SEATTLE — A coalition of airlines including Alaska, JetBlue, United and Southwest has sued Washington over its new sick leave law, saying it’s part of a mishmash of state and local measures that could increase costs and delays for travelers — and which are blocked by federal regulation of air travel and interstate commerce.Airlines For America filed the lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Tacoma on Tuesday. The organization said at least six other states — Arizona, California, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Oregon and Vermont — and 30 cities have paid sick leave laws.“Airlines cannot operate their nationwide systems properly if flight crews are subject to the employment laws of every state in which they are based, live, or pass through,” Airlines for America said in an emailed statement Wednesday.The complaint put it this way: “A flight crew departing from SeaTac International Airport, landing in Portland International Airport, and continuing to San Diego International Airport is subject to three different paid sick leave laws in a single duty period, each with its own accrual, compensation, reporting, and leave requirements.”The lawsuit seeks a ruling that federal regulation of air travel precludes Washington state’s sick leave law from applying to the airlines’ pilots or flight crews.
Source = ETB Travel News: Brittney Levinson Royal Caribbean has announced details of their newest ship, Harmony of the Seas, which is set to launch in April 2016.The ship will be the third in Royal Caribbean’s Oasis class, the largest cruise ships in the world.Royal Caribbean International president and chief executive officer Michael Bayley explains the company’s philosophy behind the new ship.“We are orchestrating a medley of new exciting concepts with the best Royal Caribbean innovations to strike the perfect chord for adventurous holidaymakers,” Mr Bayley said.Royal Caribbean Cruise Limited chairman and chief executive officer Richard D. Fain says the Oasis class ships continually impress their guests, both new and existing.“They shatter preconceived notions of what cruising can be and continue to stand in a category by themselves,” said Mr Fain.“With Harmony of the Seas, we are making the most exciting experience at sea even better.”The Harmony of the Seas will feature the Oasis class’ signature design of seven distinct neighbourhoods and span 16 decks. The ship will carry 5,479 guests at double occupancy and feature 2,747 staterooms.The new ship offers guests a range of experiences and amenities including three multi-storey waterslides, classic games arcade, a climbing play area for children and a Starbucks café.The Harmony of the Seas will also feature new technology such as the use of Royal WOWBands, which allows guest to make purchases and access their rooms via an armband. Also onboard is a new Bionic Bar, where guests are served cocktails by robot bartenders.Guests are offered a range of dining options including new restaurants Izumi Hibachi & Sushi, Sabor Modern Mexican and Wonderland Imaginative Cuisine.The Harmony of the Seas will be Royal Caribbean’s third new ship to launch over the next 18 months alongside Anthem of the Seas and Ovation of the Seas.Itineraries for Harmony of the Seas and Ovation of the Seas will be released next month.