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Former British Airways Executive Indicted in $5 Million JFK Procurement Scandal

Former British Airways Executive Indicted in $5 Million JFK Procurement Scandal

A former British Airways executive who was responsible for the airlines’ operations in the Americas took more than $5 million in bribes to award ground service business at the airline’s New York hub, the New York Attorney General’s Office said in a statement announcing the indictment on Tuesday.
Steven Clark, who was with British Airways for over 30 years and serving most recently as senior vice president for customer service and …

ANA to Add Istanbul, Milan, Moscow, Shenzhen, and Stockholm to Route Network

ANA to Add Istanbul, Milan, Moscow, Shenzhen, and Stockholm to Route Network

All Nippon Airways announced plans to add five new cities to its route network.  The list of cities includes Istanbul, Milan, Moscow, Shenzhen, and Stockholm.
The new cities will be served from Tokyo Haneda Airport and will bring the list of international cities served by the carrier to 52.
“These new routes will increase the ease and convenience for passengers flying to Japan from across the world,” said Seiichi Takahashi, a senior …

U.S. Airlines Expect Record Number of Passengers for Thanksgiving

U.S. Airlines Expect Record Number of Passengers for Thanksgiving

Flying somewhere over the Thanksgiving holiday? You won’t be alone.
The number of passengers that will fly during this year’s 12-day Thanksgiving holiday period is expected to increase over last year’s figures. The Thanksgiving holiday falls on Thursday, November 28.
Figures released by Airlines for America, an industry trade group, predict that 31.6 million passengers will travel on U.S. airlines during the last two weeks of November. The forecast is a 3.1% …

Real ID is Almost Here: This is What You Need to Know to Fly Starting Next Year

If you didn’t upgrade your driver’s license to a Real ID-compliant one when renewing, you may be in for a surprise.
Starting in October 2020, the Transportation Security Administration, the agency which is responsible for manning security checkpoints at the nation’s airports, will stop accepting standard driver’s licenses and only accept those which are compliant with the Real ID Act of 2005, which came about as an aftermath of the September …

American Express to Add Trip Delay and Cancellation Insurance to Platinum, Centurion Cards

American Express to Add Trip Delay and Cancellation Insurance to Platinum, Centurion Cards

American Express said it plans to add new trip cancellation and interruption insurance benefits on some of its charge cards.
The new benefits will be available to holders of 14 American Express cards including the Platinum and Business Platinum cards, the Delta Reserve and Delta Reserve for Business cards, and the American Express Corporate Platinum card as well as to the Centurion card.
The new travel benefits go into effect on January …

Hilton to Open Motto by Hilton Hotels in Atlanta, Washington, D.C.

Hilton to Open Motto by Hilton Hotels in Atlanta, Washington, D.C.

Hilton announced the groundbreaking for a Motto by Hilton hotel in Atlanta and plans to open a Motto by Hilton hotel in Washington, D.C. early next year.
The 146-key Atlanta property will be in the Old Fourth Ward of the city as part of the Waldo’s mixed-use development and will open in 2021.
In addition to the Atlanta property, Hilton said that the Motto by Hilton Washington D.C. City Center, a 245-room …

Waldorf Astoria Relics Offered for Sale as Major Renovation Project Continues

Waldorf  Astoria Relics Offered for Sale as Major Renovation Project Continues

Although the Waldorf Astoria, which closed in the spring of 2017 for a three-year renovation project that will see many of its guest rooms converted to private condominium apartments, won’t be welcoming guests for at least another year, but it’s possible to now purchase a piece of the storied hotel for your home.
The hotel, partnering with Olde Good Things, an architectural antique dealer, is selling chandeliers, marble and wooden mantles, …