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  • Virgin America Inc. President and Chief Executive Officer Cush waves after ringing the opening bell of the trading session as Virgin America Inc. celebrated its initial public offering at the NASDAQ Market Site in New York
    Flying through Dallas: Virgin America CEO says worst is over Reuters

    Virgin America Inc , a low-cost airline partly owned by billionaire Richard Branson, said it expects business to improve in Dallas, a major airline hub where competition has led to increased discounting. …

    Virgin America Inc. President and Chief Executive Officer Cush waves after ringing the opening bell of the trading session as Virgin America Inc. celebrated its initial public offering at the NASDAQ Market Site in New York

    Virgin America Inc , a low-cost airline partly owned by billionaire Richard Branson, said it expects business to improve in Dallas, a major airline hub where competition has led to increased discounting. Dallas, which accounts for 12 percent of Virgin America's total capacity, is the hometown of No. 1 U.S. airline American …

  • Amazon Expands Its Travel Site Amazon Destinations To San Francisco, Houston, And Atlanta Metros
    Amazon Expands Its Travel Site Amazon Destinations To San Francisco, Houston, And Atlanta Metros @ TechCrunch

    Amazon today announced it’s expanding its travel site Amazon Destinations to reach several new markets across the U.S, representing a doubling of its footprint since its launch in April this year. There …

    Amazon Expands Its Travel Site Amazon Destinations To San Francisco, Houston, And Atlanta Metros

    Amazon today announced it’s expanding its travel site Amazon Destinations to reach several new markets across the U.S, representing a doubling of its footprint since its launch in April this year. There are now more than double the number of destinations available for booking on the service, which includes hundreds of hotels …

  • "Business-class" cabins are seen at First Cabin hotel, which was converted from an old office building, in Tokyo
    Tourism boom drives Japan to convert offices into hotels Reuters

    By Junko Fujita TOKYO (Reuters) - Record tourists to Japan are stretching the ability of hotels to accommodate them in a sector constrained by high costs, forcing developers to think out of the box for …

    "Business-class" cabins are seen at First Cabin hotel, which was converted from an old office building, in Tokyo

    By Junko Fujita TOKYO (Reuters) - Record tourists to Japan are stretching the ability of hotels to accommodate them in a sector constrained by high costs, forcing developers to think out of the box for means to quickly increase lodging options without breaking the bank.  Japan is on target this year to beat the record …

  • Canadian airline WestJet's profit rises as fuel costs fall Reuters

    (Reuters) - Canada's WestJet Airlines Ltd reported a 19 percent rise in quarterly profit, helped by lower fuel costs and addition of new routes. Global crude prices have nearly halved from June …

    WestJet CEO Saretsky walks on stage at their annual general meeting for shareholders in Toronto

    (Reuters) - Canada's WestJet Airlines Ltd reported a 19 percent rise in quarterly profit, helped by lower fuel costs and addition of new routes. Global crude prices have nearly halved from June last year, lowering costs for airlines and logistics and shipping companies, among others. WestJet's fuel costs fell …

  • Bad news for Canada's currency is good news for many Reuters

    By Solarina Ho and Leah Schnurr TORONTO/OTTAWA (Reuters) - Canadians' overseas spending power has taken a hit, but the plunge in the Canadian dollar after the central bank cut interest rates on Wednesday …

    A Canadian dollar coin, commonly known as the "Loonie", is pictured in this illustration picture taken in Toronto

    By Solarina Ho and Leah Schnurr TORONTO/OTTAWA (Reuters) - Canadians' overseas spending power has taken a hit, but the plunge in the Canadian dollar after the central bank cut interest rates on Wednesday to try to revive a sputtering economy is being cheered by a wide array of businesses. The tourism sector, along with …

  • Airlines face risk of worse disruptions from computer glitches Reuters

    A computer router error that grounded hundreds of United Airlines flights on Wednesday is just a preview of what can go wrong for carriers with increasingly automated operations, experts say. As airlines …

    A United Airlines worker checks computers in their counters at the Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey

    A computer router error that grounded hundreds of United Airlines flights on Wednesday is just a preview of what can go wrong for carriers with increasingly automated operations, experts say. As airlines switch to electronic luggage tags and more travelers swap paper tickets for boarding passes stored on smartphones, …

  • China's aviation boom drives airport building frenzy Reuters

    When Mangshi opened its airport two decades ago, the small tropical city on China's border with Myanmar was served by few airlines. China's recent travel boom has changed that - seven carriers brought …

