Southwest May Share Boeing Max Compensation With Employees

Bloomberg

Southwest Air expects to receive compensation from Boeing for the Max groundings and may share some of it with employees, CEO Gary Kelly said. Pictured are two Southwest jets. Bloomberg

Skift Take: Don’t expect other airlines to copy Southwest. But the airline is producing less operating income this year than expected because it can’t fly the Boeing 737 Max. That means employees are earning slightly less in profit sharing, so it makes sense Southwest might share some of its restitution from Boeing with workers.

— Brian Sumers

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Guam Accelerates Tourism Sector Development with First-of-Its-Kind Conference

Guam Visitors Bureau

Attendees at the #instaGuam Travel Talks conference discuss the future of digital distribution and the accommodation sector. Guam Visitors Bureau

Skift Take: The U.S. territory of Guam is aiming to become the next Sun Valley of travel technology, with a creative forum that brings together tour operators and heavyweights like Airbnb, Booking, and United Airlines. Here’s a closer look at the premiere edition of this innovative summit.

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British Airways Forced to Cancel Most Flights After Pilot Walkout

Nick Morrish  / British Airways

A British Airways Airbus A318 tailfin at London City Airport. The carrier has been forced to ground most of its flights because of a pilot strike. Nick Morrish / British Airways

Skift Take: Passengers will no doubt be furious but British Airways had little choice. The airline will have to come up with a better offer if it wants to avert further strikes.

— Patrick Whyte

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Russia Is Relaxing Its Restrictive Visa Regimes for Tourists: Why Now?

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Nikolskaya Street in Moscow, decorated for the 2018 World Cup. Andreas / Flickr

Skift Take: Russia wants to be seen as a global power and attract all the foreign investment that comes with that. After years of restrictive visa regimes, it seems to finally be accepting that tourism is a great tool to facilitate that.

— Rosie Spinks

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IATA CEO Wants Help, Not New Taxes in Bid to Cut Airline Emissions

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The sun and an aircraft. The CEO of IATA wants government help not new taxes. Bernal Saborio / Flickr

Skift Take: If governments are serious about reducing the environmental impact of aviation, they may have to make biofuels a more attractive alternative. However, this might come at the cost of taxing ordinary jet fuel, something that will likely upset a lot of airlines.

— Patrick Whyte

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