Travel News: August 1, 2017

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Australian Police Thwart Plot to Bring Down Airplane
Travel Pulse

Security has been heightened at airports across Australia after four suspects were arrested on suspicion of planning to bring down an aircraft in an “elaborate” terrorist plot.

“I can report last night that there has been a major joint counterterrorism operation to disrupt a terrorist plot to bring down an airplane,” said Australia’s Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, according to the Associated Press. “The operation is continuing.”


AA to expand Basic Economy to entire domestic system
Travel Weekly

American Airlines will be selling Basic Economy seats on its entire domestic network by the end of September, company president Robert Isom said during the carrier’s earnings call Friday.

American also will greatly expand the availability of its international Premium Economy cabin by the end of the year.


Already? Airbus delivers its 100th A350 widebody jet
USA Today

Airbus delivered its 100th Airbus A350 on Wednesday, handing over the milestone aircraft to customer China Airlines during a ceremony at the jetmaker’s assembly line in Toulouse, France.

“The 100th A350 XWB milestone comes as we reach our fastest widebody production ramp-up, on track to meet the target of 10 A350 deliveries per month by the end of 2018,” Airbus COO Fabrice Bregier said in a statement. “We are especially proud to deliver today’s aircraft to our long-standing customer China Airlines. The A350 is setting new standards for long haul air travel in terms of efficiency and comfort, thus being the perfect aircraft for China Airlines to expand its long-haul network.”


Once-in-a-lifetime solar eclipse is a bonanza for hotels, airlines

A once-in-a-lifetime solar eclipse is providing a great business opportunity for hotels and airlines, who are looking to cash in on the event — the first of its kind since 1918.

Many hotel chains, including Marriott International, are offering packages to travelers who are heading to cities in the path of the eclipse, which will follow a southeastern route from Oregon to South Carolina on Aug. 21.

Marriott, the world’s largest hotel chain by market cap, is highlighting five cities across the country for packages that include themed cocktails and complimentary viewing glasses.

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