eTN Short News: Omniyat, Hong Kong Airlines , Airbus, AirAsia, Asiana, Etihad, SouthWest Airlines

  • Omniyat is bringing their Dorchester Collection brand to Dubai for the first time with an iconic new development on the banks of Dubai Canal.
  • Hong Kong Airlines has selected Airbus to provide Flight Hour Services – Tailored Support Package (FHS-TSP) for its fleet of 21 A350 XWBs
  • AirAsia, Asiana Airlines and Etihad Airways have become the first airlines to use full aircraft data and advanced predictive analytics on Airbus’ open aviation data platform Skywise, with each signing a premium subscription contract covering Skywise Predictive Maintenance.
  • Southwest Airlines flew 9.7 billion revenue passenger miles (RPMs) in January 2018, an increase of 4.0 percent from the 9.4 billion RPMs flown in January 2017. Available seat miles (ASMs) increased 1.9 percent to 12.5 billion in January 2018, compared with January 2017 ASMs of 12.3 billion. The January 2018 load factor was a record for the month of January at 77.8 percent, compared with 76.3 percent in January 2017.
Juergen Thomas Steinmetz has continuously worked in the travel and tourism industry since he was a teenager in Germany (1979), beginning as a travel agent up through today as a publisher of eTurboNews (eTN), one of the world’s most influential and most-read travel and tourism publications. He is also Chairman of ICTP. His experiences include working and collaborating with various national tourism offices and non-governmental organizations, as well as private and non-profit organizations, and in planning, implementing, and quality control of a range of travel and tourism-related activities and programs, including tourism policies and legislation. His major strengths include a vast knowledge of travel and tourism from the point of view of a successful private enterprise owner, superb networking skills, strong leadership, excellent communication skills, strong team player, attention to detail, dutiful respect for compliance in all regulated environments, and advisory skills in both political and non-political arenas with respect to tourism programs, policies, and legislation. He has a thorough knowledge of current industry practices and trends and is a computer and Internet junkie.