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Saturday, 19 June 2021

What’s new in Las Vegas:


Through a first-of-its-kind partnership, the reimagined and reconceptualized Virgin Hotels Las Vegas, Curio Collection by Hilton offers a relaxed, whimsical design and more than 1,500 chambers and suites providing a distinctly home-away-from-home personalized getaway. The resort oasis also features an exclusive spa, a five-acre pool complex including VIP-style cabanas and daybeds along with a beach club, vibrant live entertainment venues, a state-of-the-art casino and 110,000 square feet of meeting and event space. Guests can also indulge in a world-class portfolio of 12 restaurants and bars including Mediterranean dishes at Chef Todd English’s Olives, Japanese cuisine at Chef Nobu Matsuhisa’s Nobu and hand-crafted cocktails at The Shag Room.


Additionally, through a historic partnership between Hilton and Genting Group, Resorts World Las Vegas is set to open June 24 and marks the largest multi-brand deal in Hilton’s history. The $4.3 billion development integrates the largest Conrad Hotels & Resorts property in the world, one of the first LXR Hotels & Resorts locations in the U.S. and a marquee Hilton Hotels & Resorts hotel, each offering its own dedicated entrance, lobby and distinct collection of accommodations. In addition, Resorts World Las Vegas is poised to be Hilton’s largest property globally, with 3,500 guest rooms and suites. With its opening, Conrad and LXR will join Waldorf Astoria in the market to make Las Vegas the only U.S. destination housing all three of Hilton’s luxury brands. The first ground-up resort development on the Las Vegas Strip in more than a decade, the property is also conveniently near the Las Vegas Convention Center.


Friday, 18 June 2021

U.S. Air travel recovery strengthens with five consecutive months of growth

Airlines Reporting Corp. (ARC) has just released the latest data showing net sales from ARC-accredited travel agencies totaling $3.6 billion in May 2021, a 1,914% increase compared to May 2020, when refunds and reduced travel bookings outpaced new ticket sales.* The total represents an 18% month-over-month increase from April 2021 and the fifth consecutive month of sales and passenger trip growth.



Month over month, May 2021 results showed:

Total passenger trips increased 7%;
U.S. domestic trips up 9%; and
International trips up 4%.

“Summer leisure travel continues to boost new ticket purchases. In May, we also saw corporate travel pick up more than in previous months,” said Chuck Thackston, managing director of data science and research at ARC. “In the coming months we’ll be watching how the loosening of travel restrictions in Europe impacts international travel originating from the U.S.”


Total passenger trips settled by ARC in May 2021 increased 336% year over year from 3,640,550 to 15,869,655. International passenger trips showed a greater percentage increase YOY than U.S. domestic trips, up 402% compared to 313%. U.S. domestic passenger trips continued to outpace international trips, totaling 11.2 million compared to 4.6 million. The average U.S. round-trip ticket price increased to $432 in May 2021 from $353 in May 2020.

Year over year, EMD sales for May 2021 increased 386% to $6,979,286, while EMD transactions increased 423% to 149,440.**

*Ticket Sales
**Electronic Miscellaneous Documents (EMD)






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JetBlue launches flights to San José del Cabo’s Los Cabos International Airport (SJD)

JetBlue has officially launched flights to San José del Cabo’s Los Cabos International Airport (SJD) from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) and New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) both routes are scheduled to operate daily.

Located at the southern tip of Mexico’s Baja California Peninsula where the Pacific meets the Sea of Cortez, Los Cabos is composed of two cities, Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo – both major tourist destinations and among the most popular in Mexico. San Jose del Cabo welcomes visitors with its laid-back vibe, thriving arts scene and boutique shops, while Cabo San Lucas features a more bustling pace with a large number of restaurants and bars. Los Cabos is home to award-winning resorts and culinary offerings considered some of the finest available anywhere. A growing list of championship golf courses, rejuvenating spas, world-renowned sport fishing tournaments and a variety of activities including scuba diving, snorkelling, kayaking, horseback riding and many more to be discovered.

