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Virgin Atlantic CEO Reveals Plans for FlyBe Acquisition

Virgin Atlantic CEO Reveals Plans for FlyBe Acquisition

Christopher Jasper and Guy Johnson, Bloomberg

Get ready for "Virgin something" as the airline moves to beef up its intercontinental offerings and take advantage of Heathrow's planned third runway with acquisitions like FlyBe.

7 hours ago

Tech Expands Hotel Guest Engagement Beyond Loyalty Programs: New Skift Research

Tech Expands Hotel Guest Engagement Beyond Loyalty Programs: New Skift Research

Wouter Geerts, Skift Research

Let’s place loyalty programs into a larger realm of technology that can improve and increase guest engagement and personalization. All these tools working in parallel can help achieve a truly loyal guest.

10 hours ago

London Heathrow Unveils Final Plans for Airport Expansion

London Heathrow Unveils Final Plans for Airport Expansion

Lucca de Paoli, Bloomberg

Final plans for the third runway at London’s Heathrow consider not only cost savings but green efforts such as ultra-low emissions and a ban on night flights. This runway should take off — and give Heathrow a competitive edge.

13 hours ago

Boeing Kicks Off Paris Air Show With 737 Max Apology

Boeing Kicks Off Paris Air Show With 737 Max Apology

Angela Charlton, Associated Press

At the aviation industry's largest yearly gathering, Boeing apologized to airline operators and the families of the 346 people who died in two Max crashes. But their belated contrition may not be enough to regain trust — or traction against rival Airbus, for that matter.

1 day ago

Airbus Announces the Longer-Range A321, Puts Boeing on Notice

Airbus Announces the Longer-Range A321, Puts Boeing on Notice

Benjamin Katz, Bloomberg

A new longer-range version of the single-aisle workhorse plane is a great move for Airbus — and it's a competitive threat for Boeing, which is still dealing with the aftermath of the Boeing 737 Max crisis.

2 days ago

Could Saudi Arabia’s Social Transformation Include an Ease on Alcohol Ban?

Could Saudi Arabia’s Social Transformation Include an Ease on Alcohol Ban?

Vivian Nereim and Donna Abu-Nasr, Bloomberg

The loosening of social restrictions in Saudi Arabia has residents wondering if breaking the taboo on alcohol consumption could be next. That would surely go down well with the tourism industry and the grand Red Sea resorts the Crown Prince plans to build. Lots of international tourists and talent would drink to that.

2 days ago

Greece Wants to Improve Its Standing Among Luxury Tourists

Greece Wants to Improve Its Standing Among Luxury Tourists

Eleni Chrepa and Paul Tugwell, Bloomberg

Given its glorious weather and sandy beaches, you'd assume that Greece was a beacon for high-end tourists but apparently not. A number of luxury hotel openings are starting to change this, however, and to cope the country will need to attract a new generation of tourism workers.

3 days ago

Ctrip’s International Strategy Fuels TrainPal’s Hyper Growth

Ctrip’s International Strategy Fuels TrainPal’s Hyper Growth

Tamsin Smith, Jing Travel

The runaway success of the ticket booking app marks the latest development in the Chinese online travel giant’s strategy to strengthen its fast-growing international business.

3 days ago

Uncertainty Looms Over Boeing and Airbus Ahead of Paris Air Show

Uncertainty Looms Over Boeing and Airbus Ahead of Paris Air Show

David Koenig, Associated Press

Over the past decade, global airlines have committed to a lot of airplanes. Perhaps too many. Is it possible the bubble might burst soon?

4 days ago

Boeing’s Formula to Compete With Airbus After 737 Max Disaster

Boeing’s Formula to Compete With Airbus After 737 Max Disaster

Julie Johnsson and Benjamin Katz, Bloomberg

Developing an all-new jet takes a decade and costs a fortune. And no one knows what the market will be for planes in the future. Understandably, Boeing is moving slowly. But if the company wants to keep its standing relative to Airbus, it should probably make some new technology airplanes.

4 days ago

Expedia Settles With U.S. Government Over Cuba Travel Allegations

Expedia Settles With U.S. Government Over Cuba Travel Allegations

Associated Press

Although Expedia cooperated, it looks like the U.S. government is determined to crack down on Cuba travel violations. Given the recent changes — and the current administration's rhetoric — we should probably expect closer scrutiny in the future.

5 days ago

Two Decades of Outbound Travel Visualized: New Skift Research

Two Decades of Outbound Travel Visualized: New Skift Research

Seth Borko, Skift Research

We often think of international travel in terms of the destination we are visiting. But the origin country of departures can be just as important for spotting trends in the industry.

5 days ago