Airbus Chairman and CEO Allan McArtor says it is time the nation's air traffic control system is "free from political shenanigans" and placed under control of a stand-alone organization. "I want the safest ATC system in the world, but I also want the most efficient system in the world," he said. "We have the safest system in the world, but that's not the issue. It's about efficiency."
Delays in an installation program prompted Singapore Airlines to push back launching its new premium economy seats on 11 routes serviced by A380 jetliners. The change will affect bookings for travel between 9 September and March 2016.
Proposals have been submitted for a new Hampton Inn by Hilton in downtown Riverside, Calif. The project is also expected to feature a Home2 Suites by Hilton, an extended-stay hotel. Riverside Convention Center attracts a lot of visitors to the area, which has caused a shortage of rooms during peak times. "I understand it's pretty tough to find a hotel room when the convention center is in operation," said city director Emilio Ramirez.
A study has found that Los Angeles International Airport offers a lot of healthful eating options such as a veggie-packed menu at California Pizza Kitchen. The 2014 Airport Food review placed LAX third in its ranking of the 23 busiest US airports. "California leads the trend in conscious eating," says Patricia Lombillo of Areas USA, a food provider of food for the travel hospitality industry.
Cruise passengers are looking for new and exciting experiences, and cruise lines are meeting their demands with exciting, luxurious observation areas. TravelPulse has revealed its nine top observation features. They include the luxury open-air deck on an Aqua Expeditions ship, Royal Caribbean's 360 degree observation pod, and Princess Cruises' glass-bottomed Sea Walk.
Mexico City is a hub for culture, fashion, and design. It has many shopping options for shopaholics, culture vultures, and casual browsers. Many of the capital's best tourist spots double as great shopping spots. Performing-arts center Palacio de Bellas Artes (Palace of Fine Arts) offers a large gift shop filled with art books as well as home decor items. Condesa, an upscale neighborhood, is filled with small, independent shops stocked with interesting finds.
In order for travel agents to build long-lasting relationships with new clients, they must begin establishing trust with them from day one, advises Mike Marchev. Trust takes time to establish, but it can be lost in a heartbeat. Agents can build trusting relationships in many ways such as being responsible, credible and true to their word.
Southwest Airlines and the Southwest Airlines Pilots' Association have reached an "agreement in principle" on a contract. "The process is far from complete, but we are pleased to have reached this milestone," said Craig Drew, vice president of flight operations for Southwest. "Our objective is to recognize our pilots with a rewarding contract, and I believe this agreement does that."
Angela Koblitz, a flight attendant for Southwest Airlines, speaks four languages and plays the cello. She enjoys helping customers through her job at Southwest. "Everyone has an area where they shine, and we are all empowered to be ourselves," she said.
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