British Airways Parent’s Boeing 737 Max Order Is Prompted by More Than Just Price: CEO

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Willie Walsh, CEO International Airlines group. Akos Stiller / Bloomberg

Skift Take: When British Airways parent company IAG announced the order of Boeing 737 Maxes at the Paris Air Show last month, many saw it as a decision motivated by cost and fleet diversification. It turns out, CEO Willie Walsh was unimpressed with Airbus, too.

— Rosie Spinks

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Hotel Startup Life House’s Hedge: Selling Its Own Tech as Well as Rooms

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Life House’s Little Havana hotel in Miami. The hotelier plans to have 10 hotels opened by year’s end. Life House

Skift Take: The lifestyle hotel space has gotten very crowded, especially over the last 18 months. But it appears Life House has a viable fallback plan in place in case expansion plans don’t work out.

— Danni Santana

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Visa Policies Fail to Keep Up With India’s Growing Travel Market

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Indian travelers in Kolkata, India. Australia’s onerous application process has led to visa processing delays. Bikas Das / The Associated Press

Skift Take: Most countries are still prejudiced against the Indian passport. That’s a shame. Indian travelers are a legitimate, growing source for the global tourism industry. Thailand understands that; Australia not yet. Maybe it’ll take a cricket match to change that.

— Raini Hamdi

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