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June 14, 2018

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Alaska Airlines to introduce new boarding procedure (Source: Travel & Leisure)
On July 18, Alaska Airlines will implement a boarding procedure that assigns passengers lettered boarding groups rather than calling them by seat row numbers.

American’s NYC-Chicago shuttle designed for business travelers (Source: Skift)
American Airlines in April launched a shuttle service between LaGuardia airport in New York City and Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport.

Higher oil prices fuel airline ticket increase (Source: Travel Market Report)
Due to rising fuel costs, several major airlines have announced they will increase ticket prices, apply fuel surcharges or both.

United Airlines’ new 737 MAX 9 enters service (Source: Travel Pulse)
United Airlines has put its new Boeing 737 MAX 9 aircraft into service.


Airports awarded $677M in federal AIP grants (Source: State Trade Times)
The Federal Aviation Administration has awarded $677 million in Airport Improvement Program grants to 214 airports in 43 states.

Qantas Airways’ lounge designed to fight jet lag (Source: Bloomberg)
Qantas Airways’ international transit lounge at Perth Airport in Australia helps travelers fend off jet lag with such features as shower suites equipped with therapeutic blue lights designed to promote wakefulness.

Seattle airport boasts fastest complimentary Wi-Fi (Source: Bloomberg)
Seattle-Tacoma International Airport has the fastest free Wi-Fi service in North America at 103 Mbps, according to Ookla LLC, which runs the Speedtest.net website.


Bernic Hotel opening in NYC (Source: Forbes)
The Bernic Hotel is opening this month in New York as part of the Hilton Tapestry Collection.

Drisco hotel opens in Tel Aviv (Source: Robb Report)
The Drisco hotel has opened in Tel Aviv in the building that housed the former Jerusalem Hotel, which dates back to 1870.

Fire shuts down Mandarin Oriental in London (Source: Travel Weekly)
The Mandarin Oriental in London’s Hyde Park will be closed indefinitely due to a major fire on Wednesday.

Fauchon plans first opening in 20-hotel portfolio (Source: Reuters)
In September, the Fauchon food group says it will open its first hotel, in Paris, the start of what will be a 20-property portfolio.

IHG launches Voco Hotels (Source: Business Traveller)
Intercontinental Hotels Group (IHG) launched its new hotel brand yesterday, Voco Hotels.


Never lose sight of your luggage again by covering it with your face (Source: Mental Floss)
Say goodbye to the colored tape, bright luggage tags, and ostentatious ribbons you’ve been using to spot your baggage from afar at the airport. And say hello to … you.

Technology has potential to ease air travel (Source: Digital Journal)
Airlines and airports are embracing digital advances designed to make life easier for travelers, including luggage tracking, wayfinding beacons, facial recognition and the internet of things.


Discovering cultural attractions in Florence, Italy (Source: The Telegraph)
Florence is an Italian city with a strong art and culture scene.

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