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Travel Agent Arraigned for Fraudulent Use of $1.75 Million Worth of Delta SkyBonus Points

Travel Agent Arraigned for Fraudulent Use of $1.75 Million Worth of Delta SkyBonus Points

A 43-year-old travel agent was arraigned on charges of wire fraud after being indicted by a grand jury for illegally accruing and redeeming over 42 million Delta SkyBonus points in a 13-month period.
Gennady Podolsky is the owner of Chicago-based Vega International Travel Services.  He pled not guilty to the charges and will be allowed to remain in Chicago at his residence while waiting trial.
Authorities said that Podolsky set up a …

American Airlines to Add 13 Seasonal Routes

American Airlines to Add 13 Seasonal Routes

American Airline announced plans to add seven new seasonal routes starting in December and January.
The  new routes will link Phoenix with four destinations, namely Cedar Rapids, Fort Lauderdale, New Orleans, and Wichita.  These routes will launch of December 18, 2019.   The airline is also adding Los Angeles to Memphis, New York (LaGuardia) to Key West, and Washington D.C. (Reagan) to Panama City, Florida.
With the exception of the New York-Key West …

Frankfurt Airport Reports Increase in Passenger Traffic for August

Frankfurt Airport Reports Increase in Passenger Traffic for August

Fraport AG, the operator of Frankfurt Airport, announced traffic figures for the airport for August 2019.
Passenger traffic was approximately 6.9 million passengers for the month, a 1.7% increase from August 2018.
Frankfurt Airport also reported a 5.2% year-over-year decrease in cargo throughput for August, with 173,122 metric tons of cargo passing through the facility.
In addition, Fraport said the number of aircraft movements for the month was unchanged year-over-year to 36,849 takeoffs …

Alaska Air to Ask Customers to Bring Their Own Water Bottles on Board

Alaska Air to Ask Customers to Bring Their Own Water Bottles on Board

As part of its ongoing initiative to reduce the use of single-use plastics on flights, Alaska Airlines is asking passengers to bring their own water bottles with them under its #FillBeforeYouFly initiative.
The airline said it hopes to reduce inflight waste per passenger going to landfills by 70% by the year 2020.
“We’re passionate about working with our guests, employees, airports, and partners to reduce waste, protect habitats, and improve water health,” …

Two French Low-Cost Carriers to Offer Service to New York in 2020

Two French Low-Cost Carriers to Offer Service to New York in 2020

Two low-cost French airlines announced plans to offer non-stop service from Paris Orly Airport to Newark Liberty International Airport in the New York metropolitan area.
Both French bee and Corsair International will offer flights starting on June 10, 2020.  French bee will operate its flights using Airbus A350-900 aircraft.  Corsair will use Airbus A330-900neo jets.
Founded in 2016, French bee was originally known as French Blue until it changed its name following …

Okura Tokyo Hotel Reopens Following $1 Billion Makeover

Okura Tokyo Hotel Reopens Following $1 Billion Makeover

The Okura Tokyo reopened its doors to guests after being rebuilt from the ground up in a $1 billion renovation project.
Then known as the Hotel Okura Tokyo, the property, which closed its doors in August 2015, is a 1960s hotel that has hosted every U.S. president since Richard Nixon and that has been the site of several international summits.
The hotel, which had two wings, was completely rebuilt over the four-year …

Gogo Attains Milestone with 1,500 Commercial Aircraft Tied to Satellite Technology

Gogo Attains Milestone with 1,500 Commercial Aircraft Tied to Satellite Technology

In-flight Wi-Fi provider Gogo announced Wednesday that it has outfitted over 1,500 commercial aircraft into service with satellite-based connectivity technology.
The company said it has installed 2Ku equipment on 1,262 aircraft as well as Ku technology on 252 jets. It also has a backlog of 850 installations for 2Ku.
Gogo entered the in-flight connectivity business with its first customer, American Airlines, in 2008.  The original Gogo service uses air-to-ground technology, while newer …