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EasyJet plans to reduce its workforce by up to 30%

The Luton-based carrier said it intends to reduce its workforce by up to 30% as it reduces the size of its fleet due to the coronavirus pandemic. It said that it expected to shrink its aircraft numbers to around 302 planes, about 51 aircraft lower than it had been planning for 2021 prior to COVID-19.Sebastian Murphy-Bates (Daily Mail)

Bundesregierung: Reisewarnung soll für 31 Länder aufgehoben werden

Also sprach Zarathustra. 😁Žiga Sancin

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)

Why Bolivia is the next food hotspot

A landlocked country, Bolivia might not have access to an ocean, but it has the Amazon, Altiplano and Andes, which provide a smorgasbord of ingredients unique to the country. They’re ingredients that have been collected and harvested for centuries, but only recently are chefs in La Paz turning to them to create innovative dishes.Mary Holland (BBC)

Airlines may not recover from Covid-19 crisis for five years, says Airbus

While cutting back research and development spending, Airbus is continuing on its A321XLR, an “extra-long-range” aircraft that can deliver emissions and cost savings.Jasper Jolly (The Guardian)

Airbnb lays off 25% of its workforce due to the coronavirus fallout

We are collectively living through the most harrowing crisis of our lifetime, and as it began to unfold, global travel came to a standstill. Airbnb’s business has been hit hard, with revenue this year forecasted to be less than half of what we earned in 2019.Brian Chesky (Airbnb)

Queen of the skies: The Boeing 747 is playing a hero’s role during Covid-19 crisis

When it comes to this pandemic, seeing a 747 Freighter land at an airport is like in an old western, when the cavalry rides in to help the people in distress. The 747 is definitely playing a hero’s role in moving essential cargo around the world in this crisis.Henry Harteveldt (Atmosphere Research Group)

Embattled Boeing enjoys skyrocketing stock price despite devastating revenue losses

Boeing unveiled plans to pare back production in line with demand, which would reduce its monthly output of 787 Dreamliners from 14 to 7 in the next two years, and 777 twin-jets from 5 to 3 per month in the next year. For its 737 Max, formerly Boeing’s best-selling airplane, it’s targeting a “gradual increase to 31 per month” following the restart of production, which is reportedly slated for mid-2020. Boeing also said it would eliminate 10% of its jobs, roughly 16,000 positions, through buyouts, attrition, voluntary layoffs, and involuntary layoffs.Connie Lin (Fast Company)

The Coming Future Of Travel, In 100 Questions

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Where now for travel? Lonely Planet closures point to an uncertain future

I don’t think the current crisis is going to end the role of the traditional guidebook – whether it’s in print or digital. I’ve already got the new LP guidebooks for travels I had intended to make later this year.Tony Wheeler (Lonely Planet)

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