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Travel Log: July 2003 Archives

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NYT's Joe Sharkey Shares Favorite Web Travel Links

New York Times travel writer Joe Sharkey shares some of his favorite online travel sites. They include, and Check out the whole story here.

Rick Bruner | July 30, 2003 | Permanent link | Comments (0)

Atlantic Coast Airline Spins Out of United to Serve D.C.

Washington Post reports: "Atlantic Coast Airlines plans to sever its 14-year bond with United Airlines and become a low-fare airline that could increase competition for price-conscious travelers in the Washington region."

Rick Bruner | July 28, 2003 | Permanent link | Comments (0)

Philippines Travel Advisory

The British and Australian governments are advising their citizens against traveling to the Philippines due to hostilities between the government and rebels. While the U.S. State Department has not apparently issued a similar warning, it recently issued a caution about travel to that country owing to continued threat of terrorism and kidnapping. View here various news updates on the subject via Google News, and here is the U.S. State Department warning.

Rick Bruner | July 28, 2003 | Permanent link | Comments (0)

Paris to Feature Wireless Internet Access Through Metro and City

If any of you travelers are lovers of wireless connectivity (variously known as "wi-fi" for "wireless fidelity" or by its technical protocol 802.11b), Paris may be a great stop for your next vacation, as city planners there are networking the entire Metro system and other locations around the city. NPR reports (Real Audio Player required.)

Rick Bruner | July 28, 2003 | Permanent link | Comments (0)

Airlines Turn a Profit With Government Help

Delta Air Lines, Northwest Airlines and Continental Airlines all reported a profit this quarter, despite the continuing woes of the travel industry. All three companies, however, said they would have had losses without the federal money. Miami Herald reports.

Rick Bruner | July 21, 2003 | Permanent link | Comments (0)

Southeast Airlines to Begin Surveilling Passengers

Wired reports: "Southeast Airlines said it plans to install digital video cameras throughout the cabins of its planes to record the faces and activities of its passengers at all times, as a precaution against terrorism and other safety threats." Read the whole story.

Rick Bruner | July 21, 2003 | Permanent link | Comments (0)

Virgin Launching U.S. Discount Airline

Not only is United opening a discount airline, but so is Virgin Atlantic in the U.S. market. The Guardian reports.

Rick Bruner | July 17, 2003 | Permanent link | Comments (0)

Airlines Start to Lower Prices to Attract Business Travelers

Airlines are coming to realize that business travelers are not immune to high prices. International Herald Tribune reports on the overdue trend of attracting business travelers with lower prices.

Rick Bruner | July 17, 2003 | Permanent link | Comments (0)

Holiday Inn Freshens Up Image With Towel Amnesty Campaign

The New York Times reports that homey hotel chain is trying to reassert its brand in the marketplace with an ironic advertising campaign offering amnesty for travelers who have stolen its towels over the years. The chain, which appeals mostly to business tavelers, according to the article, is aiming to introduce a new wave of smaller hotels to target those cutting back on air travel in favor of cars. Here's the story.

Rick Bruner | July 17, 2003 | Permanent link | Comments (0)

United to Launch New Low-Cost Airline

So, observing that scrappy startup airlines JetBlue and Southwest are profitable and most large airlines are lumbering in and out of bankruptcy, United has announced it is moving 40 of its aircraft to a new business unit to start a smaller, low-cost airline to compete with the little guys. The code name of the new venture is Starfish. New York Times reports (free registration required).

Rick Bruner | July 17, 2003 | Permanent link | Comments (0)


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