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Volvo XC60 Judged Safest Car You Can Buy

Volvo XC60 Judged Safest Car You Can Buy

The Volvo XC60 may very well be one of the safest cars money can buy, according to tests conducted by the European New Car Assessment Program, or Euro NCAP.
Testers found the XC60 to be the car with the best overall performance in the 2017 Euro NCAP 2017 Best in Class safety awards.
The new SUV, judged in the Large Off Road category, received five-stars on the Euro NCAP ratings and scored …

Flight Review: American Airlines New York-London New Flagship Business – International

Not another review of a flight to London, I hear you cry. Well, dear readers, this one is different. This time we are on a newly configured American Airlines 777-200ER sporting the carrier’s new business-class seats.
The 777-200ER originally was a three-class plane, with Flagship First, business, and coach. A few years ago, the airline decided to offer more business-class seats on these planes and offer Flagship First only on the …

Mazda and Toyota Announce Joint Factory in Alabama

Mazda and Toyota Announce Joint Factory in Alabama

Mazda and Toyota announced Wednesday that the two automakers have selected Alabama as the site of a future joint-venture auto plant.
The $1.6-billion plant, to be located in Huntsville, will eventually employ as many as 4,000 workers. Production is expected to start by 2021, the two automakers said. Production will be divided evenly between the Toyota Corolla compact and a new as-of-yet unnamed USV from Mazda.
The two companies are taking advantage …

Hoshino to Launch New ‘Omo’ Brand of Hotels

Hoshino to Launch New ‘Omo’ Brand of Hotels

Hoshino Resorts announced plans for Omo, a new mid-range hotel brand.
The first Omo hotel is slated to open this spring. The hotelier said that the new brand will be designed to attract tourists who might stay at mid-range hotels designed more for business travelers but want more personalized service. Omo hotels will typically be located in city centers and the first two will open in Asahikawa, Kokkaiso and Otsuka, Tokyo. …

Icelandair to Add Flights to Kansas City

Icelandair to Add Flights to Kansas City

Icelandair announced plans to offer season non-stop service connecting Kansas City, Missouri with Reykjavik later this year.
The new flight will commence on May 25, 2018 and operate thrice-weekly on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays, while return flights will operate on Tuesdays, Fridays, and Sundays.
“Today marks the first time in history that Icelandair will offer non-stop flights to and from the heart of America to Iceland and beyond,” said the airline’s CEO, …

Wireless Charging and the New Apple iPhones: Is it a Game Changer?

One of most-hyped features included with Apple’s three latest iPhones – the iPhone 8, 8 Plus, and X – is wireless charging. Before I came to experience wireless charging on a regular basis, I truly thought it was mostly smoke and mirrors. I was happy to find out I was mistaken as this may be one of the most underrated yet useful new features I’ve come across in …

Take Our 2018 Winter Travel News Quiz and Win Pan Am Memorabilia

Winter is here and with it, our Winter Travel News Quiz. Take a break from shoveling snow and find out if you paid sufficient attention in class by taking the ten-question quiz. By doing so, you could win a piece of airline history including items from Pan Am.
Be aware that your inner travel or aviation geek could emerge unexpectedly.
Simply scroll down, have fun, and share the quiz with your friends …