Southwest Airlines takes delivery of its first Boeing 737 MAX 8

Texas, U.S., 2017-Sep-03 — /Travel PR News/ – Southwest Airlines Co. (NYSE: LUV) extended its legacy of aircraft innovation this week by taking delivery of the airline’s first Boeing 737 MAX 8. Southwest is the first airline in the United States to receive the 737 MAX, and the carrier expects to take delivery of eight more MAX aircraft… Read the full press release

Katara Hospitality becomes the Hospitality Partner for the World Tourism Day celebrations in Doha this September

Qatar, 2017-Sep-03 — /Travel PR News/ — The official World Tourism Day (WTD) celebrations will be held in Doha this September with the support of Katara Hospitality as Hospitality Partner, organisers Qatar Tourism Authority (QTA) announced today. Held under the patronage of His Excellency Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al Thani, Prime Minister and… Read the full press release

Changi Airport welcomes Qantas Airways’ new services from the 2018 Northern Summer season

Singapore, 2017-Sep-03 — /Travel PR News/ —Changi Airport Group today welcomed the announcement by Qantas Airways to add services to and from Singapore Changi Airport from the 2018 Northern Summer season*. Beginning 25 March 2018, Qantas will operate its daily Sydney-London service (QF1/QF2) via Singapore using an A380. At the same time, services to Melbourne… Read the full press release

Stagecoach adds Apple Pay and Android Pay to its Bus smartphone app

Additional payment methods delivering more choice and easier travel for customers Millions also already benefitting from contactless bus travel as part of UK roll-out Scotland, UK, 2017-Sep-03 — /Travel PR News/ — Stagecoach is delivering even more convenient bus travel for passengers across the country with the addition of Apple Pay and Android Pay through the… Read the full press release

Classic Vacations named Wholesale Partner of the Year at The American Society of Travel Agents’ annual Global Convention

AMERICAN SOCIETY OF TRAVEL AGENTS NAMES CLASSIC VACATIONS WHOLESALE PARTNER OF THE YEAR San Jose, CA, 2017-Sep-02 — /Travel PR News/ — The American Society of Travel Agents (ASTA) held its annual Global Convention August 27th through 29th in San Diego, California, there they bestowed their annual ASTA Awards. Among those recognized was Classic Vacations, who… Read the full press release

Qantas announces four 787-9 Dreamliners to be based in Brisbane

Sydney, Australia, 2017-Sep-02 — /Travel PR News/ — Qantas today announced that four 787-9 Dreamliners will be based in Brisbane, bringing 470 new jobs and opening up new potential international routes. The first of eight Dreamliners ordered by the national carrier will be delivered from Boeing in late October this year, and the first to… Read the full press release

Norwegian launches new second daily service to New York City from London Gatwick

Airline offers double-daily flights to New York from £149 with launch of new early morning service Fornebu, Norway, 2017-Aug-12 — /Travel PR News/ —  Today, 10th August, Norwegian has launched a new second daily service to New York City with fares from £149, meaning that passengers can now experience the city that never sleeps in just… Read the full press release

LAWA: Van Nuys Airport earns level 2 reduction in Airport Council International’s Airport Carbon Accreditation program

Los Angeles, California, 2017-Aug-06 — /Travel PR News/ — Van Nuys Airport (VNY) becomes the only general aviation airport to hold level 2 reduction in Airport Council International’s Airport Carbon Accreditation program furthering the airport’s goal to become a greener, cleaner and more efficient airport for all stakeholders. The Airport Carbon Accreditation program recognizes airports worldwide… Read the full press release

Tourism Australia and BuzzFeed invite the next generation of visual storytellers to join the first ever BuzzFeed Mateship program

World-first partnership gives young travellers from around the world the chance to experience and share the best of Australia Sydney, Australia, 2017-Aug-06 — /Travel PR News/ — Tourism Australia and BuzzFeed Australia are on the hunt for the next generation of visual storytellers from around the world to join the first ever BuzzFeed Mateship program, a once-in-lifetime fellowship… Read the full press release

Concur and AirAsia Group to help businesses reduce their corporate travel spend

Washington, U.S., 2017-Aug-06 — /Travel PR News/ — Concur, an SAP company and one of the world’s leading provider of integrated travel and expense management solutions, has announced a collaboration with AirAsia Group that will help Concur Travel customers access regular and exclusive corporate content from AirAsia. The latter content is available only to customers… Read the full press release

