Τρίτη, 17 Ιουλίου 2018

Jury is still out on new midmarket airplane

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LONDON - A global survey undertaken jointly by Aviation Week Network and BofA Merrill Lynch of more than 200 global airlines shows a high level of industry interest in Boeing's proposed new midmarket aircraft (NMA), but potential customers highlight requirements differing from the preliminary design.
According to the survey, 82% of participating airlines were interested in the proposal. However, 90% of them stated a preference for an aircraft with fewer than 250 seats in two classes. Forty-eight percent of airlines favored between 150 and 199 seats. 
The survey, which updates a similar NMA survey conducted two years ago by Aviation Week Network and BoFA Merrill Lynch, indicates that airlines are more interested in a smaller aircraft that looks more like a replacement for the 737 MAX than the much larger and more capable design that Boeing is discussing. According to the survey, 76% of the participating carriers would be satisfied with a range of 5,000 nm or less; 45% would not need an aircraft with a range of more than 4,000 nm.
"The survey provides new insights about what airlines are telling Boeing they want the NMA to look like,"said Aviation Week Network Editorial Director Joe Anselmo. "Such inputs will be vital as Boeing tries to close the business case for the small widebody during the coming year."
Airline interest largely depends on how Boeing will price the NMA. According to the survey, 81% of the airlines said they would pay no more than $72 million per unit, a level that is equivalent to large narrowbodies today. The price is based on a 240-seat aircraft; the actual NMA versions would be around 10% smaller or bigger.
In addition to an in-depth special report on the NMA project, Aviation Week Network editors have produced a wide array of exclusive content for the airshow that will be rolled out on AviationWeek.com, ShowNews, the Aviation Week Intelligence Network, Aviation Week & Space Technology and InsideMRO. Among them:
  • Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg talks about the company's aggressive vertical integration push, the U.S. trade dispute with China and his goal of making Boeing an "industrial champion"
  • As the C Series becomes the A220, a report on how consolidation of aircraft manufacturers is reshaping the industry
  • Airbus chief Tom Enders explains why data is critical to his company's future
  • A report on how leading defense companies are placing their bets - and key military competitions to watch
  • UTAS President Dave Gitlin looks ahead to his company's merger with Rockwell Collins

2020 Summer Itineraries for Seven Seas Splendor offers Journeys of Perfection Across Europe

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Seven Seas Splendor, the highly anticipated, ultra-luxurious ship joining Regent Seven Seas Cruises’ fleet in February 2020, will voyage across Europe during her inaugural 15 destination-rich summer sailings.
Αποτέλεσμα εικόνας για 2020 Summer Itineraries for Seven Seas Splendor offers Journeys of Perfection Across EuropeSeven Seas Splendor is now perfecting that luxury, and will bring guests during summer 2020 to the hidden gems of Zadar (Croatia) and Koper (Slovenia), as well as the culinary capitals of Bordeaux and Barcelona. She will take guests to the iconic Isles, both British and Greek, and she will arrive at the stunning shores of the Italian and French Riviera. Guests will witness the beauty of the Iberian landscape and discover the joy of crossing the Atlantic Ocean, surrounded by elegance, comfort and lavish hospitality on board.
In addition to the six winter 2020 voyages previously announced, Seven Seas Splendor’s summer 2020 Inaugural Europe Collection includes:
May 12 Enchanting Mediterranean: Venice to Rome (including a visit to Cannes, France on May 18 during Cannes Film Festival.)
May 21 Exquisite Riviera: Rome to Barcelona (including a visit to Monte Carlo on May 24 during Monaco Grand Prix.)
July 6 Secret Isles: Rome to Venice
July 13 Spirit of Greece: Venice to Venice
July 23 Festa in Italia: Venice to Barcelona
August 4 Iberian Peaks & Coasts: Barcelona to Southampton
August 18 British Immersion: Southampton to Southampton
August 30 Europe Beyond Measure: Southampton to Monte Carlo
September 14 Spanish Embrace: Monte Carlo to Rome
September 24 Aegean Treasures: Rome to Athens
October 4 Grecian Wonders: Rome to Istanbul
October 14 Ancient Ruins & Picturesque Shores: Istanbul to Venice
October 24 An Italian Romance: Venice to Rome
November 3 Lovely Mediterranean: Rome to Barcelona
November 13 The Perfect Sojourn: Barcelona to Miami
Specific itineraries for each all-inclusive voyage are available on www.RSSC.com. Several itineraries also include overnight port stays in Venice, Jerusalem (Haifa), Lisbon, Bordeaux, Monte Carlo, Istanbul, Florence/Pisa/Tuscany (Livorno), Barcelona and in the Royal Naval Dockyard (Bermuda).
Seven Seas Splendor is an all-suite, all-balcony ship, offering up to 750 guests the most elegant accommodations. Guests will enjoy distinctive public spaces as well as 375 beautifully appointed suites ranging from the 307 square-foot Veranda Suite, to the lavish 4,443 square-foot Regent Suite. Nearly 90 suites on the Seven Seas Splendor offer butler service. The Regent Suite will accommodate up to six guests and includes a private in-suite spa with sauna, spacious living room and bedrooms, private solarium, three walk-in closets, private dining room, unlimited Canyon Ranch® spa services in-suite, personal butler and private car and driver in every port, among other amenities. When Regent Seven Seas Cruises opened bookings for Seven Seas Splendor’s winter 2020 voyages on April 11, the company recorded the busiest booking day in its 26-year history. The ship’s inaugural voyage on February 7, 2020, takes guests on a 14-night transatlantic journey from Barcelona, Spain to Miami.
For more information, please visit www.RSSC.com.

