Air Partner to attend the 19th WCA First Conference and the 9th WCA World Conference in February 2017

LONDON, 2017-Jan-05 — /Travel PR News/ — Air Partner, the global aviation services group, will be attending the 19th WCA First Conference and the 9th WCA World Conference, which are being held on 7-10 February and 9-13 February respectively. Both conferences are taking place in Singapore for the first time, at the state-of-the-art Suntec Singapore International… Read the full press release

Boeing announces order for 75 737 MAX 8 airplanes from GE Capital Aviation Services (GECAS)

SEATTLE, 2017-Jan-05 — /Travel PR News/ — Boeing (NYSE: BA) and GE Capital Aviation Services (GECAS), the commercial aircraft leasing and financing arm of General Electric (NYSE: GE), announced today an order for 75 737 MAX 8 airplanes. The order, booked in December, is valued at $8.25 billion at current list prices. The follow-on order increases the GECAS firm order… Read the full press release

Norwegian announces expansion plans for 2017

Bærum, Norway, 2017-Jan-05 — /Travel PR News/ — Low-cost airline Norwegian is ready to take-off its biggest year ever, with the introduction of brand new aircraft, exclusive new routes – including its first long-haul flights outside the USA – and more affordable flights on the UK’s only direct low-cost transatlantic services. Europe’s third largest low-cost… Read the full press release

Norwegian carried almost 30 million passengers in 2016; its highest ever passenger figure in a single year

Norwegian reported its highest ever passenger figures in a single year with almost 30 million passengers and a load factor of 88 per cent in 2016. The launch of 34 new routes and a substantial increase of intercontinental traffic contributed considerably to the growth. Bærum, Norway, 2017-Jan-05 — /Travel PR News/ — Passenger growth, more… Read the full press release

Bristol Airport records 11.3% increase YoY in 2016 passenger numbers

BRISTOL, England, 2017-Jan-05 — /Travel PR News/ — More than 7.5 million passengers used Bristol Airport last year, surpassing the total for 2015 by over three quarters of a million passengers*. The record annual number represents an 11.3 per cent increase year on year, and a seventh consecutive year of growth for England’s third largest regional… Read the full press release

Qatar Airways and Qatar Duty Free welcome fans to the first tournament of 25th annual ATP World Tour 250 Series in Doha

32 world class tennis athletes will battle it out to win the coveted Golden Falcon Trophy – the highest prize pool trophy in the ATP World Tour 250 Series Qatar Airways and Qatar Duty Free invite guests to experience their interactive stands located in the Public Village Area DOHA, Qatar, 2017-Jan-04 — /Travel PR News/… Read the full press release

HIAA: Yangtze River Express Airlines to operate cargo flights between Halifax Stanfield and China

More Lobster Lift at Halifax Stanfield Halifax, N.S., 2017-Jan-04 — /Travel PR News/ — Just when it looked like Halifax Stanfield was set to close the books on a highly successful lobster export season, HIAA announced today (JANUARY 3, 2017) that a new cargo carrier, Yangtze River Express Airlines, will serve Halifax beginning Saturday, January… Read the full press release

Norwegian to further expand in Edinburgh Airport in 2017; starts recruitment of new crew and pilots

Airline advertises for new crew and pilots to join its growing Edinburgh operation New aircraft and new routes planned for 2017 including transatlantic flights from Edinburgh Bærum, Norway, 2017-Jan-04 — /Travel PR News/ — Low-cost airline Norwegian has announced it will be creating more than 130 crew and pilot jobs in Scotland as it prepares… Read the full press release

Heathrow cuts passenger charges on domestic trips by £10

Heathrow cuts passenger charges on domestic trips by £10   Heathrow fulfils pledge to families and businesses across Britain by cutting domestic passenger charges by over a third – resulting in over a £500m saving The discount is a key part of Heathrow’s plan to encourage growth outside London by making it cheaper to travel… Read the full press release

Sunwing announces completely revamped Memories Flamenco Beach Resort in Cuba

Toronto, ON, 2017-Jan-04 — /Travel PR News/ — Sunwing is excited to announce one of its most popular resorts, award-winning Memories Flamenco Beach Resort in Cuba, has completely revamped and expanded its beachfront. Situated in Cayo Coco (known for its white sandy shores lapped by translucent turquoise waters) the resort combines a wide range of… Read the full press release

Oman Air introduces new policy on baggage that will save money for traveling guests

Costly cost excess baggage rates charged by the kg to be abolished New free baggage allowance being introduced of one piece of baggage of up to 30kg in economy and two pieces of baggage, up to 50kg in Business and First class Silver and Gold Sinbad members to get extra allowance of one free extra… Read the full press release

