Beleaguered Avianca Faces Two Bribery Probes

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Avianca airline majority shareholder German Efromovich laughs during a news conference in Bogota July 27, 2015. Jose Miguel Gomez / Reuters

Skift Take: One probe of Colombian airline Avianca is looking at whether a top executive took bribes from Airbus. Another probe is checking whether the airline gave free plane tickets to public officials in return for favors. Both stories are unfortunate distractions from the financial and strategic turnarounds that the company needs to be focusing on.

— Sean O’Neill

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Where Does Delta’s CEO Stand on the Recline Vs. No-Recline Seat Debate? Now We Know


CEO Ed Bastian speaking to Skift Airline Weekly Editor Madhu Unnikrishnan on stage at Skift Global Forum in New York City on September 18, 2019. Skift

Skift Take: It’s always been a hot button issue aboard planes, but the debate of whether to recline or not to recline your seat resurfaced this past week. Delta’s Ed Bastian found himself in the crosshairs of that argument. He was upright with his answer, and apparently in his seat, too.

— Tom Lowry

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Group Tours Banned From Amsterdam Red-Light District Windows

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A mob of tourists gather around a window in Amsterdam’s red light district. Peter Dejong / Associated Press

Skift Take: Amsterdam has banned guided tours from approaching red-light district windows to better protect sex workers from mobs of leering tourists. It’s a common sense restriction that still allows groups to explore the area.

— Andrew Sheivachman

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Hilton Predicts Ongoing Impact From Coronavirus and 9 Other Top Hospitality Stories This Week

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The Hilton Wenan is one of the company’s China properties affected by the coronavirus outbreak. Hilton Hotels and Resorts

Skift Take: This week in hospitality news, the far-reaching impact of coronavirus on the industry is becoming clearer, with Hilton CEO predicting business to be affected for up to a year after closing hundreds of hotels in China. Plus, Vacasa’s CEO steps aside as company looks to go public.

— Danielle Hyams

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