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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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Nov 17, 2020

Welcome Aboard The Airways Podcast!

In this second episode of Season 4, Rohan, Vinay, and Enrique jump right into three very interesting topics: 

• Singapore Airlines to retire some Airbus A380s and Boeing 777-300s.

• Air Canada cancels some Airbus A220s and Boeing 737 MAX orders.

• Alaska Airlines names new CEO (bonus: fleet discussion)

• The Top 5 most-read news on Airwaysmag.com

And in this episode, we welcome Chris Sloan, founder of The Airchive, who shares with Rohan the details of the re-launch of his "webseum" of Aviation.

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Nov 2, 2020

Welcome Aboard The Airways Podcast!

Season 4 of The Airways Podcast launches with Rohan, Vinay, and Enrique chatting about what's happened in the commercial aviation world since Season 3 ended in June.

Discussion topics:

• Southwest Airlines announces new routes in the middle of the pandemic / Potential Airbus A220 order to replace the aging Boeing 737-700 fleet.

• The Boeing 737 MAX is back on schedule to fly.

• The Airbus A380 is on its way out.

• Singapore Airlines swaps Newark for Kennedy on the world's longest flight.

This new season brings many new features and interviews. The show will air every 1st and 15th day of each month on every Podcast platform.

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Aug 6, 2020

Welcome Aboard The Airways Podcast!

The 56th episode of The Airways Podcast launches with a slightly different tune. Rohan and Vinay dive into the end of Pride month, in which hundreds of thousands of LGBTQ+ airline industry personnel were involved.

Later on, Enrique welcomes the Chief Development Officer of Airways, Vincenzo Pace, for a quick interview in which he reveals his latest airside adventure at New York-JFK, where he was blessed to spot numerous heavies landing and taking off after a lengthy period of partial shutdown due to COVID-19.

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Jun 17, 2020

Welcome Aboard The Airways Podcast!

The 55th episode of the show launches with our three hosts chatting about their encounters with abnormalities during this prolonged COVID-19 quarantine. Rohan talks about his recent experience traveling between Dallas/Ft. Worth and Chicago-O'Hare onboard a 1/4-full Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner while both Enrique and Vinay share some of their experiences in Boston and in Caracas.

Up next, James Field, Europe Correspondent for Airways Magazine joins our episode to bring up the Top 10 most-read news during the last four weeks of quarantine—a good summary that will let our audience get situated as we enter the 12th week of COVID-19 contingency.

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Jun 2, 2020

Welcome Aboard The Airways Podcast!

The 54th episode of the show kicks off with Enrique sharing some details of his super technological surgery with Rohan and Vinay, finding an aviation angle that made it quite a unique anesthetic experience.

The analysis segment of this episode covers the current state of the airline industry as it navigates through the COVID-19 crisis, with Vinay and Rohan weighing in with their well-informed data.

This episode's interview features Andy Luten, an accomplished public speaker and author of Andy's Travel Blog, which has been around since 2012 and has since piled up millions of page views, thousands of pictures, a ton of great comments from readers, and quite a few sarcastic remarks.

Through his blog, Andy talks about travel, photography, and travel, showcasing the amazing work that he has produced for almost a decade.

In this episode's interview, our hosts focus on Andy's most recent project: 'They Will Fly Again,' showing breathtaking photos of grounded airplanes throughout the US because of COVID-19.

Also, Andy shares the details of his most recent adventure: photographing the Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral as it departed to the International Space Station.

As the world continues to battle COVID-19, the Airways Team hopes you will enjoy this episode.

May 16, 2020

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The 53rd episode of the show starts with Rohan Anand, Vinay Bhaskara, and Enrique Perrella chatting about how the COVID-19 pandemic continues to affect the world's airlines, focusing on Avianca, Colombia's flag carrier, which just filed for Chapter 11.

The next segment of this episode welcomes our Senior Correspondent, Chris Sloan, who jumped on a phone call with Gordon Bethune, a retired US airline executive who was the CEO of Continental Airlines from 1994 until his retirement at the end of 2004.

Bethune weighs in and shares his thoughts on the current state of the aviation industry and shares some comments on Boeing and the extended crisis it's been mitigating.

This episode closes with a different approach: Vinay and Rohan ask Enrique which are his favorite aircraft, airline, and airport, entering into an entertaining AvGeek debate.

As the world continues to battle COVID-19, the Airways Team hopes you will enjoy this episode.

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May 1, 2020

Welcome Aboard The Airways Podcast!

The 52nd episode of the show kicks off with a completely different tone. Rohan Anand and Vinay Bhaskara take control of the show while Enrique is left behind battling with a lack of internet connectivity, not making it into the recording room on time. 

