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BUSINESS | News in Brief: September 2009

DIRECTV: Punjabi Channel, CricketTicket Half Season | NISSAN: Zero Emissions Car | AMERICAN AIRLINES: 70th Birthday | CATHAY PACIFIC: First Class

DirecTV: Punjabi Channel, CricketTicket Half Season

DIRECTV, Inc., has announced the addition of PTC Punjabi, a channel dedicated to the life and style of the Punjabi community in the U.S. In a separate announcement, DIRECTV said a CricketTicket half season offer is now available to all DIRECTV customers.

“PTC Punjabi is a South Asian channel tailored to the preservation of the soul, culture and heritage of Punjab, 24 hours-a-day seven days-a-week,” DIRECTV said. “The channel combines high quality programming from PTC Network, the leading Punjabi network in India, and the top three Punjabi channels, with locally produced programming in the U.S.

“PTC Punjabi delivers a variety of daytime and evening entertainment, offering culturally relevant programming updates on Gurbani (prayer) from Sri Hazoor Sahib (Nanded) every morning, news from Punjab and the Punjabi community all over the world, talk shows, current events, family drama, live musical shows, Bollywood news, educational and children’s programming.”

DIRECTV’s CricketTicket half season will allow cricket aficionados to catch the remaining International Cricket Council tournaments, Indian Premier League tournaments, Champions League Twenty20, Australian cricket, South African cricket, New Zealand cricket and other major cricket events only on DIRECTV.  These include events such as the 2009 ICC World Twenty20 in England, the 2009/10 IPL tournaments, the 2009 India tour of New Zealand and the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011.  

DIRECTV, Inc. presents satellite television service o more than 18.3 million customers in the United States and has more than 130 HD channels – more quality HD channels.

More information available at www.directv.com


NISSAN: Zero Emissions Car

Nissan LEAF

Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. has announced  the launch of the Nissan LEAF, the world’s first affordable, zero-emission car.  Designed specifically for a lithium-ion battery-powered chassis, Nissan LEAF is a medium-size hatchback that comfortably seats five adults and has a range of more than 100 miles. 

“Slated for launch in late 2010 in Japan, the United States, and Europe, Nissan LEAF ushers in a new era of mobility – the zero-emission era,” a Nissan announcement said.

“Nissan LEAF is a tremendous accomplishment – one in which all Nissan employees can take great pride,” said Nissan president and CEO Carlos Ghosn. 

Nissan LEAF is powered by laminated compact lithium-ion batteries.  This ensures a highly responsive driving experience that is in keeping with what consumers have come to expect from traditional, gasoline-powered automobiles. Unlike internal-combustion engine equipped vehicles, Nissan LEAF’s power train has no tail pipe, and thus no emission of CO2 or other greenhouse gases.  A combination of Nissan LEAF’s regenerative braking system and innovative lithium-ion battery packs enables the car to deliver a driving range of more than 100 miles on one full charge.

Nissan LEAF can be charged up to 80 percent of its full capacity in just under 30 minutes with a quick charger. Charging at home through a 200V outlet is estimated to take approximately eight hours.

”Our car had to be the world’s first, medium-size, practical EV that motorists could afford and would want to use every day. And that’s what we’ve created. The styling will identify not only Nissan LEAF but also the owner as a participant in the new era of zero-emission mobility,” said Masato Inoue, product chief designer.

More information at: www.nissan-zeroemission.com



Customers relaxing in Admirals Club lounge.

Seventy years ago, in 1939, American Airlines opened the airline industry’s first VIP lounge at LaGuardia Airport in New York. In honor of the occasion, American kicked off 70 days of celebration with a birthday sweepstakes and a $70 savings offer on annual memberships. Additionally, customers on one lucky flight will receive two one-day passes to use at any of American’s more than 40 Admirals Club lounge locations worldwide.

“For seven decades, the Admirals Club has been known for exceptional hospitality and outstanding service, providing travelers with a quiet place to relax or conduct business,” said Nancy Knipp, president – Admirals Club. “We’re very appreciative of our customers and look forward to showing our gratitude during our 70 days of celebration and the years to come.”

Through Oct. 19, customers are invited to experience the Admirals Club legacy and help American commemorate 70 years of Admirals Club service by registering to win one of seven prizes in the birthday sweepstakes. Prizes include a Lifetime Admirals Club Membership; a weeklong luxury vacation in Maui; one night at a Hollywood movie premiere; a ski trip in Vail, Co.; and more. Just for registering, customers will receive a $70 savings offer on an annual Admirals Club membership, whether it’s new or a renewal. No purchase is necessary to enter the sweepstakes. Complete sweepstakes rules, Offer Terms and Conditions, and other details – including how to enter, a look back at the Admirals Club history, and much more – can be found at the Admirals Club birthday celebration Web site, www.aa.com/AC70years.



Cathay Pacific Airways has been named Best First Class airline in the 2008 World Airline Awards run by Skytrax, according to an airline press release. “The award acknowledges the airline’s efforts to provide a superior travel experience for its premium travelers and highlights the positive customer reaction to the new First Class cabin designs introduced last year,” the release said.

To underscore the strength of its First Class product, Cathay Pacific also took the Best First Class Catering award, while the overall quality of the airline’s product and service was reflected in it being named runner-up in the Skytrax Airline of the Year award, the release added.

Cathay Pacific chief operating officer John Slosar said: "We are excited about receiving the Best First Class honor, which highlights the strength of our new cabin design as well as the superior service provided by our cabin crew. For the premium market you have to provide something that really stands out from the crowd, and with our new First Class – designed with the right balance of personal attention, interaction and privacy - we believe we’re providing a travel experience that exceeds all expectations.”



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