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Welcome to the Airways Podcast, the digital audio extension of one of the world's leading aviation publications, Airways Magazine (www.airwaysmag.com). Hosted by Enrique Perrella (@enrique77w), Vinay Bhaskara (@TheABVinay), and Rohan Anand (@rohanaanand), the podcast is a bi-monthly deep-dive into three important aviation stories or trends, featuring exclusive interviews, journalist reports, and coverage from worldwide aviation events.

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Welcome to the Airways Podcast, the digital audio extension of one of the world's leading aviation publications, Airways Magazine (www.airwaysmag.com). Hosted by Enrique Perrella (@enrique77w), Vinay Bhaskara (@TheABVinay), and Rohan Anand (@rohanaanand), the podcast is a bi-monthly deep-dive into three important aviation stories or trends, featuring exclusive interviews, journalist reports, and coverage from worldwide aviation events.

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Great News and Opinions

By ORD7M7 - Dec 20 2019
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Long story short, they go over the latest and greatest in airline industry news and give opinions about what’s happening. I missed this podcast while it was off the air.

Love this show.

By wellnesssergeant - Oct 16 2019
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Great to hear all the latest on all things aviation.

iTunes Ratings

70 Ratings
Average Ratings
49
13
4
2
2

Great News and Opinions

By ORD7M7 - Dec 20 2019
Read more
Long story short, they go over the latest and greatest in airline industry news and give opinions about what’s happening. I missed this podcast while it was off the air.

Love this show.

By wellnesssergeant - Oct 16 2019
Read more
Great to hear all the latest on all things aviation.
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Airways Podcast

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Welcome to the Airways Podcast, the digital audio extension of one of the world's leading aviation publications, Airways Magazine (www.airwaysmag.com). Hosted by Enrique Perrella (@enrique77w), Vinay Bhaskara (@TheABVinay), and Rohan Anand (@rohanaanand), the podcast is a bi-monthly deep-dive into three important aviation stories or trends, featuring exclusive interviews, journalist reports, and coverage from worldwide aviation events.

Rank #1: Episode 25 - The Rise of the Middle Eastern Airline Giants

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As a companion to Vinay's two-part series featured on www.airwaysmag.com, "The Rise, Fall and Eventual Resurgence of the Middle East's Airline Giants," Rohan and Vinay discuss all things Gulf-Aviation in a unique special on the MEB3 and Turkish Airlines. They kick things off by talking about the "rise" of Emirates, Etihad, Qatar and Turkish thanks to political will and pro-aviation government establishments relative to their peer countries (5:00). But in today's world, low oil prices, the 2016 U.S. Presidential election, Brexit, political strife and changing nationalist attitudes around the globe are cutting holes in the business model of these four carriers, which is dissected in the "fall" section of the episode (22:50). But the future is anything but bleak: new aircraft is on the way, with suppliers like Boeing and Airbus eager to work with the MEB3 and adjustments to be made on the commercial roadmap, there will eventually be a resurgence (41:00) of the MEB3 as well.

Mar 22 2017

55mins

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Rank #2: Episode 41: Air New Zealand Nonstop To New York; AA MD-80 Farewell Insider

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Welcome Aboard The Airways Podcast!

The fifth episode of Season 3 kicks off with Rohan, Vinay, and Enrique chatting about Air New Zealand's exciting news, which will see the Kiwi carrier link Auckland and New York on an ultra-long-haul nonstop flight on its Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner.

This will be the sixth-longest flight in the world when it launches next year.

The second segment has Rohan and Vinay interviewing Chris Sloan, Managing Editor at Airways, who was lucky enough to be onboard the farewell American Airlines MD-80 flight. 

Tune in, The Airways Podcast is here!

Nov 01 2019

1hr 13mins

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Rank #3: Thai Airways International [Deep Dive #7]

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This week in the Deep Dive bonus segment of the Airways Podcast, Airways Senior Business Analyst Vinay Bhaskara and Columnist Rohan Anand discuss Thai Airways International, providing an overview of the carrier (1:27) and discussing what is going on at Thai (3:57). 

Dec 02 2016

12mins

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Rank #4: Qantas Announces New London-Perth Route [Network Beat #8]

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This week in the Network Beat bonus segment of the Airways Podcast, Airways Senior Business Analyst Vinay Bhaskara and Columnist Rohan Anand discuss Qantas' new London-Perth route debuting in 2018 (0:14), and the potential for the route to be transformative (4:41).

