Etihad Airways to infuse $35 million into Jet Airways

Etihad Airways to infuse $35 million into Jet Airways

Etihad Airways has recently proposed a financial restructuring and support plan for Jet Airways. Currently, the flag carrier of United Arab Emirates owns 24 per cent stake in Jet Airways India Ltd.

Under this proposed plan, Etihad will give Jet Airways $35 million in a cash pre-purchase for Jet Airways’ frequent flyer program – Jet Privilege, 50. 1 per cent of which is already owned by Etihad Airways.

The official statement reads: “Etihad Airways confirms it proposed a financial restructuring and support plan for Jet Airways that was approved by its majority shareholder. This plan includes a $35 million cash pre-purchase payment to Jet Airways by Jet Privilege, which is majority-owned by Etihad Airways.”

Currently, Jet Airways is facing a cash crunch problem, and an investment like this may help the full-service carrier in managing its operations and commitments such as paying staff salary. etihad.com, jetairways.com

Etihad Airways has recently proposed a financial restructuring and support plan for Jet Airways. Currently, the flag carrier of United Arab Emirates owns 24 per cent stake in Jet Airways India Ltd.

Under this proposed plan, Etihad will give Jet Airways $35 million in a cash pre-purchase for Jet Airways’ frequent flyer program – Jet Privilege, 50. 1 per cent of which is already owned by Etihad Airways.

The official statement reads: “Etihad Airways confirms it proposed a financial restructuring and support plan for Jet Airways that was approved by its majority shareholder. This plan includes a $35 million cash pre-purchase payment to Jet Airways by Jet Privilege, which is majority-owned by Etihad Airways.”

Currently, Jet Airways is facing a cash crunch problem, and an investment like this may help the full-service carrier in managing its operations and commitments such as paying staff salary. etihad.com, jetairways.com

Edinburgh criticised for favouring international airlines

Edinburgh Airport

Edinburgh criticised for favouring international airlines

Report by Alex McWhirter

Flybe’s CEO Christine Ourmieres-Widener accuses Edinburgh of favouring long-haul international airlines at the expense of regional domestic carriers.

Reported in Scotland on Sunday her criticism is as much about inferior parking positions for Flybe aircraft as it is to do with high airport fees.

https://www.scotsman.com/news/flybe-chief-slams-edinburgh-airport-s-appalling-service-1-4814687

Flybe would like to operate a fifth daily flight to London Heathrow (it currently uses so-called “remedy” slots * previously taken by Virgin’s Little Red) but cannot confirm anything because, says its spokesperson, the Edinburgh airport charges were way too high.

(High fees impact more on regional airlines operating smaller aircraft like Flybe then on long-haul carriers with larger planes).

Quoted by Scotland on Sunday, Flybe’s CEO said that where its aircraft were positioned at Edinburgh was “appalling.”

Parking priority was being given to large aircraft which would be positioned right at the terminal whereas “small ones [aircraft] would be on remote positions – bussing customers [between the terminal and the aircraft].”

Flybe feels disadvantaged because it is Edinburgh’s second largest user (in terms of flight numbers) and it flies 645,000 passengers a year to and from Scotland’s capital over 13 routes.

As our readers will testify Edinburgh has become a busy airport since its Turnhouse days in the 1960s and 1970s.  In those days even the arrival of a humble domestic flight was an ‘event.’

Today not only is Edinburgh busy but it’s overcrowded at Festival time when so many people are arriving and departing.

While one can sympathise with regional carriers’ plight it must be noted that airports worldwide give preference to international airlines because of the prestige they bring with them.

All international airlines boost the local economy in terms of business and tourism.  And international visitors tend to plough more revenue into the local economy than do their domestic counterparts.

Were Edinburgh airport to have its own rail station (ironically the main line north of the city passes only a few hundred yards from the terminal) perhaps there wouldn’t be a need for so many regional flights).

See our air-rail links feature in the December issue of Business Traveller.

Flybe.com

 

 

 

 

ANA is heading to Vienna in February

B787-ANA

Japanese carrier All Nippon Airways (ANA) is heading to Vienna next year with the launch of a new daily non-stop service between the Austrian capital and its hub at Tokyo Haneda International Airport starting February 17 next year.

Flights will be operated by one of the airline’s newest aircraft, the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner, which ANA configures in two different layouts. Fortunately for business class passengers on this route, the Vienna service will be operated by its lower-capacity 215-seat variant, which has more business class seats (48 in total) than the higher-capacity model.

Split across two cabins, the fully flat seats are laid out in a staggered 1-2-1 formation, meaning all passengers can access the aisles without needing to climb over their neighbours.

This variant of the 787-9 also features a premium economy cabin with 21 seats along with 146 seats in economy.

“Vienna is known as the historical and geographical gateway to Central and Eastern Europe, and we look forward to strengthening ties between Japan and this dynamic region by offering flights that are ideal for business travelers and tourists,” said Seiichi Takahashi, senior vice president of ANA.

These are morning flights in both directions, with arrival in both Tokyo and Vienna scheduled for between 6.00am and 7.00am – useful times to get in for business travellers.

 

The move follows joint-venture partner Austrian Airlines’ recent return to Tokyo earlier this year, when it revived its service to Tokyo’s Narita Airport less than two years after axing it due to lack of profitability and economic downturn.

The route notably features Austrian Airlines’ newly implemented premium economy product, which has been retrofitted onto its Boeing 777 and 767 long-haul aircraft.

