Boeing’s Crisis Deepens as Flyadeal Becomes First Customer to Drop the 737 Max

Krisztian Bocsi  / Bloomberg

Assembly of the Airbus SE family of passenger jets Krisztian Bocsi / Bloomberg

Skift Take: So far, much of the damage to Boeing in the wake of the 737 Max crisis has been reputational to the plane manufacturer. But with Saudi Arabia’s Flyadeal reversing its commitment to buy 50 of the jets, Boeing’s balance sheet is now at risk.

— Rosie Spinks

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British Airways Faces $230 Million Fine Over Data Breach

Jason Alden  / Boomberg

British Airways aircraft. The airline faces a substantial fine. Jason Alden / Boomberg

Skift Take: When the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation came into force, everyone was wondering whether national regulators would have the guts to dish out substantial fines. This case shows the intention — at least in the United Kingdom — but it remains to be seen how much British Airways will actually have to pay.

— Patrick Whyte

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Underperforming Philippines Extends Tax Breaks to Attract Tourism Investors

Caryl Joan Estrosas, 2011, Flickr

Coron, Palawan, Philippines. Caryl Joan Estrosas, 2011, Flickr

Skift Take: Despite its beautiful beaches and fun people, the Philippines is a tourism underperformer in Southeast Asia. It keeps luring investors with tax breaks. Critics say may be it is better to prioritize peace and order instead. Both are required.

— Maria Stella F. Arnaldo

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2019 Innovators in Hospitality and Travel: Summer Edition

Capella Hotels

The living room of The Lodge at Capella Ubud in Bali. Capella Hotels is a luxury hotel brand to watch in 2019. Capella Hotels

Skift Take: Here are some of the most inspiring innovations in design, service, and guest experience in hospitality and travel so far this year. The more the industry can cross-pollinate, learn from others, and experiment, the better it will be.

— Colin Nagy

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Oyo Is Betting U.S. Strategy on Aggressive Dynamic Pricing

Oyo Hotels & Homes

An Oyo hotel opened in Killeen, Texas. earlier this year. The chain has 50 properties in the U.S. to date. Oyo Hotels & Homes

Skift Take: Oyo’s dynamic pricing strategy could turn out to be a bit of a double-edged sword in the U.S., where the company faces greater competition. On one hand occupancy is sure to go up for many of its hotel partners, but if a majority of rooms are booked last-minute at incredibly low prices, hotel managers can start enduring some losses.

— Danni Santana

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