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Tuesday, November 29, 2011

A Message from Gerard Arpey

A Message from Gerard Arpey

Dear Colleagues:

By now you know that today the company filed for protection under Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code. After much thought and deliberation, the AMR Board of Directors concluded that this was the best step to secure the company's future – and indeed, I have no doubt that with restructured costs and more degrees of freedom to run the business, American Airlines will emerge from bankruptcy protection as a more efficient, more competitive, and stronger company.

Restructuring through bankruptcy will no doubt be a challenging process, and it's no secret that we have tried exceptionally hard over the last decade to avoid this outcome. But the process also represents an opportunity to rebuild AA in a way that assures it will not just survive, but thrive and win in the global marketplace.

I respect the decision of the Board of Directors to take this path, and I am grateful for their request that I continue serving as your Chairman and Chief Executive. However, after careful consideration, I concluded that my remaining in those roles would not be best for the company. In my view, executing the Board's plan will require not only a reevaluation of every aspect of our business, but also the leadership of a new Chairman and CEO who will bring restructuring experience and a different perspective to the process. That is why I informed the Board of my decision to retire from the company.

Those who know me well will understand that idleness is not in my nature, and so it is my intention to accept one of the offers that have come my way over the years. I have decided to join the Emerald Creek Group, an investment firm.

With my full support, the Board has appointed Tom Horton Chairman and CEO. Although Tom has spent over 20 years with American, the time he has spent outside the company has given him a unique perspective to draw upon as he leads the company through this phase and beyond. I am confident that he will lead American Airlines to a successful future.

I want to emphasize what an honor it has been for me to help lead this great company. American Airlines has been my home for three decades, and while the last decade in particular has been enormously challenging for all of us, it has nonetheless been a pleasure and a privilege to work shoulder to shoulder with all of you. Together we have made incredible progress, despite long odds and enormous adversity.

I confess that my heart is heavy today. But any sadness I feel in leaving the company I love is outweighed by my gratitude for the thirty enormously challenging and exciting years American Airlines has given me – and even more so, for the friendship and camaraderie of the best team in the airline business. The men and women of American Airlines have met challenge after challenge with perseverance, skill, determination and grace, and I know you will continue to do so for many years to come.

I wish you all my very best. May God bless you and keep you, and may He guide you to the success you so deeply deserve.

Sincerely yours,

Gerard Arpey

Second Special Jetwire

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

A Message from Chairman and CEO Tom Horton

Dear Colleagues:

Today, we took an action that is the necessary and correct path for us to take - and take now - to become a more efficient, financially stronger, and more competitive airline.

We believe that taking decisive action today will allow American Airlines and American Eagle to restructure so that we can emerge from Chapter 11 well-positioned to assure the company's long term viability and its ability to compete effectively in the marketplace. It is the right decision – and the right time – for our company and its future.

I realize this news might be difficult to absorb; change is never easy. We will do our very best to keep you informed, understanding that there will be many questions we are not able to answer right away. I can certainly tell you that we expect to continue to provide employee wages, healthcare coverage, vacation, and other benefits, without interruption.

As each of us begins to process this news, we must look beyond the moment to consider the powerful assets of our company and the exceptional strengths we have as we enter into this process: one of the most recognized brands in any industry, our unmatched AAdvantage program, our global network and alliances, the innovation and dedication of our employees, and the loyalty of our customers. We will also have the youngest fleet in the industry, giving us more flexibility and the opportunity to build and grow our network down the road. Together, these form our foundation for greater future opportunity. And now we have the potential to overcome our last hurdle by achieving a competitive cost structure, returning to both financial health and a position of industry leadership.

As we work to achieve our goals, our customers' safety, comfort, and travel experience must remain, as always, our top priority. Their satisfaction ultimately determines whether we succeed and are able to shape a successful future for our company.

The people of American have worked tirelessly and honorably to overcome the challenges we've confronted over the past decade, and we made incredible progress against all the odds. Yet, in spite of all our progress, other factors evolved around us to make our road ahead that much tougher. The impact of our significant cost disadvantage compared to our now-larger competitors, all of which restructured their costs and debt through Chapter 11, has intensified in recent weeks due to global economic uncertainty, volatile and rising fuel prices, and ever greater competitive challenges. In spite of the uphill battle we've fought, we nevertheless put in place a powerful foundation: we strengthened our network and forged premier global partnerships; invested in our customers' experience, and announced a transformational fleet renewal plan that is the envy of our industry. We confronted our challenges head on, but in the end, we are now faced with the accelerating impact of factors outside our control and a widening cost gap we have not been able to close – a situation that had to change, one way or another. Our Board decided that it was necessary to take this step now to restore our profitability, operating flexibility, and financial strength, before we missed the opportunity.

