China Southern A380
China Southern Airlines A380, taken by Wikimedia Commons author S. Kustov.

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

  • Etihad and Alitalia complete acquisition deal – The struggling Italian flag carrier and Etihad Airways of Abu Dhabi have completed the long-awaited acquisition where the gulf airline will take a 49% stake in Alitalia. (NYT)
  • Paris opens newest 5-star hotel – The Peninsula opened on Aug. 1, becoming the French capital’s latest five-star hotel, with a visible slant towards attracting Asian tourists. (Bloomberg)
  • Carnival plans private port on Haiti – The cruise giant intends to construct its own private port on a barrier island in the impoverished country to add a new destination to its lineup. (Miami Herald [link dead; removed])
  • Orbitz bolsters loyalty program with dining – The travel booking site partnered with Rewards Network, the same company that gives airline’s loyalty programs their online shopping malls, to offer a dining rewards program. (WSJ [link dead; removed])
  • Euro rail looking to smartwatches for tix – French train ticket booking site Capitaine Train released an Android Wear app last month that will allow smartwatch-wearers to board. (Skift)
  • United app adds passport-scanning – United Airlines has made pre-boarding passport scanning available on the latest release of its smartphone app. (USA Today)
  • China Southern opens new route to NYC – Asia’s largest airline finally opened a direct link between New York City (JFK) and Guangzhou. (Street)

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