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December 13, 2012
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  • Asiana Airlines named "Best Overall Airline in the World"
    The just-published U.S. edition of Business Traveler magazine has named Asiana Airlines the Best Overall Airline in the World, while the Peninsula Hong Kong garnered honors as the Best Business Hotel in the World. "The magazine’s 2012 Best in Business Travel Awards named 41 different companies across 64 categories, including 10 new categories that were added this year," Frances Cha writes. CNN (12/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Senator to FAA: Ease device rules, or I'll legislate
    Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., says she is prepared to propose legislation that will require the Federal Aviation Administration to permit more usage of electronic devices on flights if it doesn't ease up on technology restrictions. "Airline employees have the incredibly important job of keeping us safe in the air -- their efforts are better spent worrying about rules that actually accomplish that goal," the senator said. Earlier this year, the FAA said it was assessing rules on device usage; regulators have said that devices that emit data might interfere with electronic equipment on airplanes. The Hill/Transportation blog (12/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
The Smarter Traveler 
  • Membership club lowers the price on high-flying luxury business travel
    With its membership roll climbing toward the 1,000 mark, the Jumpjet private plane startup club is boldly going where few have gone before. Jumpjet is reaching out to the time-constrained corporate traveler and promising comfort and efficiency. "If Jumpjet can get its members where they need to go efficiently and profitably, it could change the airline industry. If not, it will go the way of DayJet," Alex Davies writes. Business Insider (12/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • United is serious about its BusinessFirst service, reviewer says
    United has improved its BusinessFirst cabin, offering fold-flat beds that accommodate taller fliers. This writer praises the service, which also includes a conveniently placed AC electrical outlet and USB charging port, noise-reducing headphones, a personal amenity kit, a reading lamp and inviting food. Forbes (12/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Refuel and Refresh 
  • British Airways focuses on premium seats for upcoming A380s
    When British Airways begins to receive the first of its order of 12 Airbus A380s in July, the planes will be packed with fewer seats than those on other airlines. The jets will include 469 seats; Lufthansa German Airlines caps out with 526 seats on its A380s. The move is British Airways' way to maximize premium bookings, as the plane will offer 97 Club World business seats, this feature says. Bloomberg Businessweek (12/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Spotlight on Meetings and Events from MPI 
  • 5 Keys for a Successful Mentoring Relationship
     
    According to a recent research paper published in Academic Medicine, people being mentored should be open to feedback and be active listeners. They should also be respectful of their mentor's time, including being on time and prepared for meetings. Read more at the MPI site. LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Travel Pulse 
  • Are flat beds in business class incentive enough to make you switch airlines?
    Not by themselves, no  53.21%
    Absolutely!  37.68%
    That's up to my company  9.11%
SmartQuote 
Don't be fooled by the calendar. There are only as many days in the year as you make use of."
--Charles Dow Richards,
Canadian judge and politician

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