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Air China Unveils First Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner

Air China Unveils First Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner

Air China unveiled its first Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft, which it took delivery of earlier this month, at a ceremony in Beijing on Wednesday. The airline is the first Chinese carrier to have a 787-9 enter into service.
The high-tech plane is the first of 15 Dreamliners that Air China is scheduled to take delivery of.
The Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner is the second member of the Dreamliner family to be produced.  Similar …

Toyota to Partner with Uber

Toyota to Partner with Uber

Toyota Motor Company announced that it had formed a partnership with and plans to invest an undisclosed sum in ride-sharing service Uber.
The move will see the two create new leasing options under which car buyers will be able to lease their vehicles from Toyota and cover payments through earnings they make as Uber drivers.  The program will be available in the United States and other markets but is likely to …

French Air Traffic Controllers Call for June Strike

French Air Traffic Controllers Call for June Strike

The union representing French air traffic controllers has called for a three-day strike in early June.
The Union syndicale de l’aviation civile said that the strike would take place from June 3 through June 5. The job action has the support of all of the unions representing the 12,000 workers employed by the Direction générale de l’aviation civile, or Directorate General for Civil Aviation.
In a statement Tuesday, the union said that …

Lyft to Pilot Scheduled Rides in San Francisco

Lyft to Pilot Scheduled Rides in San Francisco

Ride-sharing service Lyft announced Tuesday it is testing a new feature that allows passengers to schedule a trip in advance.
The new feature allows a passenger to schedule a ride up to 24 hours in advance of the pick-up time and is available in the city of San Francisco.
The Lyft app has been updated to allow for a passenger to schedule the ride by tapping the clock icon when entering pick-up …

Qantas and WestJet Expand Partnership

Qantas and WestJet Expand Partnership

Qantas Airways and WestJet announced a reciprocal frequent flyer agreement Tuesday.
Members of the two airlines’ loyalty programs may choose to earn either Qantas Points or WestJet dollars when flying either airline. The two airlines have had a code-share agreement in place since 2014.
Members of the Qantas Frequent Flyer program will also be able to redeem Qantas Points on Qantas code-share flights operated by WestJet starting May 24. The two airlines …

Tru by Hilton to Open in Oklahoma City Airport

Tru by Hilton to Open in Oklahoma City Airport

Hilton Worldwide announced that it broke ground on its second Tru brand hotel, located in Oklahoma City. The Tru by Hilton Oklahoma City Airport is scheduled to open next spring.
The hotel will have 86 guestrooms, and like all Tru by Hilton properties, will have what the company calls “the hive,” the brand’s version of a lobby that will be located on the first floor. Hilton says the area will have …

Gogo Expands Business Aviation Unit in Europe

Gogo Expands Business Aviation Unit in Europe

Gogo Business Aviation announced plans to expand in Europe with addition of new staff and a new loyalty program.
Gogo’s new loyalty program offers business customers a shorter commitment, down to three years from five, and transferable service, in the event that an equipped aircraft is sold.
The program also has a monthly payment plan with no annual up-front payment.
Select, existing, and former Gogo customers will be able to receive SwiftBroadband equipment …