Airlines are working to get passengers onto the plane faster.
The perennial struggle is familiar to most air travelers: the gate agent announces it’s time to board and dozens of people swarm the gate waiting for their group to be called. United Airlines UAL, +1.05% wants to streamline that process after complaints from passengers. It is experimenting with eliminating three of its five boarding groups, narrowing the system down to just two categories.
United is implementing the changes through a trial at its two biggest hubs: Chicago O’Hare and Houston George Bush Airports, as well as Los Angeles International Airport, the company announced Friday. The latest changes run counter to a strategy announced by American Airlines in 2017. American “simplified” its boarding process by creating nine distinct boarding groups. Delta Airlines AAL, +1.95% has four zones.
Two space tourists who were looking forward to being blasted toward the moon by a SpaceX rocket some time this year will now have to wait until at least 2019.
SpaceX spokesperson James Gleeson confirmed to the Wall Street Journal that the trip around the moon, first announced last year, has been postponed. He didn’t offer a specific date for when it might take place.
Despite the setback, Gleeson confirmed the company, run by billionaire Elon Musk, “is still planning to fly private individuals around the moon and there is growing interest from many customers.”
Marriott has announced plans to put its Sheraton brand on a new path, an effort that will include transforming properties around the world.
The sweeping changes will emphasize services, as well as design that enables socialization, productivity and personalization.
Additional details include the creation of collaborative venues and technology-enabled designs, and properties offering a host who helps deliver experiences that are exclusive to Sheraton.
“From the moment we closed the Starwood merger in late 2016, the revitalization of Sheraton has been a top priority for our company,” Arne Sorenson, Marriott International’s president and CEO, said in a statement.
Cathay Pacific is underscoring its strong commitment to eco-efficiency by planning to use a blend of alternative jet fuel to fly its new fleet of Airbus A350-1000 aircraft home to Hong Kong.
The airline has 20 of these technologically-advanced aircraft on order for delivery over the next four years. Its first A350-1000 will depart Airbus headquarters in Toulouse on 19 June. A further seven aircraft are due for delivery by the end of 2018.
Cathay Pacific Chief Executive Officer Rupert Hogg said: “We have been at the forefront of many initiatives to reduce the impact of greenhouse gas emissions. Achieving carbon neutral growth from 2020 is an important target that we take seriously and using alternative fuels is one of the key strategies in helping us to do so. We will continue to support the development and usage of biofuel to reach mainstream commercial viability.”