Stansted to London lineup
American will begin daily service from New
York (Kennedy) to London's Stansted Airport on Oct. 28 in a direct
challenge to Eos and Maxjet, the premium-class carriers that
launched their first service on the same route in 2005.
American plans to
add a second daily flight to the route next spring, offering
two-class service on 767 aircraft.
American also plans
to move one of its two daily Dallas/Fort Worth flights and its
daily flight from Raleigh-Durham, N.C., from Gatwick to Heathrow
next year when the U.S.-E.U. open-skies accord takes
awards $15M to Celebrity
A New York federal
jury awarded Celebrity Cruises $15 million in a
partial retrial of its case against the Essef
Corp. regarding a 1994 outbreak of Legionnaires' disease
on the Celebrity Horizon.
that several passengers contracted the disease because of a
defective water filter in a whirlpool spa that Essef built. A
previous jury awarded Celebrity $183 million, but in January a
judge tossed out all but $10.4 million of that amount and ordered a
new trial on the jury's finding that Celebrity should receive
compensation for lost profits. Essef's parent, Pentair, said it
to add St. Lucia resort
RockResorts will expand its international
portfolio with the addition of the Landings St.
Lucia, a development slated to open in four phases,
beginning in December, on Rodney Bay on St. Lucia's west
In addition to
managing the resort's 231 suites, spa facilities and restaurants,
RockResorts will manage the private yacht harbor and beach
sets first South America trip
Cruise Lines will operate its first South America
itineraries in 2009, as its sends its newest ship, the 113,300-ton
Carnival Splendor, on a three-leg positioning cruise to the West
The first leg
leaves Fort Lauderdale on Jan. 31, ending 17 days later in Buenos
Aires. A 14-day sailing takes the ship to Santiago, Chile, where
the final cruise leaves for San Francisco on March 3.
to add Amtrak in U.S.
Amtrak agreed to begin U.S. distribution
through RailAgent.com, starting with Vacation.com agencies.
Craig White, Amtrak's senior director of travel industry sales,
said Amtrak hoped to sign up the first participants in the fourth
quarter. The portal will be part of Vacation.com's AgentNet
intranet. Amtrak already distributes through RailAgent in
Antigua opens Med Village
Grande Antigua Resort & Spa will unveil its 180-suite
Mediterranean Village on July 15, a $70 million expansion to the
resort's existing 193-room Caribbean Village. The new pool and
whirlpool are said to be the largest in the eastern
plans another stretch
Cruise Lines plans to stretch its 727-passenger Braemar
next spring, adding a 102-foot midsection extension plus extended
fore and aft sections on Deck 8, increasing capacity to 977. The
Norwegian Crown, which will transfer to Fred. Olsen from Norwegian
Cruise Line in September and be renamed the Balmoral, will also be
Maybourne Hotel Group appointed of
Philippe Leboeuf general manager of Claridge's in
London. Le-boeuf was vice president of operations for Rosewood
Hotels and Resorts. " " " SeaDream Yacht Club named Bert
van Middendorp to the newly created position of senior
vice president, hotel operations and quality assurance. Van
Middendorp has been with SeaDream since its inception in 2001, most
recently as vice president, shoreside operations. Nils
Lindstad will take over Van Middendorp's duties in his new
role as director, shore-side operations. Lindstad is currently
manager, revenue reporting and database management. " " " Crescent
Hotels & Resorts named Pamela Suhr COO. Suhr
was senior vice president, operations and development for HEI Hotel
& Resorts. " " " The Westin St. John Resort and Villas in the
U.S. Virgin Islands appointed Toya Frazer-Ellis
the property's first-ever director of fun. Frazer-Ellis'
responsibilities include greeting families upon arrival and
providing information about the kids' club. Frazer-Ellis has been
part of the Westin St. John team for the past two years as director
of romance, the title given to the resort's wedding manager. " " "
ResortQuest Hawaii named Cara Okawavice president
of sales and revenue development. Okawa most recently served as
vice president of sales and revenue management for Aqua Hotels
& Resorts, a chain of 10 properties in Waikiki.