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5 Stories to Read This Weekend: November 29, 2014

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It’s Thanksgiving weekend, the guests are gone, the dishes are put away, and no one wants to hear the words “turkey fricassee.” Here are five stories you might have missed while basting the turkey.
1.) Jonathan Spira reviews the Sofitel Philadelphia, noting that a visit to a Sofitel anywhere in the world is also partially a visit to France. The combination of comfortable surroundings and excellent service make for a memorable …

Air China, Air New Zealand Ink Partnership

Air China, Air New Zealand Ink Partnership

Air China announced that it signed a statement of intent with Air New Zealand to begin a partnership.  The proposed alliance is still subject to regulatory approval.
Under the partnership, Air China would begin new, non-stop service between Beijing and Auckland, New Zealand, which would complement Air New Zealand’s existing Shanghai-Auckland service.
The carriers will be in talks over the proposed alliance, and hope to reach an agreement by early next year.
Air …

New FDA Regulations to Require Calorie Count Disclosure

New FDA Regulations to Require Calorie Count Disclosure

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced sweeping new rules on Tuesday that mandate the prominent posting of calorie counts on menus.
The regulations will affect travelers by requiring many food establishments commonly found in airports and hotels, including sit-down and fast-food restaurants, bakeries, and coffee shops, as well as take-out and delivery items such as pizza, to disclose the caloric content.  The rules also extend to self-service establishments such as …

Delta Adds Private Drive-Through Check-In at London Heathrow

Delta Adds Private Drive-Through Check-In at London Heathrow

Delta Air Lines announced that it is now offering a private, drive-through check-in for business-class passengers flying out of London’s Heathrow Airport.
Passengers will be able to be dropped off at Virgin Atlantic’s Upper Class Wing, a private terminal that is accessed via a series of remote-controlled stanchions.  Delta is promising its passengers that they will go from car to the Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse lounge in ten minutes, thanks to a …

American’s US Airways Unit to Launch Daytime London-Philly Route

American’s US Airways Unit to Launch Daytime London-Philly Route

American Airlines announced plans to operate a daytime flight linking Philadelphia and London next spring.  The flight will be operated by its US Airway subsidiary.
Flights will depart Philadelphia International Airport at 9:55 a.m. and arrive at London Heathrow at 10:10 p.m.  Flights from London will depart at 8:20 a.m. and arrive in Philadelphia at 11:35 a.m.
American will operate the flight using Boeing 757-200 aircraft.
On Friday, Delta Air Lines announced that …

Thanksgiving Week Storm to Disrupt Travel Plans

Thanksgiving Week Storm to Disrupt Travel Plans

As a storm promising rain and heavy snow heads to the east coast and Appalachians, high winds were causing delays on Monday at numerous airports across the country.
The weather has caused almost 2,000 flight delays and 200 cancellations as of 2:30 p.m. EST, according to FlightStats, a flight-tracking service.
The airports impacted by the greatest number of delays and cancellations were Chicago O’Hare, LaGuardia, Dallas/Fort Worth International, and Baltimore/Washington International.
Meanwhile, rain …

Hotel Croydon Opens in Miami

Hotel Croydon Opens in Miami

A new property, the Hotel Croydon, opened in Miami in the mid-Beach Miami neighborhood.
The hotel has a 24-hour restaurant, called the Tavern, which offers breakfast menu items all day.  The property also has a lifestyle boutique store, Wanderlista.
Hotel Croydon has a rooftop sundeck, with live jazz performances every Friday.  In addition, the property has a jazz yoga class on the last Friday of every month.
The property also has daily happy hour …