Qatar Airways partners with The White Company to provide exclusively-designed sleepwear to First and Business Class passengers

DOHA, Qatar, 2017-Jan-03 — /Travel PR News/ — Qatar Airways has launched a new partnership with The White Company to provide exclusively-designed sleepwear to First and Business Class passengers travelling across the airline’s global network. In line with Qatar Airways’ commitment to provide a world-leading premium service, the newly-designed sleeper suits are bespoke for First… Read the full press release

Now on sale: Norwegian Cruise Line’s 2017 cruises to Cuba aboard Norwegian Sky

Now on sale: Norwegian Cruise Line’s 2017 cruises to Cuba aboard Norwegian Sky   Norwegian is offering four-day roundtrip cruises from Miami to Cuba in May 2017 on Norwegian Sky, the largest ship sailing to Cuba – Itinerary includes an overnight in Cuba’s capital of Havana and a day at Great Stirrup Cay, Norwegian’s private… Read the full press release

FCCA appoints Carlos Torres de Navarra as new Operations Committee Chairman

Pembroke Pines, FL, 2017-Jan-03 — /Travel PR News/ — The FCCA is proud to announce the appointment of the new FCCA Operations Committee Chairman, Carlos Torres de Navarra, vice president of strategic and commercial port development, Carnival Cruise Line, effective January 1, 2017. “I am excited to assume the role of chairman of the FCCA… Read the full press release

Jet Airways to introduce Airbus A330 on key routes

Airbus A330s to operate on key routes including Mumbai – Kuwait and Mumbai – Jeddah, and on domestic ones including Mumbai – Bengaluru and Mumbai – Chennai Mumbai, 2017-Jan-03 — /Travel PR News/ — Jet Airways, India’s premier full service international airline, will introduce its wide-body Airbus A330 aircraft on certain additional domestic and international… Read the full press release

Oman Air wins the Foreign Airline of the Year by Sector to Middle East at the KLIA 2015

Muscat, Oman, 2017-Jan-03 — /Travel PR News/ — Oman Air announces the latest addition to its growing list of international awards, winning the Foreign Airline of the Year by Sector to Middle East at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) Awards 2015. Oman Air was chosen based on its achievements in 2015 including growth, sales… Read the full press release

Qatar Airways Cargo to launch freighter operations to Buenos Aires, Sao Paulo, Quito and Miami starting 2 February 2017

The world’s third largest international cargo carrier will commence freighter services to and from the South American destinations of Sao Paulo, Buenos Aires and Quito* effective February 2017 Cargo carrier will also expand its freighter network in the United States with the addition of Miami DOHA, Qatar, 2016-Dec-28 — /Travel PR News/ — Qatar Airways Cargo… Read the full press release

Fastpayhotels to provide TravelClick Channel Management clients with the prepaid service payment for their rooms

Palma de Mallorca, Spain, 2016-Dec-23 — /Travel PR News/ — Fastpayhotels, the new B2B platform that pays for all reservations at the time of booking to meet the growing hotel demand for pre-paid rooms, announced today a partnership with TravelClick, a global provider of innovative, cloud-based and data-driven solutions for hotels to maximize revenue. Fastpayhotels will… Read the full press release

Rezidor Hotel Group AB to evaluate HNA Tourism Group Co, Ltd.’s public offer to acquire all shares in Rezidor

BRUSSELS, Belgium, 2016-Dec-23 — /Travel PR News/ — HNA  Tourism Group Co, Ltd. (“HNA”) has yesterday announced a mandatory public offer  to the shareholders in Rezidor Hotel Group AB (publ) (“Rezidor”) to acquire all  shares in Rezidor for a cash consideration of SEK 34.86  per share (the “Offer”). HNA owns, directly  and indirectly, 51.3% of all… Read the full press release

The Rezidor Hotel Group to exit six hotel contracts under Full Repairing and Insuring lease in UK

BRUSSELS, Belgium, 2016-Dec-23 — /Travel PR News/ — The Rezidor Hotel Group will strategically exit six hotel contracts under Full Repairing and Insuring lease in the UK in 2017. The hotels are located in regional markets and have been unprofitable for Rezidor due primarily to above-market rental level of the leases. As part of the exit,… Read the full press release

SAS appoints Mats O. Eklund as VP and responsible for SAS Commercial IT & Digital Development

STOCKHOLM, Sweden, 2016-Dec-23 — /Travel PR News/ — SAS, already a digital leader in Scandinavia, is taking the next step by building a new IT & Digital Innovation Organization. As a vital part in the new organization Mats O. Eklund has been appointed as Vice President and responsible for SAS Commercial IT & Digital Development. – I… Read the full press release

