MIAMI — Vinay and Rohan kick off this week’s episode by discussing the electronics ban on flights from certain Middle Eastern countries to the US and UK (2:40). Does this mean that Vinay won’t be able to take selfies on his iPad on certain airlines despite getting Global Entry?
While on the subject of UK-based carriers, the two discuss the business case for IAG’s new Barcelona-based long-haul, low-cost carrier, “LEVEL,” (23:32) and what impact it will have alongside the other North Atlantic “disruptor” LCCs taking the skies by storm in summer 2017.
Meanwhile, across the ocean, IAG’s JV partner American Airlines had some words for Wall Street Analysts, spearheaded by CEO Doug Parker admonishing that investors are taking “too narrow” of a view on airline RASM performance (36:15). Finally, a star has fallen – somewhat – with Cathay Pacific in the red (45:30). How can Thai be profitable while Cathay is not?
To recap, the idea behind the Airways podcast is to take 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.
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