Ethiopian First Dreamliner Clad in Ethiopian Livery

2012-07-27 — /travelprnews.com/ — Ethiopian, the fastest growing airline in Africa, is pleased to announce that its Boeing 787 Dreamliner is painted in Ethiopian livery and is at the final stages of preparation for delivery. After being painted with the colors of green, yellow and red, today the Ethiopian Dreamliner will fly back to Seattle from… Read the full press release

President Bill Clinton Speaks at Final Day of 2012 GBTA Convention

Successful Convention Concluded with Record Breaking Attendance and Travel Industry Leaders Discussing Radical Ideas for Innovative Business Practices Boston, MA, 2012-07-27 — /travelprnews.com/ — President Bill Clinton, founder of the William J. Clinton Foundation and the 42nd President of the United States spoke as the final keynote speaker at the annual 2012 GBTA Convention in Boston. The… Read the full press release

PATA Launches The PATA Hong Kong Chapter

Bangkok, 2012-07-27 — /travelprnews.com/ — The Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) is pleased to announce the launch of the new PATA Hong Kong Chapter on July 27, 2012 at the Hotel ICON, in Kowloon, Hong Kong on the eve of its Executive Board meeting. Eng João Manuel Costa Antunes, PATA Chairman said: “The PATA family is very… Read the full press release

The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C. Announces First Hotel in Vietnam, with Development of The Ritz-Carlton, Saigon

HONG KONG, 2012-07-27 — /travelprnews.com/ — The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C., the leader in luxury hospitality, has announced the brand’s first hotel in Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), marking another step in the group’s expansion in Asia. The Ritz-Carlton, Saigon is owned by the Bitexco Group, one of Vietnam’s most prestigious property developers. The 250-room hotel… Read the full press release

Lufthansa withdrawing service from Munich to Singapore and Jakarta, Indonesia

LH flights from Frankfurt to Singapore will continue /Jakarta will no longer be served 2012-07-27 — /travelprnews.com/ — Lufthansa is cancelling its Munich-Singapore route with the introduction of the 2012/13 winter schedule. As a result, the onward flight from Singapore to Jakarta, Indonesia, will no longer be operated. Singapore and Jakarta are currently served five times… Read the full press release

Oman Air Appoints Assistant Country Manager to UK Team

2012-07-27 — /travelprnews.com/ — Oman Air has appointed Jamal Al Azki to the newly-created position of Assistant Country Manager for the UK and Ireland. He will be based at Oman Air’s UK office in Chiswick, London, and will report to Country Manager Rohan Alce. Mr Al Azki was previously Oman Air’s District Sales Manager for the… Read the full press release

Southwest Airlines Announces Executive Changes

DALLAS – 2012-07-27 — /travelprnews.com/ — Southwest Airlines (NYSE: LUV) today announced executive changes at the Company. Teresa Laraba, most recently Southwest’s Senior Vice President of Customer Services, has been named the airline’s Senior Vice President of Customers. In this new role, Laraba will continue to provide senior Leadership for three departments: Customer Support & Services, Customer… Read the full press release

EXOTIC CAR COLLECTION BY ENTERPRISE EXPANDS LUXURY CAR RENTAL TO LAX

Premium Selection and Unparalleled Customer Service offered in Various Locations LOS ANGELES – 2012-07-27 — /travelprnews.com/ — Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) is the newest location to offer the Exotic Car Collection by Enterprise. The Collection, available in select cities throughout the United States, offers more than 50 makes and models of fully loaded luxury and high-performance… Read the full press release

The Spanish Chamber of Commerce in Brazil presents Meliá Hotels International with the “Sustainability Award 2012”

The hotel company receives the award in the “Contributions to Improvement in Corporate Development” category Palma de Mallorca, 2012-07-26 — /travelprnews.com/ — The Official Spanish Chamber of Commerce in Brazil hosted the third edition of its Sustainability Awards for Spanish companies operating in Brazil that have carried out the best social or environmental protection projects. Meliá… Read the full press release

GBTA Congratulates University of Texas Travel Manager at Austin and GBTA Vice President Kevin Maguire for Travel Manager of the Year Award from Business Travel News

Boston, MA, 2012-07-26 — /travelprnews.com/ — The Global Business Travel Association (GBTA), the voice of the business travel industry, today congratulated Kevin Maguire, CCTE, GLP, GBTA Vice President  and Travel Manager for Intercollegiate Athletics at the University of Texas at Austin, for receiving the Business Travel News Travel Manager of the Year Award. The award recognizes the… Read the full press release

