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WASHINGTON, Dec. 15 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Air Transport Association of America, Inc. (ATA), the industry trade organization for the leading U.S. airlines, announced today that a core group of airlines has signed groundbreaking memoranda of understanding (MOUs) with two different producers - AltAir Fuels LLC and Rentech, Inc. - for a future supply of alternative aviation fuel. Twelve airlines from the United States, Canada, Germany and Mexico - Air Canada, American Airlines, Atlas Air, Delta Air Lines, FedEx Express, JetBlue Airways, Lufthansa German Airlines, Mexicana Airlines, Polar Air Cargo, United Airlines, UPS Airlines and US Airways - have signed MOUs with both producers. In addition, Seattle-based Alaska Airlines and Honolulu-based Hawaiian Airlines signed the MOU with AltAir Fuels, and Orlando-based AirTran Airways signed the MOU with Rentech. ... (more)

JetBlue Airways and the Providence Bruins Donate Hundreds of Books to Hasbro Children's Hospital

PROVIDENCE, R.I., Jan. 17, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The airline that takes caring to heart JetBlue Airways (Nasdaq: JBLU) along with its friends the Providence Bruins and T.F. Green International Airport (PVD) today delivered more than 650 books to the Hasbro Children's Hospital. JetBlue crewmembers joined players from the city's famed ice hockey team in the hospital's library for a special "story time" as part of the hospital's Read To Me program. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20110404/NY76997LOGO ) The books were donated by generous citizens of Rhode Island via a donation drive organized by JetBlue. In a fun twist, JetBlue tweeted its location at the Bruins home arena, Dunkin' Donuts Center, calling on people to bring three new or gently used books and dress in their best Floridian attire to win flight certificates and other goodies and enjoy treats from the ... (more)

Virgin America Serves Up New High-Style, Low-Fare Flights From Los Angeles To Las Vegas

SAN FRANCISCO, April 22, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Virgin America, the award-winning U.S. airline known for its low fares, mood-lit cabins and upscale service, today celebrates the launch of its new daily nonstop flight service from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) to Las Vegas McCarran International Airport (LAS) with a red carpet welcome for guests onboard its inaugural flight. The three daily roundtrip flights will add to the airline's existing service from San Francisco International Airport (SFO) to LAS and from New York's Kennedy International Airport (JFK) to LAS. With its custom-designed leather seats, food and cocktails on demand and touch-screen entertainment at every seat, Virgin America brings its stylish design and award-winning service to those seeking the perfect way to kick off a weekend getaway at some of the best resorts, restaurants, and shopp... (more)

MGM Resorts International And Southwest Airlines Join Forces To Reward Loyal Las Vegas Travelers

DALLAS, June 3, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Southwest Airlines (NYSE: LUV) and MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM) today launched a strategic marketing alliance between the companies' loyalty rewards programs, Rapid Rewards and M life. Members of both programs now can accrue Rapid Rewards Points toward free flights for qualifying stays at MGM Resorts' Las Vegas properties while enjoying VIP perks during their Vegas vacations. As a special offering to kick off the alliance, members will receive double (1,200) Rapid Rewards Points for all valid reservations* booked between May 31 and June 30, 2013, for future visits to MGM Resorts' participating Las Vegas properties. Members must enroll in both programs to earn benefits, which include 600 Rapid Rewards Points when they stay at one of 12 premier MGM Resorts' properties across Las Vegas, including Bellagio, ARIA, MGM Grand, ... (more)

CHCI Welcomes the Largest Cadre of Fall Students for Award-Winning Leadership Programs

Organization Prepares Young Latinos to be Future Leaders of America WASHINGTON, Aug. 28, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In an effort to increase its impact and meet growing demand, the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI) - the nation's premier Latino youth leadership, development and educational organization – welcomed the arrival of eleven Public Policy Fellows, eight Graduate Fellows, and 24 Fall Congressional Interns, making this the largest group of fall program participants in the history of the organization. Specifically, this will be the largest-ever class of Fall interns, thanks to a new grant from the Ford Foundation. In total, 43 deserving graduate and undergraduate students from 19 states and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico are taking part in the nationally recognized and award-winning leadership programs focused on developing the next genera... (more)

McMurdo Group Launched to Accelerate Integration of Search and Rescue Technologies into Solutions That Save Time, Costs and Lives

A new global leader in end-to-end search and rescue (SAR) and maritime domain awareness (MDA) solutions was announced today – McMurdo Group. Comprised of Orolia’s former Positioning, Tracking and Monitoring Division1, McMurdo Group combines proven brands Boatracs, Kannad, McMurdo and Techno-Sciences, Inc.2 into the industry’s first, single-vendor provider of end-to-end life-saving and tracking solutions including distress beacons, satellite connectivity infrastructure, monitoring/positioning software and emergency response management. “The formation of McMurdo Group is an opportunity to lead, simplify and educate a fragmented, complex market with a unified strategy and an expansive solutions offering unparalleled in the industry today,” said Jean-Yves Courtois, CEO of McMurdo Group. “The end result will be the acceleration of more effective and innovative SAR and M... (more)

