Airbnb Hires New Transportation Head and 5 Other Hospitality Trends This Week

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Skift Take: This week in hospitality, Airbnb picks a former Delta president to lead transportation, budget hotel chain Oyo enters the U.S. market, and Hilton CEO discusses what it means to “own a customer.”

— Isaac Carey

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Delta Wants an EasyJet Partnership in Bid for Alitalia

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A decision on the fate of bankrupt Italian airline Alitalia could be coming very soon. Bloomberg

Skift Take: The details on Delta’s quest for a partnership with rival bidder easyJet for bankrupt Alitalia are so sparse they are difficult to assess. But a decision on the fate of the bankrupt Italian carrier could be coming this week.

— Dennis Schaal

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Southwest Mulls New Fees to Generate Revenue Without Alienating Passengers

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A Southwest customer speaks with an agent at Houston Hobby Airport. Southwest has levied few ancillary fees so it can keep passengers happy, but that may change. Stephen M. Keller / Southwest Airlines

Skift Take: Southwest is much more protective of its brand than the average business, and that has served the company well. But publicly traded corporations need to keep shareholders happy, and shareholders want to see revenue growth. Southwest should be able to balance that with customer preferences.

— Brian Sumers

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