    File picture of two people watching planes land as they standing in the terminal three building of the Beijing Capital International Airport

    When Mangshi opened its airport two decades ago, the small tropical city on China's border with Myanmar was served by few airlines. China's recent travel boom has changed that - seven carriers brought in more than 1 million visitors last year. "We had a hard time attracting airlines in the early days," Li Ping, deputy …

  • Branson says Virgin Cruises will sail out of Miami in 2020 Reuters

    Richard Branson’s Virgin Cruises will take delivery of three ships capable of carrying nearly 3,000 passengers each starting in early 2020, the British entrepreneur told reporters during a news conference …

    Richard Branson arrives by helicopter for a news conference at the Perez Art Museum in Miami

    Richard Branson’s Virgin Cruises will take delivery of three ships capable of carrying nearly 3,000 passengers each starting in early 2020, the British entrepreneur told reporters during a news conference on Tuesday. "It’s no secret I’ve dreamed of building a cruise line for a very long time," said Branson, 64. The first …

  • Nuts on a plane: Snacks dispute could cost $553,000 CNBC

    An argument on a transatlantic United Airlines flight over a bag of nuts could run up a bill of £350,000 ($553,000) for the airline.

    United Airlines pulls out of New York's JFK

    An argument on a transatlantic United Airlines flight over a bag of nuts could run up a bill of £350,000 ($553,000) for the airline.

  • 10 things airlines are doing to make flying coach more comfortable Business Insider

    Modern air travel has become increasingly unpleasant as airlines continue to shrink seat sizes to fit more passengers on board — and this is especially true in economy class. But not all airlines are heading …

    10 things airlines are doing to make flying coach more comfortable

    Modern air travel has become increasingly unpleasant as airlines continue to shrink seat sizes to fit more passengers on board — and this is especially true in economy class. But not all airlines are heading in this direction. From coach seats that convert to flat beds to cabin filtration systems that produce cleaner air, …

  • Is it a building? Is it a rock? Using technology to chart the 'unmapped world' Reuters

    By Joseph D'Urso LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Load up Google Maps and zoom in on Manhattan and you will see skyscrapers' air vents mapped in three dimensions. Zoom in on South Kivu in eastern …

    An attendee uses Google Map on a Google Nexus 7 tablet during Google I/O 2012 Conference at Moscone Center in San Francisco

    By Joseph D'Urso LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Load up Google Maps and zoom in on Manhattan and you will see skyscrapers' air vents mapped in three dimensions. Zoom in on South Kivu in eastern Congo, a province as big as Sri Lanka with nearly 5 million people, and just a few roads are marked. The Missing Maps …

  • Detour, Andrew Mason’s Audio Tour App, Goes Global And Expands To 6 More Cities @ TechCrunch

    As the summer travel season goes into full swing, a travel app that hopes to give you a new way of experiencing physical spaces is growing. Detour — an immersive city guide app constructed around GPS-triggered …

    Detour, Andrew Mason’s Audio Tour App, Goes Global And Expands To 6 More Cities

    As the summer travel season goes into full swing, a travel app that hopes to give you a new way of experiencing physical spaces is growing. Detour — an immersive city guide app constructed around GPS-triggered audio and smart, witty narratives — is expanding beyond its existing footprint of San Francisco and Austin to cover …

  • Small-town airports close as higher plane costs, falling interest lead to pilot decline The Canadian Press

    DES MOINES, Iowa - For the first time in 60 years, airplanes won't be roaring down the runway at the airstrip in Onawa, Iowa, this summer. Racing dragsters will.

    Small-town airports close as higher plane costs, falling interest lead to pilot decline

    DES MOINES, Iowa - For the first time in 60 years, airplanes won't be roaring down the runway at the airstrip in Onawa, Iowa, this summer. Racing dragsters will.

  • New effort to ease travel anxiety: assuring your bag fits in bin Reuters

    Air travelers are all too familiar with carry-on bag anxiety: the feeling sparked by last-minute and sometimes seemingly arbitrary decisions that a piece of luggage is too large to fit in the overhead …

    Windmuller, a vice president of the International Air Transport Association (IATA), holds a carry-on bag which conforms to a new minimum size announced by the group, at the group's annual meeting in Miami Beach

    Air travelers are all too familiar with carry-on bag anxiety: the feeling sparked by last-minute and sometimes seemingly arbitrary decisions that a piece of luggage is too large to fit in the overhead bin. "It'll reduce fights between gate agents and passengers," Thomas Windmuller, a vice president of the International …