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United Airlines Will Remain Half Its Size Until Vaccine Is Widely Distributed: CEO

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United Airlines will remain at 45 percent of its earlier size until a vaccine is widely distributed, its CEO said Tuesday at Skift Global Forum. Skift

Skift Take: United expects to remain half its size till the end of next year, when CEO Scott Kirby thinks a vaccine will be widely available. But will it be in a position to respond quickly to demand if the company is forced to lay off tens of thousands of employees?

— Madhu Unnikrishnan

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Accor CEO Says Corporate Reorg Has Nothing To Do With Covid Impact Despite Massive Layoffs

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Accor CEO Sebastien Bazin says a recent corporate overhaul has less to do with the pandemic and more to do with the final stage of a five-year business plan. Elisa.rolle / Wikimedia

Skift Take: The global pandemic still impacted Accor’s recent corporate restructuring, whether the company sees it that way or not.

— Cameron Sperance

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Pandemic and Competitors’ Struggles Put JetBlue on Offense During Crisis

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Tailfins of JetBlue’s A320 Airbus. The airline is going on offense during the pandemic to seize on opportunities. Skift

Skift Take: While its competitors are struggling with the collapse in business-travel demand, JetBlue’s focus on leisure travelers has been a source of (relative) strength. The airline is flouting conventional wisdom and expanding in its competitors’ hubs.

— Madhu Unnikrishnan

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