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Enterprise to launch vehicle subscription service

In what is being called an industry first, Enterprise Holdings is rolling out a new subscription service for vehicle rental. The program called Subscribe with Enterprise is now available in Minnesota, Missouri and Nevada, with other locations to be added in the future. For a monthly fee of $1,499 customers can pick from full-size and premium sedans, small and mid-sized SUVs and small and medium trucks. They can change vehicles up to four times per month. The fee includes 3,000 miles per month, damage and liability protection, roadside assistance and vehicle maintenance along with other extras such as access to the concierge line and Sirius XM Radio when available.

 

 

Google maps now show if EV charging stations are in use

To better help electric vehicles users, Google has updated its mapping program to not only show where EV charging stations are located but now also note if they are currently in use. Other information provided by Google includes the number or chargers at each location as well as their wattage, pricing and reviews from other drivers. The new functionality is available across the United States and United Kingdom for charging points from Chargemaster, EVgo and SemaConnect. Google plans to add ChargePoint locations in the near future.

 

 

Korean Air eliminates international first class on 27 routes

Korean Air said starting in June that it will remove first class seats on 27 international routes. This move follows airlines such as British Airways, Delta and United who have all shifted their products toward more business and premium economy seats instead of first class. Korean Air’s prestige and economy class will be the only options available on 76 of the carrier’s 111 international routes. Airline officials say the change is due to declining demand for first class, which in part can be attributed to the increasing quality of business class seating.

 

 

Parking will become more problematic as Atlanta airport launches an expansion project

An expansion project, which will add five gates to Concourse T at Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, will bring a reduction of over 1,000 parking spots during construction along with other traffic woes. The 1,100 space deficit will occur in the North Economy lot. The construction will also require that the north terminal exit road be moved.  As the project moves toward completion, the airport will be able to offer 6,000 new parking spaces spread over two new parking areas, but those spaces will not be ready until fall of 2020. In the meantime, airport users should consider new parking strategies and allow more time to arrive.

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