LOT in Olympic Colours

Warsaw, 2012-07-20 — /travelprnews.com/ — LOT’s Boeing 737 with the registration number SP – LLG received a special livery for the coming London Summer Olympics. The rear portion of the fuselage was painted on both sides with the LOT’s title as the “Official Air Carrier of the Polish Olympic Team – London 2012” and the symbol… Read the full press release

Akbar Al Baker Recognised For Leadership At Airline Strategy Awards In London

2012-07-20 — /travelprnews.com/ — London, UNITED KINGDOM – Qatar Airways Chief Executive Officer Akbar Al Baker has been honoured with an Airline Business accolade for leadership at the annual Airline Strategy Awards held in London. Qatar Airways CEO Akbar Al Baker, pictured right, receives the Airline Business leadership accolade from magazine editor Max Kingsley-Jones at the… Read the full press release

Alaska Airlines Launches Daily Service Between Seattle and Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

Carrier offers double Mileage Plan miles on new route SEATTLE, 2012-07-20 — /travelprnews.com/ — Alaska Airlines today launched new daily nonstop service between Seattle and Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Broward County Commissioner Barbara Sharief joined Alaska Airlines employees and community leaders in welcoming the flight when it landed at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport this morning. “Our flights continue… Read the full press release

Spirit Airlines Announces Service from Baltimore/Washington to Fort Lauderdale and Dallas/Fort Worth

Miramar, Florida, 2012-07-20 — /travelprnews.com/ — Spirit Airlines (NASDAQ: SAVE) today announced that it is starting service on September 6, 2012, from Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI) with twice daily nonstop service to Fort Lauderdale and daily nonstop service to Dallas/Fort Worth. The new service also offers customers connections to 29 destinations throughout the Americas…. Read the full press release

Spirit Airlines Liberates Houston Travelers from High Fares

Carrier Announces Nonstop Ultra Low Fare Service Between Houston and DFW Miramar, Florida, 2012-07-20 — /travelprnews.com/ — – Spirit Airlines (NASDAQ: SAVE) is celebrating Independence Day by liberating Houston travelers from high fares.  The carrier today announced that it is introducing its popular ultra low fares to customers traveling between Houston and Dallas/Fort Worth.  Twice daily nonstop… Read the full press release

The Great School Summer Getaway

2012-07-20 — /travelprnews.com/ — ABTA – The Travel Association estimates that two million British holidaymakers are set to head overseas for the first weekend of the summer holidays for the majority of English schools (20-23 July). Spain is the UK’s favourite foreign holiday destination for Brits heading overseas during this period, with the Canary and Balearic… Read the full press release

Alaska Air Group Reports June Operational Results

SEATTLE, 2012-07-20 — /travelprnews.com/ — Alaska Air Group Inc. (NYSE: ALK) today reported June operational results for its subsidiaries, Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air, and on a combined basis. Detailed information is provided below. ALASKA AIRLINES – MAINLINE Alaska reported a 10.6 percent increase in traffic on a 7.5 percent increase in capacity compared to June 2011…. Read the full press release

Southwest Airlines Announces Third Annual, Award-Winning Diversity Summit to be held August 2nd

Dallas, TX, 2012-07-19 — /travelprnews.com/ — Southwest Airlines (NYSE: LUV) today announces its third annual, award-winning Diversity Summit  will be held on August 2  in Dallas at the airline’s headquarters. Themed “LUVing Employees, LUVing Communities,” the summit will gather executives from North Texas Fortune 500 companies to join the conversation about Diversity and Inclusion initiatives, foster new opportunities, and… Read the full press release

RwandAir launches direct flights to Mwanza

Second largest city in Tanzania served 3 times a week from Kigali Kigali, 2012-07-19 — /travelprnews.com/ — RwandAir, the national carrier of Rwanda and Africa’s fastest growing airline, launched direct flights from Kigali to Mwanza, the rock city of Tanzania today. Mwanza is the 3rd destination for the airline in Tanzania and the 14th destination… Read the full press release

Southwest Airlines And AirTran Airways Announce Early 2013 Flight Schedules

Southwest Airlines and AirTran Airways Open Flight Schedules through March 8, 2013 DALLAS – 2012-07-19 — /travelprnews.com/ — Southwest Airlines (NYSE: LUV) and its wholly owned subsidiary AirTran Airways announced today that they have extended their flight schedules for travel between Feb. 14, 2013, and March 8, 2013. In the schedule, Southwest will begin new service… Read the full press release

