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News: Maison Privee takes on luxury Palm Jumeirah villa portfolio


Maison Privee has signed a deal to manage a portfolio of luxury signature villas on Palm Jumeirah, Dubai. The holiday rental provider for the luxury hospitality sector has taken on a range if properties valued at over $100 million.

News: CMA raises concerns over Sabre acquisition of Farelogix


The Competition & Markets Authority has warned Sabre’s proposed takeover of Farelogix raises competition concerns in the supply of IT systems used by airlines and travel agents to sell airline tickets.

News: Vietnam Airlines welcomes first Boeing 787-10 to fleet


The Vietnamese flag carrier plans to put the 787-10 – the most fuel-efficient twin-aisle airplane in the industry – on the busiest routes in its expanding network. The deal comes via a lease from Air Lease Corporation.

News: Hogg steps down as chief executive of Cathay Pacific


Rupert Hogg has stepped down as chief executive of Cathay Pacific. Hogg warned on Monday staff could be fired if they “support or participate in illegal protests” in Hong Kong.

News: Winkler appointed general manager at Fairmont the Palm


Kai Winkler has been appointed to the role of general manager with Fairmont the Palm in Dubai. Taking over leadership of the hotel, situated on the iconic Palm Jumeirah, the German national is a seasoned hotelier and brings more than two decades of experience to the role.

News: Delta grows Virgin partnership on trans-Atlantic routes


Virgin Atlantic and Delta Air Lines are boosting flights between the UK and US from next summer, which sees Delta join Virgin in serving Gatwick Airport together for the first time.

News: Boeing delays development of 777-8 long-range jet


Boeing has said it will put development of the ultra-long-range 777-8 on hold. The decision comes after a review of the development programme schedule and of 777X customer needs.

News: Al Baleed Resort Salalah launches new luxury camping experiences


In collaboration with country-renowned travel specialist, Oman Expeditions, this new offering is the first bespoke luxury mobile camping experience to take guests across the diverse terrain of the Dhofar province from the mountains to the desert to the sea.

News: First British Airways Airbus A350 prepares for Dubai departure


British Airways’ first A350 aircraft is being put through its paces with extensive service trials ahead of it starting long-haul flying to Dubai on September 2nd. The airline took delivery of its newest aircraft featuring its latest generation business class seat, Club Suite, on July 29th.

News: Serko signs Southwest Airlines as NDC partner


Serko has announced an agreement with Southwest Airlines to provide NDC content in Zeno. Zeno will be the first online booking tool to provide Southwest content via the ATPCO New Distribution Capability Exchange.

News: Umbral, Curio Collection by Hilton opens in Mexico City


The modern 59-room boutique hotel is the latest addition to Curio Collection by Hilton, reinforcing the growth of its portfolio of one-of-a-kind hotels and resorts in premier destinations across the Caribbean and Latin America.

News: Scenic Eclipse sets sail from Reykjavik on maiden voyage


As Scenic Eclipse sets sail on her inaugural voyage, a 13-day itinerary from Reykjavik to Quebec, the very first images of its luxurious interiors have been released.

News: Ural Airlines plane makes emergency landing following bird strike


An Airbus A321 operated by Ural Airlines has come down in a cornfield on the outskirts of Moscow after being struck by a flock of birds. Twenty-three people were injured in the incident, though there are no reports of fatalities.

News: Great Rail Journeys unveils United States acquisition


York-based Great Rail Journeys is to acquire Vacations By Rail, an independent US provider of escorted and independent rail holidays. Great Rail Journeys hopes the deal will position the company as a leading escorted rail company.

News: Ritz-Carlton, Perth, to open in November


Since 2012, 32 new or redeveloped hotels have opened in and around Perth, adding 3,306 new rooms to the local market with names such as DoubleTree by Hilton, the Westin, QT, Crown Towers, Alex Hotel, Intercontinental, Aloft and Tribe.

News: NATS records busiest ever day in UK airspace


There was growth in many areas of the operation, especially non-transatlantic international overflying traffic and transatlantic overflights, increasing by 6.5 per cent and five per cent respectively.

News: Simone handed leadership of two Kempinski properties in Kenya


Kempinski Hotels has announced Roberto Simone as the new general manager Villa Rosa Kempinski in Kenya. Described by the company as a well-rounded luxury hospitality professional, he will also take up leadership of the high-end tented camp in Masai Mara, Olare Mara Kempinski. 

News: Avani unveils plans for two new Australia properties


Building on the success of its debut on the Gold Coast and central Melbourne, Avani Hotels & Resorts will welcome guests to two new properties in Australia. Avani Adelaide Residences and Avani Melbourne Box Hill Residences will both open later this year.

News: British Airways to offer virtual relality headsets on New York route


From now until the end of 2019, customers travelling on select flights in First from London Heathrow to New York JFK will be able to enjoy a selection of award-winning films, documentaries and travel programmes in 2D, 3D or 360° formats.

News: Vietnam Airlines moves into United States with expanded Delta codeshare deal


The agreement has been made possible by a recent decision by the United States Federal Aviation Administration to grant the Civil Aviation Administration of Vietnam CAT1 certification.

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