News Briefs, Week of Jan. 29, 2007

Delta gets jump on next China slot

Delta applied at the Transportation Department for new U.S.-China route rights that become available March 25 of next year, proposing an Atlanta-Shanghai service.

Delta said it should be picked because its proposal would inject a new entrant and establish a new gateway for service to China.

Delta filed for the 2008 route even though the DOT has not yet issued its final decision for China route rights that become available March 25 of this year. In that case, the DOT has tentatively selected Uniteds Washington-Beijing plan.

AirTran to launch St. Louis routes

AirTran is laying plans to begin service to St. Louis, a former TWA hub and now a Southwest stronghold, with four daily nonstops to Atlanta beginning May 8, followed by a route to Orlando on June 7. St. Louis would be the 53rd point in AirTrans network.

Ritz-Carlton to flag Rancho Mirage

The Lodge at Rancho Mirage (Calif.) is becoming a Ritz-Carlton. The 244-room lodge, owned by Gencom Group in Miami, will undergo a $500 million renovation that will add 154 residences and a spa to the 40-acre site. Plans call for the new Ritz-Carlton, Rancho Mirage to open in December, with residences and spa to follow.

Mandarin Oriental picked for L.A. site

Mandarin Oriental got the nod to manage a 275-room hotel that will be part of a mixed-use development on Grand Avenue in Los Angeles. The hotel is slated to open in 2010, occupying the first 20 floors of a 48-floor tower designed by famed architect Frank Gehry.  

Port Authority to acquire Stewart

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey got a green light from its board to acquire the operating lease for Stewart Airport in Newburgh, N.Y., 55 miles north of Manhattan, for $78.5 million.

Subject to legislative approval from New Jersey (New York acted in 1967), the authority plans significant investments to boost service and ease congestion at LaGuardia, Kennedy and Newark, saying the 2,400-acre former air base has untapped potential. 

Costa opens China to worldwide sales

Costa Cruises, which has been marketing cruises from Hong Kong and Shanghai on the Costa Allegra to the Chinese market, will soon make the sailings available in other markets, including North America.

Princess plugs in at Los Angeles

Princess agreed to turn off the engines on its vessels and plug in to the local grid when docked in Los Angeles, beginning in 2008, as part of the ports Alternative Maritime Power Program to reduce emissions, Princess said.

The line said it participated in similar programs in Juneau, Alaska, and Seattle.


IATA sees no sense in ARTAs ID plan

IATA blasted ARTAs plan to start a new system of agency numeric codes and a new ID program, saying it flies in the face of industry efforts to create a unified system and would add millions in new costs for the industry. A statement from IATA, the source of most existing agency ID numbers, said the plan makes no sense.

Caribbean lines merge schedules

Merger partners LIAT and Caribbean Star published a combined schedule that takes effect Feb. 1. It maintains service to the 22 destinations previously served by both carriers, but all flights are listed under LIATs LI designator code.

Beginning Feb. 1, all passengers must check in at LIAT counters except in Curacao and Tobago, where check-in will be at Caribbean Star counters.

Spirit to Airbus: Well take 30 more

Look for Spirit Airlines growth spurt to continue. The carrier ordered 30 more A319 aircraft from Airbus, for delivery between 2009 and 2013. Coupled with existing orders, that would bring its fleet to 70 aircraft, up from 33 today.

As for the growth spurt, the carrier will add Fort Lauderdale-St. Maarten service on April 20 with three weekly flights, and will begin its first service to Central America on April 5, linking Fort Lauderdale and San Jose, Costa Rica.

Star Cruises plans resort in Macau

NCL parent Star Cruises will develop a $4.7 billion resort and casino complex in Macau called Resorts World, in collaboration with Asian casino magnate Stanley Ho, who will acquire a 10% stake in Star. 

Friends & Colleagues

Gary Sain was hired as president of the Orlando/Orange County Convention & Visitors Bureau. Sain is wrapping up his work as chief marketing officer of Yesawich Pepperdine Brown & Russell. He will take over the CVB post vacated by Bill Peeper, who retired at the end of 2006. " " " Kor Hotel Group named Barbara Piagari director of sales and marketing and Julie Shkolnik director of sales for the Viceroy Santa Monica in California. Piagari was director of sales and marketing for Le Meridien Sunny Isles Beach in South Florida. Shkolnik was director of sales for the Chamberlain in West Hollywood, Calif. " " " Villa Group, a Mexican resort and real estate company, named Roland Bernard general manager of the Villa del Palmar Beach Resort & Spa in Puerto Vallarta. Bernard was general manager of the Crowne Plaza in Nuevo Laredo, Mexico. " " " Martin Salzedo was named president and COO of Imperial Majesty Cruise Line. Salzedo most recently was CEO of Discovery Cruise Line. " " " Carl Henderson was named general manager of Sandy Lane Hotel in Barbados. He was general manager of Parrot Cay in the Turks and Caicos.


From Our Partners

From Our Partners

2021 Ireland Luxury Marketplace
Ireland Luxury Marketplace: New Webinar Series
Register Now
Los Cabos dining district
Los Cabos' 23400 District
Read More
2021 WOL Webinar
The World of Luxury for 2022
Register Now

JDS Travel News JDS Viewpoints JDS Africa/MI