Air France and Qantas renew partnership

Air France and Qantas renew partnership Qantas and Air France customers will now have more options to travel between Europe and Australia via Asia following a renewed codeshare agreement between the two carriers. Available for booking from June 5th for travel from July 20th, Air France will add its code to Qantas flights between Hong Kong and Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane and between Singapore and Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth. Air France customers will also be able to access codeshare services from Sydney to five cities on the Australian airline’s…

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Etihad Airways signs with Boeing for new crew management solutions

Etihad Airways signs with Boeing for new crew management solutions Boeing has announced an agreement with Etihad Airways, the national carrier of the United Arab Emirates, to provide multiple crew management solutions to support the planning and operation of the airline’s 7,500 crewmembers. Through the agreement, Etihad Airways will integrate crew pairing, rostering and fatigue risk management solutions to optimise planning, crew satisfaction and reduce costs. Provided through Boeing subsidiary Jeppesen, these solutions are powered by Boeing AnalytX and provide airlines with advanced optimisation and analysis. “By adopting crew solutions,…

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Luton Airport strike set to go ahead

Luton Airport strike set to go ahead Strike action at Luton Airport is set to go ahead over the Bank Holiday weekend. Baggage handlers at Luton Airport have voted to reject a new pay offer from their employer Menzies Aviation which workers say fails to recognise their hard work and the rising cost of living. Unite has agreed to attend further negotiations with Menzies today. Strike action by workers employed by Menzies Aviation is due to begin at 03:00 on Saturday. It is expected to continue 14:00 on Sunday. Unite…

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Delta Hotels moves into Europe with Frankfurt opening

Delta Hotels moves into Europe with Frankfurt opening Delta Hotels, part of Marriott International, has launched Delta Hotels by Marriott Frankfurt Offenbach, marking the European debut of the hotel brand. The opening is a significant landmark in the global rollout of the highly regarded Delta Hotels portfolio – one of the company’s fastest growing brands. “We are delighted to welcome Delta Hotels Frankfurt Offenbach into our portfolio and offer a quality accommodation option that reflects travellers desire for a simple, yet full-service premium hospitality experience,” said John Licence, vice president,…

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IHG signs for eight Thai properties with Ratanakorn Asset

IHG signs for eight Thai properties with Ratanakorn Asset InterContinental Hotels Groups has announced the signing of eight new properties in Thailand’s key resort destinations of Pattaya, Rayong, Phuket, Khao Lak and Koh Samui. The multi-brand signing, consisting of new-builds and a conversion across the Holiday Inn, Holiday Inn Express and Staybridge Suites brands, will add more than 2,000 rooms and ramp up IHG’s presence in the country. Thailand already boasts the group’s largest system size in the region. The hotels are set to open from this year to 2027.…

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Viceroy Los Cabos opens in Mexico

Viceroy Los Cabos opens in Mexico Los Angeles-based Viceroy Hotel Group has debuted its 15th property worldwide with opening of Viceroy Los Cabos. The latest addition to The Viceroy Icon Collection, Viceroy Los Cabos is located in the heart of San José del Cabo on the picturesque coast of Baja California. This opening marks a collaboration with Rodina Group, one of the top investment firms in Mexico specialising in hospitality, real estate, transportation and infrastructure. Originally concepted by Mexico-based architect, Miguel Angel Aragonés, and formally known as Mar Adentro, the…

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Piatti to lead Dusit Thani Laguna Singapore

Piatti to lead Dusit Thani Laguna Singapore Dusit International has appointed Eric Piatti as general manager of Dusit Thani Laguna Singapore. The first Dusit-branded property within the country, it is scheduled to open in quarter one of 2019. Piatti is responsible for overseeing the pre-opening and ongoing operations of the new resort, which is located within the Laguna National Golf & Country Club and has the distinction of being the only resort in Singapore to offer direct access to a golf club. He brings to his role more than 30…

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Wizz Air reports strong financial results for financial 2018

Wizz Air reports strong financial results for financial 2018 Wizz Air Holdings has reported net profit grew 22.1 per cent to a record €275 million for the full year ended March 31st, 2018. The figure includes results form both the airline and tour operator. Total revenue increase of 24 per cent to €1,948 million, while ticket revenue was up 23.7 per cent to €1,132 million. Ancillary revenue increased 24.4 per cent to €816 million, representing 42 per cent of total revenue. Commenting on the results, József Váradi, Wizz Air chief…

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Morhous takes new chief experience officer role at Flight Centre Travel Group

Morhous takes new chief experience officer role at Flight Centre Travel Group John Morhous has been named chief experience officer at Flight Centre Travel Group. In the newly established role he will be responsible for ongoing client-facing innovation and digital mobile platforms, the development of additional tools and technology, and thought leadership, across all of FCTG’s corporate brands globally. FCTG’s corporate network services the needs of organisations of all sizes across dozens of industries in more than 90 countries. Morhous has been with Flight Centre Travel Group for 11 years,…

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Alila Bangsar takes group into Malaysia for first time

Alila Bangsar takes group into Malaysia for first time Now open, Alila Bangsar is elevated above the hustle and bustle of Kuala Lumpur’s most vibrant and cosmopolitan district. The hotel, which is the group’s first property in Malaysia, is a modern, urban retreat that combines a haven for relaxation with a lively city vibe and world-class restaurant and bars. Occupying the top floors of a mixed-use development known as The Establishment, Alila Bangsar celebrates Alila Hotel & Resorts signature charms and is set to be an instant destination for local…

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