News and notes from around the interweb:
- British Airways wants its employees to take unpaid vacations
- The short, brilliant career of Alaska’s first woman pilot
- Chicago O’Hare is getting two new sort-of on-airport hotels and renovating the only true one, the Hilton.
First, the Chicago Department of Aviation will finance and develop a new hotel adjacent to Terminal 5 that will provide ORD travelers with direct access to the terminal via the 24-hour Airport Transit System. The full-service hotel is projected to have 300 to 400 rooms, 25,000 to 65,000 square feet of conference space, banquet rooms, ballrooms and other amenities.
The second on-airport hotel will be part of a new mixed-use commercial development adjacent to the multi-modal, joint-use facility now under construction on the northeast side of O’Hare. This hotel will have 150 to 200 rooms, a business center, office space and other amenities, and it also will be linked to terminals via the transit system.
The final project involves renovating the existing O’Hare Hilton, with a goal of accommodating large-scale trade shows and events. Plans call for new amenities such as spas, extended room service, concierge service and quality restaurants and boutiques, according to plans unveiled by the city.
- Economics of fruits and vegetables in Chinatown
- Uber driver threatened customer with rock when he wasn’t tipped enough for returning iPhone
- A conversation with Gareth Evans, Qantas’s CEO of international operations
- Wyndham Rewards points now transfer to Avianca LifeMiles (HT: Loyalty Lobby)
- Qantas now sells airport lounge passes
- Strained analogy to explain increases in airline reservation change fees and checked bag fees to $1.7 billion during the first quarter: “Airline baggage fee collections are growing as high as the sun in today’s summer solstice sky..”
Hint: when you see this sort of rhetoric it’s a clue that whomever is speaking wants a piece of the revenue (in this case higher airport infrastructure taxes).