Webcast Alert: Southwest Airlines to Discuss Second Quarter 2012 Financial Results on July 19, 2012

DALLAS – 2012-07-19 — /travelprnews.com/ — Southwest Airlines Co. (NYSE: LUV) invites you to listen to a live webcast of its second quarter 2012 financial results.  Details are as follows:   When: Thursday, July 19, 2012 at 12:30 PM Eastern Time Who: Gary Kelly, Chairman of the Board, President and Chief Executive Officer Bob Jordan, Executive Vice… Read the full press release

Southwest Airlines Supports Usher’s New Look Foundation To Promote Youth Leadership Across The Nation

DALLAS – 2012-07-19 — /travelprnews.com/ — Southwest Airlines (NYSE: LUV) today announced that it will support world-renowned entertainer Usher’s New Look Foundation—a nonprofit organization that helps ensure the success of young people as leaders throughout the world. Southwest will provide travel assistance to help the foundation link youth from all over the country to unique learning opportunities… Read the full press release

Cathay Pacific Releases Combined Traffic Figures for June 2012

2012-07-19 — /travelprnews.com/ — Cathay Pacific Airways today released combined Cathay Pacific and Dragonair traffic figures for June 2012 that show passenger numbers growing ahead of the increase in capacity, while another drop in cargo and mail tonnage was recorded. Cathay Pacific and Dragonair carried a total of 2,413,766 passengers in June – an increase of… Read the full press release

Cathay Pacific to acquire Airbus A350-1000 aircraft

2012-07-19 — /travelprnews.com/ — Cathay Pacific Airways today announced that, subject to the approval of the Board of the Company, it will enter into an agreement with Airbus to convert 16 of its previously ordered Airbus A350-900 aircraft into larger Airbus A350-1000 aircraft and to exercise an option to purchase an additional 10 Airbus A350-1000 aircraft…. Read the full press release

Dragonair Resumes Scheduled Services to Haikou – One of Eight Destinations Being Added in 2012

HONG KONG, 2012-07-19 — /travelprnews.com/ — Dragonair today announced that it will resume scheduled services to Haikou in Hainan Province, further strengthening Hong Kong’s position as a global aviation hub and gateway to Mainland China. The daily service between Hong Kong and Haikou will commence on 28 October 2012, operated by an Airbus A320 aircraft. “With the… Read the full press release

Austrian Airlines Streamlines its Fleet of Aircraft

• A total of seven Airbus A320s is planned instead of the fleet of Boeing 737s • Letters of intent signed for five Airbus A320s – two of these aircraft are already in Vienna • To be successively put into service starting in October 2012 2012-07-19 — /travelprnews.com/ — Austrian Airlines is streamlining its fleet of… Read the full press release

Shoes to School 2012

A community outreach initiative by Marriott International properties in Indonesia to collect more than 2,300 new shoes to support the orphans 2012-07-19 — /travelprnews.com/ — For the first time, eight cross-brand properties under Marriott International in Indonesia: JW Marriott Hotel Jakarta; The Mayflower, Jakarta – Marriott Executive Apartments; The Ritz-Carlton Jakarta, Mega Kuningan; The Ritz-Carlton Jakarta,… Read the full press release

Austrian Airlines traffic results June 2012: Significant passenger growth in the first half year

• June: 14.5 percent more passengers to Eastern Europe* • First half year: 8 percent more passengers in Europe 2012-07-19 — /travelprnews.com/ — In the period from January to June 2012, the number of passengers carried rose by 6,7 percent compared to previous year’s figure: 5,440,600 passengers flew with Austrian Airlines. The load factor rose by… Read the full press release

Further USA premieres for airberlin: inaugural flight from Berlin to Chicago

The first non-stop flights are already available for Easter 2013 2012-07-19 — /travelprnews.com/ — airberlin is continuing its expansion to the USA: from 23rd March 2013 the airline will start operating direct flights from Berlin to Chicago, making it the first company ever to provide a connection between the German capital and this metropolis in the… Read the full press release

airberlin reduces winter schedule to increase efficiency

Aviation tax results in routes being unprofitable in winter Around 40 fewer flights per week in the winter than originally planned in Hamburg 2012-07-19 — /travelprnews.com/ — From the next winter schedule, airberlin will adjust its capacity according to market requirements. In the context of its Shape & Size efficiency-increasing programme, airberlin constantly monitors its route… Read the full press release