Dec 15 2016

16mins

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Rank #5: Episode 40: Delta Invests In LATAM Airlines; Airline Alliances Forecast

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Welcome Aboard The Airways Podcast!

The fourth episode of Season 3 kicks off with Rohan, Vinay, and Enrique chatting about Ed Bastian's remarks on the alleged failure of SkyTeam Alliance.

In addition to the 10 most relevant headlines in the aviation arena, our hosts analyze the future of the airline alliances after the CEO of Delta Air Lines, Ed Bastian, said that SkyTeam has failed to add value to its customers.

The second analysis segment has Rohan and Vinay discuss the repercussions of Delta's new partnership with former American Airlines partner, LATAM Airlines. The Atlanta-based carrier finalized a $1.9 billion investment for a 20 percent stake in the Latin American carrier, who will effectively be leaving the oneworld alliance and become Delta's largest partner in South America.

Tune in, The Airways Podcast is here!

Oct 15 2019

1hr 2mins

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Rank #6: Episode 38 - Interview with Neeleman, Pt. 2; American Airlines Retires the MD-80; British Airways Strike; Frontier into New York

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Welcome Aboard The Airways Podcast!

The second episode of Season 3 kicks off with Rohan Anand, Vinay Bhaskara and Enrique Perrella going over the most relevant headlines in the commercial aviation industry since this month's Episode 1, two weeks before.

In this episode, in the second part of our exclusive interview with David Neeleman he tells Airways Managing Editor, Chris Sloan, his thoughts on the ultra-long-haul segment of the industry, the A321XLR, what he thinks about his involvement with TAP Portugal, and a few personal remarks.

Our three hosts also analyze three topics drawn from the top headlines in the commercial aviation scene:

  • American Airlines retires the MD-80 from its fleet.
  • British Airways is crippled by two days of flight crew strikes.
  • Frontier opens new base in Newark with all-new routes.

Tune in, The Airways Podcast is here!

Sep 15 2019

1hr 4mins

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Rank #7: Episode 39: Interview with Volaris CEO; Thomas Cook Airlines Shuts Down

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Welcome Aboard The Airways Podcast!

The third episode of Season 3 kicks off with Rohan, Vinay, and Enrique analyzing the most relevant headlines in the commercial aviation industry.

In this episode, we welcome the Founder and CEO of Volaris, Enrique Beltraena. Together with Indigo Partners in the US, Beltraena has managed to outgrow its competitors and become the country's largest domestic airline by passengers transported. 

Enrique Beltraena tells Airways some interesting facts about Mexico's domestic low-cost carrier industry and how his airline plans to continue growing despite the fact that the country's new government has decided to cancel the construction of Mexico City's new airport.

In addition to this episode's interview, our three hosts also analyze the two following topics:

  • Thomas Cook Shuts Down.
  • The new Mexico City International Airport is canceled. 

Tune in, The Airways Podcast is here!

Oct 01 2019

1hr 11mins

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Rank #8: The Rise of Iceland [Network Beat #9]

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We head to Iceland this week in the Network Beat bonus segment of the Airways Podcast, where Creator and Co-Founders Vinay Bhaskara and Rohan Anand dissect the Whos, Whats and WOWs of Islandia.  We start by delving into the strategic importance of Rekjavic's Keflavik International airport (1:30), paying close attention to the capacity breakdown at KEF and its unique connecting model as a transit and stoppover point between Europe and North America. We'll then discuss Icelandair (6:40), the largest carrier at KEF airport with over 50% of the market share, its innovative and FREE "stoppover program," and the future of its network and commercial strategy with the 737-MAX entering the fleet later this decade to replace its workhorse 757s. We compare this to WOW Air (11:55), comparing the use of larger, widebody and Airbus-exclusive fleet. The remainder of the episode, we'll do some additional compare and contrasts on the successes, threats and opportunities for Icelandair and WOW, and how these two will vie for similar types of traffic flows but with one utilizing a hybrid model and the other as a fully un-bundled LCC.

Jan 31 2017

24mins

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Rank #9: What's Wrong With Etihad [Deep Dive #8]

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For this week's bonus segment of Airways Deep Dive, co-producers Vinay Bhaskara and Rohan Anand head to Abu Dhabi (virtually) to assess the evolving mosaic of Etihad's partially-owned equity partners. If you've been out of the loop, they'll provide you an overview of Etihad's ownership strategy (2:05) including the recent partnership with long-time foe, Lufthansa Group. Rohan challenges Vinay to give his take on the "scattered" partnerships that Etihad has created around the world (7:42) and where the cracks started (hint: both start with "A" and have reincarnated several times). Does Etihad have its hands in too many pots? The two decide whether this is the case in the context of CEO James Hogan's departure in the latter half of 2017 (30:28) and forecast how growth and network development will evolve as the carrier expects over 100+ aircraft to come through the next decade. 

