- The obvious and most notable news today was the long-awaited official merger announcement by American Airlines and US Airways. The $11 billion deal will create the world’s largest airline. Here’s a look at what the eventual AAdvantage frequent flier program might look like.
- But there was also other interesting news to report, including Polish airline LOT grounding all Boeing 787 Dreamliner flights through October. LOT president Sebastian Mikosz said he would not operate the airline’s two 787s for summer season flights due to still unresolved technical problems.
- Fly Jamaica took to the skies today, operating its first of four weekly flights between New York’s JFK airport and Kingston, Jamaica. The airline operates Boeing 757 aircraft with two classes of service and doesn’t charge for the first two checked bags.
- Korean Air still has plans to open a hotel in downtown Los Angeles, but delayed the completion date and subsequent debut from 2014 to 2017. It would become the tallest structure in L.A. and include 900 4-star rooms, as well as retail and office space.
- Budget, Japanese-style capsule hotels seem to be gaining popularity and a new one has opened in Moscow, the city billed as the most expensive in the world for a hotel room. “Rooms” reportedly cost about $85.
- Orbitz has laid off employees this week in order to spend more marketing itself and increase profitability, according to a report. No specific number of impacted employees was provided, but it was thought to be around 70.