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AIRCRAFT STORAGE SOLUTIONS

Where to park grounded Boeing jets
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19 AUG 2019: Canada's biggest airlines are taking different tacks to stow their Boeing 737 Max 8s as the aircraft's drawn-out grounding continues to cause turbulence in the flight industry. Air Canada is opting for a cross-boarder location, while WestJet has decided to park domestically. MORE

LEFT AT THE GATE

Couple told at gate that flight was full
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19 AUG 2019: Canada's transportation watchdog is launching an inquiry into how WestJet Airlines Ltd. handles its passengers during schedule changes after an incident last month saw travellers bumped without compensation. The Canadian Transportation Agency says the probe into WestJet's tariff - its contract with customers - follows a complaint after a Canadian couple en route to Italy were bumped from their flight out of Edmonton. MORE

HOW LOW CAN THEY GO

FAA asked for minimums in cabin seat size and pitch
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19 AUG 2019: Members of Rhode Island's congressional delegation are calling on the Federal Aviation Administration to make air travel more comfortable by setting a reasonable minimum size and pitch for airplane seats. Three Democrats - Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, and Reps. Jim Langevin, and David Cicilline - are planning a Monday press conference at T.F. Green Airport. MORE

CATHAY PACIFIC CEO RESIGNS

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19 AUG 2019: The CEO of Cathay Pacific Airways, one of Hong Kong's most prominent companies, resigned Friday following pressure by Beijing on the carrier over participation by some of its employees in anti-government protests. Rupert Hogg became the highest-profile corporate casualty of official Chinese pressure on foreign and Hong Kong companies to support the ruling Communist Party's position against the protesters. MORE

ALASKA. NEAT

Summer of high temperatures and low arctic sea levels
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19 AUG 2019: Alaska has been America's canary in the coalmine for climate warming, and the yellow bird is swooning. July was Alaska's warmest month ever, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Sea ice melted. Bering Sea fish swam in above-normal temperatures. So did children in the coastal town of Nome. Wildfire season started early and stayed late. Thousands of walruses thronged to shore. MORE

MISSION CONTROL

The future air traffic control
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19 AUG 2019: Spaceport America is no longer just a shiny shell of hope that space tourism would one day launch from this remote spot in the New Mexico desert. The once-empty hangar that anchors the taxpayer-financed launch and landing facility has been transformed into a custom-tailored headquarters where Virgin Galactic will run its commercial flight operations. MORE

SIX REALITY CHECKS

On Venices latest proposed ban on big cruise ships
By WALLACE IMMEN
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19 AUG 2019: The most beautiful view from a cruise ship anywhere in the world has to be the slow glide past Venice, with its intricate ballet of gondolas and speedboats on the canals and its eternal skyline that’s inspired centuries of artists. MORE

ROUND-UP AUG. 12-16, 2019

By MICHAEL BAGINSKI
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19 AUG 2019: In case you missed it, and even if you didn’t, here’s a quick look at some of last week’s need-to-know travel news: MORE
In case you missed yesterday (or last week)... here is a selection of recent stories:

PARTY TIME

By JEN SAVEDRA
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16 AUG 2019: Last weekend Sunwing Vacations and RIU Hotels and Resorts cohosted a pool party at Toronto’s Cabana Pool Bar. The idea was to promote RIU’s new entertainment program ‘RIU Party’ and this was certainly the best venue to get the “party” idea across! It’s been some time since this aging Boomer went to a scantily clad Millennials pool party – but it was certainly – well, WOW! MORE

PILOT HEROICS

Lands safely after bird strike disables Russian plane
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16 AUG 2019: The captain of a Russian passenger jet was hailed as a hero Thursday for landing his plane in a cornfield after it collided with a flock of gulls seconds after takeoff, causing both engines to malfunction. While dozens of people sought medical assistance, only one was hospitalized. MORE

MAX OUT

Sunwing finalizes winter schedule to operate without Boeing 737 MAX 8
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16 AUG 2019: Sunwing has announced that all flight services during the coming winter season will now be operated without the Boeing 737 MAX 8. The new schedule comes into effect on November 5, and runs until mid-May 2020. While the move has been prompted by the ongoing worldwide grounding of the Boeing 737 MAX 8, the company said that being able to offer an excellent customer experience and provide clients with much-needed reassurance while planning their upcoming winter vacation with confidence were equally important factors in their decision. MORE

JUST RELAX

Most of the World Still Not Getting Enough Sleep
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16 AUG 2019: Princess Cruises in collaboration with Wakefield Research, has revealed the findings of its 10th Annual Relaxation survey. With ten years of data analyzing the sleep and vacation habits of adults, this year’s survey reinforces the stress and lack of relaxation experienced by adults globally. Results from the survey show more than half of those surveyed (52 percent) are getting less sleep than they need– a decrease of one percent from last year. MORE

WEIRD FASCINATION

Epstein islands are drawing tourists
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16 AUG 2019: The things that attract tourists. Jeffrey Epstein's armed guards and the sharp rocks that lie beneath the turquoise waters glistening around his Caribbean island have long deterred boaters from the area, but curiosity has overcome concern since the financier allegedly killed himself in jail as he awaited trial in New York on sex trafficking charges. MORE

U.S. TOURISM TRENDS IMPACT RETAIL STORES

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16 AUG 2019: Macy's is lowering its annual earnings guidance after the department store struggled with a big earnings miss during the second quarter as it was forced to slash prices on unsold merchandise. If you’re wondering what this has to do with travel one of the factors they cited was a worsening climate for tourism that led to rising inventory levels. MORE

NOT IN MY NEIGHBOURHOOD

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16 AUG 2019: A report says Beverly Hills has nixed a plan to allow buses to load and unload tourists within its ritzy business district. The proposed bus stop had been supported by the city's chamber of commerce and visitors bureau as a way to generate foot traffic near high-end retailers such as Louis Vuitton, Jimmy Choo and Versace. MORE

SHORT SHRIFT

Female pilot alleges she was fired for being too short
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16 AUG 2019: A female pilot is suing private jet operator NetJets after she claims she was fired because her legs were too short. Shari Drerup was told to use a booster seat and platform shoes but she declined due to potential safety issues. MORE

BY ANY OTHER NAME

Jimmy Kimmel wants to be mayor of Newfoundland town
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16 AUG 2019: The picturesque Newfoundland town of Dildo is attracting unprecedented international attention over its name, as late night comedian Jimmy Kimmel continues his televised quest to become its mayor. MORE

RHIANNON

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16 AUG 2019: Earlier this year the Rock and Hall of Fame in Cleveland inducted its class of 2019. For all the worthy recipients, the most notable was certainly Stevie Nicks, who became the first woman to enter the hall twice – this time as a solo act (she was first inducted with her band, Fleetwood Mac, in 1998). So, put your hands together for Ms. Nicks, who channels her inner Welsh witch here in “Rhiannon” from the classic 1997 Mac live performance/album The Dance. MORE

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