As I mentioned, achieving a competitive cost structure remains a final challenge that we must overcome. We have one opportunity to do this right, and that requires a comprehensive overhaul of our costs. We can get it done together, recognizing that we are in this together.

One person who has always put our company's interests first is Gerard Arpey. Gerard led American out of its darkest time and fought with all his considerable energy and intelligence to avoid the path we are taking today. In spite of all the headwinds, Gerard had the vision and fortitude to continue laying the foundation for success, the building blocks for our future – and I was proud to be by his side. And in his last decision as CEO, too, his overriding concern was the best interests of the company and his belief that new leadership was the best choice for our path forward. I have rarely encountered a more honorable or principled person and it has been a privilege to work for him and learn from him for the past 26 years. I will personally miss Gerard's daily presence, but I know we can all continue to count on his friendship and encouragement.

American Airlines has a proud history and we will have a successful future. We intend to reinforce our reputation as a global leader known for excellence and innovation, a travel partner customers seek out, and a carrier that serves communities throughout the world.

The coming months will not be easy, but this company has overcome challenges – many in just the past decade – that would have defeated lesser teams. I am confident that your courage, determination, and ingenuity will assure that our company reaffirms its position among the world's premier airlines.


Tom Horton

Thursday, November 03, 2011

JFK: to Frankfurt $599, to Singapore $888 on Singapore Airline's A380


LOS ANGELES, November 3, 2011 – In celebration of its A380 aircraft launch from JFK, Singapore Airlines offers travelers a deal to Frankfurt, Singapore and 26 destinations in Southeast Asia to experience the world’s largest and most spacious commercial aircraft, starting at $599. Fares include round-trip, Economy Class travel, as well as all fuel surcharges and taxes.

For five days only, consumers will have access to the following round-trip fares:

  • JFK to Frankfurt $599
  • JFK to Singapore $888
  • JFK to 26 Southeast Asia* and North Asia** destinations for $999

Tickets must be purchased November 3 through November 7. Travel dates are January 16 –March 31, 2012. For more information and to book reservations, visit

Fares are subject to change without notice. Seats are limited. Above fares may not be available on all flights or dates.

*Southeast Asia includes the following Singapore Airlines/SilkAir destinations: Kuala Lumpur, Penang, Langkawi, Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Phuket, Koh Samui, Manila, Cebu, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Da Nang, Phnom Penh, Siem Reap, Jakarta, Denpasar (Bali), Surabaya. **North Asia includes the following Singapore Airlines/SilkAir destinations: Tokyo, Seoul, Taipei, Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Hong Kong, Kunming, Changsha.

Monday, October 24, 2011

LAS VEGAS: ARIA's All-Star Food & Wine Sweepstakes!

All-Star Food & Wine Package

· 2-Night Suite Accommodations at ARIA Resort & Casino

· Invited Guest Check-In

· Dinner for 2 at BARMASA

· Dinner for 2 at Sirio Ristorante

· 2 Tickets to Viva ELVIS

· VIP Tour from our Social Media Expert

Gogo, Ford Team Up to Give Passengers Free Access to Mustang Customizer and Facebook at 30,000 Feet

Gogo, Ford Team Up to Give Passengers Free Access to

Mustang Customizer and Facebook at 30,000 Feet

ITASCA, Ill., Oct. 24, 2011 – Gogo, a leading provider of in-flight connectivity, and Ford have teamed up to give passengers free access to Ford’s new interactive Mustang Customizer. This is the first time travelers will be able to access Ford’s popular Mustang Customizer and share their Mustang creations from the stratosphere for free.

Passengers aboard flights equipped with Gogo’s in-flight Wi-Fi who configure their Mustang will then gain access to Facebook for the duration of their flight. The special promotion starts October 21, 2011 and ends November 18, 2011.

