Articles by Patrick Whyte

Qantas Is Opening a Training School to Deal With Pilot Shortage

Qantas Is Opening a Training School to Deal With Pilot Shortage

Angus Whitley , Bloomberg

Airlines are finally realizing that to cope with the global pilot shortage they are going to have to do more training themselves.

8 hours ago

AccorHotels Wants to Accelerate Its Buying Spree in 2018

AccorHotels Wants to Accelerate Its Buying Spree in 2018

Patrick Whyte, Skift

AccorHotels' acquisitions over the last couple of years aren't money makers yet but that's not to say they never will be. CEO Sébastien Bazin is still intent on playing a very different game than the other big hotel companies.

1 day ago

AccorHotels to Sell Stake in Property Business to Buy New Brands

AccorHotels to Sell Stake in Property Business to Buy New Brands

Dinesh Nair and Sharon Smyth, Bloomberg

It's been a slow process but it seems like AccorHotels is about to finally get investors in its property portfolio so it can bankroll the acquisition of new brands.

1 day ago

Taking Personalization Up a Level

Taking Personalization Up a Level

Patrick Whyte, Skift

Wealthy tourists are happy to flash a helluva lot of cash to ensure what they are doing has rarely – if ever – been done before.

2 days ago

InterContinental Hotels Wants to Buy Luxury Brands

InterContinental Hotels Wants to Buy Luxury Brands

Patrick Whyte, Skift

Under previous CEO Richard Solomons, IHG had looked to fill "white space" in its portfolio and it looks like this plan is continuing under his successor. Despite having a well-established luxury brand, the area is something of a weak spot for the company, with no true high-end offering. It sounds like IHG is well on the way to rectifying this.

2 days ago

Australia Is Benefitting From a Rise in Chinese and Indian Tourists

Australia Is Benefitting From a Rise in Chinese and Indian Tourists

Michael Heath, Bloomberg

The growth of Chinese outbound tourism often dominates discussion but India is having its own boom.

3 days ago

Air France-KLM Goes on the Offensive to Counter Discount Rivals

Air France-KLM Goes on the Offensive to Counter Discount Rivals

Ania Nussbaum, Bloomberg

Given Air-France KLM Group's recent history of losses, it might not be the wisest move to go on a capacity growth spurt, especially when going up against carriers with a significantly lower cost base.

6 days ago

Norwegian Air Plans to Move On From a Terrible 2017 With Fleet Expansion

Norwegian Air Plans to Move On From a Terrible 2017 With Fleet Expansion

Patrick Whyte, Skift

Norwegian's critics say it is overstretched and unprofitable. So how does the airline counter this? By ramping up its expansion, of course.

1 week ago

TUI Is Relying on Its Blockchain to Help Boost Profits

TUI Is Relying on Its Blockchain to Help Boost Profits

Patrick Whyte, Skift

TUI seems to have found a good use case for blockchain technology, and the implied cost savings would help boost profits. But could TUI achieve the same result with an alternative?

1 week ago

Richard Branson Believes Supersonic Air Travel Is the ‘Next Big Thing’

Richard Branson Believes Supersonic Air Travel Is the ‘Next Big Thing’

Angus Whitley and Jason Kelly, Bloomberg

Richard Branson has a history of making bold predictions that don't turn out quite right. If – and it's a big if – supersonic jet travel makes a comeback, commercially viable flights are decades away.

1 week ago

Online Shoppers Gave Singapore Air a Profit Boost

Online Shoppers Gave Singapore Air a Profit Boost

Kyunghee Park , Bloomberg

While increased earnings from cargo operations is good news, Singapore Airlines is still battling for passengers in a market that is squeezing it at both ends. A transformation program launched last year was supposed to help, but the carrier hasn’t really said what it plans to do.

1 week ago

Can a Dedicated Wellness Cruise Line Really Succeed?

Can a Dedicated Wellness Cruise Line Really Succeed?

Patrick Whyte, Skift

While wellness tourism might be growing in popularity, setting up a dedicated cruise line is another matter. First you've got to finance the venture, then you must convince consumers that you're a better bet than the existing lines.

1 week ago