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Southwest Airlines and its Flight Attendants reach Tentative Agreement

Southwest Airlines and its Flight Attendants reach Tentative Agreement

Southwest Airlines has announced that it has reached a Tentative Agreement with its flight attendants. As a part of the agreement finalized this past week, wages of the attendants will be increased and the current contract of them will be increased through May 2019.

The airline said that it will be giving bonuses and work-rule adjustments as well to the attendants. Southwest Airlines Vice President of Cabin Services Mike Hafner said that are proud to have the best flight attendants in the industry.

Fourth of July is Busiest Summer Travel Holiday

Fourth of July is Busiest Summer Travel Holiday

As per AAA Mid-Atlantic, more than 1.2 million New Jersey residents will travel 50 miles or more for the July Fourth holiday weekend. In comparison to last year, there is a 1% this time. More than eight out of 10 will be traveling by automobile during the holiday.

The Independence Day holiday is from Wednesday, July 1 through Sunday, July 5. It is expected that 41.9 million Americans will travel nationally for this holiday. Tracy Noble, spokesperson for AAA Mid-Atlantic, was of the view, “The Fourth of July is typically the busiest summer travel holiday, with 295,000 more New Jerseyans traveling this weekend compared to Memorial Day”.

FTA says WMATA Lacks both in Administration and Operations of Trains and Buses

FTA says WMATA Lacks both in Administration and Operations of Trains

The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) came down hard on Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) considering the agency lacking in both how it manages itself and how it operates its trains and buses.

As a result, WMATA will now have to quickly make some really serious changes in its working.

System-wide, FTA inspectors cited 54 overall safety violations: 44 for Metrorail and 10 for Metrobus, said sources.

The deficits at WMATA came to the surface despite efforts to step up the agency-wide commitment to safety that followed the fatal 2009 Red Line crash at Fort Totten.

Gene Study shows Ancient Europeans were Light-Skinned

Gene Study shows Ancient Europeans were Light-Skinned

Researchers have determined after doing a gene study that ancient Europeans were predominantly light skinned and mostly lactose-intolerant. The genetic material was from 5,000 years ago and was extracted from the teeth of 101 ancient humans. The researchers have also gained insight into how mass migrations caused changes in Europe's people of that crucial historical era.

The genes belonged to Europeans who lived in the Bronze Age, which lasted from around the year 3000 B. C. to 1000 B. C. The findings of the study have been published in this week's issue of the journal Nature.

Orlando's tourism agency launches new global marketing campaign

Orlando's tourism agency launches new global marketing campaign

The official tourism association in Central Florida, Visit Orlando launched a new global marketing campaign in order to encourage more travel. According to officials, they will make use of professionally shot photos and video intended to encourage positive things related to Orlando in addition to a social media strategy that asks visitors to tell regarding their experiences.

According to Mark Jaronski, a Visit Orlando official, "Seeing these experiences that are being had will elicit the emotions to come back and create more memories. We have some plans that we have not unveiled yet that we will announce later this summer".

Uber eying $50 billion valuation in new funding round

Uber eying $50 billion valuation in new funding round

Uber could soon be among one of the most valuable venture-backed startups in history following a fresh fundraising round that may increase its worth up to nearly $50 billion.

If Uber successfully concludes the fresh funding round, it would become one of the most valuable venture-backed startups in history. This would put Uber on a par with Facebook, which was valued at $50 billion before its IPO.

The valuation hike has come just six months after the controversial taxi-hailing app notched up a $40 billion valuation after it took in another $1.2 billion from investors for funding its overseas expansion. According to reports now, it is looking at raising a further $1.5 billion.

Commuters ignore public transit for $6 bus ride in San Francisco

Commuters ignore public transit for $6 bus ride in San Francisco

The compact city that inspired ride-hailing companies Uber and Lyft has been offering an all new way to get to work with its fancy $6 big-bus rides with spacious seating, free Wi-Fi and attendants, delivering snacks.

The service was launched by a company named Leap in March with morning and evening commutes following public bus routes between the tony Marina district and the heart of downtown San Francisco.

