Travel News: June 22, 2017


Baby Born on a Flight Gets Free Travel for the Rest of His Life

A newborn baby boy was gifted free flights for his entire life after he came into the world a bit prematurely on Jet Airways.

The boy’s mother was flying from Dammam, in Saudi Arabia, to Kochi when she went into labor at 35,000 feet. Although the flight was diverted to Mumbai, the mother delivered before the plane could land — with the help of a cabin crew member and a fellow passenger, who happened to be a trained nurse, BBC reported.


China tour agency says won’t take more US tourists to North Korea
The Olympian

The organizers of a trip to North Korea by an American college student who died after being released from prison in a coma say they will no longer take U.S. citizens to the country.

Young Pioneer Tours said Tuesday on its Facebook page that the death of 22-year-old Otto Warmbier shows that the risk American tourists face in visiting North Korea “has become too high.”

Warmbier died in Ohio on Monday, days after being released by North Korea.


After Surge in Orders, Airlines Now Balk at Wide-Bodies
New York Times

At the International Paris Air Show this week, much of the excitement at the aerial displays will come from the latest souped-up versions of the smaller Airbus and Boeing planes. But the chatter at the lavish dinners is likely to focus on a more worrisome topic: a recent slowdown in orders for the companies’ largest and most expensive jets.

As one of the longest upswings in sales in aviation history falters, Boeing has been forced to cut production of its giant 777 and 747-8 jets. And questions are mounting about how much longer Airbus will be able to keep building its mammoth A380, a double-deck plane that carries more than 500 people and often includes bars and showers for the highest-paying customers.

Analysts say several factors have come together to reduce interest in the planes, and some experts think the slide in orders could last several years.


Extreme Heat Tourism? It’s a Thing in Death Valley

Desert dwellers in the western U.S. see temperatures topping 120 degrees (49 Celsius) as a reason to hunker down indoors and turn up the air conditioning.

But some tourists welcome it as a bucket-list opportunity to experience Death Valley — famously the hottest place in America.

Many will get their chance in the days ahead as a vicious heatwave bakes parts of Arizona, California and Nevada.

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By: Matt Long

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