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Airbus A380 Retrospective: Air France Retires its First Superjumbo

Air France retired the first of its Airbus A380s over the weekend, following through on a plan announced in July of this year to retire its fleet of ten of the superjumbos. The aircraft, carrying the registration code F-HPJB, entered the fleet in 2009.
The Airbus A380 is a double-deck, wide-body, four-engine airliner that was introduced in 2007 in conjunction with launch customer Singapore Airlines. It is the world’s largest passenger airliner.
It …

New York City to Create Pedestrian Zone Around Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree

New York City to Create Pedestrian Zone Around Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree

New York City will create a temporary pedestrian zone around Rockefeller Center during the holiday season, the city’s mayor announced.
The new pedestrian zone will be created by closing all or part of several streets and avenues to traffic at hours to be determined, starting on the day after Thanksgiving.
“This historic announcement pedestrianizing Rockefeller Center will keep holiday revelers safe while ensuring minimal disruption to the rest of the life of …

Former British Airways Executive Indicted in $5 Million JFK Procurement Scandal

Former British Airways Executive Indicted in $5 Million JFK Procurement Scandal

A former British Airways executive who was responsible for the airlines’ operations in the Americas took more than $5 million in bribes to award ground service business at the airline’s New York hub, the New York Attorney General’s Office said in a statement announcing the indictment on Tuesday.
Steven Clark, who was with British Airways for over 30 years and serving most recently as senior vice president for customer service and …

Hilton to Open Motto by Hilton Hotels in Atlanta, Washington, D.C.

Hilton to Open Motto by Hilton Hotels in Atlanta, Washington, D.C.

Hilton announced the groundbreaking for a Motto by Hilton hotel in Atlanta and plans to open a Motto by Hilton hotel in Washington, D.C. early next year.
The 146-key Atlanta property will be in the Old Fourth Ward of the city as part of the Waldo’s mixed-use development and will open in 2021.
In addition to the Atlanta property, Hilton said that the Motto by Hilton Washington D.C. City Center, a 245-room …

Waldorf Astoria Relics Offered for Sale as Major Renovation Project Continues

Waldorf  Astoria Relics Offered for Sale as Major Renovation Project Continues

Although the Waldorf Astoria, which closed in the spring of 2017 for a three-year renovation project that will see many of its guest rooms converted to private condominium apartments, won’t be welcoming guests for at least another year, but it’s possible to now purchase a piece of the storied hotel for your home.
The hotel, partnering with Olde Good Things, an architectural antique dealer, is selling chandeliers, marble and wooden mantles, …

New York City Expands Apple Pay, OMNY Support on Trains

New York City Expands Apple Pay, OMNY Support on Trains

New York City announced the expansion of OMNY, its contactless fare payment system to additional stations throughout the system.
The new system, which has been well received by subway riders, will be installed at Penn Station, which serves six different transit lines, as well as at the Whitehall Street and South Ferry train stations in Manhattan, 86th Street-Bay Ridge in Brooklyn, Sutphin Boulevard-Archer Avenue in Queens, and St. George and Tompkinsville …

ANA Throws a Party for its New First- and Business-Class Suites

All Nippon Airways transported hundreds of guests to Japan at an event in New York City to celebrate the introduction of new first- and business-class suites on its Boeing 777-300ER jets that operate on flights to and from New York.
The ANA Experience: Japan Elevated event took place at the 70,000-square-foot (6,500-square-meter) Pier 36 on South Street near the Seaport. Guests were able to sample the delicious cuisine of different cities …