News Briefs, Week of Aug. 29, 2011

ANA sets dates for 787 service


All Nippon Airways, launch customer for Boeing's long-awaited 787 Dreamliner, said its first commercial flight will be a Tokyo-Hong Kong inaugural charter flight on Oct. 26, followed by the launch of regular domestic service on its Tokyo Haneda-Okayma route. International scheduled flights begin in December on the Haneda-Beijing route, followed by Haneda-Frankfurt service in January.

ARC's first EMD is an AA seat
ARC processed its first EMD, the new Electronic Miscellaneous Document that permits agents to report sales of ancillary services. The first transaction was the sale of a Preferred Seat on AA Flight 523 from Dallas to El Paso, Texas, booked by an agency using Farelogix. Preferred Seat is the new name for American's premium seating program, which is free for elite and full-fare passengers; fees for all others start at $4 per segment.

Delta 737 order won't add capacity
Delta ordered 100 737-900ER aircraft from Boeing, for delivery between 2013 and 2018. Delta said the 180-seat aircraft will replace older aircraft "on a capacity neutral basis."

Promotion corp. picks ad agency
The Corporation for Travel Promotion named JWT its agency of record to lead development of the first federally supported global marketing campaign to promote the U.S. as a destination to foreign visitors, expected to launch next year. JWT is a unit of global marketing and media giant WPP.

Hotel inks exclusive pact with Expedia
Expedia Inc., cut an exclusive deal with the Plaza Hotel and Casino in downtown Las Vegas that makes Expedia and its partner sites the exclusive online travel agencies for the 1,037-room hotel when the property reopens in September. The deal, which includes Expedia Inc.'s Hotels.com, Hotwire, Egencia and Expedia Affiliate Network sites, is the first exclusive OTA-hotel relationship for a Las Vegas property, the companies said. The Plaza will also house the only Expedia Local Expert Concierge desk in downtown Las Vegas. The Plaza, which opened in 1971, was shut down last year for a $35 million renovation.

Four Seasons sets Baltimore opening
Four Seasons will open its first Baltimore hotel in November when it debuts its 256-room property in the city's Harbor East district. The 18-story waterfront hotel, overlooking the Inner Harbor entertainment district, will include a steakhouse-tavern from celebrity chef Michael Mina plus 20,000 square feet of events space and a 10,000-square-foot spa.

Greyhound expands nonstop network
Greyhound is expanding its premium Express service to the Southeast U.S. on Sept. 7 by establishing Richmond, Va., as a hub for connecting New York, Washington and other Northeast points with Atlanta and Raleigh and Charlotte, N.C. Also launching are nonstops from Chicago to Davenport, Des Moines and Iowa City, Iowa, bringing the Express system to 27 routes. The line's Express service offers one-stop and nonstop service with reserved seats and free WiFi.

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Alicia Evanko-Lewis has been appointed vice president of events for three product centers of Northstar Travel Media: Travel Weekly, the BTN Group and PhoCusWright. Prior to joining Northstar, Evanko-Lewis spent nine years at Questex Media Group, where most recently she was the vice president responsible for 15 events within the travel and hospitality division, including international markets in Europe and Asia. Before joining Questex, she served for several years as the corporate conference manager for Andrews Publications. Evanko-Lewis reports to Bob Sullivan, executive vice president and group publisher.

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