Feb 15 2017

39mins

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Rank #10: Episode 37 — Season 3 Kicks Off / Interview: David Neeleman talks Moxy

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Welcome Aboard The Airways Podcast!

Season 3 kicks off with an all-new format. Rohan Anand and Vinay Bhaskara welcome Enrique Perrella as the third host of the show.

Enrique, the Publisher & Editor in Chief of Airways Magazine, also joins the production team, bringing in numerous guests from the industry to be featured in this season's interview segment.

This new season will be edited and cured by our new team member, Jeffry Nova, a professional radio veteran who's taking The Airways Podcast to a new level of quality.

In this episode, David Neeleman exclusively tells Airways Managing Editor, Chris Sloan, the tentative launch date of his new startup, code-named Moxy.

Rohan, Vinay, and Enrique analyze three topics drawn from the top headlines in the commercial aviation scene:

  • Boeing mothballs the launching of the 777-8X.
  • Cathay Pacific changes its top management.
  • Tokyo-Narita gives way to Haneda as the prime airport for US carriers.

Tune in, The Airways Podcast is here!

Aug 31 2019

1hr

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Rank #11: Episode 22 - Airways vs. Wall Street and Route News Galore

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Your Airways Podcast duo Vinay Bhaskara and Rohan Anand continue their coverage of the Q4 and FY 2016 earnings reports for American (2:25), Southwest Airlines (18:42) and JetBlue (28:18). Extending beyond the usual humdrum of strong earnings, we analyze and dissect attributes unique to each airline, and baseline them against broader trends in the industry, to create our interpretation on revenue forecasts, Wall Street reactions and potential customer perceptions. For the route gurus, we did a hybrid of network beat and core, where we do a rapid fire on new route developments (36:10) like Air India to Washington, Finnair's A340 retirements, Aer Lingus to Las Vegas, Frontier's growth in Cincinnati and Cleveland and more. 

Feb 08 2017

1hr 4mins

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Rank #12: Episode 19 - DOJ Clears Alaska/Virgin America Merger

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This week Airways Senior Business Analyst Vinay Bhaskara and columnist Rohan Anand discuss the DOJ granting its stamp of approval for the Alaska/Virgin America merger (1:20), the DOT clearing Norwegian Air International to grow long-haul service in the United States (12:56), Avianca seeking out a joint venture partner (23:28), and President-Elect Donald Trump criticizing Boeing for the price of Air Force One (34:12).

Dec 15 2016

43mins

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Rank #13: Episode 36 - CSeries Goes Airbus & JetBlue-United Merger

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Airbus is taking a majority stake in Bombardier's troubled CSeries Program (0:35) which Rohan likes to call, "the mic drop." As if Vinay doesn't have enough reasons to call Rohan out for being a stereotypical millennial, Rohan insisted that Vinay humor a discussion about a potential United - JetBlue merger (23:35) which was a topic raised by some high-ups at Wall Street (aka Hunter Keay) a few weeks back, and how it would address some gaps in the United network, i.e. the Southeast, which has been a hot topic as of late. Onto more concrete topics, we dive into Q3 2017 earnings season by discussing Delta's results (34:10).

Nov 30 2017

44mins

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Rank #14: Aeroflot Pursuing Potential Joint Ventures [Network Beat #7]

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This week in the Network Beat bonus segment of the Airways Podcast, Airways Senior Business Analyst Vinay Bhaskara and Columnist Rohan Anand discuss Aeroflot looking into potential joint ventures (0:28), the fading importance of airline alliances (0:36), and where Aeroflot is going (1:27).

Dec 02 2016

17mins

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Rank #15: Episode 23 - Singapore Slings the 777X and Trump's CEO Meet

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This week, Vinay and Rohan conclude their synopsis of the Q4 and FY 2016 earnings with coverage of airline earnings. But first, a bonus gift for our listeners: learn how you can get 15% off of Cranky Flier's Cranky Concierge travel service (1:55). In the core segment, they head to Seattle to talk about Alaska Airlines' earnings results (4:45) during the quarter in which its merger with Virgin America. They then move across the coast to the District to slice and dice the major takeaways of Donald Trumps' meeting with major U.S. carrier CEOs. Finally, they hop onto a 787-10 (maybe someday, or at least an A350-900ULR from Newark/New York in the near future) to Singapore to talk about SIA's large Boeing order for the 787-10 and 777X.

