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April 13, 2017

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Airlines

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.

Hotels

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.

Technology

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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