Travel News: February 15, 2017

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United’s new Boeing 777-300ER, Polaris cabin gets splashy debut flight
USA Today

United Airlines put its first Boeing 777-300ER — along with its ballyhooed new Polaris cabin — in the air Monday, flying its newest aircraft type on a four-hour demonstration flight from Chicago O’Hare to San Francisco.

CEO Oscar Munoz was on hand for the occasion, performing a ceremonial ribbon-cutting at the airport and performing gate duties as United showed off the jet. True to the role, Munoz scanned the boarding passes of media members and other VIPs flying on what the airline billed as its debut flight of the aircraft.

 

Customers are canceling Mexico trips, agency group reports
Travel Weekly

Eight percent of MAST Travel Network agents have clients who have recently canceled trips to Mexico, according to a member survey.

“The intensifying issues of immigration, the border wall, and trade are, in my view, going to cause some customers to think twice about a vacation in Mexico if they feel they are not welcome,” said John Werner, president and COO of MAST. “I don’t believe anyone should feel that way, but based on our member survey, agents are hearing concerns from their clients.”

 

Google Maps Now Boasts A Bucket List Tool
Travel Pulse

Maps guide, inform and, now, remind—well, at least the really good ones do.

Google’s The Keyword (h/t The Next Web) unveils the newest innovation to hit Google Maps: a clever way to save places you want to visit later.

Let’s say you are perusing the latest spots in Manhattan and find a watering hole that you are dying to one day enjoy. Now, you can save that location to various buckets such as favorites or “Want to go.” Or, you can plug that destination into a folder that you make up, say, “Places I Simply Have To Drink At.”

 

British Airways cabin crew set to stage new four-day strike over pay
The Guardian

British Airways cabin crew have announced four more days of strikes, to start on 22 February, as a dispute over pay continues.

About 2,900 crew members in BA’s mixed fleet belonging to the Unite union will stage industrial action for four days starting next Wednesday. The union says it aims to “pile on the pressure” on the airline, which it accuses of paying poverty wages to cabin crew.

The strike is in addition to four days of strikes due to start on Friday. Since the start of the year there have been 11 days of strike action, including six days last week. But executives last week ruled out further negotiations.

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