Summer Storm Delays and 11 Other Aviation Trends This Week

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When summer storms hit, airlines have to make judgment calls about which flights to reschedule and how. American Airlines

Skift Take: This week in aviation, flyers might be able to get ahead of summer storms by understanding how airlines rearrange their schedules. Plus Ryanair named its forthcoming CEO for the main airline, Spirit upgraded its seats, and United miles will no longer expire.

— Sarah Enelow-Snyder

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Mexico’s Interjet Owes $27 Million in Back Taxes, Blames Russian-Made Jets


Mexico’s Interjet is in “technical bankruptcy” because of several bad bets. Pictured are the airline’s jets. Bloomberg

Skift Take: Airbus and Boeing jets don’t make the cheapest airplanes. But there’s a reason airlines buy them over lower-priced alternatives. Both manufacturers not only make a strong product but also stand behind the aircraft when things go wrong. The same can’t be said of Sukhoi, maker of the Superjet.

— Brian Sumers

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United to Keep Boeing 737 Max Fleet Grounded Through Mid-December

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A Boeing 737 Max 9 jet. United Airlines is removing the Boeing 737 Max from its schedule until Dec. 19, 2019. David Ryder / Bloomberg

Skift Take: It’s not surprising that United Airlines is removing the Boeing 737 Max from its schedule until December 19. It’s a smart call — Southwest just made a similar move. The whole industry is waiting for Boeing to deliver a long-promised software fix to restore trust in the airplane.

— Sean O’Neill

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Cathay Warns Staff to Steer Clear of Planned Protests Next Week

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Protesters at Hong Kong airport. Cathay Pacific Airways warned employees not to take part in a Hong Kong general strike planned for next week. Kyle Lam / Bloomberg

Skift Take: More planned protests next week — bad for Hong Kong tourism, and worse for Cathay, which has become a symbol of the danger companies face in Hong Kong as they seek to avoid angering Beijing.

— Raini Hamdi

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Labor Day Travel Plans: Anywhere But Florida

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Central Florida residents wait in line to buy propane in preparation for hurricane Dorian. This Labor Day weekend, storm is set to hit Florida’s east coast, somewhere along what’s essentially the entire length of the state. Gerardo Mora / Getty Images

Skift Take: Hurricane Dorian is expected to hit Florida over the holiday weekend; travelers are scrambling to alter their plans ahead of it. Hospitality revenue will take a hit as hotels slash rates, even as they become a refuge for regional residents. But discounting rates is the right thing to do.

— Rosie Spinks

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Australia’s Uluru Sees Bright Future From Visitors Interested in More Than a Rock

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Ayers Rock, or Uluru, is an Australian tourism icon. October 26, 2019, marks the start of a ban against climbing the iconic monolith, which is sacred to the Anangu people. Mario Vecchi / Flickr

Skift Take: All roads lead to Uluru, even after October 26 when a ban to climb “The Rock” is put into effect. Customers are changing, a reason why it should be all be rock-steady for the red desert in Australia’s Northern Territory long after the ban is enforced.

— Raini Hamdi

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