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April 30, 2007
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Sunwing returns from Seattle with a seventh aircraft
Company Expects to Receive Two More By Year's End
Marie-Klaude Gagnon

Sunwing Airlines has taken possession of a seventh aircraft, a Boeing 737-800, fresh out of Seattle's Boeing plant.  TRAVELHotNews.com was on board for the plane's first flight from Seattle to Toronto. In addition to the travel media, Sunwing Airlines president, Mark Williams, Colin Hunter, President Director General of Sunwing Travel Group, Stephen Hunter, Chief of Operations, and Sam Char, Quebec Director General of Vacances Sunwing were aboard for the ride. Sunwing Airlines' new plane will operate exclusively out of Montreal. [Full text and pictures]

TRAVELHOTNEWS.COM: "Canada's #1 Travel Trade e-Magazine"
TRAVELHotNews.com Unveils New Slogan
Uguette Chiasson
Publisher TRAVELHotNews.com
TRAVELHotNews.com (THN) is unveiling a new slogan this week - "Canada's #1 Travel Trade e-Magazine," to reflect its top standing in the industry. The new slogan will be featured on the website underneath the THN logo. With a pleasing, easy-to-read format, THN offers Canadian travel industry professionals the latest news. TRAVELHotNews.com captures a wide range of subscribers - 14,313 readers daily, to be exact. The website receives an average of 60,000 unique visits per month, the highest number in the industry. On average, 1,600,000 'hits' per week are generated by the website.  "We're working hard to stay your number one preference in electronic travel news," says Uguette Chiasson, Publisher, TRAVELHotNews.com. "We are going to introduce some new, exciting sections to the magazine this week." [Full text and pictures]

THN Visits Boeing Plant in Seattle
Boeing...Over 90 Years Old and Going Strong
While in Seattle to celebrate Sunwing's acquisition of its latest Boeing 737-800, TRAVELHotNews.com got a chance to tour Boeing's Seattle factory. The company recently celebrated its 90th anniversary in the year 2006. Greater Seattle has two Boeing plants, one in Renton and another one four times larger in Everett. The new generation of Boeing 737 consists of models 737-600/700/800/900 ER.  The Boeing 737 is the most popular plane for commercial flights. Tours of Boeing plants are available for a small fee, however only part of the Everett site is open to the public.  Seattle has many other attractions such as the Museum of Flight that is "fabulous", according to a Seattle airport customs officer. [Full text and pictures]

THN Cruise, THN Destination, and THN Supplements Sections begin this week
TRAVELHotNews.com is pleased to announce the debut of three exciting new sections in the magazine. Whether it's destination, cruise-oriented articles, or featured supplements, these new additions have something for every reader. Look for our new sections in your inbox soon! All articles in the THN Destination, THN Cruise, and THN Supplement sections will be archived and available at TRAVELHotNews.com for a six-month period thereafter. The number one travel trade e-magazine in Canada, TRAVELHotNews.com publishes a daily edition, five times a week. [Full text and pictures]

New Flight Pass for Business provides for up to 25 people, 100 trips
Air Canada introduced on Friday a better way for business travellers to fly with the Flight Pass for Business. The new pass is ideal for a company of any size looking to better manage travel and make flying more convenient for employees. "The Flight Pass for Business is designed for companies of any size, from small to large. Whether a firm has a few people flying a lot, many people flying occasionally, or any mix of flying in between, the Flight Pass for Business simplifies a company's travel management process while making it easy for employees to fly," said Marc Rosenberg, Vice President, Sales and Product Distribution at Air Canada. [Full text and pictures]

United Airlines and Airbus both experiencing disputes with unionized employees
United Airlines unions have been displeased with management, on Friday, calling parent UAL Corp.'s US$152 million net loss in the first quarter ``unacceptable'' in light of the multibillion-dollar labour cuts made in a three-year bankruptcy restructuring. The leaders of five United Airlines unions representing about half the airline's 55,000 employees also called on the company to renegotiate their pay, which CEO Glenn Tilton reiterated this week he would not do. United's first-quarter losses reflected the impact of winter storms, excess capacity and softer U.S. revenue markets that have weighed on the industry as a whole. JPMorgan analyst Jamie Baker cut ratings for United and five other carriers Friday, sending UAL's stock down $2.94, or eight per cent to $34.01 on the Nasdaq Stock Market. [Full text and pictures]

Passenger Demand On the Rise, Cargo Sluggish
The International Air Transport Association (IATA) released March traffic results showing that international passenger traffic demand rose 7.8% year-on-year. This is the largest year-on-year single month increase recorded in a year. Average international passenger load factors remained high at 76.4%. International freight traffic demand continued a 12-month run of sluggish growth with a 2.3% increase year-on-year.  Comparing the first three months of 2007 to the same period in the previous year passenger demand was up 7.0% with average load factors of 74.9%. Freight demand increased 2.7%. [Full text and pictures]

New Options For Economy-Class Passengers Aboard Most Caribbean Flights
Beginning May 1, 2007, Air Canada Vacations' passengers booked in Economy Class can choose from new menu options - free of charge - aboard Air Canada flights to most Caribbean destinations. Passengers will now receive two complimentary items from the Air Canada Onboard Café menu. This includes: one free "All Day Fresh" (i.e. sandwich) item valued at $5; and one free "All Day Pantry" (i.e. snack-including select Kosher   products) item valued at $2); plus the usual free hot/cold non-alcoholic beverage. For "All Day Fresh" and "All Day Pantry" menu options, visit this link. [Full text and pictures]

Renovations at NY Property Cause 9 Per Cent Drop
The high cost of renovations at the Hilton New York hurt the company's results in the first quarter. Earnings dipped to US$95 million, or 23 cents per share, from $104 million, or 26 cents per share, during the same period a year ago.
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