Passengers can choose to customize their Mustang from literally trillions of combinations: 78,791,049,216,000 combinations to be exact. Passengers start by choosing a Mustang V6, GT, Boss 302 or Shelby GT500. Their custom touch is blended with three different backgrounds – a dragway, cityscape or drive-in restaurant – along with five different angles from which to check out the design. Accessories include body kits, wheels, decals, grilles and decklids, along with parts from Ford Racing Performance Parts and Ford Vehicle Personalization. Passengers can also save and share their mustangs with their friends on Facebook. When they’re through playing with their new Mustang, they can enjoy free access to Facebook on Gogo so they can keep in touch with friends and family at 30,000 feet.

“This is the second time Gogo has worked with Ford in creative ways to promote their brand via Gogo’s in-air network,” said Ash ElDifrawi, Gogo’s chief marketing officer. “We’re extremely excited to work with them on building a rich media opportunity to reach travelers and bring their cutting edge, interactive Mustang Customizer to passengers at 30,000 feet. This promotion is one more way Gogo is working with partners to bring exciting entertainment options to travelers while offering creative marketing solutions for advertisers.”

Accessing the Ford Mustang Customizer is easy. Passengers with their own Wi-Fi enabled device can simply open their Internet browser. From there, they will automatically be directed to Gogo’s in-air Web site where they will see a special promotion. From there, they just click on the promotion and they will automatically be directed to the Ford Mustang Customizer.

“We are really excited to give Gogo users a chance to customize their very own Mustang while in flight,” added Brian McClary, emerging and social media specialist at Ford. “The Mustang Customizer has proven to be a great way for users to create their own Mustang and provides an interactive and immersive experience.”

Thursday, October 06, 2011

LAN Airlines Surprises Patrons at New York Hot Spot Nuela with Round-Trip Tickets to South America

LAN Airlines, South America’s premier airline, has just surprised patrons of New York restaurant Nuela with tickets to the region. Moments ago, close to 200 unsuspecting diners were presented with vouchers that can be redeemed for one roundtrip ticket to such thrilling destinations as Ecuador, Peru, Chile, and Argentina. The airline is celebrating the launch of its “Only in South America” campaign, a multi-year effort to promote leisure travel to the region. The celebration continues online, as LAN Airlines is now hosting an online sweepstakes for consumers to win more tickets.

“Only in South America can you visit the home of Carmenere wine, discover the lost city of Machu Picchu, visit a land untouched by time in the Galapagos Islands and enjoy endless natural, cultural and culinary attractions,” said Pablo Chiozza, Vice President, North America and Caribbean, LAN Airlines. “LAN Airlines and its affiliates offer unparalleled access to South America from their U.S. gateways in Los Angeles, Miami, New York and San Francisco. We want to give travelers the chance to see what makes South America, and our service, so special.”

Tonight’s event at Nuela, the South American restaurant located in Manhattan's Flatiron district featuring nuevo latino cuisine, unfolded quickly and with the sparkle and rhythm that evoke the charm of South America. Guests were enjoying signature dishes from Nuela's executive chef Adam Schop (winner of Star Chef's 2011 Rising Star award) including his New York Times touted "best tasting dish of the year" - the arroz con pato (duck paella), when they were suddenly directed to look under their tables for a major surprise. None of these guests had any idea what to expect, but soon enough the news set in: everyone in the restaurant is now holding a voucher for a ticket to any of the many wonders that can be found Only in South America.

"It was a genuine pleasure to see the restaurant full of dinner guests enjoying South American dishes all of a sudden receive the unexpected news that they were getting the chance to travel to where our cuisine originates, just because they were at the right place at the right time," said Chef Schop.

More Chances to Win Online

Consumers who follow LAN Airlines via Twitter (@LANAirlinesUSA) also have a chance to join in this experience. LAN Airlines is offering free tickets to South America through an online giveaway on Twitter via the @LANAirlinesUSA Twitter handle. The sweepstakes ends on October 13, 2011.

Nuela ( can be found via Twitter (@nuelanyc) and on Facebook (nuelarestaurant).

LAN Airlines USA Twitter Surprise Giveaway

Official Rules


A purchase will not improve chances of winning.

CONSUMER DISCLOSURE: You have not yet won.

