Travel Industry News


Emirates New Nonstop Ft Lauderdale to Dubai

The new route is planned to serve passengers traveling too and from Fort Lauderdale, Miami, and West Palm Beach

Dubai carrier Emirates has revealed plans to launch a new daily service between the emirate and Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport in Southern Florida.

The new service, launching on December 15, will be Emirates’ 11th to the United States and serve Fort Lauderdale, Miami, and West Palm Beach.

It will be operated by a Boeing 777,200LR in a three class configuration with eight first class, 42 business class and 216 economy seats.

Up to 15 tonnes of bellyhold cargo will also be available for shippers.

“Fort Lauderdale and Miami are two of America’s most exciting destinations for leisure and business travel,” said Emirares president Sir Tim Clark. “We launched our non-stop Dubai-Orlando service roughly a year ago and its strong performance encouraged us to select Fort Lauderdale as our 11th US destination.”

The release also carried quotes from US Travel Association president and CEO Roger Dow who said the new service was a welcome development “amid seemingly endless airline consolidation and diminishing value”.

“We hope to see more of this type of service expansion, which provides a much-needed infusion of connectivity and healthy competition into our aviation market,” he said.

The daily flight, EK213, will setoff from Dubai International at 3am and arrive in Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International at 10:25am. Return flight EK214 will depart at 8:20pm and arrive in Dubai at 8:20pm with a journey time of 14 hours and 20 minutes.

Emirates has carried more than 14 million passengers on US flights since launching services to New York in 2004 despite opposition from some US carriers in recent years.

Link: Gulf Business News Article





Jet Blue:   Boston to Europe in 2017

One of travelers’ favorite airlines in the U.S. could be headed to Europe.

JetBlue has placed an order for 30 Airbus A321s, which could set the airline up to expand overseas.

JetBlue CEO Robin Hayes said that some of the airplanes on order could be configured for trans-Atlantic travel, offering the “potential to consider markets in Europe,” according to the Wall Street Journal.

“We certainly see Europe as a great opportunity,” Marty St. George, JetBlue’s executive vice president for planning, told Bloomberg. “Our intention is that will be a plane that will give us trans-Atlantic range.”

At least 5 of the first A321s on order will be outfitted with Mint—JetBlue’s take on Business Class, with lie-flat seats, Birchbox-curated amenity kits, and seasonal menus. Mint is only available on select routes in the U.S. and Caribbean right now, but JetBlue says the premium cabin will be available on flights to 13 destinations by 2017.

The airline has until the end of 2017 to decide whether or not to upgrade some of the aircraft with extra fuel tanks and sturdier landing gear, which would allow JetBlue to launch new routes to Europe.

Link: Travel & Leisure Article      Link: USA Today Article


Airline Noah’s Ark coming to an end:

Animals can soothe fliers suffering from anxiety, panic attacks, and phobias. But air carriers are frustrated that many healthy passengers are abusing the rules, claiming their pets are therapy animals to fly them for free in the cabin.

It’s also an issue for passengers with allergies and crews who must deal with the critters. Some flight attendants complain cabins now look like barnyards. “The ‘emotional support animal’ situation is out of control,” Henry Harteveldt, travel industry analyst at the Atmosphere Research Group, told TODAY. “Most passengers don’t want to be on an airborne Noah’s Ark.” As TODAY national investigative correspondent Jeff Rossen found out, it’s easy to get a pet designated an emotional support animal. All you need is a special vest and an official letter from a mental health professional. Lots of websites offer certifications; all you have to do is fill out a questionnaire.

Link:  Emotional Support Animal Article


CUBA Scrambles to keep up with US Tourism Demand:

The number of visitors so far in 2016 jumped 13.5 percent on the year to 1.5 million tourists, Marrero said. Of those, 94,000 were Americans, a 93 percent jump on the year, and more than 115,000 were Cuban-Americans.

Cuba’s tourism infrastructure is creaking mainly in the capital, where visits were up 37 percent this year, according to the minister. Almost all Americans visit Havana as part of their itineraries as they are banned from the beach.

Marrero said three new hotels were under construction around the colonial part of the city, bids were in to renovate some existing establishments, and more were on the drawing board.

He said an airport expansion was planned in Havana, but gave no more details.

“Until just a little while ago Cuba was a forbidden destination, and not only for Americans, but for many others from various countries,”

Link:  Cuba American Tourism Story






Airlines Say NO to Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Onboard:

“The Federal Aviation Administration strongly advises passengers not to turn on or charge these devices on board aircraft and not to stow them in any checked baggage.”

Many airlines are following that guidance, which explains the announcements I heard on my United flights this weekend.

If lithium ion batteries causing problems on planes sounds familiar, that may be because of some high profile incidents on Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner jets a few years back (the problems have since been fixed).

Link:   Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Article




New Nonstop:

Las Vegas to Beijing, China 

This new service will begin on Dec 2nd. The new route will feature Boeing 787 Dreamliners with 36 business class lie-flat seats and 177 economy class seats. Hainan is the airline with the most nonstop 787 Dreamliner routes between China and North America.

Chinese tourists are one of the fastest-growing and largest-spending groups of international visitors to Las Vegas. With the reciprocal 10-year tourist visas and the introduction of hotels, programming, and amenities geared toward Chinese visitors,            Las Vegas has established itself as a major draw for Chinese traveling to the United States.

This makes perfect sense considering the next mega luxury Casino coming to the Las Vegas Strip will be a sprawling new Chinese Themed property called, “Resort World” due to open catering to Chinese international visitors starting in 2019.

 Link:    Las Vegas Review Journal

Link:     Chinese Theme Casino Resort World




Norwegian Air – Barcelona  $189

New nonstop service from Orlando to Barcelona and connecting service from Las Vegas, Los Angeles,  Oakland, Boston, Newark, Ft Lauderdale and New York JFK.

Boeing 787 Dreamliner service.



False Flag Attack Revisited

The day our own US Government, CIA with the assistance of Saudi Arabia and Zionist Israel perpetrated the world’s biggest lie and crime of the century against the American people.

#InsideJob#  #FalseFlagTerrorAttack#




Never Forget Sept 11th






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