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U.S. Gives Final Approval to Norwegian Air’s Irish Subsidiary

U.S. Gives Final Approval to Norwegian Air’s Irish Subsidiary

The U.S. Department of Transportation on Friday announced it had given final approval for Norwegian Air Shuttle’s Irish subsidiary to operate flights to and from the United States.
“By this order, the Department makes final its tentative findings and conclusions set out in order 2016-4-12 and awards Norwegian Air International Limited the foreign carrier permit as the Appendix to this order,” the agency said in its order which was issued on November …

Oneworld to Offer Southern Hemisphere Round-the-World Ticket

Oneworld to Offer Southern Hemisphere Round-the-World Ticket

The oneworld alliance announced a new Explorer round-the-world fare that includes flights solely in the southern hemisphere.
The new fare became possible thanks to the recent start of service by Latam Airlines between São Paulo, Brazil and Johannesburg, South Africa. It marks the first time a circumnavigation of the globe south of the equator will be possible on oneworld member carriers.
The new Explorer fare will cover three continents, namely Australia, South …

American Airlines to Introduce Larger Overhead Bins on 737s

American Airlines to Introduce Larger Overhead Bins on 737s

American Airlines’ newest Boeing 737-800s will be equipped with larger and completely redesigned overhead bins. Since roll aboards can be placed on their sides, the so-called “Space Bins” can hold 50% more than current bins.
The Space Bins have a lower bin base that makes it easier to place bags inside and provides greater visibility into the bin, which helps reduce the number of items left behind. The bins are also …

Air Canada Opens Renovated International Maple Leaf Lounge in Quebec

Air Canada Opens Renovated International Maple Leaf Lounge in Quebec

Air Canada announced the reopening of its international Maple Leaf Lounge at Montréal–Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport.
The cavernous lounge, located between gates 52 and 53, covers an area of 11,000 square feet or 1,022 square meters with seating capacity for 259 passengers. Air Canada installed floor-to-ceiling windows throughout the lounge to give passengers an unobstructed view of the tarmac. The décor itself is intended to reflect the “majestic natural beauty …

Netflix to (Finally) Offer Offline Viewing of Movies and Shows

Netflix to (Finally) Offer Offline Viewing of Movies and Shows

Netflix said it will offer customers the ability to download and save some of the programming it streams to subscribers so it can be viewed without Internet connectivity.
The company released a new version of its iPhone and Android apps that supports downloading movies and TV shows “to watch on the go.”
The move was welcomed by travelers, especially frequent flyers, who will be able to download digital content both at home and …

American Airlines to Temporarily Rename Flagship Lounges Prior to Launching New Lounge Concept

American Airlines to Temporarily Rename Flagship Lounges Prior to Launching New Lounge Concept

As part of its plan to renovate existing Flagship Lounges, offer new dining options, and add new Flagship Lounges in several cities, American Airlines is temporarily renaming its current Flagship Lounges until the transformation has been completed.
The temporary name will be International First Class Lounge and the change will go into effect at the beginning of December.
Currently, passengers traveling on American or a oneworld partner in international first class or …

Trump to Nominate Elaine Chao as Transportation Secretary

Trump to Nominate Elaine Chao as Transportation Secretary

Former Secretary of Labor Elaine L. Chao was named on Tuesday by President-elect Donald Trump to be the next secretary of transportation.
Chao served as secretary of labor under President George W. Bush and was the only official in his administration to serve all eight years. Prior to that, she served as director of the Peace Corps and later as deputy transportation secretary under President George Bush.
The new transportation secretary, who …