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Today Delta Air Lines and United Airlines joined the parade of travel suppliers distancing themselves from the National Rifle Association in the aftermath of the Parkland, Florida mass shooting which left 17 dead.
The launch of three highly-anticipated non-stop flights bringing summer travelers between the Bay Area and Hawaii were either cancelled or deferred by Hawaiian Airlines Friday
In route news, Alaska Airlines drops some San Francisco routes; United reveals plans for deployment of its first new 737 MAX 9s; Air India will add flights to San Francisco; Finnair extends its SFO and Chicago schedules; Emirates puts its largest plane back onto a U.S. route. Don't miss out Lufthansa update.
Airbnb has rolled out a new product line called Airbnb Plus – a collection of higher-end accommodations that could range from a private room to a full house, all with much tighter quality standards than its regular listings. The new line is expected to appeal to business travelers and higher-end vacationers.
Southwest is making it more expensive to go to the front of the line. A few years ago, the airline introduced an option called Upgraded Boarding, charging a last-minute fee of $30 to $40 for those who really want to get on the plane ahead of the crowd. And now it is increasing that fee in certain high-demand markets.