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July 19, 2018

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Airlines

Delta Continues Strong Growth Despite Higher Fuel Costs (Source:Skift.com)
As Delta goes, so goes the rest of the U.S. aviation sector. While the conversation will be centered around dealing with increased costs, all the fundamentals are still in place for Delta to continue growth across the board and expand abroad.

Delta Introduces Renovated B777-200ER to Boost Passenger Comfort (Source: futuretravelexperience.com)
Delta has embarked on a full-fleet interior renovation of its 777 aircraft, featuring the Delta One Suites (business class), the new Delta Premium Select (premium economy) cabin and the widest Main Cabin (economy class) seats of Delta’s international fleet.

Airline Seat Standards Coming, As Safety Concerns, Passenger Complaints Mount (Source: USA Today)
If you’ve asked yourself, “How much smaller can these airline seats get?,” there’s good news for you: Not much.  The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Reauthorization Bill working its way through Congress requires the agency to set minimum seat width and pitch standards within a year.

Airports

Sea-Tac Airport Creating “An Entirely New Passenger Experience” (Source:futuretravelexperience.com)
2017 was a record-breaking year for Seattle-Tacoma (Sea-Tac) International Airport. Demand for air travel increased by 41% during the last five years, rising from 33.2 million passengers in 2012 to 46.9 million passengers in 2017.

American Airlines Will Get Four New Gates As Charlotte Airport Opens New Concourse (Source: Forbes)
Charlotte Douglas International Airport will expand next week, boosting its gate total by 9%, and hub carrier American Airlines is a beneficiary. But it is not an immediate beneficiary.

Atlanta, Los Angeles and Chicago Airports Ranked Among the World’s Busiest (Source: nerdwallet.com)
More people are flying, and Atlanta remains the busiest hub in the world for the 17th consecutive year, according to Airports Council International. The 2018 World’s Busiest Airports report discovered the 20 busiest terminals served 5.2% more passengers than in 2016.

Baltimore Airport Adds Concessions, Retail Shop (Source: The Baltimore Sun)
Two new eateries, a bar and a travel bag shop have opened at BWI Marshall Airport, the concession operator announced Monday. Sir Veza’s Kitchen and Kantina opened a 1,000-square-foot restaurant in the main terminal, offering Mexican and American street food, including tacos, burritos, burgers and wings in what it concessionaire Freport Maryland called a “rustic garage ‘sports and gastropub.’”

Hotels

Hotel Lutetia Reopens After 4-Year Renovation (Source:TravelWeekly)
The renovation, led by architect Jean-Michel Wilmotte, reduced the room count from 233 to 184, allowing for larger rooms. There are seven suites, two presidential suites and two penthouse suites.

San Francisco’s Hotel Triton to Debut $6 Million Transformation (Source: TravelPulse)
The Hotel Triton, a historic boutique hotel located at the center of San Francisco’s Grant Avenue shopping corridor, is preparing to unveil a $6 million transformation.

Hotel Commonwealth Rewards Guests For Walking Around Boston (Source: Conde Nast Traveler)
Hotel Commonwealth in Boston offers guests discounts based on the number of steps they take throughout the day, using a Fitbit to track the step count. A guest who walks 20,000 steps could receive a 20% discount under the “Fit to be [Kenmore] Square” package.

Travel Technology

Inflight Games Have Huge Potential, Says Global Eye Exec (Source: Runaway Girl Network)
Airlines, their content service providers, inflight entertainment specialists and of course passengers are all too aware of the fact that inflight games on seatback screens have not reached their full potential. Not by a long shot. Inflight entertainment (IFE) system behemoth Panasonic Avionics recently described the disparity between what gamers want on board and what they currently get.

Vacations

Latvia’s Riga is Perfect for Culture Lovers (Source: The Independent-London)
Dubbing Riga “the Baltic Berlin” isn’t as crazy as it sounds: Latvia’s hip little capital is awash with art and music at the moment. Its acres of abandoned Soviet-era warehouses are the natural location for the first Riga Biennial of Contemporary Art (RIBOCA), a huge art festival running daily until 28 October 2018.

What To Do On A Short Journey To Miami’s South Beach (Source: TravelPulse)
Travelers who only have 24 hours to spend in South Beach can still take advantage of the destination’s many attractions. Travelers can dine on a delicious brunch at Stiltsville Fish Bar, listen to live jazz at Blues Bar at the historic National Hotel and enjoy a relaxing treatment at W South Beach’s Bliss Spa.

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