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Airlines Want Flyers to Feel at Home With New Cabin Comforts

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Airbus bench seating. Benedikt Kammel / Benedikt Kammel, Bloomberg.

Skift Take: Aerospace companies at an expo in Hamburg show off new bells and whistles designed to make flying, even in cattle class, a better experience. So, instead of the odious waft of stale French fries in the cabin, your seat will smell of clean sheets. Just like home is their buzzword. Will we ever get there?

— Raini Hamdi

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Why George Clooney’s Sultan of Brunei Hotels Boycott Is Misguided

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George Clooney is calling for a boycott of all hotels owned by the Sultan of Brunei. Courtney / Flickr

Skift Take: Clooney’s effort to boycott the Dorchester Collection is the wrong approach. In effect, it actually serves to harm the frontline staff and workers in the hotels that create the magic for guests and Hollywood luminaries alike.

— Colin Nagy

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Europe Faces Another Summer of Airline Delays and Cancellations

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Aircraft at Heathrow Airport. There’s a possibility that we’ll see delays and cancelations across Europe again this summer. Mike McBey / Flickr

Skift Take: The European Union has been trying to come to grips with the continent’s fragmented airspace for more than a decade and it doesn’t sound like a solution is any closer.

— Patrick Whyte

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Chinese Airlines Hope a Cut in Levies Will Boost Profits

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Air China plane seen at Beijing International Airport. Chinese airline shares surged after the government announced plans to slash infrastructure levies charged to the companies.
Qilai Shen / Bloomberg

Skift Take: China’s top three carriers are set for a total savings of $500 million (3.74 billion yuan) after July 1, when the government will slash in half the airlines’ mandatory contributions to a civil aviation investment fund. The country is determined to smooth out a recent downshift in its economic growth.

— Sean O’Neill

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Travel Advisors With LGBTQ Clients Need to Know Local Norms

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Jose Guerrero, left, and Patrick Rodriguez chat before their wedding ceremony in West Hollywood, California on July 1, 2013. Travel advisors need to know where it is safe to travel for their LGBTQ clients. Jae C. Hong / Associated Press

Skift Take: LGBTQ consumers are a particularly well-traveled and high-spending business source for travel advisors. Serving them requires knowledge and sensitivity about their preferences, as well as the legal and cultural landscape in various destinations.

— Maria Lenhart

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