Week in Review


CEO Dennis Muilenburg acknowledged that Boeing incorrectly implemented software on its 737 Max 8 jets, CBS News reports. The jets were responsible for two deadly plane crashes in the past year.

Passengers with flights scheduled on the Boeing 737 Max should expect disruptions through the summer. Airlines are currently making alternative plans for flights, and the jets are likely to remain grounded through the summer travel season.

Hong Kong Airlines passengers were delayed for six hours in Tokyo after two screws fell from the plane’s wing, South China Morning Post writes. This is the seventh incident during the past four days where the airline’s planes arrived with missing parts.

Major U.S. airlines and small carriers have voluntarily agreed to a UN climate mitigation plan, Fox News shares. The Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA) plans to reduce carbon emissions in an effort to temper global climate change.

How is blind spend impacting your travel program? SAP Concur’s Charlie Sultan joins The Business of Travel podcast this week to share his expertise.

According to Business Traveller, Lufthansa launched new short and medium-haul seats on its A321 neo aircraft. The seats feature USB ports, tablet holders, and up to 26 degrees of recline.

Stansted was named the worst UK airport for delays in 2018, Buying Business Travel notes. Passengers at the airport experienced average delays of 25 minutes.

Starting June 1, HotelMarketing’com notes Shangri-La will launch its WeChat Mini Program allowing guests to digitally search, book, check-in, check out and pay their deposits. Shangri-La is the first hotel to offer these services through the WeChat platform.

According to Travel Pulse, Avis Budget Group President & CEO Larry De Shon will be leaving the company after 13 years. He will remain in his position through the end of the year until his successor is appointed.

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