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Virgin Atlantic Dreamliner Flight Hits 801 MPH, Shatters Record

Virgin Atlantic Dreamliner Flight Hits 801 MPH, Shatters Record

A Virgin Atlantic Airways Boeing 787 Dreamliner broke a speed record when it hit a ground speed of 801 mph (1,289 km/h) late Monday.
Virgin Flight 8, which departed Los Angeles at 2:48 p.m. local time on Monday, managed to hit that speed thanks to a tail wind of over 200 mph (322 km/h) encountered over Pennsylvania.
Aviation geeks as well as commercial pilots were agog.
“[N]ever ever seen this kind of tailwind …

American Airlines to Offer Helicopter Transfer to JFK and LAX

American Airlines to Offer Helicopter Transfer to JFK and LAX

American Airlines announced it will offer helicopter transfers to Los Angeles International and New York’s John F. Kennedy International airports as part of its Five Star Service offering.
The airline is also offering the option of access to the Private Suite, a private terminal at LAX with its own security checkpoint and customs hall.
The helicopter transfer service is operated by Blade.  In New York City, it is available between the West …

Holiday Inn Los Angeles-LAX Airport Close to Finishing Major Renovation Project

Holiday Inn Los Angeles-LAX Airport Close to Finishing Major Renovation Project

InterContinental Hotels Group announced the imminent completion of major renovations to the Holiday Inn Los Angeles-LAX Airport.
The renovation project covered the entrance, lobby, guest rooms, restaurants, and meeting spaces.
Calling the property “a Holiday Inn like no other,” the hotel’s general manager, Israel Mora, emphasized the “top to bottom, brand new take on the Holiday Inn experience.”
The new lobby is referred to as the Boulevard and leads to the Spot, a …

Hawaiian Air Flight Returns to LAX 3 Times Before Being Cancelled

Hawaiian Air Flight Returns to LAX 3 Times Before Being Cancelled

A Hawaiian Airlines flight from Los Angeles to Maui returned to LAX three times following three departures on Friday and was finally cancelled.
The issue was due to what the airline called “separate and unrelated faults with different systems” in the Airbus A330-200 aircraft.
The flight first departed Los Angeles International Airport at 8:52 a.m. local time before returning several times.
The 207 passengers on board Hawaiian Flight 33 were provided with hotel …

Hyatt Plans to Open 40 New Hotels on the West Coast

Hyatt Plans to Open 40 New Hotels on the West Coast

Hyatt Hotels said it plans to open 40 new hotels in California, Oregon, and Washington over the coming three years.
The new properties include the Park Hyatt Los Angeles at Oceanside Plaza,  which will open next year; the 600-key Hyatt Regency Portland at Oregon Convention Center, which will open in early 2020; and the 351-room Grand Hyatt at SFO, which will open this summer and will be the only hotel on …

Los Angeles Transit System to Accept Apple Pay

Los Angeles Transit System to Accept Apple Pay

You might be forgiven for not knowing that Los Angeles has a robust rail and bus transit system, given that a tiny fraction of the population there uses it, and that Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority – known as LA Metro – the city’s transit agency, will soon implement Apple Pay.
With the installation of new fare boxes soon to get underway, passengers will be able to use an Apple …

United Airlines Opens Polaris Lounge in Los Angeles

United Airlines Opens Polaris Lounge in Los Angeles

United Airlines announced a soft opening of its fifth Polaris Lounge, this one at Los Angeles International Airport. The lounge will open to the public on Saturday.
The Chicago-based airline opened its second Polaris Lounge, that one at San Francisco International Airport, last April, and its third, at Newark Liberty International, last May. In June, United opened a fourth Polaris Lounge in Houston.
Similar to the airline’s other Polaris Lounges, the LAX …