From Qatar Airways acquiring a stake in Rwanda’s new international airport to experiencing the most expensive airline, leading data and analytics company GlobalData lists ten of the most popular tweets on airlines in December 2019 based on data from the company’s Influencer Platform.
1. Alex Macheras’ tweet on Qatar Airways’ acquiring a stake in new Rwanda airport
Alex Macheras tweeted on Qatar Airways’ plans to acquire a 60% stake in Rwanda’s new Bugesera international airport. The airport will include a 30,000m2 terminal, six passenger boarding bridges and ten boarding gates.
On 9 December 2019, @AlexInAir tweeted: “Breaking: Qatar Airways acquire a 60% stake in Rwanda’s new International Airport project Qatar will build, own 60%, and operate the new state-of-the-art airport near Kigali New airport will handle 7 million passengers at launch year,” which collected 2,018 likes and 1,302 retweets.
2. Tony Fernandes’ tweet on AirAsia being among the largest and best airlines
Tony Fernandes, Group CEO at AirAsia, tweeted on the success of the airline, stating that the Malaysian low-cost airline started with just two airplanes, and has now expanded to 274.
On 8 December 2019, @tonyfernandes tweeted: “We started with 2 planes. Now 274. We stared with 200k passengers. Now million. We are now the 13th largest airline group in the world and won worlds best airline 11 times in a row. Take a bow All Stars,” which attracted 2,684 likes and 814 retweets.
3. Dominic Gates’ tweet on the shutdown of 737 MAX production at Renton
Dominic Gates, a reporter, shared an article on the temporary shutdown of 737 MAX production at Boeing’s Renton facility. The Boeing board plans to close all assembly lines until a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) clearance is received to resume commercial operations of the 737 MAX aircraft.
On 16 December 2019, @dominicgates tweeted: “Shutdown likely at Boeing Renton as 737 MAX crisis extends https://www.seattletimes.com/business/boeing-aerospace/shutdown-likely-at-boeing-renton-as-737-max-crisis-extends/?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=article_inset_1.1 … via @seattletimes,” which earned 179 likes and 135 retweets.
4. Jon Ostrower’s tweet on delay in US approval for Boeing 737 MAX
Jon Ostrower, an aviation editor and writer, shared an article on the final FAA approvals for Boeing 737 MAX being delayed to February. The delay is being caused by a combination of factors including pilot evaluations and software scrutiny.
On 13 December 2019, @jonostrower tweeted: “U.S. approval for the return of the Boeing 737 Max is slipping into mid or late-February given the outstanding work and new concerns over the results of recent airline pilot evaluations of revised checklists. http://bit.ly/2YHOaOZ,” which collected 53 likes and 36 retweets.
5. Jason Rabinowitz’s tweet on Alaska Air painting “proudly all Boeing” on new aircraft
Jason Rabinowitz, a researcher and correspondent, tweeted on Alaska Air continuing to paint “proudly all Boeing” on its new aircraft, despite having a fleet of Airbus Embraer and Bombardier aircraft. He noted that the move was one of the most irrational marketing strategies.
On 9 December 2019, @AirlineFlyer tweeted: “.@AlaskaAir continuing to paint “proudly all Boeing” on new aircraft, despite its fleet Airbus Embraer and Bombardier aircraft, is slowly rising to the level of the the dumbest marketing scheme in aviation history. https://twitter.com/AeroimagesChris/status/1203860333292474368…,” which gained 315 likes and 31 retweets.
6. Star Alliance’s tweet on the arrival of more fuel-efficient aircraft
Star Alliance, a global network of airlines, tweeted on the arrival of more fuel-efficient and comfortable Airbus A350 to the Scandinavian Airlines fleet. The new Airbus A350 joins the A320neo (new engine option) family, which is regarded as the world’s most fuel-efficient single-aisle aircraft.
On 12 December 2019, @staralliance tweeted: “Your flight is becoming more fuel-efficient and comfortable. Welcome the new @Airbus A350 to the @SAS fleet. #Aviation #StarAlliance #FlySAS https://twitter.com/SAS/status/1198895188778852352…,” which attracted 174 likes and 24 retweets.
7. Ben Schlappig’s tweet on Virgin Atlantic upgrading oldest passenger on flights
Ben Schlappig, a blogger, shared an article on an announcement made by Virgin Atlantic to upgrade its oldest passengers to the highest cabin class available during the festival season.
On 24 December 2019, @OneMileataTime tweeted: “Virgin Atlantic Upgrading Oldest Passenger On Every Flight http://bit.ly/2ZjRdNG,” which collected 88 likes and 16 retweets.
8. The Points Guy tweet on Spirit Airlines’ first jet
The Points Guy, an online platform for aviation news and stories, shared an article on the introduction of a new app, seats, and cabins by Spirit Airlines to its fleet in order to gain more loyalty from its customers. The ultra-low-cost Florida-based carrier revealed its first aircraft, the Airbus A320neo, with new seats and cabins, at an event in the Spirit’s Detroit (DTW) hangar.
On 18 December 2019, @thepointsguy tweeted: “Check out Spirit Airlines’ first jet with its new seats and cabin https://the.pointsg.uy/z1fiaNy,” which attracted 54 likes and 14 retweets.
9. Ben Bearup’s tweet on United Airlines signing an order for 50 A321XLR aircrafts
Ben Bearup, a writer for Airways Magazine, tweeted on Chicago-based United Airlines signing an order for 50 Airbus A321XLR aircraft. The move is part of the carrier’s plans to phase out its aging Boeing 757 jets.
On 4 December 2019, @TheAviationBeat tweeted: “United Airlines has placed a firm order for 50 Airbus A321XLR aircraft as it begins to phase out older models and launches an expansion of transatlantic routes from its key U.S. hubs in Newark/New York and Washington D.C,” which collected 108 likes and six retweets.
10. Johnny Jet’s tweet on experiencing the most expensive airline
Johnny Jet, the creator of JohnnyJet.com, a travel website, shared a video of YouTube traveller Casey Neistat experiencing the most expensive airline, Etihad Airways. Casey travelled on the Residence, a three-room luxury suite, considered to be the most expensive airline service in the world.
On 19 December 2019, @JohnnyJet tweeted: “#Video: What the Most Expensive Airline Ticket in the World (@EtihadAirways) Gets You, via @Casey http://bit.ly/2PXBMqd,” which earned 214 likes and four retweets.