Travel News: April 16, 2018

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American Airlines and partners begin selling transatlantic budget fares
Travel Weekly

Joint venture partners American, British Airways, Iberia and Finnair have begun selling basic economy fares on some transatlantic routes.

British Airways and Iberia are calling the product their Basic fare, American calls it Basic Economy and Finnair the Light fare.

The basic fares differ from traditional transatlantic economy fares in that they require passengers to pay extra for all checked bags. Passengers also cannot select a seat prior to check-in unless they pay an upcharge.

 

New York City is Getting an Exciting New Park
Travel Pulse

New York’s Central Park will soon have some compelling and very unique competition.

Though not as massive as the famed and historic 843-acre green space in Manhattan, Domino Park, slated to open in June, is New York City’s most anticipated new public space.

Designed by landscape architecture firm James Corner Field Operations and privately funded by Brooklyn-based developer Two Trees Management, the new park will include a 1,200-foot-long waterside esplanade, six acres of parkland and recreational offerings catering to all ages.

 

Regent Seven Seas Cruises completes $US125 million refurbishment program
Traveller

Regent Seven Seas Cruises has completed the final stages of a US$125 million refurbishment program with an overhaul of Seven Seas Mariner, bringing it in line with the look of the rest of Regent’s fleet. All Mariner’s restaurants have been redesigned, including steakhouse Prime 7 and flagship venue Compass Rose, while Signatures restaurant has replaced by Chartreuse, already featured on Explorer and Voyager. The pool deck, library, casino, spa and other public venues have also been redesigned, as have guest suites. Mariner is now repositioning to the Pacific Northwest to sail Alaska itineraries from Vancouver and Seward.

 

Allegiant Airlines safety under scrutiny in ’60 Minutes’ investigation
Tampabay.com

The spotlight will be on Allegiant Air’s safety and maintenance record later today in a 60 Minutes segment.

News of the upcoming report — which is expected to draw in part from a Tampa Bay Times investigation in 2016 — sent stock of the carrier’s parent, Allegiant Travel Co., down nearly 8 percent on Friday.

In a promo, CBS indicated it would examine such issues as aborted takeoffs, loss in cabin pressure, unscheduled landings and engine failures.

The Times examined the Las Vegas-based budget airline’s safety record for 2015, finding that Allegiant made emergency landings at four times the rate of other U.S. airlines.

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