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Industry News - July

Emirates offers more free wi-fi

Emirates expands free wi-fi offering. Skywards rewards program members are set to benefit most, with Platinum and Gold members now given unlimited free in-flight wi-fi regardless of which cabin class they are travelling in and Skywards Silver and Blue members travelling in economy receiving a 50% discount on wi-fi charges. However even non-Skywards members will receive a boost, with the carrier now offering double the amount of free wi-fi at 20MB per flight.

US lifts laptop bad for select carriers

The US Department of Homeland Security has now lifted its laptop ban for Etihad Airways, Emirates, Qatar Airways and Turkish Airlines. ATAR Airways. Passengers travelling to the US with these carriers can now carry personal electronic items in the cabin. The changes come after the carriers adjusted their security measures and protocols to include enhanced inspection procedures to meet the US Government’s strict guidelines.

New Curio San Diego

Curio Collection by Hilton has expanded its US portfolio. The latest addition is the 757-room Hotel del Coronado in San Diego. Located on the beachfront, the property is also just minutes from downtown. It features a range of dining options, a swimming pool, fitness centre and spa as well as an extensive choice of meeting and event venues.

Qantas expands in-flight wi-fi

Qantas has fitted a second B737 aircraft with its latest wi-fi technology in an expansion of its free wi-fi trial. The carrier plans to add the technology to up to eight more aircraft by September, as part of a broader rollout of the service.

MGallery by Sofitel Leicester Square

AccorHotels has opened a new hotel in London’s West End. The 86-room Victory House, London Leicester Square, MGallery by Sofitel features a bistro and bar as well as in-room dining.

Emirates opens Boston lounge

Emirates has opened a new lounge at Boston Logan International Airport. Located on the upper level of Terminal E, the lounge has a capacity of 123 guests and expands the carrier’s dedicated lounge network to 41. The lounge features a dining area offering complimentary hot and cold gourmet buffet and an extensive beverage service as well as shower facilities, a fully equipped business centre and complimentary wi-fi. It is open to Emirates First Class and Business Class travellers as well as Platinum and Gold Skywards members.

Fairmont Montreal reopens

Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth Hotel in Montreal has reopened after 12 months of renovations. New dining options and a greater number of accessible rooms are among the upgrades guests can expect.

Air NZ ups Buenos Aires

Air New Zealand plans to add an additional seasonal service on its Auckland-Buenos Aires route. The new Monday service will operate on a B787-9 Dreamliner between 25 March and 30 April next raising the total to four flights weekly.