By entering this LAN Airlines USA Twitter Surprise Giveaway (the “Giveaway”), entrants accept and agree to be bound by these Official Rules (“Rules”). A violation of these Rules shall result in disqualification of the participant and/or winner. All decisions of LAN Airlines regarding this Giveaway are final and binding in all respects.

1. SPONSOR. LAN Airlines S.A., 6500 NW 22 St., Miami, Florida, 33122 (“LAN Airlines” or “LAN”).

2. GIVEAWAY PERIOD. Giveaway begins at 9 pm Eastern Standard Time on Thursday, October 6, 2011 and ends at 6pm Eastern Standard Time on Thursday, October 13, 2011 (“Giveaway Period”).

3. ELIGIBILITY. The Giveaway is only open to legal residents of the 50 United States and District of Columbia who are at least 18 years old as of the date of entry, except officers, directors, members, and employees of the Sponsor, the judging organization (if applicable), or any other party associated with the development or administration of this Giveaway, and the immediate family (i.e., parents, children, siblings, spouse), and persons residing in the same household, as such individuals. This Giveaway is void outside the 50 United States and the District of Columbia, and where prohibited. In order to be eligible, the participant must have Twitter account.

4. HOW TO ENTER. Participants will be invited to participate in the Giveaway via Twitter by retweeting the announced picture posted by the @LANAirlinesUSA Twitter handle showing activities from the surprise event at Nuela restaurant in New York City. A retweet will be considered any tweet mentioning the @LANAirlinesUSA Twitter handle, a link to the photo as posted by @LANAirlinesUSA or the hashtag “#LANsurprise.” Participants will not be allowed to enter the contest through Facebook.

5. WINNER SELECTION AND NOTIFICATION. One (1) winner shall be selected by random drawing on Thursday, October 13, 2011and the winner will be announced on Friday, October 14, 2011. There will be one potential winner. Potential winners will be notified through a direct message on Twitter. The message will request the winner to send a valid email address to coordinate acceptance of prize. If a potential winner: (i) cannot be contacted; (ii) does not respond within 24 hours from the time the Sponsor first tries to notify him/her; (iii) fails to return the Affidavit and Release as specified in Rule 9; (iv) refuses the prize; and/or (v) the prize or prize notification is returned as undeliverable, such potential winner forfeits all rights to win the Giveaway or receive the prize, and an alternate potential winner may be selected. After five (5) such alternate potential winners have been selected without securing an eligible winner, the prize shall remain un-awarded. Upon contacting potential winner and determining that he/she has met all eligibility requirements of the Giveaway, such individual will be declared the "winner" of the Giveaway.

6. PRIZE DESCRIPTION. One (1) winner will receive the Prize of two economy class roundtrip tickets on LAN Airlines or its affiliates, LAN Peru S.A. or LAN Argentina S.A., from MIAMI, FL; LOS ANGELES, CA; NEW YORK, NY; or SAN FRANCISCO, CA to any destination where the mentioned carriers operate to South America. The approximate retail value of the Prize is $2,500.00. Roundtrip tickets must be used between November 15, 2011 and October 30, 2012, except on blackout dates: from South America to North America, Nov. 13-Dec. 21, 2011, and Jan. 1-15, 2012; from North America to South America, Dec. 14-23, 2011. Tickets must be requested at least six weeks before the date of departure. No prize substitution, cash equivalent or transfer permitted except at sole discretion of Sponsor, who reserves the right to substitute all or part of the Prize with one of comparable or greater value. Additional upgrades and options are at the sole expense of the winner. Sponsor does not guarantee, beforehand, the availability of space on any of the air routes herein mentioned or that might be selected by the winner(s). All of Sponsor’s or its affiliate carriers’ tickets are valid on regularly scheduled, published flights, not on any code-share flights not operated by the mentioned carriers. All reservations are the sole responsibility of the winners and not of the Sponsor. The Prize tickets will not be considered for LANPASS classification of any of the LANPASS member categories, or to move from one category to another, and are not include the right to earn kilometers miles in the LANPASS Frequent Flyer Program or with oneworld, or with any other program that might be implemented in the future. There is no full or partial cash refund permitted for tickets issued in relation to this Giveaway, and cannot be negotiated or exchanged for money or any other goods. Tickets will be issued to the individuals named by the winner, are not transferable, nor may be negotiated or transferred to another person once issued.

