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April 13, 2017

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Airlines experiment with document-free boarding procedures (Source: SKIFT)
Passengers may soon be able to board airplanes paper-free, thanks to the use of facial recognition software.

Alaska Airlines plans to incorporate elements of Virgin’s appeal (Source: Bloomberg)
Alaska Airlines plans to incorporate brand elements of Virgin America as the two airlines merge and the Virgin brand goes away in 2019.

Alaska Airlines pursues Calif. expansion (Source: Dallas News)
Alaska Airlines is adding 27 routes in California, a state where the airline is keen to expand after its acquisition of Virgin America.

American Airlines releases latest update to mobile app (Source: Frequent Business Traveler)
American Airlines has launched version 5.0 of its mobile app, with new features including a “sliding action menu.”

Cabin concepts show social future for flight (Source: CNN)
Future cabin designs are focusing on social interaction among passengers.

FCC head orders end to airline call plan (Source: cnet)
A plan to let passengers make calls on flights may be shelved for good after Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai circulated an order to scrap the plan.

Report: US airlines’ on-time performance, baggage handling improve (Source: Chron)
On-time performance and baggage handling are improving across US airlines, according to an annual report by Wichita State University and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.

United to issue refunds to all Flight 3411 passengers (Source: USA Today)
United Airlines announced that each customer traveling aboard Flight 3411 will receive a full refund for the cost of their ticket.


New Washington, D.C., boutique hotel will have a local focus (Source: Washington Business Journal)
The Darcy hotel will open in Washington, D.C., in May, with services provided by local merchants, including an in-house floral shop by Urban Stems and restaurants operated by local celebrity chefs Robert Wiedmaier and David Guas.

Landmark hotel’s renovation to emphasize art deco look (Source: Travel Weekly)
Plans to renovate the Waldorf Astoria hotel in New York City have been submitted to the city’s Landmarks Preservation Commission.


Tech takes hotel amenities to next level (Source: Associations Now)
Technology is changing hotel amenities and services, and brands are adopting some emerging trends.

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