U.S. SEVEN LARGEST AIRLINES EARNED $876 MILLION IN SECOND QUARTER!
All seven companies were in the black, but this was half of what they made last year!
WORLD-WIDE BUSINESS TRAVEL WILL SURPASS $1 TRILLION THIS YEAR!
Business Travel News expects business travel to jump 1.2% this year! August sales were higher than projected and September already is very busy.
STUDY REVEALS BOARDING PROCEDURES BY MOST AIRLINES IS THE LEAST EFFICIENT!
A study in the Journal of Air Transportation states the most efficient strategy would have the passengers boarding in alternate rows.
PENNSYVLVANIA INVESTS $4 MILLION TO IMPROVE AIRPORT SAFETY!
They will upgrade facilities and improve safety at 18 Pennsylvania airports. What about New York?
HOTEL SURVEY SHOWS GLOBAL HOTELS INCREASING RATES!
Hotels around the world have reported they have had a rate of growth of 4% in the first half of 2011. Reason is their business was so bad, they couldn't raise rates over the last two years.
AIRLINES IN THE U.S. ARE IMPOSING ALL SORTS OF EXTRA COSTS ON TRAVELERS. IS ANYONE SURPRISED BY THIS?
Travelers are being charged for everything when flying these days, from baggage fees to meals. Some examples are $50 to check Kite-surfing gear, $99 for a choice seat and $175 to check a pet kennel.
CHINA'S BUSINESS TRAVEL SPENDING IS GROWING FOUR TIMES MORE QUICKLY THAN THE UNITED STATES!
Both their domestic and international travel are growing at double-digit rates and they will be the world leader by 2015.
CATHAY PACIFIC AIRWAYS ADDS 2,100 SEATS A WEEK TO HONG KONG!
They will be flying the new 777-300 ER aircraft that features six First Class suites and 52 Business Class seats. We told you they were giving away seats for $100 on the inaugural flights.
CORPORATIONS BOOKING COMPANY MEETINGS AGAIN AT LUXURY HOTELS!
Two years ago, corporations cancelled Meetings in droves to save money. Now, companies are finding holding Meetings in luxury hotels can be gotten at pre-recession rates. Our Meetings Department is very busy once again and can find you an opulent setting for your Company Meeting at a very good price. Call Dianne Heffernan at 516-465-1090.
LUFTHANSA RAISING FARES AS BUSINESS TRAVEL RECOVERS!
Lufthansa officials have seen that companies are willing to go abroad for short trips again so they plan to increase airfares in both Business and First Class sections.
CAN YOU GUESS WHICH AIRLINE HAD THE BEST LOAD FACTOR?
Continental. They filled 88% of their seats. Overall airlines had a load factor of 85%
AIRPORT GROUP OPPOSES DELTA-U.S. AIRWAYS SLOT SWAP!
They are against Delta and U.S. Airways swapping takeoff and landing slots in Washington and New York. Be interesting to learn why!
DID YOU HEAR THE STORY OF THE MISSING CAT OR THE MAN WITH SNAKES AND TORTOISES IN HIS PANTS?
The cat was lost at a New York airport whEN airline personnel were getting ready for Hurricane Irene. The man with the seven snakes and tortoises was trying to get on a flight to Brazil.
HAVE YOU THOUGHT ABOUT A WINTER VACATION?
If you are, call one of our Leisure Specialists as bookings are heavy and cabins on cruises are getting more and more difficult to obtain. There are still some great deals to Paris and London, or to Puerto Vallarta and Aruba! Call us and say "We want to take a vacation!"
AMERICANS ABROAD WARNED AHEAD OF SEPTEMBER 11TH
The US has issued a worldwide travel alert ahead of the 10th anniversary of the Sept.11th attacks. The alert cautions Americans about the continued threat posed by al-Qaida and other groups, the Associated press reports.
HERTZ GLOBAL SALE OFFERS UP TO 30% DISCOUNT FOR CAR RENTAL
Customrs can enjoy generous savings on car rental in 80 countries across six continents in Hertz'a second annual global sale.
AIR CANADA ADDS BAG FEE TO US FLIGHTS
Checked bags will no longer be free for Air Canada customers flying coach between the US and Canada reports USA Today.