This week Airways Senior Business Analyst Vinay Bhaskara and columnist R conclude 2016 by recapping the top stories of year. The team discusses various leadership changes within the industry (1:42), major labor deals reached throughout the year (4:43), the breakup between Alaska and Delta (8:34), Delta’s codeshare agreement with Korean Air (10:34), the DOJ’s changing position on joint ventures (12:41), new international service launched during the year (17:24), security problems and terror threats (21:03), product improvements (22:12), Delta’s Bombardier C-Series order and interesting aircraft/routes to fly (23:12), and a fun wrap-up (31:50).

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 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.

In addition to playing the episode on this page, you can also subscribe to our RSS feed. We are now live on SoundCloud as well as iTunes, Google Play Music, and iHeartRadio.

If you do listen to the podcast via ITunes or even if you don’t, please write us a review. That’s the best way to get more people to listen to our show! For a limited time only, if you write a review and shoot us an email with a screenshot of your review, you’ll be able to pick a topic for R and I to cover on the podcast. This topic can be aviation-related or something completely off topic (our love lives, however, are off limits).

As we evolve the format of this new Airways feature, we would love your feedback as we look to find the optimal mix. And for now, consider this “Podcast Unplugged”. We’ll be adding production value enhancements as we move forward, in addition to special guests and contributors.

Please let us know your thoughts in the comments below or directly via email.