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Cathay Pacific CEO Quits Over Hong Kong Protests

Cathay Pacific CEO Quits Over Hong Kong Protests

Kyunghee Park, Bloomberg

Looks like Rupert Hogg is paying the price for Cathay's response to the unrest in Hong Kong. Will changing the CEO help or might things get worse?

1 day ago

China’s Pressure on Cathay Portends Less Autonomy for Hong Kong Companies

China’s Pressure on Cathay Portends Less Autonomy for Hong Kong Companies

Angus Whitley and Kyunghee Park, Bloomberg

Is China’s clampdown on Cathay during protests a one-off, or is it going to be the new normal for Hong Kong companies? The latter will be disastrous for Hong Kong’s reputation as an open market.

1 day ago

U.S. Regulator May Not Enforce Max Simulator Training

U.S. Regulator May Not Enforce Max Simulator Training

Mary Schlangenstein and Alan Levin, Bloomberg

This whole sorry episode has shed much-needed light on the sometimes murky world of airline regulation. There might be a logical reason for the FAA refusing to mandate new simulator training, but given the circumstances it would just look really bad.

2 days ago

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4 days ago

Sabre’s Deal With Spirit Underscores Its Airline Tech Rebound

Sabre’s Deal With Spirit Underscores Its Airline Tech Rebound

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Spirit's decision to buy more airline technology from Sabre signals two things. Sabre has overcome a sales slump. And Spirit is investing to cope with its growth.

2 days ago

Sabre Dares U.S. Justice Department to Sue It Over Farelogix Deal

Sabre Dares U.S. Justice Department to Sue It Over Farelogix Deal

Sean O'Neill, Skift

The travel technology giant said Wednesday it would go ahead with its planned $360 million acquisition on August 21. If the U.S. federal attorneys aren't happy about it, they can sue, Sabre said. No travel tech company has used, and threatened in public to use, its lawyers as much as Sabre in the past decade.

3 days ago

FAA Bans Recalled MacBook Pros From Flights

FAA Bans Recalled MacBook Pros From Flights

Mark Gurman and Alan Levin, Bloomberg

The Federal Aviation Administration and its European counterpart take safety issues very seriously. Hopefully passengers get the message.

3 days ago

Max Grounding Forces Norwegian to Abandon Irish Transatlantic Routes

Max Grounding Forces Norwegian to Abandon Irish Transatlantic Routes

Associated Press

The Max was key to making some of these routes work for Norwegian and with the aircraft still out of action it probably had little choice.

3 days ago

Cathay Pacific Falls in Line With China as Hong Kong Airport Protests Turn Violent

Cathay Pacific Falls in Line With China as Hong Kong Airport Protests Turn Violent

Brian Sumers, Skift

Cathay Pacific has followed Chinese regulator demands through the saga. Why? It's a business decision.

4 days ago

Why Europe’s Short-Haul Aviation Market Is in Flux

Why Europe’s Short-Haul Aviation Market Is in Flux

Patrick Whyte, Skift

Too many airlines fighting over what is essentially a single market has been a familiar complaint within the European airline industry over the last few years. The legacy airlines, in particular, are still working out how best to compete.

4 days ago

Hong Kong Airport Chaos Mars City’s Reputation as Global Business Center

Hong Kong Airport Chaos Mars City’s Reputation as Global Business Center

Kelvin Chan, Associated Press

This will hurt the airport's key tenant, Cathay Pacific. The biggest question is: for how long?

5 days ago

United Airlines Now Tells Pilots No Drinking for 12 Hours Before Shift Starts

United Airlines Now Tells Pilots No Drinking for 12 Hours Before Shift Starts

Brian Sumers, Skift

United's change is a sensible move. People should feel more comfortable knowing United's pilots must take their final drink 12 hours prior to reporting for duty, rather than eight. That said, some pilots may still make mistakes.

5 days ago