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

Best Western introduces two new boutique hotel brands, Sadie & Aiden

Best Western announced the launch of two new boutique hotel brands, Sadie Hotels for the upscale segment and Aiden Hotels for the upper mid-scale segment. Both brands are positioned as stylish, independent hotel options with a local flavor, targeting conversions of existing hotels. The details at this point are very slim, but Best Western released a snazzy marketing video to … Continue reading

Malaysia Airlines causes serious safety issue through staff error!

Malaysia Airlines has suffered a string of bad news from the disappearance of MH370 and the shot-down MH7 over Ukraine to the economic spiral the airline has been in for years. Now, they have been caught with a serious safety issue when flight MH134 was scheduled for departure from Brisbane. The ground crew and pilots forgot to remove the covers … Continue reading

Bamboo Airways launching service in Vietnam in 2018

A new start-up airline has applied for a licence to fly i Vietnam and announced large orders of planes earlier this year. Bamboo Airways signed deals for 24 Airbus A321neo in March and for 20 Boeing B787 in June. They have already received preliminary approvals from the Vietnamese government and plan to launch domestic service in Vietnam with leased planes … Continue reading

IAG launches Level short-haul flights from Vienna – why?

International Airlines Group (IAG), the owner of British Airways, Iberia, Vueling and Level, is starting short-haul flights under the Level brand from Vienna. With 4 Airbus A321 planes, they will be starting with flights to Palma de Mallorca and London, followed by flights to Barcelona, Paris and Malaga. Why would IAG do that and what’s in it for you? … Continue reading

London Heathrow Airport expansion approved by parliament

The expansion of London’s Heathrow airport with a third runway has been a never-ending story, going back as far as I can remember. Now, the third runway has been approved by parliament in a decisive vote. But, true to form and history, this is by no means the end of the story: A number of parties, including London’s mayor have … Continue reading

Thailand’s Minor Group takes over Spain’s NH Hotels from China’s HNA

The hospitality industry has seen a lot of mergers & acquisitions lately and speculation had been rife that debt-laden Chinese group HNA would have to sell their stake in NH Hotels, after fire-sales of several other hotel holdings! Now, Minor International, a Thai hospitality business, has purchased HNA’s stake of 25.2% in NH Hotels, in addition to their previous purchase … Continue reading