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2 Killed in Tesla Crash in Texas Where ‘No One Was Driving’

2 Killed in Tesla Crash in Texas Where ‘No One Was Driving’

Two men were killed in a crash in Texas after the Tesla they were riding in, with neither behind the wheel, crashed into a tree and burst into flames, local officials said.
The crash took place Saturday night in Spring, Texas.  One person was found in the front passenger seat, and another in the rear passenger seat of the vehicle.
Based on a preliminary investigiation, the county constable’s office told local reporters …

JetBlue Appoints Former Southwest Exec to Lead Digital and Tech Strategy

JetBlue Appoints Former Southwest Exec to Lead Digital and Tech Strategy

JetBlue Airways announced the appointment of Carol Clements to the position of chief digital and technology officer.
Ms. Clements succeeds Eash Sundaram in that role.  Mr. Sundaram retired from the airline in March of this year after a combined 14 years at JetBlue and JetBlue Technology Ventures.
“As we work through the pandemic recovery, technology will play a more important role than ever in our success,” said Robin Hayes, the airline’s president, …

Ritz-Carlton, San Francisco to Reopen Its Doors to Guests

Ritz-Carlton, San Francisco to Reopen Its Doors to Guests

Marriott International announced that the Ritz-Carlton, San Francisco hotel it will reopen to the public on April 15. Like most hotels in the Golden State, the property was subject to state-wide Covid restrictions.
Built in 1909, the hotel was built has 336 guestrooms, including 60 suites. The décor is inspired by the city’s bay and fog, featuring steely blues and greys.
The property’s 24,000 square feet (2,229 square meters) of meeting and …

Boeing Reports Strong Sales, Deliveries for March and First Quarter

Boeing Reports Strong Sales, Deliveries for March and First Quarter

Boeing reported strong orders and deliveries for March and the first quarter of 2021 on Tuesday.
The Chicago-based aircraft manufacturer received 185 new orders for its beleaguered 737 Max planes, including a 100-jet order from Southwest.  That order was the largest  since the plane’s grounding almost two years ago following two hull losses.  Still, Boeing reported 156 cancelled orders in the month for the Max, and it was forced to tell …

IHG Adds 4 New Even Hotels in U.S. and China

IHG Adds 4 New Even Hotels in U.S. and China

InterContinental Hotels Group announced four new Even Hotels, the hotelier’s wellness brand. The new properties are located in Colorado, Illinois, and Texas as well as in Shenzhen, China.
The health-oriented brand opened its first property outside the United States, the Even Hotels – Nanjing Yangtze River in China, in 2020.
Even Hotels promote fitness and health, and focus on the health-conscious traveler by helping guests stay active and eat healthier meals during …

JetBlue Announces Multiple Executive Appointments and Promotions

JetBlue Announces Multiple Executive Appointments and Promotions

JetBlue Airways announced multiple executive appointments and promotions on Tuesday.
Ursula Hurley, the airline’s current treasurer, will also assume the head of investor relations. Ms. Hurley has been at the airline for over 17 years.
Dave Fintzen, who currently serves as vice president of investor relations, will be promoted to the position vice president for the airline’s northeast alliance with American Airlines, a new role that the airline said “underscores the importance” …

Starbucks Trials ‘Borrow a Cup’ Reusable Cup Program

Starbucks Trials ‘Borrow a Cup’ Reusable Cup Program

Starbucks announced a trial of the “Borrow a Cup” program in five of its Seattle coffee shops.
The move comes a little over a year after the coffee giant stopped allowing customers to bring in their own reusable cups amidst worry over contagion in the early days of the coronavirus pandemic.
While customers still can’t bring their cups in, they can borrow a cup against a $1 deposit, similar to a Pfand, …