George W. Bush, Former President of the United States Spoke at 2012 GBTA Convention

Day’s Events Included Pioneering Travel Industry Leaders Gathering to Discuss Future of Business Travel at ‘Luminaries of Travel’ CEO Panel GBTA Unveiled Business Traveler Innovation Awards 2012 and Announced Launch of New GBTA Media Group Boston, MA, 2012-07-26 — /travelprnews.com/ — George W. Bush, the 43rd President of the United States, spoke as the keynote speaker at… Read the full press release

RYANAIR WELCOMES COURT OF APPEAL REJECTION OF BAA’S 7TH APPEAL AGAINST SALE OF STANSTED

CALLS FOR EARLY SALE TO PREVENT FURTHER BAA MISMANAGEMENT AS STANSTED TRAFFIC FALLS BY 600,000 PAX IN H1 2012-07-26 — /travelprnews.com/ — Ryanair, Europe’s only ultra-low cost airline, today (26 July) welcomed the Court of Appeal rejection of the BAA monopoly’s 7th appeal against the sale of London Stansted Airport, as recommended by the Competition Commission (in… Read the full press release

Airline CEO Panel and “Saturday Night Live” Star Seth Meyers Brings Insight and Entertainment to 2012 GBTA Convention Attendees

GBTA Reveals Findings on Global Spend and Announces GBTA Award Winners Boston, MA, 2012-07-26 — /travelprnews.com/ —  The Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) – the voice of the global business travel industry – continued to bring great panel discussions and entertainment to a record breaking number of attendees while also breaking news on the opening day… Read the full press release

Don’t over tax tourism – WTTC tells EU Finance Ministers

2012-07-26 — /travelprnews.com/ — The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) has written to all 27 Finance Ministers in the European Union urging them to recognise the important role of the industry in stimulating economic growth and jobs, while avoiding unproductive knee-jerk tax hikes at a time of austerity. The letter, written by Dr Michael Frenzel,… Read the full press release

Amadeus launches industry-first open source framework to further innovation

• New technology strategy marks the first time a GDS has opened its library of code to third party developers • Software initiative eases the development of rich and large scale enterprise web applications, addressing the challenges of mobile web development • ARIA™ Templates code already underpins Amadeus’ User Interface (UI) development Madrid, Spain, 2012-07-26 —… Read the full press release

Building the Future of Indian Aviation – An India Inc. Approach

New Delhi, 2012-07-26 — /travelprnews.com/ — The International Air Transport Association (IATA) called for an “India Inc.” approach to resolve India’s aviation crisis and improve competitiveness to drive economic and social benefits. “Indian aviation is in a multi-faceted crisis. Before aviation can deliver greater benefits to the Indian economy, this crisis must be resolved with coordinated public… Read the full press release

Commissioner Andolino Gives Keynote Address to the Aero Club of Washington

CHICAGO, 2012-07-26 — /travelprnews.com/ — Chicago Department of Aviation Commissioner Rosemarie S. Andolino today gave the monthly keynote address to the Aero Club of Washington in Washington, D.C. Andolino gave a luncheon presentation on “Investing in Airports During Tough Economic Times: Chicago Leads the Way” at the Capital Hilton Hotel to a sold-out crowd of about 200 attendees. Click here to read the Commissioner’s speech…. Read the full press release

Port of Seattle Authorizes Major Renovation of North Satellite at Sea-Tac

Forty-year-old facility to receive estimated $230 million upgrade SEATTLE, 2012-07-26 — /travelprnews.com/ — The Port of Seattle Commission gave final design authorization today for an estimated $230 million renovation of the north satellite at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport to better serve passengers. The project will include modernizing facilities, seismic upgrades, enhanced traveler amenities, three new gates and a… Read the full press release

Jet Airways’ JetEscapes introduces attractive domestic and international travel packages

Attractive group packages for corporate houses, with Conference facilities 1 Night packages for the corporate traveller Exciting monsoon packages to Goa, Kerala, Mumbai and Golden Triangle Luxurious JetEscapes Getaways with The Serai resorts   2012-07-26 — /travelprnews.com/ — Mumbai: Jet Airways, India’s premier international airline has introduced a slew of attractive JetEscapes packages for corporate travellers… Read the full press release

