Norwegian Air OK'd for Irish subsidiary
The Irish Aviation Authority issued an air carrier license to Norwegian Air International, the controversial Irish affiliate of Norway's Norwegian Air Shuttle. From a headquarters in Dublin, the firm intends to expand its Norwegian-branded low-fare service across the Atlantic to include U.S.-London service, pending U.S. approval. Labor groups are still fighting the plan, however, saying the U.S. should not countenance what they call a ploy to avoid Norway's labor laws. Separately, Norwegian arranged to lease four more 787 Dreamliners in 2017 and 2018. The carrier has three in its fleet and another seven on order.
Azerbaijan Airlines to serve New York
Government-owned Azerbaijan Airlines filed plans at the Transportation Department for launching a route to New York from its base in Baku, Azerbaijan's capital city. The airline, which operates a fleet of some 30 aircraft on routes through Europe and the Middle East, said it would initially use Airbus A340 aircraft on the New York route.
JW Marriott opens second hotel in Seoul
Marriott opened its second JW Marriott hotel in South Korea, the 170-room JW Marriott Dongdaemun Square in Seoul. The hotel, the first in the city to receive LEED Gold certification, offers 10,570 square feet of meetings space including an 8,000-square-foot ballroom.
Amtrak adds free WiFi on Midwest routes
Amtrak added free WiFi on several major Chicago hub routes, including lines to Milwaukee; Springfield; St. Louis; Detroit and other points in Michigan, plus the St. Louis-Kansas City route.
Six Norwegian ships to get scrubbers
Norwegian Cruise Line inked a deal to install scrubbers on six ships to reduce sulfur emissions, as an alternative to switching to more expensive low-sulfur diesel fuel. Norway-based Green Tech Marine will install the scrubbers on the Breakaway, Dawn, Jewel, Gem, Pearl and Sun, starting this spring and continuing through 2016. Norwegian has scrubbers on the Pride of America and ordered them for the Escape and Bliss, due to arrive in 2015 and 2017, respectively.
Scandic to acquire Rica hotel chain
Scandic Hotels reached a deal to acquire Rica Hotels, a chain with 65 properties in Norway and seven in Sweden. Plans call for all of them to covert to the Scandic flag, which flies over some 160 hotels in eight countries. The deal will boost the number of Scandic hotels in Norway from 19 to 84.
Six New York hotels adopt Triumph brand
Triumph Hotels, owner-operator of six hotels in New York, launched a campaign to promote the brand as a collection of unique boutique properties. The hotels are the Iroquois New York, Hotel Chandler, Hotel Belleclaire, the Cosmopolitan, the Gershwin and the Washington Jefferson.
Friends & Colleagues
Preferred Hotel Group has promoted Lindsey Ueberroth to CEO, where she succeeds her father, John Ueberroth. She will continue to serve in her role as president, while John Ueberroth will continue on as executive chairman. Lindsey Ueberroth joined Preferred Hotel Group in 2004 and has served in several roles, most recently president, a post she accepted in 2010. • • • Turtle Bay Resort on Oahu's North Shore named Jeffrey Perkins resort manager. Perkins has served as director of operations at the resort since September 2012. He previously held management roles at major luxury hospitality brands and resorts throughout the U.S. and Puerto Rico. • • • FRHI Hotels & Resorts, the parent company of Raffles Hotels & Resorts, Fairmont Hotels & Resorts and Swissotel Hotels & Resorts, appointed Aiden McAuley senior vice president of operations for Europe. McAuley was previously managing director of Swissotel the Stamford and the Fairmont Singapore and also served as regional vice president of Asia-Pacific for Swissotel. • • • La Quinta Resort & Club, a Waldorf Astoria Resort appointed Josh Herman as marketing director of the property. A veteran of the leisure hospitality industry with over 15 years of experience, Herman previously served as regional director of marketing for KSL Resorts in La Quinta, Calif. • • • Racquel Brown was named the CEO of the St. Kitts Tourism Authority. The appointment follows the departure of acting chief executive Carolyn James. Brown formerly was the deputy director for the Cayman Islands Department of Tourism.