Ovation's weekly client e-newsletter, the Informed Traveler, keeps readers updated on travel industry news and trends.
Following is a recap of August's Top 5 (most clicked by Ovation clients) e-newsletter stories.
Beginning in 2018, Delta Air Lines will begin using new Bombardier C-Series on flights originating from New York and Los Angeles, reports Bloomberg. Delta is the first major U.S. carrier to buy the C Series Bombardier, a mid range aircraft that offers a roomier interior than regional jets, while typically carrying fewer passengers than a plane from the Boeing Co. 737 or Airbus SE A320 families. "From the standpoint of operating costs, from the standpoint of ownership costs, it's an ideal aircraft for these not-quite-mainline markets," said Robert Mann, an aviation consultant and former airline executive. "If it performs as advertised, reliably, it's going to be a real game-changer." To read more, click here.
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is boosting security measures by requiring any carry-on electronic larger than a cellphone to be screened separately at U.S. airports, reports CNN Money. The new screening will apply to devices such as e-readers, iPads and tablets. As the new procedures are phased in, TSA officers will require passengers to take out small electronics and "place them in a bin with nothing on top or below," similar to the screenings used for laptops. The agency stated that the new rules apply only to "standard" screening lanes and not TSA pre-check fliers. To read more, click here.
The U.S. State Department has issued a warning about traveling to parts of Mexico, including Cancun and Playa del Carmen, reports Bloomberg. The advisory upgraded the warnings for two states, Quintana Roo and Baja California Sur, saying turf wars between crime gangs have led to a surge in violence. "Shooting incidents, in which innocent bystanders have been injured or killed, have occurred" in both states, the U.S. warned. "While most of these homicides appeared to be targeted criminal organization assassinations, turf battles between criminal groups have resulted in violent crime in areas frequented by U.S. citizens." To read more, click here.
At least two airlines, American Airlines and United Airlines, are rewarding customers with miles in exchange for Hurricane Harvey disaster relief contributions, reports Travel Weekly. United is giving 250 miles for donations of $50 to $99, 500 miles for donations of $100 to $249, and 1,000 miles for donations of $250 or more, while American is giving 10 miles for every dollar donated by AAdvantage members who make a minimum $25 contribution to disaster-relief programs through Sept. 24. To read more, click here.
Lawmakers have begun taking a more favorable view of regulating aircraft seat sizes and seating configurations, reports Travel Weekly. On July 28, the District of Columbia Circuit Court of Appeals ordered the FAA to review seat sizes and pitch on commercial aircraft to make sure that ever-tightening configurations don't affect emergency evacuation times. As the FAA considers how to respond to the ruling, lawmakers are considering taking their own action. Both the House and Senate versions of this year's FAA reauthorization bills include a provision directing the agency to take action on aircraft pitch with an eye toward evacuation safety. The Senate bill calls for a review of minimum pitch standards within 18 months, while the House bill calls for a minimum to be set within 12 months, as well as the establishment of a minimum seat width. To read more, click here.