Travel News: October 2, 2017


Air France Flight Diverted After Engine Explodes
Travel Pulse

Terrified Air France passengers bound for Los Angeles International Airport were diverted to Eastern Canada Saturday after one of the aircraft’s engines exploded over the Atlantic Ocean. The A380 aircraft, carrying nearly 500 passengers, landed safely in Goose Bay, Newfoundland at around 1:40 p.m. local time, after the pilot made a “mayday” call to the airport.

In an official statement, Air France confirmed that “the crew of flight AF 066 operated by A380 from Paris-CDG to Los Angeles decided to divert to Goose Bay Airport (Canada) following serious damage to one of its engines.”


Renovation completed at Disney’s Swan & Dolphin
Travel Weekly

The Swan & Dolphin, a Marriott-operated resort at Walt Disney World, celebrated the completion of a three-year, $140 million overhaul.

All guestrooms at the convention-oriented resort were redesigned, all meeting spaces were renovated, and the Dolphin received a new lobby.

The resort’s 2,267 guest rooms were given a new look that reflects the property’s water theme, incorporating hues of white, blue and gray. Rooms also have modern furniture and new bathrooms featuring vanities with backlit mirrors.


American Airlines adding free messaging, other in-flight perks
USA Today

American Airlines passengers will find new perks and improved services as it switches its attention and money to wooing travelers after spending the past few years on the complex logistics of merging with US Airways.

“The airline we’re going to fly in three years will be better than the airline we’re flying today because we’re going to invest,” CEO Doug Parker said at the airline’s first post-merger media and investor day near Dallas on Thursday. (Related: American Airlines CEO: We’ll never lose money again)

Parker orchestrated the merger of US Airways and American in late 2013, to form the world’s largest carrier, and took the helm at American.


US Issues Cuba Travel Warning After ‘Specific Attacks’ on Diplomats

The United States is warning Americans against visiting Cuba and ordering more than half of U.S. personnel to leave the island, senior officials said Friday, in a dramatic response to what they described as “specific attacks” on diplomats.

The decision deals a blow to already delicate ties between the U.S. and Cuba, longtime enemies who only recently began putting their hostility behind them. The embassy in Havana will lose roughly 60 percent of its U.S. staff, and will stop processing visas in Cuba indefinitely, the American officials said.

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