Rohan and Vinay dive into a potpourri of aviation-related topics while trying to keep things spiced up in an environment where only bad news are reigning the headlines.

As the world continues to battle COVID-19, the Airways Team hopes you will enjoy this episode. Even though it might be a bit off from what you're used to listening twice a month!

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Apr 15, 2020

Welcome Aboard The Airways Podcast!

The 51st episode of the show kicks off with Rohan Anand and Enrique Perrella sharing their isolation stories as the world continues to be under lockdown due to COVID-19.

To steer away from the trendy negative news that has overwhelmed the globe, this episode focuses solely on an interview with David H Striner, the history editor at Airways Magazine

David is responsible for the history department at Airways and has written an extensive feature on the 90th anniversary of the creation of American Airlines.

In this episode, David narrates a few highlights of his story, which takes us back to the late 1950s when several small airlines were brought together to form American Airways—the predecessor of today's American Airlines—all the way until the late 1960s when the carrier entered the jet era.

The interview with Stringer evolves into a great conversation in which Rohan and Enrique reveal some great AvGeek memories, such as their first flights on American Airlines 727s and DC-10s, and their shared love for the MD-11.

As the world continues to battle COVID-19, the Airways Team hopes you will enjoy this episode.

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Apr 1, 2020

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The 50th episode of the show launches with our hosts sharing their occurrences while on quarantine due to the major coronavirus spread that has brought the world to a halt.

Enrique introduces the new Airways Digital Suite, which brings an all-new interface, upgrading the standards in our readers' digital magazine reading experience. The new app is based on a platform that allows readers to search, read, listen to, customize, bookmark, print, share, and enjoy every Airways Magazine article that has been published since 2014.

Then, the first analysis in this episode dives into the US airline bailout that will take place soon. Vinay and Rohan discuss the positives and negatives of such bailout, providing deep analysis and commentary.

The second analysis in this episode tackles the Twilight of the Jumbo Jet era, following up on Vinay's article that was published on the 26th-anniversary issue of Airways Magazine. Our hosts discuss why the 747 and A380 are no longer viable and provide some insights on the future of the very large airplane (VLA) segment of the market, including why Vinay thinks the Boeing 777-X is in danger.

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Apr 1, 2020

Welcome Aboard The Airways Podcast!

This bonus episode welcomes Byrne Hobart (@ByrneHobart), an author (The Diff), financial analyst, consultant, and equity research professional who likes to focus on using complex datasets to understand company fundamentals. 

Hobart discusses with our host, Vinay Bhaskara, what the outcome of Coronavirus might be for the US airline industry, including analysis of the US airline bailout and forecasts for the industry's once Coronavirus is contained.

Mar 18, 2020

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This bonus episode welcomes Gary Leff, editor of View from the Wing, who discusses with our host, Vinay Bhaskara, whether the proposed airline bailout in the US should happen.

US airlines and airplane manufacturing giant, Boeing, have all requested aid from the Federal Government following the ongoing COVID-19 crisis that has forced the grounding of almost 80% of the country's fleet and crippled Boeing's output further.

Boeing said that “a minimum of $60 billion in access to public and private liquidity, including loan guarantees” was appropriate for the aerospace-manufacturing industry.

According to the Wall Street Journal, airline executives are seeking $50 billion in government money.

Vinay Bhaskara and Gary Leff discuss whether such a bailout is necessary, and most importantly, whether it is fair.

Gary Leff is one of the foremost experts in the field of miles, points, and frequent business travel—a topic he has covered since 2002.

Leff is the co-founder of frequent flyer community InsideFlyer.com, emcee of the Freddie Awards, and named one of the "World's Top Travel Experts" by Conde' Nast Traveler (2010-Present).

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Mar 16, 2020

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The 49th episode launches with our hosts recapping on Rohan’s recent trip to India and Vinay’s fears that the Coronavirus will cause major disruption in the US commercial aviation industry.

To analyze further, this episode’s special guest is Will Horton, a renowned airline analyst based in Hong Kong—close to the epicenter of the first Coronavirus spread, and home to Cathay Pacific, one of the airlines that has suffered the most.

Horton, who’s worked for Flightglobal and CAPA, now contributes regularly to Forbes as a Senior Contributor. He provides some interesting takes on the COVID-19’s effects on the Asia-Pacific commercial aviation industry, as well as the recent dramatic reduction of travel in Europe and the United States.

To conclude this episode, our hosts share the goods and the bads from the commercial aviation scene, even though the negatives are much more prominent than the positives around the globe.

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Mar 2, 2020

Welcome Aboard The Airways Podcast!

