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WeddingWire to Marry the Knot in Match Made by Private Equity

XO Group Inc., parent company of wedding-planning website the Knot, agreed to be taken private for about $933 million, a deal that would hitch it to nuptials- planning marketplace WeddingWire Inc.
 In the deal, private-equity firms Permira and Spectrum Equity, lead investors of Wedding- Wire, will pay XO Group shareholders $35 a share, a 27% premium to XO Group's closing price Monday of $27.64.

Airlines Face Safety Upgrades

Federal air-accident investigators recommended an array of enhanced safety systems in cockpits and on the ground to reduce hazards of airliners mistakenly landing on taxiways instead of designated runways, an increasingly dangerous trend across U.S. airports.
 Tuesday's action by the National Transportation Safety Board was prompted by a July 2017 near-collision involving a landing Air Canada jet that flew roughly a dozen feet above the tail of another airliner waiting to take off from San Francisco International Airport.

Indian hotels start-up OyoRooms seeks to build on China success

Indian start-up Oyo Rooms is to put $600m from new funding towards a drive to become the largest hotel chain in China, its founder said, after a $1bn cash injection that made it one of Asia's most valuable unlisted tech companies. The company, founded by then 19-year-old university dropout Ritesh Agarwal in 2013, boasts 125,000 rooms at its hotels in India, more than any other rival.

The food app revolution will eat its drivers

WangXing, co-founder of Meituan Dianping, aspires to “make life better for everyone”, says the prospectus for the world's largest food delivery company, which floated this month in Hong Kong at a value of $53bn. That is an impossible dream, but his company is changing how millions eat.
 Uber's on-demand taxi service used to be the ultimate disrupter, but rides for people are being challenged by delivery of food. Motorcycles and bikes speed around cities, carrying

McDonald's Trims Preservatives

McDonald's Corp. is stripping artificial ingredients from more food to win over customers who, the burger chain believes, don't want to eat things with names like calcium propionate and sodium benzoate.
 Those and other ingredients found in the buns, cheese and sauce on some of McDonald's best-known burgers are gone from its U.S. restaurants, the chain said. The Big Mac, Quarter Pounder with Cheese and burgers in Happy Meals are now among items free from artificial preservatives, flavors and coloring.

Salaries Are Set To Take Off for Airport Workers

Cabin cleaners and baggage handlers are among the tens of thousands of airport workers expecting a significant pay increase. After years of pressure from airport workers, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey plans to vote Thursday on raising the minimum wage at its airports to $19 an hour.
 Hector Figueroa, president of Local 32BJ of the Service Employees International Union, said Wednesday that the increase wouldn't catapult his members into the middle class.

The Science of the Long Haul

THE SONORAN DESERT is a pretty good place to research what ultralong nonstop flights do to the human body.
 Airlines and scientists are studying the effects of spending 20 hours or more in an arid cabin at high altitude. They're beginning to change everything from food service to cabin lighting and temperature to combat dehydration, jet lag and the sedentary effects of being belted into a seat for a day binge-watching movies.
 Singapore Airlines is working with nutrition and health experts at Canyon Ranch here to devise new menus and onboard wellness programs for its 9,534-mile nonstop

Owner of Luxury Hotels Seeks Buyer

A London-based company that owns and operates dozens of famous hotels, from the Cipriani in Venice to the Copacabana Palace in Rio de Janeiro, is up for sale after years of rebuffing its many suitors.
 The move by Belmond Ltd. to explore the market now is the latest sign that luxury travel is booming after an extended downturn, when many leisure travelers and businesses shunned paying up for high-end accommodations.

Atlantic Routes Give Lift To Airlines

 Airlines buffeted by higher fuel costs and labor pressures are getting a lift from trans-Atlantic flights.
 Strong economic growth in the U.S. and rebounding economies in Europe are helping fill planes. Airlines have been rapidly adding seats to satisfy this boom in demand.
 British Airways parent International Consolidated Airlines Group SA, known as IAG, posted a second-quarter rise in profit Friday. Sales on its trans-Atlantic routes helped offset costs

Pricier Fuel to Test Airline Profits

U.S. airlines are aiming to convince investors that surging fuel costs won't knock a record stretch of profitability off course.
 Some investors say airlines won't be able to raise prices fast enough to cover a roughly 55% increase in fuel costs from a year ago. The NYSE Arca Airline Index is down nearly 13% this year while the S&P 500 is up 3.2%. They expect carriers to commit to schedule cuts to address the rising costs when they report quarterly earnings this month. Delta Air Lines is the first to report, on Thursday.