A brief sampling of industry news that caught my attention today:
- United Airlines plans to launch nonstop service from Chicago to Edinburgh, Scotland beginning in May 2014. A Boeing 757 will serve the less-than-daily route.
- So this is why I couldn’t access Twitter earlier today: United was reportedly selling airfares for $5-$10 on Thursday. Damn… I missed out!
- A judge has approved American Airlines’ bankruptcy reorganization plan to merge with US Airways, though the companies must still resolve the lawsuit with the DOJ.
- The TSA is planning to adopt a three-tiered system for airport security, with “expedited, standard or enhanced” levels. The new process will match Secure Flight data with information from the FBI’s watch list.
- Starwood Hotels opened its Element Vaughan Southwest property near Toronto featuring 152 rooms, Heavenly® beds and spa-inspired bathrooms with “rain showers.” A pedal-powered ribbon cutting ceremony lit the eco-conscious hotel’s exterior signage.
- Hilton Hotels are going public. Hilton Worldwide Holdings plans to raise $1.25 billion from an IPO of its common stock.
- Thirteen flights in July exceeded the three-hour tarmac rule according the the U.S. DOT. Twelve of them occurred at New York’s LaGuardia Airport when a Southwest Airlines jet’s landing gear collapsed.
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