“With demand for travel the strongest it’s been in more than a year, our new nonstop flights between the East and West Coasts and Los Cabos are perfectly timed for customers looking for a much-needed escape this summer,” said Andrea Lusso, vice president network planning, JetBlue. “At the same time, our newest international destination grows our presence in Latin America and helps further our network strategies in the Northeast and Southern California.”

New Service from Montreal to Cairo, Egypt launched by Air Canada


They kept it fairly quiet, indeed for many, it was under the radar, but Air Canada operated its first non-stop scheduled service between Montreal and Cairo today, to provide a new gateway to Africa for Canadians.

Flight schedule from Montreal-Cairo:

Flight

Departs

Arrives

Days of Week

AC74

Montreal 17:50

Cairo 10:15 +1 day

Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday

AC75

Cairo 12:00

Montreal 17:00

Wednesday, Friday, Sunday


"Air Canada is pleased to offer its first scheduled flights to Egypt. We are strategically rebuilding our international network by adding new routes that support leisure and visiting friends and family travel. With few non-stop options to Egypt from North America, we see opportunities to launch new non-stop flights to Cairo from Montreal where there is an established Egyptian community. We have also built convenient connections to and from our Cairo flights from across Canada and the US at our Montreal hub. This new route shows our commitment to rebuild our international network and our Montreal hub, which have been dramatically affected by the COVID-19 pandemic," said Mark Galardo, Senior Vice President, Network Planning and Revenue Management.

The carrier will be operating a  Boeing 787-8 configured with 255 seats split over the three cabins: Air Canada Signature Class, Premium Economy and Economy class on the three flights each week

KLM to operate close to 2019 schedule to Asia and Middle East

Photo patrick kop

                                           This summer, KLM's network to Asia and the Middle East will be virtually identical to the one it operated in 2019. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, however, fewer flights to the destinations will be offered and/or flights to the destinations will be offered in different combinations. KLM offers Riyad (Saudi Arabia) as a new destination this summer, while flights to Phuket (Thailand) will be introduced this winter.


The network of destinations plays a central role in KLM's strategy. Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, KLM has continued to operate this network to the greatest extent possible in order to preserve customers' ability to travel and to ensure the continuity of cargo transport. Not only has this strategy proven successful during the course of the COVID crisis, it now makes it easier to scale up operations once more.

Most significant changes compared to 2019:

Thursday, 17 June 2021

Kerzner International Continues Strategic Growth With Development of New One&Only Resort in Athens

Kerzner International Holdings Limited, the owner of the ultra-luxury One&Only Resorts and iconic Atlantis Resort & Residences brands worldwide, has entered into a resort management agreement with Grivalia Hospitality S.A. for One&Only Aesthesis to be developed in Athens, Greece. 

The 21-hectare beachfront estate, within a 6-hectare forest reserve, responds to demand for additional One&Only experiences in Europe following the recent opening of One&Only Portonovi in Montenegro and the announced development of One&Only Kea Island in Greece, accelerating the strategic growth of the One&Only portfolio. Tucked away in a legendary hideaway on the dramatic Glyfada seafront, the glamour will return to this fabled location, with a bacchanalian celebration of Athens through One&Only’s ultra-luxury lifestyle experience.

FXAIR Launches “Hamptons 10-Pack,” connecting New York and the Hamptons this summer

Photo AAG
FXAIR, a leading premium on-demand charter provider, has launched an all-inclusive fixed-price 10-pack of helicopter trips to the Hamptons this summer. 

This guaranteed helicopter transfer service between New York City helipads and destinations in eastern Long Island’s Hamptons will be operated by Associated Aircraft Group (AAG),  a provider of executive Sikorsky helicopter service in the greater New York area and FXAIR’s sister company within Directional Aviation’s OneSky Flight family of private air travel providers.

