Δευτέρα, 20 Φεβρουαρίου 2017

Airplane scheduled to fly in the coming weeks, deliver to customers in 2018

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The Boeing (NYSE: BA) 787-10 Dreamliner, the third member of the 787 Dreamliner family, made its debut today at Boeing South Carolina. Thousands of employees at the North Charleston, S.C. site celebrated the event, along with U.S. President Donald Trump and South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster.

“What’s happening here at Boeing South Carolina is a true American success story,” said Dennis Muilenburg, Boeing chairman, president and CEO. “In just a few short years, our team has transformed a greenfield site into a modern aerospace production facility that is delivering 787s to airlines all over the world and supporting thousands of U.S. jobs in the process.”
The 787-10, built exclusively at Boeing South Carolina, will now be prepared for its first flight in the coming weeks.

“This airplane, the most efficient in its class, is the result of years of hard work and dedication from our Boeing teammates, suppliers and community partners in South Carolina and across the globe,” said Kevin McAllister, Boeing Commercial Airplanes president and CEO. “We know our customers, including launch customer Singapore Airlines, are going to love what the 787-10 will do for their fleets, and we can’t wait to see them fly it.”
Boeing will deliver the 787-10 to airlines in 2018. The airplane has won 149 orders from nine customers across the globe.

The 787-10, the longest model of the Dreamliner family, will grow the nonstop routes opened by the 787-8 and 787-9 with unprecedented efficiency. As an 18-foot (5.5-m) stretch of the 787-9, the 787-10 will deliver the 787 family’s preferred passenger experience and long range with up to 10 percent better fuel use and emissions than the competition. The 787 Dreamliner family is a key part of Boeing’s twin-aisle strategy, which offers a modern, optimized and efficient airplane family in every market segment. Since entering service in 2011, the 787 family has flown more than 140 million people on 530 routes around the world, saving an estimated 13 billion pounds of fuel.

Global Airline Study 2016, On-Time Performance Benchmark

Aviation Experts just released its Global Airline Study 2016. Now being in its fourth year, the study continues to benchmark and analyze the on-time performance of almost 100 airlines from around the globe.
Global Airline Study 2016 includes the analysis of on-time performances, delay costs and average delay minutes throughout the years 2013 – 2016.
The included information and statistics are spread across a total of 40 pages including executive summaries and detailed diagrams within the following contextual topics:
  • Global Overview
  • Regional Analysis
  • Airline Group
On a global scale the OTP has improved by 0,45% compared to the previous year performance and sums up to 78,9% in 2016.
From a regional perspective South America accounted for the most positive change with an increase of approximately +2,5%, followed by North America with ca. +2%.
Whereas Europe accounted for negative changes of approximately -3% compared to previous years OTP.
In total all airlines comprised in the study incurred delay costs of almost 22 billion US-Dollar with ca. 24 million scheduled flights in 2016.

ALTA Congratulates ICAO-NACC Regional Office on 60 Years of Developing Air Transport Throughout the Region

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ALTA (Latin American and Caribbean Air Transport Association) congratulates ICAO (International Civil Aviation Organization) on the 60th Anniversary of its North American, Central American and Caribbean (NACC) regional office based in Mexico.
 
"ALTA congratulates ICAO-NACC on their 60-year anniversary.  ICAO-NACC's rich history is an example of an international organization working consistently over time in partnership with ALTA and the industry to further our shared mission and commitment to providing safe, efficient, and environmentally-friendly air transportation throughout the region," said ALTA's Executive Director Eduardo Iglesias.  "The Latin America and Caribbean region has achieved significant improvements in safety, while doubling domestic and international passenger traffic in the region from 100 million to 200 million passengers - even tripling it in some markets - over the past ten years. We are well on our way to doubling the region's traffic once again over the next 10 - 15 years, growing communities, connectivity, and generating even more jobs.  And we will continue working on this front in collaboration with partners such as ICAO to recognize the immense value of air transport in driving substantial social and economic development throughout the region and beyond."
 
The region's air transport industry is a job-generating machine, creating 806,000 direct jobs and supporting 5.2 million jobs a year, while driving $167 billion in GDP.

Europe's airports welcomed a record-breaking 2 billion passengers in 2016

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]European airport trade association, ACI EUROPE today releases its traffic report for December, Q4, H2 and Full Year 2016. This is the only air transport report which includes all types of airline passenger flights to, from and within Europe: full service, low cost, charter and others.

FULL YEAR

Passenger traffic across the European airport network showed strong momentum in 2016, posting an average growth of +5.1%.

