Travel News: October 24, 2017

Perth Australia

Qantas receives its first Dreamliner

THE long-awaited arrival of Qantas’ first Dreamliner was always going to be a emotionally charged affair.

The Boeing 787-9, registered as VH-ZNA, touched down in Sydney on Friday morning after its maiden flight from United States and was ceremoniously wheeled into its hangar to the sounds of cheers from Qantas staff and a choral rendition of I Still Call Australia Home, the song that can make even the most steel-hearted among us weep.


Virgin Hotels Will Make DC Debut in 2019
Travel Pulse

Virgin Hotels is bringing its popular lifestyle brand to the nation’s capital.

Sir Richard Branson’s buzzworthy chain announced Monday that the new-build hotel is scheduled to open in Washington, D.C.’s Union Market neighborhood during fall 2019.

The new hotel will boast 178 guestrooms and suites as well as a handful of amenities. Virgin Hotels dubs the rooms “chambers and grand chamber suites.”


JetBlue stops selling tickets on a dozen travel websites
USA Today

JetBlue has stopped selling tickets on a dozen smaller travel websites in hopes of driving customers to the airline’s own site and reducing the company’s costs.

The airline said Thursday that the change was the first step in revamping its system of selling tickets online.

The sites being dropped include, and


Airfares expected to drop with Southwest’s arrival in Hawaii
Travel Weekly

When it begins flying to Hawaii, likely in the latter half of next year, Southwest will certainly shake up the marketplace. The only unknown at present is how much.

“What may happen is that airfares will go down, bringing more people,” said Gary Leff, an airline analyst who writes the View From the Wing blog. “But that may be balanced by more people driving up hotel prices once you’re there.”

Southwest, which flies the most domestic U.S. passengers of any airline, made the long-anticipated announcement this month about launching flights to Hawaii, but the carrier offered few details. Yet to be revealed are the routes and frequencies Southwest will fly as well as precisely when the service is to launch.

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