DLD 123: Ending the alliance era

November 10, 2016

Are airline alliances dead? The CEOs of Emirates and IAG (parent of BA, Iberia, Aer Lingus and Vueling) seem to think that’s the case; Seth is less convinced.

Also in this show:


  • Los Angeles (LAX) and San Francisco (SFO) are the airports we’re focused on this week as the Alaska Airlines/Virgin America merger is rumored to be finally close to approval. They even have a special livery for it.


  • Is Emirates expanding more into the USA? And why is Buffalo among the rumored destinations? Turns out there might actually be a reason.
  • American Airlines won the last US-China daily frequency allocation over Delta; service between Los Angeles and Beijing will be added to the carrier’s map


  • Macau is an interesting mix of casinos and old Portuguese culture. And none of it really seems to fit.



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One comment on “DLD 123: Ending the alliance era

  1. mwwalk Nov 13, 2016

    Another benefit to pre clearance is that the plane can then unload at any airport gate, not just those connected to customs. Airports may hope that this might introduce new traffic to airports that don’t have clearance or where gate space at international terminals is an issue.