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Is Booking in Better Shape for a Recovery Than Airbnb and Expedia?

Both Booking and Airbnb may have a marketing advantage over Expedia during a recovery because both were generating more direct traffic and were less dependent on Google to find customers than was Expedia before the coronavirus crisis.Dennis Schaal (Skift)

The Coming Future Of Travel, In 100 Questions

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Wizz Air Turns to Repatriation Flights

The carrier is deploying 10 percent of its fleet and 200 staff in the effort, which included its first ever transatlantic flights as Airbus jets acquired to serve Europe’s tourist boom zig-zagged across the United States and stopped in Iceland for fuel.Marton Dunai (Reuters)

Coronavirus Is Pushing Some Airlines to the Precipice

Some airlines will not make it. The first to go likely will be airlines that were weak going into the mess, carriers that took advantage of a period of booming demand to gloss over problems like mediocre balance sheets or a lack of market niche.Brian Sumers (Skift)

Qatar Airways Ups Stake in British Airways Owner With $600 Million Investment

Our investment to date has been highly successful and the announced increase in our shareholding is evidence of our continued support of IAG and its strategy.Akbar Al Baker (Qatar Airways)

JetBlue Founder Finally Offers Details About His New Airline — Including Its Name

When David Neeleman’s startup airline, to be called Breeze Airways, begins flying as soon as late this year, customers may focus on its passenger experience, which Neeleman, who founded JetBlue Airways 20 years ago, says will be among the best in the United States. But from a business perspective, Neeleman’s airline is more intriguing for another reason — the chronic airline entrepreneur is pursuing two models at once.Brian Sumers (Skift)

Amadeus Buys Optym’s Flight Network Planning Tech

Optym, privately held and founded in 2000, aims to help airlines, such as easyJet, Latam Airlines Group, and Southwest Airlines, trim their operational costs, boost profitability, and enhance service.Sean O’Neill (Skift)

Southwest Learns to Adapt to 737 Max ‘Crisis’

The airline reported fourth quarter net income of $514 million, down about 21 percent compared to the same period in 2018. For the full-year, net income was $2.3 billion, off about 6 percent, year-over-year. That certainly could be viewed as an impressive performance for a carrier that by now should have at least 75 Max jets, which were to account for about 10 percent of its fleet. But it was a less lucrative year and quarter than it could have been, Southwest CEO Gary Kelly told analysts on the airline’s fourth quarter earnings call on Thursday, when he referred to the Max situation as a “a crisis-like challenge.”Brian Sumers (Skift)

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)

Italy Revives Abandoned Villages as Experiential Travel Destinations

Alberghi diffusi, the literal translation of which is widespread hotels (or scattered hotels), represents a unique model that redevelops abandoned buildings in small villages with an eye to hosting tourists. These lodgings, instead of being in one vertical building, are distributed horizontally among various restored buildings around the settlement, integrating guests within the community. At least one of those buildings houses a central reception and common space. Typical hotel services, like housekeeping and room service, are provided under the realm of a single manager.Laura Powell (Skift)

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