AirAsia Deputy CEO Confident That Becoming Amazon of Travel Is ‘Very Doable’

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Aireen Omar, the deputy group CEO of the AirAsia Group for technology and digital, speaks with Skift Airline Weekly Editor Madhu Unnikrishnan at Skift Asia Forum in Singapore on May 27, 2019. Richard Lai / Skift

Skift Take: Lots of companies have plenty of data at their disposal to improve operations and personalize services. Whether AirAsia has the wherewithal to become a much broader e-commerce platform is a very open question.

— Dennis Schaal

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Fosun Exec Does Not Rule Out Buying Thomas Cook

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Fosun Tourism Group CEO Qian Jiannong speaking with Skift Asia Editor Raini Hamdi at Skift Forum Asia on May 27, 2019. Qian said he remains keen on Fosun’s investment in Thomas Cook. Richard Lai / Skift

Skift Take: Fosun says a major path to its future is through acquisitions. But Qian Jiannong wouldn’t tip his hand on Thomas Cook. It sure feels like a bigger deal is in the works.

— Tom Lowry

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Rosewood Hotel CEO Demands ‘Sense of Place’ in Each Property

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Rosewood Hotel Group CEO Sonia Cheng (left) speaking with Skift Asia Editor Raini Hamdi at Skift Forum Asia on May 27, 2019. Cheng Richard Lai / Skift

Skift Take: An ambitious expansion strategy won’t stop Rosewood from tailoring each of its 21 planned properties to the cities they’re in. CEO Sonia Cheng says localization is a critical differentiator for Rosewood. Cheng talked about bringing a sense of place each of Rosewood properties.

— Madhu Unnikrishnan

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United President Warns New Low-Cost Carriers Can’t Control Their Business Model

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United Airlines President Scott Kirby (left) spoke with Skift Editor in Chief Tom Lowry at Skift Forum Asia in Singapore May 27. Kirby vows to take on low cost carriers in a more aggressive way. Skift

Skift Take: Network airlines have long sought to drive out low-cost carriers by matching fares in certain markets. But now, equipped with basic economy fares and other options, United Airlines’ Kirby vows to match the fares of new entrants in a much more rigorous way.

— Dennis Schaal

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