Flying Higher

Road Notes

By Catharine Brockman Kuchar

  • Delta Air Lines Crown Room members can now view more than 42 popular cable channels, such as CNN, the Discovery Channel and The Weather Channel, in Crown Room airport lounges.
  • What are the most important factors for international travelers when choosing an airline? According to the 1997 OAG Business Travel Lifestyle Survey, they are (in order of importance): most convenient schedule, safety, punctuality, comfort and efficient check-in.
  • AirTran's (formally ValuJet) new business-class section features four more inches of seat width and seven more inches of legroom. The cost: $25 more than AirTran's regular one-way full coach fare on nonstop flights and $40 more on multistop flights.
  • Inter-Continental Hotels now offer guest rooms with business amenities. The rooms include such features as a large desk, a Hewlett Packard Office Jet Model 300 workstation, two-line telephones with voice mail, and office supplies. Business rooms are available in Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami, Montreal, New Orleans, New York City, San Francisco, Toronto and Washington, DC.
  • To lure more business travelers, TWA has expanded its first-class seating by 60 percent in 155 narrow-body aircraft.

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This article was originally published in the February 1998 print edition of Entrepreneur with the headline: Flying Higher.

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