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Delta Takes 49% Stake in Virgin for $360 Million

Delta Takes 49% Stake in Virgin for $360 Million

Delta Air Lines is acquiring a 49% stake in Virgin Atlantic Airways for $360 million in a deal that will give the U.S. carrier a far greater presence at London’s Heathrow Airport.
Delta, the number two U.S. carrier by traffic, purchased the stake from Singapore Airlines, which has been looking to sell its interest in the airline for the past few years.  Singapore paid £600 million ($964.5 million) for it in …

South African Airways, Air Canada Announce Codeshare Agreement

South African Airways, Air Canada Announce Codeshare Agreement

South African Airways (SAA) and Air Canada have announced a codeshare agreement.  Under the agreement, SAA will be able to place its code on various Air Canada-operated flights from Canada, while Air Canada will be allowed to place its code on various SAA services from South Africa.
South African Airlines will codeshare on Air Canada services between London and Vancouver, London and Toronto, and New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport …

New York’s Carlton Hotel Unveils New Specialty Suites, Renovated Penthouse Suites

New York’s Carlton Hotel Unveils New Specialty Suites, Renovated Penthouse Suites

New York’s Carlton Hotel has unveiled three new specialty suites and two newly-renovated penthouse suites.  Located in Midtown Manhattan, the hotel paid tribute to the city’s past when designing the three new suites, which are named The Broadway Diva Suite, The Speakeasy Suite, and The Terrace Suite.
The Broadway Diva Suite features mirrors, playbills, and over-the-top bedding, and is meant to evoke the feeling of a dressing room for a leading …

Wyndham Opens Wyndham Garden Chinatown in New York

Wyndham Opens Wyndham Garden Chinatown in New York

Wyndham Hotel Group announced the opening of the Wyndham Garden Chinatown in New York City.  The 106-room hotel is the company’s third Wyndham Garden property in the city, along with Wyndham Garden Manhattan Chelsea West, and Wyndham Garden Long Island City Manhattan View.
The rooms of the hotel feature 32” flat-screen TVs, complimentary high-speed Internet, refrigerators, modern furnishings, and floor-to ceiling windows.  The hotel also has an outdoor terrace, a business …

Qatar Airways Announces Plans for Athens-New York Service

Qatar Airways Announces Plans for Athens-New York Service

At a news conference in Greece, Qatar Airways announced that it will launch new non-stop service from Athens to New York starting in June 2013.  The new flight will operate daily on a year-round basis.
Athens International Airport is a hub for 31 European destinations serviced by Qatar Airways, including Venice, Berlin, and Barcelona.  The airline began flying to Athens in 2005, when it launched service from Doha to the Greek …

New York’s Plaza Hotel Gets New Ownership

New York’s Plaza Hotel Gets New Ownership

The storied Plaza Hotel in New York City has a new owner.  Sahara India Pariwar, an Indian-based company, has finalized its purchase of a 75% interest in the hotel York.  The sale includes retail space and 230 hotel rooms.
The purchase has been valued at $575 million.  Under a long-term agreement, Fairmont Hotels & Resorts will continue to operate the hotel.
The 282-room Plaza Hotel is located on Fifth Avenue, adjacent to …

Landmark Empire State Building Installs New Tower Lighting System

Landmark Empire State Building Installs New Tower Lighting System

The Empire State Building, a skyscraper known for celebrating holidays, the seasons, and other milestones by illuminating its tower in color, has installed a new LED lighting system.  The system, developed by Philips Color Kinetics (PCK), a lighting specialist, allows the building’s tower to be bathed in light.  The new system has over 16 million colors as well as special effects such as ripples, cross-fades, sparkles, sweeps, strobes, chasers, and …