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Travelers ride the rails to save money (and the planet) as Amtrak chases pre-Covid ridership

As domestic travel rebounds from pandemic lows and prices soar, some travelers opting for trains over planes. For many, the tradeoffs are simple: Trains are often cheaper, provide more leg room and are better for the environment than air travel. Those advantages and others are driving riders to Amtrak, the government-backed U.S. rail service, as […]

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Expedia shares plunge on weak air travel bookings and news the CEO is stepping down

Expedia shares sank 19% on Friday after the company saw softness in air travel bookings and its CEO resigned. CNBC’s Jim Cramer said the magnitude of the stock decline may be an overreaction. While delivering an earnings-per-share beat and in-line revenue in the fourth quarter, bookings fell short, “largely driven by a reduction in average

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Hawaiian Airlines debuts free inflight Wi-Fi from SpaceX's Starlink

Hawaiian Airlines is rolling out complimentary Wi-Fi via SpaceX’s Starlink on board commercial flights this week, the companies told CNBC, the first major U.S. airline to offer the satellite-based service. SpaceX has really cracked the code – literally, in terms of the technology – to be able to deliver a wide bandwidth of very high

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Delta to open a new tier of 'premium' airport lounges this year in high-end travel push

Delta Air Lines‘ popular airport lounges are getting a more exclusive tier, in the airline’s latest push to cater to high-spending travelers. The first “premium” lounge is scheduled to open in June at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport, and at 38,000 square feet, it will be the largest of the carrier’s lounges, Delta

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Spirit Airlines narrows loss to $184 million, says it's on the path back to profitability

Spirit Airlines‘ fourth-quarter loss narrowed to nearly $184 million, but its CEO said the carrier is back on the path to profitability and the domestic air travel market is improving. The carrier is trying to find its footing after domestic fares fell, a Pratt & Whitney engine issue grounded some of its Airbus its planes

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Hainan Airlines is handing out Rokid AR glasses for in-flight entertainment

BEIJING — Hainan Airlines this week started letting passengers on some routes use Rokid’s augmented reality glasses for free for in-flight entertainment, the tech startup announced Thursday. Chinese start-up Rokid claimed it’s the first time AR glasses — which allow computer-generated images to be superimposed on the real world — have been used at scale

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Social media chatter helps draw 3 million tourists in 3 days to a frigid city in northern China

For many Chinese, Harbin conjures images of ice and steel, a city both cold and tough. But this winter, the heavily industrialized city morphed into a warmly welcoming host, drawing in a record-breaking number of visitors, mainly from China’s south. During the three-day New Year period from Dec. 30 to Jan. 1, Harbin received more

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Bhutan's new 'Mindfulness City' is massive — with plans showing a city unlike any other in the world

The kingdom of Bhutan is planning a “mindfulness city” that, if built, will cover some 2.5% of the country — an area larger than Singapore. Plans show the 1,000-square-kilometer city will be built near the town of Gelephu, along Bhutan’s southern border with India. “Gelephu Mindfulness City,” as it’s called in the project’s masterplan, will

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Bolts appeared to be missing from Boeing 737 Max door plug that blew off midflight, NTSB says

Bolts appeared to have been missing from a door plug that blew out midair on a Boeing 737 Max 9 operated by Alaska Airlines last month, according to a new report from the National Transportation Safety Board. The Jan. 5 accident left a gaping hole in the side of the fuselage as the plane full

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