Marriott CFO Refuses to Detail Potential Financial Impact of Hack

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The Marriott Marquis hotel in San Diego, Calif. Peter Kaminski / Flickr

Skift Take: This hack is going to be extremely costly for Marriott, with costs inflated by whatever fines handed down by European regulators for privacy violations. One has to wonder whether an event like this was covered in Marriott’s agreement to purchase Starwood, too.

— Andrew Sheivachman

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UK Regulator Seeks to Force Ryanair to Compensate Strike-Hit Flyers

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A Ryanair aircraft on the tarmac at Dublin’s international airport. Ryanair is facing legal action from Britain’s aviation regulator after the discount carrier refused to pay compensation to passengers for strike disruption. Chris Ratcliffe / Bloomberg

Skift Take: The Civil Aviation Authority’s move to consider an enforcement action comes after the Irish carrier declined to compensate passengers over strike-related disruptions this summer. Ryanair said that courts in Germany, Spain, and Italy have already ruled that the strikes were an exceptional circumstance and that the airline doesn’t owe compensation.

— Sean O’Neill

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Disney Makes CEO Bonus Target Harder to Reach


Disney CEO Bob Iger is pictured. The company made his bonus targets harder to achieve but also more lucrative. Bloomberg

Skift Take: Disney CEO Bob Iger has extended his contract multiple times, and he’s poised to reap a windfall when he finally leaves the company — in addition to the cash he’s pulling in during the rest of his tenure. Shareholders showed this year that they weren’t happy with his compensation plan, and the board has responded.

— Hannah Sampson

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Rolls-Royce Turns to Artificial Intelligence in Bid to Improve Airplane Engine Reliability

British Airways

British Airways is a major Rolls-Royce customer. Its Boeing 787s, including the one pictured here, carry the manufacturer’s engines. British Airways

Skift Take: Airlines are begging engine manufacturers for more reliable technology. They hate taking a plane out of service for engine trouble. Perhaps AI will be the solution that improves reliability. Or maybe not.

— Brian Sumers

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