American Airlines Ponders Airbus Narrowbody in Blow to Boeing

American Airlines

American Airlines already flies a shorter range Airbus A321, like the one pictured here. It may want a longer range version. American Airlines

Skift Take: Several U.S. airlines say they’re interested in what Boeing plans to replace the 757 and 767. But Boeing is moving slowly — its attention is elsewhere now — and airlines may be getting antsy. Some carriers may be taking the Airbus A321XLR more seriously than they otherwise might.

— Brian Sumers

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What If Accor Acquires Oyo?

Oyo Hotels and Homes.

The Oyo 101 Click Hotel, Dubai. Global presence is one of Oyo’s advantages. Oyo Hotels and Homes.

Skift Take: A full-blown acquisition or a stake in a tech-focused budget hotel player by a global hotel chain will be yet another strange development in the hospitality industry. But as we’ve seen, nothing is really strange anymore. This is an interesting development to watch, as the implications can be far-reaching.

— Raini Hamdi

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The Man Who Puts the Sparkle in the Baccarat Hotel

Baccarat Hotel

Anthony Benitez is a glass attendant at the Baccarat Hotel in New York City. The hotel, which showcases Baccarat crystal, would not be what it is without his attention to the highest standard of excellence. Baccarat Hotel

Skift Take: When your brand is all about high-quality, custom-crafted crystal, you’d better be sure that the message shines throughout any product extensions. To uphold and safeguard Baccarat’s identity, enter the glass attendant.

— Laura Powell

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Selling U.S. Tourism in Trump Era Leaves Industry Grasping for Fixes

U.S. Travel

Roger Dow, the president and CEO of U.S. Travel, addressing the crowd this week at the IPW conference in Anaheim, California. U.S. Travel

Skift Take: During the past couple of years, American government policies have been smearing the welcome mat that the U.S. travel industry tries to roll out for international tourists. As one U.S. Travel official noted this week: “Travel will go where it’s easiest to go.” And these days coming to America is not easy.

— Laura Powell

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