Kansas City secures 17 large conventions for future meetings

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Visit KC announced 17 major convention bookings for future years, marking a fruitful first half of 2018 for the organization. Representing the corporate, religious, health science, sports and educational market segments, these events will cumulatively generate more than $174 million in local economic impact based on a calculation using the combination of attendance and room nights.
The largest event announcement is the African Methodist Episcopal Church (AME) Quadrennial General Conference, which will be held in 2028. AME is acknowledged as the first major religious denomination in the Western world and includes members in 39 countries on five continents. AME will attract an estimated 30,000 attendees and will generate more than 25,000 room nights during its stay.
Additionally, KC-based Cerner recently extended its contract through 2021. Cerner held its first meeting in KC in 1988 and, since 2007, has consecutively hosted its annual meeting in Kansas City.This year marks the return of the organization’s Annual Health Conference, which will bring nearly 14,000 attendees to KC in the fall.
“It’s been exciting to see Kansas City’s continued commitment and investment in creating an even stronger convention destination,” said Tricia Geris, Senior Director, Meetings & Events/Office Services at Cerner. “With the new Loews hotel opening in 2020, the connectivity of KC Streetcar and a responsive Convention Center, we are very excited about our continued relationship—and our attendees love it.”
Other conventions included in today’s announcement:
  • Midwest Sports Productions will bring 256 premier fastpitch teams to KC for its World Fastpitch Championships, July 9-15, 2018. An estimated 10,000 fans, coaches and players are expected to attend the event, which will take place at both the 70-acre Mid-America Sports Complex in Shawnee, Kan., and the expansive Blue Valley Rec Complex in Overland Park, Kan., generating 9,900 room nights.
  • UBM Life Sciences – Veterinary is an educational conference for veterinarians, technicians and practitioners. This convention returns to KC in August 2019, attracting 7,000 attendees and generating 6,500 room nights. This group has held its meeting in KC since 1989.
  • LifeVantage is a burgeoning science-based nutraceutical company that will return to KC in June 2019, bringing an estimated 6,000 attendees and generate 2,900 room nights.
  • National Association of Credit Management (NACM) is an organization that has advocated for business credit and financial management professionals since 1896. In May 2021, Kansas City will host an estimated 1,700 NACM members, who will generate 6,000 room nights.
  • The National League of Cities will convene its City Summit in November 2022 and will bring an estimated 4,000 municipal officials and local government experts from across the country to KC, generating 15,500 room nights.
  • The American Dairy Science Association for the first time bring its annual meeting to KC for the first time in June 2022. An estimated 2,000 dairy science professionals will generate 3,400 room nights.
  • Railway Systems Suppliers, Inc. is a trade association that serves the communication and signal segment of the rail transportation industry. The group will bring an estimated 1,600 attendees to KC for its May 2022 annual exhibit and tradeshow, which will generate nearly 3,200 room nights. The group last met here in 2001.
  • International House of Prayer has extended its contract with Kansas City through 2021, attracting an estimated 15,000 attendees and generating 5,200 room nights.
  • The American Occupational Therapy Association is a national professional organization that was established in 1917 and represents the interests and concerns of occupational therapy practitioners. The group will host its 2023 Annual Conference and Expo in KC for the first time, attracting 10,000 attendees and 13,400 room nights.
  • Kubota Tractor Corporation will meet in Kansas City for its first time ever in September 2023, bringing with it an estimated 3,400 attendees and generate 7,900 room nights.
  • An estimated 2,000 commercial real estate professionals from the U.S. and Canada will gather in KC for the Building Owners and Managers Association International meeting in June 2023—its first in KC since 1990. The event will generate 5,500 room nights.
  • Another first-time group to KC is the American School Counselor Association, an international organization that provides professional development and other resources to professional school counselors. The group will bring an estimated 3,000 members to KC in July 2024 and will generate 4,700 room nights.
“Visitation to our region is up, which means that the city’s investments are continuing to pay dividends,” said Cori Day, Vice President of Sales & Services at Visit KC. “When paired with forthcoming upgrades, such as our new single-terminal airport, a new Loews Convention Center Hotel and the expansion of our Streetcar line, it’s clear Kansas City is a premier convention destination.”

