Now Taking Off!

The Airlines Confidential podcast.
Hosted by Ben Baldanza - former CEO Spirit Airlines
Chris Chiames - 30+ year airline/travel industry veteran.
Top stories, discussion, listener questions, and passenger complaints are all addressed head-on in each episode.

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# for take-off: 79


This week: A look at how summer capacity is shaping up; Impact on the US cruise industry; Will vaccination cards become mandatory for travel? Say goodbye to the hellish experience of Gate 35X at DCA; a listener asks if his “nice guy”...

# for take-off: 78


This week: Special Guest Declan Ryan Chairman/President Viva Air on low cost carriers as an investment & much more; Also, what to keep an eye on in the proposed 2 Trillion dollar infrastructure bill; New guidance from the CDC; A pilot listener...

# for take-off: 77


This week: The scope of pilot union contracts; Frontier introduces a new type of lighter weight seat; A look at Frontier and Sun Country IPOs; Listener question about low-cost transatlantic service; and shout-outs of the week.

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