U.S. Airlines Fear ‘Crushing’ Blow From Possible Domestic Travel Testing Requirements

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The U.S. is considering mandating a negative Covid-19 test for all domestic air travelers. Courtesy of United Airlines / United Airlines

Skift Take: The eagerly awaited recovery in air travel that airlines have talked up may arrive late to the gate if the U.S. mandates negative Covid-19 tests for all domestic air travelers. The potential move could set back recovery efforts underway in the beleaguered industry.

— Edward Russell

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Alaska Airlines’ Incoming CEO Hopes Vaccines Ease a Turbulent Initiation

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Alaska Airlines is betting people more people will travel this summer — if they get vaccines. Alaska Airlines

Skift Take: Ben Minicucci will assume the top job at Alaska Airlines in two months — not an optimal time for any CEO, let alone a new one. President Biden’s pledge for wider distribution of vaccines has Miniccuci and his exec team hopeful Alaska will see even more leisure travel demand pick up starting this spring.

— Madhu Unnikrishnan

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Accor Partners With Miami-Based Faena to Fuel Its Lifestyle Hotel Strategy

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Accor is partnering with Miami-based Faena on expanding the three-hotel company beyond Florida and South America (pictured: Pao, a restaurant at Faena Miami Beach). Faena

Skift Take: It may not be an outright acquisition, but Accor’s partnership with Faena further builds on the Paris-based hotel giant’s plan to be a leader in the trendy, lifestyle hotel sector coming out of the pandemic.

— Cameron Sperance

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Airlines May Actually Regain Some Pricing Power This Summer

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United Airlines CEO Scott Kirby expects a “very steep” jump in travel demand later this year. formulanone / Flickr

Skift Take: The rollout of Covid-19 vaccines has the airline industry looking toward an “inflection point” when the travel recovery takes off later this year. That spike in flyers could mean some sky-high fares but, after more than a year stuck at home, travelers may not care.

— Edward Russell

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