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Singapore to End World’s Longest Flights

Singapore to End World’s Longest Flights

Singapore Airlines announced it will discontinue flights between Singapore and Newark Liberty International Airport, a route that covered roughly 9,500 miles in 18 hours, and between Singapore and Los Angeles, California, an 18-hour 30-minute flight that covered 8,000 miles.
The airline was operating the flights using Airbus A340-500 aircraft which were configured with 98 business-class seats.  Most A340-500 jets have 250 seats.  Singapore sold tickets on the two routes for roughly …

American Announces New Domestic and International Service

American Announces New Domestic and International Service

American Airlines announced that it will launch new service to European, Asian, Latin American, and domestic destinations. Included in the new routes will be Lima, Peru; Dusseldorf, Germany; and Dublin, Ireland; as well as the airline’s fist ever service to Seoul, South Korea.
On April 11, 2013, subject to government approval, American Airlines will begin new daily service between Chicago O’Hare and Dusseldorf, Germany. The airline will codeshare with airberlin on …

Austrian Airlines Gives Long-Haul Fleet 90 Million Euro Makeover

Austrian Airlines Gives Long-Haul Fleet 90 Million Euro Makeover

Austrian Airlines is installing new modern cabins in its long-haul aircraft. The makeover, which will cost the airline over 90 million euros, will see all ten of Austrian’s Boeing 777 and 767 long-haul aircraft receive ergonomic Economy Class seats, an improved in-flight entertainment system, and fully-flat seats in Business Class. The airline is also reworking the entire interior color scheme of its aircraft.
The new ergonomic Economy Class seats will have …

Starwood Announces Opening of Westin New York Grand Central

Starwood Announces Opening of Westin New York Grand Central

Starwood Hotels & Resorts announced the opening of the Westin New York Grand Central. The new Westin property is the result of a $75 million renovation of the former New York Helmsley Hotel.
Located a few blocks away from Grand Central Terminal and the United Nations, the hotel includes 774 guestrooms, 11 of which are one-bedroom suites, and one of which is a three-bedroom presidential suite. Each of the 300 square …

JetBlue and Royal Air Maroc Announce Interline Agreement

JetBlue and Royal Air Maroc Announce Interline Agreement

JetBlue and Royal Air Maroc, the flag carrier of Morocco, have entered into an interline agreement. The new arrangement will connect the two airlines’ networks and allow new flight options for travelers between Africa and the Americas.
The agreement allows customers to book single-ticket trips that combine flights on both airlines, as well as experience one-stop baggage check-in for transfers between the two carriers at New York’s JFK. In addition, the …

Choice Hotels Opens Hotel de Point

Choice Hotels Opens Hotel de Point

Choice Hotels International has opened Hotel de Point, a boutique hotel in Flushing, Queens, New York. The hotel is the newest addition to the Ascend Hotel Collection, a network of over 75 upscale independent hotels open or under development in the U.S., Canada, Costa Rica, Scandinavia, and the Caribbean.
The 114 rooms have muted grey, cream, and white colors, with brightly colored floor-to-ceiling wall art of nature-inspired designs. There are custom …

Hyatt Announces New Hyatt Credit Card Benefits

Hyatt Announces New Hyatt Credit Card Benefits

Hyatt and Chase Card Services announced new benefits for holders of the Hyatt Credit Card, including the ability to earn free nights and Hyatt Gold Passport points.
Cardholders will now receive two Hyatt Gold Passport points per dollar spent on the card at restaurants, on airline tickets purchased directly with the airline, and at car rental agencies. Cardholders will also receive two stay credits and five night credits toward Diamond status …