Marriott Data Breach Update and 5 Other Hospitality Trends This Week

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Marriott’s app on iOS allows check-in and mobile keys, depending on properties. The company said its recent data breach wasn’t quite as bad as originally thought. Skift

Skift Take: This week in hospitality, Marriott said its massive data breach wasn’t quite as bad as originally thought. Then, we have a long read on how hotels are navigating the rocky road of incorporating homesharing into their businesses.

— Sarah Enelow-Snyder

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Here’s How the U.S. Government Shutdown Is Hurting Aviation

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Delta Air Lines needs FAA inspectors to give final approval so it can add new Airbus A220s. Delta is supposed to begin flying passengers on them at the end of the month. Delta Air Lines

Skift Take: U.S. airlines take safety seriously, and their aircraft will remain safe whether or not FAA inspectors are working. But the aviation industry would operate much more efficiently if the government got back to work.

— Brian Sumers

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United CEO Wants More Business Class Seats in Jets Flying Transatlantic

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United soon will introduce a new subfleet with more business class seats than usual. Pictured is a Polaris business class seat. United Airlines

Skift Take: Today, United’s rationale makes sense. Premium demand in many markets is robust, and United could probably make more money with more seats to sell. But what happens if business class demand drops at some point?

— Brian Sumers

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Lufthansa Overtakes Air France as Europe’s Largest Airline After 14 Years

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Shown here is a logo presentation party at Lufthansa’s A380 hangar at Frankfurt Airport, featuring a Boeing 747-800. Lufthansa has overtaken Air France-KLM to become Europe’s biggest airline group. Germany has triumphed over the French and Dutch flag-carriers.
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Skift Take: Lufthansa last year beat Air France-KLM in passenger traffic. The German carrier partly achieved this after making the strategically brilliant move of assuming parts of troubled Air Berlin. But both European giants must constantly watch out for rising unit costs and falling unit revenues.

— Sean O’Neill

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Government Shutdown Leads to Closure of Joshua Tree National Park

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Destruction of its signature trees and driving off-road during the partial government shutdown have added to problems that will force popular Joshua Tree National Park to temporarily shut down this week. Krysta Fauria / Associated Press

Skift Take: Even with park supporters and local community members volunteering their services, the government shutdown is taking a big toll on some national parks.

— Sarah Enelow-Snyder

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Japan Rolls Out New Departure Tax Opposed by Airlines

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Japan says revenue from the tax will go towards infrastructure improvements. Flickr

Skift Take: No destination gets away uncriticized for imposing a tax on tourists. Japan is no exception, especially since the destination is loved by millions of tourists and it isn’t clear-cut why they are being taxed. But it’s unlikely tourists will say sayonara to Japan, say operators.

— Raini Hamdi

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