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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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Mar 18, 2020

Welcome Aboard The Airways Podcast!

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

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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.

Tune in, The Airways Podcast is here!

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