Bulgaria Air Signs Full Content Agreement with Travelport

Agreement secures access to all fares and classes Langley, UK, 2012-07-26 — /travelprnews.com/ — Travelport, the business services provider to the global travel industry, has today announced a continuation to its global content agreement with Bulgaria Air.  The agreement sees Galileo, Apollo and Worldspan connected travel agency customers across the globe continue to have full access to… Read the full press release

Air New Zealand’s distinctive aircraft tails go black

2012-07-26 — /travelprnews.com/ — Chief Executive Office Rob Fyfe announced today that the tails of all new aircraft entering the fleet will be painted black and the lettering of the Air New Zealand name is being modernised. “Our iconic symbol, the Koru, will remain but it will be set within our national colour rather than the blue and… Read the full press release

Nebraska Tourism Commission elects leaders, sets meeting

LINCOLN, NEB., 2012-07-26 — /travelprnews.com/ — The Nebraska Tourism Commission recently elected its leadership team. Mike Kesselring of Crawford, owner of High Plains Homestead, was elected commission chairman; Jeff Boeka of North Platte, general manager of Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites in North Platte, was elected vice chairman; and John Chapo of Lincoln, director of Lincoln… Read the full press release

The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C. Tops J.D. Power and Associates Hotel Guest Satisfaction Study for Luxury Hotel Brands for Third Consecutive Year

Chevy Chase, Md. 2012-07-25 — /travelprnews.com/ — T he Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C. has once again ranked highest in the luxury brand segment, for an impressive third year in a row by J.D. Power and Associates in their 2012 North America Guest Satisfaction Index Study. “It is a tribute to our ladies and gentlemen that they… Read the full press release

SHD Announces New United Express Carrier

SHD Announces New United Express Carrier Silver Airways to Replace Colgan Air Weyers Cave, Virginia – 2012-07-25 — /travelprnews.com/ —  The Shenandoah Valley Regional Airport Commission is pleased to announce a change in United Express carrier from Colgan Air to their new regional airline partner, Silver Airways. Silver Airways will operate all United flights from SHD… Read the full press release

Galway-Tuam motorway extension a major boost for Shannon Airport passengers

2012-07-25 — /travelprnews.com/ — The Director of Shannon Airport, Mary Considine has described the green-light for the Gort-Tuam motorway under the Government stimulus programme as a significant boost for passengers across the wider West of Ireland. “The announcement by Government that the Gort to Tuam motorway will proceed under its major stimulus programme is very positive… Read the full press release

Shannon enjoys record month for Business Aviation traffic

2012-07-25 — /travelprnews.com/ — The Director of Shannon Airport, Mary Considine has today said that last month’s record number of Business Aviation jets landing in Shannon gives further confidence that this sector can be an area of growth for the airport. A total of 460 ‘Business Aviation jet movements ’ took place at Shannon in June,… Read the full press release

Malaysia Airlines marks the entry of its first A380 into the airline’s fleet by having its 5-Star Airline status renewed

LONDON – 2012-07-25 — /travelprnews.com/ — Malaysia Airlines (MAS) marked the entry of its first A380 into the airline’s fleet by having its 5-Star Airline status renewed by SKYTRAX. The recognition comes at a time of great change within the national airline of Malaysia as it embarks upon a series of improvements to repositioning it as… Read the full press release

Skytrax issue rebuttal and refusal to subscribe to a self-appointed critic of user-review sites

London, UK, 2012-07-25 — /travelprnews.com/ — A self-appointed critic of review sites that seeks to attract revenue by cajoling websites into paying for their accreditation, has targeted Skytrax by questioning the reliability of our user-created content – going so far as to suggest that Skytrax display fake content. Aside from also having no knowledge or understanding about… Read the full press release

EASYJET INTERIM MANAGEMENT STATEMENT FOR THE QUARTER ENDED 30 JUNE 2012

2012-07-25 — /travelprnews.com/ — Highlights: Total revenue per seat was £57.58; an increase of 4.7%, at constant currency, compared to the prior year driven by targeted capacity allocation into higher yielding markets, the success of the ‘europe by easyJet’ campaign and the recently launched mobile app. Revenue per seat growth was 2.8% on a reported basis,… Read the full press release

Travelport announces mobile GDS application

Travelport Mobile Agent Developed by a Travelport Developer Network member Langley, UK, 2012-07-25 — /travelprnews.com/ — Travelport, the business services provider to the global travel industry, has today announced the launch of Travelport Mobile Agent through its Developer Network. The mobile app, which enables Travelport-connected agencies to gain full access to the Galileo platform directly on… Read the full press release