Court Revives US Airways Antitrust Case and 5 Other Aviation Trends This Week

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U.S. Airways jets are seen at Reagan National Airport in Washington on July 12, 2013. US Airways has ongoing antitrust litigation with Sabre. Larry Downing / Reuters

Skift Take: This week in aviation, a federal appeals court delivered a setback in antitrust litigation between US Airways and Sabre. Then the CEO of IATA said taxes aren’t going to help curb carbon emissions — the solution may lie in subsidizing biofuel.

— Sarah Enelow-Snyder

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Tokyo’s Iconic Okura Hotel Is Back With $1 Billion Makeover

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The Okura Tokyo has reopened in time for the 2020 Olympics, featuring a brand-new lobby, upgraded facilities, and design that pays homage to the city’s past. Akio Kon / Bloomberg

Skift Take: The famed hotel is best known for hosting foreign leaders, including U.S. presidents. But the rebuild, featuring two new buildings, also offers owners the opportunity to benefit from other mixed-use real estate developments scheduled in the area.

— Danni Santana

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The Rise and Fall of Iceland and 12 Other Tourism Trends This Week

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Visitors at the Blue Lagoon in Iceland, a popular tourist site. The country has seen a decline in international arrivals so far this year. Gordon Cheung / Flickr

Skift Take: This week in tourism, don’t miss our deep dive on the impressive boom and troublesome bust of Iceland’s tourism industry since the 2008 financial crisis. This long read is an essential follow-up on our previous investigation of Iceland’s rise three years ago.

— Sarah Enelow-Snyder

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Airbus’ Next-Gen Smart Aircraft Tracks Your Bathroom Breaks

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Smart overhead bins. Airbus sees a big market in digitally aware cabins that may speed your flight — and save airlines lots of money. Patrick T. Fallon / Bloomberg

Skift Take: At two annual conferences, executives from Boeing and Airbus love to talk about the aircraft of the future. They drop buzz phrases like “internet of things.” And yet, as travelers know, the aircraft cabin changes very little, year after year. Airlines are not big risk takers. They like what has always worked.

— Brian Sumers

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Skift Global Forum Preview: Vacasa Dominates Vacation Rentals With Acquisitions and Digital Tech

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Pictured here is the front enterance of a Vacasa home rental in Scottsdale, Arizona. Vacasa’s focus on acquisitions and its proprietary technology are driving its market growth. Vacasa

Skift Take: The hospitality industry is still working to figure out the vacation home rental market. Vacasa, the market leader in the space with respect to total managed properties, may just have a leg up on the competition.

— Danni Santana

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Embraer Looks to Sell Its Newest Jets Outside of the United States

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Embraer has built an updated model of its popular E175. But U.S. regional carriers cannot fly it on behalf of major airlines because of collective bargaining issues. Embraer

Skift Take: Poor Embraer. It has built an impressive new machine U.S. airlines should love. But American Eagle, United Express and Delta Connection cannot fly the E175-E2, because of tricky collective bargaining issues.

— Brian Sumers

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