Ateam’s first Super Bowl win deserves more than a day or two of partying, right?
Then fly, Eagles, fly — to Cancun in
April. What better place to savor the victory
than at the Jade Riviera resort there, where
Apple Vacations has assembled a $1,549
package that features time with six
Philadelphia Eagles players, ex-players and
team bloggers. Besides airfare, hotel
and transfers, the package includes
meals, snacks and unlimited beverages.
Sounds just like TC’s Super Bowl
party at the relatives’ (but with a
slightly better backdrop). More on
the package at #BeachBlitz.
Cape Town’s pre-eminent luxury property,
Cape Grace, is taking a seemingly sci-fi ap-
proach in its efforts to help conserve water
amid a devastating drought in the South Af-
rican city. The hotel has installed what it calls
a “water from air” machine, a device that is
supposed to produce potable water from the
surrounding air. TC would need to see it to
The hotel is also giving its guests with
smaller children BabyDams, a divider that literally dams up a portion of the bathtub to create a smaller bathing area and thus conserve
water. Babies aside, necessity, as they say, appears to be the mother of invention — or at
If you thought you saw Virtuoso’s
Misty Ewing Belles on “Today” at the
end of last month, that wasn’t your
eyes playing tricks on you: The
consortium’s managing director of
global public relations made an appearance on NBC’s morning show
to give away five warm-weather getaways when New York was gripped by
a cold spell.
Virtuoso partnered with “Today” for a week,
meaning nearly 3 million national viewers saw
Virtuoso branding and b-roll every day, a first
for the consortium.
As for Belles, she will go down in the history of “Today” for her big line, delivered on
the set with Megyn Kelly: “You’re going to
Co., the ski resorts
last year by KSL
Capital Partners’ acquisitions of Mammoth Resorts and
former Mammoth Resorts chief Rusty
Gregory as its CEO. Gregory led Cali-fornia-based Mammoth for more than
two decades. He is an investor in Alterra and has been on its board since it
was formed last August.
Interstate Hotels & Resorts has hired
former Wyndham and Club Med ex-
ecutive Andrew Jordan as its new chief
marketing officer. Jordan was chief
marketing officer of what was then
Wyndham International between 1998
and 2005 after serving for two years as
president of Club Med’s U.S. opera-
tions. Most recently, Jordan was chief
marketing officer at Adeptus Health.
Gordon Dirker is the new vice president, business development, North
America at Celestyal Cruises. He is responsible for all North American field
sales activities. Prior to taking this position, he was vice president, Americas at
Jim Heaney was promoted to executive vice president, professional services at Carnival Cruise Line. Heaney,
who will retain his CFO title, will also
be responsible for the line’s legal and
information technology functions as
well as strategic and commercial port
development efforts. Heaney joined
Carnival as CFO in June 2015. He was
previously CFO at Sea World Parks &
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Norwegian Air is a discount airline, but it offers among the most spacious premium economy cabins in the sky. This year the carrier
will double down on the product it calls Premium, increasing the seat count in its forward
cabin from 35 to 56 on
10 new-delivery Boeing
Dreamliners while reducing legroom.
Airlines editor Robert Silk spoke with Norwegian’s chief commercial officer, Thomas Ramdahl, to discuss that topic and other Norwegian
goings-on that will impact the U.S. market.
Q: You’re an ultralow-cost carrier, so why are
you doubling down on Premium?
A: Those aircraft will be allocated to destinations out of our long-haul London Gatwick
base, where there is a big demand for Premium. That’s Singapore, the U.S. and Buenos Aires. We will start these on U.S. flights
Q: Your current Dreamliner cabins have
46 inches of space between rows in Pre-
mium. That’s more or less industry lead-
ing for a premium economy product. But
you’re shrinking that space to 43 inches
on the new deliveries. Though that will
still be near the top of the industry, are
you concerned customers will notice the
difference and have a less pleasant experi-
A: No, I don’t think there will be a big difference for the passengers. I haven’t tried
it myself yet, but I think between 46 inches
and 43 inches you
don’t see a huge difference. The 46 inches
is a great space, but
you basically can’t reach the seat in front of
you anyhow. I think 38 inches is the industry
Q: Why not go less than 43 inches then?
A: Because you are not able to get more
seats in anyhow. Then you have to go down
to 38 inches. And we’re not going down to
that. I think at 43 inches you will have a better product. And the goal for us is to try to
be something between premium economy
and a business class. If you look at the ticketing rules and the service we provide, it’s
trying to be more on the business-class level without having the lie-flat
Q: Norwegian also plans to roll out
WiFi on its Dreamliner fleet this
year. When will that begin?
A: We will have WiFi on the new de-
liveries. That’s first. But it will not
be fully functional until the end of the year.
Q: You had 79% passenger growth to the
U.S. year over year in the third quarter. How
much U.S. growth do you expect this year?
A: You will see capacity almost double into
the U.S. We introduced Rome in the fourth
quarter. We introduced Madrid. We will be
flying Amsterdam in the summer and Milan,
as well. We are also adding three aircraft
from Paris to the U.S., and we are increasing
a lot as well from London.
Q: Are you concerned about the growth of
low-cost, transatlantic competitors like Eu-rowings, Level, Primera and Wow Air? Could
these carriers, combined with your fast
growth, undercut the company?
A: We are trying to grow the markets where
we see the potential. London is of
course a huge market. When we
increase capacity, we are getting
more and more business passengers, as
well. And when we do Rome, we are looking
at where we don’t have too much competi-
tion. Level is starting Paris at the end of the
summer, where we already have a presence.
So I’m not that afraid of the competition
Q: Norwegian Air Argentina just received
an operating permit. When do you expect to
launch? As I understand it, you’ll be flying
domestically within Argentina. Are any U.S.-Argentina routes in the offing?
A: You never know what the future will bring.
But we hope that we will be up and flying by
October or November this year and selling
tickets by the beginning of June. And we will
start by getting the domestic routes up and
running and then look at European routes.
What will happen in 2019 and 2020 is
hard to say. As for the U.S., we will
evaluate the possibility, but the
first focus now is to get domestic up and running.
Q Will you announce more U.S.
destinations this year?
A: I think you will see some an-
nouncements on new destina-
tions in the U.S. in 2018
for flights in 2019.
‘The goal for us is to try
to be something between
premium economy and
a business class.’
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