Thursday, September 27, 2012
Report: More Fees, Less Choice Ahead for Airline Passengers
Airline passengers can expect fewer carriers to choose from, fewer flights to smaller cities and more baggage and other fees as the industry continues to grapple with high fuel prices and a weak economy, according to a government report released Tuesday, reports The Associated Press.
Virgin Australia to Extend Singapore Airlines Codeshare to NZ
The Australian reports that Virgin Australia is seeking to extend its codesharing relationship with Singapore Airlines to cover flights to New Zealand.
Hilton Worldwide Launches Doubletree by Hilton Brand in South Africa
Hilton Worldwide announced the signing of a new DoubleTree by Hilton hotel in Cape Town, South Africa with local operator, Upper Eastside Hotel (Pty) Ltd.
Enterprise Using Synthetic Diesel Fuel in Pilot Program
According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Enterprise Holdings is using renewable synthetic fuel for its rental car shuttle buses at airports in New Orleans and Houston as part of a pilot program.
Hotels Expand in Kenya as Business Travel Surges
According to Reuters, some of the world's biggest hotel brands including Marriott, Hilton and Rezidor are planning to open hotels in Kenya to cash in on a surge in business travelers from China and the Middle East to east Africa's biggest economy.
US Airlines Set $1.7 Billion Baggage Fee Record
U.S. airlines collected more than $1.7 billion in baggage fees during the first half of 2012, the largest amount ever collected in the January through June period, reports the New Mexico Business Weekly.
Marriott Hotels and Resorts 'Re-Imagines' the Future of Small Meetings
Marriott Hotels and Resorts, renowned for its expertise in hosting meetings, is “re-imagining” the traditional small meeting to become a collaborative work experience that will promote creativity and innovation.
JetBlue Firms MOU for ViaSat Ka-band Wi-Fi
JetBlue has reaffirmed the previously announced agreement with ViaSat to launch high speed ka-band Wi-Fi onboard its fleet of more than170 Embraer E-190s and Airbus A320, reports Air Transport World.
Airline to Offer Baby-free 'Quiet Zone'
Fliers eager to sit as far away as possible from crying babies and boisterous kids on planes are getting a new option to do just that in Asia, NBC News reports. AirAsia has begun advertising a “Quiet Zone” that will be offered on its long haul flights starting this February.
Great New Business Travel Apps
Executive Travel Magazine outlines its picks for the best new apps for business travelers.
New Transfer Open at Bleecker Street
A new transfer between the Bleecker Street 6 Station uptown platform and the Broadway-Lafayette Street BDFM Station is now open, announced the New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority.