Southwest and American Fire Back at Maintenance Workers’ Public Disputes

Southwest is negotiating with its mechanics union. Pictured is one of the airline's Boeing 737s in Salt Lake City. Stephen M. Keller / Southwest AirlinesSkift Take: It is not rare for an airline's operation to suffer when a major work group is unhappy with contract negotiations. Pilots and maintenance technicians have considerable authority to defer an issue, or to demand it be fixed right away. — Brian SumersRead the Complete Story On Skift

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U.S. Airlines Make It Easier to Redeem Frequent Flyer Miles: New Study

Seats on a commercial airplane. The six largest U.S. carriers grew more generous from 2013 to 2018 as they sought to encourage mileage redemption, said a new study from IdeaWorksCompany and CarTrawler. BloombergSkift Take: The six largest U.S. airlines have lowered how many frequent-flier miles they require for some domestic flight awards, a study says. But the prices to redeem miles have tended to decline in tandem with airfares. In many cases, that means airline miles aren’t as valuable as before. Plus, international redemptions have generally gotten worse. — Sean O'NeillRead the Complete Story On Skift

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Malaysia’s Sovereign Fund Considers Selling Legoland

Have a “brick-tastic challenge at Malaysia Legoland. Joyce Koh and Elffie Chew, ©2019 Bloomberg L.P.Skift Take: Malaysia‘s new government is building blocks to reduce the deficit left by the previous administration. Legoland Malaysia, owned by the national sovereign fund, Khazanah, could be sold if the price is right. — Raini HamdiRead the Complete Story On Skift

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