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February 8, 2018

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Airlines

Airlines test biometric identification (Source: wfmynews2)
Biometric technology could replace passports and boarding passes in coming years, according to Dan Tanciar of Customs and Border Protection. Some airlines, including JetBlue, are currently testing biometric identification in combination with passports for boarding at airports in Boston, Atlanta and Los Angeles.

Qantas Airways is looking for solutions to reduce jet lag (Source: Bloomberg)
Qantas Airways is hoping to reduce jet lag for passengers on its long-haul flights by working with psychologists, nutritionists and sleep experts to find ways to fight the fatigue.

United plans to grow annual capacity up to 6% by 2021 (Source: CAPA)
United Airlines announced that it intends to grow its annual capacity up to 6% during the next three years. Several major airlines, including American Airlines, also posted favorable outlooks for the corporate sector

Airports

Seattle airport aims to save fuel with electric ground fleet (Source: kiro7.com)
Following Alaska Airlines’ move to an all-electric ground vehicle operation at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, officials there are working to become the country’s first airport with all-electric ground vehicles, a move that could save the facility 1 million gallons of fuel each year.

Hotels

Hotelier developing “urban microbrand” (Source: Travel Age West)
Phil Cordell has been tapped to oversee new brand development for Hilton, which includes what he calls an “urban microbrand.”

Technology

Joby Aviations receives $100M for electric air taxi development (Source: Mashable)
A group of companies including JetBlue Airways and Toyota have raised $100 million in funding for a project by Joby Aviations to develop electric air taxis.

Vacation

Families can connect with nature in Palm Springs, Calif. (Source: Travel Age West)
Palm Springs may be best known for its spa and golf options, but this California desert city offers families plenty of nature-filled experiences.

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