Boeing 737 Max Gets a Lift With 200-Jet Order From British Airways Parent IAG

David Ryder  / Bloomberg

International Airlines Group signed a letter of intent for 200 Boeing 737 Max aircraft. Pictured is an airplane being built. David Ryder / Bloomberg

Skift Take: International Airlines CEO Willie Walsh likes a good deal. We’re guessing he found one here. Clearly he’s betting travelers have short memories.

— Brian Sumers

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American Airlines Union Dispute More Disruptive Than 737 Max Grounding

American Airlines

American Airlines maintenance technicians repair an overhead bin. The airline is in a labor dispute with its mechanics union. American Airlines

Skift Take: Big U.S. airlines have erased most of the ghosts from their past. They don’t engage in many market share battles or fare wars anymore. They don’t dump capacity. But they still have labor disputes with their unions. And those can be as disastrous to operations today as they were two or three decades ago.


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Travel Advisors School Affluent Clients on the Great American Road Trip

Richard Fox

A cattle drive at Bitterroot Ranch in Wyoming. Travel advisors say road trips are a great way to see the U.S. West. Richard Fox

Skift Take: As well-traveled Americans and international visitors look for their next adventures, travel advisors are pointing them to the allures of the open road. Fueled by an increase in high-end lodging options in the American West, more luxury travelers will shift gears and opt for driving rather than flying.

— Paul Biasco

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Hong Kong-Based Langham Is on the Prowl for Acquisitions in Europe

Langham Hospitality Group

Langham CEO Stefan Leser wants sustainable growth. Langham Hospitality Group

Skift Take: Langham has expanded in North America, China, and Australia, but not in Europe, where its acquisition of The Langham, London, gave it the brand. A new wave of development earmarks Europe as a priority, and the company wants to enter the resort space as well. But before all that can happen, it needs to further raise brand awareness.

— Raini Hamdi

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Skift Tech Forum: Shiji Helps Hotels Crack China Market With À La Carte Approach

Park Hyatt

Park Hyatt Paris-Vendôme is shown here. Hyatt has chosen Shiji Group’s Infrasys Cloud service to power many of its food and beverage outlets. Park Hyatt

Skift Take: Shiji is one of the world’s most fascinating hospitality tech companies. In this interview Kevin King, its chief operating officer, explains the company’s distinctive approach to the market.

— Sean O’Neill

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