Hilton Worldwide’s ‘Clean Air Programme’ to reduce environmental impact of MICE events in APAC hotels

clean air programmeHilton Worldwide recently announced that it will reduce the environmental impact of meetings and events held at its more than 90 hotels and resorts in Asia Pacific through an expanded carbon emissions solution, the Clean Air Programme, a company release stated. Starting May 1, meeting planners and delegates can play their part in reducing carbon emissions and deliver more sustainable experiences to their customers.

“Managing our environmental impact and developing new products to enhance the customer experience are part and parcel of how we operate as a business. Apart from consistently seeking opportunities to reduce waste and conserve energy in our daily operations, the Clean Air Programme allows us to take our commitment to sustainability one step further. By offsetting carbon emissions from meetings and events, it means that we can provide essential financing to renewable energy, forest protection and restoration projects which is critical in mitigating climate change.” Martin Rinck, president, Asia Pacific, Hilton Worldwide said.

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Five aircraft leasing companies based in Ireland take SpiceJet to court

SpiceJetCHENNAI: Just after low-cost airline SpiceJetBSE -1.87 % soared into the skies after a hard landing, it is in a spot of rough weather again.

Five aircraft-leasing entities based in Ireland, which had leased out airplanes to the company, have terminated their agreements and have gone to court to recover dues that they claimed totalled Rs 100 crore. Petitions to have the company wound up, and an official liquidator recover the arrears, have been filed with the Madras High Court.

The matter is expected to come up for hearing on Wednesday.

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FiveThirtyEight: Nate Silver’s newly launched website to help fliers for on-time airline flights

fivethirtyeightNate Silver today launched a new airline-focused feature on his FiveThirtyEight website that’s now part of the ESPN media family. Silver is the data guru who gained national attention with his on-target forecasts during the 2008 and 2012 presidential elections. Silver and his team at FiveThirtyEight have now crunched reams of federal data on flight times to produce an interactive tool that gives fliers a new way to evaluate airline delay information.

Silver says to Today in the Sky “Flight delays cost the equivalent of about $160 billion a year in lost productivity, which is about 1% of the whole economy. Better ways to avoid them would be something good. To be able to claw even a few minutes of that back seems like it’s valuable to me.”

To help fliers FiveThirtyEight’s tool will not look at on-time information in the traditional metric, which simply counts a flight as “on-time” if it arrives within 15 minutes of its scheduled time or “late” if it does not. Instead, the FiveThirtyEight feature will look at a “target flight time” – or how long a flight should take on any given route “if the only things that mattered are how far you fly and which direction.” Then, that data will be crunched against data that shows how flights actually perform on a route.

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Tourism Kuwait to showcase its tourism assets in ITB Berlin

ITBTourism Sector of Kuwait’s Ministry of Trade and Industry will take part in the International Tourism Exchange (ITB Berlin), to be held on March 4-8, for the 13th time in a row, the ministry’s Assistant Undersecretary for tourism sector Samira Al-Gharib said.
In a statement to KUNA, she said that Kuwait’s participation comes in the framework of consolidating cooperation relations of tourism sector with other countries across the globe, especially as this event is a major one specialized in tourism industry.
The event is attracted by institutions in this sector, including travel agencies, airlines and hotels, she said, adding it targets about 160,000 visitors and exhibitors from about 180 countries.

The aim of participation is to shed light on Kuwait’s civilized image and its tourist sites as well as to promote relations with other countries in the world, she pointed out. A number of companies take part in the event, she concluded.

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Media Statement – Aircraft Incident

airlines latest newsAn incident occurred at 7:30 a.m. today resulting in a CargoJet B757-200 aircraft colliding with the General Service Building, located on the Torbay Road side of the airport. The building has been evacuated for safety reasons while the incident and the damage are being investigated.

There were two crew members on board the aircraft and no injuries were sustained by those on board the aircraft or in the building.
The St. John’s International Airport Authority’s Emergency Response team is on site, and the
Transportation Safety Board and the RNC have been notified.


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Allegiant And Pittsburgh Take Flight with Fares as Low as $65



Allegiant today celebrates its launch of service in Pittsburgh as it sends off its first flight to Tampa / St. Pete. Pittsburgh residents now have even more low-cost options to Florida with the addition of Allegiant service to three Florida destinations: Tampa / St. Pete, Southwest Florida and Jacksonville, Fla. The company, known for its ultra-low fares and exceptional travel deals, is offering one-way fares as low as $65*.

“Over the next three days we’ll be starting service to three exciting vacation destinations,” said Jude Bricker, Allegiant Travel Company senior vice president of planning. “As Pittsburgh’s first ultra-low-cost carrier, we’re excited to provide Pittsburgh travelers with our industry-low fares enjoyed by leisure travelers across the country.”

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Air Lease Corporation Announces the Lease Placement of Two New Airbus A321-200s with Volaris

airleaseAir Lease Corporation announced long term lease agreements with Volaris the ultra-low-cost airline serving Mexico and the United States, for two new Airbus A321-200 aircraft with Sharklets powered by IAE V2533-A5 engines. Both aircraft are from ALC’s order book with Airbus and scheduled for delivery in spring 2015.

ALC is pleased to support Volaris with the introduction of the very first A321s in their fleet. These aircraft will play an important role in addressing slot constraints out of Mexico City Airport, allowing Volaris to efficiently serve Mexico’s growing economy and demand for air travel, said John L. Plueger, President and Chief Operating Officer of Air Lease Corporation.

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