Feb 23 2017

1hr 1min

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Rank #16: Episode 20 - Recapping 2016 in the Airline Industry (Fixed)

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*RE-UPLOAD TO CORRECT FILE ERROR* This week Airways Senior Business Analyst Vinay Bhaskara and columnist Rohan Anand 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).

Dec 27 2016

49mins

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Rank #17: Episode 21 - Donald Trump, Earnings, and the Slow Death March of the 747

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This week Airways Senior Business Analyst Vinay Bhaskara and columnist Rohan Anand kick-off the first Airways podcast of 2017, starting with in-depth coverage of the Q4 and FY earnings reports for Delta (1:42) and United (19:47), who posted their results during the earlier half of the month. No conversation of the Big Three in the U.S. can take place without bringing up American Airlines, who, despite not reporting Quarterly and Fiscal Year results at the time of recording, had still taken headlines with the details of its new Basic Economy product (33:52). Finally, the duo decided to stay in the contiguous 48 this week and concluded on a somber note by discussing the retirement of United's 747-400 fleet by the end of 2017 (50:37). 

Jan 27 2017

1hr

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Rank #18: Episode 24 - Airport Traffic Results in 2016 Part II

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Vinay and Rohan head west to discuss airport changes in Europe, Latin America and North America. In Europe, they start off in Stockholm (1:31) and make their way through the Continent, while also covering Russia and Turkey (you can look forward to hearing Vinay school Rohan on Russian airport pronunciations). Next, they make the long jump across the Atlantic to cover Latin America (38:25) beginning with Rohan's favorite country, Chile. Then they'll travel up north, inching closer to the U.S. border before chiming in on Mexico, particularly in context of the Trump administration and the implications on passenger numbers and the Mexican aviation industry. After making their way around the world, they finally land back in the good 'ol US of A (55:00) and cover airports from Sea to Shining Sea. Oh, and they do conclude on a Canadian note, eh (1:21:00).

Mar 10 2017

1hr 24mins

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Rank #19: Airport Traffic Results in 2016 - Part I [Deep Dive #9]

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Vinay and Rohan invite you to join them a special two-part series featuring airport traffic changes from around the world. This week, we hit up Oceania, Asian, African and Middle Eastern airports that experienced the most salient passenger traffic adjustments. We'll not only provide objective data on the numerical changes, but also our insight and analyses explaining the trends. We start off in Oceania (4:05) wrapping up in Auckland and landing in Mumbai (11:02) and covering the Subcontinent. Next, we'll cover the largest connecting market from South Asia, aka the Middle East (23:36) with a unique take on Iran's traffic developments with a split-airport strategy. Heading South, we briefly cover Africa (38:00) then loop East to Southeast Asia (41:00) and North Asia (1:02:04). We conclude by covering the mysterious, yet fascinating People's Republic of China (1:09:15). We'll bring you part II next week!

For a limited time only, Airways Podcast listeners get 15% off their first Cranky Concierge travel support package. Visit https://crankyconcierge.com/airways to take advantage of this special offer through March 15th. 

Mar 01 2017

1hr 26mins

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Rank #20: Episode 34 - Checking in on AirBerlin, Alitalia, and Ryanair

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We start off by wishing Vinay a Happy Birthday, but certainly, a "mediocre birthday" (his words) pales in comparison to the continued woes for AirBerlin and Alitalia (1:10) after we perform a health check on Europe's biggest ailing carriers (for now). And the drama doesn't end there: Ryanair, which once appeared to be one of the highest bidders for some of Alitalia's assets, is suffering from extensive operational and commercial fallouts over a pilot shortage (16:35). With no end in sight, will they be able to recover from a tarnished image in spite of its, "Always Getting Better," program oriented around customer service? However, not all is woeful in Europe: Turkish Airlines seems to have recovered from a crummy 2016 and placed a blockbuster order for 787-9s (30:18) and may have more orders in the pipeline from both Boeing and Airbus. Furthermore, Air France-KLM and Virgin Atlantic JV partner Delta will be adding new routes and cities to Europe in Summer 2018 (36:30), diversifying beyond traditional bread-and-butter markets and going places where long-haul LCCs are absent.

Oct 03 2017

46mins

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Interview: Aboudy Nasser, CCO at London-Stansted Airport, talks about the future of Long-Haul/Low-Cost Airlines

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This bonus episode of The Airways Podcast welcomes Aboudy Nasser, Chief Commercial Officer at London-Stansted Airport to discuss the future of the industry's newest trend: Long-Haul/Low-Cost Carriers.

