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News and tidbits from the travel industry

Month: January 2019

Norwegian now offers free WiFi for duration of long-haul flights

The service enables passengers to browse the web, check social media and send messages using their own smartphones, tablets and laptops at no cost. A premium option has an introductory price tag of $14.95 / €12.95 for three hours – and is being advertised as fast enough to stream music, movies and television.Samantha Lewis (Daily Mail)

Dubai is back at it again, ranks as the busiest international airport for another year running

The airport said on Monday that it welcomed over 89 million passengers in 2018. That’s compared to the hub seeing about 88.2 million passengers in 2017.Associated Press

Airbnb Buys Gaest to Push Further Into Meetings

The move represents an example of one of Skift’s 2019 Megatrends, as giant online booking sites are looking for their next phases of growth by expanding into new areas, such as the estimated $400 billion a year small meetings market.Sean O’Neill (Skift)

Macau’s rare fusion cuisine

The Chinese wives tried to cook as close as possible to the dishes that their Portuguese husbands grew up eating back in Portugal. But of course they didn’t have all the ingredients in Macau in those days, so the wives used some Chinese and South-East Asian ingredients as substitutes. That’s how this fusion food came to be.Sonia Palmer (Riquexó)

Lufthansa Overtakes Air France as Europe’s Largest Airline After 14 Years

The changing hierarchy marks the culmination of mostly organic growth at Lufthansa, aided by the purchase of smaller brands Swiss, Austrian and Brussels and the expansion of discount unit Eurowings, which grew by almost one-quarter last year. Lufthansa also secured a key deal with pilots in 2017 and last year benefited from unexpectedly high demand in first class. Air France-KLM, by contrast, has suffered years of strife as workers resist overhaul plans, leading to successive management shakeups as its French state shareholder balked at sometimes violent labor unrest. The French arm was also affected by air-traffic control strikes last year, as well as the nationwide Yellow Vests anti-government protests.Tom Lavell (Bloomberg)

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China to launch driverless bullet trains that will travel at 350km per hour

It’s thought that automatic train operation (ATO) will increasingly replace human drivers in China after it was successfully rolled out on two intercity lines in the Pearl River Delta region. These trains run at a maximum speed of 200kph; the new Fuxing trains, which debuted on the Beijing-Shanghai line in June 2017, can travel at up to 350kph. For the first 10 years of the high-speed ATO trains, an attendant will still be deployed on board to ensure nothing goes wrong. After that, the trains will be totally driverless.Helen Coffey (The Independent)

Delta named the most punctual airline in the world

Delta Air Lines has been named as the world’s most on-time major airline for the second year in a row. In second place is Qatar Airways on 85.88 per cent and following closely in third is KLM (85.04 per cent). The rest of the top 10 major airline ranking is made up of ANA (84.2 per cent), Aeroflot (82.98 per cent), Alitalia (82.27 per cent), Emirates (82 per cent), United Airlines (80.75 per cent), American Airlines (80.28 per cent) and SAS (78.69 per cent).Ted Thornhill (Daily Mail)

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