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The Ethiopian Boeing 737 Max Crash Leads to One of the Strangest Weeks Ever in Aviation

The Ethiopian Boeing 737 Max Crash Leads to One of the Strangest Weeks Ever in Aviation

Madhu Unnikrishnan, Skift

The worldwide grounding of the Boeing 737 Max fleet “out of an abundance of caution” is a break with the FAA’s traditional data-driven approach to accident investigations. Could this mean an end to the way safety decisions have been made?

5 days ago

Airbnb Signals IPO Might Not Come This Year

Airbnb Signals IPO Might Not Come This Year

Isaac Carey, Skift

Airbnb was expected to be one of the most-anticipated of upcoming IPOs. But everyone may just have to wait a bit as the company digests a significant new acquisition.

6 days ago

Did AirAsia’s Rivals Arm-Twist Online Travel Agencies to Stop Selling Its Low Airfares?

Did AirAsia’s Rivals Arm-Twist Online Travel Agencies to Stop Selling Its Low Airfares?

Raini Hamdi, Skift

Any form of industry players conspiring to protect their self-interests should be thoroughly investigated. Hopefully this unsettling episode in Indonesia will end soon and everyone can go back to booking the best deal they can get without lame invisible hands interfering with the process.

6 days ago

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How Real-Time, Transparent Bidding Can Fix a Broken Travel Search Ecosystem

How Real-Time, Transparent Bidding Can Fix a Broken Travel Search Ecosystem

MediaAlpha + Skift

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4 months ago

JetBlue, Alaska Squeezed by Fare War and 6 Other Aviation Trends this Week

JetBlue, Alaska Squeezed by Fare War and 6 Other Aviation Trends this Week

Isaac Carey, Skift

This week in aviation, smaller airlines suffer as economy fares reach extreme lows, Southwest and American fear that ongoing disputes with unions could harm operations, and the Green New Deal has the potential to shake up the airline business.

1 week ago

The Curious Case of Japan’s New Low-Cost, Long-Haul Carrier

The Curious Case of Japan’s New Low-Cost, Long-Haul Carrier

Raini Hamdi, Skift

Japan Airlines is certain its low-cost, long-haul carrier will excel. That’s hard to say, as details are still so sketchy. But the project is intriguing and holds the promise of something fresh in the air. So it’s worth waiting a little while longer for the final reveal.

2 weeks ago

Accor Debuts Back-to-Basics Lifestyle Brand

Accor Debuts Back-to-Basics Lifestyle Brand

Isaac Carey, Skift

At this point, Accor has no shortage of lifestyle brands, and this one seems pretty par for the course. Still, the group has done a good job of tapping into a growing trend.

2 weeks ago

United Will Add More First-Class Seats to Regional Services

United Will Add More First-Class Seats to Regional Services

Justin Bachman, Bloomberg

Competition at the luxury end of the regional market certainly seems to be hotting up. Getting hold of Bombardier's new CRJ550 aircraft gives United something to shout about.

1 month ago

How Two Billionaires Are Looking to Transform U.S. Rail Service

How Two Billionaires Are Looking to Transform U.S. Rail Service

Chris Bryant, Bloomberg

You can't help but root for Richard Branson and Wes Edens. Who doesn't want to see passenger rail service in the U.S. enter the 21st century, especially if you've been on ho-hum Amtrak recently?

1 month ago

China’s Travel Infrastructure Boom Sets a New Global Agenda

China’s Travel Infrastructure Boom Sets a New Global Agenda

Steven Schwankert, Skift

To capture more of the continuing engine of growth that is China’s outbound market, get on the train, set up your free Wi-Fi hotspot, and warm up your WeChat account.

2 months ago

Housekeeper Sues Marriott Subsidiaries Over Sexual Misconduct Allegations

Housekeeper Sues Marriott Subsidiaries Over Sexual Misconduct Allegations

Rebecca Greenfield, Bloomberg

Marriott has been trying to deflect the concerns of female housekeepers for years now, but things are starting to heat up for the hotel brand.

2 months ago

Breaking Down the U.S. Airline Industry by Market Size: New Skift Research Estimates

Breaking Down the U.S. Airline Industry by Market Size: New Skift Research Estimates

Seth Borko, Skift Research

Want to understand the U.S. airline industry, but short on time? Our proprietary estimates will allow you to understand how the the market is changing, which airlines are growing fastest, and the most important operational metrics at a glance.

2 months ago