Airways to take tour line in-house
Airways, newly merged with America West Airlines, decided
to phase out its 11-year relationship with the Mark Travel
Corp. and bring all of its US Airways
Vacations operation in-house, beginning Dec.
Mark Travel will
continue to operate US Airways Vacations in the Caribbean and
Europe until late spring 2006, though both sides say the date is
Lan, get antitrust immunity
Transportation Dept. granted antitrust immunity to a three-way
alliance of American, Lan Peru
and Chiles Lan Airlines.
allows for coordinated marketing and pricing, but the DOT excluded
revenue pooling or pricing, inventory and yield-management
coordination for Miami-Lima, where American and Lan Peru have the
return to Reagan National
Business jets and
other private aircraft resumed operating at Washingtons
Reagan National Airport for the first time since the
terrorist attacks of 9/11.
long-planned phase-in, corporate and private
aircraft are permitted to operate up to 48 flights per
day. Congress passed a law in 2003 calling for a resumption of
general aviation at the airport.
Continental all set for Buenos
Continental set Dec. 14 as the inaugural
date for daily nonstops on a new Houston-Buenos
Aires route just authorized by the Transportation
milestone: Its 100th aircraft
Airways took delivery of its 100th
aircraft, a Boeing 717, at a ceremony at its Atlanta
continues its expansion with new services from Chicago
(Midway) to both Boston and
Minneapolis Dec. 6.
Garden Inn debuts in NYC
Inn, a midprice brand, opened its first-ever property in New York,
the 369-room Hilton Garden Inn Times
plans a return to Denver
Southwest said it will begin service at
Denver in early 2006, citing a dramatic reduction
in costs at Denver Airport, growth in the community and aircraft
availability created by hurricane-related schedule
Denver from 1983 to 1986 from the old delay-prone Stapleton
Airport. CEO Gary Kelly said Southwest has been studying the
possibility of a return for quite some time, noting that the new
Denver airport was ranked No. 1 for on-time arrivals in 2004, a
great fit for Southwests quick aircraft turn times.
Jordanian to join Oneworld
Jordanian agreed to join Oneworld, the
airline alliance headlined by American and British Airways. The
carrier said it is the first Arab and Middle Eastern airline to
join any of the major airline alliances; its also Oneworlds first
new member in five years.
is expected to be implemented late next year. Other Oneworld
members include Aer Lingus, Cathay Pacific, Finnair, Iberia, Lan
closes another asset sale
Hotels and Resorts completed the $106 million sale of its
48.6% stake in the Westin OHare in
The sale put
Starwood over its goal of selling $500 million worth of assets by
the end of the year.
Starwood has sold more than $1.1 billion worth of assets, and
shareholders are about to get a piece of that action: Starwoods
board gave the green light to repurchase another $1 billion of the
W Hotel coming to Vieques
Eagle will launch daily service between San
Juan and Vieques, Puerto Rico, on Dec.
16, using 64-passenger turboprops.
construction at Rivera Rodriguez Airport in Vieques is a lounge
with baggage facilities and a car rental booth for American Eagle
passengers. The $800,000 building
project is being funded by Reig Capital Puerto Rico, developer of
the 156-room Martineau Bay Resort & Spa. Formerly a Wyndham,
the resort will be converted to W Hotels first
Caribbean property by December 2006.
ends year with ridership gain
Amtrak ended its fiscal year with a 1.3%
increase in overall ridership, despite hurricanes and the
sidelining of its popular Acela Express service for several months.
The passenger count for the 12 months ended Sept. 30 came to just
under 25.4 million. Northeast Corridor ridership approached 9.5
million, a 1% gain.
closes on Wyndham deal
Cendant closed on its acquisition of
Wyndhams management and franchise business from an
affiliate of the Blackstone Group.
operator ceases operations
Travel Group, a Westport, Conn.-based operator of tours to
Ireland, Britain, Europe and Australia, ceased
president, John Murray, said ETM was doing its best to accommodate
customers who are in transit.
ETM was formerly
a member of the U.S. Tour Operators Association but withdrew Sept.
Beau Rivage Resort & Casino in Biloxi,
Miss., announced the appointment of George Corchis
as the resorts new president, responsible for all operations of the
1,740-room property, which is closed due to severe damage from
Hurricane Katrina. Corchis appointment marks his return to MGM
Mirage. He previously served in a financial capacity with the
Mirage Resort & Casino in the early 1990s. Most recently,
Corchis served in a dual role for Harrahs Entertainment as senior
vice president and general manager of the Horseshoe Casino &
Hotel and the Sheraton Casino & Hotel, both in Tunica, Miss. "
" " Hickory Travel Systems, a consortium of corporate travel
agencies, named Ann Albano vice president of hotel
programs. This is Albanos second stint at Hickory. She was
publisher of Hickorys hotel programs before becoming director of
global agency sales for Accor Hotels. " " " The Los Angeles-based
boutique hotel operator Kor Hotel Group promoted Tom
Santora to senior vice president of sales and marketing.
Other appointments include Azadeh Nashat, brand
manager, and Jonathan Heath, corporate director of
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