In case you missed the news yesterday, Expedia announced that they have acquired competitor booking site Travelocity from the Sabre Corp. for $280 million in cash. Expedia already owns Hotels.com and Hotwire among almost a dozen different travel sites. Expedia has actually been the backbone powering searches on Travelocity’s US and Canadian sites since 2013… Read full article

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SkyMall today filed for bankruptcy protection listing American, Delta, and US Airways as its largest unsecured creditors. Total liabilities were listed at $12 million with between $1-$10 million in assets. The company reported revenue of $33.7 million in 2013, but only $15.8 million for the 9 months ending September 28, 2014. The Financial Times reports on… Read full article

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Uber CEO Travis Kalanick spoke at the DLD Conference in Munich on Sunday and revealed some incredible Uber related stats: The entire taxi market in San Francisco is valued at around $140 million per year. Uber’s revenues in San Francisco alone are currently estimated to be $500 million per year and growing. How fast is Uber… Read full article

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While at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Emirates president Tim Clark increased pressure on Airbus to commit to upgrading the A380 (an aircraft type that received no new orders in all of 2014). Clark told Bloomberg that Emirates would order up to 100 more jets if Airbus were to offer a Neo A380 upgrade…. Read full article

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Bloomberg is reporting that United is looking to covert previous widebody Boeing aircraft orders for 10 new 777-300ERs. “We are not currently considering purchasing incremental wide-body aircraft,” Megan McCarthy, a United spokeswoman, said in an e-mail. “We do, however, hold the ability to negotiate the substitution of certain aircraft types for other aircraft types as part… Read full article

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We cover many “World’s Best” lists on this blog but they normally involve First and Business class cabins. Well, a new ranking from travel industry data site Skift now measures the best economy class airlines for long-haul travel. Not surprisingly, the winners are no strangers to the First and Business class lists, they were Etihad… Read full article

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At a breakfast this morning, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced a proposed rail link to connect LaGuardia (LGA) with both the 7 train and Long Island Rail Road stops near Citi Field. From the NYT: The elevated train, similar to the AirTrains used to reach Kennedy Airport and Newark Liberty International Airport, would cost about $450… Read full article

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Etihad had a press conference in Abu Dhabi today to discuss the “strategy for the new Alitalia”.  Rumors on a potential SkyTeam exit flew this weekend as Etihad and Alitalia representatives met with Air France-KLM and Delta in secret. Well, it appears the JV and  SkyTeam membership are in-tact for now, both specifically called out during… Read full article

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They’re back! Remember the guy from Canada who booked a RTW ticket and then broke up with his girlfriend? He conducted a month-long search and among thousands of email responses selected a different Elizabeth Gallagher to be his seatmate on the trip. Jordan Axani and Elizabeth returned from their adventure last week and GMA/Yahoo! has a run-down of the… Read full article

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United Airlines said yesterday that they plan to offer regular commercial flights between Cuba and their Newark (EWR) and Houston (IAH) hubs. The announcement followed the Obama administration’s announcement that it would significantly loosen travel restrictions to Cuba beginning today. “We plan to serve Cuba, subject to government approvals, and look forward to doing so from our… Read full article

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Like last year, United is once again offering premium cabin customers commemorative tins, though this year the tins showcase overseas cities – London, Frankfurt, Tokyo, Beijing, Sydney, Rio de Janeiro, and Dubai. The tins are currently available until the end of March (unless United runs out before then). Beginning in April, special PGA Tour theme amenity… Read full article

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