An escalating fare war over the Atlantic is forcing big airlines to consider chopping prices, redesigning cabins and adding restrictions to win back budget-conscious vacationers drawn to upstart, low-fare rivals.
Delta Air Lines Inc is reviewing cabin layouts, fares and the rules that come with them for international flights, its President Glen Hauenstein said on a call with media on Thursday.
“The exercise we’re going through is to see what do people really want to buy and what are they paying for it,” Hauenstein said. “It includes all kinds of fare products; it includes cabins we don’t have today.”
The airline’s marketing partner, Air France KLM SA, said last month that it was looking at every option to fend off low-cost entrants.
Get ready, Alaska: The big ships are coming.
Norwegian Cruise Line on Thursday announced that one of its next new vessels, the 4,000-passenger Norwegian Bliss, will sail to the destination out of Seattle when it debuts in 2018.
At 167,800 tons, Bliss will rank among the ten largest cruise vessels in the world, and it’ll be significantly larger than the ships currently operating in the 49th State.
While mega-size cruise vessels as big as 226,963 tons have appeared in the Caribbean and Europe in recent years, nearly all of the cruise ships operating in Alaska still measure under 100,000 tons. The current size leaders in the state are Royal Caribbean’s 138,194-ton Explorer of the Seas and Celebrity Cruises’ 121,878-ton Celebrity Solstice. Alaska cruise giant Princess’ largest vessels in the state, Ruby Princess and Emerald Princess, are 113,561 tons.
On Wednesday, travel website TripAdvisor announced it would stop selling tickets for tourist entertainment options deemed cruel to animals, including elephant rides, selfies with tigers and holding sea turtles.
According to NPR.org, TripAdvisor and its Viator brand announced they will halt the sales of tickets for travel activities involving captive wild animals or endangered species. Three of the main entertainment options named by the travel website’s announcement include elephant rides, selfies with tigers and swimming with dolphins.
Part of the reason for stopping the sale of these tickets is TripAdvisor’s aim to help improve the health and safety standards of animals in places where regulations aren’t as strict as the United States, according to the company’s CEO Stephen Kaufer.