7. TAXES. All federal, state and/or local income and other taxes, if any, are the winner's sole responsibility.

8. ODDS OF WINNING. The odds of winning this Giveaway depend on the number of eligible entries received.

9. NO PRIZE TRANSFER OR SUBSTITUTION. No prize or any portion thereof is transferable or redeemable for cash. Any portion of the prize that is not used is forfeited. No substitutions for prize except by Sponsor, in which case a prize of equal or greater value will be substituted.

10. CONSENT AND RELEASE. By entering the Giveaway, each entrant releases and discharges the Sponsor, judging organization (if applicable), Twitter, and any other party associated with the development or administration of this Giveaway, their parent, subsidiary, and affiliated entities, and each of their respective officers, directors, members, shareholders, employees, independent contractors, agents, representatives, successors and assigns (collectively, "Sponsor Entities"), from any and all liability whatsoever in connection with this Giveaway, including without limitation legal claims, costs, injuries, losses or damages, demands or actions of any kind (including without limitation personal injuries, death, damage to, loss or destruction or property, rights of publicity or privacy, defamation, or portrayal in a false light) (collectively, "Claims"). Except where prohibited: (i) acceptance of a prize constitutes the consent of any winner, without further compensation, to use the name and likeness of such winner for editorial, advertising and publicity purposes by the Sponsor and/or others authorized by the Sponsor; (ii) acceptance of a prize constitutes a release by any winner of the Sponsor Entities of any and all Claims in connection with the administration of this Giveaway and the use, misuse, or possession of any prize; and (iii) any potential winner may be required to sign an affidavit of eligibility (including social security number) and a liability/publicity release. Affidavits and releases must be returned within ten (10) days from the date that Sponsor first tries to notify the potential winner. If winner is deemed to be a minor under the jurisdiction of his/her residence, the prize will be awarded in the name of his/her parent or legal guardian who must execute the necessary affidavit and release.

Participants are in no way expected or obligated to provide a positive commentary online about the brand or the contest in exchange for winning free product.

11. DISCLAIMERS. (i) Neither Sponsor nor Twitter are responsible for entries that are lost, late, misdirected, incorrect, garbled, or incompletely received, for any reason, including by reason of hardware, software, browser, or network failure, malfunction, congestion, or incompatibility at Sponsor's servers or elsewhere. In the event of a dispute, entries will be deemed submitted by the authorized account holder of the e-mail address submitted at the time of entry. "Authorized account holder" is defined as the natural person who is assigned to an e-mail address by an Internet Access Provider, online service provider, or other organization (e.g., business, educational institute) that is responsible for assigning e-mail addresses for the domain associated with the submitted e-mail address. (ii) Sponsor, in its sole discretion, reserves the right to disqualify any person tampering with the entry process or the operation of the web site or otherwise attempting to undermine the legitimate operation of the Giveaway. Use of bots or other automated process to enter is prohibited and may result in disqualification at the sole discretion of Sponsor. (iii) Sponsor further reserves the right to cancel, terminate or modify the Giveaway if it is not capable of completion as planned, including by reason of infection by computer virus, bugs, tampering, unauthorized intervention, force majeure or technical failures of any sort. (iv) Sponsor Entities are not responsible for errors in the administration or fulfillment of this Giveaway, including without limitation mechanical, human, printing, distribution or production errors, and may modify or cancel this Giveaway based upon such error at its sole discretion without liability. In no event will Sponsor be responsible for awarding more than the number of prizes specified in these rules. (v) SPONSOR ENTITIES MAKE NO WARRANTIES, REPRESENTATIONS OR GUARANTEES, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, IN FACT OR IN LAW, REGARDING THIS GIVEAWAY OR THE MERCHANTABILITY, QUALITY OR FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE REGARDING ANY PRIZE OR ANY COMPONENT OF ANY PRIZE. (vi) CAUTION: ANY ATTEMPT BY AN ENTRANT TO DELIBERATELY DAMAGE THE WEBSITE OR UNDERMINE THE LEGITIMATE OPERATION OF THIS GIVEAWAY MAY BE A VIOLATION OF CRIMINAL AND/OR CIVIL LAWS, AND SHOULD SUCH AN ATTEMPT BE MADE, SPONSOR RESERVES THE RIGHT TO SEEK REMEDIES AND DAMAGES (INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION ATTORNEYS' FEES) FROM ANY SUCH ENTRANT TO THE FULLEST EXTENT OF THE LAW, INCLUDING CRIMINAL PROSECUTION. (vi) The value(s) of the prize(s) set forth above represent Sponsor's good faith determination of the approximate retail value(s) thereof; the actual fair market value(s) as ultimately determined by Sponsor are final and binding and cannot be challenged or appealed. In the event the stated approximate retail value(s) of a prize is more than the actual fair market value of that prize, the difference will not be awarded in cash or otherwise. No substitution or compensation will be given for any portion of the prize that is not used.

