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EgyptAir Flight from New York to Cairo Rocked by Extreme Turbulence

EgyptAir Flight from New York to Cairo Rocked by Extreme Turbulence

Several passengers on board an EgyptAir flight earlier this week were injured earlier this week when the aircraft encountered severe air turbulence en route from New York to Cairo.
The Boeing 777, which departed John F. Kennedy International Airport for Cairo International Airport, had 268 passengers on board.
EgyptAir Flight 986 encountered turbulence several hours into the flight and the plane reportedly dropped 700 feet (213 meters).  Reports on Facebook from passengers …

DOT Panel Backs Change in Policy for In-Flight Mobile Phone Use

DOT Panel Backs Change in Policy for In-Flight Mobile Phone Use

The Department of Transportation’s Advisory Committee for Aviation Consumer Protection recommended on Wednesday that airlines have the final say on whether passengers may make telephone calls during flights.
The recommendation, which is non-binding, follows a 2013 decision by the Federal Communications Commission to consider lifting the ban on in-flight calls.  The news at the time resulted in vocal opposition from frequent travelers, flight attendants, and others, and Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx …

Delta Prasm Falls Almost 7% in August

Delta Prasm Falls Almost 7% in August

Delta Air Lines announced operational results for August 2015.
The Atlanta-based carrier carrier’s total system traffic for the month was 20.82 billion revenue passenger miles, or RPMs, a year-over-year increase of 3.9%, up from 20.3 billion in August 2014.  Domestic traffic rose 5.1%, up to 12.02 billion RPMs from 11.43 billion last year, while international traffic rose 2.3% to 8.8 billion RPMs, up from 8.6 billion during the same period of …

Russian Flag Carrier Aeroflot to Acquire Transaero Airlines

Russian Flag Carrier Aeroflot to Acquire Transaero Airlines

Aeroflot PJSC, Russia’s largest airline, will take over the country’s number two airline, Transaero Airlines, in a move that reflects the country’s economic turmoil.
The acquisition was approved by a government commission chaired by First Deputy Prime Minister Igor Shuvalov.
“In the interests of the development of the commercial aviation and creating one of the largest in the world group of airlines, the commission has approved the acquisition of JSC Transaero Airlines …

DoubleTree by Hilton Decatur Riverfront Opens in Alabama

DoubleTree by Hilton Decatur Riverfront Opens in Alabama

Hilton announced the opening of a new DoubleTree by Hilton property in Decatur, Alabama.  The DoubleTree by Hilton Decatur Riverfront is located on the banks of the Tennessee River, approximately 14 miles (22 kilometers) from Huntsville International Airport.
The five-story property offers 165 guestrooms, with complimentary Wi-Fi Internet available throughout the hotel.
Guests can dine at the Twist Grill and Bar, which is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and serves traditional …

JetBlue to Begin Seasonal New York-Palm Springs Flights

JetBlue to Begin Seasonal New York-Palm Springs Flights

JetBlue Airways announced that it plans to launch new seasonal service between New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport and Palm Springs, California, this winter.  The carrier will operate the service five times a week, from January 15, 2016 to May 1.
The route is subject to government approval.
The planned flights will depart New York at 7:45 p.m. on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, and Mondays, and arrive at Palm Springs International …

Korean Hotelier Lotte Takes Over New York Palace

Korean Hotelier Lotte Takes Over New York Palace

Lotte Hotels and Resorts said it had become the new owner of the New York Palace on Friday.  The Korean hotelier purchased the property from Northwood Investors, a privately held real estate advisory firm, which had acquired it from the Sultan of Brunei in 2011.
Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.
The hotel, which opened in 1981 as the Helmsley Palace, was built around the Villard Houses, built in 1882 by …