Southwest Airlines’ Pilot Union Sues Boeing Over Max Grounding

Southwest Airlines

The pilot union at Southwest Airlines has sued Boeing. It alleges the plane-maker withheld information about a feature that contributed to two fatal crashes within five months. Southwest Airlines

Skift Take: Boeing may have made some errors in the design and implementation of the 737 Max. But isn’t the wronged party the airline, not the pilot union? We’ll see what the legal system decides.

— Brian Sumers

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Shore Excursions Not Run by Cruise Lines Are a Hit With Passengers and Travel Advisors Alike

ShoreTrips

Barry and Julie Karp, owners of ShoreTrips, on a shore excursion in Mexico City. Passengers are increasingly looking for shore trips that are off-the-beaten-path and with smaller groups than cruise-led excursions. ShoreTrips

Skift Take: Independent shore excursions are proliferating, enabling passengers to avoid the crowds and travel advisors to earn commissions. With competition more intense, some cruise lines are attempting to improve their excursion offerings as a result.

— Maria Lenhart

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Saudi Arabia’s New Tourism Frontier Explained

InterContinental Hotels Group

InterContinental Al Jubail, one of 39 properties the chain has in operation in Saudi Arabia InterContinental Hotels Group

Skift Take: Businesses can’t resist the opportunities that a new frontier brings. In the case of Saudi Arabia, however, the gamble they take is whether tourists will actually go, given the kingdom’s poor image. The adage “build and they will come” is being tested.

— Raini Hamdi

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Ethiopian Airlines Ex-Engineer Says Records Breached After Boeing 737 Max Crash

Associated Press

Yonas Yeshanew, former chief engineer at Ethiopian Airlines, said maintenance records were falsified at the carrier. One of its Boeing 737 Max jets crashed in March 2019. Associated Press

Skift Take: Ethiopian Airlines is a highly regarded global airline with a strong safety record. But something is not right here. Regulators need to figure out what happened.

— Brian Sumers

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