Travel News: March 13, 2018

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Silver Spirit lengthening underway
Travel Weekly

Silversea Cruises said it has begun a two-month project to lengthen the Silver Spirit by cutting it down the middle to insert a 49-foot section.

The new section will increase the length of the 36,009-gross-ton ship to 691.3 feet.

Silversea said the ship’s capacity at double occupancy will be increased by roughly 12%, its dining capacity by 15% and its outdoor seating capacity by 20%.

 

Hainan Airlines to Launch Non-Stop Service Between London and China
Travel Pulse

Hainan Airlines Holding Co., Ltd is scheduled to launch non-stop service between London Heathrow Airport and Changsha Huanghua International Airport on March 23. Following the roll-out of the Manchester-Beijing service, this will be Hainan Airlines’ second direct flight between the United Kingdom and China.

Changsha, the capital of Hunan province, is the political, economic, cultural and technological hub of the province, and one of China’s famous historical cities. Yuelu Academy, Orange Island Park and Aiwan Pavilion are all must-see destinations. Unique Hunan cuisine also lets diners indulge in pleasures without stop.

The London-Changsha route will be serviced by a Boeing 787 deluxe wide-body aircraft. Business Class passengers will be provided with 180-degree lie-flat seating, BOSE headsets, and Bvlgari toiletry bags. Passengers in all classes will have access to an exclusive on-demand entertainment system and a gourmet selection of Western and Oriental meals and are allowed to use their own portable electronic devices.

 

Nor’easter: 1,500+ flights already canceled through Wednesday
USA Today

Air travelers may want to check the status of their flights if they’re flying through the Northeast on Tuesday or Wednesday.

Airlines have preemptively canceled nearly 1,365 flights for Tuesday and another 133 for Wednesday, flight-tracking service FlightAware.com counted as of 9:20 p.m. ET on Monday.

The wave of cancellations came ahead of the third nor’easter that’s expected to hit the region in less than two weeks. Hardest hit was Boston, more than two-thirds of Tuesday’s flights had been canceled as of Monday evening. More than half had already been grounded at the airports serving Hartford, Conn., and Providence, R.I.

 

Tallest tower west of the Mississippi River debuts in Los Angeles
The Architect’s Newspaper

The 73-story building celebrated its grand opening on Friday in a pomp-filled ceremony that included a performance by the University of Southern California marching band. Representatives from AC Martin and L.A.’s political and business establishment were on hand as well to inaugurate the tallest building west of the Mississippi River.

The 1,100-foot-tall tower contains a mix of uses, including a 900-key InterContinental Hotel, 265,141 square feet of Class A office space, and 45,100 square feet of restaurant and commercial spaces. The tower also features L.A.’s first “sky lobby,” which will provide some of the highest views in the city. The uppermost levels of the tower will be home to a steakhouse and several bars, including Spire 73, which according to Eater, is now the highest open-air bar in the country.

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