Episode 53: Gordon Bethune Weighs In On The Current Airline Industry Situation
Welcome Aboard The Airways Podcast! The 53rd episode of the show starts with Rohan Anand, Vinay Bhaskara, and Enrique Perrella chatting about how the COVID-19 pandemic continues to affect the world's airlines, focusing on Avianca, Colombia's flag carrier, which just filed for Chapter 11. The next segment of this episode welcomes our Senior Correspondent, Chris Sloan, who jumped on a phone call with Gordon Bethune, a retired US airline executive who was the CEO of Continental Airlines from 1994 until his retirement at the end of 2004. Bethune weighs in and shares his thoughts on the current state of the aviation industry and shares some comments on Boeing and the extended crisis it's been mitigating. This episode closes with a different approach: Vinay and Rohan ask Enrique which are his favorite aircraft, airline, and airport, entering into an entertaining AvGeek debate. As the world continues to battle COVID-19, the Airways Team hopes you will enjoy this episode. Tune in, The Airways Podcast is here!
16 May 2020
Episode 44: United Names Scott Kirby CEO, Buys A321XLR; TWA Hotel Deep Dive
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. Tune in, The Airways Podcast is here!
14 Dec 2019
Episode 42: IAG Purchases Air Europa; WOW Air Becomes PLAY
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!
15 Nov 2019
Episode 51: American Airlines Turns 90
Welcome Aboard The Airways Podcast! The 51st episode of the show kicks off with Rohan Anand and Enrique Perrella sharing their isolation stories as the world continues to be under lockdown due to COVID-19. To steer away from the trendy negative news that has overwhelmed the globe, this episode focuses solely on an interview with David H Striner, the history editor at Airways Magazine. David is responsible for the history department at Airways and has written an extensive feature on the 90th anniversary of the creation of American Airlines. In this episode, David narrates a few highlights of his story, which takes us back to the late 1950s when several small airlines were brought together to form American Airways—the predecessor of today's American Airlines—all the way until the late 1960s when the carrier entered the jet era. The interview with Stringer evolves into a great conversation in which Rohan and Enrique reveal some great AvGeek memories, such as their first flights on American Airlines 727s and DC-10s, and their shared love for the MD-11. As the world continues to battle COVID-19, the Airways Team hopes you will enjoy this episode. Tune in, The Airways Podcast is here!
15 Apr 2020
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Episode 40: Delta Invests In LATAM Airlines; Airline Alliances Forecast
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!
15 Oct 2019
Episode 43: Emirates Orders Dreamliners; Air Peace Founder Indicted; El Al To Melbourne
Welcome Aboard The Airways Podcast! 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? Tune in, The Airways Podcast is here!
1 Dec 2019
Episode 47: American Airlines Goes Long-Haul From Seattle; Interview with IngiGo, London Stansted CCOs
Welcome Aboard The Airways Podcast! The 47th episode kicks off with our hosts chatting about Enrique's recent scare with a potential case of Coronavirus onboard a SAS Airbus A350; Rohan's upcoming trip to India; and Vinay's shock at American Airlines' new Seattle adventure. Because of that, this episode's first analysis segment offers a long discussion between Vinay and Rohan, analyzing whether the move by American Airlines to jump into the Seattle market with two new long-haul flights to Bangalore and London make any sense. Secondly, this episode features a long interview with Willy Boulter, the Chief Commercial Officer of India's fastest low-cost carrier, IndiGo. Boulter offers some exclusive insight on the Indian commercial aviation scene, revealing some exciting plans for the airline once it takes delivery of its first Airbus A321XLR. Lastly, the final segment of this episode's interview brings back Aboudy Nasser, the Chief Commercial Officer at London Stansted Airport, who talks about the future of distribution channels in the commercial aviation industry with Willy Boulter. Tune in, The Airways Podcast is here!
16 Feb 2020
Episode 38: Interview with Neeleman, Pt. 2; American Airlines Retires the MD-80; British Airways Strike; Frontier into New York
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!
15 Sep 2019
Episode 52: Quarantine Potpourri
Welcome Aboard The Airways Podcast! The 52nd episode of the show kicks off with a completely different tone. Rohan Anand and Vinay Bhaskara take control of the show while Enrique is left behind battling with a lack of internet connectivity, not making it into the recording room on time. Rohan and Vinay dive into a potpourri of aviation-related topics while trying to keep things spiced up in an environment where only bad news are reigning the headlines. As the world continues to battle COVID-19, the Airways Team hopes you will enjoy this episode. Even though it might be a bit off from what you're used to listening twice a month! Tune in, The Airways Podcast is here!
1 May 2020
Episode 50: Debating the US Airline Bailout; The Twilight of the Jumbo Era
Welcome Aboard The Airways Podcast! The 50th episode of the show launches with our hosts sharing their occurrences while on quarantine due to the major coronavirus spread that has brought the world to a halt. Enrique introduces the new Airways Digital Suite, which brings an all-new interface, upgrading the standards in our readers' digital magazine reading experience. The new app is based on a platform that allows readers to search, read, listen to, customize, bookmark, print, share, and enjoy every Airways Magazine article that has been published since 2014. Then, the first analysis in this episode dives into the US airline bailout that will take place soon. Vinay and Rohan discuss the positives and negatives of such bailout, providing deep analysis and commentary. The second analysis in this episode tackles the Twilight of the Jumbo Jet era, following up on Vinay's article that was published on the 26th-anniversary issue of Airways Magazine. Our hosts discuss why the 747 and A380 are no longer viable and provide some insights on the future of the very large airplane (VLA) segment of the market, including why Vinay thinks the Boeing 777-X is in danger. Tune in, The Airways Podcast is here!
