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American Airlines Aircraft Returns to Gate After Hitting Sign at JFK

American Airlines Aircraft Returns to Gate After Hitting Sign at JFK

An American Airlines aircraft returned to the gate Wednesday night after hitting a sign during takeoff.
Flight 300 was taking off from John F. Kennedy International Airport when it hit a sign that was adjacent to the runway.
The aircraft “struck an object upon departure,” the airline said. A spokesman for the airline said that the plane hit the sign because it was slightly off center during takeoff.
The aircraft, which left the …

Hilton Checkers Hotel in Los Angeles Completes Renovations

Hilton Checkers Hotel in Los Angeles Completes Renovations

Hilton announced the completion of a multi-million dollar renovation of the Hilton Checkers Hotel in downtown Los Angeles. The hotelier said that the changes pay homage to the history of the property.
As part of the project, a new dining venue, 1927 Bar+Kitchen, was added to the hotel. The hotel describes the bar “a modern-day speakeasy,” and it pays tribute to speakeasys from the 1920s.
Each of the hotel’s 193 guestrooms and …

George Clooney Renews Call for Dorchester Hotels Boycott Over Brunei’s LGBT Laws

George Clooney Renews Call for Dorchester Hotels Boycott Over Brunei’s LGBT Laws

Actor George Clooney called for a boycott of the nine hotels owned by the Dorchester Collection after the small southeast Asian kingdom of Brunei enacted new laws that will impose a penalty of death by stoning as punishment for gay sex and adultery.
“Let that sink in,” the actor wrote in an opinion piece for Deadline. “In the onslaught of news where we see the world backsliding into authoritarianism this stands …

And The World’s Most Expensive Cities Are…

If you think New York and San Francisco are expensive, try Singapore. Southeast Asia’s island city-state is no longer the world’s most expensive city. It’s been joined at the top of the Economist Intelligence Unit’s Worldwide Cost of Living Survey by Hong Kong and Paris in a tie for first place.
“For the first time three cities share the title of the world’s most expensive city,” the EIU said in a …

United Airlines Adds 18 New Routes from Denver, L.A., N.Y., San Francisco, and Washington, D.C.

United Airlines Adds 18 New Routes from Denver, L.A., N.Y., San Francisco, and Washington, D.C.

United Airlines announced the addition of 18 new routes from a list of cities that includes Cleveland, Denver, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C.
The Chicago-based airline inaugurated service from Denver to Brownsville, Texas; Destin/Fort Walton Beach, Florida; Pensacola; Santa Rosa, California; Sarasota; and West Palm Beach earlier in March. It also added service from Cleveland to Tampa, and from Los Angeles to Redding, California.
United said that it …

Amtrak Coast Starlight Train Stranded for 36 Hours, Arrives in Eugene, Oregon

Amtrak Coast Starlight Train Stranded for 36 Hours, Arrives in Eugene, Oregon

Some 36 hours after becoming immobilized in deep snow, the Amtrak Coast Starlight arrived at Eugene Station in Eugene, Oregon, with plans to return to its point of departure, Seattle, Washington.
The train, originally en route to Los Angeles, had approximately 200 passengers on board and became inoperable as a result of downed trees and heavy snow accumulation.
The railroad said it determined that leaving passengers and crew on the train was …

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 …