In May, Southwest Airlines and Amadeus IT Group unveiled the final version of their collaborative project by way of a new and complete Passenger Service System. The Amadeus Altéa PSS is now functional in 101 domestic and international airports across the world, a service that, since its initial launch in December, had only been active in international airports.
As of May 8, all Southwest employees are using Altéa to manage reservations. New features include the capability to rebook passengers in the case of flight disruption or change; to cut down on the time between flight connections; to offer red-eye flights for longer journeys; and to vary flight schedules from week to week, presenting increased schedule options to frequent travelers, especially business travelers.
America’s largest carrier managed to keep costs low in a competitive market, and the new PSS joins Southwest’s other initiative to cease overbooking flights in an attempt to make travel as convenient and traveler-friendly as possible.
United Airlines announces a number of new routes.
The Luxury Collection again teamed with artist Sofía Sanchez de Beta to unveil an exclusive capsule collection, this time with 54 pieces inspired by the Arabian Desert and Emirati culture. The ready-to-wear line includes an array of separates created with Dubai’s climate in mind, such as lightweight blouses and tunics, flowing jumpsuits, long skirts and dresses.
British Airways launched a new in-flight entertainment channel in honor of its year-long centenary celebration. The new channel, christened Celebrate BA100, highlights the best of British in-flight entertainment.
Welcome to Rhodes, a medieval treasure beautifully preserved throughout the centuries. Rhodes is the capital of the Dodecanese, an island ideal not only for those who want to relax, but also for those looking for an action-packed holiday! With its bright green hills, rich green valleys and uninterrupted line of golden beaches, Rhodes is truly a blessed place. “The sun island” has more sunshiny days and milder temperatures throughout the year than any other location in Greece. It is, after all, one of the country’s easternmost places and among the first to welcome summer on its impressive beaches. Add in the excellent facilities for tourism, the island’s special blend of cosmopolitan and traditional, and numerous cultural and archaeological sites, the most important being the Medieval (Old) Town, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and you’ve got the perfect holiday destination. While on Rhodes, don’t miss a daytrip to nearby Sými. An island of sponge divers and seamen, Sými used to have 30,000 inhabitants before the Second World War and was the richest island in the Dodecanese, despite its small size. Today, Sými attracts many visitors thanks to its beautifully preserved Neo-Classical buildings and the famous Archangel Michael monastery at Panormitis.
An industry-first update to the award-winning Four Seasons app allows guests to plan travel more seamlessly. The app, completely overhauled, now includes a new trip planning itinerary feature that allows guests to easily customize their stay.