By launching this, Leap has joined a private shuttle service called Chariot, operating 15-seat passenger vans over multiple routes within the city at a cost of $3 to $5 a ride.

According to the fans, the app-enabled buses and shuttles have complemented an aging municipal transit system that is unreliable and overburdened during the peak hours.

California bullet train fare is a bargain at $86, says newspaper

California bullet train fare is a bargain at $86, says newspaper

According to a newspaper analysis, the cost to ride, which has been recently estimated for California's bullet train from Los Angeles to San Francisco, is a bargain at an average of $86. According to the Los Angeles Times, the rail trip will be the cheapest in the world at approximately 20 cents a mile. The average fare of journey on Italy's 434-mile bullet train from Milan to Salerno was 25 cents a mile.

It was 22 cents per mile on China's 809-mile line between Beijing and Shanghai. There is not much information on China's high-speed rail finances. And according to many experts, fares are greatly subsidized, similar to many other foreign operators.

Lower Oil Prices and More Seats on Planes keep This Summer’s Airfare in Check

Lower Oil Prices and More Seats on Planes keep This Summer’s Airfare in Check

Travelers will be at relief this year, as they can expect a slight reduction in terms of air fares for their destinations. This summer, the average roundtrip domestic ticket including taxes stands at $454, which is 1% less than from last year.

But not everyone will be able to save. Flights to Hawaii, Florida and New Orleans will be less costly, but travelers travelling to New York, Denver and San Francisco may have to pay more. In Europe also, the cost would vary depending on the destination.

Metro’s new railcars roll out at Franconia-Springfield station

Metro’s new railcars roll out at Franconia-Springfield station

According to Metro, its new railcars started operating on the Blue Line on Tuesday. According to officials, eight out of the system's first 7000-series rolled out at the Franconia-Springfield station. Metro said that these new cars are better from safety point of view and have better performance in crash tests than previous models.

According to Metro Board Chair Mort Downey, safety is their priority and investment in their railcar fleet indicates that. As per Downey, the 7000-series cars are symbol of a considerable improvement in reliability, safety and rider comfort. Downey added that he is excited to welcome their customers aboard on behalf of the Metro Board of Directors.

Business travelers are favoring Uber rides

Business travelers are favoring Uber rides

According to a new report by expense-management system provider Certify, 47% of the ground transportation rides in March were through Uber.

The transportation rides tripled from the 14% of rides that Uber had just over a year ago in January 2014. Uber now tops taxi rides for business travelers in few cities. Certify based its findings on receipts submitted by North American clients each year.

In its hometown of San Francisco, 71% of rides during the first quarter were for Uber, 29% used taxis. Uber also beat out all other forms of ground transportation in Dallas, accounting for 56% of the rides.

MTA to Allow Fans to Ride On Four-Car ‘Nostalgia Special’

MTA to Allow Fans to Ride On Four-Car ‘Nostalgia Special’

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority will allow fans to ride vintage subway cars to reach Yankee Stadium on Monday. The move has been adopted in honor of the Bombers' opening day.

As per sources, the classic vintage cars were part of the old IRT system, and started operating in 1917. The vintage cars ran in service for more than five decades before they were retired in the late 1960s.

With their rattan seats, paddle fans and incandescent light bulbs, they served as a splendid illustration of how far rapid-transit car design and technology have advanced over the past 100 years.

It has been told that the first ride will leave the Grand Central Terminal at 11:30 am on April 6, and will run non-stop throughout the day to the Bronx.

Dufry AG to buy WDF

Dufry AG to buy WDF

Dufry AG provided details about its plans for its takeover of World Duty Free SpA (WDF). The company stated it has planned to consolidate its position as the biggest player in the sector. On Monday, Switzerland headquartered company announced that it has expected to raise about 2.1 billion euros through a rights issue of new stock. The company also said that it expects to raise about 1.5 billion euros through long-term debt instruments.

According to reports, the combined companies will have market share of about 25% and the projected annual sales about $9 billion. WDF has more than 490 stores in about 98 airports, including London's Heathrow and Gatwick.

