Airways are the safest ever


Airways are the safest ever — The airline industry is enjoying its safest period ever, both here and elsewhere around the world. A passenger hasn’t died in a U.S.-registered airline jet accident in more than 4½ years, the longest stretch in the modern history of aviation. (USA Today)

U.S. on pace to cut accidents by 80%
— The goal of cutting airline accidents by 80%, issued in 1997, seemed impossible at the time. There were many ideas on how to improve safety, but little consensus about priorities and who should pay for improvements. Nine years have passed, and, according to the Federal Aviation Administration, the nation is on a pace to meet that goal. (USA Today)

Fliers pick McCarran as favorite airport — McCarran International, the sprawling airport serving fast-growing Las Vegas, topped travelers’ list of favorite big North American airports, satisfaction tracker J.D. Power said in a report issued here Thursday. (USA Today)

Boy dies after Disney roller coaster ride — The father of a 12-year-old boy who died after riding a roller coaster at the Disney-MGM theme park told authorities his son was in good health and did not suffer from any medical conditions. (AP)

Hoteliers march in with preparedness amenities — At the launch of what forecasters say could be another unsually active Atlantic hurricane season, hotels are wooing guests with such state-of-the-art amenities to protect guests in case of a weather-related emergency. (USA Today)

Bush, Koizumi to tour Graceland — President Bush and Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi are going to Graceland. A private tour through the late rock ‘n’ roll legend’s Memphis mansion on Friday wraps two days of consultations between the leaders. (AP)

To beach or not to beach — That is the question for many couples contemplating the purchase of a weekend home. Even the most compatible pairs — those who are of one mind about what movies to see, what restaurants to frequent, the number of children to have — may not see eye to eye about the location of a vacation getaway. (The New York Times)

Cendant agrees to sell travel services division — Cendant Corp on Friday said it has agreed to sell its travel services division to an affiliate of the Blackstone Group for about $4.3 billion in cash. (Reuters)

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