Delta Air Lines Revenue Forecast Cut Spooks Investors

Bloomberg

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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Hotels Finally Embrace Homesharing: Now What?

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A home listing from Onefinestay. Parent company AccorHotels has struggled to make its investment in the luxury homesharing platform profitable since acquiring it in 2016. Onefinestay/AccorHotels

Skift Take: Just as challenging as it is for Airbnb to offer more hotel-like options, it seems in some ways even more daunting for hotel companies to start offering more Airbnb-like accommodations.

— Deanna Ting

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Can Norwegian Air Survive?

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Norwegian Air, which flies the Boeing 787 seen here, will have a slow first quarter. PeS-Photo / Flickr

Skift Take: We suspect Norwegian Air, which is in weaker financial shape than most passengers might expect, will survive 2019. But the first quarter will be an important harbinger of things to come. It’s always a rough period for European airlines because leisure demand is slow.

— Brian Sumers

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Southwest Airlines Drops One of Its Wi-Fi Providers

Southwest Airlines

Southwest will no longer use Panasonic Avionics as one of its Wi-Fi providers. Pictured is the interior of a Boeing 737-800. Southwest Airlines

Skift Take: Southwest has been stingy with the details here. Why did it sever a contract with one of its two Wi-Fi providers? Was it because the platform had spotty service? Or was there another reason?

— Brian Sumers

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