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Sichuan Airlines Adopts Baby Panda as Brand Ambassador

Sichuan Airlines Adopts Baby Panda as Brand Ambassador

Sichuan Airlines announced the adoption of a baby panda that will become the official ambassador of the airline’s Panda Route flight expansion program.
The female panda, named 3U and nicknamed YouYou, was born on July 15, 2017.
Youyou is one of eight pandas depicted on the livery of an Airbus A350 that will fly the Chengdu-Beijing route in August and other new routes in the future.
The indigenous population of giant pandas are …

InterContinental Introduces AI-Powered Guest Rooms

InterContinental Introduces AI-Powered Guest Rooms

InterContinental Hotels Group announced AI Smart Rooms for several properties in China.
The new concept uses artificial intelligence to improve the guest experience. The hotelier sees millennials as a key target audience, it said, because they are “often seeking new things to try.”
Within the next 12 months, the company will introduce 100 Club Continental suites with artificial intelligence technology in the Chinese market. The use of AI will be largely voice …

BMW to Move Some Production from U.S. to China in Response to Tariffs

BMW to Move Some Production from U.S. to China in Response to Tariffs

BMW, which is the largest exporter of autobiles in the United States, said Monday it plans to build more of its SUVs overseas as a result of new tariffs on U.S. goods in China.
BMW also said it would raise the price of vehicles built in South Carolina and sold in China to offset that country’s new 40% import tax on U.S.-built vehicles. China imposed the new tariff in response to …

New Hyatt Regency Opens in Beijing

New Hyatt Regency Opens in Beijing

Hyatt announced the opening of the Hyatt Regency Beijing Wangjing. The property is the first of the brand’s hotels to open in the capital city.
The new hotel has 348 guestrooms, with a décor that includes oak wood, beige marble, green marble, and wood grain patterned carpeting. The hotel also has a 24-hour fitness center and an indoor pool.
Guests can dine at the hotel’s five restaurants and bars, including the Lounge, …

Air China to Begin Beijing-Hanoi Flights

Air China to Begin Beijing-Hanoi Flights

Air China announced plans to launch new service between Beijing and Hanoi, Vietnam, on June 1. The carrier will operate the route four times a week, on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Sundays.
Flights are scheduled to depart Beijing at 1:25 a.m. and arrive in Hanoi at 4:15 a.m. Flights from Hanoi will depart at 5:45 a.m. and arrive in Beijing at 10:25 a.m.
Air China will use Airbus A321 aircraft equipped with …

American Airlines to End Chicago-Beijing, Boost Presence in Caribbean

American Airlines to End Chicago-Beijing, Boost Presence in Caribbean

American Airlines announced multiple new routes to Hawaii and the Caribbean as well as changes to its winter schedule.
The Fort Worth-based carrier will add new winter seasonal service from Chicago O’Hare International Airport to Honolulu International Airport. The service will be operated using Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner aircraft.
In addition, the airline is adding four new routes to the Caribbean from Chicago, namely to Aruba, Grand Cayman, Nassau, and Providenciales.
American is increasing …

Hainan Airlines to Launch Guangzhou-Tel Aviv Route

Hainan Airlines to Launch Guangzhou-Tel Aviv Route

Hainan Airlines announced that it will introduce new service between Guangzhou and Tel Aviv on August 2. The carrier will operate the route three times a week, using Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft.
Flights are scheduled to depart Guangzhou at 1:30 a.m. on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays, arriving in Tel Aviv at 8:50 a.m. From Tel Aviv, flights will depart at 12:45 p.m., also on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays, and arrive in …