2017 Archives

Airbus Sold 705 Planes in 2 Weeks But Jumbos Are a Tough Proposition

Airbus Sold 705 Planes in 2 Weeks But Jumbos Are a Tough Proposition

Benjamin Katz, Bloomberg

Both Airbus and Boeing have experienced troubles in selling their largest wide-body planes, but Boeing has managed the issue more efficiently.

2 months ago

Passenger Deadline Extended for New Driver’s License Requirements on U.S. Domestic Flights

Passenger Deadline Extended for New Driver’s License Requirements on U.S. Domestic Flights

Beth J. Harpaz, Associated Press

The heat is off. Passengers flying on U.S. domestic flights will have until 2020 to make sure they have hack-proof driver's licenses to show as identification at airport security lanes.

2 months ago

JetBlue Heading Toward Worst Year of On-Time Performance Since 2007 Fiasco

JetBlue Heading Toward Worst Year of On-Time Performance Since 2007 Fiasco

Mary Schlangenstein , Bloomberg

JetBlue doesn't fly the clear-blue skies of Hawaii but hunkers down in the snowy Northeast U.S., and that has impacted its on-time performance. Still, the drop-off in efficiency shows the airline needs to make improvements.

2 months ago

IAG to Buy Austria’s Niki Air for $24 Million

IAG to Buy Austria’s Niki Air for $24 Million

Associated Press

All the pieces of bankrupt Air Berlin are now falling into place. The result may be diminished competition as the big airlines gather up the Air Berlin remnants.

2 months ago

U.S. Airlines Add Cancun Flights in Bet That Travel Warning Memories Will Fade

U.S. Airlines Add Cancun Flights in Bet That Travel Warning Memories Will Fade

Michael Sasso and Mary Schlangenstein, Bloomberg

Mexico is Southwest Airlines' largest international market. Cancun is getting increased visitation as Southwest, Spirit and Delta ramp up flights, and the destination benefits from hurricane damage in other parts of the Caribbean.

2 months ago

Uber-SoftBank Deal Means Valuation Plummets to $48 Billion

Uber-SoftBank Deal Means Valuation Plummets to $48 Billion

Eric Newcomer and Alistair Barr, Bloomberg

The deal with SoftBank brings Uber's valuation down to earth although it could soar again pending a 2019 IPO. Meanwhile, the deal enables Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi to consolidate board control and it blocks the return of former boss Travis Kalanick.

2 months ago

Latin America Travel Unicorn Despegar Is Hunting but Could Be Hunted Too

Latin America Travel Unicorn Despegar Is Hunting but Could Be Hunted Too

Sean O'Neill, Skift

The biggest online travel story in Latin America in 2017 was Despegar's IPO. The Expedia-backed booking site raised $332 million to fund its expansion. The company has hinted that it is likely to use some of the cash to make an acquisition in 2018.

2 months ago

Vacasa CEO on Why a Recession Could Be Good for His Business

Vacasa CEO on Why a Recession Could Be Good for His Business

Hannah Sampson, Skift

Vacasa CEO Eric Breon doesn't see Airbnb or big hotel companies as competition for his company, which specializes in managing traditional vacation home rentals. But he could use more homes to manage.

2 months ago

Tourism Board Engagement With Airbnb Is Not One-Size Fits All

Tourism Board Engagement With Airbnb Is Not One-Size Fits All

Dan Peltier, Skift

Tourism boards are stuck between a rock and a hard place on a lot of issues and particularly with Airbnb. Destination marketers understand that many travelers prefer Airbnb while their hotel partners definitely do not. We'll be watching to see how both sides attempt to bridge the gap in 2018.

2 months ago

Google Travel Feeling Intensified Antitrust Pressure

Google Travel Feeling Intensified Antitrust Pressure

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Might 2018 be the year U.S. regulators take a hard look anew at Google's travel-business practices after declining to take action in 2012? We hope so, in the interests of fair play, although the Trump Administration has been keen to reduce government regulation of businesses, not increase it.

2 months ago

Top 10 Most Popular Skift Stories of 2017

Top 10 Most Popular Skift Stories of 2017

Dennis Schaal, Skift

These 10 Skift stories got the most clicks in 2017, and none were clickbait. The list shows Skift readers love hotel and online travel stories, original reporting, analysis and breaking news.

2 months ago

CEO Interview: Veteran Hotelier Stephen Brandman on Reinventing Lifestyle Hotel Management

CEO Interview: Veteran Hotelier Stephen Brandman on Reinventing Lifestyle Hotel Management

Deanna Ting, Skift

Journal Hotels is out to prove that you don't necessarily need to be a brand to succeed in the increasingly crowded lifestyle hotel space.

2 months ago