Travel News: December 14, 2016

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Qantas Will Fly the World’s First Non-Stop Australia to London Flight
Skift

Qantas Airways Ltd. plans the first direct flights between Australia and Europe, using Boeing Co.’s Dreamliner to turn what was once a multi-day trip into 17 hours.

Australia’s national carrier will start regular non-stop flights between Perth and London in March 2018, it said in a statement on Sunday. The trip will be the shortest and fastest version of the trademarked Kangaroo Route since it was first flown more than 80 years ago.

The service shows the reach of Boeing’s long-range, fuel-efficient Dreamliner over four-engine giants such as Airbus Group SE’s A380. When it’s up and running, the 14,498-kilometer (9,000-mile) trip from Australia’s west coast will rank among the world’s longest commercial passenger flights.

 

Hotels.com tests a mobile app that generates a guest room key
Tnooz

Expedia Inc’s online travel agency brand Hotels.com is testing a mobile app that will let guests check in and check out — and generate electronic room keys — at partner hotels.

The prototype was demonstrated at a customer conference in Las Vegas on Wednesday.

 

Four Seasons to ski into first European mountain property
Luxury Daily

Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts is hitting the slopes in the French village of Megève.

The hospitality brand has announced plans to open a hotel set among the Haute-Savoie Alpine range outside Geneva, Switzerland for a late 2017 debut and timed for 2018’s peak ski season. For its first European mountain destination, Four Seasons has partnered with lifestyle company Edmond de Rothschild Heritage, owned by Benjamin and Ariane de Rothschild.

 

Havana becomes the 100th city on Southwest’s route map
USA Today

Southwest Airlines is now flying to 100 destinations, the carrier’s route map hitting the century mark on Monday as it launched its first flights to Havana, Cuba.

The carrier is flying to the Cuban capital non-stop from the Florida cities of Fort Lauderdale and Tampa. The flights – two daily round-trip flights from Fort Lauderdale and one from Tampa – are part of the 20 total daily flights U.S. airlines are now allowed to fly to Havana.

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