Here's our monthly roundup of what made headlines in the airline industry.
American Airlines passengers could have been stranded during the holidays due to a computer glitch that gave too many pilots approval to take leave over Christmas. With double pay offered to bring pilots back to work, the error is expected to cost the airline around US$10 million.
On a more positive note, AirlineRatings announced its Airline Excellence Awards for 2018. Air New Zealand took out the top honor of Airline of the Year, with Qantas Airways and Singapore Airlines rounding out the top 3.
With 2017 coming to an end, the aircraft orders race between the world's biggest aircraft manufacturers is still on. Boeing and Ethiopian Airlines recently announced an order for 4 Boeing 777 freighters, in a deal worth US$1.3 billion.
Not to be outdone, Airbus signed its biggest airplane order ever to sell 430 jetliners to private equity firm Indigo Partners - a deal worth nearly US$50 billion. The jets will go to Frontier Airlines (USA), Volaris (Mexico), Wizz Air (Hungary), and JetSmart (Chile).
Is it time to go back to traditional suitcases? Smart luggage is facing a roadblock due to potential fire risks. New industry-wide guidelines could be introduced in response to bans by major US airlines.
Not all tech is taking a step back, though: supersonic travel is on the horizon again. Japanese Airlines has invested US$10 million in Boom Technology Inc., the start-up committed to developing commercial supersonic flights. No need to dread those cross-continental flights in the future!
The Best of the Rest
- Airline consolidation creates pressures for Europe's airports
- EU sends stark warning to airlines on post-Brexit flying
- It's deal time for Boeing and Airbus as 2017 draws to a close
What We Wrote
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Want Some Feel-Good Festive Cheer?
The holiday season is around the corner and airlines want to spread the joy. Alaskan Airlines will let passengers board their flights early if they wear 'ugly' Christmas sweaters, while Singapore Airlines released a touching short film about important moments that can happen in the air.