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Embraer foresees demand for 10,550 new aircraft with up to 150 seats over the next 20 years

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FARNBOROUGH, UK – Embraer forecasts demand for 10,550 new aircraft with up to 150 seats worldwide, worth USD 600 billion, over the next 20 years. The in-service fleet is set to increase to 16,000 aircraft, up from the 9,000 aircraft currently in operation. Market growth will drive 65% of this demand, while the remaining 35% will replace ageing aircraft.
Whilst region-specific outlooks vary considerably, efficiency and sustainability remain the underlying drivers of the projected market demand. The up to 150-seat segment will form an ever more integral part of the global air transport eco system.
Up to 150-Seat Segment – Deliveries by Region
North America
Latin America
Middle East
World (2018-2037)
The economic performance of the airline industry will mostly depend on how far costs will rise and to what extent the industry can sustain a healthy revenue environment. Aircraft in the up to 150-seat segment are the best placed to combine cost efficiency with stronger yields.
“Past performance is no guarantee of future results. Even though every facet of the industry has excelled over the past years, we are now warming up for the next period of higher costs, with pressures on yields likely to continue unabated. Profits are eroding and gains wiped out with rising costs”, said John Slattery, President & CEO, Embraer Commercial Aviation.
The segment’s new product lineup challenges the "paradigm" that smaller aircraft necessarily have higher CASK, and now approach the seat cost economics of larger narrow-body aircraft with roughly 20% trip cost advantage.
Aircraft in the up to 150-seat segment is one of the main pillars of business sustainability. As the most efficient single-aisle family of aircraft, the E-Jets E2 are perfectly placed to consolidate Embraer’s position as the market leader in the segment and maximize profitability for both airlines and leasing companies.

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Spirit announced more Caribbean Routes

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Spirit Airlines will start new routes to Caribbean when the winter chill will be ready to take hold. First new route begins on November 8, 2018, when Spirit will start daily nonstop service from Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) to Las Américas International Airport (SDQ) in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic*.
On December 20, Spirit will grow again and begin nonstop seasonal service between Detroit Metro Airport (DTW) and Sangster International Airport (MBJ) in Montego Bay, Jamaica* running three times weekly. The additions offer affordable fares for travel to stay connected with family or for fun getaways in the exotic Caribbean.
The expansion announcement will mark the first direct international service from Newark for Spirit and will serve as a direct connection for friends and relatives living in both the Tri-State area and the Dominican Republic. Meanwhile, Detroit’s new service to Montego Bay will complement existing international service from the Motor City to Cancun, Mexico. Both new routes will strengthen Spirit’s growing network. In June, Spirit announced it was launching nearly a dozen new routes from Orlando, Florida to Latin America and the Caribbean.
“We are so excited to offer both the Newark and Detroit areas low fares to some of the most wonderful countries in the world,” said Mark Kopczak, Spirit Airlines’ Vice President of Network Planning. “Both Jamaica and the Dominican Republic are known for their hospitality and beauty and are incredible options for winter vacations or family reunions. Spirit continues to prove itself as a go-to airline for quality affordable service to the Caribbean and Latin America.”
Newark (EWR) to/fromStarts:Frequency:
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic (SDQ)*November 8Daily, year-round
Detroit (DTW) to/from  
Montego Bay, Jamaica (MBJ)*December 203x weekly, seasonal
Cancun, Mexico (CUN)Existing serviceUp to Daily, year-round
With Spirit’s expanding network, the airline continues to improve on its on-time performance and Guest satisfaction, while building upon its larger commitment to invest in the Guest experience. The airline recently announced state-of-the-art high-speed Wi-Fi connectivity will be installed on its entire fleet by summer of 2019. Recent Department of Transportation data shows Spirit Airlines among the top carriers for on-time performance and baggage handling.
To check out Spirit’s super low fares and vacation packages head to spirit.com

Ratha Yatra marks as a spectacular congregation in the world; boosts tourism

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The Rath Yatra in Jagannath Puri is one of the ancient festival now becomes state’s icon of Odisha. It is now boosting tourism in some of the Indian states like Odisha, West Bengal and Gujarat.

