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Costa Group signs for two new ships with Fincantieri

Costa Group signs for two new ships with Fincantieri

Cruise 

The Costa Group has signed an agreement with Fincantieri to build two new ships for the Costa Asia brand. The ships, each weighing 135,500 gross tons and a passenger capacity of 4,200 guests, will be manufactured in Italy. They will be specifically designed for the Chinese market, joining the fleet in 2019 and 2020.

Carnival Corporation signs with Fincantieri for four new vessels

Carnival Corporation signs with Fincantieri for four new vessels

Cruise 

Carnival Corporation has announced that it has signed a memo of agreement with Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri to build four new cruise ships with final contracts expected to be executed in 2016. Two of the four new ships will be built for Costa Asia for deployment in China, and one will be built each for P&O Cruises Australia and Princess Cruises.

Etihad Airways launches latest stage of airberlin legal battle

Etihad Airways launches latest stage of airberlin legal battle

Etihad Airways today launched fresh legal action in a bid to overturn a German court’s decision to revoke the approval for 29 of its codeshare flights with airberlin. Last week, the Administrative Court of Braunschweig decided that the German ministry of transport was entitled to reject the 29 Etihad Airways-airberlin codeshares, which had been approved only until January 15th 2016.‎

American Express Saudi Arabia signs on for World Luxury Expo

American Express Saudi Arabia signs on for World Luxury Expo

American Express Saudi Arabia has announced that it has extended its headline sponsorship of the World Luxury Expo, Riyadh, for an additional three years. The World Luxury Expo is returning to the luxurious Ritz-Carlton Hotel, Riyadh, from March 30th-April 1st, 2016. This will be the fourth year American Express Saudi Arabia has been the exclusive headline sponsor of the highly anticipated event.

easyJet woos train passengers as prices rise

easyJet woos train passengers as prices rise

The annual UK train price change has come into effect and sees fares increase by an average of 1.1 per cent, while easyJet’s flight prices are lower than they were 20 years ago. The airline famously launched air fares for the price of a pair of jeans back in 1995 with starting fares between Luton and Glasgow of £29.00. Two decades on and starting fares on the same route are cheaper at £27.49 – a reduction of 5.2 per cent despite Air Passenger Duty tax increasing by more than 160 per cent in the same period.

ANA to purchase three A380 planes from Airbus

ANA to purchase three A380 planes from Airbus

In a rare bright spot for the beleaguered aircraft, European plane maker Airbus has won a deal to sell three A380 superjumbo jets to ANA Holdings. Japan's biggest carrier will pay roughly $1.25 billion for the planes.

Radisson opens hotel in Cromwell

Radisson opens hotel in Cromwell

Hotel 

Radisson is opening the Radisson Hotel Cromwell in Cromwell, Conn. Located at 100 Berlin Road, the hotel offers 215 spacious guestrooms and 30,000 square feet of flexible meeting and conference space.

Choice Hotels expand in Savannah, Georgia

Choice Hotels expand in Savannah, Georgia

Hotel 

Choice Hotels International has signed an agreement with franchise partner HOS Management to develop a new Cambria hotel & suites in Savannah. The new 103-room Cambria hotel & suites hotel will be located at 321 Montgomery St. in the heart of Savannah's historic district and steps away from world-class shopping, dining, museums and entertainment.

airberlin introduces on-board 3G internet

airberlin introduces on-board 3G internet

airberlin is installing 3G connectivity across its entire long-haul fleet, becoming the first airline to offer the AeroMobile 3G eXPhone service. The first aircraft to be equipped with the new service is an Airbus A330-200 with the registration D-ABXC.

Fairmont expands into North Africa

Fairmont expands into North Africa

Hotel 

Luxury hotel brand Fairmont Hotels & Resorts is planning the development of a new luxury hotel in Morocco, Fairmont La Marina Rabat-Salé. The 200-room hotel, set to open in 2019, will be located in La Marina Morocco, a coastal mixed-use development strategically located between Rabat and the ancient city of Salé.