A brief sampling of industry news that caught my attention today:
- Delta Air Lines is planning new Seattle service to Seoul and Hong Kong beginning in June 2014. The new Hong Kong flight will bring back a U.S. gateway, as Delta currently only flies to Hong Kong from Tokyo after previously ending Detroit-Hong Kong service. Meanwhile, Delta announced yesterday it would nix Seattle-Osaka flights.
- A former United Airlines flight attendant will plead guilty to calling in bomb threats to several flights from last October through January. He had been hired by American at the time of his arrest, and will serve jail time and owe United restitution totaling near $250,000.
- Low-cost carrier Scoot Airlines becomes the latest to offer child-free zones onboard its flights. The “ScootinSilence” section comprises rows 21-25 of the airline’s Boeing 777s, and also features increased seat pitch. There’s an add-on fee for the section, of course, starting at approximately $15.
- Many think North Korea’s “hotel of doom” is an eyesore, but check out the proposed Unbalance Hotel set to be built on a cliff side near Lima, Peru. The tilted picture frame structure is the vision of Spanish architecture firm OOIIO.
- Forgetting your book, magazine or even iPad onboard a flight can be quite common. But what about these weird things left behind on planes, including a glass eye, falcon and prosthetic leg?!
- The air traveling idiot of the day award goes to a Delta Air Lines BusinessElite passenger flying from Detroit to Shanghai who was allegedly boozing it up a bit too much. She ended up screaming, cursing, annoying other passengers and disobeying crew instructions. The flight landed in Anchorage where she was offloaded and arrested.
- Finally, if you missed it earlier, I reviewed the Washington Dulles Marriott Suites at Worldgate Centre. It’s a pretty good property, and ranked as a Marriott Rewards category 5 hotel.
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