United Airlines Expands London Heathrow to Houston Service

United Airlines, a US based airline, has announced an expansion of its service between London Heathrow Airport and George Bush Intercontinental Airport, in Houston, US.

The airline will be offering a third daily flight from March 31, 2013, with a Boeing 767-300 aircraft. The airline is offering the new flight with six United Global First seats, 26 fully flat Business First seats, and 151 seats in economy, including 67 Economy Plus seats.

The additional flight, UA971, will be departing London at 1335 local time, arriving in Houston at 1810 local time the same day. The return flight, UA970, will depart Houston at 2030, arriving in London at 1205 the next day. The fares for the flights commence at $902 for a return journey.

Bob Schumacher, the airline managing director of sales for the UK and Ireland, said, ‘With strong demand for travel to Houston and beyond via our largest hub, we are pleased to offer customers on the route not only increased schedule options but also the chance to experience our Global First product for the first time.’

The airline is also offering new flights from Chicago, in the US, to Shannon, Ireland, from June 6 to August 26, 2013.

The five times weekly service (UA66) will depart Chicago O’Hare Airport daily, except Tuesday and Wednesday, at 1810 local time and will arrive in Shannon at 0725 local time the following day. The return flight will be departing Shannon every day, except Wednesday and Thursday, at 1100 local time, arriving in Chicago at 1310 local time the same day. The airline will be operating a B757-200 aircraft with 16 seats in BusinessFirst, 45 in Economy Plus and 108 Economy seats on the new route.

Sonesta ES Suites Opens Three New Properties

Sonesta ES Suites has opened three new properties; the new Sonesta ES Suites Atlanta has opened in Atlanta,US; the Sonesta ES Suites Houston, in Houston, US;  and the Sonesta ES Suites St Louis, in St Louis,US.

Sonesta ES Suites is a brand from Sonesta International Hotels, a US-based hospitality company with properties in North and South America, Africa, and the Caribbean.

The new 122-room Sonesta ES Suites Atlanta is offering one and two bedroom suite accommodation, each with a work area, a kitchen, and complimentary high-speed wireless Internet access.

The 106-room Sonesta ES Suites St. Louis is located close to Lambert International Airport and the Spirit of St. Louis Airport in the US.

The 93-room Sonesta ES Suites Houston is located near the Houston Galleria and George R Brown Convention Center, in Houston.

The new hotels have been re-branded from the Staybridge Suites brand, and are also offering an outdoor swimming pool, a 24-hour exercise room, a sports court, a seasonal BBQ grille, a guest laundry, meeting spaces, and a 24-hour business centre, as well as daily complimentary breakfast for their guests.

The Sonesta Collection, an established company brand, consists of upmarket hotels, resorts and cruises which are currently located in Baltimore, Boston, Hilton Head Island, Miami, and New Orleans, in US;  Saint Maarten, in the Caribbean;  as well as in Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, and Egypt.

The group claims that each of its hotels adopts locally inspired decor and cuisine, provides luxury accommodation and efficient customer service to create the ultimate guest experience.


Crowne Plaza Houston Galleria Area Opens in Houston

The new Crowne Plaza Houston Galleria Area hotel has recently opened in Houston, in the US.

The 207-room hotel, which opens having just completed a £13 million renovation project, is a part of the Crowne Plaza Hotels and Resorts group, a subsidiary of the UK-based owner, manager and franchiser of hotels and resorts, InterContinental Hotels Group PLC.

The hotel accommodation includes 29 regular suites, two presidential suites, and three hospitality suites. It also features an outdoor heated pool and cabana bar, a fitness centre, and a business centre.

Mark Peck, the hotel general manager, said, ‘It’s exciting to be opening as a Crowne Plaza hotel in an area that is so conveniently located. The Crowne Plaza brand is well-regarded for providing guests with a unique upscale experience that appeals to quality-minded business and leisure travellers.’

The hotel dining venue is The Red Oak Room Restaurant and Lounge, offering American cuisine served in a casual environment. For meetings and events, the hotel has around 14,000 square feet of refurbished meeting space on offer, including 10 meeting rooms and two ballrooms. Wireless high-speed Internet service is available free to members of the Priority Club loyalty programme.

Gina LaBarre, the company vice president of Americas Brand Management, said, ‘We’re pleased to bring our seventh Crowne Plaza hotel to the Houston area in such a convenient location for business and leisure travellers. There are several major employers in the area that will benefit from the meetings-savvy products and services that only a Crowne Plaza provides.’