Trip News: April 11, 2018

Four Seasons Las Vegas

USA Today

Chicago has become one of the newest dots on Ethiopian Airlines’ global flight map.

The carrier is set to begin flying from O’Hare International Airport on June 10, offering three flights a week to its hub near Ethiopia’s capital of Addis Ababa.

The flight from Chicago is scheduled for 13 hours, 45 minutes and will be the only non-stop service connecting Chicago to Africa. The return Chicago-bound flight stops in Dublin on its way from Addis Ababa. Ethiopian will use Boeing 787-8 “Dreamliners” for the flights.


Trip Weekly

A floating pier developed for the fjords of Norway has started to catch on elsewhere, potentially creating new cruise ports worldwide, especially in small or cash-strapped destinations.

Called SeaWalk, the device comes in incremental segments linked by circular, floating pivot points. The head segment has a propulsion unit, and the pier can be motored into position when a ship calls.


Trip Weekly

When Virgin Hotels reflags the Las Vegas Hard Rock Hotel & Casino next year, the resulting product will continue to be atypical by Las Vegas standards.

Virgin Hotels, which debuted with its Chicago hotel in early 2015 as part of Richard Branson’s umbrella of Virgin brands, will make the property’s revamped pool areas a focus, will redesign guestrooms into two-section “chambers” and will include lots of splashes of its signature red throughout.

While most of its food and beverage plans are yet to be determined, the hotel, as in Chicago, will include a Commons Club, which is a rather low-key restaurant during the day and a nightclub after hours.


Trip Pulse

Alaska Airlines is reducing the size limit for carry-on luggage in an effort to match the industry standard and prevent bag size conflicts for travelers on connecting flights.

Beginning June 4, 2018, the size limit for Alaska Airlines, Horizon and SkyWest flights will change to 22” x 14” x 9”. Currently, the maximum dimensions for carry-on luggage are 24″ x 17″ x 10″.

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