All of this growth was generated by the EU market, with airports in the bloc seeing passenger volumes increasing by an impressive +6.7%. While terrorist attacks took a toll on demand in Belgium, France and to a much lesser extent Germany, their impact remained local and had subsided by year-end.

Conversely, passenger traffic at non-EU airports posted an average decrease of -0.9%, mainly due to falling traffic at Turkish airports (-6.6%) caused by terrorism and political instability. Although gradually improving after the summer, passenger traffic remained weak at Russian airports for the whole year – meanwhile, other non-EU markets such as Iceland, Israel and Ukraine experienced very dynamic growth.

The significant drop in leisure demand at Turkish airports contributed to the performance of the EU market, with this demand shifting to airports in Croatia, Cyprus, Bulgaria, Greece, Portugal, Romania and Spain. This helped most of these markets achieving double digit growth - along with Hungary, Ireland, Lithuania, Luxembourg and Poland.

Olivier Jankovec, Director General of ACI EUROPE said "Europe's airports broke the 2 billion passengers mark last year – an absolute record. While geopolitics and terrorism in particular played an increasing role in shaping the fortunes & misfortunes of many airports, the underlying story is one of continued growth and expansion – with passenger volumes growing in excess of +5% for the third consecutive year. This means that Europe's airports have welcomed an additional 300 million passengers since 2013, with 80% of it - 240 million - flooding the EU market. Unsurprisingly, that increase is starting to weigh on capacity levels, operations and resources.

He added "Much of this impressive performance is down to 3 interrelated factors: 1. improving economic conditions driven by private consumption and falling unemployment, 2. low oil prices and 3. airline capacity expansion."

Freight traffic grew across Europe's airports by +4.1% - registering the best performance since 2010 and confirming improving economic conditions for Europe. Aircraft movements grew by +3.2%, reflecting significant airline capacity expansion compared to previous years.

LCCs DRIVING GROWTH & SHIFTING HUB POSITIONS

Low Cost Carriers were the main drivers of passenger traffic growth in 2016 on the back of their successful move upmarket, the development of low cost spinoffs by Full Service Carriers and the emergence of long haul & low cost offerings.

As a result, passenger traffic growth tended to concentrate on secondary & emerging hubs as well as medium-sized airports. This was the case notably in Barcelona (+11.2%), Dublin (+11.5%), Manchester (+10.8%), Lisbon (+11.7%), Athens (+10.6%), Warsaw (+14.5%), Edinburgh (+11.1%), Cologne (+15.2%), Berlin (+36.7%), Birmingham (+14.3%), Budapest (+11.1%), Bucharest (+18.3%), Venice (+10%), Bologna (+11.5%), Keflavik (+40.4%), Thessaloniki (+12.1%), Krakow (+18.1%), Sofia (+21.8%) and Vilnius (+14.3%).

Meanwhile, the top 5 European hubs ('the Majors') as well as smaller regional airports significantly underperformed the European average, growing respectively by just +1.5% and +4.3%.

Among the Majors, Amsterdam-Schiphol was the only one growing significantly (+9.2%), replacing Istanbul-Atatürk as the 3rd busiest European airport with 63.6 million passengers – behind London-Heathrow (75.7 million passengers & +1%) and Paris-Charles de Gaulle (65.9 million passengers & +0.3%). Istanbul-Atatürk retrenched to 5th place (60 million passengers & -2.1%) while Frankfurt maintained its position as the 4th busiest European airport (60.7 million passengers & -0.4%).

DECEMBER 2016 & LOOKING AT 2017

Passenger traffic growth was particularly impressive in Q4 and December. In December alone, it grew by +10.9% across the European airport network – making Europe the fastest growing World region, surpassing Asia-Pacific (+9.6%).

Within Europe, the EU market continued to lead (+11.8%) with a notable improvement in the traffic performance of the top hubs. However, the non-EU market finally returned to a more dynamic course (+8.1%) on the back of significant growth at Russian airports and reduced traffic losses at Turkish airports. Iceland posted yet another stellar performance, with Keflavik airport's passenger traffic increasing by a record 66% over December 2015 - resulting in the airport more than doubling passenger volumes from their December 2014 level.

Looking ahead into 2017, Jankovec commented "This current growth dynamic is likely to hold up in the comings months, possibly until early Spring. Short-term downside risks relate to the price of oil – which is forecasted this year to be almost 30% above its 2016 average - and airlines exerting capacity discipline. Beyond that, our trading environment is becoming more unpredictable and prone to disruptions, due to mounting geopolitical risks. These include the permanence of terrorism threats, increasing political instability both within and outside Europe and BREXIT. These risks reflect a set of emerging mega-trends which are now challenging globalisation and free trade – and which could fundamentally alter airports' long-term business prospects."

