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EasyJet Finds More Ways to Capitalize on Collapse of Thomas Cook

EasyJet Finds More Ways to Capitalize on Collapse of Thomas Cook

Patrick Whyte, Skift

Thomas Cook's departure from a number of European markets will help propel EasyJet forward for most of 2020. At the moment, it remains cautious on capacity growth. But given the good start, the airline might be tempted to change tack?

18 hours ago

Distribution Giants Jockey for Air India Biz and 8 Other Top Aviation Stories This Week

Distribution Giants Jockey for Air India Biz and 8 Other Top Aviation Stories This Week

Danielle Hyams, Skift

This week in aviation news, global distribution systems battle for struggling Air India's business, plus Ethiopian Airlines plans to build a new $5 billion airport outside of Addis Ababa.

3 days ago

Southwest Becomes Latest U.S. Airline to Delay Boeing 737 Max Return

Southwest Becomes Latest U.S. Airline to Delay Boeing 737 Max Return

Associated Press

Many predicted that Boeing would have gotten its act together by now and that 737 Max aircraft would be safe to fly. It's still up in the air exactly when that will be, but there is hope for the busy U.S. summer travel season.

3 days ago

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How Travel Agencies Can Maximize Commissions and Boost Profitability in a New Era of Airfare Retailing

How Travel Agencies Can Maximize Commissions and Boost Profitability in a New Era of Airfare Retailing

Avian + Skift

Travel agencies can say goodbye to old-school excel spreadsheets and paper agreements for keeping track of airfare sales. Today, digitalization provides a much easier and powerful tool to manage incentive and commission contracts with airlines.

18 hours ago

Hong Kong Express Stops Pregnancy Tests for Saipan-Bound Travelers

Hong Kong Express Stops Pregnancy Tests for Saipan-Bound Travelers

Associated Press

Hong Kong Express is now owned by Cathay Pacific, which moved swiftly to suspend these tests. That's the right call.

4 days ago

JetBlue Raises Baggage Fees on Customers Who Pay Close to Departure

JetBlue Raises Baggage Fees on Customers Who Pay Close to Departure

Associated Press

It's weird. JetBlue likes to brag about bringing humanity back to air travel. And yet the airline keeps trying to lead the industry into higher checked baggage fees. What's the deal?

4 days ago

Ethiopian Airlines to Spend $5 Billion to Build a Next-Generation Airport for Africa

Ethiopian Airlines to Spend $5 Billion to Build a Next-Generation Airport for Africa

Danielle Hyams, Skift

In a region that has historically struggled in the aviation field, state-run Ethiopian Airlines is truly a success story, playing a key role in the country's economic development and helping solidify its status as a tourist destination. A new airport takes it to the next level.

5 days ago

Politics Edge Out the Planet in Rescue of Struggling Airline Flybe

Politics Edge Out the Planet in Rescue of Struggling Airline Flybe

Patrick Whyte, Skift

Flybe lives to fight another day, but at what cost? The UK government is effectively giving a helping hand to some very rich companies, without providing any of the details. This deal stinks.

6 days ago

How Delta Plans to Best Its Record-Setting Year

How Delta Plans to Best Its Record-Setting Year

Brian Sumers, Skift

Airlines have been boom-and-bust businesses for as long as almost anyone can remember. But has Delta Air Lines cracked the secret code? Or is it just better at managing expectations?

1 week ago

How Struggling Air India Is Setting the Stage for a Major Battle Among Distribution Giants

How Struggling Air India Is Setting the Stage for a Major Battle Among Distribution Giants

Raini Hamdi, Skift

Much is at stake for global distribution systems and travel agencies as struggling Air India uses airline distribution as a means to stay afloat. The real winners and losers in this battle are still up in the air, with Amadeus back in the game after pulling out over a year ago.

1 week ago

Alaska Air Looks Beyond Discounting With New Creative Ways to Sell Fares

Alaska Air Looks Beyond Discounting With New Creative Ways to Sell Fares

Brian Sumers, Skift

At the typical airline, revenue managers take themselves very seriously. They don't like to do anything that could dilute their numbers. It's nice to see Alaska taking a fresh approach.

1 week ago

IAG CEO Retires and 5 Other Top Aviation Stories This Week

IAG CEO Retires and 5 Other Top Aviation Stories This Week

Sarah Enelow-Snyder, Skift

This week in aviation, IAG CEO Willie Walsh announced he will retire after 40 influential years in the industry, and don't miss our 2020 megatrends, including an analysis of the rise of ultra-long-haul flights.

2 weeks ago