Tom York in business: As air travel picks up, Viasat partners with NBA to deliver nonstop basketball


Video screens on an airliner
Video screens on a Jet Blue airliner. Courtesy of Viasat

Aloha! I find it interesting that so many San Diegans travel this far for island vacations. Don’t we have comparable beaches and great weather? Well, apparently that’s one thing, and Hawaii vacations are growing in popularity.

From June 6 Southwest Airlines increases the number of flights from San Diego International to Hawaii, adding service to three additional cities in the islands and adding a second daily flight to Honolulu.

Meanwhile, Alaska Airlines has now launched non-stop flights to JFK New York Airport. Alaska says it now offers non-stop service to 32 destinations from San Diego, more than any other carrier’s destinations at San Diego International. To be sure, Southwest was the # 1 carrier flying in and out of SAN with a 42% seat share. Alaska Airlines came in No. 2 with a 14% seat share, according to an airport press release. Data has been calculated for 2020.

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And speaking of air travel. Carlsbad-based satellite service provider Viasat teams with the National Basketball Association to bring games to millions of travelers in the skies. The partnership provides airline customers with free access to live and recorded NBA games during the flight. According to a press release, JetBlue will be among the first carriers to offer the new NBA League Pass on planes equipped with Viasat. The service launched on May 22 with the start of the 2021 league playoff series.

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Technological start of real estate in San Diego Home Bay Technologies is launching a service that she says can make selling a home less stressful “by combining innovative technology with the service of highly skilled employee agents.” The company says its new Bay Home Exchange The program allows sellers to access their home equity by “swapping” it, so they have the cash to buy their next home.

Sellers participating in the program also get an additional week after closing their home to move into the new home. “No one wants to sell their house until they know where they are moving,” said Chris Crocker, an old Zillow an executive who was recently appointed President and CEO of Home Bay. “Yet most need the equity in their current home to buy the new one.”

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David Malcolm, President of Kearny Mesa-based rental housing provider Cal West Apartments, joins the board of directors of the National Association of Small Businesses. The 80-year-old Washington, DC-based lobby group has more than 65,000 members nationwide, according to its website. Cal West operates over 2,030 apartments throughout San Diego and southern Riverside County. NSBA bills itself as the oldest small business advocacy organization in the country.

Malcolm says he joined the NSBA board of directors to better “tackle the many critical issues facing small businesses, including tax reform, regulatory restrictions, healthcare costs and impacts. of the Affordable Care Act ”.

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Here is an adorable article. Vista Family Baker Small cake kitchen, double winner of Food webCupcake Wars, will now manufacture its confectionery at Gelsonof Pacific Beach store. The baker has taken over the bakery section of the store, according to a press release. In addition to cupcakes, it will make full-size cakes, cheesecakes, pies, cookies and other baked goods.

Little Cakes currently sells products at the Gelson stores in Carlsbad and Del Mar and operates four other locations in San Diego, including its flagship site in Vista, where customers can take turns finding 100 varieties of cupcakes. The bakery began its partnership with Gelson’s in 2019 in Del Mar.

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San Diego Saint Archer Brewing Co. announces its first breakthrough in the ready-to-drink cocktails market with the release of Saint Archer Vodka Soda. The new product is now available from Vons, Albertsons and Ralphs. The ready-to-drink cocktails market is anticipated to reach $ 1.63 billion by 2027, according to the researcher Grand View Search. The market is growing at a rate of 12% per year, according to Grand View.

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Finally … It looks like the hospitality industry is back to normal. Manchester Grand Hyatt said his Sally’s Fish House & Bar reopened for breakfast and lunch Thursday through Monday. The restaurant plans to add dinner services next month.

Tom York is a Carlsbad-based freelance journalist who specializes in writing about business and economics. If you want to share any topical tips, send them to [email protected]


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