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Boeing 737 Max’s Problems Force Ryanair to Cut Back Its Growth Plans

Ryanair said the slowdown in growth would prompt it to reduce flights or even close its bases toward the end of this year at some of the airports it served. Mr. O’Leary said the cuts were “directly caused” by Boeing’s problems with the 737 Max.Amie Tsang (New York Times)

Dutch airline KLM calls for people to fly less

Maribor Airport: your gateway for flying less! 😂Žiga SanciN

Norwegian Air’s Long-Serving CEO Departs as Airline Pushes For Higher Profits

Kjos’s departure comes as Norwegian tries to move from a period of rapid growth to one of profitability. In recent months, it has cut back routes and bases in an effort to make more money. Earlier this year it raised $353 million through a share sale to avoid breaching financial covenants. […] Norwegian’s operating profit in the second quarter improved dramatically, rising 305 percent to $72.8 million but because of substantial interest expenses pre-tax profit fell 70 percent to $9.7 million. Revenue increased 19 percent to $1.4 billion for the three months to the end of June.Patrick Whyte (Skift)

Saudi airline cancels Boeing 737 Max order and switches to Airbus

In December 2018 the Saudi budget airline, Flyadeal, signed a deal with Boeing worth up to $6bn for 30 of the latest version of the 737 – with an option for 20 more. But the airline has switched the order to Boeing’s rival, Airbus, with a new agreement for the the same number of A320 Neo aircraft.Simon Calder (The Independent)

Reise zu den Kleinen Antillen: Die weiße Pracht

Was aber ist es, was Anguilla so anziehend macht? Es muss diese unaufgeregte, fast heitere Form von Abgeschiedenheit sein. Sie ist wie ein Geheimnis, das man mit Freunden teilt und vielleicht auch mit Fremden, die man sympathisch findet, sonst aber lieber für sich behält. Wie ein verstecktes Lieblingslokal, eine einsame Badestelle, ein Fleckchen im Wald, an dem Steinpilze wachsen. Etwas, das man nicht mit allen teilen möchte. Orte wie Anguilla bieten, ohne dem Zeitgeist nachzulaufen, eine Reduzierung, die sehr zeitgemäß wirkt. Die Dinge des Lebens. Vom Einfachen das Beste. Das mögen Schlagwörter sein, aber es sind auch Reduzierungen, die dem reizüberfluteten Großstadtmenschen des 21. Jahrhunderts immer reizvoller erscheinen.Christian Eichler (FAZ)

Airbnb launches Adventures, its foray into extreme tours

The adventure industry has also undergone something of a makeover in recent years, making it more approachable. The word “adventure” used to be associated with skydiving and cliff jumping. Now it refers to hikes, food tours, and yoga retreats under the umbrella of cultural immersion.Ruth Reader (Fast Company)

Airbnb Enters the ‘Luxe’ Market

The Luxe portfolio of 2,000 homes, available starting Tuesday, includes villas in Tuscany, ski lodges in New Zealand and castles in the French countryside. They were selected from the 5,000 properties listed on Luxury Retreats, a high-end vacation rental company that Airbnb acquired in 2017.Shivani Vora (New York Times)

FAA finds new ‘potential risk’ in Boeing 737 Max, a setback that could delay plane’s return to the skies

The Federal Aviation Administration said that it found a “potential risk that Boeing must mitigate” during simulator testing of the software changes that Boeing has made and wants to have certified. Like the original flaw that led to the plane’s grounding, the new issue also involves the uncommanded movement of the horizontal stabilizer, the little wing near the tail that moves the plane up or down.Chris Woodyard (USA Today)

The surprising story of the Basque language

From Bayonne to Bilbao, the Basque region, as seen from several train seats, is a land of brilliant greenery that traverses thick beds of grass and misty mountaintops. It is this land that provided for early Basque pastoralists, and its long coastline for fishermen, both of which are traditions still upheld strongly today. While 90% of Spaniards live in big cities, making the country one of the most depopulated in Europe, contrarily the majority of the Spanish Basque Country’s more than two million people still live a rural or suburban lifestyle. This strong anchor to village life has created numerous dialects, and in Basque public schools and institutions, a standardised Euskara, called batua, is employed.Justin Calderon (BBC)

Airbus Launches New Longer Range A321 Plane in Swipe at Boeing

The manufacturer gave details about the jet on the first day of the Paris Air Show, seeking to take advantage of rival Boeing Co.’s woes related to two fatal crashes and drum up orders for the long-anticipated jet. The A321 XLR could fly on transatlantic routes and has a range of 4,700 nautical miles.Benjamin Katz (Bloomberg)

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