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Air China Launches 747-8 Intercontinental on Beijing-San Francisco Route

Air China Launches 747-8 Intercontinental on Beijing-San Francisco Route

Air China announced that it has replaced its Boeing 777-300ERs with its Boeing 747-8 Intercontinental aircraft on its Beijing-San Francisco route.
The 747-8 Intercontinental is the only aircraft in the airline’s fleet to feature a four-cabin layout.  The plane is configured with 365 seats, including 12 suites in first class, 54 lie-flat seats in business class, 66 seats in premium economy, and 233 seats in economy.
The new 747-8 Intercontinental uses much …

Audi Debuts Audi On Demand

Audi Debuts Audi On Demand

Audi announced the launch of Audi on demand, a new service that allows user to rent an Audi automobile by the day for up to 28 days by using a dedicated app.  The app is available in the Apple App store, and the service is currently available in San Francisco as part of a beta program.  Audi plans to roll out the service to additional American cities in the future.
With …

Corporate Uber Usage Increasing Dramatically at Expense of Taxi Cabs

Corporate Uber Usage Increasing Dramatically at Expense of Taxi Cabs

Figures released on Monday show that Uber is making tremendous inroads in corporate transportation in major cities.
Last month, the ride-hailing app accounted for 47% of all rides expensed by employees of companies that use Certify, a provider of travel and expense software.  The percentage is a 33-percentage-point increase year over year. Uber competitor Lyft accounted for 1% of the total rides.
A comparison from the same period shows that the amount …

Great Moments in Travel History – April 2015

A Boeing 737 in American Airlines old livery and a Boeing 787 Dreamliner

The Fairmont Hotel San Francisco was ready to open, when on April 18, 1906, the city suffered a devastating earthquake.  Fires from the quake consumed much of the property, and the hotel had to be reconditioned before reopening exactly one year later.  The property is still in operation today, and is a member of the Historic Hotels of America.
On April 24, 1909, Wilbur Wright brought along a photojournalist on a …

Delta, Virgin Atlantic to Launch Additional Flights this Summer

Delta, Virgin Atlantic to Launch Additional Flights this Summer

Delta Air Lines and Virgin Atlantic Airways announced that the two airlines are expanding their transatlantic partnership this summer with new and additional flights.
Virgin Atlantic will launch a second daily flight between Los Angeles and London Heathrow, as well as a second daily seasonal flight between Atlanta and London Heathrow this weekend.  The airline will also introduce a second service between San Francisco and London Heathrow that will operate five …

San Francisco’s Villa Florence Completes First Phase of Major Renovation

San Francisco’s Villa Florence Completes First Phase of Major Renovation

Villa Florence, an independent hotel in San Francisco, announced the completion of the first phase of a renovation project that will eventually encompass the entire property.
The hotel said on Thursday that it had completed the renovation of its 182 existing guestrooms and added seven additional rooms.  The inspiration, according to the hotel, was a modern-day Florentine villa.
The décor continues to be Italian themed and rooms feature unique pieces of furniture.  …

Marriott Launches Travel Well Fitness Program, Adds Hotel Fitness Concierges in Bay Area

Marriott Launches Travel Well Fitness Program, Adds Hotel Fitness Concierges in Bay Area

Marriott announced the launch of its new Travel Well hotel fitness program at properties in San Francisco.  The new offering consists of new fitness options, an online support community, and on-property fitness concierges.
Participating properties include the San Francisco Marriott Marquis, San Francisco Marriott Airport Waterfront, San Jose Marriott, and Santa Clara Marriott.
Guests will be encouraged to hashtag their workouts with #MarriottTravelWell, and can tweet each of the individual properties at …