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Travel and Leisure

The cruise-liner industry is in the deep end. There is hope because this industry recovered from the Titanic disaster too.

The global cruise-liner industry has been hit hard by Covid-19 outbreaks on various ships. A future demand contraction can be seen in the sharp decline in the stock prices of cruise companies. When the Titanic sank — and left a huge scar on the traveller psyche — it had a similar effect on cruise travel, but the industry bounced back.

Aviation

Hard-landing alert: Rivals in sky flock together as IndiGo, SpiceJet, et al. join hands for bailout

Airlines have realised there can be no smart stratagem except putting in a joint effort to negotiate a crisis as grave as the Covid-19 pandemic — especially when around 650 planes are mothballed and a 70,000-strong workforce stares at uncertainty. But behind the newfound bonhomie, there are strong differences that can trigger an intense, behind-the-scenes battle in the coming weeks.

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Auto

Robots alone can’t make cars. Work from home is not really a long-term option for automakers.

The Covid-19 spread has forced the auto industry to halt production and ask white-collar employees to work remotely. But if companies want to resume production, they will have to call back blue-collar workers to the shop floor as physical presence is a must at all stages of manufacturing including assembly processes, quality control, testing, and final checks.

Auto

What the Toyota deal could drive home for Maruti: new tech, African markets, some transition pain

As the two companies discuss ways to harness each other’s strengths, roles and responsibilities will get redefined. While Toyota takes the lead in technology, Maruti Suzuki’s strong distribution network will help. But Maruti’s suppliers could face some pain. Despite initial disruptions, the alliance will be fruitful for Maruti in the medium to long term. Here’s the first of a two-part series.

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