CVG welcomes Frontier Airlines’ nonstop services to six new destinations

Kentucky, U.S., 2017-Jul-23 — /Travel PR News/ — Frontier Airlines is growing its CVG service again with the addition of six nonstop destinations, including Seattle, Miami, San Antonio, Austin, Jacksonville and Raleigh/Durham. All six destinations will be served by Frontier’s A320 family of aircraft. Flights to Miami will begin October 5th, 2017 and operate on Tuesdays,… Read the full press release

IATA and Airlines for America launch campaign on baggage tracking

Montreal, Canada, 2017-Jul-23 — /Travel PR News/ — The International Air Transport Association (IATA) and Airlines for America(A4A), have launched a year-long global campaign related to baggage tracking with the goal of reducing mishandled bags in addition to increasing efficiency in baggage operations. Annually, more than 4 billion bags are carried by airlines globally. Less than 0.43… Read the full press release

IATA moves toward implementing the New Generation of IATA Settlement Systems

Montreal, Canada, 2017-Jul-23 — /Travel PR News/ — The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced key milestones toward implementing the New Generation of IATA Settlement Systems (NewGen ISS). Edenred and Multiservice Technology Solutions (MSTS) were selected to implement the IATA EasyPay payment solution for travel agents in more than 100 markets. IATA also announced that Featurespace was selected to… Read the full press release

Kansas City International Airport recorded 1,075,686 passengers in June 2017; 4.2% increase from June 2016

Kansas City, 2017-Jul-22 — /Travel PR News/ — The City of Kansas City, Mo., Aviation Department reports that 1,075,686 passengers arrived and departed through Kansas City International Airport’s gates in June, a 4.2-percent increase from June 2016. June passenger boardings were up 4.4 percent, with a total of 535,270 boarded. For the year to date,… Read the full press release

easyJet earns Austrian Air Operator Certificate and license; easyJet Europe now operational

New airline “easyJet Europe” now operational  First Austrian-registered aircraft flying from Luton to Vienna this morning Thomas Haagensen appointed Managing Director of easyJet Europe Remaining EU27 based aircraft to be re-registered by March 2019 Luton, United Kingdom, 2017-Jul-22 — /Travel PR News/ — easyJet can confirm that it has been awarded an Air Operator Certificate (AOC)… Read the full press release

Gatwick Airport advises passengers to use only airport-approved car parking operators

Closure of the parking company, unaffiliated to the airport, left many passengers without vehicles Passengers strongly advised to avoid unapproved off-site meet and greet parking firms Gatwick says on-airport parking or approved off-airport operators should always be used London, 2017-Jul-22 — /Travel PR News/ — Gatwick Airport has advised passengers to use only airport-approved car… Read the full press release

Swissport’s operational activities in the Netherlands awarded with the IATA CEIV pharma certification

Opfikon, Switzerland, 2017-Jul-22 — /Travel PR News/ — With the increasing flow of Life Science & Healthcare shipments over the past few years, maintaining a stable and secure supply chain requires specific equipment, storage facilities, harmonized handling procedures and above all, strong cooperation among the cool chain partners. Swissport The Netherlands started to develop a dedicated… Read the full press release

Mandarin Oriental, Milan launches luxury, self-drive Lake Como package

Hong Kong, 2017-Jul-15 — /Travel PR News/ — Mandarin Oriental, Milan has launched a luxury, self-drive Lake Como package. In addition to enjoying suite accommodation at Mandarin Oriental, Milan, guests will have an opportunity to drive to Lake Como in a vintage Ferrari and experience a private tour aboard a classic Riva speedboat. The day trip… Read the full press release

Mandarin Oriental, Boston launches pop-up dining space, Ceviche@MO featuring tasting menu of fresh New England seafood

Hong Kong, 2017-Jul-15 — /Travel PR News/ — The Five-Star Mandarin Oriental, Boston is delighted to announce the debut of a pop-up dining space, Ceviche@MO, located in the hotel’s stylish Lobby Lounge, featuring a tasting menu of fresh New England seafood. An inviting place to gather socially and unwind after a busy day in Back Bay, guests can enjoy… Read the full press release

Commercial Times recognized Mandarin Oriental, Taipei with “Best Service: Gold Award” and “Best of the Best Award”

Hong Kong, 2017-Jul-15 — /Travel PR News/ — Mandarin Oriental, Taipei has received two awards from prestigious Taiwan financial newspaper, Commercial Times, at the 2017 Taiwan Service Awards. The hotel won “Best Service: Gold Award” in the hotel category and “Best of the Best Award” at Taiwan’s “Oscars” for the service industry. The hotel’s Duty Manager, Tien… Read the full press release

