Delta to operate California 'shuttle'
Delta plans to launch an hourly "shuttle" between Los Angeles and San Francisco airports on Sept. 3, offering 14 flights per day in each direction, beginning at 7 a.m. The flights will be operated by Compass Airlines, a Delta Connection carrier, using Embraer E-175 regional jets configured for 12 passengers in first class, 12 in Economy Comfort and 52 in economy. Inspired by its East Coast shuttle and designed for business travelers, Delta said the flights will use dedicated counters and departure gates closest to security and offer assigned seats, free snacks, access to WiFi and check-in as late as 30 minutes prior to departure.
Spirit plans shift at Phoenix airports
Spirit Airlines is notifying passengers that it is pulling out of the Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport on Oct. 23 and shifting its operations to the larger and closer Phoenix Sky Harbor. Daily nonstops from Dallas/Fort Worth begin Oct. 24, with seasonal service from Chicago and Denver starting Nov. 7. According to the airport's website, the move will leave Allegiant as the only carrier operating at Phoenix-Mesa.
JetBlue, SAA expand codeshare
JetBlue and South African Airways filed at the Transportation Department to expand their code-share and make it reciprocal, so that the JetBlue code could begin appearing on SAA flights from the U.S. to Johannesburg and other points in South Africa. To date, SAA has placed its code on JetBlue domestic flights connecting to its U.S. gateways but has not carried JetBlue's B6 code on its own international services.
Chicago's Loop to get a Hyatt
Hyatt Hotels plans to open a 257-room hotel in downtown Chicago in 2015. The Hyatt Chicago the Loop will occupy a redeveloped 22-story office building at the corner of South Clark and West Monroe streets. The hotel will include a full-service restaurant and rooftop lounge.
Wyndham brand arrives in Peru
The 79-room Wyndham Cusco Saqsayhuaman opened in Cusco, Peru, gateway for treks to Machu Picchu. It is the first hotel to fly the Wyndham flag in the country. Facilities include the Samay Wasi Inka Spa, which offers ancient Inca healing techniques with modern spa treatments.
Marriott pair opens in Syracuse
Marriott opened a dual-branded hotel under its Residence Inn and Courtyard by Marriott brands in Syracuse, N.Y., marking the first newly constructed hotel in downtown Syracuse in half a century. Part of the Armory Square mixed-use project, the hotel has 1,400 square feet of meetings space.
Amtrak testing new locomotives
Amtrak is testing its next generation of electric locomotives in Colorado and is expected to introduce them into the Northeast Corridor fleet in the fall. The 70 new locomotives will replace units that have been in service for up to 35 years. Designed by Siemens specifically for use on Amtrak's electrified system in the Northeast, the new model, dubbed the Amtrak Cities Sprinter, will operate at speeds of up to 125 mph.
Friends & Colleagues
Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts tapped Prudential Real Estate Investors CEO Allen Smith to be the Toronto-based luxury hotelier's next CEO. Smith will become just the third chief executive in the company's 53-year history when he steps in next month. Smith joined Prudential's hotel-investment group in 1987 and became CEO in 2008. He succeeds Kathleen Taylor, who stepped down as Four Seasons' CEO in February after a quarter-century with the company and three years on the job. Taylor succeeded company founder Isadore Sharp, who remains chairman. • • • The Kahala Hotel & Resort, Honolulu promoted Carmine Iommazzo, photo top right, to general manager and appointed Ryan Fitzgerald, below right, hotel manager. Iommazzo returned to the Kahala in March to manage the operations of the hotel, where he had previously served as director of food and beverage before being assigned to Makena Beach & Golf Resort, a property on Maui also owned by the Landmark Hotels Group, in 2011. At the Makena, he most recently had been general manager. Fitzgerald also has a history at the Kahala, having served as director of rooms until leaving to accept the hotel manager post at the Mauna Lani Bay Hotel & Resort on the Big Island of Hawaii.