Video: Reagan National Airport to get $1B upgrade | American Airlines' new business cabin to debut for Scotland service | JetBlue brings Momofuku Milk Bar treats to Mint cabin
March 23, 2017
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Video: Reagan National Airport to get $1B upgrade
Video: Reagan National Airport to get $1 billion upgrade
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Work on a new concourse and screening areas at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport in Arlington, Va., is expected to begin in the next few months. The $1 billion project is scheduled for completion in 2021.
The Washington Post (tiered subscription model) (3/22),  Air Transport World (3/22) 
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American Airlines' new business cabin to debut for Scotland service
American Airline's seasonal New York-Edinburgh, Scotland, service will feature a new business class cabin with lie-flat seats. "The introduction of the new business class cabin is a testament to American's ongoing $3 billion investment into all aspects of the customer experience and our commitment to the Scottish market," said American's Mark Danis. (U.K.) (3/21) 
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JetBlue brings Momofuku Milk Bar treats to Mint cabin
JetBlue brings Momofuku Milk Bar treats to Mint cabin
JetBlue has tapped Momofuku Milk Bar to provide sweet treats to Mint service passengers. Passengers will receive a gift box and pre-arrival cookie.
Fortune (3/22) 
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Pa. airport installs water dumping, filling stations near checkpoints
Pennsylvania's Lehigh Valley International Airport has partnered with Easton Hospital to install water dumping and filling stations that allow passengers to empty their water bottles before going through security and refill them after they have been cleared. "These refill stations should impact the number of water bottles thrown away as passengers process through security, which will in turn protect the environment," said Charles Everett, executive director of the Lehigh-Northampton Airport Authority. (3/21) 
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Refuel and Refresh
Alexa, Siri vie for rights to provide guest services at hotels
Amazon's Alexa and Apple's Siri are in a battle for dominance in the emerging voice-command component of hotel guest services. Field-testing is under way at various properties, and Marriott International says it could decide within months whether to install the technology at one or more of its chains.
Bloomberg (3/22) 
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Hotel, spa in Iceland's Blue Lagoon prepare for fall opening
The Moss Hotel and Lava Cove spa, as well as a restaurant and private swimming hole, are on track to open this fall in the Blue Lagoon geothermal spa area in Iceland. The 62-key hotel will feature a lounge and library, and spa will have a steam room and sauna heated by lava rocks.
Conde Nast Traveler online (3/21) 
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Spotlight on Meetings and Events from MPI
Incorporating slow-food best practices into your meeting
From reducing waste to sourcing local foods to incorporating the sharing economy, Tracy Stuckrath offers tips based on her experience attending Slow Food international's Terra Madre Salone del Gusto event.
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