Flights to the Hamptons will take off from New York City’s Downtown Heliport, East 34th Street Heliport and West 30th Street Heliport. The Hamptons destinations include West Hampton, East Hampton, Montauk and Southampton (Dune Road).

“Long Island’s notorious summer traffic is the biggest headache for those travelling to and from the Hamptons. The Hamptons 10-Pack enables them to fly over the traffic, should they need a quick hop departing a few blocks from their home or place of work in the city, or are transferring from an FXAIR-procured jet to an Associated Aircraft Group Sikorsky helicopter,” said Gregg Slow, FXAIR’s President. “The Hamptons 10-Pack is the cure for the common traffic jam, giving families and busy workers more time on the beach and less time sitting in more than 100 miles of bumper-to-bumper traffic.”

One-way travel time typically is 35 minutes in the air, depending on the destination, versus a car trip that can take up to four hours each way on the days surrounding summer weekends.


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Alaska Airlines launching new flights and adding more routes from Idaho's capital Boise

Alaska Airlines has announced today a massive expansion from Idaho's capital Boise, as the carrier sees an increase in travel demand.


Starting today, the airline is launching daily nonstop service between Boise and Chicago O'Hare, and Boise and Austin. Also today, Alaska has said it will start new nonstop routes between Boise and Pullman-Moscow Regional Airport in Washington, and Boise and Phoenix.

"Our guests are showing us how excited they are about our new service to Chicago and Austin from Boise with strong bookings throughout the summer months," said Brett Catlin, vice president of network and alliances at Alaska Airlines. "Our new year-round route bridging Boise and Pullman-Moscow will offer a crucial link to that area's two major universities, and the seasonal nonstop to Phoenix is another terrific way to quickly escape to sunshine and warmth in the desert this winter."

Alaska Airlines is adding new routes and more flights this winter, with up to 30 daily nonstop departures from Boise to 14 destinations in conjunction with sister carrier Horizon Air. The airline already flies to more nonstop destinations and more daily departures from Boise than any other airline. 

Newly added flights

Start
Date

End
Date

City Pair

Departs

Arrives

Frequency

Aircraft

Aug. 17

---

Boise –

Pullman-Moscow

11:10 a.m.

11:15 a.m.

5x/Weekly

Q400

Aug. 17

---

Pullman-Moscow –
Boise

11:55 a.m.

1:34 p.m.

5x/Weekly

Q400

Nov. 19

April 18

Boise – Phoenix

10:30 a.m.

12:30 p.m.

Daily

E175

Nov. 19

April 18

Phoenix – Boise

1:10 p.m.

4:15 p.m.

Daily

E175

Flight times based on local times.


"The Boise Airport is grateful that Alaska Airlines continues to improve connectivity for residents of the Treasure Valley," said Boise Airport Director Rebecca Hupp. "With Idaho's vast rural geography, regional flights are an important link in our transportation system. I'm confident the nonstop service to Pullman-Moscow matches the needs of our community, and I'm thrilled Alaska is connecting two important regions of the state again."

Founded in 1864, a few years after gold was discovered in the Idaho City basin, Boise derives from the French word "le bois", for the beautiful woodlands that surround the Boise River. Grab a bike or some walking shoes and explore tree-lined pathways of the 25-mile Boise River Greenbelt. Visit the enriching Basque museum and cultural centre downtown, which showcases the Spanish Basque immigrant population that settled in Boise. Drive a little way out of town for a wine flight with some artisan cheese and elk salami at 3 Horse Ranch Vineyards.





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easyJet launches 12 new UK domestic routes

The leading UK budget carrier easyJet is adding three new UK airports to its domestic network, which includes launching operations from Belfast City Airport for the first time to London Gatwick. The orange loving airline will also be returning to Leeds Bradford and East Midlands airports with new flights to and from Belfast International Airport,  flights between these two cities were previously operated by Stobart Air under a service agreement for Aer Lingus Regional.  

