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Only five months after leaving the role of CEO and adopting the position of Chairman of the Board, Richard Anderson has left Delta Air Lines and retired.

According to Ed Bastian, the current CEO, Anderson’s departure was “part of the plan,” but to many others, the transition seems rather abrupt; nobody saw the resignation coming until the news broke on Tuesday and Delta has been tight-lipped about the departure. News of Anderson’s transition was quickly eclipsed by the airline’s earnings call on Thursday.

Regardless of the reasons, Anderson’s departure may signal the end of the era of a certain type of strong-willed legacy carrier management. Under Anderson’s watch, Delta played hardball with international carriers, eviscerated its loyalty program, and openly split with the major industry lobbying group, all contentious and headstrong moves. As Bastian and the new chairman of the board settle in, calmer times may be ahead.

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Airlines

American Airlines Chooses to Raise Fares as it Scales Back Expansion: American Airlines Group Inc. trimmed its expansion plans for this year in an effort to raise fares. Read more at Skift

Delta Has Big Concerns About Low-Cost Trans-Atlantic Competition: As new trans-Atlantic discount airlines such Norwegian Air and Wow Air attract more international passengers, often stealing share from established players, Delta Air Lines signaled Thursday it may alter its offerings to keep pace. Read more at Skift

Airline and Operator Monarch Gets Life-Saving Investment From Major Stakeholder: UK airline and tour operator Monarch has been brought back from the brink thanks to a $202 million (£165 million) investment from its majority shareholder. Read more at Skift

Delta Adds New Upgrade Perks for Some SkyMiles Members: It’s a small victory for members of Delta’s SkyMiles, but it’s a step in the right direction. Read more at Skift

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Airports

New Agreement More Than Doubles Number of Allowed Flights Between UK and China: UK and Chinese airlines will be able to more than double the number of flights between the United Kingdom and China under the terms of a deal announced Tuesday. Read more at Skift

British Airways CEO Says Case for Heathrow Expansion is ‘Overwhelming’: British Airways Chief Executive Officer Alex Cruz threw his weight behind the construction of a third runway at London’s Heathrow airport and said the carrier is continuing to develop expansion plans even as it wrestles with the fallout from the U.K.’s vote to quit the European Union. Read more at Skift

Qantas’ Return to Beijing Follows Surge of Chinese Visitors to Australia: Qantas Airways will begin daily flights between Sydney and Beijing next year, returning to the route for the first time since the global financial crisis, as a record number of Chinese tourists visit Australia. Read more at Skift

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Tech

Vacation Deprivation? Startup Lets Employees Trade Unused Days for Flights and Hotel Stays: The Seattle-based startup, which recently signed its first employer client, lets workers trade unused, paid time off for travel or contributions to 401(k) plans and health savings accounts. Read more at Skift

This Is Why Long-Haul Coach Class Has Hardly Changed in Five Decades: Across London, workers at at least three design studios — the same people creating opulent premium class suites for wealthy travelers — spend a surprising amount of time thinking and doodling about how to make long-haul coach class more comfortable. And yet, for the past five decades, almost nothing has changed. Read more at Skift

Uber and Lyft’s Growth Is Slowing in Most Major U.S. Cities: Some 13 to 15 million Americans will actively use ride-sharing services by the end of this year and that’s close to the ceiling of the total U.S. market that Uber and Lyft, the two largest U.S. ride-sharing companies, can capture. Read more at Skift

FAA Bans Samsung Galaxy Note 7 From All Airplanes, Threatening Criminal Charges for Non-Compliance: In a highly unusual move, the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration on Friday banned all Samsung Galaxy Note 7s from airplanes, going so far as to threaten that it will bring criminal charges or assess fines against passengers who flout the regulation. Read more at Skift

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Hotels

Wyndham Fails to Make a Play for Starwood Loyalty Members: On Oct. 11 from 12 noon to 11:49 p.m. Eastern Time, Wyndham Rewards had planned to allow SPG members to donate their Starpoints to charity and, in return, those SPG members would receive four times those points with Wyndham Rewards, including a status match. But that was not to be. Read more at Skift

Marriott’s M Beta Hotel Is a Working Laboratory on the Future of Its Brand: In Charlotte, North Carolina, Marriott has built itself a living hotel laboratory. Read more at Skift

New Data Suggests Airbnb’s Impact on Hotels Is Less Than Perceived: STR has published the preliminary findings of a report that uses data supplied by Airbnb to try to answer the question: What kind of an impact is Airbnb having on hotels around the world? Read more at Skift

Interview: How Marriott Will Position Its 30 Hotel Brands: When Marriott’s acquisition of Starwood officially closed last month, making it the world’s largest hotel company by number of rooms, Marriott inherited 11 hotel brands to add to its portfolio of 19, for a grand total of 30 brands. That’s a lot of hotel brands for one company but, even so, Marriott CEO Arne Sorenson has been adamant in saying that all 30 will be sticking around, at least for the foreseeable future. Read more at Skift

Your Turn

Dan Epstein has a nice look at how Detroit residents are still taking care of the old Tigers Stadium over at Rolling Stone. Check it out here.

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Photo Credit: Richard Anderson leaves at a time when his fellow airline CEOs are speaking in more collaborative ways than in the past. In this composite image Anderson (L) is pictured with American Airlines CEO Douglas Parker (R) and Secretary of State John Kerry during debates over the Open Skies treaty with Gulf States. Manuel Balce Ceneta / Associated Press