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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Wednesday, December 20, 2006

BUSINESS BRIEFS
Marathon Expo was biggest ever

Advertiser Staff

More than 69,000 people attended the 2006 Honolulu Marathon Expo, making it the event's largest ever.

The turnout for the Dec. 6 to Dec. 9 free event at the Hawai'i Convention Center surpassed the 2005 expo's attendance by 6,434 people.

This was the third year that the expo has been held at the convention center. The fourth expo will open at the center on Dec. 5, 2007.


MESA AIR UNION WANTS MEDIATOR

The union representing flight attendants at Mesa Air Group and local carrier go! have called for a federal mediator to oversee contract talks.

The Association of Flight Attendants-CWA, which represents 1,000 Mesa employees and 35 go! flight attendants, said its four-year labor contract with Mesa expired in June and negotiations for a new contract have been unproductive.

According to the AFA, Mesa flight attendants "are among the lowest paid in the industry," resulting in high turnover. Paul Skellon, a spokesman for Mesa, had no immediate comment on flight attendants' wages but said the company welcomes mediation, which has resulted in "positive outcomes" in the past.


GOOD ISLE HOTEL DEALS FOR MAY

The best deals on Hawai'i hotel rooms can be found during the month of May, according to a survey by CheapTickets.com.

The online travel site said visitor prices at three-star hotels are 29 percent less expensive during May compared to the highest-priced month for the state.


EX-CEO AT AMR JOINS DELL INC.

DALLAS Former American Airlines Inc. chief Donald J. Carty is returning to the corporate spotlight as vice chairman and chief financial officer of computer giant Dell Inc.

Carty, 60, resigned in 2003 as chairman and chief executive of American parent AMR Corp. amid union anger over a management bonus plan.

Carty has served on the Dell board since 1992.