The Davenport Grand Hotel in Spokane, Wash., is taking reservations for private rooftop igloos with stellar views of the city and riverfront. The lighted, transparent structures can seat up to six for socializing and feature tables, blankets and speakers -- though their heating only bumps the interior temperature up about 5 degrees above the outdoor temperature.
Alaska Airlines has been named as founding partner and the official airline of NHL Seattle. The airline also will sponsor the "Alaska Airlines Atrium" at the team's hockey arena, creating a gathering place featuring stories and images of the Pacific Northwest. "'Meet me in the Alaska Airlines Atrium' is the vernacular that we're hoping to create within the community," marketing executive Natalie Bowman.
FedEx volunteers will work with Rise Against Hunger to pack over 170,000 meals in 10 cities in celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day and the company's ongoing partnership with the organization. The company is also sponsoring free admission at civil rights museums in Birmingham and Montgomery, Ala.; Jackson, Miss.; Memphis, Tenn., and Atlanta.
Plans are in the works to replace a terminal at Huntingburg Regional Airport in Indiana with a larger building that will accommodate more people and encourage increased traffic. The new terminal will also provide a rest space for pilots with showers, offices and a classroom.
Travel advisors have been scrambling on the heels of tour operators suddenly going out of business, with Australia-based Excite Holidays' disappearance this month being the latest occurrence, putting holiday-goers around the world in limbo. Rather than absorbing the loss or asking clients to pay a second time, many advisors are trying to help clients get refunds from their credit card companies.
The Summerfest store has opened at Wisconsin's Milwaukee Mitchell International Airport, featuring products from House of Harley-Davidson, Brew City Brand, Drink Wisconsinbly, and more than 15 local artisans and small businesses. The store is part of a $7 million renovation project for the airport's retail and restaurant areas.
Delta Air Lines has committed $400,000 to renovations at the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historical Park in Atlanta. "There are few who have left a legacy of connection as profound as Dr. King. We are honored to support improvements that will allow the public to visit the park and remember his life for decades to come," Delta's Tad Hutcheson says.
American Airlines has named Brian Znotins vice president of network and schedule planning. Znotins, who has had a long airline career, will manage American's global route network and lead long-range planning efforts.
Atlas Air CEO John Dietrich applauded the opening of a new, $19 million cargo maintenance hangar at the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport, noting that Atlas maintains "extensive operations" there. The new facility "will greatly enhance our ability to support our fleet and deliver the highest levels of service for our customers," he said.
Air Canada formally unveiled its first A220-300 aircraft, which is to begin flying between Calgary and Montreal on Jan. 16. The airline has ordered 45 A220s, whose increased efficiency opens up many potential new routes.
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