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)

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