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St. Regis Chengdu Opens in Sichuan Province

St. Regis Chengdu Opens in Sichuan Province

Starwood Hotels & Resorts announced the opening of the St. Regis Chengdu in the capital of Sichuan province in Southwest China on Friday.
The new hotel is within walking distance of Tianfu Square and the Chun Xi Road retail district of the city.
The hotel has 279 guestrooms and suites, all with St. Regis Butler Service. Amenities include high-speed Internet access, 46” LCD televisions, Bose sound systems, and Simmons mattresses, and the …

American Airlines Gives Flight Attendants $81 Million in Additional Raises

American Airlines Gives Flight Attendants $81 Million in Additional Raises

The union that represents American Airlines flight attendants announced that the airline’s CEO agreed to give its members an additional $81 million in pay.
Doug Parker, the airline’s CEO, Scott Kirby, its president, and Stephen Johnson, executive vice president met with the board of the Association of Professional Flight Attendants on Thursday, with the improved contract as the outcome.
“Today’s announcement is the beginning of a new chapter,” the union said in …

American Airlines to Codeshare with Interjet

American Airlines to Codeshare with Interjet

American Airlines announced a codeshare agreement with Interjet, a Mexico City-based low-cost carrier.
The new agreement gives American’s passengers new destinations within Mexico.  It covers five destinations, namely Huatulco, Villahermosa, Merida, Tuxtla Gutierrez, and Oaxaca.
Founded in 2005, Interjet operates 1,800 weekly flights to 38 cities in Mexico and also serves destinations in the United States, Latin America, and the Caribbean.  It has been known to describe itself as the “JetBlue of …

Etihad Launches its First Dreamliner and Airbus A380 Aircraft

Etihad Launches its First Dreamliner and Airbus A380 Aircraft

Etihad announced the arrival of two new aircraft types, the Airbus A380 and the Boeing 787 Dreamliner.
Both planes, carrying the new “Facets of Abu Dhabi” livery, were unveiled to the public in Abu Dhabi on Thursday.
The A380 is the first of the airline’s planes to have the Residence, a 125-square-foot (11.6-square-meter) suite occupying the forward portion of the upper deck. The Residence offers its occupants a living room, private shower, …

FBT Reader Contest: Win $100 LoungeBuddy Credit

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Frequent Business Traveler and LoungeBuddy are giving away $10 LoungeBuddy credits to all readers and two lucky readers will win $100 LoungeBuddy credits.
LoungeBuddy recently introduced a new version of its app, which locates and recommends airline lounges at specific airports based on user-defined criteria.
The new version adds the ability to purchase airport lounge access for locations within the United States from a mobile device.
To celebrate, download LoungeBuddy and use the …

LoungeBuddy Adds Support for Lounge Access Purchase in the U.S.

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LoungeBuddy, which released version 2.0 of its app in November, announced it was adding the ability to purchase airport lounge access from a mobile device for locations within the United States.  It also announced a lounge management tool and Apple Pay integration.
The LoungeBuddy app locates and recommends airline lounges at specific airports based on user-defined criteria.
Effective today, with version 2.02 running on iOS devices, LoungeBuddy will support in-app purchases for …

Air Canada Flight Diverted After ‘Unruly Passenger’ Reportedly Attacked Cabin Crew

Air Canada Flight Diverted After ‘Unruly Passenger’ Reportedly Attacked Cabin Crew

A Toronto-bound Air Canada flight en route from London had to divert to Halifax Wednesday after a female passenger allegedly assaulted two flight attendants.
The airline said in a tweet that Flight 869 had diverted due to an “unruly passenger.”  The plane remained in Halifax for approximately three hours before continuing on to Toronto.
Royal Canadian Mounted Police boarded the aircraft at Halifax Stanfield International Airport and arrested a 30-year-old South African …