British Airways May No Longer Want More Superjumbo Jets

Airbus has made enhancements to the A380 to improve costs, a campaign it calls A380 plus. But even with the changes, few airlines are interested.

Skift Take: British Airways is one of the only airlines in the world that might want to take more Airbus A380s, if the price is right. Considering the narrow market, Airbus may have to make British Airways an offer it can’t refuse. Otherwise, the airline will look elsewhere for large jets.

— Brian Sumers

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Greyhound Struggles as Travelers Prefer Flights to Bus Rides

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A broken down Greyhound bus in Nevada. The bus company is struggling as costs mount and its vehicles age. Eva

Skift Take: Ridesharing and low-cost carriers alike have contributed to the decline of Greyhound, which boasts an aging fleet and outdated brand identity. It’ll probably be sold off to a private equity group and saddled with an onerous amount of debt sometime soon.

— Andrew Sheivachman

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The Exceptional Jet Singapore Airlines Will Use for the World’s Longest Flight

Singapore Airlines is the only customer for the Airbus A350LR, a special long-range aircraft with extra space in its fuel tanks. It will fly from Singapore to New York for its first route.

Skift Take: Singapore Airlines has unique needs. It wants to fly nonstop from Singapore to New York, and the route is so important for the airline that it’s willing to fly the jet with far fewer seats than it could otherwise hold. Not many other airlines are willing to make that tradeoff.

— Brian Sumers

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Air India Fails to Lure Any Bidders as Modi’s Privatization Plan Stalls

India has failed to secure any bidders for Air India.

Skift Take: The sale of Air India was supposed to be a cornerstone of Prime Minister Modi’s privatization effort. But nobody is interested. That’s not great news for the airline and probably worse news for Modi’s political future.

— Tom Lowry

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Labor Unions Threaten a Las Vegas Strike That Might Cost Casinos Millions

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In this May 22, 2018 photo, volunteer Jenifer Murias yells into a megaphone as Culinary Union members file into a university arena to vote on whether to authorize a strike in Las Vegas. The union representing thousands of Las Vegas casino workers says the two largest operators would lose more than $10 million a day combined if housekeepers, cooks, and others go on strike. The Culinary Union on Wednesday, May 30, 2018, released documents explaining how it thinks a one-month strike would impact MGM Resorts International and Caesars Entertainment. Isaac Brekken

Skift Take: Take the union numbers quoted in this article with a grain of salt, as their remarks may be inflated as a negotiating tactic. But there’s no doubt a labor strike could hurt Las Vegas resort groups.

— Sean O’Neill

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United Airlines Accused of Using TVs to Bash Unions

The United kitchen workers, who prep food for flights like the one pictured, say the airline is conspiring to keep them from joining a union.

Skift Take: Workers say United Airlines is on an anti-union tear. The company says it is merely trying to educate its employees. Either way, CEO Oscar Munoz finds himself and his airline all over social media yet again. And it’s not good.

— Tom Lowry

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Higher Fuel Prices Will Put a Profit Squeeze on Airlines

A Norwegian Boeing 737 Max 8 takes off from Edinburgh Airport. The airline only has a limited amount of fuel hedging in place.

Skift Take: Weak and unprofitable airlines can muddle along when fuel doesn’t cost much, but it’s a very different story when the price starts to rise. The International Air Transport Association thinks tougher times lie ahead.

— Patrick Whyte

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Lisbon’s Overtourism Lesson: Living Like a Local Is Not Enough

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A rare occurrence: Lisbon’s iconic tram 28 spotted empty after a long, crowded day. David April

Skift Take: Lisbon’s post-crisis evolution and corresponding tourism boom shows the dramatic impact and lasting ramifications of overtourism. Efforts have centered on sustainable tourism and limiting tourism’s potential negative impacts, but, in our view, the focus has been all wrong. Sustainable tourism should be about sustainable cultures, and we all have a role to play.

— Rebecca Stone

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