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FAA Says Boeing 737 MAX May Have Improperly Manufactured Parts

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The Federal Aviation Administration said some Boeing 737 MAX and NG planes might be using parts that were improperly manufactured. Specifically, 148 ‘leading edge slat tracks’ manufactured by a supplier are affected after being installed on a combined 312 MAX and NG aircraft worldwide, 65 of which are U.S.-based. The slats are movable panels built into the wings that extend along the front of the wing during takeoffs and landings to provide additional lift. The parts “may be susceptible to premature failure or cracks resulting from the improper manufacturing process,” the FAA said in a statement.

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Six Senses Hotels to Build Its Own Brand Within IHG: 

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The $4.2 trillion wellness market isn’t a strong suit of Intercontinental Hotels Group (IHG), but the chain’s acquisition of Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas is just the treatment it needs to change that. IHG’s luxury brands do not have a dedicated spa concept, but there won’t be a Six Senses Spa in InterContinental, Regent, or Kimpton hotels. “I don’t want to do that,” said Neil Jacobs, CEO of Six Senses.

“We fought hard for years to change the perception that we’re a spa company. We’re not, we’re a hotel company. Besides, a brand like InterContinental has over 200 hotels — put Six Senses Spa in each?”

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American Express Removes Free Airport Lounge Meal Benefit From Platinum Cards

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A key benefit that comes with the American Express Platinum credit card is going away later this summer. On August 1, American Express Platinum cardholders that sign up for Priority Pass will no longer be able to use the latter membership to access airport restaurants for free meals. A spokesperson for Priority Pass owner Collinson confirmed the changes, which were first reported by the frequent flyer blog View from the Wing, saying “American Express has taken the decision to remove access to non-lounge airport experiences from Priority Pass for its card members.”

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