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United Airlines ‘Her Art’ California Edition Boeing 757 Takes Flight

United Airlines ‘Her Art’ California Edition Boeing 757 Takes Flight

A United Airlines Boeing 757 with a California-themed livery on its fuselage and tail took to the skies Sunday in the Golden State.
The airline has two hubs in the state, one in San Francisco and one in Los Angeles.
The artwork includes the Golden Gate Bridge, sunglasses, and palm trees.  It also includes a globe that is intended to signal the airline’s worldwide connectivity.
The artwork was designed by a local artist, …

Grand Hyatt at San Francisco Airport Opens Doors to Guests

Grand Hyatt at San Francisco Airport Opens Doors to Guests

Hyatt Hotels announced on Monday the opening of the Grand Hyatt at San Francisco International Airport.
“We are thrilled to open the doors to Grand Hyatt at SFO and welcome our international guests,” said Henning Nopper, the hotel’s general manager. “The completion of this hotel, an iconic addition to our Grand Hyatt brand, is a culmination of many years of hard work and planning.”
The 12-story hotel replaces the 1959 Hilton Inn …

United Airlines Flight Diverts to Denver to Free Passenger Trapped in Lav

United Airlines Flight Diverts to Denver to Free Passenger Trapped in Lav

United Flight 1554 made an unscheduled landing at Denver International Airport Wednesday night en route from San Francisco to Washington, D.C. after a female passenger was unable to exit the lavatory when thedoor failed to open.
“The lavatory door became inoperative,” the airline said in a statement Thursday.
The passenger, who was not identified but did have an Ada Quonsett moment, “was safely removed” after landing. The flight continued without incident to its …

San Francisco Airport Closes Busiest Runway for Repairs

San Francisco Airport Closes Busiest Runway for Repairs

San Francisco International Airport closed its busiest runway over the weekend for repairs, and it will remain closed for the majority of September.
Runway 28L requires repair at a cost of $17.2 million, the airport said. The airport is building a new base layer of rock and cement beneath the runway surface to prevent cracks that occurred when the top layer was repaved in 2017.  The cost of repairs is being …

Alaska Airlines to Introduce Multiple New Routes from Alaska and the Pacific Northwest

Alaska Airlines to Introduce Multiple New Routes from Alaska and the Pacific Northwest

Alaska Airlines announced plans to introduce seven new routes originating in Alaska and the Pacific Northwest in early 2020.
“We’re excited to offer even more nonstops between vibrant Pacific Northwest communities and our growing hubs in California,” said Brett Catlin, the airline’s managing director of capacity planning and alliances.
The Seattle-based airline will introduce service linking Spokane and Redmond with Los Angeles on January 7.  Service linking those two cities with San …

U.S. Customs Recovers from Major Systems Outage

U.S. Customs Recovers from Major Systems Outage

Travelers arriving in the United States on Friday were greeted by snarled lines following a nationwide failure of computers at the nation’s borders for several hours.
The United States Customs and Border Protection agency said shortly after 6:30 p.m. that its systems were closely being restored.
“The affected systems are coming back online and travelers are being processed,” the agency said in a tweet.  “CBP will continue to monitor the incident.”
While …

SFO to Ban the Sale of Plastic Water Bottles

SFO to Ban the Sale of Plastic Water Bottles

San Francisco International Airport said Friday it would ban single-use plastic water bottles in shops and restaurants starting later this month, a move believed to be unprecedented in the United States.
“Airport tenants, vendors, and permittees may not provide or sell bottled water in containers that contain plastic or aseptic paper packaging, including in vending machines,” the airport authority said on its website, adding that reusable water bottle, recyclable aluminum and …