This nine-day annual festival of Jagannath Rath Yatra festival begins today and millions of devotees across the world congregate in the pilgrim town of Puri to witness the chariot festival.

This Chariot festival commemorates the annual journey of Lord Jagannath, Lord Baldev, and their sister Subhadra to their aunt’s place, the Gundicha Temple and it is said that anyone who gets the opportunity to pull their cart on way is bestowed with the benediction of washing away all the sins he may have committed in all his previous births.

To boost the tourism during Ratha Yatra, Odisha government took some of the major steps in order to tighten the security and also make the festival secure to all. In a bid to provide information electronically and promote Digital India, East Coast Railway (ECoR) has launched Rath Yatra Mobile App ‘ECOR Yatra’. This mobile application will live stream the Rath Yatra, is expected to benefit the passengers, especially devotees who are coming to Puri to witness the world famous car festival-2018.

The Passengers having android based smart phones can download the app from Google Play Store and get the information related to different regular and special trains along with other facilities provided by ECoR during Rath Yatra.

This mobile app has complete details of special trains scheduled to run during the period from July 13 to 24, Live Train information including platform number allocation at Puri for respective trains, lodging arrangements, including facilities of tourism, retiring rooms and shed arrangements available through this app.

IRCTC besides the Rath Yatra ritual schedule.The app also has in store information of 40 additional ticket counters at Puri and wayside stations, transport facilities at Puri by OSRTC and pre-paid taxi along with fares,  enquiry facilities like seat availability, fare, NTES and PNR.

During this festival, Indian Railways operates 184 special trains and 200 special buses to Puri to manage the heavy footfall of national and international visitors during the occasion.

A new railway station in Bhubaneswar and a host of other infrastructure projects were inaugurated for Lord Jagannath’s Rath Yatra festival. The new station of Bhubaneshwar, constructed at a cost of Rs 30 crore, was dedicated to the public by Union Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan.

Centara Hotels now accept WeChat Pay

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Thailand’s hospitality company Centara is now accepting WeChat Pay transactions on its websites for online room reservations.
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This is in addition to the 15 hotels that already deploy nearly 100 EDC devices for QR code scanning on WeChat Pay, making it the largest hotel group in Thailand offering Chinese tourists omni-channel payment solutions. Bills for accommodation, restaurants and spa treatments can be paid directly from smartphones. The company expects to have WeChat Pay at all Centara Hotels & Resorts globally by the end of 2018, thus providing convenience to customers, especially Chinese.
Chinese tourists account for almost one third of all foreign travellers to this country. Thailand is welcoming an ever-increasing number of Chinese visitors, for whom the kingdom remains the top travel destination. This year, the Ministry of Tourism and Sports expects more than 10 million Chinese tourists to travel to Thailand.
WeChat Pay is the payment solution of WeChat, one of the largest social networks in China. WeChat Pay has become the main cashless payment method for daily small transactions in China and has more than 800 million active users in its database.
“The number of Chinese tourists booking with Centara keeps growing. They are a significant customer base for all businesses in Thailand. Centara’s Chinese website www.centarahotelsandresorts.cn and centarahotelsresorts.com receive hundreds of thousands of visits from Chinese users. Almost half the visits come from a mobile device. Earlier this year we signed an agreement with TreePayCo.,Ltd., a payment platform facilitator to develop a system that allows Chinese customers to use their mobile phones to make e-payments outside of China for accommodation and services at Centara properties. WeChat Pay users and Chinese travellers can stay and enjoy the whole trip with Centara with only a few quick taps on their smartphone. Today’s consumers are connecting their omni-channel experiences with the likeability of the brands. In order to maintain our brand leadership, we are committed to providing seamless guest satisfaction across touchpoints.”Thirayuth added.
Other than the 2 main websites, Centara’s 15 hotels also welcome WeChat QR code payment. These are: Centara Grand and Bangkok Convention Center at Central World, Centara Grand at Central Plaza Ladprao, Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort Pattaya, Centara Grand Beach Resort Samui, Centara Grand Beach Resort & Villas Hua Hin, Centara Grand Beach Resort & Villas Krabi, Centara Grand Beach Resort Phuket, Centara Villas Samui, Centara Villas Phuket, Centara Kata Resort Phuket, Centara Karon Resort Phuket, Centara Mae Sot Hill Resort, Centara Hotel Hat Yai, Centra by Centara Government Complex Hotel & Convention Centre Chaeng Watthana and COSI Samui Chaweng.
Centara WeChatPay account ID: CentaraHotel