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U.S. Travel Association Applauds Customs and Border Protection Plan To Increase Trusted Travelers

The U.S. Travel Association today applauded Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Commissioner Alan Bersin for his public comments calling for increased participation in trusted traveler programs as a way to thwart terror threats. In comments to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday, Bersin said that CBP wants to increase enrollment in trusted traveler programs to 3.5 million people in two to three years. Such an increase, said Bersin, would allow CBP inspectors “to spend time on those travelers about whom we do not have a level of confidence” and hasten movement through the line for other travelers.
“Commissioner Bersin’s comments acknowledge that risk-based approaches to security are the most efficient and effective way to facilitate …

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World premiere: Lufthansa first airline to use biofuel on commercial flights

Bio-synthetic kerosene to be used from April 2011
At a joint press conference today, Lufthansa Chairman and CEO Wolfgang Mayrhuber, with Peter Hinze, Parliamentary State Secretary and Government Aerospace Coordinator, and Professor Dr. Johann-Dietrich Wörner, Chairman of the Executive Board of the German Aerospace Center (DLR), presented a biofuel project planned by Lufthansa. The project is backed by the government within the framework of its aviation research programme aimed at underpinning the sustainability of air traffic.
In April 2011, Lufthansa is to begin a six-month trial with an Airbus A321 on scheduled com-mercial flights on the Hamburg-Frankfurt-Hamburg route. Pending certification, one of the aircraft’s engines will use a 50-50 mix of biofuel and traditional kerosene. The primary …

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Lufthansa FlyNet service now available on board

Panasonic and Lufthansa are offering broadband Internet access on long-haul routes – Diverse billing options with service provider Deutsche Telekom – Introductory offer: Free surfing until the end of January 2011
Lufthansa passengers travelling on long-haul flights can now once again enjoy the full freedom of online communication. Together with its long-standing partners Panasonic Avionics Corporation and Deutsche Telekom. Lufthansa will be the first airline to offer its customers broadband Internet access on intercontinental routes. The service, which will initially be provided on selected North Atlantic routes, will be available on nearly the entire Lufthansa intercontinental network by the end of 2011. “Inflight Internet on board our longhaul flights is an innovation in the interests of …

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USAirways Twitter Followers Offer Travel Tips for the Holidays

Ten Twitter Tipsters Win US Airways Gift Cards for Offering Helpful Holiday Travel Tips
‘Tis the season for busy holiday travel. US Airways (NYSE:LCC) turned to its more than 80,000 @USAirways Twitter followers to offer helpful travel-savvy hints for breezing through the hustle and bustle of the holiday travel season.
Each day from Nov. 15-19, @USAirways asked the Twittersphere to chime in with helpful travel tips across several categories, including traveling with children, staying healthy and packing light. The two best tips of the day were selected and each Tweeter received a $100 US Airways gift card for their tips. Here, in 140 characters or less, are the top 10 travel tip Tweets (say that 10 times …

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Singapore Airlines Is The Official Airline For Giant Panda Collaborative Programme

SIA Cargo to transport pandas to Singapore
Singapore Airlines has been named the Official Airline for the Giant Panda collaborative programme between Wildlife Reserves Singapore (WRS) and the China Wildlife Conservation Association. WRS and Singapore Airlines have signed a sponsorship agreement under which the Airline will transport the pandas to Singapore and provide air tickets for training and exchange programmes.
Under the agreement, Singapore Airlines Cargo will operate a special freighter flight to transport the pair of pandas from Chengdu to Singapore in the second half of 2011. Air tickets will also be provided on Singapore Airlines and SilkAir flights, primarily for the training and familiarisation needs of the teams of zookeepers, veterinarians and researchers from both …

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Singapore Airlines Serves Up A New Japanese Fine Dining Experience

From 31 October 2010, Singapore Airlines’ Suites, First and Business Class customers travelling between Singapore and Japan, as well as between Tokyo and Los Angeles, can look forward to an even more authentic Japanese fine dining experience.
Masterfully created by renowned Kaiseki chef, Yoshihiro Murata, a member of Singapore Airlines’ International Culinary Panel and the owner of three-Michelin-starred Kikunoi Restaurant in Kyoto, the new Japanese meals are designed to cater to the increasingly sophisticated palates of the Airline’s customers.
“Japanese cuisine is an art that has been perfected through the centuries. To capture the authenticity and finesse of a Japanese fine dining experience, we prepare our Japanese meals in a traditional way with the freshest in-season produce …

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U.S. Travel Industry Applauds President Obama’s Plan to Improve Roads, Rails and Airports

The head of the U.S. Travel Association applauded President Obama’s new initiative to focus on America’s roads, rail systems and airports, calling it “a positive and much-needed step toward rebuilding and expanding the national transportation system and strengthening our economy.”
Roger Dow, president and CEO of the U.S. Travel Association, said the national transportation system is “the gateway to job creation in America’s hotels, restaurants, attractions and destinations from coast-to-coast.  Antiquated and inefficient aspects of today’s transportation infrastructure have contributed to a decline in travel and economic growth.”
“The President’s initiative – focusing on our highways, high-speed rail and our air travel system – will begin the process of ensuring that more Americans and international visitors can …

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