We head to Iceland this week in the Network Beat bonus segment of the Airways Podcast, where Creator and Co-Founders Vinay Bhaskara and Rohan Anand dissect the Whos, Whats and WOWs of Islandia. We start by delving into the strategic importance of Rekjavic's Keflavik International airport (1:30), paying close attention to the capacity breakdown at KEF and its unique connecting model as a transit and stoppover point between Europe and North America. We'll then discuss Icelandair (6:40), the largest carrier at KEF airport with over 50% of the market share, its innovative and FREE "stoppover program," and the future of its network and commercial strategy with the 737-MAX entering the fleet later this decade to replace its workhorse 757s. We compare this to WOW Air (11:55), comparing the use of larger, widebody and Airbus-exclusive fleet. The remainder of the episode, we'll do some additional compare and contrasts on the successes, threats and opportunities for Icelandair and WOW, and how these two will vie for similar types of traffic flows but with one utilizing a hybrid model and the other as a fully un-bundled LCC.
This week Airways Senior Business Analyst Vinay Bhaskara and columnist Rohan Anand kick-off the first Airways podcast of 2017, starting with in-depth coverage of the Q4 and FY earnings reports for Delta (1:42) and United (19:47), who posted their results during the earlier half of the month. No conversation of the Big Three in the U.S. can take place without bringing up American Airlines, who, despite not reporting Quarterly and Fiscal Year results at the time of recording, had still taken headlines with the details of its new Basic Economy product (33:52). Finally, the duo decided to stay in the contiguous 48 this week and concluded on a somber note by discussing the retirement of United's 747-400 fleet by the end of 2017 (50:37).