12. Sponsor is not responsible for injuries or damages of any nature whatsoever that may arise outside the scope of air transportation provided by LAN Airlines or its affiliates. LAN Airlines and its affiliates’ liability is limited in accordance to the terms and conditions of the Contract of Carriage and is subject to the provisions of the Montreal Convention and other applicable international or domestic rules and regulations. Other restrictions may apply.

13. At the time the trip is made, the winner is responsible for carrying all necessary documents such as passports and visas, or any other such documentation, that may be required. Under no circumstances will Sponsor be responsible for difficulties experienced by the winner as a consequence of not having the necessary valid documentation in due order.

14. Winner agrees to indemnify, defend and hold Sponsor, their respective officers, directors, shareholders, employees, agents and affiliated entities or subsidiaries, harmless from any and all losses, damages, rights, claims and actions of any kind arising in connection with or as a result of the Winner’s acceptance or use of the Prize. By participating in this Promotion, the participant accepts to abide by the Official Rules of the Promotion, as well as the decisions of the judges, rights, claims and actions of any kind that may arise in connection or as a result of the acceptance or use of the Prize.

15. This Giveaway is subject to all applicable federal, state, and local laws and regulations. Issues concerning the construction, validity, interpretation and enforceability of these Official Rules shall be governed by the laws of the State of Florida, without regard to any principles of conflict of laws. Any action or claim related to this Giveaway, shall be resolved in a court of competent jurisdiction in Miami-Dade County. To the extent permitted by applicable law, all judgments or awards shall be limited to actual out-of-pocket damages (excluding attorneys' fees) associated with participation in this Giveaway and shall not include any indirect, punitive, incidental and/or consequential damages.

About LAN

LAN Airlines is one of the leading passenger and cargo airlines in Latin America. The Company serves over 70 destinations around the world through an extensive network that offers a complete choice of connections to and from Latin America, while also linking the region to North America, Europe and the South Pacific. Through several code-share arrangements, LAN Airlines and its affiliates also serve 70 additional international destinations. LAN Airlines and its affiliates are leaders in the Chilean and Peruvian domestic markets, and they also have an important presence in the domestic routes of Argentina and Ecuador. Furthermore, in November 2010, LAN acquired AIRES, a Colombia-based airline.

Currently, LAN Airlines and its affiliates operate 126 passenger aircraft. Meanwhile, its cargo subsidiary, LAN CARGO and its affiliates have 14 cargo aircraft. LAN has one of the most modern fleets in the world, which translates into greater efficiency and a significant reduction in CO2 emissions, as proof of its strong commitment to protecting the environment.

LAN is one of the few “Investment Grade” airlines in the world (BBB). The company’s world class quality standards enabled its membership in oneworld™, the global airline alliance which LAN has been a member of for 10 years, and which encompasses the best airlines in the world. For more information please visit or

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Hotel Spas Support Breast Cancer Awareness

Renaissance Vinoy Resort & Golf Club in St. Pete, Fl

  • Pink Hours at Vinoy Salon & Spa: 10 percent of all proceeds produced between 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. will be donated to breast cancer research.
  • Positively Pink Package ($180) includes a 60-minute relaxation massage and 50-minute customized facial plus a $20 credit in the spa shop.
  • At Marchand’s Bar & Grill, $1 for each drink or dessert sold at the resort’s renowned restaurant will benefit the local chapter of The American Cancer Society.

