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What Hotel CEOs Are Saying About Amazon and Google’s Growing Influence in Travel

What Hotel CEOs Are Saying About Amazon and Google’s Growing Influence in Travel

Deanna Ting, Skift

Disruption in the travel industry is a universal constant, and we can certainly expect Amazon and Google to continue that tradition. An even more interesting question to ask ourselves for the moment: Why aren't Google and Apple doing more to get their smart devices into hotel rooms like Amazon is?

6 hours ago

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Time Is Against UK Regional Airline Flybe as Challenges Mount

Time Is Against UK Regional Airline Flybe as Challenges Mount

Patrick Whyte, Skift

Flybe's management team will be hoping the airline's latest turnaround strategy works, where others have failed. The carrier has plenty of challenges and is operating in a very tough environment. Might it find things easier as part of a bigger aviation group?

6 hours ago

Federal Auditor To Investigate FAA’s Safety Oversight of Southwest Airlines

Federal Auditor To Investigate FAA’s Safety Oversight of Southwest Airlines

Brian Sumers, Skift

The Department of Transportation's inspector general has several ongoing audits trying to measure the effectiveness of the Federal Aviation Administration. That's probably a nuisance to the FAA, but it's not necessarily a bad thing. Oversight is important.

5 hours ago

Airlines Push Back on Trump Asking Government Not to Use Their Flights for Separated Kids

Airlines Push Back on Trump Asking Government Not to Use Their Flights for Separated Kids

Justin Bachman, Bloomberg

Kudos to the airlines for stepping up on President Trump's policies forcing children to be separated from their parents. It would be great to hear from more executives across the entire travel industry about taking a collective stand versus Trump. Let's not forget the travel ban.

5 hours ago

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Why Context is Key in the New World of Airline Retailing

Why Context is Key in the New World of Airline Retailing

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10 hours ago

Membership Airline Surf Air Faces $3.1 Million Lawsuit for ‘Unpaid Flight Services’

Membership Airline Surf Air Faces $3.1 Million Lawsuit for ‘Unpaid Flight Services’

Justin Bachman, Bloomberg

Whatever the merits of the case, this isn't a good look for Surf Air. We'll have to wait and see what kind of impact the allegations have on the company.

15 hours ago

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?

20 hours ago

Video: Why the Reported Demise of Packaged Travel Was Greatly Exaggerated

Video: Why the Reported Demise of Packaged Travel Was Greatly Exaggerated

Hannah Sampson, Skift

Speaking at Skift Forum Europe in Berlin, analyst Richard Clarke made the case that packaged travel is back in style. But how does that square with the push for authentic, one-of-a-kind experiences?

21 hours ago

Royal Caribbean Places a Big Bet on Expedition Cruising

Royal Caribbean Places a Big Bet on Expedition Cruising

Patrick Whyte, Skift

With expedition cruising set for serious growth over the next few years, it is understandable that one of the big cruise companies has decided to get more involved. The question now is will the others follow?

22 hours 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.

1 day 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.

1 day 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.

1 day ago