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Hilton Qingdao Golden Beach Hotel Opens in China

Hilton Qingdao Golden Beach Hotel Opens in China

Hilton announced the opening of a new hotel in Qingdao, a port city located in China’s eastern Shandong Province.  The property, called the Hilton Qingdao Golden Beach, is situated on the shores of the Golden Beach in the city’s Huangdao district.
The hotel has 402 guestrooms and 29 suites, each with private balconies offering views of the ocean or garden.  The suites range in size from 452 to 1,615 square feet …

Cathay Pacific to Increase Number of Weekly Flights Between Chicago, Hong Kong

Cathay Pacific to Increase Number of Weekly Flights Between Chicago, Hong Kong

Cathay Pacific announced it will add three additional weekly flights to its Chicago-Hong Kong route beginning August 2.  The extra flights will complement the airline’s existing daily service between the two cities, and will bring the total number of weekly departures from seven to ten.
The new flights are scheduled to depart Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport at 1:15 a.m. on Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays, and arrive at Hong Kong International Airport …

Tens of Thousands of Flights Delayed in China Due to Military Exercises

Tens of Thousands of Flights Delayed in China Due to Military Exercises

Officials are warning that flights to and from airports in eastern China will face considerable delay or cancellation over the next few weeks, although the delays have already begun in earnest.
China’s Xinhua news agency said on Sunday that the Ministry of Defense announced plans to conduct military exercises in southeast coastal areas starting July 29.
The flight delays as well as the military exercises apparently started last week, however.  Xinhua said …

China Eastern Airlines Introduces Wi-Fi on Domestic Service

China Eastern Airlines Introduces Wi-Fi on Domestic Service

China Eastern Airlines announced that it has begun offering in-flight Wi-Fi access on select domestic flights.  The service is provided by China Telecom Satellite and Panasonic Avionics Corporation’s eXConnect system.
Wi-Fi is currently available on one of the airline’s Airbus A330 planes used to operate flights between Beijing and Shanghai.  The carrier plans to eventually install the service on 26 more aircraft in its fleet, including 20 Boeing 777 and six …

U.S. Accuses Chinese Businessman of Stealing Confidential Boeing Data

U.S. Accuses Chinese Businessman of Stealing Confidential Boeing Data

The Justice Department charged a Chinese citizen living in Canada with breaking into Boeing’s computer systems and stealing reams of data from U.S. defense contractors about proprietary American technology including military aircraft and weapons.
The charges against Su Bin, the owner of a Chinese aviation technology company, were announced Friday.
In court filings, the Federal Bureau of Investigation said that Mr. Bin, who owned a Chinese aviation company called Lode Tech, spent …

Lufthansa, Air China Plan Joint Venture

Lufthansa, Air China Plan Joint Venture

Lufthansa and Air China announced plans to form a joint venture and work more closely together on routes linking China and Europe.
The two airlines, both members of Star Alliance, made the announcement during German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s visit to China this week.
Carsten Spohr, Lufthansa’s CEO, and Song Zhiyong, president of Air China, signed a memorandum of understanding Monday “to enhance the commercial partnership as part of a joint venture.”
The memorandum …

5 Stories to Read This Weekend: June 28, 2014

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The weekend is quickly approaching, and it’s time to kick back and relax with this week’s news and features.  Here are five engaging stories that should entertain and inform you this weekend.
1.) Jonathan Spira gives us an up-close look at the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, which United Airlines is currently flying on its recently launched San Francisco to Chengdu route.  The high-tech plane is 20% more fuel efficient than others in …