Manta Resort Underwater Room Zanzibar
Manta Resort Underwater Room Zanzibar. Picture: Genberg Art UW Ltd, photo by Jesper Anhede. Source: themantaresort.com

Here are some of the relevant travel news headlines and stories from the previous week through today:

  • Russian jetliner crashes, killing all 50 pax – Tatarstan Airlines flight 363 crashed on Sunday in the city of Kazan, killing all 44 passengers aboard and 6 crew members, after taking off from Moscow’s Domodedovo Airport. (Reuters)
  • U.S considering allowing cell phone use in-flight – After the FAA permitted the use of electronic devices several weeks ago from boarding to deboarding, the U.S. is now considering going a step further to allow in-flight calling with cellular phones. (WSJ)
  • Africa gets its first underwater hotel room – The Manta Resort in Zanzibar, which only had 16 rooms available for guests, has opened an additional room which is completely underwater. (news.com.au)
  • Etihad acquires one-third stake in Swiss airline – The national carrier of the United Arab Emirates has purchased a part of the regional operation of the Swiss Darwin Airlines, to be re-branded as Etihad Regional. (Khaleej Times, link now dead)
  • Japan gov’t urging U.S. to follow with high-speed rail – The Japanese government has proposed a maglev train in the U.S. northeast corridor that would have trains between New York City and Washington D.C. going up to 360 mph, even partially subsidizing the American project with Japanese taxpayer money, to help Japan retain its fading image as an exporter of high technology. (NY Times)
  • AA to test bidding for upgrades – American Airlines is trying out a new program where travelers will be able to bid on any unused, available upgrade seating. (Huff Po, link now dead)

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