The airline has also put over 60,000 additional seats on sale across existing routes from Belfast International to Birmingham from 3 July operating 22 times a week; to Manchester from 9 July operating 27 times a week; to Edinburgh from 2 July operating 22 times a week; and to Glasgow from 2 July operating 20 times a week.

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London City Airport expands testing facilities in partnership with Collinson



•  New facility, located 10 metres from the terminal building, opening in time to provide additional capacity for customers travelling during the peak summer season
 
•  Facility open for any traveller looking for a convenient central London location in which to get tested 
•  London City Airport CEO & Collinson Joint-CEO call on the Government to trust the testing system to safely restart international travel this summer
The closest airport to the city of London has confirmed today that it is expanding its testing capabilities with a new, larger facility in partnership with Collinson - an expert in global medical assistance and travel experiences.

London City Airport says this new facility is located less than a minute’s walk from the airport terminal and has the capacity to administer over 200 tests per hour.  Passengers will be offered a full range of Government-approved COVID-19 testing solutions, and for passengers returning from amber list countries, the London City facility will offer same day Test to Release service, to enable passengers who receive a negative test result to end their quarantine on day five.
 

SAF Group orders three more five-bladed emergency medical services Airbus H145 helicopters

SAF Group will be operating three more five-bladed H145s for emergency medical services (EMS) in France. These three aircraft will be based in Grenoble, Valence, and Montpellier. They will complement the three H145s already ordered by SAF in 2018 and 2020, the first of which was delivered recently and will be deployed for EMS missions in Belgium.


SAF CEO Tristan Serretta says: “Introducing six new H145s in France and Belgium in just twelve months is in line with our strategy to increase the capacity of the growing number of EMS services that place their trust in us.  This increase of our positioning is made possible by the level of performance and the versatility of this successful helicopter. SAF is determined to help demonstrate, together with the heads of emergency services, that having the right performance and at the right cost is key to saving lives”. 

Winter timetable for Finnair to feature 70 destinations.


Finnair has now updated its offering for September-October and for the winter season 2021/2022 (November – March) to meet the needs of its travel-hungry customers. Destinations for autumn and winter include Canary Islands, with flights starting already in September as well as Miami and Thailand in the winter season. Altogether, Finnair flies to some 70 destinations during winter 2021/2022. 

“The travel restrictions continue to impact air travel, but many countries are opening for tourism”, says Ole Orvér, Chief Commercial Officer at Finnair. “When planning our offering, we have taken into account the favourite destinations and holiday seasons of our customers – for example, we will reopen flights to Miami and offer great connections to Thailand, Southern Europe as well as to Scandinavia.”

The Finnish Lapland continues to attract travellers, and in September Finnair offers frequent flights to Kittilä and Ivalo in northern Finland – great destinations to experience the wonderful autumn colours of Lapland. Frequencies to Scandinavia are increased in October when Finnair flies to Oslo and Copenhagen three times per day, making one day business trips smoother.

Traffic increasing at South American airports.

Corporación América Airports,  the largest private-sector airport operator in the world by the number of airports, reported this week a 1,279.0% year on year increase in passenger traffic in May 2021, and a 73.6% decline when compared to the same period of 2019.

Total passenger traffic in May 2021 grew 12.8% compared to the same period last year, reflecting easier comparisons as May 2020 was fully impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. When compared to 2019, overall passenger traffic declined 73.6%, while international and domestic passenger traffic dropped 81.9% and 72.8%, respectively, impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic on air travel across all countries of operations.

SkyCell and Etihad Cargo - working together to transport temperature-controlled pharmaceuticals in a safe, secure, and sustainable way.



Photo Etihad Cargo


SkyCell is one of the global leaders in the field of manufacturing data-driven temperature-controlled containers for the pharmaceutical industry. Etihad Cargo is the cargo and logistics arm of the mammoth and award-winning Etihad Aviation Group.  So it, therefore, seems such a natural fir for the two companies to work in partnership to bring customers a wide range of solutions to transport their temperature-controlled pharmaceuticals in a safe, secure, and sustainable way. 

