Alaska tests self-service baggage technology at LAX | JetBlue to increase use of biofuel mix in NYC area | United looks to expand China network
September 20, 2016
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Alaska tests self-service baggage technology at LAX
Alaska Airlines is testing a Scan and Fly self-service baggage drop program at Los Angeles International Airport. For two months, the airline will test six self-service lanes for checked baggage.
Alaska Airlines Blog (9/16) 
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JetBlue to increase use of biofuel mix in NYC area
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In an effort to cut emissions, JetBlue has announced plans to add biofuel to its jet fuel mix for service from New York City-area airports. SG Preston will provide 33 million gallons of the blended fuel per year.
Bloomberg (9/19),  Air Transport World (9/19), (9/19) 
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United looks to expand China network
United Airlines is banking on growth in China as a key component of its global strategy. The airline is considering an expansion of its China network beyond the current service to Chengdu, Xian and Hangzhou.
Air Transport World (9/19) 
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Airline loyalty programs offer rewards based on revenue
American, United and other major airlines have shifted their loyalty programs to revenue-based models in which flyers are rewarded based on the price of tickets and not miles traveled.
The Dallas Morning News (tiered subscription model) (9/16) 
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Southwest adds standby perk to elite status
Free same-day standby service is a new perk for certain Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards elite members.
Skift (9/15) 
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Hotel rooms become movies with Disney invention
The Walt Disney Co. has patented a device that can transform a hotel room into an interactive, animated film. The Image Projecting Light Bulb, as it's called, uses existing room light sources and can be operated with tablets and smartphones, patent documents say.
The Business Journals (tiered subscription model)/Orlando, Fla. (9/19) 
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Dutch Hotel De Slaapfabriek to build 3D-printed conference center
Dutch Hotel De Slaapfabriek plans to construct a 3D-printed conference facility next year. The project could take as little as 10 days and create a building with no environmental impact. (Netherlands) (9/15) 
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