Amazon Confirms Flight-Booking Launch as Part of a Superapp Strategy

Amazon Prime Air Boeing 767, photographed on August 8, 2016 from Wolfe Air Learjet 25B. Amazon launched a domestic flight service in India. Chad Slattery / Amazon Skift Take: Amazon wants to be a superapp, the mobile tool of choice to book flights, buy books, and make payments. In travel, flights are only the beginning. … [Read more…]

WeChat Mini Program Launches at World’s Tallest Building in Dubai

The Burj Khalifa in Dubai, April 2018. Christopher Pike / Bloomberg Skift Take: As Chinese outbound travel continues to rise, this high-spending segment is increasingly appealing to destinations worldwide. Deploying WeChat, China’s No. 1 superapp, may be key for travel brands and destinations looking to unlock this market. — Faye Chiu 3/4PCS Travel Set Bag … [Read more…]

Google Expands Power Over Local Discovery and Travel Tools

An example from Google’s video mockup of new Duplex features. Google Skift Take: It will be fascinating to see whether consumers embrace booking various elements of travel using Google Assistant. Perhaps more interesting is the way that Google Maps has become an all-purpose superapp in recent years. — Andrew Sheivachman 3/4PCS Travel Set Bag ABS … [Read more…]

SoftBank May Lose Uber Board Seats After U.S. Security Review

Uber is heading quickly toward its IPO. When the day finally arrives, Japanese investor SoftBank may lose its two board seats. Chris Ratcliffe / Bloomberg Skift Take: It doesn’t look good for SoftBank. The U.S. Committee on Foreign Investment has immense power under President Trump and has been cracking down on foreign investment. This puts … [Read more…]

Vista Global Buys Uber-Style Private Jet App

Interior of the VistaJet Global 5000. VistaJet Skift Take: Vista is getting bigger, as more and more companies realize it’s way easier to rent a jet rather than own one outright. Now, this most recent acquisition makes booking seats even easier, but who knows if it will catch on with luxury travelers. — Isaac Carey … [Read more…]