What You Read in the First Half of 2014

The Most Popular Frequent Business Traveler Stories Thusfar

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By Karin Sun on 8 July 2014
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As we pass the year’s midway point, let’s look back at the most popular news and features we brought you in the first six months of 2014.  From surveys and flight reviews to new regulations on mobile device use in the cockpit, here are the articles that caught our readers’ attention.


1.)       American Quietly Retires Last Boeing 767-200.  The airline’s last two 767s in service enjoyed a well-earned retirement in May.

2.)       Dallas-Sydney, World’s Longest Flight, to Upgrade to World’s Largest Aircraft. Qantas Flight 7 from Dallas, Texas, to Sydney, Australia, the world’s longest commercial flight, now operates using Airbus A380 aircraft.

3.)       New FAA Rule Bars Personal Use of Mobile Phones and Computers in Cockpit.  Airline pilots are now prohibited from using personal electronic devices on the job.

4.)       Boeing Reports Cracks in Wings of Undelivered Dreamliners.  The good news is that the company inspected its 42 undelivered aircraft and repaired the cracks.

5.)       Military Tracked Malaysia Airlines Jet to Strait of Malacca.  Malaysian military radar helped unearth a major development in the case of the missing Boeing 777.

6.)       American to Replace Regional Jets with Bigger Planes Between Hubs.  The airline now uses larger planes to operate flights between its major hubs, and has reduced service operated by American Eagle.

7.)       Starwood to Open New Luxury Collection Hotel in Seoul.  The Parnas, with 138 guestrooms, will open in the South Korean capital in early 2017.

8.)       Four Seasons to Introduce Customizable Bed.  The new bed features an adjustable mattress that can be personalized to meet hotel guests’ preferences.

9.)       Italian Government Opens TripAdvisor Investigation Over Fake Reviews.  After numerous complaints over bogus reviews posted on the popular travel site, Italy’s antitrust authority is investigating TripAdvisor for “unfair trade practices.”

10.)    Marriott Opens North America’s Tallest Hotel in Manhattan.  The 68-story combined Courtyard by Marriott and Residence Inn property opened in January.

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