Lobby Bar – January 18: Forgettable Names, Waltzing Matildas, and ‘I’ll Take Failed Attempts to Rename American Cities for $200, Alex!’

By Anna Breuer on 18 January 2019
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Lobby Bar: At 60 mph, the Loudest Noise Comes from the Electric Clock

We’re not making this one up.  Marriott announced that the new name of its guest loyalty program would be Bonvoy. The Lobby Bar crew can’t think of anything to add to this.

Jack Benny meet Mel Blanc.  Henry Feintuch visited the posh Hotel Matilda in San Miguel de Allende, bringing along his sister, Sue.  Sue? Si! And what does Sue do for a living? Sew.

Ready for the big leagues.  WestJet is getting its first Boeing 787 Dreamliner jetliner, a plane that will enable it to open up new routes long-distance routes such as Calgary-Dublin. The airline introduced a new slogan, “We’re No Longer Just a Calgary-Edmonton Airline,” to celebrate as it retired its current fleet of Huff-Daland Duster aircraft.

Why didn’t we think of this earlier. The Detroit Auto Show, which was first held in 1899, opened for its final winter engagement.  After 120 years, the organizers realized somehow that holding an international trade show in the middle of winter in a city where, on a typical day, temperatures never rise above freezing, was not the smartest idea. In an attempt to correct the situation  they, like many sunbirds in the Northeast, will move the show to Florida in 2020, after petitioning the Florida state legislature to rename the state’s capital Motor City.

We try harder! United Airlines is now the second largest carrier in the world, having eclipsed Delta Air Lines, which is now number 3.  Licking its wounds, Delta changed its slogan to Avis Air Lines.

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