Etihad Airways Is Reeling as It Needs a $600 Million Loan to Buy Planes


Etihad Airways is reaching out to banks to finance unfilled orders for planes. Bloomberg

Skift Take: It was only a few years ago that American, United and Delta were lobbying hard to block incursions by Gulf carriers. Stung by a Saudi Arabia boycott of the United Arab Emirates and its own non-alliance alliance strategy, Etihad Airways is hurting a bunch.

— Dennis Schaal

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Travel Advisors With LGBTQ Clients Need to Know Local Norms

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Jose Guerrero, left, and Patrick Rodriguez chat before their wedding ceremony in West Hollywood, California on July 1, 2013. Travel advisors need to know where it is safe to travel for their LGBTQ clients. Jae C. Hong / Associated Press

Skift Take: LGBTQ consumers are a particularly well-traveled and high-spending business source for travel advisors. Serving them requires knowledge and sensitivity about their preferences, as well as the legal and cultural landscape in various destinations.

— Maria Lenhart

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Travel Advisors Serving LGBTQ Travelers Must Know All the Nuances

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Members of San Diego, California’s LGBT community and supporters celebrated decisions by the U.S Supreme Court seen as victories for gay marriage rights in 2013. David Poller / Zumba Press/Corbis

Skift Take: Travel advisors serving the LGBTQ community need to be familiar with norms and laws affecting their clients in destinations around the globe. That doesn’t mean banning every unfriendly destination, but does require knowing how to deal with them.

— Paul Biasco

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