Neue Inhalte für „IS JAPAN COOL?“ für ausländische Reisende

All Nippon Airways (ANA) hat neuen Content für seine Sonderwebsite „IS JAPAN COOL?“ veröffentlicht, die die Nachfrage nach Überseereisen nach Japan beleben sollen. Die neuen Inhalte sind auf die japanische SHOPPING-Kultur gerichtet, eine beliebte Attraktion unter ausländischen Reisenden. Von einem Einkaufsbummel in Tokio mit neuesten Waren aus der ganzen Welt zentral an einem Ort bis hin zu traditionellem Handwerk, das nur in Japan zu finden ist, gibt es viele Möglichkeiten, das Shopping in Japan zu genießen. Als wesentlichen Teil jeglicher Erzählung über Japan stellt ANA mit diesen frischen Inhalten der Welt das Shopping in Japan vor. Depachika is the nickname for the basement floor (B1) of Japanese department stores. It's gourmet heaven for fine-quality foods and beverages from around Japan and worldwide. You'll find a cornucopia of popular brands - from washoku ... (more)

The World's Best Inflight Caterers Honored at Miami Beach Gala

MONTREAL, March 4, 2014 /PRNewswire/ - On February 25th in Miami Beach, Florida, awards for the world's best airline caterers were announced at a gala celebration featuring cocktails and dinner at the Raleigh Hotel Penthouse and Terrace. For the second year running Kansai In-Flight Catering Co., Ltd. at Osaka Kansai International Airport (KIX) received the highest honors, the Platinum Award for Worldwide Excellence. The awards were presented by a global roster of major airlines participating in the Quality and Safety Alliances In-flight Services (QSAI), a programme developed and managed by Medina Quality. Awards are given across three geographic regions, Asia, the Americas, and Europe/Africa/Middle East. Gold, Silver and Bronze awards are named for each region, making for a total of nine honorees of which one accepts the Platinum Worldwide award as well. There were... (more)

JetBlue Launches New Seasonal Routes From Boston to Latin America and the Caribbean

BOSTON, MA--(Marketwired - May 08, 2014) - JetBlue Airways (NASDAQ: JBLU), the largest carrier at Boston Logan International Airport, today announces new non-stop services for the winter season to Daniel Oduber Quirós International Airport in Liberia, Costa Rica (LIR); Gregorio Luperón International Airport in Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic (POP); and Hewanorra International Airport in Saint Lucia (UVF). All three services will commence on November 1, 2014 and operate once weekly on Saturdays. The three new destination represents JetBlue's 52nd, 53rd and 54th nonstop routes out of Boston, and JetBlue will offer the only nonstop service between Boston and both Costa Rica and Saint Lucia. "JetBlue offers more nonstop flights to the Caribbean than any other airline. With three new routes to the Caribbean and Latin America, Bostonians will have even more options for t... (more)

Hotels in Milan, Italy Get Down to Business at the MICE & More Network Events

MILAN, ITALY -- (Marketwired) -- 05/21/14 -- Travel is exciting for most people, including, it turns out, those who work in the industry. While the rest of us might focus on an exotic destination or a state-of-the-art conference space, travel professionals focus on just one big trip: The MICE & More network Events held on May 27, 2014 at the Milan Marriott Hotel. Some 50 exhibitors and 200 companies are expected to attend the symposium, including events managers, travel managers, directors of marketing and communication and personal assistants from a number of leading Italian businesses. As they arrive at their designated meeting room in Milan, delegates will find a number of exciting exhibits and workshops featuring the best packages, offers and destinations within the MICE world. A well-being corner, buffet and even an exciting surprise scheduled for the end of th... (more)

BMC Announces Relocation of Corporate Headquarters to Atlanta

ATLANTA, GA -- (Marketwired) -- 05/29/14 -- BMC, one of the nation's leading providers of building materials and construction services, today announced that it is relocating its corporate headquarters from Boise, Idaho to Atlanta, Georgia. The relocation will be done on a phased basis with the executive team moving immediately. The Boise office will continue to remain operational. "The decision to establish headquarters in Atlanta was made after very careful consideration by the Board. Atlanta was strategically chosen based on the fact that BMC is targeting additional growth beyond its current footprint. The Company's fast organic growth, need to fill key management positions to support that growth and expand geographically beyond BMC's current footprint made Atlanta the best choice," said Peter Alexander, chief executive officer of BMC. "Both management and the Bo... (more)