In July, the European Union approved the purchase of Flybe by the newly formed Connect Airways, made up of Stobart Group and Cyrus Capital as well as Virgin. The group last month said Flybe will enter a “new era as an independent company under the Virgin brand.”
All that’s been released is the new name; a wider rebrand is expected next year. The new website states the brand will say “goodbye to purple and hello to red.”
Bookings for next year can still be made here, and the rebranding will not affect current reservations.
Virgin previously said the acquisition will allow it to offer “more choice for customers through improved connectivity between UK regional airports and Virgin Atlantic’s extensive long-haul network, particularly at London Heathrow and Manchester.”
Mark Anderson, CEO, Connect Airways, said, “We are hugely excited by this milestone in our airline’s 40-year history. We will remain true to our heritage and reason for being, which is offering essential regional connectivity to local communities. At its heart, Virgin Connect will be passionately focused on becoming Europe’s most loved and successful regional airline.
“It will offer travel that is simple and convenient with the personal touch. Our customers will naturally expect the same exceptional travel experience as they do with other Virgin-related brands.
“As part of the Virgin family, we now have a tremendously re-energised team. From here on in, we invite our customers, partners and the communities we serve to join us on every step of this exciting journey.”
Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts plans to open a new hotel and private residences in New Orleans in late 2020. The first Four Seasons property in New Orleans is slated to open inside the World Trade Center, adjacent to Ernest N. Memorial Convention Center. The World Trade Center is currently undergoing renovations, with plans including a new podium and public spaces. The hotel plans feature four food and beverage outlets, retail space, a spa, rooftop pool and meeting and event spaces.
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InterContinental Yokohama Pier 8 opened as the second InterContinental property in Yokohama earlier this fall. The property, with its 173 guestrooms and suites, provides a relaxing atmosphere away from the hubbub of the city with views of the waterfront.
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Set in the Coachella Valley, Renaissance Indian Wells recently reopened as Renaissance Esmeralda Resort & Spa at Indian Wells. With a new name, the property unveils a new look and guest experience. All 560 guestrooms and 103 suites were completely redone, as were the public spaces, lobby, fitness center, pools, food and beverage offerings and event spaces.
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