Travel News: February 14, 2017

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AirAsia announces first-ever U.S. destination
USA Today

Asian budget carrier AirAsia X announced its first-ever route to the United States on Friday.

The airline – the long-haul unit of Malaysian low-cost carrier AirAsia – will begin flying from Honolulu on June 28. AirAsia X will fly non-stop from Honolulu to Osaka/Kansai, Japan, with continuing service to its main hub in Kuala Lumpur. Passengers traveling between Honolulu and Kuala Lumpur will have a stopover in Osaka of about two hours.


Drone taxis? Dubai plans roll out of self-flying pods
USA Today

There’s been lots of talk in recent years about self-driving cars. Now, it appears as if self-flying passenger drones are next — and they could flying in one major city as soon as this July.

That’s according to a plan revealed Monday in Dubai, where the head of the Dubai Roads and Transportation Authority said it wants to develop passenger-carrying drones as a way to move people around the United Arab Emirates’ biggest city. Officials said flights could begin in July, though few other details were offered.


Airbnb to disrupt luxury travel further with expected acquisition
Luxury Daily

Short-term home rental service Airbnb is innovating in the luxury travel space and responding to consumer demand with its soon-to-be-finalized purchase of Luxury Retreats, a similar service working with only upscale properties.

The online marketplace will likely be focusing on bringing more luxury services to its users after the takeover is complete. The move is likely due to demand from users, who are interested in an easy experience in renting luxury homes for vacation or business stays.


Crystal Cruises Launches Its First Private Jet Voyage
Robb Report

Since 2015, Crystal Cruises and its maverick CEO Edie Rodriguez, has been on a mission to push the boundaries of luxury travel. Six newly built cruise ships will hit Europe’s rivers throughout the next three years or so, and three 100,000-gross-ton cruise liners with privately-owned condos will start hitting the water in 2022. Now following the launch of its first Northwest Passage itinerary last August (and becoming the largest vessel to ever traverse the notoriously remote Arctic Ocean sea route), the up-scale cruise company has yet another first up its sleeve—a trip to the world’s 10 Peninsula hotels aboard a private Boeing 777-200LR jet.

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