The Street's Ted Reed took an in-depth look at the intense and growing competition in the airline industry. "The major airlines increasingly fly into one another's hubs, reflecting both intense competition and an ongoing industry-wide effort to replace smaller aircraft with bigger ones," Reed writes. John Heimlich, A4A's chief economist, affirmed that the "fiercest" competition occurs between hubs and the hubs of carriers' competitors. "[T]he intrinsic nature of the airline business is to battle fiercely for customers and hence revenue. That revenue tends to be located in areas with the densest populations and largest businesses," Heimlich said. "It is no secret that airlines tend to choose those markets as their hub locations."
Retired air traffic control professional Alan Clendenin writes that reforming the ATC system is critical to Florida's tourism industry. In this commentary, Clendenin asserts that the current ATC system is outdated. "Despite the political drama and partisan divides, I still believe it's government's role to actually seek solutions and solve problems," he added, while urging Florida's elected officials to support the 21st Century AIRR Act.
American Airlines is offering companies the chance to win 10,000 points, worth five round-trip domestic flights, in a contest celebrating the 20th anniversary of the carrier's Business Extra service.
Hawaiian Airlines will switch to Airbus 330-200 aircraft for its eight-hour flights between Honolulu and Sapporo, Japan. The planes feature lie-flat seats and premium economy seats.
Ensuring a marketing plan is in place is essential to making grab-and-go food items pay off, according to Rich Garcia, vice president of culinary for Crescent Hotels & Resorts. Royal Sonesta Houston focuses on placement of grab-and-go items in high-traffic areas.
Hawaii's Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel will undergo a $46 million update before being rebranded as the Westin Hapuna Beach Resort and reopening in early 2018.
Charlotte, N.C.'s dual-branded AC Hotel and Residence Inn will debut in February. The property will have 300 keys.
Plans for a 40-story Ritz-Carlton tower in New York City's NoMad neighborhood include 164 guest rooms and a rooftop bar. Construction of the $484 million project is slated to begin next year, with the hotel targeting a 2021 opening.
The Crowne Plaza Dubai Business Bay will open in 2019 under a new development agreement between InterContinental and API Hotels & Resorts. The partners will also build the InterContinental Residence Suites Dubai Business Bay.