Now Taking Off!

The Airlines Confidential Podcast.
Hosted by Ben Baldanza, former CEO Spirit Airlines
Scott McCartney, former WSJ columnist "The Middle Seat"

Top stories, discussion, listener questions, and passenger complaints.  The leading podcast reaching Airline/Travel CEOs, Industry Insiders, Frequent Flyers & Aviation Geeks.

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This week: Barry Biffle, CEO, Frontier Airlines; Scott attempts to pass Professor Baldanza’s end of term quiz; Listener comments on American’s DFW expansion, Charter flight rules, Operations from FBOs, Thoughts on pilot training, and...

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This week: Ted Christie, CEO Spirit Airlines – recorded live on stage at AFA 2023; American comes to agreement with pilots; JetBlue/American Northeast Alliance struck down; In-person listener question: Why no all-luxury airline startups?

# for take-off: 187


This week: Karen Walker, Editor in Chief, Air Transport World; ATW Awards, Follow up on J.D. Power satisfaction survey;  American’s operational issues; Airfare inflation numbers; Potential new regulation while major FAA issues persist; Will...

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