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

June 22, 2022 63 min
This week: Joe Lopano, CEO, Hillsborough County Aviation Authority; US Transportation Sec. Pete Buttigieg Talks with Airline CEOs; American's Regionals Envoy & Piedmont pilots receive 2 year 50% pay increase-will it help retention?; Continued input & discussion on the pilot shortage topic; Shout-outs.
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This week: Shashank Nigam, CEO, SimpliFlying; An update from Chris on the JetBlue & Frontier offers for Spirit; Covid testing requirement dropped for inbound USA air travelers; Startup Norse Atlantic: 3000 applicants for 50 pilot positions; Listener input: ALPA issues doc on training/pilot shortage; Q: Who gets the armrest? Shout-outs
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This week: Peter Robison, Author, Flying Blind: The 737 MAX Tragedy and the Fall of Boeing; Delta floats big positive news but is lower capacity/higher fares an issue? KLM: Don't bring luggage through Amsterdam; FAA tightens oversight on Boeing; Listener suggestion on FAA pilot medical standards; plus shout-outs.
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This week: Jonathan Sutter, Senior. Director, J.D. Power Travel Industry Practice; Aligning summer capacity with staffing; ALPA strike authorization at Alaska; Update: A4A Rest Rules Case; Listener Q: Are turboprops set for a resurgence? ALPA says no pilot shortage? Shout-out to those who serve.
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This week: Sean Donohue, CEO, DFW International Airport; AerCap predicts a shortage of Aircraft; Congressional UFO hearings; AA v. Sabre: Jury awards $1 to AA, not $300MM; Listener Q's on discontinued routes and subsidized service; Shout-outs.
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This week: Daryl Taylor, VP/GM, Airbus, America - Recorded LIVE on location from the Airbus assembly line, Mobile AL for a major announcement; Also, is Delta leading the industry with expanded FA pay? Listener Qs: Does Southwest have a halo around its brand? Shoutouts to ATC at PBI, and to Braniff.
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This week: Jay Sorensen, President, IdeaWorksCompany LLC; The passing of Fmr Transportation Secretary Norman Mineta; Boeing moving HQ to DC - Why?; The need for 13,000 pilots each year; Listener Q's involving pilot scope clauses, outsourcing, the 1500 hour rule; Shout-out to Delta Club employees.
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This week: Chris Sloan reports on the unique experience of flying in Alaska and quizzes Ben & Chris on Ultra Av Geek trivia; Southwest bullish on business travel; Avianca merges with Viva; Chaos at Amsterdam's Schiphol airport; Frontier's high ancillary revenue; Listener Q: Financial risk to buy a ticket on AA? Complaint involving Spirit & Carnival-Fine or Whine? Shout out to Tuskegee Airman Sgt. Victor Butler for ...
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April 27, 2022 56 min
This week: Gautam Thakkar, CEO, Unifi; Plus: Q1 earnings; Mask mandate dropped; Union organizing actions at start-ups Avelo and Breeze; Listener reactions to last week's guest comments; Tips on applying for an airline position; A non-airline Fine or Whine; Shout-outs
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This week: Kathryn Creedy, Editor In Chief at Future Aviation/Aerospace Workforce News; Plus: Airfares are up; 3 profitability indicators; Quarterly earning call previews; European summer demand; Listener feedback on international air rights, ULCC sector in Canada, & Ed Bastian's statement that federal dollars were not a bailout.
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This week: Bart Biggers & Kevin Lewis, Partners, Sidley Austin LLP; Plus: Planes are starting to fill up; A JetBlue offer for Spirit; Start-Up Canada Jetlines focuses on Toronto; A DHL 757-200 breaks in half on emergency landing; Listener Q's on international air service rights & DCA signage; Shout-outs.
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This week: John Heimlich VP/Chief Economist, Airlines For America. Plus: Change at the top of UPS & the legacy of FedEx's founder; Pilot picket lines popping up; The new labor shortage & who has leverage in the upcoming restructuring; Another IT meltdown at British Airways; Listener Q: A fundamental change in loyalty programs?
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This week: Elise Eberwein, EVP, People & Communications at American interviews Ben & Chris. Personal questions answered and Chris names his most annoying high profile passenger; Plus Southwest creates a value transferable ticket; China Eastern Airlines crash; Listener Q's and more.
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This week: Nancy Hocking, JetBlue, Director of Gateway Programs, Lawsuit by pilots over mask mandate; Arajet launches the Dominican Republic’s ULCC; Aeromexico emerges from Chapter 11-now what?; Listener Q from Ben Goldstein @ Aviation Week on fuel hedging; Why are Southwest non-stops priced lower than connecting flights? Southwest status complaint-Fine? or Whine?
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This week: Ginger Hughes, Managing Director, Seabury Securities; Airlines business impact from Russia's war on Ukraine; A 30 day mask extension; United/SkyWest plan to drop service to 29 cities; Aeroflot's isolation; Pilot listener question: Will the A220 put Regionals out of business? Plus shout-outs.
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This Week: Lance Lipkus, Vice President, Travel Leaders Group. Plus: Avoiding Russian airspace & cutting industry ties; WestJet Acquiring Sunwings; Significant changes in the AAdvantage program; Listener Q's: How will US Airlines build routes under current situation / Why so many hub to hub flights? Fine or Whine? & Shout-outs.
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This week: Andrew Nocella, Chief Commercial Officer, United Airlines; Potential airline ramifications of Ukraine situation; Mask mandate update; What's behind a huge London-Heathrow passenger drop?; Listener adds input on Turkish Superbowl ad; United complaint-Fine or Whine?
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This week: Darryl Jenkins, Chairman/Exec. Dir. American Aviation Institute; Was the Turkish Airlines Superbowl ad worth the price? What impact will Alaska's "Flight Pass" have on revenue?; FAA keeps tight reign on Boeing 787 Dreamliner certifications; Listener Q's on Cargo contracts & which airlines offer best pilot employment opportunities. Complaint on Allegiant's Raider's ticket package-Fine or Whin...
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February 16, 2022 61 min
This week: Kevin Stamler, Founder/CEO, SeatBoost; Frontier/Spirit $2.2B Deal; What will DOJ look at? Delta tests out free checked bag offer; A potential change in IAG ownership?; Listener Q on SkyWest earnings call predicting reduction in flight hours; Shout out to Bill Franke.
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This week: Jeff Shane, Fmr General Counsel, IATA; Plus: Will all the cancellations affect earnings; Ryan's CEO on Covid/Summer travel; Is United selling it's MileagePlus asset? Listener Q's on Aircraft Paint, Sun Country; Almost missed flight due to multiple Delta/ATL gate changes-Fine or Whine?
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