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Richard Branson just lost control of Virgin Atlantic

Air France has bought a large slice of Britain’s second-biggest long-haul airline, Virgin Atlantic – which has blamed the “negative effect” of Brexit for the present tough market conditions. The French airline, which also owns KLM of the Netherlands, is to buy a 31 per cent stake in Virgin Atlantic for £220m. […] Some further convoluted financial transactions are taking place as links between airlines deepen. Delta and the Shanghai-based airline, China Eastern, will each acquire a 10 per cent holding in Air France-KLM, effectively by pumping in a total of €751m (£670m).Simon Calder (The Independent)

Interview: Viva Aerobus CEO on Why Half-Standing Seats Still Intrigue Him

The big cost innovation for this decade is going to be the brand new engine technology, which is going make an important reduction, but apart from that, it takes decades in this industry for important cost savings. Perhaps in the next couple of decades, hopefully, we’ll get an electric plane, and that’s going be the holy grail for aviation.Juan Carlos Zuazua (Viva Aerobus)

Ryanair bids to buy failed Italian rival Alitalia

We are serious in indicating we have an interest in Alitalia. But we are also serious in that our interest in Alitalia is only if there is a significant restructuring so that Alitalia could reasonably be seen to operate on a profitable basis.Michael O’Leary (Ryanair)

Homage to Bowie: in a Berlin ice-cream parlour

Cuore di Vetro, which puts on live music and art shows in an upstairs room, is a favourite hang-out for Berlin’s musicians, including confrontational industrial band Einstürzende Neubauten. They may seem unlikely ice-cream devotees, but apparently after a hard day bashing out rhythms on instruments made from scrap metal, a scoop of vegan chocolate eis is just the thing.Peter Ross (The Guardian)

Inside the Hotel Industry’s Plan to Combat Airbnb

The main prongs of the association’s plan to constrain Airbnb include lobbying politicians and state attorneys general to reduce the number of Airbnb hosts, funding studies to show Airbnb is filled with people who are quietly running hotels out of residential buildings and highlighting how Airbnb hosts do not collect hotel taxes and are not subject to the same safety and security regulations that hotel operators must follow.Katie Benner (New York Times)

Surprises join a train trip from Slovenia to Croatia

The day after that had seen me take my first Eastern European train journey to Slovenia’s Lake Bled. With all the spectacular scenes I would take in that day — a postcard-worthy church on an islet in the middle of an emerald lake, for example — I was most taken aback by how simple it was to travel to this paradise in the Julian Alps. A quick nod of recognition and stamp on my Eurail Select Pass, which allows rail passengers multiple travel days in bordering European countries within a two-month period, was literally all I needed to circle to and from this must-see destination.Liz Beddall (Toronto Star)

Interview: SAS CEO Explains Why the Airline Embedded a Microchip in Employee’s Hand

For example, we actually have implemented a chip in the hand of one person so you can board by reaching out your hand, and you can enter into our lounge by reaching out your hand. I don’t think that a lot of customers will let us implement a chip in their hands, but we’re playing around with technology. And out of that, there will come one or two good ideas that then could be commercially viable.Rickard Gustafson (SAS)

How much does Ryanair earn from extra charges each year – and which carrier takes home even more?

An annual study of “ancillary” revenue, which includes all income beyond the standard airfare, shows that the top 10 carriers raked in more than $28bn (£21.5bn) in extras last year, up from just $2.1bn (£1.6bn) in 2007. United earned more than any airline, with more than $6.2bn (£4.77bn) coming from sources other than seat sales, but the airline most reliant on extras is its US rival Spirit. They make up more than 46 per cent of its total revenue, according to the report.Oliver Smith (Telegraph)

EasyJet just announced it’s opening a base outside the UK because of Brexit

With the shape of a future UK-EU aviation agreement still uncertain, the airline is setting up a separate company, easyJet Europe, in the Austrian capital. Around 100 planes will be assigned to the subsidiary, which will allow the airline to continue to fly as at present. None of the Airbus jets will be based in Vienna; easyJet serves a range of Austrian cities, including the capital, but only on flights from outside the country. The new subsidiary will be owned by easyJet plc, which already owns the UK-based airline and the Swiss operation, easyJet Switzerland. The majority of easyJet aircraft will remain as part of the UK operation.Simon Calder (The Independent)

Österreich: Hopfen und Malz erleichtern die Balz

Ischgl war das erste Skigebiet, das konsequent seine Schlepplifte gegen Sessellifte austauschte und damit erst in Österreich und dann im gesamten Alpenraum Standards setzte.Jakob Strobel y Serra (FAZ)

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