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Wow Air Looks to Outside Investment to Help Accelerate Growth

- 10 November 2017
Tiny Wow Air has big plans. Skúli Mogensen, the founder and CEO of the Icelandic low-cost carrier, wants to double the number of passengers flying with the airline from to six million by 2020, but to do that he might need some help. The airline, which has become renowned for its eye-catchingly cheap (although that’s disputed) transatlantic flights, uses Iceland as a base to fly passengers between North America and Europe.
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Will Travelers Buy Singapore Air's New Suites? - Airline Innovation Report

- 10 November 2017
Singapore Airlines unveiled its new suite last week — it looks more like a miniature hotel room than an airplane cabin — and I flew thousands of miles to be there when the curtain dropped.
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NCL Boss Predicts New Cuba Rules Are Good for Cruise Lines

- 9 November 2017
With new regulations limiting what Americans can do in Cuba and where they can stay, Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings president and CEO Frank Del Rio said Thursday the cruise industry stands to benefit.
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Vietnam Airlines Wants Foreign Carriers to Grab Stakes for Expansion

- 9 November 2017
Vietnam Airlines Corp. will offer more shares to foreign investors, including possibly another airline, as it prepares a listing on the Ho Chi Minh City Stock Exchange next year and the government plans to cut its holdings to 51 percent.
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Germany Will Get World's First Hydrogen-Powered Trains in 2021

- 9 November 2017
Commuters in northern Germany will be able to travel on the world’s first hydrogen-powered trains in four years’ time. French engineering giant Alstom says it has signed an agreement to deliver 14 fuel-cell trains to LNVG, a rail company in Germany’s Lower Saxony state. The trains will begin operating on routes between Cuxhaven, Bremerhaven, Bremervoerde and Buxtehude from December 2021.
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Royal Caribbean Bookings Bounced Back After Costliest Hurricane Season

- 8 November 2017
Just a few months ago, Royal Caribbean Cruises chairman and CEO Richard Fain marveled at how well the year was going. “In a normal year, we have a lot of pluses and minuses and they usually balance each other out,” he told analysts. “But this year, we are experiencing many more positive forces than negative ones.”
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What Can Airlines Can Learn From Amazon, Google and Uber About Dynamic Pricing?

- 8 November 2017
Amazon, Google, and Uber. What do these companies have in common? And more importantly, what can your airline learn from them? The airline industry is vastly different from the sharing economy platforms and online retailers of the world, but there’s a lot to be learned from these players about effective pricing strategies. In fact, the majority of the leading digital companies out there use dynamic pricing as a solution when supply is scarce.
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What Can Airlines Learn From Amazon, Google and Uber About Dynamic Pricing?

- 8 November 2017
Amazon, Google, and Uber. What do these companies have in common? And more importantly, what can your airline learn from them? The airline industry is vastly different from the sharing economy platforms and online retailers of the world, but there’s a lot to be learned from these players about effective pricing strategies. In fact, the majority of the leading digital companies out there use dynamic pricing as a solution when supply is scarce.
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Air France-KLM Move to a Spend-Based Loyalty Program In 2018

- 8 November 2017
Flying Blue, the loyalty program used by Air France, KLM and a handful of smaller carriers, will get a significant overhaul in 2018. On April 1, the carriers plan to move to a revenue-based loyalty program where passengers earn award miles as a function of spend and must qualify for elite status with new distance-based “Experience Points.”
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Business Class Must-Haves That Airlines Neglect at Their Peril

- 7 November 2017
I wrote recently about the role of first class in the world. Many carriers are emphasizing their dense, moneymaking business-class configurations, and the first-class product is becoming more rare. It makes sense that they are doubling down, but as a result, there are some new imperatives for first class. It will require more innovation, thinking, and design to justify the price.
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Flyers at Atlanta Airport Bankroll Vendors Who Spend Big on City Elections

- 6 November 2017
Travelers moving through the world’s busiest airport probably don’t know they’re feeding the quiet financial engine of Atlanta politics when they drop their money on the Kentucky bourbon on Concourse T, the peppered goat cheese and honey on F, or the neck pillow and paperback thriller on C.

British Airways Hints at Disrupting Its Loyalty Program in 2018

- 6 November 2017
British Airways may be moving award bookings through its Executive Club to dynamic pricing, shifting the way that loyalty program members redeem free tickets. The move may render an already-troubled loyalty program to something even less competitive for elite flyers.-Grant

Qatar Air Spends $662 Million on Stake in Cathay Pacific

- 6 November 2017
Given Cathay Pacific's recent struggles, airline investors had been pushing for a merger with rival (and shareholder) Air China. Qatar Airways' surprise investment means Cathay's independence will likely be preserved, at least in the short term.-Patrick
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Bain Looking to Buy $500 Million Seaplane Operator in the Maldives

- 5 November 2017
Bain Capital LP is in the final stages of bidding for Blackstone Group LP’s seaplane operator in the Maldives, the tropical island chain known for its white sand and turquoise waters, according to people familiar with the matter.
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When Hacking an Airline Upgrade Consider a Smile and a Blazer

