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Austrian Airlines to Begin Service to Chicago

Austrian Airlines to Begin Service to Chicago

Austrian Airlines will add Chicago to its list of North American cities served on May 17, 2013.  The new service will operate five times a week using a Boeing 767, which will be equipped with lie-flat seats in business class.
The airline will offer connections from Chicago to other American cities including Los Angeles, San Francisco, Houston, Denver, Las Vegas, and Seattle.  In addition, passengers flying from Chicago to Central and …

Virgin America Announces Interline Agreement with Air China

Virgin America Announces Interline Agreement with Air China

Virgin America and Air China have signed an interline agreement.  The new agreement will allow customers to travel on both airlines’ networks across their North American and Asian routes.  

When travelers book a single ticket with Air China, they will be able to connect from a Virgin America city to Beijing, through San Francisco International Airport, JFK, or LAX.  The airlines will transfer baggage between connecting flights to customers’final destinations.
Interline …

Delta to Offer Lie Flat Seats on Transcons

Delta to Offer Lie Flat Seats on Transcons

Delta has announced that it will introduce lie-flat seats in the BusinessElite cabin of all transcontinental flights between New York and Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Seattle, beginning in March 2013. All of Delta’s Boeing 757 and 767 aircraft that serve these routes will eventually offer the seats, which will be phased in over the next two years.
The 767s will feature a completely new interior, with 26 lie flat seats …

Virgin America Expands Service to Palm Springs

Virgin America Expands Service to Palm Springs

Virgin America has announced that it will expand its service to Palm Springs from both San Francisco and New York. The airline’s new seasonal flight schedule includes a new weekly Saturday flight, as well as the first, nonstop flight from New York City to Palm Springs.
The new service will go into effect starting Saturday, December 22, 2012, with a departure time of 10:55 a.m. from New York’s John F. Kennedy …

InterContinental San Francisco – Hotel Review

InterContinental San Francisco – Hotel Review

Many a business traveler finds himself attending events at San Francisco’s Moscone Center, the largest conference space in San Francisco.  Starting in 2008, when a cool-blue glass tower made its appearance on the skyline, those attending events there, as well as others just visiting the city, had a modern and elegant alternative to the typical San Francisco hotel.  In the past year I’ve visited the city numerous times and my …

Fairmont San Francisco Sold, Renovations Planned

Fairmont San Francisco Sold, Renovations Planned

The Fairmont San Francisco was sold earlier this week for nearly $200 million. The hotel was purchased by a group that included an affiliate of Oaktree Capital Management LP and Michael Rosenfeld and his Woodridge Capital Partners LLC. Fairmont will continue to manage the property.
The new owners plan a $20 million renovation for the hotel, which will include new carpets, bedding, upholstery, and painting. All 591 rooms will be renovated …

This Week In Business Travel History – 15 April 2012

This Week In Business Travel History – 15 April 2012

In 1524, the explorer Giovanni Verrazano discovered New York Harbor on a mission to find a passage to China. Verrazano’s legacy can be driven over everyday, as a suspension bridge (pictured), once the world’s longest, between Staten Island and Brooklyn was named after him.
The city of San Francisco was officially incorporated in 1850. Fifty-seven years later, in 1907, the first ever Fairmont Hotel opened in the city. A year before …