Airlines Confidential Podcast

Airlines Confidential Podcast

Hosted by Ben Baldanza - former CEO Spirit Airlines & Chris Chiames - 30+ year airline/travel industry veteran. Top stories, discussion, listener questions, and passenger complaints are all addressed head-on in each episode.

Episodes

July 28, 2021 39 min
This week: How do engine purchases really work? Encouraging earnings reports? Is the outlook for business travel bullish...or bull****? Breeze pulls back; Congress getting into delays/cancellations; Listener Q: Why no Delta Lounge access with my first class ticket?
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This week: Interview with Barry Eccleston, former CEO Airbus America; Delta turns a profit in Q2; Listener question: Was Southwest caught with their pants down? Plus shout-outs.
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July 14, 2021 35 min
This week: New regulations on fee transparency & refunds? More United flights on the way; Startup Avelo quickly drops 3 cities; New entrant Play debuts; Listener question: Why are airfare prices higher now? and a shoutout to Brad Paisley!
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July 7, 2021 50 min
This week: Interview with Greg Webb, CEO Travelport - plus holiday weekend travel observations; Examining the United new aircraft order; American sues Sabre Corporation; Is Southwest Airlines being mean to Skiplagged? Support service staffing shortages; Fine or Whine & shoutouts.
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June 30, 2021 38 min
This week: New Southwest CEO-Changes? British Airways puts some employees back on furlough; Aircraft orders by United & Delta; Flight cuts at American due to "an employee shortage";   Listener question: Why no ASM level reports?  Wide-body and pilot pay potential.
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June 23, 2021 42 min
This Week: Interview - David Short, Fmr. Acting Under Secretary for Policy @DOT;  Multiple airlines experience tech system issues; Single pilot long haul flights by 2025? Can airlines confiscate your miles for bad behavior?
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June 16, 2021 35 min
This week: Spirit dives into Miami-why now? How will American react? 737 MAX is back; Virgin Atlantic & American invest in vertical aerospace; How are FAA passenger fines handled? Stay tuned in for BONUS interview Ken Witcher, Dean Embry-Riddle;
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June 9, 2021 39 min
This week: Mike Cox from Seabury Capital on current airline realities, demand for single vs twin aisle aircraft and more; United goes supersonic; The report on UFO sightings; Listener Question: How vulnerable are aircraft to cyber hackers? Complaint: Accused of vaping in the bathroom & kicked off the plane-Fine? or Whine?
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June 2, 2021 50 min
This week: General Counsel & Secretary of the Flight Safety Foundation & top ranked aviation lawyer Ken Quinn; The Belarus hijacking of a Ryan Air flight;Our roving reporter Chris Sloan reviews the inaugural flight of Breeze. A Southwest complaint-Fine? or Whine? Listener questions & shout-outs.
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May 26, 2021 31 min
This week: An interview with Brian Kough, Aviation Week's Senior Director of Forecast & Aerospace Insights; Ryan Air's subsidy case; How Americans getting fatter affects operating envelope rulings; Can Delta legally require new employees to be vaccinated?
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May 19, 2021 36 min
This week: An interview with Paul Kinstedt COO, Republic Airways; The 737-Max update; Frontier tries to cramp Avelo Airlines in Burbank, A listener question on the return of change/cancelation fees; A bag fee hassle-Fine? or Whine? The week's Shout-outs.
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May 12, 2021 39 min
This week: From MRO Americas: Colby Harvey CEO of Rizse; Air France & KLM raising more capital; Are airlines being both bullish and pessimistic? Breeze changes course on structuring Flight Attendant position; A question about aircraft maintenance;  This week's shout outs.
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May 5, 2021 46 min
This week: From MRO Americas an interview w/ Lydia Janow, Managing Dir. Events/Tradeshows @‎Aviation Week; Our Roving Correspondent Chris Sloan reviews the 1st JetBlue A220 flight & The 1st Flight of new airline Avelo; Summer capacity projections, listener questions, shoutouts.
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April 28, 2021 29 min
This week: Southwest reports a profit due to government funding; Avelo Airlines debuts; Atlanta gets replaced as world's busiest airport; Should the mask mandate be extended?; Listener comments, Fine or Whine? and shout-outs.
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April 21, 2021 43 min
This week: David Grizzle former FAA COO talks public vs private, technology implementation, his tour of duty in Afghanistan & much more; Another issue with the 737-Max; Canada's approach to supporting it's airlines; Listener questions/corrections; This week's shout outs.
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April 14, 2021 29 min
This week: A look at how summer capacity is shaping up; Impact on the US cruise industry; Will vaccination cards become mandatory for travel? Say goodbye to the hellish experience of Gate 35X at DCA;  A listener asks if his "nice guy" gesture cost Delta $800; Shout-outs of the week.
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April 7, 2021 43 min
This week: Special Guest Declan Ryan Chairman/President Viva Air on low cost carriers as an investment & much more; Also, what to keep an eye on in the proposed 2 Trillion dollar infrastructure bill; New guidance from the CDC; A pilot listener comment on Scope negotiations; Passenger complaint: My vouchers are expiring-they won't extend them, Fine? or Whine?
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March 31, 2021 36 min
This week: The scope of pilot union contracts; Frontier introduces a new type of lighter weight seat; A look at Frontier and Sun Country IPOs; Listener question about low-cost transatlantic service; and shout-outs of the week.
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March 24, 2021 47 min
This week: Special Guest Helane Becker, Airline Analyst-how she builds her financial models and much more; Plus a listener question on Allegiant's earnings call; We hear from a female pilot about federal funding, seniority list placement; A complaint about Lufthansa on a minor being split from travel companion-Fine? or Whine? A shoutout to Alaska Airlines.
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March 17, 2021 34 min
This week: Covid Funding bill passes & 27,000 furloughs recalled; Restrictions with the money? CDC with a confusing travel alert; A good time to start an airline? Which one would Ben bet on? Listener question on Allegiant's disruption capability; shout-outs of the week.
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