After having their website shut down by the Chinese government, Marriott is removing banned books from their hotels and self-reporting to the Chinese government. They’re also publicly broadcasting personnel they’ve fired over incidents involving these perceived disrespectful actions.
Marriott disrespected China and paid the price. Boy, did they disrespect China. I mean, horribly so. You won’t believe how bad their behavior was. Mostly because this is a ridiculous story.
I’ll admit, I somehow missed that Airbus and Bombardier talked about a tie-up on the C Series a couple years ago. That would have made yesterday’s announcement a bit less surprising to me. I can’t tell if Boeing saw this coming. And, I can’t really say what’s going to happen next.
For quite a few years now, the Big 3 US airlines and their main lobbying group, Airlines for America, have had a serious problem with the Gulf carriers. Specifically, they believe Emirates, Etihad and Qatar Airways are receiving sizable subsidies from their respective governments. They believe this creates a lopsided playing field that US airlines can’t compete on. The unions of the airlines believe this costs them jobs. Yesterday we learned Qatar Airways intends to purchase a 10% stake in American Airlines, a publicly held company. It took many folks […]