Wednesday, August 22, 2012
Airlines' First 787 Dreamliner Takes Flight
United Airlines' first Boeing 787 Dreamliner completed its first test flight Sunday, reports USA today. That marks a key milestone in Boeing's preparations to officially deliver the jet to United, which will become the first North American carrier to take possession of a Dreamliner.
Qatar Airways Announces Chicago as Newest U.S.A. Route
Qatar Airways announces an expansion of its U.S.A. route network with the introduction of daily non-stop passenger flights from Doha to Chicago from April 10 next year.
Hyatt Debuts in Southwest China
According to NASDAQ, Hyatt Hotels Corporation recently announced the opening of the hotel, Hyatt Regency Chongquing, under its Hyatt Regency Brand.
JetBlue CEO Wants More Airport Access
JetBlue Airways Corp. has "no interest" in a merger with AMR Corp.'s bankrupt American Airlines and wants to expand by winning more airport flight slots while remaining independent, says Businessweek.
Corporate Hotel Negotiations Could Alter Travelers' Habits
Each fall, U.S. companies negotiate with hotels over corporate rates and perks for the following year – and this year, the two sides are farther apart than normal, which could spell trouble for travelers hoping to stay in upscale hotels, according to USA Today.
Hertz Charges $93 to Top Off my Rental
The Chicago Tribune reveals how to deal with rental car agencies that demand you fill up their tank – again.
Hilton Garden Inn Opens in Olathe, KS
Hilton Garden Inn® Tuesday announced the opening of the 106-room Hilton Garden Inn Olathe, representing an addition to the brand’s growing portfolio of more than 540 hotels worldwide, hotel interactive.com reports.
Four Seasons Opens Flagship Property in Toronto
Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts celebrates a homecoming of sorts with the opening of a new 259-room flagship hotel in Toronto, Canada, where the company was founded more than 50 years ago. The property is scheduled to open Oct. 5, 2012.
Airlines Offer Free Access to eBay
Fliers on Delta Air Lines and Virgin America can now use the inflight Wi-Fi provided by Gogo to get free access to eBay any time they're above 10,000 feet, reports NBC News.
JetBlue Fined for Violating Federal Rules
JetBlue Airways Corp. was fined by the U.S. Department of Transportation on Monday for not informing passengers on a plane delayed at New York's John F. Kennedy airport that they could leave the plane as it waited at the gate, according to Reuters.
British Airways Aims to Increase Ticket Sales with Social Sharing App
British Airways is letting consumers share their flight itineraries and travel plans with friends and family through a new iPhone application, reports MobileCommerceDaily.com.
What Airlines Take Away, One Airport (Partially) Gives Back
Forbes reports that Dulles International Airport is testing a new system that will let travelers know in real time, in advance, how long of a wait time they will have in the security line.