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Month: December 2019

The Tech-Obsessed, Hyper-Experimental Restaurant of the Future

Chefs and restaurateurs in cities across the US struggle mightily with razor-thin margins, staffing issues, minimum wage, and maximum rent. Here in Seattle, unless you’re a hot new thing or a name-brand chef with a handful of spinoff restaurants, keeping seats full can be the most soul crushing part of the daily battle to stay in business. Rivera has cultivated a whole new software-driven business model at Addo that allows him to sidestep most of these worries. While he’s at it, he’s also rethinking the idea that restaurants should serve the same food from the same menu every night.Joe Ray (Wired)

An Executive’s Retirement Signals the End of a Golden Era at Emirates

A big issue now is the Emirates fleet. Emirates also flies Boeing 777s, but it made its reputation on the biggest double-decker jet, the A380, flying more than five times as many as any other airline. Passengers love the airplane, complimenting its spacious cabins and amenities. But it’s so expensive to operate that a couple of airlines — Singapore Airlines and Air France — have been retiring roughly 12-year-old airplanes, even though they’re basically brand-new by airline standards. The A380’s economic disadvantage is why airlines overwhelmingly prefer two smaller long-range airplanes, the 787 and A350. For a long time, Clark defiantly (or stubbornly) stuck with the Airbus A380, believing its advantages outweighed its disadvantages. As a last-ditch effort, Clark tried to persuade Emirates to update the airplane, but with no other airlines interested, Airbus killed the A380 instead. Emirates’ fleet is now dominated by an orphan airplane.Brian Sumers (Skift)

Boeing’s deadly and fiscally disastrous year ends with an ousted CEO

The Boeing Company ended a deadly and fiscally disastrous year with a reroute of its leadership. The aerospace manufacturer released a statement this morning saying that CEO Dennis Muilenburg has resigned and that David Calhoun, who is the current chairman, will take over as CEO and president on January 13, 2020.Arianne Cohen (Fast Company)

Arctic ICEHOTEL unveils amazing new designs

It’s been 30 years since the world’s first hotel made of snow and ice launched, and the team behind Sweden’s ICEHOTEL have gone all out to mark the occasion. A frosty theater production, an ice-carved observation deck and a frozen feline lair are among the new designs on display as the iconic hotel opens for its new winter season.Tamara Hardingham-Gill (CNN)

Boeing Pauses 737 Max Production in Effort to Slow Cash Burn

Boeing Co. plans to halt production of its grounded 737 Max in January, a move that will deepen the crisis engulfing the planemaker, complicate its eventual recovery and ripple through the U.S. economy.Julie Johnsson (Bloomberg)

Boeing 737 Max grounding: Southwest reaches settlement with Boeing

The airline did not release terms of the confidential agreement but said it will contribute approximately $125 million to its employee profit sharing plan as a result. It will be paid out as part of the airline’s regular profit sharing in 2020.Dawn Gilbertson (USA Today)

The 2019 World Ski Awards names the best chalets, hotels and resorts

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Ready, Set, Ski! In China, Snow Sports Are the Next Big Thing

Multibillion dollar resorts are popping up in record time with gondolas offering views of all the snow-making. Groups hold school assemblies to preach the joys of sliding on snow. It’s all part of the People’s Party plan to create 300 million Chinese “winter sports enthusiasts” by the time the Games roll around. That’s the entire population of France, Germany and Switzerland combined, and then doubled.Tim Neville (New York Times)

Japan’s most remote onsen

The Japanese concept of hadaka no tsukiai, (“naked communion”), is believed to remove barriers and forge bonds.Lily Crossley-Baxter (BBC)

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