The 48th episode starts off with our hosts discussing the importance and threat of the current Coronavirus outbreak, which is causing endless trouble on the worldwide commercial aviation scene. Rohan's trip to India ignites Vinay's fears, diving into an initial discussion that will carry on in our next episode with invited experts. Stay tuned!

Our first analysis segment in this episode features Vinay and Rohan chatting about David Neeleman's newest airline startup, Breeze Airways. Is this airline set on a successful business plan?

Neeleman, who successfully launched and developed Morris Air, WestJet, JetBlue, Azul, and transformed TAP Portugal into a healthy carrier, is now re-entering the highly competitive US market with an all-new low-cost carrier.

Breeze’s initial markets will be mid-size city pairs that currently have no nonstop service, all served with low-fare, high-quality nonstop flights that will bring “new consumer technology innovations, according to Neeleman.

Secondly, this episode features a long interview with Airways Senior Correspondent, Chris Sloan, who witnessed the first flight of the Boeing 777-X.

In his long conversation with Rohan, Sloan dives into the event's behind-the-scenes and analyzes Boeing's current and future strategy to put this aircraft in service.

Lastly, our hosts discuss the goods and the bads from the commercial aviation scene and conclude this episode with a few personal remarks on the Coronavirus trending topic.

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Feb 16, 2020

Welcome Aboard The Airways Podcast!

The 47th episode kicks off with our hosts chatting about Enrique's recent scare with a potential case of Coronavirus onboard a SAS Airbus A350; Rohan's upcoming trip to India; and Vinay's shock at American Airlines' new Seattle adventure.

Because of that, this episode's first analysis segment offers a long discussion between Vinay and Rohan, analyzing whether the move by American Airlines to jump into the Seattle market with two new long-haul flights to Bangalore and London make any sense.

Secondly, this episode features a long interview with Willy Boulter, the Chief Commercial Officer of India's fastest low-cost carrier, IndiGo. Boulter offers some exclusive insight on the Indian commercial aviation scene, revealing some exciting plans for the airline once it takes delivery of its first Airbus A321XLR.

Lastly, the final segment of this episode's interview brings back Aboudy Nasser, the Chief Commercial Officer at London Stansted Airport, who talks about the future of distribution channels in the commercial aviation industry with Willy Boulter.

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Feb 1, 2020

Welcome Aboard The Airways Podcast!

The 46th episode kicks off with Vinay, Enrique, and Rohan chatting about Enrique's recent experience at the TWA Hotel, which he liked so much he's going back to it very soon.

Then, the first analysis segment covers Air Canada's Inauguration of its brand-new Airbus A220-300, which the airline deployed on the Montreal-Calgary route on January 16. Our team analyzes how the plane will transform the Canadian carrier's domestic and regional network.

The second analysis segment covers Delta's clever move into the Miami market by adding several flights to key destinations in support of its newest partner, LATAM Airlines. Our hosts also mention American Airlines' activities in Boston and Austin.

As a bonus of this episode, an interview between Rohan Anand Chris Sloan will be published as a stand-alone, full-length discussion about the first flight of the Boeing 777X. Stay tuned, this bonus episode will be available shortly.

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Jan 18, 2020

This bonus episode of The Airways Podcast welcomes Aboudy Nasser, Chief Commercial Officer at London-Stansted Airport to discuss the future of the industry's newest trend: Long-Haul/Low-Cost Carriers.

Nasser, who has 20 years of airline and airport commercial expertise in Europe, Asia, and the Middle East, has worked with British Airways, Etihad Airways, Oman Air and AirAsia, before joining the fastest and fourth busiest airport in the UK, London Stansted Airport, as its CCO.

This discussion is part of Episode 45 of The Airways Podcast, in partnership with London-Stansted Airport.

Jan 17, 2020

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The first episode the year kicks off with Vinay, Enrique, and Rohan chatting about the retirement of two of the world's most iconic and influential airline CEOs, Tim Clark from Emirates and Willie Walsh from IAG.

These two fine gentlemen have re-shaped the global aviation landscape as we know it. Clark grew Emirates to become one of the world's largest and most powerful airlines, whereas Walsh was key in the consolidation of the airline industry in Europe by merging British Airways with Iberia, Vueling, Aer Lingus, and soon, Air Europa.

What will happen to Emirates and IAG? Who are the right successors to Clark and Walsh? Is the future as bright as Clark and Walsh hope it to be? Our team analyzes.

As a bonus of this episode, an interview with the Chief Commercial Officer of London Stansted Airport has been published as a stand-alone, full-length discussion about The Future of Long Haul Low-Cost Airlines. Be sure to check it out!

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