Travel News: October 28, 2019

West Coast Drive New Zealand

United Airlines Announces New Flights Between New Zealand, Newark
Travel Pulse

United Airlines announced Wednesday it has expanded its partnership with Air New Zealand to include the only nonstop service between New Zealand and the east coast of the United States.

Starting in October 2020, Air New Zealand will begin a three-times-weekly new nonstop service between Auckland Airport and Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey. Tickets for the new flights will be available for purchase starting in November.


Cruise Line Bars Woman Who Climbed on Balcony Railing for Selfie
New York Times

A photograph taken this week on a Caribbean cruise ship quickly gained widespread attention but it wasn’t of a pink-sand beach, a zip-lining adventure or an onboard skydiving simulator.

It was of a woman standing on a balcony railing of her stateroom on one of the world’s largest cruise ships — posing for a selfie.

In a statement, Royal Caribbean said the woman and her companion were removed from the ship and banned for life.


Marriott Buys W Hotel in Manhattan as Part of Brand Revamp
Wall Street Journal

Marriott International Inc. mostly got out of the real-estate business many years ago, but the big hotel operator still buys properties when it sees an opportunity or senses a threat.

In the most recent example, Marriott last week acquired the W Hotel in Manhattan’s Union Square for $206 million. The company says it bought the hotel to use it as a showpiece as Marriott remakes the W brand, which was originally launched by Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Inc. in 1998.


Airbus to sell 100 jets to US carrier Spirit Airlines

U.S. budget carrier Spirit Airlines has agreed on a provisional deal to buy 100 Airbus single-aisle jet planes.

Spirit Airlines said late Wednesday that it had signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the European plane-maker that includes a mix of Airbus A319neo, A320neo, and A321neo models.

By: Matt Long

Matt has a true passion for travel. As someone who has a bad case of the travel bug, Matt travels the world in order to share tips on where to go, what to see and how to experience the best the world has to offer.

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