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Nissan ProPilot Tech Powers Ryokan’s Slippers and Cushions

Nissan ProPilot Tech Powers Ryokan’s Slippers and Cushions

Nissan debuted its ProPilot Park Ryokan, featuring ProPilot Assist technology.
ProPilot Assist is the automaker’s semi-autonomous driver-assistance technology that helps control acceleration, braking, and steering during single-lane highway driving.
At the ryokan, however, the technology is being used to ensure that, at the push of a button, items including slippers, cushions, and tables are returned to where they belong. This is done in a manner similar to how Nissan’s ProPilot Park system …

Marriott to Open 40 New Luxury Hotels in 2018

Marriott to Open 40 New Luxury Hotels in 2018

Marriott Hotels and Resorts announced plans to open approximately 40 new higher-end properties next year, in multiple countries including Australia, China, Germany, Mexico, and Israel.
Marriott will debut six new Ritz-Carlton properties including in locations that include China’s Jiuzhaigou Valley and Los Cabos, Mexico. In addition, the company plans to renovate several Ritz-Carlton properties, including The Ritz-Carlton, Berlin and the Ritz-Carlton, Istanbul.
New St. Regis hotels are set to open in Cairo …

Fiji Airways to Begin Tokyo-Nadi Flights

Fiji Airways to Begin Tokyo-Nadi Flights

Fiji Airways announced that it will begin new service between Tokyo Narita and Nadi, Fiji on July 3, 2018.
The carrier will operate the route three days a week, on Tuesdays, Fridays, and Sundays.
Flights will depart Nadi International Airport at 1:25 p.m. and arrive at Tokyo Narita at 7:30 p.m. Return flights are scheduled to depart at 9:25 p.m. and arrive at 9:05 a.m. the next day.
Fiji Airways will operate the …

ANA to Roll Out New ‘Explore the Regions’ In-Flight Menus

ANA to Roll Out New ‘Explore the Regions’ In-Flight Menus

All Nippon Airways announced that it will roll out its Explore the Regions phase of its Tastes of Japan menu series on December 1. The program, which launched in September 2013, is designed to introduce passengers to beverages and cuisines from lesser-known parts of Japan on ANA flights and in the airline’s lounges.
This second phase of the menu, however, will see the carrier explore the country based on regions instead …

JAL and Aeroflot Announce Partnership

JAL and Aeroflot Announce Partnership

Japan Airlines and Aeroflot said Monday that the two had signed a memorandum of understanding that will lead to various partnerships.
The move follows changes in visa requirements for Japanese and Russian citizens, making travel between the two countries easier.
The two airlines plan a codeshare partnership for flights between Japan and Russia as well as for domestic flights in both countries. The first stage of the codeshare would be implemented after …

ANA, Vietnam Airlines Enhance Codeshare

ANA, Vietnam Airlines Enhance Codeshare

All Nippon Airways announced the expansion of its codeshare with Vietnam Airlines.
Beginning October 29, ANA will be allowed to place its code on Vietnam Airlines flights between Siem Reap, Cambodia and both Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. In addition, members of ANA’s Mileage Club loyalty program will be able to earn and redeem miles on these flights.
The two carriers first began a codeshare arrangement in 2016. On some …

Wing Panel Falls Off KLM Plane, Damages Car While Flying Over Japan

Wing Panel Falls Off KLM Plane, Damages Car While Flying Over Japan

A piece of an airplane fell from a KLM Royal Dutch Airlines plane on Saturday, damaging a car in Japan. The aircraft, a Boeing 777, had taken off from Kansai International Airport.
The wing panel, which authorities say weighed approximately nine pounds (four kilograms), damaged the roof of the car and smashed its rear window. The debris fell from a height of 6,500 feet (2,000 meters).
No one was in the car …