Lobby Bar – November 23: Celebrity Status, Avoiding Headaches, Messy Airline Mergers, and Diesel in America

By Dan Collins on 23 November 2012
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Red Carpet. Dan Collins fights off the paparazzi as he checks into the W Atlanta – Midtown.

Results Not Typical. The 2013 Mercedes-Benz SL550 shows off its curves after a diet and workout plan. Find out if Jonathan Spira thinks it’s any good.

Make yourself at home. Qatar Airways gives its business-class passengers a selection of pajamas once on board their flights. Find out how much an in-flight phone call costs.

Pro Advice.  8 tips to make your holiday packing one less thing that will cause a headache in the next six weeks of travel.

Trickle Down. Jesse Sokolow reports that US Airways flight attendants have voted to authorize a strike. After seven years maybe it’s time to finish the merger with America West.

Express Train. Luxury passenger service is poised to whisk you from the Sunset Strip to the Vegas Strip. Are you sick enough of air travel to get on board?

Diesels Everywhere. Does a Prius have the same return policy as an iPad? We hope so. Four new diesel models wearing the Auto Union rings are officially on their way to the U.S.

Tack gode God! SAS avoids bankruptcy. Does that mean IKEA will be refurbishing their airplane cabins?

Pierogi Express. LOT Polish Airlines becomes the first European carrier to take delivery of a Dreamliner.

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