Wednesday Roundup: Caesars; US Airways; Qatar and More

I haven’t posted in a couple of days – I’ve been tied up with Classbuxx. But I knew you’d all be in good hands with the other 17,000 blogs writing about the same things.

– This is an odd one: Caesars Entertainment (owner of Caesars Palace, among other things) had partnered with the Gansevoort Hotel Group (owners of the Gansevoort hotels in NYC and Turks & Caicos) to re-develop what is now Bill’s Gamblin’ Hall (apostrophe in Gamblin’ is theirs, not mine) on the Las Vegas Strip. So far so good. Until last week Caesars was leading $1 billion casino development project at Suffolk Downs in Boston. During a check of Caesars’ other business partners, Massachusetts casino regulators said that an investor in Gansevoort had ties to Russian organized crime. The Russian was not involved with either the Boston project or the Gamblin’ project, but as casino regulators tend to frown nowadays on any ties to organized crime, Caesars dropped the project in Boston and soon after dropped Gansevoort on the Gamblin’ project. To sum up: Bill’s Gamblin’ Hall will not stand for anyone with ties to organized crime. Way to take a stand, Bill.

– Qatar Airways will launch Doha-Miami service next June.

– US Airways will expand its Charlotte operations when it launches service to Barcelona, Brussels, Lisbon and Manchester this spring. All of those cities were previously served (and will continue to be served) from Philadelphia.

– A Mokulele flight from Kahalui (Maui) to Waimea (Big Island) made an emergency landing on the PiÊ»ilani Highway near Kihei on Maui. If you’re familiar with the area, it’s just about 1 mile north of the Grand Wailea. Nobody was hurt and the single engine Cessna sustained only minor damage.

– Biman Bangladesh’s last DC-10 flight (which, in turn, is the last commercial DC-10 flight anywhere) will now be in February 2014 from Dhaka to London. Previously they had said the last flight will be Abu Dhabi – Dhaka on December 1st. But they’re going to sell tickets Dhaka – London in February as the aircraft makes its way back to the US for retirement.

– Hawaiian Airlines has applied to serve Kona – Tokyo Haneda now that AA has dropped its flights from JFK.

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