Nasser, who has 20 years of airline and airport commercial expertise in Europe, Asia, and the Middle East, has worked with British Airways, Etihad Airways, Oman Air and AirAsia, before joining the fastest and fourth busiest airport in the UK, London Stansted Airport, as its CCO.

This discussion is part of Episode 45 of The Airways Podcast, in partnership with London-Stansted Airport.

Jan 18 2020

32mins

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Episode 45: Two Giants Are Retiring - Tim Clark (Emirates), Willie Walsh (IAG)

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Welcome Aboard The Airways Podcast!

The first episode the year kicks off with Vinay, Enrique, and Rohan chatting about the retirement of two of the world's most iconic and influential airline CEOs, Tim Clark from Emirates and Willie Walsh from IAG.

These two fine gentlemen have re-shaped the global aviation landscape as we know it. Clark grew Emirates to become one of the world's largest and most powerful airlines, whereas Walsh was key in the consolidation of the airline industry in Europe by merging British Airways with Iberia, Vueling, Aer Lingus, and soon, Air Europa.

What will happen to Emirates and IAG? Who are the right successors to Clark and Walsh? Is the future as bright as Clark and Walsh hope it to be? Our team analyzes.

As a bonus of this episode, an interview with the Chief Commercial Officer of London Stansted Airport has been published as a stand-alone, full-length discussion about The Future of Long Haul Low-Cost Airlines. Be sure to check it out!

Tune in, The Airways Podcast is here!

Jan 17 2020

55mins

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Episode 44: United Names Scott Kirby CEO, Buys A321XLR; TWA Hotel Deep Dive

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Welcome Aboard The Airways Podcast!

The eight episode of Season 3, and the last official episode of the year, kicks off with Vinay and Enrique welcoming Henry Harteveldt, President of the Atmosphere Research Group about United Airlines and its new CEO, Scott Kirby, who will be replacing Oscar Munoz in May 2020. Harteveldt weighs in on Kirby's experience as a top airline executive, all the way since his tenure at America West, US Airways, American Airlines, and now United Airlines. Later on, our hosts also analyze United's recent order for 50 Airbus A321XLRs, which will replace the oldest Boeing 757s in its fleet.

The second topic covers the TWA Hotel and its current underperformance, reporting a ~30% load factor. Harteveldt, a former TWA alumn, shares his take on the hotel's current state and what he thinks should be done to make it a profitable and successful venture.

Lastly, the one and only JFK Jets (Vincenzo Pace), New York's best aviation photographer, shares his take on the hotel's prime planespotting benefits and locations, as well as his experience as a guest of the hotel on a myriad of occasions.

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Dec 14 2019

1hr 6mins

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Episode 43: Emirates Orders Dreamliners; Air Peace Founder Indicted; El Al To Melbourne

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The seventh episode of Season 3 kicks off with Rohan, Vinay, and Enrique chatting about Emirates confirming an order for 30 Boeing 787-9 aircraft, worth $8.8 billion at list prices. The Dubai-based carrier firmed up the Memorandum of Understanding that it had signed with Boeing in 2017, swapping the 787-10 for the smaller 787-9.

The second topic covers the US Department of Justice (DOJ) charging Allen Onyema, the Chairman and Founder of Nigerian carrier, Air Peace, with bank fraud and money laundering. According to the DOJ, Onyema has moved of more than $20 million from various foreign accounts through American bank accounts to pay for living expenses, luxury cars, and other high-priced goods. The Nigerian carrier ordered 10 Boeing 737 MAX 10 worth $1.17 billion last year.

Lastly, our hosts chat about El Al’s new test route from Tel Aviv to Melbourne, considered ultra-long-haul, as it’s scheduled to last more than 17.5 hours on the airline’s new Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners. Will this route come to fruition?

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Dec 01 2019

54mins

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Episode 42: IAG Purchases Air Europa; WOW Air Becomes PLAY

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Welcome Aboard The Airways Podcast!

The sixth episode of Season 3 kicks off with Rohan, Vinay, and Enrique chatting about IAG's move to purchase Spain's second-largest carrier, Air Europa, for the sum of €1 billion. Is this an anti-competitive move by the airline conglomerate, which already owns Spain's other two carriers, Iberia and Vueling?

Secondly, our hosts chat about WOW Air's resurrection as PLAY, which will launch with a small and modest fleet of Airbus A321s to a handful of destinations in Europe. The airline has chosen a playful name and a very distinctive bright red livery. Will they succeed?

