Chinese flock to the USA

August 25, 2017 by  
Filed under North America, Thailand, TRENDING

BANGKOK, 24 August 2017; If there any doubts where Chinese travellers are going these days, the latest study from Hotels.com tracks the trip trends.

Some of the findings are surprising for those who marvel at the queues of Chinese passing through Thailand’s gateway airports.

According to Hotels.com’s Chinese International Travel Monitor (CITM) the USA was the second most popular long-haul destination for Chinese travellers in 2016, behind France. But while both destinations topped the long-haul destinations, Asia-Pacific’s popular destinations gobbled up the numbers to stay top of the pile, globally. Read more

United Airlines bars leggings

March 27, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, News, North America

WASHINGTON, 27 March 2017: United Airlines found itself at the centre of a social media storm after it barred two girls from boarding a flight in Denver on Sunday because they were wearing leggings.

Another girl who was also wearing leggings was allowed to board the flight from Denver International Airport to Minneapolis after she changed, a witness said.

The incident was reported on Twitter by Shannon Watts — founder of gun reform group Moms Demand Action — who was a passenger at the airport waiting to board another flight to Mexico. Read more

Canada improves China air links

February 17, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, News, North America

MONTRÉAL, 17 February 2017: Air Canada’s new flight connecting Montréal and Shanghai will boost Chinese visits to the city by at least 30% this year, according to Tourisme Montréal.

The city is expecting 110,000 Chinese tourists this year, representing a 30% increase over the 84,000 who came to Montréal in 2016.

Canada’s national airline launched the route earlier this week. Read more

Trivago files for IPO in the US

November 18, 2016 by  
Filed under News, North America, Technology

SAN FRANCISCO, 18 November 2016: German-based hotel booking site trivago, controlled by US online travel giant Expedia, has filed for a public share offering in New York.

The firm founded in 2005 which aims to connect travellers to hotels at the lowest rate has a booking inventory 1.3 million hotels in over 190 countries, and has 55 localised websites and apps in 33 languages.

The company said in a statement that the number of shares to be offered and price range had not been determined. But the filing gave a preliminary estimate it would raise USD400 million in the initial public offering. Read more

Canada eases airline rules

November 7, 2016 by  
Filed under News, North America

OTTAWA, 7 November 2016: Canada will raise the maximum share groups of foreign investors may hold in its airlines from 25% to 49% in order to stimulate the industry, the transportation minister said late last week.

The move would “set the conditions for lower fares and increased competition,” Marc Garneau said in a speech.

“This will lead to more options for Canadians and allow the creation of new, ultra-low cost airlines.” Read more

Delta CEO: Buck stops here

August 15, 2016 by  
Filed under Aviation, News, North America, North Asia

NEW YORK, 15 August 2016: Delta Air Lines chief executive Ed Bastian took responsibility for a computer glitch that grounded its fleet last week, according to an interview published in the Wall Street Journal.

“This is our responsibility,” Bastian told the publication. “The buck stops here.”

Bastian said there was “nothing endemic” in terms of problems afflicting Delta’s computer systems and that he was confident the carrier would resume normal levels by the end of  week (last Friday) after cancelling hundreds of flights on each of the past three days. Read more

Boeing reports loss

July 28, 2016 by  
Filed under Aviation, News, North America

NEW YORK, 28 July 2016: Boeing reported a second-quarter loss Wednesday due to elevated costs for an Air Force contract and for commercial air production as it confirmed its full-year plane deliveries targets.

The US aerospace giant lost USD234 million for the quarter ending 30 June following USD2.1 billion in unexpected charges announced last week.

The smaller-than-expected loss compared to USD1.1 billion in earnings in the year-ago quarter. Revenues were USD24.8 billion, above the USD24.0 billion projected by analysts. Read more

7-Eleven delivers by drone

July 25, 2016 by  
Filed under Aviation, News, North America

WASHINGTON, 25 July 2016: With a chicken sandwich, hot coffee and donuts, aviation history was made Friday.

These were among the items in the first drone delivery on US soil approved by aviation officials, made by convenience retailer 7-Eleven and the drone start-up Flirtey.

The delivery took place in Reno, Nevada, with the items loaded into a special box for hot and cold food and flown to a local family. Read more

WestJet partners with Qantas

May 27, 2016 by  
Filed under Aviation, News, North America

SYDNEY, 27 May 2016: WestJet and Qantas have signed off on a reciprocal frequent flyer agreement.

The latest agreement expands on a code-share agreement established in 2014.

Members of the airlines’ frequent flyer programmes can earn West Jet dollars or Qantas Points when travelling on flights of either airline. Read more

Delta revenue shrinks

May 18, 2016 by  
Filed under Australia, News, North America

NEW YORK, 18 May 2016: US carrier Delta Air Lines said Monday it will cut planned flights growth and delay deliveries of four Airbus A350 aircraft to contend with rising fuel prices and shrinking revenue.

The second-largest US airline said in a regulatory filing that it would reduce envisioned capacity growth for the fourth quarter this year from 2.7% to below 2%.

The domestic growth target alone will be cut from more than 4% in the first three quarters of the year to 2.5% for the final quarter. Read more

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