe to our RSS feed. We are now live on SoundCloud as well as iTunes, Google Play Music and iHeartRadio.

If you do listen to the podcast via ITunes or even if you don’t, please write us a review. That’s the best way to get more people to listen to our show! For a limited time only, if you write a review and shoot us an email with a screenshot of your review, you’ll be able to pick a topic for R and I to cover on the podcast. This topic can be aviation-related or something completely off topic (our love lives, however, are off limits).

As we evolve the format of this new Airways feature, we would love your feedback as we look to find the optimal mix. 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.