It could’ve been a lot worse, for sure. But now we have some initial details about the Southwest flight that took off from a closed runway two weeks ago.

The US DOT seems keen to rewrite the rules – or at least how they’re enforced – in a way that’s liable to significantly impact the US market.

Regulators are forcing airlines to do good things for passengers, which is refreshing. Plus maybe a new Dubai airport a decade from now, and lots more.

Why? because it leads to deliciousness later. But that has nothing to do with this week’s conversation. Fortunately, we’re joined by Ed in an effort to keep things on track.

Alaska Airlines is buying Hawaiian Airlines. There are lots of reasons the deal makes sense, but more than a few questions we have about how it will play out.

Is there at least maybe, hopefully a good reason for American Airlines slashing its mini-hub in Austin?

Airlines raked in revenue in Q2, but not all of them reported a profit. And that raises a lot of bigger picture questions.