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This is a roundup of news and other interesting pieces that I’ve come across over the last few days.
Safeway, a popular grocery store chain, has made the decision to stop accepting Visa gift cards (VGC) as payment for money orders. JW Marriott, one of the world’s most luxurious hotel brands, has opened a new hotel in Xi’an, one of China’s most historical cities. A recent flight from JFK to India was disrupted by an unruly passenger who urinated on another passenger, causing chaos on board. In aviation news, Spirit Airlines has received its 200th delivery from Airbus, a significant milestone for the budget airline. Additionally, Allegiant, a US-based budget airline, has launched a new pilot pathway program aimed at providing aspiring pilots with valuable experience and training.
Safeway will no longer accept VGC for money orders
It has always been store policy on whether your local Safeway would take VGC for money orders. Well that’s about to end since corporate sent out a memo saying Western Union is implementing a change on May 1, 2023.
JW Marriott Debuts in One of China’s Most Historical Cities with JW Marriott Hotel Xi’an
Designed by HBA Hong Kong, the hotel’s interiors reflect the over 3,000-year-old rich history of Xi’an, taking guests on a journey through time along the Silk Road through curated artworks and thoughtful details. In the arrival foyer on the first floor, a contemporary installation depicting an ancient carriage brings to mind the historical significance of Xi’an for travelers in centuries past. The hotel features 333 guest rooms, including 13 suites with modern amenities. Guest rooms are situated on the 25th to 37th floors of the hotel, all featuring floor-to-ceiling windows with spectacular views overlooking the city. From the hotel lobby on the 38th floor, guests can enjoy panoramic views over Qin Ling Mountains, known as the “dragon’s vein of China.” Located on the 36th floor, the JW Executive Lounge is an exclusive private space for leisure and business guests to relax or get some work done.
Unruly passenger urinates on another on flight from JFK to India
An American Airlines passenger was taken into custody after a flight from JFK to New Delhi – and that wasn’t the only unruly passenger on a plane from a New York City-area airport on Sunday.
Local media reports indicate there was an argument on board between two passengers on American Airlines flight 292 that ended with one passenger urinating on another.
Spirit Receives 200th Delivery from Airbus
The new delivery is part of continued growth at Spirit. The airline introduced 14 new planes in 2022, with plans to add 26 new aircraft in 2023. Additionally, Spirit has a major first with the upcoming delivery of its first A321neo aircraft.
Spirit transitioned to an all-Airbus fleet in 2006, and currently operates one of the most fuel-efficient fleets in the industry with an average age of about seven years. The investments in new A320neo family aircraft with enhanced aerodynamics and the latest-generation jet engines are paying off with significant reductions in fuel burn, less emissions and lower noise levels.
Allegiant launches new pilot pathway program for university students
Allegiant Travel Company today announced the launch of its Accelerate Pilot Pathway, a new program for university students who want to become pilots at a major airline.
Allegiant is partnering with universities that have a Part 141 flight training program – including Purdue University, Kent State University, and Western Michigan University – to offer the Accelerate Pilot Pathway to students who are sophomores, juniors and seniors. Cadets who enroll in the program will be assigned an Allegiant mentor to guide them through their educational journey.
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