October 26, 2021
SmartBrief for The Business Traveler
Tesla electric cars available to rent at Hertz
Beginning next month, Hertz customers will be able to rent a Tesla Model 3 electric car in major US markets and some cities in Europe, with the ultimate goal of having a fleet of 100,000 Tesla cars by the end of 2022. Hertz will also install 3,000 Tesla charging stations and launch an expedited booking process for electric vehicles through the company's app.
Full Story: Business Travel News (10/25) 
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United Airlines said it will retrofit Boeing 767-300ERs with premium economy seats and offer a premium economy cabin on its new Airbus A321XLR aircraft. The airline also stated it expects its Boeing 777s to be back in service in early 2022.
Full Story: Simple Flying (10/20),  Reuters (10/20) 
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Delta boosts New York City schedule for fall
Delta Air Lines is adding more than 100 daily flights to New York City's two airports this fall, boosting total capacity by 25% and adding or resuming multiple international routes. The airline is also continuing work on improvements to its terminals at both John F. Kennedy International Airport and LaGuardia Airport.
Full Story: Simple Flying (10/20) 
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British design company PriestmanGoode has unveiled a new aircraft seating design that could allow passengers to fly in their powered wheelchairs without reducing the plane's capacity, an innovation created in partnership with Flying Disabled and SWS Certification. "Air 4 All is the first system that has been developed jointly by a design agency, a certification body and with input from the disabled community," Flying Disabled founder Chris Wood said.
Full Story: Simple Flying (10/20) 
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Alaska Airlines is starting 10 new routes from the West Coast to warm-weather vacation destinations this winter. The destinations include Belize, Florida, New Orleans, Texas and several cities in Mexico: Loreto, Cancun, Mazatlan and Zihuatanejo.
Full Story: Business Insider (tiered subscription model) (10/23) 
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Decreased business travel may push major airlines to rely more on partnerships, focus on the hubs where their networks are strong and place new importance on winning the loyalty of less frequent flyers. If business travel does not bounce back sufficiently, aircraft in the future could have fewer business class seats.
Full Story: Forbes (tiered subscription model) (10/25) 
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The Smarter Traveler
Hilton is switching to a Digital Key Share service that can be used by up to four guests who access it through the Hilton Honors app. Loyalty member guests also can get quicker notification of upgrades and will be able to choose their room.
Full Story: Travel Weekly (10/21) 
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Southwest starts loyalty program for businesses
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Southwest Airlines has launched Rapid Rewards Business, a loyalty program that allows companies to earn points based on employees' business travel in addition to those banked by frequent flyers in their own accounts. "We're thrilled to bring our award-winning Rapid Rewards program to businesses who fly frequently, rewarding both road warriors and their companies who rely on Southwest to connect them to the people and places that are important to their business," said Silke Koehneke, senior director of sales for Southwest Business.
Full Story: TravelPulse (10/25) 
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Refuel and Refresh
Th8 Palm boutique resort is scheduled to open Nov. 15 on Palm Jumeirah in Dubai, UAE. The new resort will have a glass-fronted five-star hotel, a sun-soaked terrace for al fresco dining, an infinity pool, a DJ booth, an outdoor bar, an Airstream-style food truck, a fitness suite, musical entertainment, VIP cabanas, several dining experiences and watersports.
Full Story: The National (Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates) (10/25) 
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Hawaiian to resume Australia flights as recovery continues
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Hawaiian Airlines will resume service in December between Honolulu and Sydney, Australia. The airline is looking forward to reopening travel to Japan, and COO Jon Snook said the Boeing 787s being delivered next year will have more lie-flat business class seats than its other long-haul aircraft.
Full Story: Skift (tiered subscription model) (10/25),  Airline Ratings (10/25) 
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