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United Airlines Deepens Control of Avianca After Shareholder Default

United Airlines Deepens Control of Avianca After Shareholder Default

Control of Colombian carrier Avianca could pass into United Airlines’ hands following the default of Avianca’s biggest shareholder, BRW Aviation, on a loan secured by its 51.5% share in the airline
The Chicago-based airline said late Friday it would strengthen its partnership with the Colombian airline and that it is prepared to lend it up to $150 million.
“We took this action to strengthen our partnership with Avianca and give Avianca’s management …

ExpressJet Appoints New CIO

ExpressJet Appoints New CIO

United Express carrier ExpressJet Airlines announced the appointment of Jonyt Meyer as chief information officer, a role that had been effectively outsourced to former parent company SkyWest after its acquisition of ExpressJet in 2010.
Meyer is charged with the leading the development of a new IT infrastructure at the airline to support its planned growth, following its acquisition earlier this year by ManaAir.
“Jonyt is an accomplished and visionary IT leader,” said …

Monday Is Memorial Day: Here’s What’s Open and What’s Closed

Monday is Memorial Day in the United States, a holiday that honors Americans who died while in military service.
Originally known as Decoration Day, the holiday marks the unofficial start of summer. Since 1970, it is a federal holiday observed on the last Monday in May.
The observance stems from the ancient idea of decorating soldiers’ graves with flowers and evolved from various local holidays, first in the South in the early 1860s, …

United CEO Commits to Being Passenger on Airline’s First Boeing 737 Max Flight Once Aircraft Is Cleared to Fly

United CEO Commits to Being Passenger on Airline’s First Boeing 737 Max Flight Once Aircraft Is Cleared to Fly

United Airlines CEO Oscar Munoz said he would be on his airline’s first flight once the Boeing 737 Max gets the green light to fly again.
Munoz made the promise at the airline’s annual shareholders meeting Wednesday.
The aircraft was grounded after two fatal crashes, one in Indonesia in October, 2018, and one in Ethiopia in March of this year.
Flight recorder indicated that the aircraft had received erroneous information from the angle …

Hyatt Launches New Lifestyle Division

Hyatt Launches New Lifestyle Division

As expected, Hyatt Hotels announced the formation of an as-of-now unbranded lifestyle division that places Hyatt and former Two Roads Hospitality lifestyle brands under one umbrella.
The list of brands in this group includes Andaz, Alila, Hyatt Centric, Joie de Vivre Hotels, Thompson Hotels, and tommie.
Frederic Flageat-Simon, former CEO of Two Roads Hospitality Asia, will head the division and Heather Geisler, Hyatt’s vice president of global brands, will be in charge …

Omni Barton Creek Resort Reopens After $150 Million Renovation

Omni Barton Creek Resort Reopens After $150 Million Renovation

Omni Hotels and Resorts announced that the Omni Barton Creek Resort and Spa reopened its doors to guests this week after the completion of a $150 million renovation project and expansion.
The property, which first opened in 1989, is located in Texas Hill Country, in the Edwards Plateau at the crossroads of West Texas, Central Texas, and South Texas.
The renovation work resulted in a completely new lobby and 5,500-square-foot (511-square-meter) outdoor …

WestJet to Offer Dreamliner Service from Calgary to Maui and Toronto to London

WestJet to Offer Dreamliner Service from Calgary to Maui and Toronto to London

Low-cost Canadian carrier WestJet announced additional routes for its new fleet of Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft.
The Dreamliner made its debut in the airline’s fleet at the end of April with the launch of non-stop service from Calgary to London.
WestJet said it will offer Dreamliner service on its Toronto-London route starting this winter and that it will also add non-stop Dreamliner service between Calgary and Maui.
The high-tech aircraft will replace the …