Boeing May Have Software Problems Beyond the 737 Max

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Aircraft throttle on a Boeing 737 Max. Dimas Ardian / Bloomberg

Skift Take: The software system that caused two 737 Max crashes — MCAS — is well-known by now, and a fix is said to be under way. But Boeing may have even larger problems on its hands if reports of additional software problems on its next generation jets are verified.

— Rosie Spinks

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New Accor and Air France-KLM Loyalty Partnership Raises Bar For Targeting Biz Travelers

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An Air France Boeing 777-200 F-GSPE Olivier Cabaret / Flickr

Skift Take: Like a similar program now in place between American and Hyatt, the partnership between Accor and Air France-KLM aims to share customers between similar target markets. Unlike it’s American cousin though, this partnership is open to all loyalty tiers.

— Grant Martin

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Alaska Air Exec Says Technology Makes or Breaks a Merger

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Charu Jain, chief information officer of Alaska Airlines, spoke Thursday with Skift’s Madu Unnikrishnan at the Skift Tech Forum. She has been focused on merger integration issues. Skift

Skift Take: Alaska Airlines’ merger integration for technology has been nearly flawless. That’s great news, but the company has been so focused on it that it hasn’t been doing much digital innovation. Let’s see if that changes soon.

— Brian Sumers

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Marriott Exec: We Want to Be Involved in Travel Beyond 4 Walls of a Hotel

Marriott’s Chief Global Commercial Officer Stephanie Linnartz (left) onstage at the second annual Skift Tech Forum in San Francisco on June 27, 2019.

Skift Take: Marriott strategy to becoming part of the customers’ entire travel journey, from booking to checkout, is heavily tied to its Bonvoy loyalty program. The more kinds of offerings the company offers, the more likely it will get what it wants.

— Danni Santana

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Brexit Back in Focus For Travel Industry With Prime Minister Race Raising New Questions

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Boris Johnson, one of the two candidates to become the new leader of the Conservative Party and therefore the new UK Prime Minister. The UK’s new departure date is October 31. Darren Staples / Bloomberg

Skift Take: After granting a Brexit extension, EU leaders urged the UK not to waste this extra time – but that is precisely what politicians have done. Talk of leaving without a deal has grown in recent weeks and that should terrify travel businesses even those who would enjoy a boost in inbound visitors.

— Patrick Whyte

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