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ANA to Recognize Same-Sex Partnerships in Mileage Sharing

ANA to Recognize Same-Sex Partnerships in Mileage Sharing

All Nippon Airways announced that it will make its ANA Mileage Club frequent flyer program more gay friendly.
The carrier said that it will allow members of ANA Mileage Club in same-sex relationships to share miles from their partners.
A member can also inherit miles from his partner in the event of his partner’s death.
ANA also said it plans to re-label some toilet facilities at its lounges in Tokyo Haneda, Tokyo Narita, …

American Express Debuts New Centurion Lounge in Houston

American Express Debuts New Centurion Lounge in Houston

American Express announced the opening of a new Centurion Lounge at Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport. Located in Terminal D of the airport, the lounge is the seventh Centurion Lounge in the country.
The 8,500-square-foot (789-square-meter) space will feature noise-buffering workspaces, private showers, a computer bar, a family room, and a private phone area.  Wi-Fi will also be available throughout the facility.
Guests also have access to a complimentary bar and buffet …

BMW Announces Second Life for i3 Batteries as Home Power Supplies

BMW Announces Second Life for i3 Batteries as Home Power Supplies

BMW announced a program that puts batteries from BMW i3 electric vehicles to good use when they can no longer serve to power the i3 itself.
What the Bavarian automaker termed a “stationary energy storage system solution” was announced this week at the Electric Vehicle Symposium & Exhibition 29 in Montreal, Canada. It essentially gives the batteries a second life by repurposing them for home use.
The system can be charged using …

Rittenhouse Hotel Debuts New Suite-Filled Floor

Rittenhouse Hotel Debuts New Suite-Filled Floor

The Rittenhouse, a 118-room hotel, announced the opening of its new R Floor, which consists of 15 rooms, including 11 new suites.
The suites range from the 575-square-foot (53-square-meter) Executive King room to the 1,700-square-foot (157-square-meter) Rittenhouse two-bedroom suite. Each suite has contemporary furniture and décor.
Suites also have limestone bathrooms, and every one of the suites on the R Floor offers a pantry, as well as views of Rittenhouse Square Park.
New …

Lobby Bar – June 24: Mandatory Tattoos, Presidential Deniers, and the Transatlantic Subway Line

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Lobby Bar – An Amazingly Amiable Summary of FBT News and Views
Breggsit on. It’s official, Brexit is go. Now that the United Kingdom has chosen to cut ties with the European Union, the country is reaping the benefits of its decision: worldwide heads shaking in unison, a devalued currency, and, of course, a trending hashtag on Twitter.
Cool for the summer. Summer has officially arrived with the usual telltale signs: odiferous …

Air Serbia Begins Belgrade-New York Route

Air Serbia Begins Belgrade-New York Route

Air Serbia announced the launch of new service between Belgrade and New York City. The service is the first non-stop route between Serbia and the United States operated by a Serbian carrier in 24 years.
The carrier will operate the service five times a week, on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, using Airbus A330 aircraft.
On Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays, flights will depart Belgrade’s Nikola Tesla Airport at 7:30 a.m. and …

United Airlines and Flight Attendants Union Reach Agreement on New Joint Contract

United Airlines and Flight Attendants Union Reach Agreement on New Joint Contract

United Airlines and the union representing its 25,000 flight attendants announced they had reached an agreement for a contract that covers flight attendants from the two airlines, United and Continental, which merged to form the current United Airlines.
The union, the Association of Flight Attendants, and the airline said they would work together to finalize contract language over the weekend.
Once finalized, the agreement is subject both to approval by the union’s …