United Airlines boosts offerings with 18 new routes | Calif. airport awash in color during wildflower super bloom | JetBlue's revamped A320s boast wider seats
March 21, 2019
SmartBrief for The Business Traveler
Airlines shuffle planes, cancel flights as Max 737 remains grounded
Airlines with fleets that include Boeing 737 Max jets are shuffling planes and canceling some flights as the planes remain grounded by the Federal Aviation Administration. A JPMorgan analysis does not project changes in airline guidance.
Air Transport World (3/20) 
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United Airlines boosts offerings with 18 new routes
United Airlines is adding 18 new routes, boosting service to cities including Cleveland; San Francisco; New York; Washington, D.C.; Tampa, Fla.; and Denver. "These new routes demonstrate our continued commitment to offer our customers more choices than any other airline," said Ankit Gupta, United's vice president for domestic network planning.
Frequent Business Traveler (3/19),  Airline Network News & Analysis (3/19) 
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Calif. airport awash in color during wildflower super bloom
Heavy rains have led to a rare super bloom of wildflowers between the runways at Los Angeles International Airport.
The Associated Press (3/19),  TravelPulse (3/19) 
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JetBlue's revamped A320s boast wider seats
JetBlue Airways' phase two redesigned Airbus A320 aircraft feature 18-inch-wide seats with adjustable headrests, 10-inch seatback screens, an expanded library of movies and games plus ViaSat-2 Wi-Fi that works over oceans. About a third of JetBlue's Airbus 320 fleet will be updated by the end of the year.
Travel Weekly (3/20) 
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Refuel and Refresh
Hilton launches soap recycling program
Hilton has teamed with Clean the World on a soap recycling program that's expected to generate 1 million new bars by mid-October. Used soap will be collected from guest rooms and recycled in time for Global Handwashing Day.
CNN (3/20) 
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Hotels learn to incorporate automation, data into operations
Automation and data analytics are transforming hotel operations, but properties and major brands are still exploring how best to incorporate technology. "In general, technology should be giving hoteliers more opportunities to be hoteliers and show their guests hospitality," said Shayne Paddock of TravelClick.
Lodging magazine online (3/18) 
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