New Orleans Marriott: 5 Fifty 5 Restaurant

  • New Orleans is painting the town pink this October to support breast cancer research and 5 Fifty 5, the hotel’s award-winning restaurant, is joining the first ever NOLA Goes Pink promotion to show their pink pride. For 31 days, Chef Mark Quitney will don a pink chef’s coat and special menu consisting of healthy, nutritious options in which ten percent of each sale will go to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure, New Orleans affiliate.
  • NOLA Goes Pink will consist of 31 of New Orleans’ top chefs and restaurateurs all preparing special dishes and menus in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month. More information is available at

The Waldorf=Astoria in New York: Guerlain Spa

  • Pink Ribbon Pedicure during the month of October in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month, $10 of the $90 treatment will be donated to help fund breast cancer awareness and research.
  • Guests are invited to enjoy a sparkling pink champagne cocktail and an ultra pampering luxury pedicure topped with P.Y.T. pink polish.

The Spa at Doral in Miami, Fl

  • During the month of October, 10 percent of the proceeds from the 80-minute Cranberry Citrus Body Scrub and Massage, for $150, will help fund breast cancer research.
  • The innovative cranberry citrus blend (sea salt, Vitamin E, cranberry seeds, shea butter and a citrus fragrance lotion application) exfoliates and emulsifies, allowing the creamy sea salt scrub to rinse cleanly and moisturize the skin without any greasy residue.

Affinia Dumont in New York: Oasis Day Spa

  • Throughout October, 10 percent off all services to guests wearing pink.
  • The discount is also available at Oasis Day Spa’s locations on Park Avenue and in Westchester, NY.
  • The spa participates in Susan G. Komen’s Race for the Cure by providing chair massages in Survivor Village and at the finish line of the race.

Marco Island Marriott Beach Resort: The Spa at Marco Island

  • Power of Pink package from Oct. 1 – 31.
  • Package includes a choice of two 50-minute spa services with $5 from each package sold benefitting breast cancer research.
  • With 25 percent savings for guests, the Power of Pink package is $220 per person.

Wyndham Grand Orlando Resort, Bonnet Creek, FL

· During the month of October, the hotel is offering a “Pink-tober Cosmo” at Bar 1521 and $1 from every cocktail sold will be donated to help fund breast cancer research. The cocktail features a delectable mix of Absolut Vodka, Cointreau orange liqueur, fresh muddled watermelon and lime juice.

· The resort will also be contributing $1 for every bottle of Absolut Vodka purchased throughout the month of October.

· The Wyndham Grand Orlando Resort Bonnet Creek will emerge October 1, 2011 as the only luxury hotel opening in Orlando this year. The Mediterranean-inspired resort is ideally situated lakeside on Bonnet Creek’s 500 acres of woodlands, surrounded by Walt Disney World on three sides and mere minutes from, Sea World, Universal Studios and other local attractions. Nightly rates start at $139.

Emirates Adds Service from Seattle and Dallas/Fort Worth

Emirates Strengthens Commitment to the United States

Adds Seattle and Dallas/Fort Worth gateways; plus new premium lounge at San Francisco International Airport

NEW YORK - 28 September 2011 – Emirates, one of the world’s fastest growing airlines, unveiled major new expansion plans for the United States today, announcing new services to Seattle and Dallas/Fort Worth as well as enhancements to its premium customer experience at San Francisco International Airport (SFO).

Dallas/Fort Worth and Seattle-Tacoma International Airports will both be served by daily, non-stop flights from 2nd February and 1st March 2012 respectively.

"These new services emphasise Emirates’ confidence in, and long-term commitment to, the United States,” said Tim Clark, President of Emirates Airline. “With six gateways offering convenient connectivity from points across the country, customers in the US will find it easier than ever to access our vast global network.”

“Our latest expansion also serves as a powerful indicator of how Emirates continues to invest in products and services even during difficult economic climates,” continued Mr. Clark. “This is because we have always been ahead of the curve in anticipating what is now becoming an accepted truth – that demand for air travel will continue to grow over the long term in spite of the many challenges the industry faces. In making this investment now, Emirates is providing a timely economic boost to the United States whilst ensuring that we are soundly placed to serve America’s future air travel needs.”

Passengers flying Emirates from Seattle and Dallas/Fort Worth will be able to connect seamlessly to points across the Far and Middle East, Indian sub-continent and Africa via the airline’s hub in Dubai.

