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New Skift Webinar on Airlines on April 9: Rethinking Routes, Fleets and Loyalty

New Skift Webinar on Airlines on April 9: Rethinking Routes, Fleets and Loyalty

Brian Quinn, Skift

Join Skift Airline Weekly and Skift aviation business editors this week for a dive into the top shifts happening across the airline industry. March was a month of historic tumult for airlines, and the prospects are not looking any better in April.

2 days ago

Airbnb Grabs $1 Billion Investment From Silver Lake and Sixth Street Partners

Airbnb Grabs $1 Billion Investment From Silver Lake and Sixth Street Partners

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Silver Lake and Sixth Street likely got a very attractive deal in exchange for their investment.

2 days ago

Foursquare-Factual Merger Sets Up Location Data Alternative to Google and Facebook

Foursquare-Factual Merger Sets Up Location Data Alternative to Google and Facebook

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Foursquare absorbing competitor Factual solidifies its position as a leader in location-based ad targeting services. Advertisers will likely welcome the strengthening of a rival to Google and Facebook in this particular advertising realm.

2 days ago

Carnival Sells 8 Percent Stake to Saudis After Dire Financial Warning

Carnival Sells 8 Percent Stake to Saudis After Dire Financial Warning

Rosie Spinks, Skift

Carnival is facing two unprecedented crises: Lost revenue from the complete cessation of its cruising operations and an optics nightmare that puts the future of cruising's popularity in genuine doubt.

2 days ago

Etihad to Test New Airport Scanners for Pinpointing Sick Passengers

Etihad to Test New Airport Scanners for Pinpointing Sick Passengers

Sean O'Neill, Skift

New tech can screen passengers for elevated heart rates, respiratory rates, and temperatures. The kiosks sound minimal enough. But their accuracy and speed still need to be proven under busy airport conditions.

2 days ago

Travel Agency Flight Centre to Shutter 800 Storefronts as Part of $1.2 Billion Savings Effort

Travel Agency Flight Centre to Shutter 800 Storefronts as Part of $1.2 Billion Savings Effort

Matthew Parsons, Skift

This cost-cutting package could be one of the largest we'll see in this crisis. On paper, the cuts look like they'll be enough, but there will be collateral damage to its brand with so many shop closures.

2 days ago

Hilton, American Express Offer 1 Million Rooms to Coronavirus Frontline Medical Staff

Hilton, American Express Offer 1 Million Rooms to Coronavirus Frontline Medical Staff

Cameron Sperance , Skift

The Hilton and American Express partnership is the latest in a growing list of hospitality companies looking to pump life into empty hotels during the coronavirus downturn in travel.

2 days ago

Marketers Confront What Travel Will Look Like Post-Crisis

Marketers Confront What Travel Will Look Like Post-Crisis

Raini Hamdi, Skift

As realization sinks in that the coronavirus catastrophe will change travel behaviors, marketers are figuring out how the crisis will reshape clients and and how their brands can remain relevant.

2 days ago

The Long View Video: Opportunities For Travel Sectors Ahead

The Long View Video: Opportunities For Travel Sectors Ahead

Rafat Ali, Skift

What are travel companies doing to preserve value while surviving the crisis? Good conversation with focus on opportunities ahead in B2C, B2B, and corporate travel companies and travel suppliers.

3 days ago

American Airlines’ Big Decision and 11 Other Coronavirus Travel Stories This Week

American Airlines’ Big Decision and 11 Other Coronavirus Travel Stories This Week

Dennis Schaal, Skift

In our coronavirus coverage this week, American Airlines slashes international routes for the summer, indicating it doesn't think demand will come back any time in the short-run. Plus, Airbnb CEO apologizes to hosts in the form of a $260 million relief package. And Booking Holdings CEO Glenn Fogel is the first high-profile travel CEO to disclose he has contracted coronavirus.

4 days ago

New Skift Online Summit for Startups and Investors on April 14

New Skift Online Summit for Startups and Investors on April 14

Brian Quinn, Skift

Please join Skift editors and research analysts, along with VC investors and startup founders, for this dive into the state of travel startups today.

5 days ago

Feds Come to Rescue of Flyers With Hardball Mandate to U.S. Airlines on Refunds

Feds Come to Rescue of Flyers With Hardball Mandate to U.S. Airlines on Refunds

Brian Sumers, Skift

Crisis or not, the U.S. government made it clear that airlines owe refunds to a lot of customers. Airlines don't want to see cash go out the door, so look for more carriers to take creative approaches to try to buy passengers off and keep them from asking for their money back.

5 days ago