Hotels Embrace Role as Curators of Niche Products

Nick Simonite

At Hotel Saint Cecilia in Austin, Texas, the lobby also serves as retail store for unique items like its limited-edition Roux St. James fragrances, made with flowers culled from the hotel garden. Nick Simonite

Skift Take: As brands struggle to break through with consumers, they need to consider introducing themselves within the environs of hotels. It’s a means to create a new relationship in a contextual way. And hospitality brands have a huge opportunity to introduce tastemakers to up-and-coming products.

— Colin Nagy

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Emirates President Slams Airbus and Boeing for Lack of Reliability

Bloomberg

Emirates President Tim Clark said Wednesday he wants aircraft and engine manufacturers to make more reliable products. Bloomberg

Skift Take: Emirates President Tim Clark clearly had an agenda on Wednesday speaking with the media. He said he is tired of reliability challenges with new airplanes, and he wants suppliers to get their act together — quickly. Somebody had to say it.

— Brian Sumers

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Kenya Airways Wants a Better Deal From Air France-KLM Partnership

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A Kenya Airways bag tag. The carrier wants a better deal from its partnership with Air France-KLM. AMISOM Public Information / Flickr

Skift Take: The airline’s current partnership clearly isn’t working. Air France-KLM seems receptive to changing the existing terms, giving Kenya Airways the opportunity to seek out deals with other carriers.

— Patrick Whyte

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Why American Airlines Is Being Trounced by Its Rivals

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An American Airlines 737-800 approaching Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport. the company is lagging behind its rivals. airbus777 / Flickr

Skift Take: American Airlines has fallen behind its main U.S. rivals. Some of the operational issues are down to bad luck but Doug Parker clearly has a big task on his hands to turn things around.

— Patrick Whyte

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