JetBlue Airways Corporation (NASDAQ: JBLU) today reported a 2014 net profit of $401 million, a notable increase from $168 million in net income in 2013. The New York-based hybrid carrier plans to introduce “three branded fare bundles” in the second quarter of 2015 according to Robin Hayes president of the airline. Hayes estimates that these […]

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With an award-winning loyalty program and over 30 million outlets to spend their miles worldwide, both Etihad Guest and its members have good reason to celebrate. Last month Etihad announced that it formed a separate company, Etihad Guest LLC, to manage the (Etihad Guest) loyalty program. Etihad Airways, Air Seychelles and Air Serbia currently use […]

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I’m a huge fan of ancillary revenues.  This isn’t just because of the huge money-making opportunities, with ancillaries growing from $2.4 billion in 2008 to $42.6 billion in 2013.  It isn’t just because it is – for many airlines – a life-saving mechanism and a crucial way of helping to increase, or to just achieve, […]

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Perhaps we could see the trend of charging for carry-on luggage continue once William A. Franke and his team at Indigo invest $36 million in cash into Frontier Airlines. Indigo recently began divesting its stake in Spirit Airlines with Franke and Indigo principal John Wilson resigning from the Spirit board of directors last month. Indigo […]

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Just 2 weeks after leaving Aeroplan, Canadian bank CIBC plans to launch its own travel loyalty program called Aventura, allowing customers to redeem points on any airline. Perhaps more impressively, Aventura members can use their points to pay for taxes and fees. Category: Product #: Regular price:$ (Sale ends !) Available from: Condition: Good ! […]

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New York based low cost carrier jetBlue has announced it will offer premium service with lie-flat seats on trans con routes with A321s starting in June 2014. jetBlue released a statement saying: “There will be a dedicated sub-fleet of 11 brand new Airbus A321s initially used for the two core transcontinental routes [JFK-LAX and JFK-San Francisco], […]

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Imagine if booking a flight or buying pre-flight add-ons through your smartphone was as easy as asking Siri (or a similar program) to update your To-Do list. And what if, after booking, your phone informed you of additional offerings that were just as straightforward to accept? Airline apps might not be there yet. But perhaps […]

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The airline terms “legacy carrier” and “low cost carrier” could soon become legacies themselves – anachronisms from a time before 2013 when there really were distinctions between the two business models. The ancillary revenue benefits associated with additional and unbundled services (baggage-checking fees being the most popular for airlines and unpopular for travelers) have proven […]

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It’s been nearly two months since Delta announced some of the greatest changes to its SkyMiles loyalty rewards program since its 1981 launch. And yet, I’m still left with an uncertain feeling. Will it be an airline loyalty program triumph or is Delta’s decision in for a bumpy ride? If you’re not familiar with the […]

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Delta international fleet to be equipped with GoGo Wi-Fi Delta claims to operate the world’s largest Wi-Fi-equipped fleet of of 800 aircraft (including DL Connection) aircraft with more than 3,000 flights daily, reaching more than 400,000 customers.  However, until recently, Delta’s WiFi offering only worked on domestic flights since the service was provided by GoGo (formerly AirCell), […]

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$3 Bag fees and $149 Trans Atlantic Fares…Those were the days Inspired by British low-cost aviation pioneer Sir Freddie Laker, a team of disgruntled Texas International executives led by Don Burr started “PEOPLExpress” out of an old terminal at Newark airport in 1981. The airline began its operations by serving Newark to Buffalo for an […]

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