American Airlines, which is building a US$1.3 billion, 55-gate terminal at New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport, will introduce daily non-stop services to Tokyo on April 19. Tokyo will become American's 19th international destination from JFK. Plans are also being developed for a trade mission to promote tourism, trade and business development in New York. American now operates non-stop flights to Tokyo from Chicago, Dallas/Fort Worth and San Jose, California. www.aa.com Taipei weekend Prince Travel has a Taipei weekend getaway offer from HK$2,290 for three days and two nights valid until March 27. Outbound travel is valid on Friday and Saturday only (blackout dates are February 8-17). Price includes return economy tickets with Cathay Pacific, two nights in a choice of four hotels, breakfast and travel insurance. Prices, based on twin share, are HK$2,290 at the Taipei Fortuna, HK$2,530 at the United Hotel, HK$2,630 at the Howard Plaza and HK$2,830 at the Grand Hyatt Taipei. Tel: 2111 3828 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Novotel debut Accor has taken over the management of the Novotel Koshien Osaka West hotel. Overlooking Osaka Bay, the 200-room hotel is close to Osaka's business district by train, with access to Kansai and Osaka Itami airports. Novotel has also launched a travellers' cheque promotion, entitling return guests to a US$10 saving on future visits at 19 Novotel hotels in Asia. A total of 50,000 vouchers will be given away until March 17. www.accorhotels.com Mumbai reroute Delta Air Lines is set to shift its New York (JFK)-Frankfurt-Mumbai flight to New York (JFK)-Paris-Mumbai from March 30. The airline says rerouting the flight via Paris will improve service in the India-United States market by connecting Delta and Air France's 12 US gateways to India via Air France's hub at Charles de Gaulle International Airport in Paris. www.delta.com Sea The World The world's first ocean-going luxury resort, The World, will be christened in the United States following delivery from the shipbuilder on January 31 and its maiden cruise. The ship will embark from Oslo via Hamburg and London to the US. The World will be the first ship to offer an open-air putting green on real grass. The ship's first guest suite passengers will board in London, heading for Port Everglades in Florida. The ship will return to Oslo on July 23. The World has 110 private flats and 88 guest suites. Exclusive residency rights are being offered to the 110 private apartments, of which many are available to rent. Residents may stay at any time. Apartments are between 1,106 square feet and 3,242 sq ft and available from US$2 million. www.residensea.com Award time Finnair has won Schiphol's 2001 Punctuality Award for European airlines with an overall punctuality of 87.7 per cent. Punctuality is defined as the percentage of flights operated that arrive or depart no more than 15 minutes later than the scheduled time. The average punctuality achieved by all scheduled airlines at Schiphol last year was 71.5 per cent. Schiphol, with 39.5 million passengers, is the fourth-largest airport in Europe with 90 airlines operating at the site. On the move The Royal Garden Hong Kong in Tsim Sha Tsui, previously a member of Leading Hotels of the World has switched its international marketing representation to SRS-WorldHotels.