BREAKDOWN OF FULL YEAR & DECEMBER DATA, BY TRAFFIC CATEGORY

During the full year of 2016, airports welcoming more than 25 million passengers per year (Group 1), airports welcoming between 10 and 25 million passengers (Group 2), airports welcoming between 5 and 10 million passengers (Group 3) and airports welcoming less than 5 million passengers per year (Group 4) reported an average adjustment +2.6%, +6.7%, +10.3% and +5.8%.

The airports which reported the highest increases in passenger traffic during 2016 (compared with 2015) are as follows:

GROUP 1: Dublin (+11.5%), Barcelona (+11.2%), Amsterdam (+9.2%), Copenhagen (+9.1%) and Madrid (+7.7%)

GROUP 2: Alicante (+16.8%), Malaga (+15.8%), Cologne (+15.2%), Warsaw WAW (+14.5%) and Birmingham (+14.3%),

GROUP 3: Berlin SXF (+36.7%), Larnaca (+24.2%), Faro (+18.6%), Bucharest OTP (+18.3%) and Porto (+16.0%)

GROUP 4: Oradea (+487.7%), Iasi (+131.3%), Bucharest BBU (+121.8%), Ostend (+64.5%) and Palanga & Kharkiv (+60.1%)

During the month of December, airports welcoming more than 25 million passengers per year (Group 1), airports welcoming between 10 and 25 million passengers (Group 2), airports welcoming between 5 and 10 million passengers (Group 3) and airports welcoming less than 5 million passengers per year (Group 4) reported an average adjustment +7.5%, +13.1%, +15.4% and +14.3%.

The airports which reported the highest increases in passenger traffic during December 2016 (compared with December 2015) are as follows:

GROUP 1: Moscow SVO (+19.3%), Barcelona (+15.3%), London Gatwick (+15.0%), Dublin (+13.3%) and Paris ORY (+11.5%),

GROUP 2: Warsaw WAW (+35.4%), St Petersburg (+24.0%), Birmingham (+23.7%), Lisbon (+22.8%) and Malaga (+20.8%)

GROUP 3: Kiev (+38.4%), Larnaca (+32.6%), Faro (+31.9%), Berlin (+27.6%) and Porto (+26.3%)

GROUP 4: Bucharest BBU (+615.9%), Arad (+500.0%), Maribor (+224.5%), Zakynthos Island (+188.9%) and Mikonos (+139.0%)

The 'ACI EUROPE Airport Traffic Report – December, Q4, H2 & Full Year 2016' includes 237 airports in total representing more than 88% of European air passenger traffic.

Pacific World releases 2017 Annual Destination Index

Pacific World, one of the world’s leading global destination and event management companies, in collaboration with ACCESS Destination Services are pleased to announce its 2017 Annual Destination Index. The Destination Index provides insight on the top industry trends for both clients and meetings and events professionals. In addition to the types of meetings and destinations groups are seeking, the index features details on what attendees are considering most meaningful.
“Each year, our cohesive team around the globe comes together to develop the Annual Destination Index, providing invaluable knowledge on meetings and events,” said Pacific World’s Global Managing Director, Selina Chavry“The compelling information includes details on the most popular destinations for meetings and events worldwide, types of requests we can expect, and prepares us to execute successful and innovative campaigns throughout the year.”
Top 10 Trends for 2017:
  • Take Me Off the Beaten Track: Second tier and uprising destinations are becoming more popular event destinations, such as small villages in Tuscany, or Lyon and Champagne as opposed to Paris.
  • Giving Back to the Destination, Engaging Local Communities: The meetings industry has seen an increase in Corporate Social - Responsibility initiatives focusing on local communities, such as “Making a Balinese Barong,” where attendees work with villages in Indonesia to create a local craft.
  • Events with a Purpose, Incentives with a Meaning; It’s All About Design: A strategic approach, more and more groups are requesting a return on engagement in addition to investment, creating an impact and everlasting memory.
  • Sharing Memories with the World: Creating engaging experiences is as important as providing high-speed Wi-Fi access and designated creative hashtags for social media engagement. 
  • Keeping It Small and Unique; Profiling and Tailoring: Creating an event based on specific interests and group profiles is increasing in popularity. Personalization is key to guarantee group engagement. For instance, an ultra-high-end experience featuring unique and creative types of transportation works particularly well for small VIP groups, while design inspired workshops with world famous athletes or musicians match well for young audiences.
  • Culture Vulture: More than a trend, experiencing the culture of a destination makes an event truly exceptional and is now key to its success.  
  • Catering – Farm to Table, Organic, Healthy, and Wholeness: In line with general food & beverage trends, groups are looking for healthy food elements, local and nutritious cuisine, farm-to-table options and special dietary requirements.
  • Sharing, Networking – Less Formal and More Dynamic: Meeting and event planners are putting an emphasis on sharing and networking, whether with locals, colleagues, conference speakers or industry peers. Engaging reception style dinners opposed to seated dinners are on the rise and interactive experiences where attendees and guests have the chance to learn and experience the destination from a different perspectives are trendy.
  • Mobile Applications: The Tool for Meetings, Incentives and Events: Mobile apps have become a must use tool for planners and guests, not only during the events but also in the planning process.
  • The Role of Technology: Incorporating technology such as drones in meetings and events are on the rise, although sometimes challenging to implement. Groups are still utilizing technology often, including live video streaming or geolocation games.
In addition to the Annual Destination Index, Pacific World and ACCESS Destination Services release a monthly Destination Index to provide special insights for clients and industry professionals. After tracking RFPs each month, a list of the top three trending destinations is released. Recent destinations include locations such as France, Croatia, South Africa, China, Hong Kong and Indonesia and domestic: South Florida, Colorado and New York.

