Travel News: May 17, 2018

Amman Jordan

Aviation United customers can bid on trip to 747 graveyard
Travel Weekly

United retired its final Boeing 747 in November. However, the carrier is giving aficionados of the original jumbo jet another chance for a United 747 experience.

An auction currently live on the MileagePlus Exclusives website gives MileagePlus members the chance to use MileagePlus points to bid on a June 1-3 trip to Memphis that will be centered around a June 2 excursion to

United’s aircraft disassembly center in Tupelo, Miss. United has three 747s at the disassembly center.


Delta Expands Deal with Air France-KLM, Virgin Atlantic
Travel Pulse

Delta Air Lines announced Tuesday it has signed a new agreement with Air France-KLM and Virgin Atlantic Limited to expand their trans-Atlantic joint venture.

The new deal signed by representatives of all three airlines sets out the governance as well as the commercial and operational terms of the expanded trans-Atlantic partnership.


New Orleans at 300: Crescent City celebrates its big birthday in style
USA Today

From red-beans-and-rice to trout rémoulade, Uptown to Backatown,  jazz to funk, New Orleans has long been a city of contrasts.

Since its founding in 1718, opposing forces have convulsed and recast the Big Easy into a gumbo of competing cultures and traditions. The outpost in the bend of the lower Mississippi River was ruled first by France then Spain and the USA — all in less than a century — and populated by influxes of African, Caribbean and Italian newcomers.


W Hotels Opens First Property in Jordan
Hospitality Design

The W Amman has opened, the brand’s  first property in Jordan. Located in the emerging downtown neighborhood of Abdali, the hotel is inspired by the energy of the Middle East that also celebrates local history, culture, and tradition from a contemporary angle.

Channeling the beauty of the nearby rock formations of Petra, the hotel welcomes visitors with a striking façade and the signature Living Room, which will function as a clubhouse for guests with low seating, open space, and mood lighting. Modernized versions of traditional patterns punctuate the area along with modern art form artists Jamal A. Rahim and Bader Mahasneh. Additional public spaces include the restaurants Mesh and Enso, as well as the Aura bar, which is crafted with rose stone tones and colorful, silk-like floors. The Wet Deck on the rooftop enhances the pooldeck experience, doubling as a music venue and a design conceived as a modern depiction of the Roman Theater Atrium.

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