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Delta’s New Business Class Suites [Podcast #9]

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Delta’s New Business Class Suites [Podcast #9]

Delta’s New Business Class Suites [Podcast #9]
August 23
15:12 2016

Welcome to the ninth episode of the Airways Podcast.

This week, Airways Senior Business Analyst Vinay Bhaskara and Columnist R cover a variety of topics including Delta’s new business class suite product (0:50), a new focus on premium economy for US airlines (8:52), the poor state of airline IT operations  (9:00), clickbait articles that attempt and fail to draw parallels to the broader societal question of inequality with premium cabins vs. economy cabins (12:02), what’s wrong with LATAM (16:20), whether LATAM is delivering outsized returns in the South American market (24:50), Scoot’s new route from Singapore to Athens (27:30), the unproven nature of Asia-Europe long haul low cost operations (36:15), checking in on the Alaska-Virgin America merger (39:26), and their weekly short takes (47:24).

Delta's New Business Class

A rendering of Delta’s A350. (Credits: Airbus S.A.S)

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.

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  1. Eric Sterling
    Eric Sterling August 24, 00:55

    With the Alaska and Virgin America merger, is it possible that Alaska airline will make San Jose Mineta airport a hub?

    I think this will make sense for Alaska Airlines because they already calling San Jose a focus city anyway and Also they don’t have to go head to head with United at SFO.

    One more question do you ever see San Jose becoming a hub airport again?

  2. Phoenix
    Phoenix August 25, 04:54

    Great analysis on all topics esp. LATAM/South America and low-cost long-haul.

    The one example of business/leisure route bifurcation I would personally cite is Emirates’ use of 2-class A380s to cities like Birmingham and Copenhagen. With their sterling reputation for product and service in their premium cabins, the only reason for not offering first-class is if nobody pays for it on leisure-oriented routes.

  3. trae
    trae August 25, 09:12

    I feel like this podcast only focus’ on the major airlines and their strategies.

    Not one podcast has mentioned regionals and how they are doing, financially or strategically even though they provide 50% of the flying in the U.S.

    Even if you analyzed how the majors are going to affect the regionals, it would be a start to at least recognize them.

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