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JW Marriott Hotels to Offer ‘Family by JW’ Program with Guggenheim and Joffrey Ballet

JW Marriott Hotels to Offer ‘Family by JW’ Program with Guggenheim and Joffrey Ballet

Marriott International announced the Family by JW program, available at JW Marriott properties.
Family by JW was created for children between the ages of five and 12 and includes a variety of activities and adventures that Marriott says will leave families feeling “inspired and connected.” The activities are based on three themes – creativity, activeness, and culture – and will include programs with partners such as the Guggenheim Museum and the …

Review: Sonos One with Apple AirPlay 2 and Apple Homekit Support

Sonos became the first third-party company last week to support Apple’s AirPlay 2 standard when it issued an update for its Sonos One, Beam, Play:5, and Playbase speakers.
AirPlay 2 support means that it’s possible to speak to Siri (via an iPhone or iPad presumably) in order to control the Sonos device and adds support for multi-room playback as well as control by the iPhone’s Control Center.
While the Sonos …

T-Mobile to Offer Inexpensive International Data Pass

T-Mobile to Offer Inexpensive International Data Pass

T-Mobile USA announced Tuesday that it would offer a new international daily data roaming pass starting August 1.
The new offering provides 512 Mbytes of high-speed data and unlimited voice calls for a 24-hour period in over 210 countries including Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Japan, Italy, Portugal, Russia, Spain, Sweden, and the United Kingdom.
The cost is $5 a day, half the rate that competitors AT&T Wireless …

United Airlines Q2 Profit Lower As Jet Fuel Prices Spike

United Airlines Q2 Profit Lower As Jet Fuel Prices Spike

United Airlines announced financial results for the second quarter of 2018.
The Chicago-based airline said its net income fell by 16.7% to $684 million from $821 million in the same period in 2017, despite an 8% increase in revenue.
The airline blamed the rising cost of jet fuel for the drop. It said to expect ticket prices to rise through September and also reduced its planned growth for the rest of the …

Airbus, Boeing (Once Again) Raise 20-Year Market Forecasts for Passenger Jets

The world’s two largest airplane manufacturers, Airbus and Boeing, both raised their forecasts for aircraft deliveries over the next two decades as the Farnborough International Airshow gets underway.
Airbus, in its 20-year market forecast, said over 37,400 planes would be delivered in that period, with a value of $5.8 trillion, a 7% increase over last year’s forecast.
Boeing sees an even bigger market, however. In its annual 20-year outlook, the Chicago-based company …

Alaska Air Reports Jump in Key Metrics for June 2018

Alaska Air Reports Jump in Key Metrics for June 2018

Alaska Air Group announced operational results for June 2018. The carrier saw a rise in traffic and capacity, as well as in its load factor for the month.
System-wide traffic for Alaska Air Group, expressed in revenue passenger miles, or RPMs, increased by 7.3% year-over-year, up to 5.05 billion RPMs compared to 4.70 billion in June of 2017.
Capacity was 5.72 billion available seat miles, or ASMs, a year-over-year increase of 6.1% …

New Concourse Set to Open at Charlotte Douglas International Airport

New Concourse Set to Open at Charlotte Douglas International Airport

After several years of construction, Concourse A North at Charlotte Douglas International Airport is slated to open its gates to passengers later this month.
The new $200 million concourse is part of a $2.5 billion set of projects planned or underway at the airport, including an expanded roadway leading to the terminal and a new control tower.
The new expansion at Charlotte Douglas will “usher in a redefined identity and an enhanced …