Airbus A380 completes maiden voyage


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Airbus A380 completes maiden voyage
A Singapore Airlines A380 on Thursday completed a long-delayed historic journey — the first commercial flight by the world’s largest jetliner that boasts luxurious suites, double beds and the quietest interior of any plane. (AP)

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A hotel dispute in Dubrovnik
The rate at the Hilton Imperial Dubrovnik is 181 euros a night, which a phone agent confirms with Sheri Siegel. But when she tacks an extra night on to her reservation at the same rate, something goes wrong. Now her bill is more than $260 higher than she expected — and Hilton won’t help her. Can this hotel stay be saved? (Christopher Elliott)

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Airline passengers to reach 2.75 billion in 2011
The air transport industry will handle 2.75 billion passengers in 2011, around 620 million more than in 2006, the International Air Transport Association said in forecasts announced Wednesday. (AP)

Stun gun death at airport to be investigated
A coroner’s inquest will be held into the death of a Polish immigrant after police used an electric stun gun on him at Vancouver International Airport. (AP)

World’s most outrageous room-service dishes
Although some hotels still feature the same ‘ol shrimp cocktails, club sandwiches and hamburgers on their room service menus, others take a more innovative approach, offering unusual dishes–like a Japanese bento box, risotto of escargots, and pavé of sole with cassoulet Toulousain–often created by the well-known chefs who run their restaurants. (Forbes Traveler)

Frontier Air will show World Series games on flights
Denver-based Frontier Airlines will show the World Series on DirecTV offered on TVs on the backs of the seats on its planes. (AP)

39 affordable hotel chains
Many Americans don’t realize that there’s a world of reliable hotel chains beyond Marriott and Motel 6. Here are 39 chains worth a stay. (BudgetTravel)

Today’s Travel Blogs

Hip hooray for free H20!
In this era of $$$ in-room water, there’s at least one hotel chain offering free water to every traveler. (Hotel Hotsheet)

Survey says: Don’t visit Philly for the people
Forget Maria Bello, Richard Gere, Will Smith and Eve. A Travel + Leisure survey awarded Philadelphia the title of “Least Attractive American City” this week. Say what? Are they judging on the crowds of tourists around Independence Hall? (Jaunted)

From American: Miles for restaurant gift cards
Members of American’s loyalty program can now earn up to 10 miles per $1 spent on restaurant gift certificates. (Smarter Travel)

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