Gatwick Airport announces the appointment of Stephen King as Head of Airline Relations

New Head of Airline Relations Stephen King is responsible for developing Gatwick’s existing airline relationships to their full potential and growing the airport’s carrier base – the airport already flies to 200 destinations in 80 countries Previous experience at Virgin Atlantic heading up the airline’s Asia Pacific team based in Hong Kong and also General… Read the full press release

Dolphin Dynamics releases new connection with Flexible Autos for users of its Dolphin booking system

LONDON, 2016-Dec-22 — /Travel PR News/ — London based travel software developer Dolphin Dynamics has released a new connection with Flexible Autos for users of its Dolphin booking system. The new XML feed is the latest connection in a growing list of links with travel suppliers enabling Dolphin customers to search, price, compare and book flight,… Read the full press release

O’Hare International Airport expands and enhances efficiency of its cargo operations with the opening of O’Hare Northeast Cargo Center

CHICAGO, 2016-Dec-22 — /Travel PR News/ — Mayor Rahm Emanuel joined Ginger S. Evans, Commissioner of the Chicago Department of Aviation (CDA) and Erin Gruver of Aeroterm, LLC today to announce the opening of the first phase of the O’Hare Northeast Cargo Center, a more than $220 million development project at O’Hare International Airport that expands… Read the full press release

Qatar Airways partners with BRICS and Castello Monte Vibiano Vecchio to create the finest keepsake amenity kits for premium travellers

Award-winning airline partners with BRICS and Castello Monte Vibiano Vecchio to complement Qatar Airways’ Business and First Class experience DOHA, Qatar, 2016-Dec-22 — /Travel PR News/ — Qatar Airways has signed an exclusive three-year partnership with premium purveyors BRICS and Castello Monte Vibiano Vecchio to elevate the airline’s premium cabin experience. BRICS, the Italian maker of… Read the full press release

Choice Hotels to bring Comfort, Quality and Clarion brands into Greece

First hotel expected to open in Athens in summer 2017 ROCKVILLE, Md., 2016-Dec-19 — /Travel PR News/ — Choice Hotels International, Inc. (NYSE: CHH) announced today it has signed a multi-unit development agreement with GVK Enterprises, a hospitality management and development firm, to introduce and establish a hotel portfolio in Greece. Choice anticipates the first property… Read the full press release

Oman Air Cargo recognized the achievements of its partners and presented future development plans at its first Oman Air Cargo Awards

Muscat, Oman, 2016-Dec-19 — /Travel PR News/ — Oman Air Cargo, one of the leading national air cargo carriers in the region, held its first Oman Air Cargo Awards, on December 14th 2016, at the Crowne Plaza Muscat. The event was to recognize outstanding achievements among the cargo division’s local agencies, and to highlight its… Read the full press release

The Lufthansa Group appoints Heike Birlenbach as the new SVP Sales Lufthansa Hub Airlines and CCO Hub Frankfurt

Frankfurt, Germany, 2016-Dec-19 — /Travel PR News/ — The Lufthansa Group has appointed Heike Birlenbach (50) as the new Senior Vice President Sales Lufthansa Hub Airlines and Chief Commercial Officer (CCO) Hub Frankfurt. She will succeed Jens Bischof, who has been appointed to the position of Managing Director of the airline SunExpress, effective 1 January 2017…. Read the full press release

Deutsche Lufthansa AG takes over 100% of SN Airholding; Brussels Airlines will continue to operate under the umbrella of Eurowings Group

Deutsche Lufthansa AG takes over 100 percent of SN Airholding Brussels Airlines to be fully integrated into the Lufthansa Group as of 2018 and joining the Eurowings Group Attractive home markets Belgium and Brussels and well-established Africa network will further strengthen the Lufthansa and Eurowings Group market position Advantageous cost-structure allowing Brussels Airlines to successfully… Read the full press release

Whistler Blackcomb recognizes partners across variety of channels, mediums and activations at its Fifth Annual Partner Marketing Awards

CORPORATE PARTNERS AWARDED FOR BEST ACTIVATIONS ON AND OFF THE MOUNTAINS WHISTLER, BC, 2016-Dec-16 — /Travel PR News/ — Monster Energy, Clif Bar, GORE-TEX® Products, GMC, GoPro, DC Shoes and Oakley were awarded top marks at Whistler Blackcomb’s Fifth Annual Partner Marketing Awards held on December 7, 2016. Categories included: Most Innovative Activation, Best Employee Engagement,… Read the full press release