This week in aviation, there are plenty of spoils from the collapse of Thomas Cook, and now rival brands are scrambling to scoop them up. Meanwhile, Australian online travel agency Luxury Escapes is growing at a rapid pace, and it's piquing the interest of some major potential investors.
Airline News Weekly Roundup
Throughout the week we post dozens of original stories, connecting the dots across the travel industry, and every weekend we sum it all up. This weekend roundup examines aviation.
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How Thomas Cook’s European Businesses Are Now Divvied Up Among Rivals: Thomas Cook collected its fair share of brands over the years. Now rivals are picking over what remains of the group.
Qantas, Expedia and Others Eye This Australian Luxury Online Travel Agency: Here’s Why: Luxury Escapes, which is expanding next into the U.S. and China, is drawing not just more affluent travelers but potential investors, with Qantas Airways being tipped to be making an offer.
TUI Looks Set for a Challenging 2020 Even Without Competitor Thomas Cook: TUI continues to have ambitious plans, and its quest to move away from the traditional tour operating market seems sensible given the problems endured by one of its biggest competitors. But good intentions often get derailed by outside circumstances. Can it stay the course in 2020?
Ridehailing Competition Delivers Fatal Blow to Airport Transport Service SuperShuttle: This is yet another casualty of the Uber and Lyft era. Other airport shuttle services will likely be next.
Ryanair CEO ‘Screamed’ at Staff During Union Dispute: The details revealed in this court case aren’t a good look for anyone involved.
Congress Grills FAA Officials on Why Boeing Jet Wasn’t Grounded Sooner: Boeing has gotten much of the blame in the 737 Max aftermath. But on Wednesday it was the FAA’s turn to face harsh questions around its oversight and handling of the crisis.
Photo credit: Closed Thomas Cook Store in Maidstone. Brands are divvying up the former company's European businesses. John K. Thorne / Flickr