Analysis for The Americas

The future of urban travel and short-distance hub feeding domestic flying in the US? United invests its knowledge in development of eVTOL project with a potential commitment for up to 200 aircraft

17 February, 2021

US major has provided a look at what the future of its domestic flying may look after it confirmed the signing of an agreement to work with air mobility company Archer as part of the airline's broader effort to invest in emerging technologies that decarbonise air travel.

Charting the trends – men, younger millennials and those earning USD80,000+ per year are the Americans most likely to have already planned a trip for this year

11 February, 2021

Approaching half of Americans (49%) say their desire to travel impacts their willingness to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, according to a new study from The Points Guy. This includes over a quarter (26%) who say it has a major impact on their inclination to be vaccinated – a further 23% say that travel will have a minor impact on their decision to be vaccinated. Close to one third (31%) say their desire to travel has no impact on their readiness to get the vaccine at all, and the remaining 20% have no desire to travel at all.

US consumers show optimistic viewpoint on travel; more than half will vacation in 2021 but levels are still markedly down on the pre-Covid world

9 February, 2021

A new survey conducted by Morning Consult and commissioned by the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA) shows consumers are optimistic about travelling again in 2021, with 56% reporting they are likely to travel for vacation this year.

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.

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.

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