Last but not least, Vinay sits down with Duncan Robertson, Manager Aircraft Product Development at British Airways, to chat about the airline's newest aircraft, the Airbus A350-1000, and its new cabin hard and soft products.

Tune in, The Airways Podcast is here!

Nov 15 2019

55mins

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Episode 41: Air New Zealand Nonstop To New York; AA MD-80 Farewell Insider

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Welcome Aboard The Airways Podcast!

The fifth episode of Season 3 kicks off with Rohan, Vinay, and Enrique chatting about Air New Zealand's exciting news, which will see the Kiwi carrier link Auckland and New York on an ultra-long-haul nonstop flight on its Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner.

This will be the sixth-longest flight in the world when it launches next year.

The second segment has Rohan and Vinay interviewing Chris Sloan, Managing Editor at Airways, who was lucky enough to be onboard the farewell American Airlines MD-80 flight. 

Tune in, The Airways Podcast is here!

Nov 01 2019

1hr 13mins

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Episode 40: Delta Invests In LATAM Airlines; Airline Alliances Forecast

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Welcome Aboard The Airways Podcast!

The fourth episode of Season 3 kicks off with Rohan, Vinay, and Enrique chatting about Ed Bastian's remarks on the alleged failure of SkyTeam Alliance.

In addition to the 10 most relevant headlines in the aviation arena, our hosts analyze the future of the airline alliances after the CEO of Delta Air Lines, Ed Bastian, said that SkyTeam has failed to add value to its customers.

The second analysis segment has Rohan and Vinay discuss the repercussions of Delta's new partnership with former American Airlines partner, LATAM Airlines. The Atlanta-based carrier finalized a $1.9 billion investment for a 20 percent stake in the Latin American carrier, who will effectively be leaving the oneworld alliance and become Delta's largest partner in South America.

Tune in, The Airways Podcast is here!

Oct 15 2019

1hr 2mins

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Episode 39: Interview with Volaris CEO; Thomas Cook Airlines Shuts Down

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Welcome Aboard The Airways Podcast!

The third episode of Season 3 kicks off with Rohan, Vinay, and Enrique analyzing the most relevant headlines in the commercial aviation industry.

In this episode, we welcome the Founder and CEO of Volaris, Enrique Beltraena. Together with Indigo Partners in the US, Beltraena has managed to outgrow its competitors and become the country's largest domestic airline by passengers transported. 

Enrique Beltraena tells Airways some interesting facts about Mexico's domestic low-cost carrier industry and how his airline plans to continue growing despite the fact that the country's new government has decided to cancel the construction of Mexico City's new airport.

In addition to this episode's interview, our three hosts also analyze the two following topics:

  • Thomas Cook Shuts Down.
  • The new Mexico City International Airport is canceled. 

Tune in, The Airways Podcast is here!

Oct 01 2019

1hr 11mins

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Episode 38 - Interview with Neeleman, Pt. 2; American Airlines Retires the MD-80; British Airways Strike; Frontier into New York

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Welcome Aboard The Airways Podcast!

The second episode of Season 3 kicks off with Rohan Anand, Vinay Bhaskara and Enrique Perrella going over the most relevant headlines in the commercial aviation industry since this month's Episode 1, two weeks before.

In this episode, in the second part of our exclusive interview with David Neeleman he tells Airways Managing Editor, Chris Sloan, his thoughts on the ultra-long-haul segment of the industry, the A321XLR, what he thinks about his involvement with TAP Portugal, and a few personal remarks.

Our three hosts also analyze three topics drawn from the top headlines in the commercial aviation scene:

  • American Airlines retires the MD-80 from its fleet.
  • British Airways is crippled by two days of flight crew strikes.
  • Frontier opens new base in Newark with all-new routes.

Tune in, The Airways Podcast is here!

Sep 15 2019

1hr 4mins

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Episode 37 — Season 3 Kicks Off / Interview: David Neeleman talks Moxy

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Welcome Aboard The Airways Podcast!

Season 3 kicks off with an all-new format. Rohan Anand and Vinay Bhaskara welcome Enrique Perrella as the third host of the show.

Enrique, the Publisher & Editor in Chief of Airways Magazine, also joins the production team, bringing in numerous guests from the industry to be featured in this season's interview segment.

This new season will be edited and cured by our new team member, Jeffry Nova, a professional radio veteran who's taking The Airways Podcast to a new level of quality.

