Welcome to the seventh 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.

Airways Sr. Business Analyst Vinay Bhaskara and Columnists R and Alex McIntyre wrap up coverage of Q2 earnings for U.S. airlines, discussing the Emirates 777 crash landing in Dubai (0:37), the new law requiring airlines to refund checked baggage fees for bags that are delivered late to passengers (8:40), Spirit’s Q2 earnings and its focus on operational improvements (14:22), Allegiant’s Q2 earnings and the Airbus A320 purchase (19:21), ULCC route strategy for Spirit / Allegiant / Frontier (27:15), Southwest Airlines’ IT and labor relations issues (46:50), and our weekly short takes (1:01:54).

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