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Hilton to Offer Online Check-in, Room Selection, and Smartphone Room Keys

Hilton to Offer Online Check-in, Room Selection, and Smartphone Room Keys

Hilton Worldwide announced the introduction of digital check-in, room selection, and digital check-out via smartphones, tablets, and laptops. The hotelier plans to add the ability for guests to unlock rooms using a smartphone in the future.
The new system allows guests who are Hilton HHonors members to check in for a hotel stay at 6 a.m. the day before arrival. The system will allow them to choose a room using floor …

United to Rebank Hubs, Ax Smaller Regional Jets

United to Rebank Hubs, Ax Smaller Regional Jets

United Airlines said it will rebank flights at three of its hubs as part of its efforts to improve performance and profitability.
That means that dozens of flights will all land within a short period of time and then take off within a similarly short time period.  The impacted hubs are Denver, Chicago, and Houston.
“We have more confidence in our operational reliability going forward to permit those connections to occur without …

Virgin America Announces Plans for IPO

Virgin America Announces Plans for IPO

Virgin America announced on Monday that it had filed a registration for an initial public offering of its common stock with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.  The discount carrier’s move had been expected for several months.
The airline said that the number of shares to be offered and the price range for the proposed offering have yet to be determined.  Barclays and Deutsche Bank Securities are acting as joint book …

TSA Launches Crowd-Sourcing Contest to Speed up PreCheck and Security Checkpoint Lines

TSA Launches Crowd-Sourcing Contest to Speed up PreCheck and Security Checkpoint Lines

The Transportation Security Administration, the agency responsible for airport checkpoints in the United States, announced a competition to improve the efficiency of its PreCheck trusted traveler lines at the nation’s airports.
The program allows travelers to use the TSA’s PreCheck lanes.  PreCheck is a program that allows travelers to keep their shoes, belts, and light jackets on and leave laptops and liquids in their carry-on bags.
The agency is using InnoCentive, a …

Malaysia Air Crash Investigation Delayed

Malaysia Air Crash Investigation Delayed

Fighting and legal issues are delaying plans for investigators to arrive at the site of the crashed Malaysia Airlines.
One team of four Dutch forensic experts had reached the crash site last week but announced plans to leave due to heavy fighting in the region.  Another team, this one larger, attempted to travel to Donetsk but was not able to continue to the site.
Meanwhile, on Saturday, the leader of a large …

Tens of Thousands of Flights Delayed in China Due to Military Exercises

Tens of Thousands of Flights Delayed in China Due to Military Exercises

Officials are warning that flights to and from airports in eastern China will face considerable delay or cancellation over the next few weeks, although the delays have already begun in earnest.
China’s Xinhua news agency said on Sunday that the Ministry of Defense announced plans to conduct military exercises in southeast coastal areas starting July 29.
The flight delays as well as the military exercises apparently started last week, however.  Xinhua said …

Lost Air Algerie Aircraft and Black Box Located, No Survivors Found

Lost Air Algerie Aircraft and Black Box Located, No Survivors Found

Officials on Friday announced that they had located a crashed Air Algerie aircraft in Mali and one black box.
French President Françoise Hollande said that the wreckage of the jet, an MD-83, had been found in a “disintegrated state” and that there were no survivors.
“Regrettably, there were no survivors,” said Hollande.  “I share the pain of the families” of the passengers.
Flight 5017 had 116 passengers and crew on board on Thursday …