In this episode, David Neeleman exclusively tells Airways Managing Editor, Chris Sloan, the tentative launch date of his new startup, code-named Moxy.

Rohan, Vinay, and Enrique analyze three topics drawn from the top headlines in the commercial aviation scene:

  • Boeing mothballs the launching of the 777-8X.
  • Cathay Pacific changes its top management.
  • Tokyo-Narita gives way to Haneda as the prime airport for US carriers.

Tune in, The Airways Podcast is here!

Aug 31 2019

1hr

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Episode 36 - CSeries Goes Airbus & JetBlue-United Merger

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Airbus is taking a majority stake in Bombardier's troubled CSeries Program (0:35) which Rohan likes to call, "the mic drop." As if Vinay doesn't have enough reasons to call Rohan out for being a stereotypical millennial, Rohan insisted that Vinay humor a discussion about a potential United - JetBlue merger (23:35) which was a topic raised by some high-ups at Wall Street (aka Hunter Keay) a few weeks back, and how it would address some gaps in the United network, i.e. the Southeast, which has been a hot topic as of late. Onto more concrete topics, we dive into Q3 2017 earnings season by discussing Delta's results (34:10).

Nov 30 2017

44mins

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Episode 34 - Checking in on AirBerlin, Alitalia, and Ryanair

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We start off by wishing Vinay a Happy Birthday, but certainly, a "mediocre birthday" (his words) pales in comparison to the continued woes for AirBerlin and Alitalia (1:10) after we perform a health check on Europe's biggest ailing carriers (for now). And the drama doesn't end there: Ryanair, which once appeared to be one of the highest bidders for some of Alitalia's assets, is suffering from extensive operational and commercial fallouts over a pilot shortage (16:35). With no end in sight, will they be able to recover from a tarnished image in spite of its, "Always Getting Better," program oriented around customer service? However, not all is woeful in Europe: Turkish Airlines seems to have recovered from a crummy 2016 and placed a blockbuster order for 787-9s (30:18) and may have more orders in the pipeline from both Boeing and Airbus. Furthermore, Air France-KLM and Virgin Atlantic JV partner Delta will be adding new routes and cities to Europe in Summer 2018 (36:30), diversifying beyond traditional bread-and-butter markets and going places where long-haul LCCs are absent.

Oct 03 2017

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Episode 33 - Guess Who's Back Again

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School's in session, airlines routes are proliferating and Vinay and Rohan are back on U.S. soil after a busy summer filled with work and travel. We're ready to hit the ground running after an extended hiatus, thanks to our listeners who awaited our return! We start off by examining the consequences that natural disasters have on air travel (4:07) in light of the recent tropical storms in hitting the U.S. and Caribbean coasts and how airlines have to respond tactically from a pricing and inventory perspective to surging demand. Next, we evaluate the latest salvo of transatlantic routes (15:25) across the Atlantic to medium-sized markets like Nashville and Indianapolis, among others. Against this backdrop, however, will be transatlantic capacity reductions in the form of Air Berlin (25:05), whose August 15 insolvency filing resulted in widebody aircraft lessors asking for their A330s back, and subsequently, Air Berlin is cutting the majority of its long-haul routes. Speaking of transformation, Minnesota's "hometown carrier" Sun Country Airlines is revamping its business model (32:10) to become more, "ultra-low-cost carrier" - like. Not-so-Minnesota Nice? What will the long-term impact be? Finally, Rohan and Vinay do a pulse check on basic economy (37:23) in light of United's recent decision to scale it back on domestic markets just as American rolls it out to more markets. Why the sudden reverse in course?

Sep 21 2017

43mins

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2017 Paris Air Show Special - Day 1 Recap

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Vinay breaks down all of the action from day one of the 2017 Paris Air Show in a solo podcast.

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Jun 20 2017

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Episode 31 - Crisis for Qatar Airways & United Adds LA - Singapore

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Vinay and Rohan kick off the show discussing Qatar's diplomatic spat with several Middle Eastern neighbors (0:45), which may spell sinister things for Qatari aviation. Rohan and Vinay don't expect the situation to subside very quickly, or at least without repercussion.

On a more positive note, they discuss United Airlines' announcement of nonstop service from Los Angeles to Singapore on the Boeing 787-9 (12:44), which certainly took everyone by surprise, even though an 18-hour flight in 9-abreast seating doesn't sound like many peoples' cup of tea.

North of the US border, Canada's WestJet will be taking a huge step as its pilots voted in favor of unionization (22:25) under the Airline Pilots Association (ALPA). Will its flight attendants be next?

