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October  12, 2017

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Alaska Airlines to rebrand Virgin America flights in April 2018 (Source: FlightGlobal)
Alaska Airlines will rename flights operated under the Virgin America brand starting in April 2018, selling them as Alaska Airlines flights.

American Airlines, China Southern request codeshare approval (Source: Travel Weekly)
American Airlines and China Southern have submitted a request with the US Department of Transportation to codeshare on 29 routes.

American Airlines, United upgrade Q3 forecasts (Source: The Pantagraph)
American Airlines and United Airlines offered improved outlooks for third-quarter revenue, sparking a jump in airline stocks.

JetBlue says hurricanes cost $100M in revenue (Source: The Washington Post)
JetBlue Airways reports it lost about $100 million in third- and fourth-quarter revenue due to hurricanes Irma and Maria, and expects to see lower profits as a result.

Southwest Airlines to offer Hawaii service next year (Source: Star Advertiser)
Southwest Airlines will offer service to Hawaii next year, and possibly between some of the Hawaiian Islands as well.


ATC reform good for travelers, economy (Source: The Wall Street Journal)
The Wall Street Journal’s editorial board notes in its latest commentary that the proposal to convert the Federal Aviation Administration air traffic control system into an operation governed by pilots, airlines, controllers and other industry experts “would be good news for the economy and the traveling public.”

Portland, Ore., airport plans $151M concourse renovation (Source: Commercial Property Executive)
Oregon’s Portland International Airport has hired international construction firm Skanska to update and expand Concourse E, adding six gates, modifying the baggage handling system and renovating the existing area.

Car Rental

Companies driving car rental business to next level (Source: Travel Pulse)
Car rental companies are working to enhance the rental experience for customers and agents.


Hotel brands get experiential to beat competition (Source: New York Times)
Major hotel companies such as Marriott and Hilton are using their corporate power to offer guests one-of-a-kind experiences, like a basketball clinic with the Cleveland Cavaliers’ Dwyane Wade or cooking with a Michelin-starred chef.


Dubai airport replaces security counter with face-scanning tunnel  (Source: The National)
Passengers will no longer have to wait in line at security counters or pass through e-gates, instead walking through a tunnel that scans people’s faces.


Celebrity to undertake $400M fleet makeover (Source: Travel Weekly)
Celebrity Cruises will give its nine ships a $400 million renovation by 2023, which will include new configurations and designs for all staterooms as well as new lounge and dining concepts.

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