Emirates’ Seattle route will help to further strengthen the airline’s links with Boeing. Only this month, Boeing predicted a robust outlook for aircraft manufacturing over the next few decades, estimating that there would be demand for approximately 31,000 planes worth $4 trillion by 2030.

Already the largest operator of Boeing 777 aircraft in the world, Emirates last year ordered an additional 30 777-300ERs, bringing its total 777 passenger fleet commitments to 132 aircraft.

"Emirates is not only the world's largest international carrier - it serves as a gateway to an important part of the world," said Bill Bryant, Port of Seattle Commission President. "This direct service connects Seattle to a new region, creating jobs and tourism opportunities for our state."

The Seattle metropolitan area produced US$ 24.2 billion in total exports in 2008, according to a Brookings Institution study, with exports to the United Arab Emirates totalling $2.76 billion USD in 2009. During the same year, Texan exports to the U.A.E. reached over $1.7 billion - representing export growth of more than 192 per cent since 2002.

Emirates’ Seattle service will support key exports from Washington State, including software, sound and television equipment, aircraft parts, medical and surgical supplies, video games and foodstuffs; headed for markets including the United Arab Emirates, China, Japan, India and Hong Kong.

Commodities piped between Dallas/Fort Worth and the UAE include oil and gas industry related machinery, spares and high-tech equipment. A belly-hold capacity of 15 tonnes on each Emirates flight will help facilitate this trade.

"This monumental announcement from Emirates brings a new and highly valued international airline partner to Dallas/Fort Worth," said Jeffrey P. Fegan, CEO of DFW International Airport. "Emirates daily nonstop service between DFW and Dubai connects two global super-hub portals for U.S. travelers to the Far and Middle East, the Indian sub-continent and Africa on a trendsetting airline."

In addition to the new gateways, Emirates will also open a new customer lounge at San Francisco International Airport in November.

“Now customers throughout Northern California and beyond can look forward to the unique and award-winning Emirates lounge experience which we offer at gateways throughout our global network,” said Jim Baxter, Vice President of North America.

Located in the International Terminal’s Boarding Area “A”, the new Emirates Lounge will be a two-level haven for First and Business class passengers comprised of more than 9,500 square feet.

“We are very pleased that Emirates has selected SFO as the site of its first West Coast lounge, and that the airlines’ service continues to grow as it links the Bay Area, Silicon Valley and San Francisco to Dubai, India and beyond,” said SFO Airport Director John L. Martin.

All Emirates Lounges feature a business centre with individual work stations and complimentary broadband and wireless LAN access. Emirates Airport Services staff manage the lounge at all times, while on-site chefs ensure passengers have a wide selection of food and beverages round-the-clock featuring both hot and cold dishes. The dining area also offers a full bar service, including champagne.

Starting 2nd February 2012, EK 221 will leave Dubai daily at 0245hrs, arriving at Dallas/Fort Worth at 0905hrs. The return sector, EK 222, leaves Dallas at 1150hrs, arriving at Dubai International Airport at 1220hrs the following day.

From 1st March 2012, EK 229 will leave Dubai daily at 0950hrs and arrive at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA) at 1310hrs. EK 230 will depart Seattle at 1710hrs, arriving in Dubai at 1940hrs the following day.

Both services will be operated by Boeing 777 aircraft offering the highest standards of passenger comfort, with luxurious private suites in First Class, lie-flat beds in Business Class and generously-sized Economy Class seats.

Passengers in all classes can lose themselves in the much-enjoyed ICE entertainment system. There are more than 1,200 channels of on-demand entertainment to choose from, including 200 movies from around the world, 100 TV channels, more than 500 audio channels, 100 video games and news, sports and business headlines.

Customers can also look forward to gourmet food in all cabins and seamless transfers to a global network of over 100 destinations through Emirates’ state-of-the-art Terminal 3 hub in Dubai.

With a fleet of 157 aircraft and now also the largest A380 operator in the world, Emirates currently flies to 114 destinations in 67 countries.

Services to Basra, Geneva and Copenhagen have already started this year. Flights to St Petersburg begin on 1st November, with Baghdad following suit as of 13th November. Rio de Janeiro and Buenos Aires become new links into South America from 3rd January 2012. On February 1st 2012, Emirates will launch its 20th and 21st destinations in Africa, with a five times weekly linked service to Zambia and Zimbabwe.