Spring Travel Season could see US Airlines witness Highest Passenger Numbers in 7 Years

Spring Travel Season could see US Airlines witness Highest Passenger Numbers

Rising employment and personal incomes may make the spring travel season for the US airlines the best one. It could see maximum passenger numbers in seven years, said industry group Airlines of America.

It is said that around 134. 8 million passengers or around 2.2 million people per day are expected to fly in March and April. If the projections for 2015 turn out to be true then it would be a 2% boost from the 132.2 million people who flew on US airlines in the same period last year.

John Heimlich, Airlines for America vice-president and chief economist, was of the view that two factors, firstly, high consumer sentiment and secondly, the continued affordability of air travel, may add to a busy travel season.

Railway Budget: All North-East states to be connected to Delhi, says Prabhu

Railway Budget: All North-East states to be connected to Delhi, says Prabhu

New Delhi, Feb 26 : Union Minister for Railways Suresh Prabhu on Thursday said that his ministry has a 'comprehensive' plan for the North-East, adding that all state capitals in the region will soon be connected to Delhi.

"We have a very comprehensive plan for the North-East, and we have already decided to connect all state capitals of the region with Delhi. We are making a huge investment; the Prime Minister has visited the region many times and even I have gone with him," Prabhu said at a press conference in the national capital.

"The North East is considered as a special project state so the money for that is also available from multiple sources," he added.

Breathometer partners with Uber to drive drunks back home safely

Breathometer partners with Uber to drive drunks back home safely

Washington, Feb 19 : Breathometer and Uber are reportedly teamingup to make sure that inebriated people go back home safe and sound.

According to Tech Crunch, the blood alcohol level breath analysis startup has announced a partnership and API integration with Uber.

Following the deal, any person who is found to be drunk up to the halfway point of the legal limit in California (.04 blood alcohol concentration level) or higher on a Breathometer Breeze device will be asked to hire a cab.

CEO of Breathometer Charles Michael Yim reportedly said, "Access to a dependable and on-demand ride solution directly from our app for anyone that has been consuming alcohol is critical." (ANI)

New York suspends 5 of Uber's 6 bases over trip records

UberWashington, Jan 08 : New York's Taxi and Limousine Commission (TLC), which licenses taxicabs in the city, has temporarily suspended five out of six car hubs of Uber until they divulge electronic records of drivers' trips.

The TLC has asked Uber to produce data including, "the date of trip, time of trip, pick up location, and license numbers" and has demanded that the company pay 200 dollars fine for each of its bases in New York , reported The Verge.

Uber, on the other hand, has argued that the details demanded by the agency constitute trade secrets and sharing them could undermine its position in the market. They also said that such data could be a violation of drivers' privacy.

Uber slams India's new payment regulations for stifling businesses

UberWashington, Dec 2 : Uber has reportedly slammed India's new payment regulations, which requires a two-factor authentication process for all online transactions.

The US taxi app company referred to the new regulation as "an antiquated solution that is cumbersome for consumers and stifling for businesses."

The company said that user reluctance to switch from its credit card-based system "indicates their trust in Uber's payment system and a preference for more convenient yet secure online/mobile payments," Tech Crunch reported.

Uber introduces wallet-based payment system in India in wake of new regulations

UberWashington, Nov 14 : Uber has reportedly launched a wallet-style payment system in India in the wake of recent regulations, according to which all transactions need to pass through domestic payment systems.

Tech Crunch reports the new payment method now allows customers to essentially pay with their debit card or net banking account, in addition to a credit card as before.

However, it does not support cash payments.

Customers can put in money in their pre-paid wallet, which is then used to pay for their taxi rides.

Uber deducts payment from the wallet, rather than from a debit or credit card.

Vistara ties up with Amadeus for its passenger service system

Mumbai - Global travel industry solution services company Amadeus will provide its altea suite to soon-to-be-launched full service airline Vistara.

The suite will power Vistara's travel reservations, inventory management, airport departure control systems, as well as revenue accounting and revenue management, a release said.

Amadeus Altea Suite, a complete passenger service system, is currently used by more than 120 airlines across the world.

Vistara is a 51:49 joint venture between Tata Sons and Singapore Airlines Limited. The full service airline is likely to launch operations this month or early next month.



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