Welcome to the fifth 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 features Senior Business Analyst Vinay Bhaskara, Columnist R, Columnist Alex McIntyre. Topics covered this week include

  • Delta’s Q2 earnings (1:05)
  • United’s Q2 earnings (8:09)
  • The parallels between United and Boeing (14:05)
  • The first official Airways Podcast bet (16:59)
    • Vinay bet R that United would close it’s margin gap to Delta and American by 30% within 2 years (i.e. Q2 of 2018)
    • If Vinay wins the bet, R has to fly two legs with United wearing a t-shirt that says “I love Jeff Smisek”
    • If R wins the bet, Vinay has to fly 8 hours of Spirit in last row economy.
  • Southwest’s Q2 earnings (20:05)
  • Ranting about PRASM and investor focus on the metric (21:32)
  • Alaska and Hawaiian Earnings (35:40)
  • Alaska’s new routes from Newark (37:52)
  • JetBlue Plans Re-Entry to the Atlanta Market (42:08)
  • Hawaiian’s route network shift (45:34)
  • The DOT’s daytime slots for Tokyo Haneda routes for US carriers (48:22)
  • Our weekly short takes (54:50)
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