Travel News: December 22, 2016

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United takes first 777-300ER amid widebody fleet shifts

United Airlines has taken delivery of its first of 14 Boeing 777-300ERs, as part of a larger rejig of its widebody fleet.

The Chicago-based carrier took delivery of the aircraft (registration N2331U and MSN 62642) in Everett, Washington, today, it says in a statement.

The 777-300ER, which will be configured with 366 seats including its new Polaris business class, is one in a number of changes to the airline’s widebody fleet.


Four Seasons expanding presence to keep its place in market
Travel Weekly

Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts opened a research-and-development studio in late October to give its managers and designers opportunities to experience the proverbial dry run, but its expansion push is absolutely real.

The Toronto-based luxury hotel operator, which oversees more than 100 properties globally, is poised to finish 2016 with nine new properties, the most it has opened in a single year in its 55-year history. In addition, it has about 50 more hotels in its development pipeline. Since September, the company has debuted hotels in lower Manhattan; Kyoto, Japan; and Anguilla, West Indies.


Holiday Travel Will Set New Record in 2016: AAA
Fox Business

The holidays will inspire a record number of Americans to travel this season.

AAA said Thursday an estimated 103 million people plan to travel for the holidays, as more Americans hit the road or take to the skies. According to AAA’s annual survey, 93.6 million people will drive, up 1.5% over last year. Air travel is projected to climb 2.5%.

Travel by cruises, trains, buses and other modes of transportation will decline slightly.


Airlines To Deliver Bags On Time, Or Your Money Back: DOT Proposal

A October statement from the White House included a sentiment that I particularly liked: “If passengers are charged a fee by an airline for their checked baggage, they should expect to receive that baggage in a timely manner.”

On the one hand, duh! On the other hand, you mean that’s not already happening?

Well, it isn’t. So in October the U.S. Department of Transportation announced its intention to institute a rule that would require airlines “to refund baggage fees when a passenger’s luggage is substantially delayed.” A public comment period on these proposed changes is open until January 17.

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