Articles by Tom Lowry

Southwest Flight Social Feeds Remind Airlines Tragedies Are Public in Real Time Now

Southwest Flight Social Feeds Remind Airlines Tragedies Are Public in Real Time Now

Micheline Maynard, Skift

The Southwest accident shows how bold passengers have become in using social media. For now, the FAA isn’t taking steps to curb their activities.

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Scandal-Tainted Wynn Resorts Adds Women to Its Board

Scandal-Tainted Wynn Resorts Adds Women to Its Board

Christopher Palmeri, Bloomberg

It may be too little, too late, for Wynn Resorts, which has received low marks for corporate governance for years. Now, after its legendary founder Steve Wynn resigned in February over sexual harassment allegations, the gaming and hotel giant is adding women to its board. Is this an attempt to make the company more attractive to potential buyers?

6 days ago

EasyJet and Air France-KLM Eye Takeover of Troubled Airline Alitalia

EasyJet and Air France-KLM Eye Takeover of Troubled Airline Alitalia

Tara Patel, Alessandra Migliaccio, and Benjamin Katz, Bloomberg

Will Alitalia finally get its white knight? The troubled airline is being supported by the Italian government, which is aggressively shopping it to suitors. EasyJet is leading a consortium looking at buying Alitalia and giving it an entree to the Mediterranean. Momentum and Italy's growing impatience favors the EasyJet group so news could come shortly.

2 weeks ago

United’s Rapid Growth Strategy Isn’t Hurting Fares Yet

United’s Rapid Growth Strategy Isn’t Hurting Fares Yet

Michael Sasso, Bloomberg

When United said in January it was adding seats and flights, investors were not happy and sent United Continental shares down 11 percent. But a new filing from the company shows those fears over growth hurting the top line may have been unwarranted. It's early days for the growth strategy, but so far the news is encouraging.

2 weeks ago

Britain’s Brexit Bump for Tourism May Be Over

Britain’s Brexit Bump for Tourism May Be Over

Dan Pylas, Associated Press

Now the real challenges begin for British tourism officials after a welcome spike in visitors after the UK vote in 2016 to exit the European Union. Tourists to the country fell 7 percent in the last quarter of 2017 after an initial bump, largely due to a devaluation of the pound. Britain isn't scheduled to exit the EU until 2019, but new challenges, from staffing to aviation agreements, are mounting.

1 month ago