Airlines Vie with Onboard EntertainmentExpanded in-flight entertainment and connectivity are the keys to airlines’ efforts to woo passengers in 2012. Japan Airlines will offer high-speed Internet connections on select international flights beginning this summer, installing Panasonic broadband on Boeing 777s and on routes between Japan and European and North American gateways, eventually extending to its entire long-range fleet. Passengers in every class with their own WiFi-enabled equipment will have broadband Internet. Visit http://www.jal.co.jp. American Airlines is expanding its in-flight streaming video, already available on Boeing 767-200 flights and on more than 90 MD-80 aircraft. By year’s end, American expects to have about 400 aircraft where passengers can wirelessly stream more than 100 movies and TV shows to their own WiFi-enabled laptops, without having to purchase in-flight WiFi. Visit http://www.aa.com .
According to the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Office of Advocacy, small businesses create two-thirds of net new jobs and account for nearly 48 percent of the U.S. private sector workforce. And small- and medium-sized businesses outpace all other sectors as one of the fastest-growing in the United States. InterContinental® Hotels Group (IHG) goes above and beyond to create opportunities for this segment with its IHG® Business Edge program, voted Best Small- to Mid-Sized Business Program in Global Traveler’s 2019 GT Tested Reader Survey awards.
Do you remember polio? Poliomyelitis, also known as infantile paralysis, triggers memories of standing in line with my siblings and parents waiting to receive the polio vaccine via sugar cube. We went back three times for vaccine-laced sugar cubes — a smart way to quickly vaccinate many children. Franklin D. Roosevelt contracted polio as an adult and spent much time hiding it from the public.