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Posted by Mark J. Miller on November 1, 2013 03:12 PM
Delta and Virgin America just wrapped up new, choreographed versions of their in-flight safety videos, but it turns out they are already out of date.
After a study by aviation experts in September concluded that electronic devices would not hinder passenger or flight safety, the FAA announced that it is largely relinquishing its rules that prevented the use of personal electronic devices like cell phones, e-readers and mp3 players on flights, allowing passengers access to the devices throughout the duration of the flight.
According to USA Today, such devices will be allowed as long as the airlines show “that greater use of electronics won't interfere with each type of plane.” However, voice calls are still banned from the entirety of the flight (which is probably a blessing in disguise). The shift also means that changes will need to be made to “flight manuals, crew training and safety briefings.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on October 28, 2013 09:10 AM
J.Crew is hoping to take London by storm with first UK flagship opening.
Macy's joins Barneys in "Shop & Frisk" scandal.
Toyota remains world's largest car company by volume and stages rollercoaster campaign for Camry
Burger King profit soars on lower costs.
Disney tries a new twist by launching new kids' show on app for tablets.
Dollar General beats Walmart at low prices in survey as chains weigh benefits of mobile checkout.
Emirates Airline ponders $30-billion order for Boeing jets.Continue reading...
Posted by Sheila Shayon on October 14, 2013 06:08 PM
JetBlue, once the 'everybody's equal' airline, has set forth on a new path of perks that will have some guests flying high in new premium sections—and some for free.
JetBlue is enhancing its TrueBlue loyalty program with a new feature, Family Pooling. The only US carrier with such an offer, families and small groups can now share mileage points by allocating some of all of their individual points into a group account.
The group accounts require a 'head of household' and can consist of up to two adults at least 21-years-old and up to five children under the age of 21. Family members choose to have 10 to 100 percent of their points pooled into the joint account and the "Head of Household" can then redeem them for any family member's travel.
Inspired by customer feedback, Family Pooling defines family as a group of people united by a common affiliation—a smart and timely concept as airlines get increasingly competitive with customer perks and rewards programs.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on October 14, 2013 09:27 AM
Nespresso sees coffee pod patent revoked by European regulators.
Procter & Gamble goes high-brow in fashion collaboration.
Ford teams with University of Michigan for new battery lab.
Alibaba plans to blow out infrastructure spending on Chinese "e-conomy."
Alitalia set for vote that may bring Italian government back in as an owner.
California Pizza Kitchen rolls out gluten-free pizza effort.
Daytona International Speedway fires up campaign.
Foursquare opens ads to all businesses.
GM opens new stamping plant in Texas.
Google+ users may see themselves crop up in new ad campaign.
HTC eyes China for survival.
Huawei innovates with rotating CEO system.Continue reading...
Posted by Mark J. Miller on September 30, 2013 02:48 PM
Part of JetBlue’s charm (and brand) is that all passengers are equal. There’s never been a first class that 'coach' consumers are banned from entering, and no off-limits bathrooms.
But that’s all changing next summer on flights between New York, San Francisco and Los Angeles as the brand introduces its Mint "premium section" that will feature “lie-flat seats, its own tapas-style menu, and even little 'suites' with doors to give passengers privacy,” as well as “customized amenity kits,” USA Today reports. The first flight featuring such ammenities will take off from New York's JFK airport on June 15, and head for the City of Angels.
"This is seismic because now, admittedly only on the transcontinental routes ... JetBlue is saying some passengers are going to be more important than others,'' Henry Harteveldt, a travel analyst with Hudson Crossing, told the paper. "This move is not one that comes with guaranteed success, nor is it one that comes without risk to the brand. ... There is a chance that some customers may look at this and say JetBlue is selling out.''Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on September 30, 2013 09:22 AM
Apple named world's most valuable brand, passing Coca-Cola, on Interbrand's Best Global Brands 2013 report.
JetBlue launches premium brand, Mint.
IKEA starts UK solar push.
AOL to start advertising on TV again.
BlackBerry starts selling unlocked phones direct to US buyers.
DirecTV plans to help finance indie films.
Ford sends the checks to soothe C-Max owners on fuel economy as company is said to retain CEO Alan Mulally's "absolute focus" despite reports about Microsoft job, while Ford prepares heir apparent.
GM can't keep up with demand for V-8 pickups.
Home Depot scales up Redbeacon service for small contracting jobs.
Intel invests in wearable device maker Recon.
JCPenney remains on the brink.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on August 16, 2013 09:23 AM
Disney readies for risky Disney Infinity debut this weekend.
Fox plans weekend debut of new sports channel.
L'Oreal makes $843 million takeover bid for China's Magic Holdings.
Acura teams with Thrillist for MDX experience.
Al Jazeera promises fewer than usual commercials.
Apple tightens App Store rules on kids' data.
Boeing traces trail of faulty fire extinguishers in 787s.
Cadillac lures Clint Eastwood to concept-car reveal.
Cosi changes operational approach as chain struggles.
Google ticks off marketers with Gmail overhaul as it blocks Microsoft's YouTube Windows app.
H&M may source clothing from Ethiopia.
IBM buys security firm to further plans of Israeli cybersecurity lab.
JetBlue partners with British Airways.Continue reading...
Posted by Mark J. Miller on August 5, 2013 03:27 PM
While its long been known as an "equal opportunity" airline, JetBlue is tired of missing out on all those lucrative upgrade fees that competing airlines have been taking advantage of for years. With that, the discount brand is flipping its image and introducing premium seats on some of its planes.
"It's a big change for us culturally," Scott Laurence, JetBlue's vice president of network planning, told the Wall Street Journal.
While it's known for its universally coach cabin, the new premium seats at the front of the plane will come with free alcoholic beverages and hot means, while on select flights, seats will convert into lie-flat beds, and some will even be “walled off from the aisle by sliding doors."Continue reading...