Frontier gets OK for reorganization
Frontier Airlines' reorganization plan was approved by the Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York after the carrier resolved the few remaining objections to its strategy to exit bankruptcy. Frontier said it would emerge from bankruptcy on or about Oct. 1 as a wholly owned subsidiary of Republic Airways.
JW Marriott part of Miami project
A JW Marriott is being developed as part of the Metropolitan Miami development, a project noted for the involvement of basketball star Shaquille O'Neal. The 357-room hotel, set to open next year, will have three restaurants, including French chef Daniel Boulud's DB Bistro Moderne.
AirTran to begin service to Key West
AirTran will start serving Key West with 137-seat, two-class 737-700s on Dec. 17 with nonstop flights from Orlando and direct, same-plane service from Atlanta. Flights will be on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays. The airline will provide the only full-size, commercial jet access to the island. Only mainline carrier regional services or aircraft accommodating up to 86 seats currently serve Key West.
Cruise line to add fifth ship in June
American Cruise Lines will take delivery of a fifth small ship, the 104-passenger Independence, in June. Currently under construction at Chesapeake Shipbuilding in Salisbury, Md., the Independence is slated to enter service with a maiden cruise of the Chesapeake Bay.
Benchmark to run Maui Prince Hotel
The Maui Prince Hotel and Makena Resort will continue operations uninterrupted but under new management. Benchmark Hospitality is scheduled to take over operations on Sept. 17. Benchmark also is expected to rename the hotel. The management change was announced last week after a Maui court approved a Wells Fargo receivership request initiated in an attempt to keep the hotel open. Wells Fargo foreclosed on the hotel Aug. 24. A week later, Prince Resorts Hawaii said it planned to end its management contract and close the hotel on Sept. 16.
Moscow hotel joins Starwood collection
The Hotel National has become the first hotel in Russia to join Starwood's Luxury Collection. The property, built in 1903, overlooks the Kremlin and Red Square. Starwood said the 206-room hotel has undergone a renovation of all guestrooms, suites and public areas. A second renovation phase is scheduled to begin in 2010. The Hotel National's restoration will be completed by the end of 2012, Starwood said.
Southwest, pilots agree on contract
Southwest and its pilots union came to "an agreement in principle" on a new contract last week, both parties confirmed. The union's board will meet this week to review the pact. If approved, it will be sent to all Southwest's pilots for review and possible ratification. The agreement includes a minimum of three, 2% raises over the life of the contract as well as three fixed raises and two profitability-based raises. Pilots would get full retro pay back to 2006.
Friends & Colleagues
CruiseOne and Cruises Inc. appointed Drew Daly as vice president of sales performance. A 14-year veteran of World Travel Holdings, the parent company of CruiseOne and Cruises Inc., Daly was most recently senior sales director. He started at WTH as an agent. • • • Grace Bay Resorts in the Turks and Caicos named Yasmeen Sarwar its vice president of sales and marketing. Sarwar most recently was director of sales and marketing for the One&Only Ocean Club in Nassau, Bahamas. • • • US Hotels named Paul Hanley its CEO. The company owns and operates a collection of seven hotels, restaurants and conference facilities in New England. Prior to his appointment, Hanley was head of the Paul Hanley Co., a hospitality management consultancy he founded in 2004. He was formerly president and COO of Regent International Hotels and also has held senior management positions at several hotel brands. • • • Grenada's new tourism minister is Glynis Roberts, formerly minister for social development, labor and ecclesiastical relations. Roberts replaced Peter David, who held the tourism post since July 2008. • • • Randy Durband was appointed a senior partner at R. Tauck & Partners. Durband, a former Travcoa president, had been consulting at Travcoa since April. • • • Capt. Chris Wells has been appointed master of Cunard Line's upcoming ship, the Queen Elizabeth, which will enter service in October 2010.