News and notes from around the interweb:
- Yesterday I broke news that Hyatt is close to a deal for Two Roads Hospitality which owns Alila, Destination Hotels, Joie de Vivre and more. If it comes to fruition they’ll beat out other bidders including Loews. This is the deal I expect to happen.
In late August I asked if Hyatt might acquire Belmond Hotels (former Orient Express), noting that Hilton could be a bidder. Bloomberg is reporting that Hyatt, Hilton, and private equity companies are among the bidders. First round offers are due later this month.
- Family complains American Airlines kicked them off a flight when their autistic son became disruptive during boarding. You have to feel for the family. The gate agent was trying to protect other passengers and prevent a situation where there was (in her estimation) some risk the aircraft could be forced to divert. These are tough situations all around, ‘children on planes’ magnified to some power.
- Allegiant fined $225,000 for keeping planes too hot during delays
- Man who tried to steal an American Airlines plane will be deported
- Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, father of the current Press Secretary, is one of our nation’s most prominent critics of modern air travel. He’s bragged about his Delta Diamond status, as a frequent flyer from the Southeast that status isn’t surprising. Today he complains about United. Though this year he’s also complained about American and about Delta as well.
Trying to get to Denver for speech but @united is making it hard because the plane is broken. They should rename it UNTIED Airlines. Normally I fly @Delta but this United flight was supposed to be nonstop. Turning out to be NONSTART!
— Gov. Mike Huckabee (@GovMikeHuckabee) October 6, 2018