Travel News: Delta Nonstop Portland/London

Delta starts nonstop Portland/London

Delta Airlines is launching a nonstop flight from Portland Intl to London Heathrow starting May 26 and continuing through to October 29. The flight flies 4 times a week and will be seasonal. This adds one more to the small list of airports in Europe that Portland flies direct to: Keflavik Iceland, Frankfurt and Amsterdam. It will be operated on a Boeing 767-300. You can go onto http://www.OregonLive.com/travelfest and sign up to win 2 FREE tickets to London!

Emirates To Charge For Economy Seating Starting October 3, 2016

The airline will start charging non-status passengers that fly on special on saver fares (most pax) for selecting a seat at the time of purchase on October 3, 2016. It is unclear how much this seating selection charge is and how connecting itineraries are affected. Family of four can expect to pay several hundred dollars for selecting their seats for Europe. Emirates has been very quiet about this change and hasn’t released any press information about this “enhancement”.

Cell Phone Battery Catches Fire Aboard Delta Flight To Atlanta

A cell phone battery caused an inflight disruption after catching fire on a Delta Air Lines flight from Norfolk to Atlanta Friday morning. The fire started about 15 minutes after flight 2557’s departure. Retired military personnel aided the flight attendants in extinquishing the fire by using a bottle of water until a fire extinguisher was located. Others helped passengers get out of the cabin area filled with smoke. Though there was some damage to the seats, no one was hurt during the incident and the smoke cleared out of the cabin within a few moments. Flight attendants said the owner has not been identified. The type of phone involved in the cabin fire has not been released but the report comes amid the US Consumer Product Safety Commission’s official recall of Samsung’s Note7 phone yesterday after numerous reports of the product overheating and catching fire.

American Queen Steamboat Co. Buys Third Riverboat

American Queen Steamboat Co. has been turning away customers due to lack of capacity, so it has purchased a former casino riverboat that it will rebuild and upgrade into a boutique vessel for Mississippi operations, starting in June. The American Duchess will carry 166 passengers in all-suite accommodations with single, open-seating dining. Standard outside rooms will measure 240 square feet with suites a roomy 550 square feet. In addition to a main dining room that can accommodate all passengers at once, the vessel will have a River Grill that can seat half the passengers. The three-deck vessel has a main deck with high ceilings: 19.5 feet, that’ll enable American Duchess to have loft suites on the second deck and a mezzanine level for the Mark Twain Gallery. The accommodations will be built out from scratch. There will be three owner’s suites of 550 square feet and four loft suites, also 550 square feet. The loft suites will have 300 square feet of space on the main level and 250 square feet on the mezzanine, which will house the sleeping area, and very large windows.

Sales for American Duchess will open in a few weeks; sailings from New Orleans to start June 4. With the new boat, AQSC will add shorter trips focused on the lower Mississippi, including New Orleans round-trips and Nashville round-trips. The latter will feature Nashville overnights and the Grand Ole Opry. The boat also will be able to sail up the Illinois River and turn around in Chicago (Ottawa), and St. Louis-Chicago cruises are planned.

Austrian Airlines To Offer Vienna-Los Angeles From April 10
Austrian Airlines will provide the first ever non-stop service between Central Europe and the US West Coast. Flights will be operated by one of Austrian Airlines’ B777-200s. It will be a five times a week service (daily except Tuesday and Sunday) from April 10 to June 12. From June 13 the service will be upgraded to a daily frequency. The flight duration will be 12 hrs and 30 mins to Los Angeles with the return service to Vienna taking 11 hrs 55 mins.

Virgin Australia To Fly Melbourne to Los Angeles
Virgin Australia will launch five flights a week between Melbourne and Los Angeles on April 4. They will use an Airbus A330-700 aircraft. The flights will be in partnership with Delta Air Lines, and remain the only trans-Pacific alliance to offer Business Class guests lie flat beds with direct aisle access on all services. To enable the introduction of services between Melbourne and Los Angeles, Virgin Australia will cease its three times weekly Sydney-Abu Dhabi flights after 4 February 2017 and will reduce Brisbane-Los Angeles flights from seven per week to six per week from 7 April 2017.

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