Businesstraveller.com brings you the news that counts. This week: Sheraton, New York, Singapore, VLM, Finnair, Oman Air, Summit Hotels, Bmi and Easyjet
3.7 billion The amount in US dollars being spent on revamping the Sheraton hotel brand. Starwood says it will upgrade 100 Sheraton properties in the US, upgrading 50,000 rooms and redesigning more than 100 lobbies.
109,983,372 The number of passengers served by JFK International, Newark Liberty International, Stewart International and La Guardia airports in 2007, an increase of more than 5 per cent from 2006 levels.
811,000 The number of people visiting Singapore during February, up 7 per cent on the same period in 2007. The UK contributed 51,000 visitors to this figure putting it in the top five visitor-generating markets.
745,781 The number of passengers travelling with VLM during 2007, up 9 per cent on 2006. The Belgian carrier will celebrate its 15th year of operations this year.
200 The number of aircraft now delivered to Finnair during the history of its fleet. The carrier’s 200th plane (an Embraer 190) was delivered this weekend, with the airline celebrating its 85th anniversary this year.
22 The percentage growth in passenger numbers on Oman Air last year. The carrier flew over 1,500,000 passengers to and from Muscat in 2007.
14 The number of new properties added to the Summit Hotels and Resorts portfolio in the last six months. Among the new additions are the Grand Pacific and Hotel Pacific in Tokyo.
Three The number of successive years Bmi has been named the UK’s most punctual airline. According to official statistics by the CAA, more than 90 per cent of the airline’s flights were on time during the period of January-December 2007.
Two The number of new routes being launched by Easyjet from London Luton. The budget carrier is starting flights to Jersey and Pisa from Luton, and expects to carry over 100,000 passengers on each of the routes in the first twelve months.
Report by Mark Caswell