Getting bumped from an overbooked flight can cause major travel headaches, but for one passenger flying with United Airlines, it meant earning a $10,000 travel voucher.
The United passenger, a communications director named Allison Preiss, was on a flight Thursday morning preparing to depart from Washington Dulles International Airport when crew members informed travelers the flight was overbooked.
It’s official: There’s a new world’s largest cruise ship.
Royal Caribbean International on Friday morning took delivery of the much-awaited, 228,081-ton Symphony of the Seas from the French shipyard that has been constructing the vessel for more than three years.
“It is a proud and exhilarating moment to welcome a new member to the family,” Royal Caribbean president and CEO Michael Bayley said at a ceremony marking the event at the giant STX France facility in St. Nazaire, France. “Symphony will take family vacationing to an all new level with energy and options never before found in one place.”
Eighteen decks high and 1,188 feet long, Symphony is a slightly larger version of the current size leader in the cruise world, Royal Caribbean’s 22-month-old Harmony of the Seas, and two other Royal Caribbean ships that make up the line’s groundbreaking Oasis Class of vessels.
AccorHotels, the French hotel chain, which has invested about $250 million in hotel projects in India, is planning to bring in some of its luxury brands to expand its footprint in India, a top executive said.
The company, which has sharply scaled up its operations in India to 47 hotels in 10 years through investments in joint venture projects, will now expand through management contracts, the executive added.
Qantas is about to embark on what could be the airline’s most ambitious journey ever, when passengers step on board the Dreamliner 787-9 and fly 17-hours non-stop from Perth to London.
Flight Q9 will take off today, heralding a new direction for the Australian airline – ultra-long haul, big distance flying, with the goal to eventually transport passengers direct from Australia’s East Coast to London, and even New York.