1 Apr 2020
Episode 46: Air Canada Launches First A220-300; Delta Invades Miami Market
Welcome Aboard The Airways Podcast! The 46th episode kicks off with Vinay, Enrique, and Rohan chatting about Enrique's recent experience at the TWA Hotel, which he liked so much he's going back to it very soon. Then, the first analysis segment covers Air Canada's Inauguration of its brand-new Airbus A220-300, which the airline deployed on the Montreal-Calgary route on January 16. Our team analyzes how the plane will transform the Canadian carrier's domestic and regional network. The second analysis segment covers Delta's clever move into the Miami market by adding several flights to key destinations in support of its newest partner, LATAM Airlines. Our hosts also mention American Airlines' activities in Boston and Austin. As a bonus of this episode, an interview between Rohan Anand Chris Sloan will be published as a stand-alone, full-length discussion about the first flight of the Boeing 777X. Stay tuned, this bonus episode will be available shortly. Tune in, The Airways Podcast is here!
1 Feb 2020
Episode 39: Interview with Volaris CEO; Thomas Cook Airlines Shuts Down
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!
1 Oct 2019
Episode 48: Analysis on Breeze Airways; Boeing 777X First Flight
Welcome Aboard The Airways Podcast! The 48th episode starts off with our hosts discussing the importance and threat of the current Coronavirus outbreak, which is causing endless trouble on the worldwide commercial aviation scene. Rohan's trip to India ignites Vinay's fears, diving into an initial discussion that will carry on in our next episode with invited experts. Stay tuned! Our first analysis segment in this episode features Vinay and Rohan chatting about David Neeleman's newest airline startup, Breeze Airways. Is this airline set on a successful business plan? Neeleman, who successfully launched and developed Morris Air, WestJet, JetBlue, Azul, and transformed TAP Portugal into a healthy carrier, is now re-entering the highly competitive US market with an all-new low-cost carrier. Breeze’s initial markets will be mid-size city pairs that currently have no nonstop service, all served with low-fare, high-quality nonstop flights that will bring “new consumer technology innovations, according to Neeleman. Secondly, this episode features a long interview with Airways Senior Correspondent, Chris Sloan, who witnessed the first flight of the Boeing 777-X. In his long conversation with Rohan, Sloan dives into the event's behind-the-scenes and analyzes Boeing's current and future strategy to put this aircraft in service. Lastly, our hosts discuss the goods and the bads from the commercial aviation scene and conclude this episode with a few personal remarks on the Coronavirus trending topic. Tune in, The Airways Podcast is here!
2 Mar 2020
Episode 45: Two Giants Are Retiring - Tim Clark (Emirates), Willie Walsh (IAG)
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!
17 Jan 2020
Gary Leff: Are you in favor or against a potential US airline bailout?
Welcome Aboard The Airways Podcast! This bonus episode welcomes Gary Leff, editor of View from the Wing, who discusses with our host, Vinay Bhaskara, whether the proposed airline bailout in the US should happen. US airlines and airplane manufacturing giant, Boeing, have all requested aid from the Federal Government following the ongoing COVID-19 crisis that has forced the grounding of almost 80% of the country's fleet and crippled Boeing's output further. Boeing said that “a minimum of $60 billion in access to public and private liquidity, including loan guarantees” was appropriate for the aerospace-manufacturing industry. According to the Wall Street Journal, airline executives are seeking $50 billion in government money. Vinay Bhaskara and Gary Leff discuss whether such a bailout is necessary, and most importantly, whether it is fair. Gary Leff is one of the foremost experts in the field of miles, points, and frequent business travel—a topic he has covered since 2002. Leff is the co-founder of frequent flyer community InsideFlyer.com, emcee of the Freddie Awards, and named one of the "World's Top Travel Experts" by Conde' Nast Traveler (2010-Present). Tune in! The Airways Podcast is here.
18 Mar 2020
Episode 49: Coronavirus Impacts Global Aviation According To Will Horton
Welcome Aboard The Airways Podcast! The 49th episode launches with our hosts recapping on Rohan’s recent trip to India and Vinay’s fears that the Coronavirus will cause major disruption in the US commercial aviation industry. To analyze further, this episode’s special guest is Will Horton, a renowned airline analyst based in Hong Kong—close to the epicenter of the first Coronavirus spread, and home to Cathay Pacific, one of the airlines that has suffered the most. Horton, who’s worked for Flightglobal and CAPA, now contributes regularly to Forbes as a Senior Contributor. He provides some interesting takes on the COVID-19’s effects on the Asia-Pacific commercial aviation industry, as well as the recent dramatic reduction of travel in Europe and the United States. To conclude this episode, our hosts share the goods and the bads from the commercial aviation scene, even though the negatives are much more prominent than the positives around the globe. Tune in, The Airways Podcast is here!
16 Mar 2020
Byrne Hobart: The aftermath of Coronavirus in the US Airline Industry
Welcome Aboard The Airways Podcast! This bonus episode welcomes Byrne Hobart (@ByrneHobart), an author (The Diff), financial analyst, consultant, and equity research professional who likes to focus on using complex datasets to understand company fundamentals. Hobart discusses with our host, Vinay Bhaskara, what the outcome of Coronavirus might be for the US airline industry, including analysis of the US airline bailout and forecasts for the industry's once Coronavirus is contained.
1 Apr 2020
Interview: Aboudy Nasser, CCO at London-Stansted Airport, talks about the future of Long-Haul/Low-Cost Airlines
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.
18 Jan 2020
Episode 41: Air New Zealand Nonstop To New York; AA MD-80 Farewell Insider
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!
1 Nov 2019
Episode 37: Season 3 Kicks Off / David Neeleman talks Moxy in exclusive interview
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!
31 Aug 2019