Travel News: June 14, 2017

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Not one US carrier made this list of the top 25 airlines

Flights are getting increasingly uncomfortable as airlines cut back on on-board perks like food and shrink legroom to save money, according to a new study from AirHelp, a startup that aids passengers in applying for compensation after delayed, canceled, or overbooked flights released Monday.

Its new ranking took into account quality and service, on-time performance, claim processing, and how people discussed airlines on social media. The rankings analyzed data from December 22, 2016 through March 20, 2017 — concluding shortly before United Airlines was the subject of relentless social media backlash in early April following a high-profile incident involving a passenger being dragged from a full flight.


American Reverses Plan for Downsizing Seats
Travel Pulse

American Airlines has reversed its decision to reduce seat pitch to 29 inches on its new Boeing 737 MAX aircraft.

Airline Geeks obtained an internal memo from the airline that dictates the rationale behind the reversal.


Rome bans eating and drinking near fountains
Travel Weekly

When in Rome, don’t take a dip in the monumental fountains.

Or sit or climb on them. Best not to eat or drink on them either. And don’t wash yourself, your clothes or your pet and avoid throwing any objects into them — except coins in the traditional gesture meant to ensure you’ll return.

Otherwise you risk fines as high as 240 euros ($270).


United makes a play to become the top airline to Hawaii
USA Today

United Airlines is making a play for the Hawaii market, increasing service to the state from four of its hub airports.

The carrier announced on Tuesday it would add 11 additional flights to the state, an expansion United said would give it “the most flights between the mainland and the Hawaiian Islands than any other carrier.”

From Denver, United is upgrading three of its Hawaii routes from seasonal to year-round service. With the move, United says its Colorado hub “becomes a major gateway” to Hawaii.

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