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Emirates Rethinks Routes Without a Superjumbo in Its Future Fleet

After establishing Dubai as the leading interchange for flights linking cities around the globe, Emirates is finding it tougher to find profitable new routes, especially with sluggish Persian Gulf economies weighing on margins. The state-owned airline was also unable to convince Airbus SE to upgrade the A380, forcing it to buy smaller jets requiring a recalibration of its super-hub model.Layan Odeh (Bloomberg)

Ryanair Ranked a Top-10 Polluter in Europe

Ryanair was ninth on the list of top polluters in Europe. The remaining slots in the top 10 were taken by utilities that generate electricity from coal, the dirtiest fossil fuel.Mathew Carr and William Wilkes (Bloomberg)

Google Quietly Releases Its Hotel Booking Destination With Potentially Huge Implications

In a span of just a few months, Google’s threat in booking travel is looming even larger. Indeed, Skift said last October Google’s new hotel search is presenting a greater threat to booking rivals. Now the tech giant has added a full-fledged destination site for hotels, without any major fanfare, and has potential implications for booking sites, as well as Airbnb, on the lines of what it has done with its already very-popular Google Flights.Raini Hamdi (Skift)

Singapore’s Changi Is Changing the Idea of What an Airport Can Be

Travelers today have grown more discerning about their destinations and their choice of airports to stopover. With this in mind, we hope to create a one-of-its kind, multi-dimensional destination at Changi Airport to fulfill these travelers’ needs. We firmly believe that Jewel’s unique retail proposition will enhance the overall Changi experience for the millions of travelers who pass through Changi Airport and attract more visitors to Singapore.Hung Jean (Jewel Changi Airport Development)

TUI and Thomas Cook Face Up to Bleak 2019

What’s interesting is that both companies highlight similar challenges. They are blaming the hot European weather from summer 2018, destination-specific challenges in places like the Canary Islands as well as problems in the key UK market, stemming from Brexit. […] From what both companies are saying it’s clear that the overall European holiday market is in bad shape, especially for traditional tour operators. It therefore seems likely that we’ll see some form of consolidation over the coming months.Patrick Whyte (Skift)

Airbnb Buys Gaest to Push Further Into Meetings

The move represents an example of one of Skift’s 2019 Megatrends, as giant online booking sites are looking for their next phases of growth by expanding into new areas, such as the estimated $400 billion a year small meetings market.Sean O’Neill (Skift)

Airbnb’s Grand Travel Ambitions Could Be Taking a Detour

Airbnb’s potential strategy to dig deeper into property management would have benefits and risks. The advantages would revolve around learning the property management space and establishing new revenue streams while the risks could be in engendering the view among current property management partners that Airbnb has become more of a competitor and less of a neutral marketplace.Dennis Schaal (Skift)

Air France-KLM Launches a Unit to Churn Out Travel Startups

BigBlank, the group’s new subsidiary, plans to start projects with entrepreneurs and help those projects morph into startups. It will provide seed fundings of up to $900,000 (€800,000) a project. Many other airlines — including Aeromexico, El Al, Emirates, Etihad, JetBlue, Lufthansa, and Virgin Atlantic — have attempted to mix it up with entrepreneurs, sometimes as marketing gimmicks to make their brands cooler, sometimes to make a financial bet that may pay off down the line, and sometimes to spot new ideas to strategically seize on before their rivals do.Sean O’Neill (Skift)

Premium Economy Isn’t Really Economy Class. Why Does It Have the Name?

I’m beginning to think the airline industry is like fashion: If you wait around enough, old ideas will come back into style.Brian Sumers (Skift)

Lufthansa’s Digital Hub Launches Software Unit to Help Others Sell Travel Better

Yilu, which launched in July but has not been disclosed until now, runs as an independent unit. Its first client is Eurowings, Lufthansa’s low-cost carrier brand. Already Yilu is powering new options on Eurowing’s mobile app to book ground transportation from the supplier MyTaxi, a Hamburg-based aggregator of taxi service worldwide. The company invented a way for MyTaxi’s content to become bookable on Eurowings’s app via a new API. While Yilu’s first client Eurowings is a sister Lufthansa brand, the new company intends to work with a variety of airlines, hotels, and other travel suppliers.Sean O’Neill (Skift)

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