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“Did you know…Air France’s New ‘Night Service’ Means Eating Doesn’t have to Disturb Sleeping from JFK to Paris?”

Air France Night ServiceAir France is anticipating its Business customers need to rest  up on departure from New York-JFK airport on its night flights to Paris. Eager to offer them optimum comfort, the company is introducing its “Night Service”, only available on departure of flights AF011 (21:45) and AF009 (23:25) from New York-JFK as of April 11, 2016. Passengers may opt to enjoy the same meal in the airport lounge as the one served on board*, with the meal served at their table in a dedicated private area.

During the flight, customers can enjoy a good night’s sleep in the comfort of the Air France Business class cabin. A quiet, private cabin guarantees a peaceful night’s sleep in a seat that transforms into a lie-flat bed. Customers with a very healthy appetite can choose to eat again during the flight.

* Except for special meals that can be enjoyed on board only.

“Did you know…KLM is 1st global airline to launch Facebook Messenger service?”

Users have an opportunity to win free roundtrip tickets to any of KLM’s destinations

KLM on FB MessengerKLM Royal Dutch Airlines announced last week a Facebook Messenger service for passengers, providing around the world booking, flight confirmation, boarding pass access, check-in reminders and flight status updates, right from the app. The new app pulls traveler’s information into a single place, making it easier for customers to access it anywhere. In addition, KLM will expand its customer support through Messenger by offering customers the ability to chat live with KLM staff should they need booking support or to make last-minute travel plans and adjustments. The live chat support will be available in more than 12 languages. Continue reading →

“Did you know…Planes of the Future May Fly from NYC to Tokyo in 30 mins?

lockheed supersonic plane

Imagine getting lost in space before you jet to your destination at Mach 4+ or scooting from NYC to Tokyo for a lunch meeting — And why not?  It will only take about 30 minutes.  At least that’s what one engineer promises in a recent post from USA Today “Road Warrior Voices.

easyJet crew dons wearable tech

Photo credit: easyJet

While you’re zooming around the globe in Jetson style, your crew needs to be fashioned accordingly. In a Factor report, easyJet, a leading European low cost carrier, is already planning a trip down the fashion runway. Working with wearable technology trendsetters, CuteCircuit, the airline is planning crew uniforms equipped with lighting and sensors, which promise to improve comfort, safety and communications among staff and between crew and passengers.

 

 

 

“Did you know…People lose $5B worth of personal effects each year?”

It’s one thing to forget your car keys on a table in a local cafe, but quite another when you leave behind a smartphone on an airplane or a laptop in your hotel room.  According to Brian Colodny, president and CFO of Chargerback, a software company specializing in reuniting lost items with their owners, only about one-third of lost items make it back to their owners.

Think about it.  How many times have you left behind a pair of earrings on a nightstand, a bag of souvenirs on a tour bus or a cellphone charger plugged into the wall of your hotel room?  Oftentimes, people don’t even bother trying to get the items back, particularly if they are lost at an international location.  But why must the burden of retrieval land on the backs of guests, flyers, cruisers, etc.? Because  what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas!

In our interview, Brian Colodny suggests that many hotels maintain a policy that prioritizes discretion and protecting the privacy of guests.  Afterall, there is a small portion of hotel patrons who may wish to keep their visits on the “QT” for a number of reasons. That said, protecting guests’ privacy may trump returning lost items and potentially calling attention to a hotel visit that may or may not have been authorized by a spouse or significant other.

Cumulatively, somewhere in the neighborhood of $5 billion worth of items are lost every year by Americans. A sizeable portion of these incidents happen while traveling. So, what happens to the billions of dollars worth of unclaimed lost items?  Colodny says, in the case of larger, established hotel properties, items are typically donated to charities or given to salvage companies.

Colodny formed his company back in 2010 after he left behind a cell phone charger in a hotel, which, at the time, cost about $60. Frustrated by the inefficiency and lack of coordination at the hotel in accommodating his efforts to locate and retrieve his lost property, he decided to do something about it, and formed Chargerback.

Chargerback works with airlines, hotel chains, sports venues and a host of other companies where people congregate, travel through or visit, enabling them to log found items via a software application, while providing owners of lost items an easy path to finding their property if it was left behind at a partnering company’s location.

Watch our interview with Brian and checkout their website — you never know what you might find.

“Did you know…The top 15 destinations for ‘bleisure’ travel?”

NYC skyline

According to CNN.com, a new breed of traveler is mixing business with leisure around the world.  These ‘bleisure’ travelers are taking top cities by storm and spending big bucks along the way.  The Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) has ranked the top 15 destinations for business travel spending — and the US leads the pack.

Read the full article here.