Aviator shades will be out in force at Newquay Cornwall Airport this Summer

Watch Top Gun on the Big Screen at Newquay Airport 2012-07-19 — /travelprnews.com/ — Film lovers are being given the opportunity to watch two special film screenings at Newquay Cornwall Airport. Event Cornwall and Skylight Cinema are working together for the second consecutive year in conjunction with Skybus and Newquay Cornwall Airport as part of the… Read the full press release

airberlin’s Austrian subsidiary NIKI delivers growth at Vienna hub

Christian Lesjak appointed NIKI CEO NIKI posts robust results for 2011 Phased introduction of new livery for NIKI fleet 2012-07-19 — /travelprnews.com/ — airberlin CEO Hartmut Mehdorn officially presented Christian Lesjak as the new Chief Executive Officer of NIKI Luftfahrt GmbH in Vienna today.  “NIKI is going to remain NIKI; we want to keep the Austrian… Read the full press release

Higher Spanish airport tax: transavia.com decides against passing on this fee to passengers

Schiphol, 2012-07-19 — /travelprnews.com/ — Since Spain raised its airport taxes, transavia.com has faced the challenge of having to deal with all of the tickets to Spanish destinations already sold. The airline has to pay this tax for more than 100,000 passengers, while this additional amount was not included in the ticket price. transavia.com pursues a policy… Read the full press release

WIZZ AIR IMPROVES BOARDING EXPERIENCE

NEW CABIN BAGGAGE POLICY TO IMPROVE ON-TIME PERFORMANCE AND CUSTOMER EXPERIENCE TESTED 2012-07-19 — /travelprnews.com/ — Wizz Air, the largest low-cost, low-fare airline in Central and Eastern Europe, today announced it will start testing a new cabin baggage policy from August 1, 2012 to enhance on-time performance and improve customer experience during aircraft boarding. The test,… Read the full press release

Hilton Colón Quito es el primer hotel cinco estrellas de la ciudad en recibir la certificación Smart Voyager

Smart Voyager, una de las certificaciones turísticas más conocidas a escala mundial, reconoce y garantiza la hospitalidad y gestión del Hilton Colón Quito. QUITO, Ecuador, 2012-07-19 — /travelprnews.com/ — El adecuado manejo de los recursos naturales, culturales y sociales en el ámbito turístico forman parte de una preocupación global. Con el objetivo de poder identificar destinos y… Read the full press release

Air New Zealand brings the world to Middle-earth

2012-07-19 — /travelprnews.com/ — Air New Zealand is the official airline of Middle-earth with the announcement of a global two-movie partnership with The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journeyand The Hobbit: There and Back Again, from New Line Cinema and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. As part of the two-year partnership, passengers to and from the UK and North America can look forward to flying on two film-branded… Read the full press release

The Broad Appeal raises £20K at Charity Event

2012-07-19 — /travelprnews.com/ — Gemma Broad together with brother Stuart Broad and father Chris Broad, current and former international England cricketers, hosted the Broad Appeal Charity Golf Day and Dinner at Stapleford Park on Wednesday 11th July 2012. The Broad Appeal was established by the three of them when Chris’s wife Miche’s personal battle with Motor… Read the full press release

Stapleford Park nominated for best spa in the Midlands

2012-07-19 — /travelprnews.com/ — Stapleford Park Luxury Country House Hotel near Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire has received a regional nomination for The Good Spa Awards 2012. Stapleford Park will be up against 15 other Spa’s in the region for the title of Best Spa in the Midlands. Among those nominees are Champney Springs and Ragdale Hall. Spas… Read the full press release

Great Website Available for Motorcycling in Arkansas

2012-07-19 — /travelprnews.com/ — Like to ride? If you’re big on motorcycling, the Natural State has what you’re looking for: great expanses of wide open roads through the Delta, challenging curves through the Ozarks and undulating ribbons of blacktop through the Ouachitas. Arkansas is blessed with great terrain for riders of every level. Now you can… Read the full press release

THE NLRB IN CHICAGO FOUND MERIT IN HYATT HOTELS’ CHARGES THAT UNITE HERE NEGOTIATED IN BAD FAITH AND HAS MADE AN ILLEGAL PROPOSAL WHILE HYATT ASSOCIATES WAIT FOR RAISES

Hyatt Calls on Union Leaders to Allow Members to Vote on New Contract So Associates Can Get their Wage and Benefit Increases CHICAGO, 2012-07-19 — /travelprnews.com/ — The Chicago area Regional Director of the National Labor Relations Board has found merit in Hyatt’s  unfair labor practice charges that Unite Here locals representing Hyatt associates in the Chicago… Read the full press release