United Airlines’ Quest for New Revenue Bucks Trend Toward Simplicity
Many airlines are on a simplicity kick, arguing they can save money and operate more efficiently by flying only a few types of airplanes, all built by the same manufacturer and with similar engines, and by standardizing seat counts on each plane type.
But United Airlines is bucking the trend, calculating it can reduce capital expenditures and boost revenue by chasing all opportunities, even if they complicate operations. And a couple of them were apparent Wednesday on the carrier’s second-quarter earnings call.
Another Royal Caribbean Ship Skips Puerto Rico Call Due To Protests
Royal Caribbean International announced Wednesday the Harmony of the Seas would skip its scheduled stop in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and would instead make a call in St. Maarten.
Ryanair and Lufthansa Clash Over Which Pollutes More
An uneasy alliance between airlines as they face down criticism over carbon emissions has collapsed into a high-profile dispute involving Europe’s biggest network carrier and largest discounter. Deutsche Lufthansa AG Chief Executive Officer Carsten Spohr lashed out at low-cost carriers including Ryanair Holdings Plc in a Swiss newspaper last weekend, saying their loss-leading fares are stoking demand for needless flights that raise pollution and make the industry an easy target for climate campaigners.