Sabre Corporation has appointed two executives for strategic roles in its hospitality business. Brian Jorgenson will serve as senior vice president of product management while Frank Trampert will lead Sabre’s hospitality business in Asia Pacific.
Boeing and SpiceJet have announced a commitment for up to 205 airplanes during an event in New Delhi. Booked at the end of 2016, the announcement includes 100 new 737 MAX 8s, SpiceJet's current order for 42 MAXs, 13 additional 737 MAXs which were previously attributed to an unidentified customer on Boeing's Orders & Deliveries website, as well as purchase rights for 50 additional airplanes.
Airbus has increased the average list prices of its aircraft by one percent across the product line, effective from January. This price increase has been calculated according to Airbus’ standard escalation formula over the January 2016 to January 2017 period and takes into account the materials and commodities prices.
Travelport and Al Hashim Travel have announced a new, exclusive, long term agreement. Al Hashim Travel is located in the Eastern province of Saudi Arabia, with ten branches in the region. The agency is also set to expand across in Saudi Arabia in 2017.
For the third consecutive year, Las Vegas continued historic visitation growth, setting a new all-time record. The city welcomed 42.9 million visitors in 2016, surpassing 2015’s record-setting 42.3 million.
Iran Air has taken delivery of its first new aircraft, an A321, in a handover ceremony in Toulouse with Farhad Parvaresh, Iran Air chairman, and Airbus Commercial Aircraft president Fabrice Bregier. The delivery is the first from a firm order placed by Iran Air in December 2016 for 100 Airbus aircraft (46 single aisle and 54 wide-body jets) to renew and expand its fleet.
Joe Thompson, currently senior vice president of sales and distribution for Virgin Atlantic, has been appointed as managing director of Virgin Holidays. He will take up the role with effect July 2017 following parental leave.
Voyageurs du Monde has made a significant strategic investment in acquiring a 60 per cent stake in Original Travel, one of the UK’s fastest growing bespoke travel companies. The acquisition follows a 12-month review of the UK market by Voyageurs du Monde, as it sought an investment opportunity to further expand its international operations into key English-speaking markets.
The cruise sector in Abu Dhabi is celebrating a year of achievement with record numbers of ship calls and passengers arriving in the emirate during the previous season and the successful launch of the Arabian Gulf’s only dedicated cruise beach stopover.
As a marker of its continued growth and standing within the UK travel industry, the Latin American Travel Association has appointed a chief executive in a newly created role. Tony Mason has been appointed to the role, effective January 2017, and will support the chair, Byron Shirto and the executive committee in the governance of the association.
Media Agency Group & Bermuda Tourism have launch ground-breaking multimedia campaign featuring vehicle recognition technology. Media Agency Group’s latest innovation has seen Bermuda Tourism propelled into the spotlight once again with a new multimedia campaign utilising the latest digital advancements in mobile and out of home.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel has announced that visitors to Chicago in 2016 reached 54.1 million – a new record and 2.9 percent increase over the previous year’s record performance. The increase of 1.5 million visitors moves the city closer to reaching the mayor’s goal of 55 million visitors.