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Airways Podcast

Welcome to the Airways Podcast, the digital audio extension of one of the world's leading aviation publications, Airways Magazine (www.airwaysmag.com). Hosted by Enrique Perrella (@enrique77w), Vinay Bhaskara (@TheABVinay), and Rohan Anand (@rohanaanand), the podcast is a bi-monthly deep-dive into three important aviation stories or trends, featuring exclusive interviews, journalist reports, and coverage from worldwide aviation events.
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Dec 14, 2019

Welcome Aboard The Airways Podcast!

The eight episode of Season 3, and the last official episode of the year, kicks off with Vinay and Enrique welcoming Henry Harteveldt, President of the Atmosphere Research Group about United Airlines and its new CEO, Scott Kirby, who will be replacing Oscar Munoz in May 2020. Harteveldt weighs in on Kirby's experience as a top airline executive, all the way since his tenure at America West, US Airways, American Airlines, and now United Airlines. Later on, our hosts also analyze United's recent order for 50 Airbus A321XLRs, which will replace the oldest Boeing 757s in its fleet.

The second topic covers the TWA Hotel and its current underperformance, reporting a ~30% load factor. Harteveldt, a former TWA alumn, shares his take on the hotel's current state and what he thinks should be done to make it a profitable and successful venture.

Lastly, the one and only JFK Jets (Vincenzo Pace), New York's best aviation photographer, shares his take on the hotel's prime planespotting benefits and locations, as well as his experience as a guest of the hotel on a myriad of occasions.

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Dec 1, 2019

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The seventh episode of Season 3 kicks off with Rohan, Vinay, and Enrique chatting about Emirates confirming an order for 30 Boeing 787-9 aircraft, worth $8.8 billion at list prices. The Dubai-based carrier firmed up the Memorandum of Understanding that it had signed with Boeing in 2017, swapping the 787-10 for the smaller 787-9.

The second topic covers the US Department of Justice (DOJ) charging Allen Onyema, the Chairman and Founder of Nigerian carrier, Air Peace, with bank fraud and money laundering.
According to the DOJ, Onyema has moved of more than $20 million from various foreign accounts through American bank accounts to pay for living expenses, luxury cars, and other high-priced goods. The Nigerian carrier ordered 10 Boeing 737 MAX 10 worth $1.17 billion last year.

Lastly, our hosts chat about El Al’s new test route from Tel Aviv to Melbourne, considered ultra-long-haul, as it’s scheduled to last more than 17.5 hours on the airline’s new Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners. Will this route come to fruition?

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Nov 15, 2019

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The sixth episode of Season 3 kicks off with Rohan, Vinay, and Enrique chatting about IAG's move to purchase Spain's second-largest carrier, Air Europa, for the sum of €1 billion. Is this an anti-competitive move by the airline conglomerate, which already owns Spain's other two carriers, Iberia and Vueling?

Secondly, our hosts chat about WOW Air's resurrection as PLAY, which will launch with a small and modest fleet of Airbus A321s to a handful of destinations in Europe. The airline has chosen a playful name and a very distinctive bright red livery. Will they succeed?

Last but not least, Vinay sits down with Duncan Robertson, Manager Aircraft Product Development at British Airways, to chat about the airline's newest aircraft, the Airbus A350-1000, and its new cabin hard and soft products.

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Nov 1, 2019

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The fifth episode of Season 3 kicks off with Rohan, Vinay, and Enrique chatting about Air New Zealand's exciting news, which will see the Kiwi carrier link Auckland and New York on an ultra-long-haul nonstop flight on its Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner.

This will be the sixth-longest flight in the world when it launches next year.

The second segment has Rohan and Vinay interviewing Chris Sloan, Managing Editor at Airways, who was lucky enough to be onboard the farewell American Airlines MD-80 flight. 

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Oct 15, 2019

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The fourth episode of Season 3 kicks off with Rohan, Vinay, and Enrique chatting about Ed Bastian's remarks on the alleged failure of SkyTeam Alliance.

In addition to the 10 most relevant headlines in the aviation arena, our hosts analyze the future of the airline alliances after the CEO of Delta Air Lines, Ed Bastian, said that SkyTeam has failed to add value to its customers.

The second analysis segment has Rohan and Vinay discuss the repercussions of Delta's new partnership with former American Airlines partner, LATAM Airlines. The Atlanta-based carrier finalized a $1.9 billion investment for a 20 percent stake in the Latin American carrier, who will effectively be leaving the oneworld alliance and become Delta's largest partner in South America.

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Oct 1, 2019

Welcome Aboard The Airways Podcast!

The third episode of Season 3 kicks off with Rohan, Vinay, and Enrique analyzing the most relevant headlines in the commercial aviation industry.

In this episode, we welcome the Founder and CEO of Volaris, Enrique Beltraena. Together with Indigo Partners in the US, Beltraena has managed to outgrow its competitors and become the country's largest domestic airline by passengers transported. 

Enrique Beltraena tells Airways some interesting facts about Mexico's domestic low-cost carrier industry and how his airline plans to continue growing despite the fact that the country's new government has decided to cancel the construction of Mexico City's new airport.

In addition to this episode's interview, our three hosts also analyze the two following topics:

  • Thomas Cook Shuts Down.
  • The new Mexico City International Airport is canceled. 

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Sep 15, 2019

Welcome Aboard The Airways Podcast!

The second episode of Season 3 kicks off with Rohan Anand, Vinay Bhaskara and Enrique Perrella going over the most relevant headlines in the commercial aviation industry since this month's Episode 1, two weeks before.

In this episode, in the second part of our exclusive interview with David Neeleman he tells Airways Managing Editor, Chris Sloan, his thoughts on the ultra-long-haul segment of the industry, the A321XLR, what he thinks about his involvement with TAP Portugal, and a few personal remarks.

Our three hosts also analyze three topics drawn from the top headlines in the commercial aviation scene:

  • American Airlines retires the MD-80 from its fleet.
  • British Airways is crippled by two days of flight crew strikes.
  • Frontier opens new base in Newark with all-new routes.

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Aug 31, 2019

Welcome Aboard The Airways Podcast!

Season 3 kicks off with an all-new format. Rohan Anand and Vinay Bhaskara welcome Enrique Perrella as the third host of the show.

Enrique, the Publisher & Editor in Chief of Airways Magazine, also joins the production team, bringing in numerous guests from the industry to be featured in this season's interview segment.

This new season will be edited and cured by our new team member, Jeffry Nova, a professional radio veteran who's taking The Airways Podcast to a new level of quality.

In this episode, David Neeleman exclusively tells Airways Managing Editor, Chris Sloan, the tentative launch date of his new startup, code-named Moxy.

Rohan, Vinay, and Enrique analyze three topics drawn from the top headlines in the commercial aviation scene:

  • Boeing mothballs the launching of the 777-8X.
  • Cathay Pacific changes its top management.
  • Tokyo-Narita gives way to Haneda as the prime airport for US carriers.

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