The NOTAM plane debacle, explained

Due to an FAA computer glitch, all US flights were temporarily grounded on Wednesday morning.

Juliet Bennett Rylah • January 12, 2023

Southwest Airlines’ travel chaos, explained

Southwest Airlines is a real mess right now.

Juliet Bennett Rylah • December 28, 2022

In the battle of airports, the West Coast wins

A recent ranking of the best and worst airports in the US reveal coastal differences.

Rob Litterst • November 21, 2022

Why in-flight WiFi will only get better

Fliers want cheap, reliable WiFi, and airlines are starting to deliver.

Rob Litterst • September 1, 2022

United Airlines just made a down payment on flying taxis

Still, we’ll believe it when we see it.

Jacob Cohen • August 11, 2022

Luggage mayhem adds to airport chaos

Missing bags are piling up as airlines and airports lack the staff to deal with them.

Juliet Bennett Rylah • July 18, 2022

Airfare prices are soaring past inflation

Several forces are colliding to push the price of airfare well beyond inflation.

Mia Sullivan • May 19, 2022

The $6.6B discount airline merger

The 2 largest US discount carriers are merging in a $6.6B+ deal.

Jacob Cohen • February 8, 2022

Airlines vs. 5G, explained

Airlines worry that 5G could interfere with altimeters, a device pilots use to land in low visibility.

Juliet Bennett Rylah • January 21, 2022

What the heck is going on with airlines right now?

Airlines are dealing with bad weather, omicron, and staffing shortages during peak travel season.

Juliet Bennett Rylah • January 3, 2022

What’s up with double-decker airplane seats?

Want to lie down on a plane without spending a lot of money? Maybe these stackable seats could help.

Juliet Bennett Rylah • December 8, 2021

Digits: Email speed, airport software, Michael Jordan’s sneakers, and more

Plus: The Amazon rainforest is on Facebook Marketplace, and apartments are going fast in NYC.

Jacob Cohen • October 11, 2021

Could airlines band together to ground unruly passengers?

Delta and a flight attendants union want a common database of unruly passengers.

Juliet Bennett Rylah • September 30, 2021

The pandemic knocked out business travel — now its future is up in the air

The pandemic wiped out business travel, and new technology makes it unlikely it’ll ever get back to pre-pandemic levels.

Rob Litterst • September 10, 2021

Boeing tries to revive its space program

After a failed December 2019 attempt, Boeing will attempt to send its Starliner to the International Space Station (ISS) again.

Trung T. Phan • July 27, 2021

Air travel is back, but who’s flying the plane?

The pandemic caused a pilot shortage. Now, airlines are scrambling to fill positions and it’s a VERY opportune time to become a pilot.

Juliet Bennett Rylah • July 19, 2021

United Airlines buys 270 jets in a bullish sign for air travel

United’s airplane order will cost $30B+ (before discounts) and is the latest move from the airline that signals a bullish air travel future.

Juliet Bennett Rylah • July 1, 2021

The lofty state of airline loyalty programs

Loyalty programs are huge money makers for airlines. How are airlines keeping members happy when they can’t fly?

Trung T. Phan • May 7, 2021

Hot lidar startup Luminar teams up with Airbus to make helicopters safer

Helmed by 26-year old billionaire Austin Russell, Luminar’s LIDAR tech is used on self-driving cars, helicopters.

Kolby Hatch • April 29, 2021

The short-lived era of extremely cheap travel is coming to an end

Biden’s choice for FTC commissioner is a young antitrust hardliner with a deep resume who could spell trouble for Big Tech.

Jacob Cohen • March 24, 2021

What’s happening to airline pilot jobs?

In high demand, pilot unions have long had leverage on airlines. The pandemic is changing the relationship.

Trung T. Phan • December 10, 2020

Are airline loyalty programs worth more than the actual airlines?

Some analysis suggests airline loyalty programs are more valuable than the actual airlines. The truth is not that simple.

Trung T. Phan • October 5, 2020

Cloudy with a chance of confusion: Coronavirus messes with the forecast

Forecast models rely on data collected from commercial flights, and the data is disappearing with planes grounded.

Nick DeSantis • April 6, 2020

The great coronavirus refund debate

Controversies about coronavirus-related refunds are bubbling up everywhere, but forking over cash to frustrated consumers can be complicated.

Nick DeSantis • April 3, 2020

Airlines are profiting on your indecisiveness and poor packing skills

Despite rising costs, airlines continue to make a profit by charging a number of fees instead of increasing base ticket prices.

Conor Grant • May 10, 2018

Boeing’s Latest Idea for Making Air Travel Not the Absolute Worst

Getting rid of the pretzels is the first place to start.

The Hustle • September 20, 2016

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