Ryanair Pauses Payments to Boeing Due to 737 Max Setback


Boeing 737 Max planes at the company’s manufacturing facility in Renton, Washington. Bloomberg

Skift Take: CEO Michael O’Leary said deliveries of the troubled Boeing Max 737 could slip another couple of months to around March 2020. At this rate, O’Leary may choose to retire before Ryanair takes possession of the revamped aircraft.

— Sean O’Neill

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New Owner Airbnb Will Not Dilute the HotelTonight Brand, CEO of Booking App Says


Sam Shank (left), Airbnb head of hotels and HotelTonight CEO, speaks at Skift Global Forum in New York City on Sept. 19, 2019. Skift

Skift Take: Airbnb’s focus on adding independent hotels instead of all-and-sundry is a smart approach. The vacation rentals company made more than $1 billion in revenue for the second quarter and intends to go public during 2020. It can’t afford to meddle with the model.

— Raini Hamdi

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Is India the New China for Tourist-Hungry Destinations?

Luxury Lodges of Australia

A traveler lounges in the private terrace of The Louise, Barossa Valley, Australia. Australia has become too dependent on Chinese inbound travelers, and now it’s reckoning with a tourist slump. Luxury Lodges of Australia

Skift Take: India is becoming the boat that lifts Asia-Pacific destinations that have become too dependent on China outbound travel, which is sputtering. Australia is a good example of this.

— Raini Hamdi

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