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‘Excessive’ Heat Wave Grips Much of U.S.

‘Excessive’ Heat Wave Grips Much of U.S.

Extreme heat is blanketing a large swath of the United States this weekend and relief is not expected until Sunday night at the earliest. The blistering heat will affect tens of millions of people from the Midwest to Maine.
An “excessive heat warning remains in effect until 8 p.m. Sunday,” the National Weather Service said.
The heat wave is already being blamed for six deaths, four in Maryland, one in Arizona, and …

CEOs from American, United, JetBlue Meet with Trump Over Gulf Airline Subsidies

CEOs from American, United, JetBlue Meet with Trump Over Gulf Airline Subsidies

Top executives from American Airlines, United Airlines, JetBlue Airways, and two freight carriers met with President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence on Friday about concerns about government subsidies of airlines in Qatar and the United Arab Emirates.
The roster included American CEO Doug Parker, United CEO Oscar Munoz, JetBlue CEO Robin Hayes, FedEx CEO Frederick Smith, and Atlas Air CEO Bill Flynn.
Qatar Airways CEO Akbar al-Baker was also in …

Renovated Air France Lounge at Washington Dulles Reopens Offering Pre-Flight ‘Night Service’ Dining

Renovated Air France Lounge at Washington Dulles Reopens Offering Pre-Flight ‘Night Service’ Dining

Air France announced the opening of its renovated lounge at Washington Dulles International Airport on Thursday.
The lounge, which welcomes both Air France La Première and Business passengers, KLM World Business passengers, and Fly Blue Elite Plus members, can accommodate up to 155 people.
In addition to a variety of hot and cold dishes, the airline is offering its Night Service pre-departure dining for the last Air France flight leaving Washington, D.C. …

W Hotel in Washington, D.C. Reopens After $50 Million Renovation

W Hotel in Washington, D.C. Reopens After $50 Million Renovation

Marriott International announced the completion of a $50 million renovation project at the W Washington DC.
Originally the Hotel Washington when it opened in 1917, the project at the Beaux Arts building included a complete redesign of all guest rooms and a reimagined Living Room lobby.
The hotel’s 326 guest rooms, now with a studio layout, retain their classical architecture with the addition of what the hotel calls “playful references” to the …

Air France to Offer New Business Class Menu on Flights from the U.S. and Canada

Air France to Offer New Business Class Menu on Flights from the U.S. and Canada

Air France announced plans for new menu items in business class on its North American flights.
The dishes were created by Chef Daniel Rose owner of two restaurants in Paris and one in New York City.
The entrées will be served in rotation and updated every few months.  Poultry gratin with onions will be served in September and October 2019 and then again in March and April 2020.  Warm poultry pâté with …

Senate Commerce Committee Advances FAA Administrator Nominee

Senate Commerce Committee Advances FAA Administrator Nominee

The Senate Commerce Committee approved the nomination of Steve Dickson for the position of administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration on Wednesday.
Dickson retired as an executive at Delta Air Lines last fall after 27 years with the company. He started his career there as a pilot and rose to senior vice president of flight operations.
His nomination was approved in a party-line vote of 14-12. His appointment requires full Senate approval.
Democrats …

‘Not the Usual Flooding’ Hits Washington, D.C., Delaying Flights and Trains

‘Not the Usual Flooding’ Hits Washington, D.C., Delaying Flights and Trains

An unusually heavy morning rain storm caused significant flooding in Washington, D.C. and the surrounding areas of Maryland and Virginia on Monday.
“Excessive runoff from heavy rainfall will cause flooding of small creeks and streams, urban areas, highways, streets and underpasses as well as other drainage areas and low lying spots,” the National Weather Service said.
“This is not the ‘usual’ flooding,” the agency added.
The District of Columbia Homeland Security and Emergency …