Global In-Flight Wi-Fi Coverage Will Grow in 2017

Business Travel News reported on the expansion of in-flight wi-fi.

In-flight Wi-Fi is available on 39 percent of available seat miles globally and 83 percent of U.S. carriers’ ASMs, according to Routehappy’s 2017 Wi-Fi Report.

Globally, the number of carriers that offer in-flight Wi-Fi is 70, 11 more than at this time last year. Coverage should increase further this year, as several major global airlines reached agreements in 2016 to add or expand Wi-Fi, according to the report. “2016 was the year that airlines outside the U.S. committed to high-quality in-flight Wi-Fi at a rate only previously seen by U.S. carriers, and 2017 will see those commitments come to life,” Routehappy CEO Robert Albert said.

Delta, United Airlines and Emirates offer the most Wi-Fi-enabled ASMs. Virgin America was the only U.S. carrier to have Wi-Fi available on 100 percent of its flights, according to Routehappy. Alaska Airlines acquired Virgin America in December. As the report came out, JetBlue announced completion of Wi-Fi installation on all its planes, though the service is available only when flying above the contiguous U.S. On flights longer than 2,800 miles, Emirates, United and Lufthansa have the most expansive Wi-Fi offerings, the report indicated.

Airbnb’s Influence on Hotel Occupancy Threatens Industry Profits

A report from Morgan Stanley Research suggests that a decline during 2016 in the number of compression nights at U.S. hotels could indicate a significant threat to the industry from alternative accommodation providers like Airbnb.

But are Airbnb and its counterparts to blame for fewer compression room nights? The signs point to yes, according to Morgan Stanley. In another report—titled Who Will Airbnb Hurt More—Hotels or OTAs? … One Year Later—Morgan Stanley found that Airbnb use rose from 12 percent of travelers in 2015 to 18 percent in 2016. That trend, the firm says, is expected to continue in 2017.

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Amtrak Dominates Northeast Corridor Travel

Amtrak has come to dominate commercial travel in the corridor connecting Washington, New York and Boston. Amtrak, offering high-speed trains, online ticketing and work station amenities, has eaten away at airlines’ share of passengers.

Amtrak says that traffic in the Northeast corridor could reach 43.5 million passengers annually by 2040, almost four times today’s level.

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Smart Advice for the Business Traveler

Many people find the idea of business travel to be a nice respite from the day-to-day office job but, for those who do it frequently, it takes a toll, according to Forbes. Travel Pulse provides advice to combat stress on the road. Smart Advice for the Business Traveler

“Life working in a global business is characterized by constant switching between time zones, information exchange and lots of travel. Yet despite the glamorous image that comes to mind when we think of jet-setting business travelers, the reality is anything but: sleep deprivation, added stress and illness are all common pitfalls of frequent travel,” writes professor Sebastian Reiche.

One of the ways to combat these pitfalls is to impose time limits on your day. Reiche recommends having mandatory vacation days and email and phone call blackout times. Reiche also suggests that companies consider travel times as well as time zones. Companies can also help employees by arming them with smart tech such as sleep management devices or access to nap pods.

Business travel can be stressful for employees and having these added benefits can make workdays on the road more productive.

Holiday Gift Guide: Smart Luggage

Looking for a holiday gift idea for an avid traveler? Check out CNN’s favorite smart suitcases for the 2016 holiday season. With features like location trackers and phone chargers, these are no ordinary bags. CNN Money takes a look at the products.


Ryanair Has a Plan to Offer Free Flights Across Europe

European budget airline Ryanair hopes to eventually offer free seats on flights, and instead make a profit by sharing revenue with the airports.

“I have this vision that in the next five to 10 years that the airfares on Ryanair will be free, in which case the flights will be full, and we will be making our money out of sharing the airport revenues; of all the people who will be running through airports, and getting a share of the shopping and the retail revenues at airports,” Ryanair CEO Michael O’Leary said.

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Scott Solombrino – Drive

The year was 1978 and this entrepreneur needed to make some extra money while attending Suffolk University in Boston so he used his last $600 and purchased a used limousine. By the time he graduated in 1982 he had 30 cars and was earning over $3M a year in revenue, and he wanted more. So this young entrepreneur researched and found that one of the largest chauffeured limousine companies in the country was operating out of New York City, so he paid them a visit. That’s when he met David Klein, the owner of Dav El Chauffeured Transportation, operating in several major metropolitan cities throughout the country. Klein, impressed with the tenacity and ambition of this young entrepreneur, invited him to be on the Dav El Board of Directors, the youngest at the time at 23 years old.  For two years, this entrepreneur spent time building his chauffeured limousine business based in Boston, while also travelling to NYC to learn from his mentor, Klein, who empowered him with knowledge, responsibility, and behind the scenes access to the biggest limousine company in the world. This entrepreneur absorbed every single bit of information he could about scaling a transportation empire.

His name is Scott Solombrino, CEO of Dav El Chauffeured Transportation Network and Boston Coach, the Boston based chauffeured transportation company that was once owned by Fidelity Investments. In 2013 he sold his own massive transportation empire to Marcou Transportation Group, in a move that would make Solombrino the head of the largest transportation empire in the country. He now oversees 3600 employees and a fleet of more than 2500 vehicles.

See more of Scott Solombrino’s interview with The Huffington Post here


Airport hotels have become more than a convenient pit stop

Take a look at these impressive airport hotels. Airport hotels have become more than a convenient pit stop. “Airport cities” are developing where airports are no longer simply transit hubs but also shopping, leisure and business destinations.

“In countries other than our own, the airport itself is a destination,” said Rick Garlick, global travel and hospitality practice leader at J.D. Power. “Americans focus on efficiency, and what drives the experience is what requires the least amount of time. In other countries, the airport experience is more than that.”

“We are increasingly witnessing the development of ‘airport cities,’ whereby airports are no longer simply transit hubs but shopping, leisure and business destinations in their own right, and our airport hotels are no different,” McAteer said.

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Delta Private Jets Will Work More Closely with Delta’s Commercial Side

Looking to fly privately? Lucky for you Delta Private Jets is looking to expand its fleet to offer a larger selection of flights.

With an expanding fleet and a relatively new leadership team in place, Delta Private Jets is exploring ways to work more closely with its big commercial sibling, Delta Air Lines, according to Delta Private Jets Executive VP and COO David Sneed. First up is a plan to offer Porsche transfers from the private jet to the commercial plane.

Delta Private Jets launched about three decades ago as Comair Jet Express. Delta renamed it after acquiring Comair at the turn of the century. Recent years have seen “a focused attempt to grow the fleet and build it into a real contender in … business aviation,” said Sneed, a longtime Delta executive who took the lead at the subsidiary about a year and a half ago.

Today, Delta Private Jets counts about 70 aircraft in its fleet and will grow to 80 within a year.

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