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Budget airline Southwest has commenced flights from Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) with eight flights initially.

The new service offers six daily nonstop flights to Chicago Midway and two daily nonstop flights to St. Louis.

Beginning June 5, 2011, Southwest plans to expand the service with three daily nonstops to Continue reading »

 

United Continental Holdings, Inc., the parent company of United and Continental Airlines, has expanded its mobile check-in and mobile boarding passes to United customers traveling with international itineraries.

Customers may check in at united.com using a Web-enabled mobile device beginning 24 hours before departure.

United’s mobile boarding pass option is now available to customers departing from airports in London, Munich, Amsterdam, Brussels, Geneva, Zurich, Moscow and Osaka.

The airline plans to introduce the mobile boarding pass option at more international airports including Frankfurt, Tokyo Narita and Hong Kong soon. United currently offers paperless boarding at 62 U.S. airports, including its hubs in Chicago, Denver, Washington Dulles, San Francisco and Los Angeles.

United’s sister airline Continental Airlines currently offers the mobile boarding pass Continue reading »

Mar 242011
 

These are not good times for the travel business.

Political unrest in Tunisia, Egypt, Bahrain and Libya, the high unemployment in the U.S., severe winter weather in January and February in the U.S., soaring gas prices and now the triple whammy of earthquake, tsunami and nuclear crisis in Japan have together taken a heavy toll on the travel industry.

Travel businesses of all sizes have been stung badly by the multiple blows.

While smaller travel agencies and tour operators in the U.S. are either struggling to stay afloat or closing shop, the larger companies are bracing for big losses.

Delta Air Lines is witnessing a big drop in demand and bookings to Japan and has cut capacity in Japan by 15 to 20% through May by reducing the number of flights to Tokyo’s Narita International Airport and suspending service at the city’s Haneda Airport.

Since the Tokyo market generates over $2 billion a year, the disruption could cost Delta $400 million.

Cruises Hit Too
Things are not looking well on the cruise side of the travel business too because of political unrest in North Africa Continue reading »

 

Continental Airlines plans to roll out WiFi Internet service on flights within the U.S. beginning next year.

Continental is working with inflight entertainment provider LiveTV to offer the service via Ka-band.

Ka-band is supposed to offer higher transmission speeds for browsing content-rich websites, sending and receiving e-mails and downloading files.

Ka-band will utilize ViaSat’s ViaSat-1, which will be the world’s highest-capacity satellite upon its launch later in 2011.

Continental is looking at offering the WiFi service on over 200 domestic Boeing 737 and 757 aircraft.

It is unclear how much Continental plans to charge for the WiFi service.

Continental’s sister company United Airlines currently offers inflight Internet service on 14 aircraft, including on all premium service flights linking New York Kennedy with Los Angeles and San Francisco.

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