opts for new Boeing 787
Qantas placed a firm order for 65 of
Boeings new 787 Dreamliner aircraft, with an
option for 50 more, in what it called the cornerstone of its fleet
renewal program. The order provides another boost to Boeing given
its reliance on the popularity of the 787, which is being designed
with composite materials for better fuel efficiency.
Qantas plans to
introduce its first 787s in August 2008 on its low-fare brand,
Jetstar, which expects to begin international routes in 2007.
Qantas expects to receive the first 787 for mainline operations in
Matlin to name Noordam
Award-winning actress Marlee Matlin will be
godmother to Holland America Lines new Vista-class
ship, the Noordam, which will homeport in New York
after its Feb. 22 christening.
Active in several
charities, Matlin serves as national celebrity spokesperson for the
American Red Cross.
carrier seeks double play
A second airline
from the United Arab Emirates wants approval to offer service to
the U.S., hoping to emulate the success of Dubai-based Emirates
Airways told the Transportation Dept. it hopes to begin
Abu Dhabi-Newark service in June on A340 aircraft
and to expand its service to additional U.S. points shortly
its Dubai-New York (Kennedy) service in June 2004 with one daily
flight and added a second last month.
misses filing deadline
Holdings, formerly known as RCG Cos., missed a Dec. 12
American Stock Exchange deadline to file its 10-K annual report
with the SEC, and applied for additional time so OTV would not be
The firm, which
operates OneTravel.com, CheapSeats.com and SunTrips, reported a net
loss of $39.3 million in the fiscal year that ended June 30. It
attributed the tardy 10-K filing to complex acquisitions and
Airways cuts Shuttle fares
In a rare move
for the normally full-fare Shuttle services, US
Airways restructured its Washington-New
York-Boston shuttle fares by adding leisure rates now
valid anytime from $69 each way for a roundtrip purchase via its
tickets require a 21-day advance purchase and an overnight
US Airways did
not give a reason for the restructuring, but JetBlue began using
its new 100-seat Embraer 190 jets for Boston-New York service Nov.
8, albeit to Kennedy Airport rather than LaGuardia.
add Washington route
MaxJet, the new low-fare,
all-business-class airline that launched New York-London (Stansted)
service Nov. 1, said it will expand the service to daily and add
new service to Stansted from its home base at Washington (Dulles)
revealed plans for a frequent flyer or customer appreciation
program it could begin to offer as early as February.
line returns to New Orleans
RiverBarge Excursion Lines reopened its
Algiers Point office in New Orleans after
relocating reservations, sales, marketing and operations to Houston
following Hurricane Katrina.
New Orleans trips
aboard the 198-passenger River Explorer will resume Dec. 19. A Big
Easy-Style New Years excursion will operate from the city on Dec.
Construction starts on Curacao
Hyatt broke ground in
Curacao on its 350-room luxury resort, which will
be the largest on the island when it opens in 2007 and the first
big resort to debut since the Sonesta (now a Marriott) in
are expected to follow by Renaissance, Westin and Four Points by
gets deal, averts pilot strike
Delta averted a pilot strike, reaching an
interim agreement on wage cuts pending talks on a comprehensive
agreement with the union.
deal, subject to a ratification vote, would cut the pilots hourly
wage by 14%.
That follows a
five-year deal last year calling for pay cuts of 32.5%. Delta had
been seeking an additional 19.4%.
Groople selected Michael
Stacy, previously president of Cendants Cheap Tickets, as
the new CEO of the online group travel specialist. David
Loy, who held the CEO post and founded the company, will
stay on as president. " " " Robert Jensch was
named general manager of the Ritz-Carlton Rose Hall, Jamaica.
Jensch formerly was general manager of the Lidra Marriott in
Athens. " " " Holland America Line promoted Ken
Devones to director, consumer programs and Steve
Simao to director of sales, Western division. " " " NYC
& Co. named Fred Dixon vice president of
tourism development. Dixon was vice president of sales and
marketing at Group Sales Box Office/Best- OfBroadway.com, a theater
ticket brokerage firm. " " " Eugenio Magnani,
director of the Italian Government Tourist Boards North American
headquarters since 1998, has been appointed the Rome-based
organizations director general for worldwide operations. " " "
Parley Stock was named director of business
development for Worldhotels Northeast region. Stock has held posts
at Warwick International Hotels, Interstate Hotels and Doubletree