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December 25, 2007
  • Austrian Airlines to PUJ
  • PAWA to Puerto Rico
  • Sotogrande stakes claim in Cap Cana
  • Wood clues to Quedah Merchant
Austrian Airlines to PUJ
Austrian Airlines, the flag carrier of Austria, has begun operating direct flights on Wednesday to Punta Cana International Airport (PUJ). The flight links Vienna's International Airport (VIE) with the DR's East Coast beach destination. Austrian Airlines is flying a B777. The 10 hour and 50 minute Flight OS9561 departs Vienna at 10:55am and arrives in Punta Cana on 16:45pm. Austria Airlines is a member of the Star Alliance. Punta Cana is the airline's fifth destination in the Americas, after New York, Washington, and Chicago in the United States and Toronto in Canada.
PAWA to Puerto Rico
Pan American World Airways Dominicana (PAWA Dominicana) announced the FAA has cleared it to fly to Puerto Rico from Las Americas International Airport in Santo Domingo. The airline will become the first to fly Dominican-registered commercial aircraft to the US following the FAA giving green light after a 14-year ban. Juan Carlos Fernandez, president of the board of PAWA, announced flights to Aguadilla, Puerto Rico using aircraft with capacity for 19 passengers, with a rate of US$99 plus taxes. The airline has plans to fly to Miami and New York next. At present, the airline flies to Port au Prince, Curacao, Aruba, Venezuela, St. Martin and Jamaica.
Sotogrande stakes claim in Cap Cana
Sotogrande, regarded as the largest resort and residential development in Andalucia, Spain, announced it has staked claim in Cap Cana, the luxury development along the East Coast. The alliance with Cap Cana, the Spanish NH hotels and real estate developers and Caja Duero, the financing institution, will create a development featuring 95 apartments, from studios to penthouses, an 88 suite boutique hotel and 56 apartment condo-hotel. Marc Anthony and Jennifer Lopez performed at the event held to announce the advent of the Spanish developers.
Wood clues to Quedah Merchant
Captain William Kidd researcher, Richard Zacks told National Geographic that wood and ship building techniques could help archaeologists verify the identity of the ship found off Catalina Island in the National Park of the East. The sunken ship is believed to be the 500-ton Quedah Merchant, captured by legendary privateer Captain William Kidd in the 17th century and sought for years. Zack recommended investigators to study fragments of wood that can be traced to Asia where the ship was built. He also recommends checking into the construction technique known as a woodworking joinery called rabbeted seams that Captain Kidd had bragged about. The seams made the Quedah Merchant more resistant to storms. Zacks is the author of "The Pirate Hunter: The True Story of Captain Kidd."
Charles Beeker, an archaeologist at Indiana University, who earlier had worked with a major Taino Indian artifacts discovery in the National Park of the East, was called in by the Dominican Navy to head a team of researchers. Beeker told National Geographic that the research could take two years of careful excavations to confirm the vessel's identity. Afterwards, the plan is to create an underwater park.

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