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Why U.S. Regional Airlines May Not Be Able to Fly Embraer’s Newest Jet

Why U.S. Regional Airlines May Not Be Able to Fly Embraer’s Newest Jet

Brian Sumers, Skift

In three years, Embrarer will be able to deliver new regional jets to U.S. airlines that could significantly reduce their fuel bill. But U.S. airlines may not be able to take them because of restrictions in collective bargaining agreements with pilots. It's easy to blame pilots for their stance. But they have leverage. Why shouldn't they use it?

24 mins ago

American Airlines Looks to Downsize With Executive Buyouts and Job Cuts

American Airlines Looks to Downsize With Executive Buyouts and Job Cuts

Brian Sumers, Skift

American probably does have too many executives for an airline of its size. And considering the stock is down, this is probably not a bad time to cull the ranks. If everything goes well, passengers will probably not notice any changes.

44 mins ago

Lack of Used Private Jets Spurs Demand for Newer Aircraft

Lack of Used Private Jets Spurs Demand for Newer Aircraft

Thomas Black, Bloomberg

Private jets are catching the eye of wealthy travelers and corporations following a period of soft pricing and reduced depreciation of used planes. For those who can afford it, a $9.7 million jet can be worth avoiding the traditional public aviation experience. They're buying now as prices have begun to creep higher.

2 hours ago

Tourists Drift From Overexposed Aspen to Carbondale for Local Flavor

Tourists Drift From Overexposed Aspen to Carbondale for Local Flavor

Alex Schechter, Bloomberg

Anyone else have trouble telling the difference between midsize American cities? Seattle, Portland, Austin, Minneapolis, whatever, let's go to Carbondale then, until its distillery inn makes it the next Aspen, then we'll push the same design elements onto some other town.

4 hours ago

American Airlines Isn’t Sure When It Will Fix Computer Issues at One of Its Regional Airlines

American Airlines Isn’t Sure When It Will Fix Computer Issues at One of Its Regional Airlines

Justin Bachman, Bloomberg

It's never a good sign when an airline admits it has a technological issue and is not sure when it will fix it. The best advice is for travelers to avoid PSA Airlines. But most passengers book with American Airlines and have no idea what regional carrier is actually operating the flight. That's a problem.

5 hours ago

This Tropical Chinese Island Is Quietly Transforming Into a Gaming Destination

This Tropical Chinese Island Is Quietly Transforming Into a Gaming Destination

Daniela Wei , Bloomberg

Gaming development on Hainan Island could have an impact on Macau, Singapore, and soon, Japan.

6 hours ago

New Skift Research Report: The Crisis in Online Travel Agency Advertising

New Skift Research Report: The Crisis in Online Travel Agency Advertising

Seth Borko, Skift Research

Online travel agencies remain essential to the travel industry as consolidators of, and clearinghouses for, advertising dollars throughout the space. We do not see OTAs being removed from this position easily, but challenges are growing by the day.

7 hours ago

Ponant’s North American Push Highlights Growth in Expedition Cruising

Ponant’s North American Push Highlights Growth in Expedition Cruising

Laura Powell, Skift

With luxury travelers getting more adventurous it is not a surprise to see expedition cruising growing in popularity. French company Ponant is making a big push in North America, something that is likely going to benefit the sector as a whole.

7 hours ago

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The Rise of the Las Vegas Innovation District

The Rise of the Las Vegas Innovation District

Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority + Skift

In this Skift report, we examine how Las Vegas is evolving as a hub of creative, cultural, and social innovation, and how meeting planners are going beyond the convention center to tap into local expertise in order to provide more enriching, productive conferences.

7 hours ago

Norwegian CEO Warms Up to Potential Sale

Norwegian CEO Warms Up to Potential Sale

Richard Weiss, Bloomberg

Norwegian's CEO seems to be a lot more relaxed about the possibility of selling the company than he was just a few weeks ago. He may still think the airline can thrive independently but if the price is right we should expect a sale.

9 hours ago

Activities Tech Provider Peek Raises $23 Million

Activities Tech Provider Peek Raises $23 Million

Sean O'Neill, Skift

The latest investment comes just in time for Peek, a maker of enterprise software. Its rivals FareHarbor and Bokun have recently been snapped up by larger acquirers Booking Holdings and TripAdvisor. Clocks are ticking.

11 hours ago

Amazon Wades Into Travel as Hotels Turn to Alexa in Rooms

Amazon Wades Into Travel as Hotels Turn to Alexa in Rooms

Deanna Ting, Skift

The next big questions hoteliers might soon be asking themselves: "Alexa, how do I make sure you recommend my hotels when they ask you where they want to stay?" Or, on the flip side: "Why did I invest so much into the modern-day version of the iPod docking station?"

11 hours ago