What we’re reading: Alaska Air announces new partner, Caesars Palace seeks funding, new Las Vegas airline


Alaska Airlines announces routes, schedule for new partner

Alaska Air announced last Friday that SkyWest will be taking over six west coast routes previously operated by Horizon Air starting May 14.

The Utah-based carrier will fly the routes using five 70-seat Bombardier CRJ-700 regional jets it is acquiring from Horizon.

Alaska’s partnership with SkyWest for CRJ-700 flying enables Horizon to fly the Bombardier Q400 turboprop exclusively.

Caesars seeks funding for unfinished Octavius Tower, new Las Vegas Strip entertainment plaza

Caesars Entertainment announced last Thursday that it is seeking funding to finish the new Octavious Tower and to start development on a new retail and entertainment plaza on the Strip.

The company said in a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission that it is seeking $400 million in financing to complete the projects.

Caesars Entertainment delayed the opening of the $1 billion, 660-room tower in January 2009, citing the strain the economic downturn had put on hotel demand in Las Vegas. The Octavius Tower was scheduled to open in summer 2009.

Airline with club atmosphere to serve Las Vegas

Soon gamblers from JFK may have a new way to get to Las Vegas.

Mood lighting, club music and pre-flight safety briefings from virtual celebrities: Gamblers may soon have a swanky new way to arrive in Las Vegas, Nevada.

LV Air, a new airline that hopes to start service this fall with four daily nonstop flights between the gaming capital and New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport, promises to bring a bit of Sin City fun and luxury on board.

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