Online Visitor Visa For Chinese Nationals A Win For The Visitor Economy

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The Tourism & Transport Forum Australia (TTF) has applauded the commencement of online visitor visa applications for Chinese nationals as a positive reform that will help Australia remain competitive in attracting more visitors from this critical growth market.

“Chinese visitors are a gold-mine for Australia’s visitor economy – they stay longer and spend more than other nationalities which is fantastic news for our visitor economy,” said Margy Osmond, TTF CEO.

“Bravo to the Tourism Minister Stephen Ciobo and Immigration Minister Peter Dutton on announcing today that online visitor visa applications for Chinese nationals are now open for business. This is a great step forward to taking the pain out of paper-based visa applications especially when more than 1.2 million Chinese visitors travelled to Australia in the past 12 months.

“Any steps that Government can take to make it easier for Chinese visitors to choose Australia as their traveling destination is warmly welcomed by the industry. This is a clear sign that we are serious about making it easier for Chinese to visit and is a timely announcement for China Australia Year of Tourism.

“TTF has been a vocal advocate of the need to improve visa processing for what will shortly be our largest overseas visitor market. China is on track to overtake New Zealand as our biggest source of visitors some time later this year and there is so much more potential for us to capture with less than one per cent of Chinese tourists coming to Australia.

“We need to be playing every card in our hand because the international tourism market is cut-throat and we are up against destinations like Europe and North America that are aggressively targeting the Chinese market.

“Industry looks forward to working with the government to continue to develop and implement these types of smart reforms that will encourage more visas from China and the broader Asia-Pacific to visit Australia and support the continuing growth of our visitor economy.”

Source:- TTF

Crescent Hotels & Resorts announces The Duke Hotel Newport Beach

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The Duke Hotel Newport Beach_The Entrance

NEWPORT BEACH, CALIF. - The Duke Hotel Newport Beach joins the Newport Beach market as an upscale, lifestyle hotel. Formerly the Fairmont Newport Beach, the property will undergo a multi-million-dollar renovation and convert to the Renaissance Newport Beach in early 2018. The Duke Hotel Newport Beach will begin accepting reservations as a Marriott affiliated "White Label" hotel effective March 2017. Prior to March 2017 guests can enjoy all the benefits and royal amenities of The Duke Hotel Newport Beach by calling (949) 955-5632 for reservations. 
Crescent Hotels & Resorts, a nationally recognized and award winning Marriott operator of hotels, resorts & conference centers throughout the United States and Canada, has been selected as the manager. The Duke and the upcoming Renaissance Newport Beach will be positioned and operated under Crescent's Lifestyle division, "Latitudes, Lifestyles by Crescent."
The Duke Hotel Newport Beach
"The Duke Hotel Newport Beach aligns well with Crescent due to our extensive experience in repositioning unique and complex lifestyle hotels," said Michael George, Chief Executive Office of Crescent Hotels & Resorts. "Our unique approach as an elite Marriott International hotel manager, combined with our experience operating in southern California, will maximize the potential of this great hotel."
Adjacent to the John Wayne Airport, Orange County (SNA), The Duke Hotel Newport Beach is an upscale property with an unparalleled location that is convenient for business travel and leisure getaways. The hotel features 444 luxury guest rooms including 54 suites, rooftop pool with cabanas, an 8,000-square-foot spa, bocce court, tennis/sport courts, wedding gazebo, fitness center, restaurant, full bar, and 42,000 square feet of meeting space including 27,000 square feet of outdoor function space.