SkyCell’s highly innovative hybrid containers will allow Etihad Cargo to optimise its supply chains by using data to predict and control risk. More than three-quarters of a billion data-points are available on factors like temperature, location, and time, the SkyCell containers also enable a failure rate of less than 0.1 per cent, while reducing CO2 emissions by almost half. 

 Both companies are committed to implementing sustainable practices across the pharma supply chain through SkyCell’s innovative hybrid containers and optimisation solutions


Photo SkyCell
Tracked with IoT (‘Internet of Things’) sensors, hybrid containers monitor the temperature conditions inside and outside the containers to ensure the full efficacy of pharmaceuticals is maintained until they reach patients. In the process, SkyCell’s containers both reduce a shipment’s carbon footprint by up to 50 per cent due to their lightweight and efficient design. The containers are also capable of charging independently without the need of human intervention, and help reduce the amount of medical waste that ends up in landfill due to throw-away solutions and product loss caused by temperature excursions. 

 

Wednesday, 16 June 2021

Sentient Jet continues its global expansion


Sentient Jet continues its international expansion programme that it started in May with new offerings and initiatives to meet anticipated demand from its Jet Card Owners.  

On the heels of its Transatlantic Programme, which launched last month and offers Jet Card Owners guaranteed availability for one-way trips between New York and London, Sentient Jet is continuing to expand internationally by introducing guaranteed hourly pricing to destinations worldwide. This new service offers Jet Card Owners more global accessibility at a competitive, fixed international rate and leverages Sentient Jet’s London office to offer easy access to international territories, guaranteed with 72 hours notice (within zones). As with all of their flights, Sentient Jet’s guaranteed international pricing ensures the price, jet, mechanical recovery, insurance, and client service are all locked in at one rate that is simply debited from the flyer’s Jet Card. The combination of the Transatlantic Program and this new international offering allows Jet Card Owners to fly direct from New York to London at a fixed rate, and from there continue onward to worldwide destinations such as Geneva or Moscow at a guaranteed rate on a Light, Mid, Super-Mid or Large Cabin aircraft.

New Covid-Test flights are heading to Milan Malpensa airport

Milan Malpensa Airport has released more details of new covid tested flights that will be arriving at the airport soon. 

Passengers flying on Covid Tested flights from New York on Delta Air Lines flight DL 118, American Airlines flight AA198, United Airlines UA809 and Emirates Airlines EK206 will be exempt from the 10 days fiduciary isolation normally requested, provided the full respect of all requirements set out in the aforementioned Ordinance.

Starting from the beginning of June, also passengers coming to Malpensa on Covid Tested flights from the United Arab Emirates on Emirates Airlines EK205 and EK091 flights and Etihad Airways EY81 e EY87 flights will be exempted from the 10 days fiduciary isolation normally requested.

Passengers willing to travel on a Covid-Tested flight have to prove at the check-in desk that they have tested negative to a rapid antigen test (RADT) performed by swab just prior to boarding at the airport of origin or that they have tested negative to a RT PCR test or rapid antigen test (RADT) performed by swab no later than 48 hours prior to boarding.

New coalition aims to shape urban airspace above European cities.......

  
                              Urban Air Mobility (UAM) development programmes -Flying Forward 2020, AiRMOUR and AURORA, have decided to come togteher in a collaborative network in order to create an end-to-end chain of Urban Air Mobility innovations and developments with the desire to improve the current urban airspace transport system in European cities.

The Urban Air Mobility (UAM) industry in Europe has grown rapidly in recent years, owing to Research and Development (R&D) investments from organisations, academia, governments and the European Commission. The goal of these R&D activities is to provide cities with safe and efficient solutions, resulting in reduced carbon footprint. Using very-low altitude zero emission passenger or cargo-carrying drones enables cities to improve the quality of life of their citizens.

