TPG Talks episode ten: The aviation industry and COVID-19

Jun 27, 2020

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This week’s TPG Talks webinar focused on the aviation industry, one that has seen demand drop to historic lows over the course of just a few months. Senior Aviation Editor Ben Mutzabaugh joined us as we discussed how the airlines were forced to adapt to weather the storm and ensure their existence once the pandemic is over, even though it may take years to fully recover.

During the session, we covered topics like:

  • The precipitous drop in demand
  • The industry’s financial situation
  • Fleet changes
  • What the future might hold

If you missed the webinar, you can view a full recording right here — and then read on for show notes and additional, follow-up reading:

Show notes

  • 4:02 — Introduction to Ben
  • 6:15 — The initial drop in demand
  • 10:04 — Discussion of government support for airlines
  • 11:16 — Financial state of airline industry
  • 15:00 — Risks of airline bankruptcy
  • 17:15 — Risks of increased prices given limited flights
  • 24:23 — Discussion of cleaning procedures and packed flights
  • 33:24 — Fleet adjustments
  • 39:10 — Mask-wearing
  • 44:54 — Looking to the future, including international flights
  • 51:08 — Q&A

Follow-on reading and important links


TPG Talks is a series of live webinars hosted by team members from The Points Guy, covering various aspects of the travel, credit card and loyalty industries. Join from anywhere in the world on any device to learn tips and tricks that’ll get you closer to your next dream vacation.

For a list of previous sessions, visit our TPG Talks hub page, or click on any of the links below for individual recaps:

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