Back on US soil, Donald Trump has expressed interest in privatizing Air Traffic Control (29:00). What could this spell for US aviation, and who may be against the idea?

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Jun 13 2017

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Episode 30 - LAX Terminal Shuffle, Alaska's Paine is Seattle's Gain, & Electronics Ban Expansion

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Vinay and Rohan kick off the show discussing the fact that Air India is still in growth mode (2:05) and will be expanding in Scandinavia, not to mention stated intentions to grow in the U.S., thanks to the electronics ban that has affected Gulf competitors operating to the U.S. Will Air India fill the remaining void for the underserved nonstop U.S. - India markets?

They then move on to discuss the great "Terminal Shuffle" at LAX airport (12:58) last month went relatively smoothly, which we talk about in greater depth, since this was precipitated by Delta and its desire to become closer to SkyTeam partners at LAX.

Alaska will begin services to Seattle's Paine Field (22:25) in the fall of 2018, starting with 9 daily services. What does this mean for Alaska, now that it will be operating at two airports in the same metropolitan region, not to mention its home city? Finally, Vinay and Rohan give their updated take on the infamous electronics ban and the potential for it to expand to Europe (30:30).

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Jun 07 2017

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Episode 29 - Dr. Dao vs. United, WestJet's ULCC, and Emirates capacity cuts

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It's been some time, but Vinay and Rohan lend their thoughts on the UA 3411 incident with Dr. David Dao, along with some commentary on some minor follow-up stories that have taken place since (2:32). Next, WestJet is launching an ultra-low cost carrier - WestJet Lite? WestJet Encore Minus? What are the implications (15:10). Emirates is doing what was unthinkable three years ago: cutting US capacity in wake of the electronics travel ban (27:19) - or is it? Finally, Jet Airways is growing again, leveraging its burgeoning relationship with Air France - KLM and Delta in Europe (34:33).    Bonus: Rohan and Vinay discuss the new kick-starter campaign to help us get HUGE on Indiegogo, along with some of Vinay's, "thoughts" on Chris Christie's aviation policy.    Support the Airways podcast on Indiegogo

Jun 02 2017

49mins

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Bay Area Aviation - Deep Dive #10

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At the suggestion of listener Tak Wong, Vinay and Rohan discuss aviation in the Bay Area, covering San Francisco, Oakland, and San Jose. They begin the episode talking about United's growing hub at SFO (4:00), before moving on to cover new foreign carrier services from SFO to various points around the world (6:20). They then move on to discuss the secondary airports at San Jose (12:00) and Oakland (15:00). The episode concludes with thoughts on whether the growth in Bay Area air travel is sustainable through the next dot-com bust or tech industry recession (17:00). 

May 17 2017

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Post-Merger Growth at Alaska Airlines [Network Beat #11]

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Alaska Airlines is adding routes out of Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Jose, San Diego and many places in between to points North, South, East, and West. This week, Vinay and Rohan discuss the new additions (2:00) and what the logic is behind the new routes and capacity changes given the new assets and fleet that the combined carrier will leverage (6:00). In particular, they take note of many of the new red-eye and trans-con routes (14:20) that Alaska is adding that indicate how Alaska is building a network differently than Virgin would have. Finally, they talk about Alaska's decision to keep its Dallas Love Field gates (18:30), which has been the talk of the town.

May 03 2017

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Episode 28 - Delta's Operational Meltdown and Ryanair 2.0

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Rohan and Vinay kick off the show discussing the abysmal April for US carriers beginning with Delta's 4-day operational meltdown (2:10) which lead to thousands of canceled flights after its Atlanta hub was throttled by bad weather. Was it REALLY as bad as the media said it was, or was it simply "schadenfreude" for people wanting to chastise the widget for its, "on-time machine" hubris? United is pulling Tokyo - Seoul and shifting 737s from its Guam base to the U.S. mainland (15:50), further decreasing its intra-Asia footprint. Ryanair's, "Always Getting Better" program will now include connecting flights and other customer-friendly perks - and no, this was not an April Fool's joke (28:40). Finally, Norwegian heads West of the Rocky Mountains to launch services to Denver and Seattle. Better get started on that flannel-themed 787, stat. 

Apr 25 2017

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Great News and Opinions

By ORD7M7 - Dec 20 2019
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Long story short, they go over the latest and greatest in airline industry news and give opinions about what’s happening. I missed this podcast while it was off the air.

Love this show.

By wellnesssergeant - Oct 16 2019
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Great to hear all the latest on all things aviation.