Hong Kong International Airport 2016/17: setting new annual records

Air traffic services and facilities growth enter new stage with strong emphasis on people development Hong Kong, 2017-Jul-09 — /Travel PR News/ — Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) enjoyed a fruitful year in 2016/17, setting new annual records in all three air traffic figures. During the fiscal year, passenger traffic rose 1.1% to 70.5 million,… Read the full press release

President Xi Jinping briefed on Hong Kong International Airport’s (HKIA) developments

Hong Kong, 2017-Jul-09 — /Travel PR News/ — President Xi Jinping was briefed on Hong Kong International Airport’s (HKIA) developments and its expansion into a Three-runway System during a visit to the HKIA Tower this morning. President Xi was accompanied by Mrs Carrie Lam, Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region. Mr Jack… Read the full press release

Oakland International Airport welcomes Norwegian’s new nonstop service between OAK and Paris

Norwegian expands Oakland base with new 4x weekly flights Oakland, California, 2017-Jul-09 — /Travel PR News/ — Officials at Oakland International Airport (OAK) announce today that Norwegian Air will add new nonstop service between OAK and Paris, Charles de Gaulle (CDG), the largest of the Paris-area airports.  The flight will operate 4-times weekly (Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and… Read the full press release

Thailand’s three water parks listed among the Top 10 in Asia by TripAdvisor’s 2017 Travellers’ Choice awards

Bangkok, Thailand, 2017-Jul-08 — /Travel PR News/ — Three of Thailand’s fun-filled water parks have been listed as among the Top 10 in Asia by renowned travel website TripAdvisor in their 2017 Travellers’ Choice awards. The Ramayana Water Park in Pattaya took the third spot in the Top 10 Water Parks in Asia with the Black… Read the full press release

Hôtel de Crillon, A Rosewood Hotel re-opens following an extensive four-year restoration

Timeless Parisian landmark hotel begins a new chapter in its history Hong Kong, 2017-Jul-08 — /Travel PR News/ — Hôtel de Crillon, A Rosewood Hotel re-opens today after undergoing an extensive four-year restoration. Dating back to the 18th century, this historic treasure is decidedly reborn as a luxury hotel for 21st century travellers. Located in the… Read the full press release

TUI Group welcomes Peter Krüger as Director of Investor Relations

 Hanover, Germany, 2017-Jun-29 — /Travel PR News/ — Peter Krüger will take over as TUI Group Director of Investor Relations. Apart from dialogue with shareholders and analysts, Peter Krüger will also be in charge of strategic and financial projects launched by TUI Group as Director Investor Relations & Special Projects. In joining TUI Group, Peter… Read the full press release

Hilton Fiji Beach Resort & Spa announces the opening of new event facilities

Hilton Fiji Beach Resort & Spa is Set to Welcome the Meetings, Incentives, Conventions and Events Market with the Introduction of Exciting New Event Facilities United States, 2017-Jun-28 — /Travel PR News/ — Hilton Fiji Beach Resort & Spa announces the opening of a stunning new venue, designed specifically to attract Fiji’s growing MICE and destination… Read the full press release

Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group announces its first property in Australia

Hong Kong, 2017-Jun-28 — /Travel PR News/ — Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group has signed a management contract for a new luxury hotel and branded residences to be developed in Melbourne, Australia. The project is expected to open in 2023, and is the Group’s first announced property in Australia. The hotel and residences will be located… Read the full press release

Lufthansa Innovation Hub: AirlineCheckins.com automatically checks travellers in for more than 100 airlines worldwide

AirlineCheckins.com automatically checks travellers in for more than 100 airlines worldwide Cologne, Germany, 2017-Jun-25 — /Travel PR News/ — Frequent flyers especially know the stress before departure: When does check-in open? What is my booking code? Will I get an aisle or window seat? ‘AirlineCheckins.com’  – a product from the Lufthansa Innovation Hub – solves… Read the full press release

Lufthansa’s Innovation Hub in Berlin voted the best Innovation Lab in Germany

Study of the business magazine Capital evaluates 34 innovation labs Lufthansa the digitalization forerunner with the Innovation Hub in Berlin Cologne, Germany, 2017-Jun-25 — /Travel PR News/ — The Innovation Hub of Lufthansa in Berlin has been voted the best Innovation Lab in Germany. The prize was awarded on 21 June at a formal event… Read the full press release