Thomas Cook’s Rivals Snap Up Its Assets and 5 Other Top Aviation Stories This Week

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Closed Thomas Cook Store in Maidstone. Brands are divvying up the former company’s European businesses. John K. Thorne / Flickr

Skift Take: This week in aviation, there are plenty of spoils from the collapse of Thomas Cook, and now rival brands are scrambling to scoop them up. Meanwhile, Australian online travel agency Luxury Escapes is growing at a rapid pace, and it’s piquing the interest of some major potential investors.

— Jasmine Ganaishlal

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Southwest Airlines Prepares to Return Boeing 737 Max to Service

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Southwest Airlines has a methodical approach for returning the 737 Max (pictured) to service. The jets are now in storage. Southwest Airlines

Skift Take: Southwest is good at the public relations game. Its executives know they can’t rush the Max back into service. They plan a coordinated effort to show the public it’s safe.

— Brian Sumers

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What’s Ahead for the Next Gen of U.S. Hotel Franchisees?

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Marriott International, the largest hotel company in the world, owns only about 20 of its more than 7,000 hotels worldwide. Marriott International

Skift Take: Big hotel chains like Marriott, Hilton, and others are moving increasingly to an asset-light strategy, signing on more franchisees. Many are still owned by individuals and families: How diverse and adaptable will the next generation of hotel owners be?

— Nancy Trejos

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