Iceland Air buys local competitor low-cost carrier WOW Air

WOW Air was one of the low-cost carriers that sparked the fare wars over the North Atlantic, with one-way fares as low as $69 one-way, forcing competitors to respond. From their base in Iceland, they were able to fly across the Atlantic with narrow-body planes, which made for cheap, if uncomfortable flights. Now, their local competitor Iceland Air responded and bought … Continue reading

motto by Hilton – a new micro-hotel brand, not a hostel!

Hilton is launching their newest brand, motto, inspired by urban boutique or pod hotels and offering small rooms in big cities at affordable prices. They are following the lead of small chains like citizenM or Marriott’s moxy, targeting the millenial mindset. While the Hilton CEO called it a “hostel on steroids”, Hilton is back-paddling from the toxic hostel label. Find … Continue reading

Wizz Air adjusts carry-on policy to match Ryan Air

Wizz Air (read my snapshot review here) the Eastern European low-cost carrier, is adjusting their baggage policy to match the recently tightened policy of Ryan Air. But, in this case its actually an improvement over their even more stringent and costly policy before! They are introducing a new 10kg check-in bag at a lower fee, making it potentially less expensive … Continue reading

Cathay Dragon implementing new business class seats

Cathay Pacific announced the introduction of new seats for their regional business class seats with the launch of the new Airbus A321neo at their subsidiary Cathay Dragon. The airline has ordered 32 A321 and starts receiving them as early as the end of 2019. Surprisingly, Cathay Pacific is planning to implement recliner seats, focusing instead on better technology and convenience.  … Continue reading

Hyatt Hotels to buy Two Roads Hospitality, adding 85 new hotels!

Hyatt Hotels has announced that they are acquiring Two Roads Hospitality, adding up to 85 hotels in 8 countries with 23 destinations to their portfolio. This purchase includes the brands Joie de Vivre Hotels, Thompson Hotels, Destination Hotels, tommie and Alila Hotels & Resorts. All of these brands are marketed as “lifestyle” or “boutique” hotels and mostly upscale, making it a … Continue reading

Turkish Airlines improves Business Class Dining

Turkish Airlines is launching improved dining services for business class passengers on long-haul intercontinental flights. Passengers will be able to view and select meal choices online prior to their flight. They will also be able to dine at any time they wish during the flight, making meal services even more personal and convenient!  … Continue reading