Travel News: September 28, 2018

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Delta System Outage Halts Domestic Flights Nationwide
Travel Pulse

Technical issues within the Delta Air Lines computer system caused a nationwide hold on all domestic flights for more than an hour on Tuesday.

Many customers reported being unable to view their boarding pass or check the status of their flights.

The airline posted a statement on their website saying, “Delta IT teams are working diligently to address a technology issue impacting some of our systems. We have issued a Delta ground stop as we work to bring systems back up as quickly as possible. There has been no disruption or safety issue with any Delta flight currently in the air. We apologize to all customers for this inconvenience. ”

 

Hyatt’s Andaz brand to make Caribbean debut in Turks and Caicos
Travel Weekly

Hyatt Hotels plans to develop an Andaz resort and residences in the Turks and Caicos.

The resort on Grace Bay will be the first Caribbean property for Hyatt’s luxury lifestyle brand, which was launched in 2007.

The Andaz resort will have two buildings, one with a 59-room hotel and the other with 74 residences that are expected to have a high rate of participation in the rental program.

 

Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba has built a robot porter for hotels
The Verge

Alibaba may not be a household name in the US, but the Chinese e-commerce firm is one of the world’s largest: its online sales in 2015 were greater than Walmart, Amazon, and eBay combined. Now, the company is getting into commercial robotics with the launch of the Space Egg: a robot porter designed to ferry items around hotels.

The robot was unveiled at a computing conference in Hangzhou, China, last week, and it will start work at its first hotel in the city next month. It has a curved aluminum casing covering a set of wheels, and it uses cameras and lasers to navigate. It’s less than a meter (3 feet) in height and quite slow, trundling behind humans at a pace of one meter a second.

 

American Airlines teams up with Zoe’s Kitchen for healthier in-flight food
USA TODAY

Zoe’s Kitchen is coming to your next American Airlines flight.

The major US airline announced Monday that they’re teaming up with the Mediterranean fast casual restaurant chain to provide healthy food options for purchase on domestic flights longer than three hours.

The in-flight lineup of dishes will include Zoe’s signature items such as a hummus platter ($9.99) and the Gruben sandwich, which features sliced turkey, Manchego cheese, slaw and feta on marble wheat bread ($10.99).

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