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OAG Launches Migo Travel Program

OAG Launches Migo Travel Program

OAG has launched Migo (pronounced “me go”), an aptly named program that can help travel agents and other ground handling personnel identify alternative travel options for travelers whose plans are disrupted, whether they are travelling by land, sea, or air.
Migo was inspired by the chaos experienced by travelers following the Icelandic volcanic ash cloud in 2010. The program allows its users to look up flight schedules and statuses, and determine …

Boeing Wins $7 Billion 737 Max Order from Air Lease

Boeing Wins $7 Billion 737 Max Order from Air Lease

At the start of the Farnborough International Air Show, Air Lease Corporation and Boeing announced an order of 75 Boeing 737 Max aircraft.
The breakdown of the order is  60 737 Max 8s and 15 737 Max 9s.  In addition, Air Lease has rights for 25 additional 737 Max jetliners.
The $7.2 billion purchase is the first deal for 737 Max aircraft by a lessor.  This follows an order from Virgin Australia …

Virgin Australia Orders 23 Boeing 737 Max Aircraft

Virgin Australia Orders 23 Boeing 737 Max Aircraft

Virgin Australia has finalized a deal with Boeing for the purchase of 23 of the company’s 737 Max aircraft, with the option to order four more.
Virgin Australia is the first Australian airline to finalize an order for 737 Max aircraft. The carrier will add the new jet to its fleet of 68 Next Generation 737s.
The 737 Max is a fuel-efficient aircraft that uses 13% less fuel than most single-aisle airplanes. …

Rezidor Opens Corsica Resort, Announces Moscow Hotel

Rezidor Opens Corsica Resort, Announces Moscow Hotel

Rezidor has opened its first location on the French island of Corsica, and announced plans to open a new hotel in Moscow.
Rezidor’s Radisson Blu Resort & Spa Ajaccio Bay in Corsica is a 170-room facility located at Agosta Beach. Each room offers a private terrace, free Wi-Fi, and a Nespresso coffee machine. Hotel amenities include indoor and outdoor pools, a gym, hot tub, and spa. The hotel also offers a …

Starwood Opens Aloft Hotel in Zirakpur, India

Starwood Opens Aloft Hotel in Zirakpur, India

Starwood has opened its fourth Aloft location in India, the Aloft Zirakpur, Chandigarh.
The new hotel is located on the Ambala-Chandigarh National Highway at Zirakpur. The Aloft Zirakpur Chandigarh offers 175 rooms with nine-foot ceilings, HDTVs, and Wi-Fi. Additional features include Aloft brand staples such as a tactic meeting space, a re:charge fitness center, a re:mix lounge, the w xyz bar, and a splash outdoor pool.
Chandigarh is the capital city of …

DoubleTree Reopens North Carolina Hotel, Plans for Malaysian Location

DoubleTree Reopens North Carolina Hotel, Plans for Malaysian Location

Hilton has announced the reopening of the DoubleTree by Hilton New Bern Riverfront in North Carolina and plans to open a new location in Malaysia in 2014.
The DoubleTree by Hilton New Bern Riverfront reopened this month after closing in August 2011 following damage from Hurricane Irene. The full renovation of the hotel’s 171 rooms includes free in-room Wi-Fi, 37” HDTVs, and Wolfgang Puck coffee and tea. Suites offer a sitting …

United Adds Daily Nonstop Newark-Istanbul Route

United Adds Daily Nonstop Newark-Istanbul Route

United Airlines has added its first route to Turkey with daily nonstop service between Newark Liberty International Airport and Istanbul’s Ataturk International Airport.
The eastbound flight will leave Newark daily at 7:27 p.m. and arrive in Istanbul at 12:20 p.m. the next day. The return flight will leave Istanbul at 1:55 p.m. and arrive at Newark at 6:02 p.m. the same day.
The route will first be serviced by a standard Boeing …