Will a New Marriott-Expedia Contract Signal a Sea Change in the Direct Booking Wars?

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Marriott’s contract negotiations with Expedia may have a ripple effect on the relationship between online travel agencies and the greater hotel industry. Andrew Kelly / Reuters

Skift Take: Until the details are finalized, the jury’s still out on the impact of a Marriott-Expedia agreement. But suffice it to say, these frenemies still depend on one another.

— Deanna Ting

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Airbus Falls Just Short of Its Aircraft Delivery Goal for 2018

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Airbus had hoped to deliver 800 aircraft last year, but fell 10 planes short. Pictured is an Airbus factory floor. Bloomberg

Skift Take: Whether Airbus delivered 790 aircraft last year or 800 is probably immaterial. It’s a big number either way. But how long can this boom in aircraft manufacturing last? Surely not forever, right?

— Brian Sumers

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Delta Air Lines Revenue Forecast Cut Spooks Investors

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A passenger walks past Delta jets. Delta Air Lines issued a revenue warning on Thursday. Bloomberg

Skift Take: Investors in all sectors are on edge. But that’s especially true for airlines, as the industry has an impressive history of losses during harsh economic times. Given the consolidation of the past decade, we suspect U.S. airlines are in better shape to handle a downturn than before. But we’ll need a crisis before we know for sure.

— Brian Sumers

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Tropical Storm Disrupts Thailand’s Peak Tourism Season

Samantha Teo

Photo by a tourist currently on Chaweng Beach showing operators protecting their restaurants from impending storm with sandbags. Samantha Teo

Skift Take: Just as it is recovering from heavy drops in Chinese visitors, Thailand has to count more losses as a powerful storm barrels through the south, where its popular beaches at this time are usually filled with Europeans seeking sunny days.

— Raini Hamdi

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