Thursday, 16 June 2011

Starwood Hotels to construct 90 hotels in China

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide are focusing 30% of their worldwide expansion plans on China with 90 hotels currently under construction in the country.

The President and CEO Frits van Paasschen has said that: “The difference between China, more than anything else right now, is the absolute magnitude of the growth potential given the size of the economy in its trajectory of development. The growth of China’s economy and urbanization represents an enormous amount of demand.”

Mr. van Paasschen could well be expanding at just the right time as tourism has grown 11%  in 2010 to reach 2.1 billion together with the countries booming economy.

Easyjet to operate 70 flights a week from Southend

Low cost airline Easyjet has announced that it is to begin flying from Southend Airport. The airline expects to fly 800,000 passengers from the site in its first year. It will operate 70 flights per week with destinations including Barcelona, Faro and Ibiza.

Alastair Welch of Southend Airport said: "We are delighted to announce our partnership with Easyjet, servicing a comprehensive variety of routes into Europe.

"A new state-of-the-art control tower is now operational, work on our runway extension is underway, as is a new terminal building to be completed this autumn. A new hotel will open in 2012."

The move has come on the back of a new control tower being constructed at the airport earlier in the year.

Boeing launch test flight using biofuel mixed kerosene

Boeing have announced that one of its 747-8 planes will be the first commercial jet to cross the Atlantic on fuel derived from camelina. Camelina is a plant grown in Montana and will account for 15% of the planes fuel. The remainding 85% will be derived from Jet-A-kerosene.

The actual plane will be shown at the Paris Air Show next week.

Little is known into the economic and environmental savings of incorporating bio-fuel power into jetliners but it is the start of interesting times for the industry.