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Air France-KLM Appoints Former Air Canada COO Benjamin Smith as CEO

Air France-KLM Appoints Former Air Canada COO Benjamin Smith as CEO

Air France-KLM announced the appointment of Benjamin Smith, Air Canada’s chief operating officer and president, to the position of Chief Executive Officer.
Mr. Smith, who will assume the position no later than September 30, 2018, is charged with revitalizing Air France and providing “a new strategic impulse” to the company.
“Benjamin is a world-renowed leader in the airline sector who successfully transformed Air Canada,” said Anne-Marie Couderc, the non-executive chairman of Air …

Virgin Appoints Yuli Thompson as VP for North America

Virgin Appoints Yuli Thompson as VP for North America

Virgin Atlantic Airways announced the appointment of Yuli Thompson to the position of vice president of North America.
Ms. Thompson, who joined the airline in 2006, will oversee both day-to-day operations as well as branding for North America.  She most recently served as vice president for pricing and ancillary revenue.
The appointment becomes effective September 1, 2018.
Ms. Thompson “has proven to be an excellent leader,” said Dave Geer, the airline’s senior vice …

Marriott Expands Partnership with PepsiCo

Marriott Expands Partnership with PepsiCo

Marriott International announced on Wednesday an expansion of its current relationship with PepsiCo. PepsiCo’s beverage portfolio includes Pepsi, Tropicana, Aquafina, Mountain Dew, and Lipton Iced Tea.
Under the terms of the deal, PepsiCo will be the beverage provider for over 6,300 properties including legacy Starwood brands. The company has provided Marriott with carbonated beverages since 1992. These drinks are available in the hotels’ restaurants, bars, minibars, room service offerings, and lobby …

Southwest Reins In Service and Emotional Support Animal Policies

Southwest Reins In Service and Emotional Support Animal Policies

Southwest Airlines announced additional changes to its policies for service and emotional support animals earlier on Tuesday.
The new requirements, which go into effect on September 17, limit each passenger to one emotional support animal, which can be either a dog or cat, and bans “unusual or exotic animals.” Emotional support animals must either be on a leash or in a carrier throughout the trip.
Passengers wishing to travel with an emotional …

United Airlines Introduces New Corporate Travel Program

United Airlines Introduces New Corporate Travel Program

United Airlines announced the launch of United Corporate Preferred, a new corporate travel program.
The new offering consists of three tiers, namely United Corporate Preferred, United Corporate Preferred Plus, and United Corporate Preferred Elite. Company eligibility for the program depends on a variety of factors including the revenue the customer generates for the airline, current contract status, and what the airline referred to as the customer’s “loyalty.”
Companies with United corporate share agreements, …

Torrential Rain in New York Metro Area Cause Thousands of Flight Delays

Torrential Rain in New York Metro Area Cause Thousands of Flight Delays

Fierce storms are hammering parts of the Northeast on Monday, after a weekend of heavy rain.
The inclement weather is the latest in a series of storms to drench the region.
As of noon EDT on Monday, almost 300 departing flights had been canceled at New York’s three major airports, John F. Kennedy, LaGuardia, and Newark Liberty, while over 450 flights experienced delays, according to data from FlightStats, a company that tracks …

Hotel Goldener Hirsch in Salzburg to Close for Renovations

Hotel Goldener Hirsch in Salzburg to Close for Renovations

The storied Hotel Goldener Hirsch, considered by many to be the world’s oldest luxury hotel, will close for renovations come September.
The hotel, listed as part of the Unesco World Heritage Site Altstadt Salzburg, opened its doors as an inn under the name Zum Güldenen Hirschen in 1564 in a structure that dates to 1407. Located on the Getreidegasse in the city center, the hotel currently offers 70 rooms including five …