River cruise line AmaWaterways will be offering new excursions in India in as early as 2018, and the brand will depend heavily on agents to educate travelers about their cruise offerings and the region's most interesting highlights.
Tucked off in a corner of eastern France, the off-the-beaten-path city of Strasbourg in many ways is the epitome of what visitors seek: It's picturesque and historic, yet quite literally off the proverbial beaten path. There, laced by a network of canals, is a community of classical charm, medieval churches, excellent museums and an ambiance of fun and good living. Visitors will want to stroll through Strasbourg's inner city, cross the district's many canals at the Pont du Faisan bridge, tour the Notre Dame Cathedral and visit Renaissance buildings such as the Grande Boucherie, the chamber of commerce, Maison Kammerzell and Hotel Cour du Corbeau Strasbourg.
Geneva may be best known for its watches and chocolate, but it also offers visitors an array of cultural opportunities. Travelers can shop for Italian cashmere at a small boutique, dine on Italian dishes at Michelin-starred La Bottega and tour the Archeological Site museum.
Hawaii Airlines will add service connecting Haneda, Japan, and the Kona International Airport. The airport has been approved to accept flights from Japan beginning Dec. 20 after re-establishing its customs station.
United Airlines' new Polaris Business Class service launched this week with new amenities and menu options. "This is the most significant product change that we have had in over a decade, if not a generation," said United's Maria Walter.
Atlas Air will fly a cargo route connecting the US and Japan for Nippon Cargo Airlines beginning early next year. "[As we] begin this strategic arrangement with Atlas Air ... we look forward to having a long, mutually beneficial relationship," said NCA President and CEO Fukashi Sakamoto.
Air Transport World Editor Karen Walker outlines key priorities that incoming Department of Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao can focus on to help make flying better for customers, employees, airlines and communities. The priorities include modernizing our nation's ATC system, reforming regulations that limit competition and rationalizing the federal tax burden. "Most critical and potentially most significant of all, modernize and transform the US air traffic control system," writes Walker. "[Elaine] Chao probably represents the single biggest opportunity for the US ATC system to finally move out of its [analog], antiquated and inefficient trap and into the 21st century with all the advantages that airlines want, controllers want, and passengers will benefit from," Walker continues.
Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., is urging the Federal Aviation Administration to transform the country's outdated air traffic control system. Thune sent a letter to the FAA on Dec. 1 asking for progress reports every quarter on NextGen implementation.
United expects to purchase 900 million gallons of aviation biofuel over the next decade, further demonstrating global airlines' commitment to sustainable fuel. "We want to be a leader in this area," said Natalie Mindrum, director of environmental responsibility for United.
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