Analysis for The Americas

The suite life – JetBlue reveals new Mint concept which brings a fresh perspective for transcontinental and its new transatlantic travellers

4 February, 2021

It has taken around four years of work in the background, but US carrier JetBlue Airways believes the new reimagined version of its popular Mint experience, which first disrupted the US domestic market in 2014, will set a new standard – this time in the transatlantic market, where it will debut this summer.

New Zealand and Vietnam ranked best for their coronavirus response, but Brazil, Mexico and Colombia found to fall short in their reaction

29 January, 2021

New research from The Lowy Institute, an independent, nonpartisan international policy think tank located in Sydney, Australia, has praised New Zealand and Vietnam for their response to the coronavirus pandemic in an exploration of what impact geography, political systems, population size, and economic development have had on COVID-19 outcomes around the world.

Delta’s premium seat strategy is ‘holding up well’ even though corporate demand continues to be heavily depressed; indications are it will come back 'pretty aggressively' during 2H 2021

20 January, 2021

It is no surprise to learn that in today’s unprecedented travel market that leisure routes and destinations are the best performers in the network of US major Delta Air Lines. Domestic demand dominates and international demand remains weak and still limited to essential travel while COVID-19 infections remain high across many different parts of the world.

In a time of crisis cargo and e-commerce have proved more important than ever before

20 January, 2021

Air freight services are often given less attention than passenger operations. Yet, air cargo serves as a lifeline for many nations and also provides the foundation for the global supply chain. Yet, the nature of the cargo business demands operational flexibility and liberal operating rules to meet the needs of consumer businesses.

CAPA Live – it will be 'more of the same' for corporate travel in 2021, but confidence is likely to build over the year ahead

14 January, 2021

The outlook for 2021 for corporate travel shows little change from 2020, but confidence is improving and we have learnt from the unprecedented conditions of the past 12 months that will help ensure a sustainable recovery path can be developed.

Simply re-creating the Delta from 2019 “won’t be an option” for the US major as it works on blueprint for the airline of 2021 and beyond

5 January, 2021

The start of the new year is always an exciting time as we look to a year of progress and development. This year is no different, albeit the visible challenges are more obvious while the addition of further unknown hurdles remains a significant threat. For Ed Bastian, CEO of US major Delta Air Lines, there is a feeling of optimism that 2021 will be a year of recovery, but warns the continued uncertainty of the pandemic means everyone will “need to be nimble, ready to adjust course and adapt to an ever-changing environment”.

USA spotlight – hotel profitability is back in double digits as air travel hits new highs and road travel new lows during Thanksgiving during a holiday period that delivers mixed results

8 December, 2020

US hotel profitability returned to double figures for the first time since Feb-2020 as year-over-year comparisons improved slightly from the previous month, according to the recently released October monthly P&L data from benchmarking specialist STR.

Flight rightsizing and business regionalisation could see a rising demand for smaller capacity airliners alongside a renewed focus on more efficient, greener aircraft types

7 December, 2020

The trend in the 2010s was towards larger capacity aircraft, mainly delivered by upguaging in short-haul flying. During the decade we saw a +19.4% rise in the average capacity per flight departure from approximately 124 seats in 2010 to closing in on 149 in 2019. This trend was expected to continue through the 2020s, but for the foreseeable future a COVID-19 impacted market will see short-term influences.

A year in time – China’s biggest conurbations are now the world’s best connected cities as many of the world’s largest markets continue to be hit by COVID-fuelled restrictions

1 December, 2020

As we entered the new decade the growth in air connectivity was a global success story. In fact over the last two decades (the 2000s and 2010s) the number of cities directly linked by air (city-pair connections) more than doubled while over the same period, air travel costs fell by around half, according to research from International Air Transport Association (IATA).

Small and simple in-person meetings, the continuation of virtual offerings and an increasing move to hybrid approaches is how the meeting and events industry will adapt in 2021

26 November, 2020

The meetings and events industry has quickly adapted during the disruptions of 2020, but 2021 could be even more challenging. This year there has been little option but to drastically change the production of meetings and events to a virtual online platform. Next year, as COVID-19 restrictions subside and there is a return to physical events, there will be huge decisions to be made on how to safely deliver meetings and events for internal staff and external visitors.

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