- 4 November 2017
Ever wonder how airlines decide who gets a seat upgrade on flights? Airlines say it’s strictly by the book: Loyal customers are rewarded based on their status in frequent flyer programs. But some flyers insist that once in a while, they get upgraded even when they’ve bought the cheapest seat. AirfareWatchdog.com founder George Hobica, in an interview with the AP Travel podcast “Get Outta Here,” even suggests that how you dress and act could give you an edge.
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The Calculated Faux Marketing of Premium Air Travel

- 3 November 2017
It can be fascinating — and frustrating — to see how premium airline products get marketed, how the media covers launches, and the ever-increasing role of influencers in propagating brand messages through perfectly stylized Instagram posts.
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Virgin Voyages Sharpens Its Focus With Adult-Only Cruise Plan

- 3 November 2017
Bucking a cruise industry trend, newcomer Virgin Voyages says it has no interest in catering to families with kids — at least for its first ship. The operator, set to launch its first ship in 2020, announced the “Adult By Design” concept which will only allow passengers who are 18 and older. The announcement came this week during a ceremony marking the start of construction for the vessel, the first of three on order. The company also said 86 percent of cabins would have a balcony and 93 percent would have an ocean view.
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Brazil Ridesharing Battle Heats Up With New Restrictions Likely

- 2 November 2017
Thousands of drivers from Uber and cabbies faced off in Brazil’s capital Tuesday as the Senate considered imposing new regulations that the ride-sharing app said would sink its business in its second-largest market worldwide.
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American Airlines CEO Meets with NAACP About Discrimination

- 2 November 2017
American Airlines says its CEO had a positive meeting with leaders of the NAACP and a Women’s March activist who accused the airline of racial discrimination in kicking her off a flight. The airline said Tuesday that CEO Doug Parker and a senior vice president met with NAACP President Derrick Johnson, activist Tamika Mallory and others in Washington.
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Singapore Airlines Unveils a Massive First-Class Suite to Compete with Gulf Rivals

- 2 November 2017
When Singapore Airlines introduced its first suite in 2007, coinciding with the inaugural Airbus A380 passenger flight, it was a big deal. No airline had ever put a double bed on an airplane, and the product, with its opulent leather compartments, was so novel journalists asked if the airline would bar passengers from having sex on board.
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The Real Impetus Behind Air France's Millennial-Focused Startup - Skift Airline Innovation Report

- 2 November 2017
We’ve covered airlines from day one at Skift, but today we take our coverage and analysis to the next level with the launch of our weekly Skift Airline Innovation Report. The newsletter, which will pop into your inbox on Wednesdays, will be written and curated by me, and it revolves around the business of airline innovation. We will look closely at the technological, financial, and design trends at airlines and airports that are driving the next-gen aviation industry.
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Launching Our New Weekly Newsletter: Airline Innovation Report

- 1 November 2017
We’ve covered airlines from day one at Skift, but today we take our coverage and analysis to the next level with the launch of our weekly Skift Airline Innovation Report. The newsletter, which will pop into your inbox on Wednesdays, will be written and curated by Skift airline business reporter Brian Sumers, and it revolves around the business of airline innovation.
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Interview: Air France-KLM CEO on Millennials and Unions of All Kinds

- 1 November 2017
You might say Air France hit its nadir in October 2015, when photographs and videos emerged of the airline’s head of human relations, nearly shirtless after protestors yanked at his clothing, being boosted over a fence by security officers. They were helping him escape from a mob, upset the airline planned to fire nearly 3,000 flight attendants, pilots and ground crew employees.
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SpiceJet Is Buying Seaplanes to Reach Indian Areas That Other Airlines Can't

- 31 October 2017
The next sales pitch for one of the world’s fastest-growing airlines may turn out to be: No runway? No problem! SpiceJet Ltd., an Indian budget carrier that’s seen its stock zoom 10-fold in three years, wants to open up the third-biggest aviation market even more. That means targeting the billion Indians who’ve never flown before, either because they can’t afford it or because they don’t live near a functioning airport.
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U.S. Airlines Are Seeing Higher Costs Eat Into Profits

- 30 October 2017
America’s passenger carriers have discovered that it’s getting more expensive to run an airline these days. While summertime profits were fine, and travel demand remains robust, a number of airlines are facing higher bills from a variety of factors: labor contracts, significant airport renovation projects, technology spending and fleet upgrades. The increase in expenses is creeeping into 2018 and threatens to spoil higher revenues just as executives are crowing about how they will keep fares up for the holidays.
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Air France-KLM CEO Touts His Millennial-Focused Airline That's Really for Everyone

- 30 October 2017
When Air France’s introduced its new lower-cost brand, Joon, over the summer, it promised the first airline designed for millennials, marketing it as a “fashion brand, a rooftop bar, an entertainment channel, a personal assistant,” along with transportation.

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