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JetBlue, United, Delta to Add New Non-Stops to Palm Springs

JetBlue, United, Delta to Add New Non-Stops to Palm Springs

Finally, Delta Air Lines will add seasonal non-stop service linking both New York and Atlanta to Palm Springs.  Both flights will operate starting December 20, 2018, and end on March 30, 2019.
United Airlines will operate non-stop service to Palm Springs from Newark Liberty International Airport from December 19, 2018 through March 30, 2019. Meanwhile, JetBlue will restart its seasonal service between New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport and Palm …

JetBlue Radio ‘Problem’ Triggers Hijacking Scare

JetBlue Radio ‘Problem’ Triggers Hijacking Scare

A radio failure on a JetBlue Airways aircraft caused authorities to fear a hijacking might have been taking place.
JetBlue Flight 1623 “experienced a radio equipment problem while taxiing for departure” at about 8 p.m. EDT according to the Federal Aviation Administration.  The crew requested clearance to return to the ramp.
The aircraft remained on the tarmac and was surrounded by police and rescue vehicles. Passengers reported on Twitter that “heavily armed” …

AirTrain to LaGuardia Gets Green Light

AirTrain to LaGuardia Gets Green Light

It will soon be possible to reach New York’s LaGuardia Airport without sitting in traffic.
Governor Andrew Cuomo signed legislation allowing the LaGuardia AirTrain project to move forward on Monday.
Explaining that public transportation to the airport was essential to LaGuardia’s transformation, Governor Cuomo said that the new train will “set an example of comprehensive transit infrastructure for the rest of the nation.”
The airport is currently undergoing an $8 billion redevelopment plan. …

Marriott to Open Moxy Chelsea Skyscraper Hotel in N.Y.’s Flower District This Fall

Marriott to Open Moxy Chelsea Skyscraper Hotel in N.Y.’s Flower District This Fall

Marriott International announced that the Moxy Chelsea hotel will open in New York City’s Flower District this fall.
The new property is a 37-story high-rise with 349 rooms and was designed by the architectural firm Stonehill Taylor. The building itself sports an industrial façade and a greenhouse-style atrium. The lobby will feature several art installations including a LED display that flashes a variety of random phrases at passing guests.
The rooms feature …

New York’s ‘Taxi of Tomorrow’ Is Now Yesterday’s News

New York’s ‘Taxi of Tomorrow’ Is Now Yesterday’s News

The Nissan NV200, which was named New York City’s “Taxi of Tomorrow” in 2011 by Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, is no longer the only taxi in town available to drivers for purchase.
Trumpeted by its proponents and the subject of legal action that was resolved (in favor of Nissan and the city) in 2015, it was seen by some as the spiritual successor to the vaunted Checker cab and offered increased …

Priority Pass Adds Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse Lounges in DC and Newark

Priority Pass Adds Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse Lounges in DC and Newark

Priority Pass, the airport lounge program operated by the Collinson Group, announced the addition of two Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse lounges to its portfolio.
The lounges are located at Washington Dulles International and Newark Liberty International airports.
Members have had access to the Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse at Los Angeles International Airport since last November.
The Clubhouse at Dulles is in Concourse A across from gate A32 and is open to Priority Pass members from …

Lake Shore Limited Train Between New York and Chicago To Be Temporarily Suspended

Lake Shore Limited Train Between New York and Chicago To Be Temporarily Suspended

Amtrak’s Lake Shore Limited train, which runs between New York City and Chicago, will be temporarily suspended until September 3 due to repair work.  A separate Lake Shore Limited train between Boston and Chicago will, however, continue to operate.
The suspension of the New York route comes as Amtrak makes repairs to Penn Station. Amtrak is updating the Spuyten Duyvil Bridge’s electrical and mechanical equipment that was damaged during Hurricane Sandy …