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Big Jets Fall Out of Favor

United Airlines will retire its final Boeing 747-400 by year-end — roughly a year sooner than planned — because the iconic aircraft is no longer cost effective to operate, the carrier said on Wednesday. United currently operates 20 of the hump-backed jets, using them on routes from San Francisco to Europe and Asia. As recently…

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Is a Boom in Supersonic Travel Coming?

Colorado-based Boom, which is developing a 45-seat supersonic passenger plane, already has a commitment from Virgin Group chief Sir Richard Branson for 10 aircraft, and Virgin has agreed to work with the manufacturer on technical aspects and flight testing of the plane. And now an “unnamed European carrier” has optioned 15 aircraft from the manufacturer…

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The World’s Most Luxurious Airport Hotels

Airport hotels are better known for being convenient and practical than they are for luxury. But all that might be changing: In recent years, many airport hotels have stepped up their game with updated guest rooms and resort-style amenities, all just steps from the terminal. And while features like soundproof windows and black-out curtains are common-place, some…

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Airbus Wants Airlines to Radically Rethink Cabins

When it comes to innovation, the world’s airlines rarely demand massive change from aircraft manufacturers. They want planes that will carry as many people and as much cargo as possible, while burning less fuel than previous-generation aircraft. But with a new program, announced last week, Airbus wants to help airlines change the calculation. Airbus seeks…

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Airlines Accept Plan to Fix Overhead Panels

Despite the nearly $27 million price tag, airlines aren’t fighting a federal proposal to improve the safety of overhead equipment panels in Boeing 737 aircraft. The Federal Aviation Administration proposed the regulation in October because of reports that passengers were hit in the face and head by the panels of equipment that typically hold reading…

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Don’t Let This Unexpected Cost Blow Your Travel Budget

Expense management is a critical component of corporate travel, especially if you travel for business frequently and on a global scale. With careful planning and a consideration for budgets, it’s simple to keep the costs of airfare, hotel, and transportation in check. One area where unintended costs can creep up without notice, however, is in international…

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MGM National Harbor Opens its Doors

The $1.4 billion MGM National Harbor, a casino hotel on the Maryland banks of the Potomac River, had its grand opening on Thursday night. MGM Resorts is making its debut in the Washington area. Located about 10 miles south of the city, the hotel has views of the Washington Monument and the U.S. Capitol. The MGM…

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Achieve Medallion Status on Delta

Are you still trying to reach Diamond, Platinum, Gold, or Silver Medallion status for 2017? Teplis Travel is pleased to share the newest promotion from our Preferred Airline Partner, Delta Airlines: Through February 15th, 2017, you have the opportunity to elevate your status by buying a bundle of Medallion Qualification Miles (MQMs), Medallion Qualification Dollars (MQDs…

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5 Ways Travel for Frequent Flyers Got Worse in 2016

2016 was a banner year for disruptive changes to airline loyalty programs. Fueled by pressure to increase revenue and protected by swollen loyalty program ranks, U.S. carriers tightened the financial screws on consumers, exploring new types of fare structures and cabin designs to boost profits. As a result, many of the luxuries once enjoyed by…

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InterContinental Hotel Lands at Hartsfield-Jackson

Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport will be getting a new 440-room, four-star InterContinental hotel designed by John Portman & Associates. The 11-story structure to be built next to the airport’s domestic terminal will include 80,000 feet of conference/meeting space and 60,000 square feet of office space. A restaurant is planned in the main lobby and a…

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