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Weekly Roundup of News: September 19th, 2021

American postpones the launch of Seattle-Bengaluru and Dallas-Tel Aviv routes

Two of American’s highly anticipated routes – Seattle-Bengaluru and Dallas-Tel Aviv – have once again been postponed. They are now scheduled to launch in January 2022.

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Qantas-Japan Airlines Joint Business Plan blocked by Australia’s Competition Commission

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has blocked plans for a joint business between Qantas and Japan Airlines, stating that the agreement was “not in the public interest”.

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Fairfield by Marriott Goa Benaulim opens its doors

Marriott has announced the opening of Fairfield by Marriott Goa Benaulim, marking the brand’s second opening in the coastal state.

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Indigo to start 38 domestic flights in September

Indian low-cost carrier Indigo has announced that it will start 38 new domestic flights in September to ‘improve accessibility between metros and tier-2 or tier-3 cities’.

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Qantas launches flights between Adelaide and Townsville

Qantas has launched nonstop flights between Adelaide and Townsville.

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Breeze Airways reveals Airbus A220 livery; places order for 20 additional A220-300 aircraft

Airbus has revealed the livery for Breeze Airways’ Airbus A220 aircraft and has also revealed that the airline has placed an order for 20 additional A220-300 aircraft, bringing Breeze’s total order book to 80 A220-300s.

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Radisson doubles its presence in Makkah, Saudi Arabia

Radisson has announced the signing of three new hotels within the Thakher Makkah megaproject, an urban development in the city of Makkah, Saudi Arabia.

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Vistara to resume flights to Jodhpur in October

Indian full service carrier Vistara will resume flights from Mumbai and Delhi to Jodhpur in October.

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Emirates to operate Airbus A380 to Istanbul for the first time

Emirates has announced that it will operating Airbus A380 on flights to Istanbul, Turkey. It will be the first scheduled commercial Airbus A380 service to Istanbul and the airline states that for the first time, travellers to and from Turkey will have the opportunity to regularly enjoy the experience of flying on this iconic double-decker jumbo jet.

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Finnair announces new long-hail flights from Stockholm; increases frequency to Europe, Asia and North America

Finnair has announced new long-haul flights from Stockholm, Sweden. The airline states that it is meeting the increased travel demand by adding frequencies and destinations in its network to Europe, Asia and North America for the upcoming winter season.

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Marriott adds Domes of Corfu Hotel to its Autograph Collection

Marriott has announced the addition of Domes of Corfu Resort to its Autograph Collection Hotels, Marriott Bonvoy’s diverse and dynamic portfolio of independent hotels.

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Bombardier unveils the all-new Challenger 3500

Bombardier has unveiled the all-new Challenger 3500, what the company calls as ‘best super mid-size business jet’. The the latest evolution of Bombardier’s successful Challenger platform was introduced to the market during an exclusive celebration in Montréal, Canada.

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Hilton to open first Curio Collection by Hilton Hotel in Vietnam

Hilton has signed a management agreement with one of Vietnam’s hospitality and real estate development companies, Sun Group, to launch a new resort under Curio Collection by Hilton in Phu Quoc, Vietnam.

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SpiceJet to launch 38 new domestic and international flights

SpiceJet has announced that it will launch (or has launched) 38 new domestic and international flights.

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Hyatt announces the opening of the reimagined Park Hyatt Toronto

Hyatt has announced the opening of the ‘Reimagined’, highly-anticipated and restored Park Hyatt Toronto. Long considered one of Toronto’s most iconic addresses, the property offers deeply personalized and engaged service as the cornerstone of the hotel’s revival.

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British Airways adds two new destinations in Portugal

British Airways has announced that it will be adding two new destinations in Portugal to its Heathrow short-haul network next summer.

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Six Senses to open a second resort in Maldives in 2022

Six Senses, a part of Intercontinental Hotels Group (IHG), has announced that it will open a second resort in Maldives in partnership with Singapore-based Hotel Properties Limited (HPL).

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LXR Hotels and Resorts opens first property in Asia-Pacific in Kyoto, Japan

Hilton has today announced the opening of ROKU KYOTO, a part of LXR Hotels & Resorts which is one of Hilton’s three distinctive luxury brands. ROKU KYOTO is the brand’s debut property in Asia-Pacific and also Hilton’s inaugural property in the city.

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Avelo Airlines announces nonstop flights between New Haven and Palm Beach

Avelo Airlines has announced its 5 destination in Florida, Palm Beach. The airline will offer nonstop flights from New Haven, Connecticut this winter.

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Radisson opens Radisson Collection Hotel Magdalena Plaza Sevilla

Radisson has announced the opening of Radisson Collection Hotel, Magdalena Plaza Sevilla. This isRadisson Hotel Group’s first Radisson Collection hotel in the country.

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American Airlines to invest in Brazilian carrier GOL

American Airlines has announced that it has entered into a letter of intent to further solidify its partnership with Brazil’s largest airline, GOL. American says that ‘building on the two carriers’ initial codeshare offering in 2020, the expanded partnership includes an exclusive codeshare agreement, a larger and more lucrative joint SMILES and AAdvantage® loyalty program partnership’.

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Accor announces the signing of three new hotels in the United Kingdom

Accor has announced the signing of three new hotels in the United Kingdom – Mercure Bredbury Hall, Mercure Dumfries and ibis Styles Romford – with a combined 334 rooms.

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Accor announces the opening of ibis Styles Kraków Centrum

Accor has announced the opening of ibis Styles Kraków Centrum.

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SWISS Airlines begins trials of a new concept to reduce food waste on board

SWISS Airlines has announced that it is trialling a new concept to reduce food waste on board.

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Eurowings to open a new base in Stockholm, Sweden in March 2022

Eurowings has announced that it will open a new base in Stockholm, Sweden in March 2022. The German airline will initially station five Airbus A320 aircraft in Stockholm by March 2022.

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United Kingdom removes pre-departure testing for fully vaccinated travellers arriving in England

The government of United Kingdom has announced that many travel restrictions for travel to England will be simplified. The dates for the simplification range from Wednesday 22nd September 2021 through to an unspecified date ‘by the end of October’.

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United Airlines to begin flying between Washington DC and Lagos in Nigeria

United Airlines has announced that new flights between Washington DC and Lagos in Nigeria will begin in the month of November 2021.

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Qatar Airways celebrates Ten years of flying to Sofia, Bulgaria

Qatar Airways recently marked a milestone in its history with Bulgaria, celebrating 10 years since its first flight between Doha and Sofia on 14th September 2011.

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Southwest Airlines expands from Austin; reveals expanded Hawaii schedule

Southwest Airlines has announced that it has extended its bookable flight schedule through 24th April 2022. The airline is expanding its network with multiple new flights from Austin, offering additional options for Hawaii travellers, and flying new point-to-point routes between the United States, Latin America, and the Caribbean.

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The Iconic Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles to reopen as a Fairmont Hotel

Accor has announced that the iconic Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles will reopen as a Fairmont Hotel later this month. Accor says that ‘the hotel pays tribute to its star-studded history while ushering in a new age of glamour, infusing cutting-edge amenities with pioneering guest experiences’.

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Canada’s Swoop Airlines adds Los Cabos to its network

Canada-based Swoop Airlines has announced the addition of Los Cabos, its 4th destination in Mexico with seasonal winter service beginning this November.

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Accor to open first Mövenpick hotel in Croatia

Following the opening of the first MGallery hotel in Split, Accor has announced that it will open its first Mövenpick hotel in Croatia.

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