Airline Industry News – March 2018 in Review

Ready for this month's dose of airline industry news? Here's what has our attention at Yieldr.

Introducing the Airline Hub

We're excited to roll out our newest content feature. The Airline Hub aims to be the go-to source to learn about the world's airlines and the technology they use.

This is our MVP version, so we would love to get your feedback and suggestions. We very much want you to become a part of it and help it to grow into a valuable resource! You can learn more about what we've built so far and what's to come.

Meet the airlines of the world at the Yieldr Airline Hub.

Industry News


Qantas made aviation history with the first non-stop commercial flight between Australia and the UK! The 17-hour flight from Perth to London was operated by a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner, which has a range of jetlag-reducing features to make ultra-long-haul flights more bearable.

The Points Guy's 2018 edition of The Best and Worst US Airlines is now online. It examines 10 criteria covering all aspects of airline operations, grouped into 4 categories: price, convenience, headaches and extras. Alaska Airlines is at #1. Find out the rest of the rankings - it's an interesting read!

Business Deals

Indigo Partners and HRS Management have been shortlisted as potential buyers of Spanish airline Volotea. Ryanair has also been busy deal-making. It has agreed to buy the Austrian low-cost carrier Niki, which ceased operations in December 2017. It's Ryanair's second acquisition ever.

Exciting things are also happening in South East Asia. Boeing has delivered its first 737 MAX 9 aircraft to Thai Lion Air to launch various new international routes. Meanwhile, Philippine Airlines has chosen Amadeus for an extensive upgrade of its systems to help achieve a 5-star global airline rating.


Biometric tech is making another stride to becoming the "new normal". German airline Lufthansa began biometric boarding at LAX, while America's Delta Airlines launched fingerprint access to all of its Sky Club airport lounges.

India is on its way to becoming one of the biggest markets in aviation. When expansion finishes in 2035, Nagpur International Airport is expected to see 14 million passengers. SITA will provide its check-in, boarding and baggage tracking technology to the airport to handle this volume.

What's Happening at Yieldr

The global passenger load factor (PLF) hit a record high of 81.4% in 2017. We did some research and published 2 infographics on this topic. The first one asks, how full were flights across the globe in 2017? We also went deeper and identified which airlines are the best at filling seats. Take a look!

If you're curious about our approach to wearable branding, read our recent article Yieldr's Got Swag. For some inspiration, check out our piece about women in aviation. We wrote this to mark International Women's Day on March 8.

For those interested in our software product, you can find all product updates on the Yieldr blog.

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Jodi ten Bohmer

Jodi ten Bohmer

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