Etihad Cargo and SkyCell sustainably transport life-saving pharmaceuticals

Photo Etihad Cargo


SkyCell is one of the global leaders in the field of manufacturing data-driven temperature-controlled containers for the pharmaceutical industry. Etihad Cargo is the cargo and logistics arm of the mammoth and award-winning Etihad Aviation Group.  So it, therefore, seems such a natural fir for the two companies to work in partnership to bring customers a wide range of solutions to transport their temperature-controlled pharmaceuticals in a safe, secure, and sustainable way. 

SkyCell’s highly innovative hybrid containers will allow Etihad Cargo to optimise its supply chains by using data to predict and control risk. More than three-quarters of a billion data-points are available on factors like temperature, location, and time, the SkyCell containers also enable a failure rate of less than 0.1 per cent, while reducing CO2 emissions by almost half. 

 Both companies are committed to implementing sustainable practices across the pharma supply chain through SkyCell’s innovative hybrid containers and optimisation solutions


Photo SkyCell
Tracked with IoT (‘Internet of Things’) sensors, hybrid containers monitor the temperature conditions inside and outside the containers to ensure the full efficacy of pharmaceuticals is maintained until they reach patients. In the process, SkyCell’s containers both reduce a shipment’s carbon footprint by up to 50 per cent due to their lightweight and efficient design. The containers are also capable of charging independently without the need of human intervention, and help reduce the amount of medical waste that ends up in landfill due to throw-away solutions and product loss caused by temperature excursions. 

 

Milan's Linate Airport opens up its newly redeveloped terminal

Milan Linate Airport opens newly renovated terminal

New brass covered check in desks                                       Photo SEC/ Milano Linate airport 



Milan's Linate Airport newly redesigned terminal is designed to improve the journey through the airport for travellers with many new services, facilities and amenities has officially been opened. 

Redevelopment work was started back in April 2018 with a renovation of the façade, then the internal renovations and redevelopment work started. It was officially opened on 8th June 2021, with President, Sergio Mattarella, in attendance. 

The internal areas of the airport have been designed in such a way to, according to the developers, create a sense of wellbeing whilst reducing anxiety and stress to the minimum.  For example, the check-in area has been redesigned with a double-height ceiling with plants overlooking the first floor in order to soften the ambience and offer a ‘green’ environmental touch. The ceilings were replaced with wood-effect baffle slats alternating with sails to offer the perception of space. Plus the lighting system has been completely updated with curved lines and the LED profiles alternating with the baffles. Oh, and the check-in desks themselves have been redesigned with soft edges, covered in brass. 

The whole terminal has had a facelift with a lot of modern technology installed to both make the passage of people and bags smoother, easier and more enjoyable. It has also been done with energy-saving, recycling, waste management and environmental concerns at its heart, to both minimise impact as well as be more sustainable in future.  


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AVIAREPS and Air Black Box Partner to Promote Third-Generation Interlining Solutions

                                    AVIAREPS, a leading airline representation company, and Air Black Box, a global travel technology solution provider, have announced a commercial agreement to promote Air Black Box's industry-leading "Third-Generation Interlining" solutions across AVIAREPS' global airline, airport and online travel agent (OTA) customer base.

As airlines relaunch their services and restore their networks, legacy interlining processes and structures dating from decades ago are no longer fit for purpose in enabling airlines to partner effectively or allowing consumers to find the most convenient and cheapest flight connection options. Air Black Box's ACE and ThruBag™ solutions create a new way for airlines to cooperate and for passengers to benefit.

Air Black Box's Third-generation Interlining solutions combine content from network airlines, low-cost carriers and even surface transport providers, allowing airlines and travel agents to offer their customers a wide range of convenient virtual interline journey options that aren't available elsewhere. In response to search queries from an airline booking site or a metasearch engine, ACE automatically combines the flights, aligns ancillaries like baggage allowances, creates the bookings, and handles all payment and settlement.