This is a roundup of news and other interesting pieces that I’ve come across over the last few days. Read about the new Goldman Sachs T-Mobile card, Hurricane Fiona travel waivers, more Havana flights, Hilton to design commercial space station, and American Airlines new routes.
Three years after expanding into credit cards, Goldman Sachs Group Inc. has quietly signed up a third partner, T-Mobile US Inc. The agreement to collaborate, under discussion since at least last year, was reached in recent months.
The carrier offers a wide variety of phones and plans, designed to provide service to people with low incomes or spotty credit histories. But the company has been investing in its network, and that is helping attract more prime customers than ever before.
All of the major U.S. airlines are waiving changes and cancellations for numerous flights to and from the Caribbean as Hurricane Fiona landed in the Dominican Republic on Monday after wreaking havoc in Puerto Rico over the weekend.
More U.S. flights to Havana are coming soon, with an additional 13 weekly American Airlines (AAL.O) departures from Miami and a weekly JetBlue (JBLU.O) departure from Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
For the upcoming northern winter season, American Airlines will have 97 weekly flights and an offer of more than 120,000 monthly seats between the United States and Cuba and will be the largest airline operator in this market. On the other hand, JetBlue was assigned an additional frequency by the DoT for its service between Fort Lauderdale (FLL) – Havana (HAV), where it currently operates 19 weekly flights. The company proposes to start this new service as of December 17, 2022, adding an extra flight on Saturday, raising its operation on this route to 20 flights a week. In addition to its service between Florida and Cuba, JetBlue offers a weekly flight between New York (JFK) and Havana (HAV) on Airbus A320s.
Voyager Space has announced that Hilton will be the official hotel partner of Starlab, Voyager’s planned free-flying commercial space station. Hilton will bring the company’s renowned hospitality expertise and experience to support the design and development of crew suites aboard Starlab, helping to reimagine the human experience in space, making extended stays more comfortable.
Voyager, and its operating company Nanoracks, were awarded $160 million in NASA funding in 2021 for the Starlab space station, which is set to replace the International Space Station. Starlab is planned to have the capacity to continuously host up to four astronauts and house the George Washington Carver (GWC) Science Park, a state-of-the-art laboratory system and first science park in-space.
The airline will commence service from the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS) to the Memphis International Airport (MEM) beginning on Jan. 10, as first seen in Cirium schedules and later confirmed by a carrier spokesperson.