DLD 237: Wow, ‘Dam MAX Jet!

A pair of airlines under massive financial pressures faced different investment outcomes this week. Still, the long term prospects for WOW Air and Jet Airways both remain unclear.

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Also in this episode:

  • Will the Amsterdam – Brussels route see flights banned? And could integrated rail service help address connecting issues?? Maybe even a hyperloop play involved.
  • Jet Airways finally had its founder step aside, helping pave the way for a fresh round of capital to be invested. But with so many planes grounded – including the international fleet – the outlook is bleak.
  • WOW Air’s future is even more tenuous. Multiple investors have walked away and odds of finding the additional $41mm needed to keep flying seem low.
  • Kansas City is getting a much needed new airport terminal, with the groundbreaking held this week. Yes, it is expensive. Seth makes the argument that it is a smart investment.
  • Does the grounding of the 737 MAX spell the beginning of a decline for the commercial aviation world? A recent piece in The Air Current argues yes. We’re less convinced.
  • Oh, and a British Airways flight went to the wrong airport.

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Seth Miller

I'm Seth, also known as the Wandering Aramean. I was bit by the travel bug 30 years ago and there's no sign of a cure. I fly ~200,000 miles annually; these are my stories. You can connect with me on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.