Vienna has recently become a popular destination for airlines in Asia, with Taiwanese carrier EVA Air, Thai Airways and Hainan Airlines all launching services to the Austrian capital in the past 12 months.

Vienna will be ANA’s eighth non-stop service to Europe and the seventh city on the continent served by the Japanese carrier.

Business Traveller Awards 2018

Business Traveller Awards 2017

Press release 2018 awards

The 2018 Business Traveller Awards were announced at a luncheon at London’s Royal Garden hotel on Monday, October 15, by the publishers of Business Traveller magazine, Panacea Media, and presented by special guest Rt Hon Michael Portillo.

Sponsored by Panasonic, the Business Traveller Awards are voted for by readers of the magazine, with the results authenticated by an independent auditing company, and are widely recognised as the market’s benchmark for excellence. A fixture of the business travel and hospitality calendar for more than 30 years, this year’s hotly contested awards were attended by more than 250 industry leaders.

Singapore Airlines took an impressive four awards, being named Best Airline, as well as winning in the Best Asian Airline, Best Economy Class and Best Cabin Staff Class.

British Airways again took the awards for Best Short-Haul Carrier, Best Frequent Flyer Programme and Best Airport Lounge, for its Concorde Room at London Heathrow T5, while oneworld was named Best Airline Alliance.

Meanwhile Qatar Airways won three awards for Best Long-haul Airline, Best Business Class and Best Middle East Airline, Emirates was named Best First Class, Virgin Atlantic Best Premium Economy Class, and Easyjet Best Low-Cost Airline.

Delta Air Lines was named Best North American Airline, South African Airways Best African Airline and Aeroflot Best Eastern European Airline.

For a phenomenal 31st year in a row, Singapore’s Changi airport won the Best Airport in the World award, while Amsterdam Schiphol took the Europe prize, and London Heathrow was named Best Airport for Tax-Free Shopping.

Avis was again named the Best Car Rental Company Worldwide and in Europe, while Virgin Trains retained the Best UK Domestic Train Service award.

In the hotel categories InterContinental Hotels & Resorts won Best Business Hotel Chain Worldwide and Best Business Hotel in the UK for the InterContinental London Park Lane, while Hilton took three awards for Best Business Hotel Chains in the UK and Europe, as well as Best Hotel Loyalty Scheme for Hilton Honors.

Mandarin Oriental bagged the award for Best Luxury Hotel Chain, while The Shangri-La Singapore won Best Business Hotel Worldwide.

Other winners included Rotana Hotels & Resorts, Shangri-La Hotels & Resorts, Oberoi Hotels & Resorts, Langham Hotels & Resorts, Premier Inn, Marriott Hotels, Ascott the Residence and Regal Airport Hotel Hong Kong.

More than 250 executives from across the travel industry attended the awards, which were voted for by readers of the leading UK magazine, with the results authenticated by an independent auditing company.

 

 

Japan to launch electronic visa system for tourists

Japan to launch electronic visa system for tourists

In an attempt to achieve its goal of 60 million foreign visitors a year by 2030, Japan is planning to introduce an electronic visa system for tourists from April 2020.

Following this, the Japanese government aims at simplify the application process, reduce the workload at diplomatic missions and strengthen immigration control, with visa data to be shared with airlines, before the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

To further strengthen its inbound tourism, Japan has also relaxed the visa requirements and increased the number of low-cost carriers and other flights.

However, in the initial stage, this electronic visa system will only be available to the Chinese tourists, as they account for a major chunk of foreign travellers for Japan. The electronic visa will be is accessible to other countries at a later stage.

As a part of its tourism growth strategy, Japan aims to bring the number of visitors to 40 million by 2020 and 60 million by 2030. japan.travel

In an attempt to achieve its goal of 60 million foreign visitors a year by 2030, Japan is planning to introduce an electronic visa system for tourists from April 2020.

Following this, the Japanese government aims at simplify the application process, reduce the workload at diplomatic missions and strengthen immigration control, with visa data to be shared with airlines, before the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

To further strengthen its inbound tourism, Japan has also relaxed the visa requirements and increased the number of low-cost carriers and other flights.

However, in the initial stage, this electronic visa system will only be available to the Chinese tourists, as they account for a major chunk of foreign travellers for Japan. The electronic visa will be is accessible to other countries at a later stage.

As a part of its tourism growth strategy, Japan aims to bring the number of visitors to 40 million by 2020 and 60 million by 2030. japan.travel

 

KLM adds new toiletries to washrooms

KLM new washroom amenities

KLM new washroom amenities

KLM to release Rituals line inspired by ‘East meets West’

KLM passengers will be offered the latest in the airline’s exclusive Rituals product line this winter, with new scents including Dutch tulips and Japanese yuzu.

Products in ‘The Amsterdam Collection’ were inspired by designs on both Dutch and Asian ceramics and textiles, according to the airline, and will be available when its winter timetable begins on Sunday 28 October.

Economy passengers will get hand care foam in the lavatories, while World Business Class passengers can access hand and body lotion, hair gel, and body mist in the lavatories, and will receive moisturiser and lip balm.

All the products will be available exclusively on KLM flights.

 

Peter Street Kitchen launches in Manchester

Peter Street Kitchen launches in Manchester

Edwardian Hotels London has announced the opening of Manchester’s highly-anticipated restaurant – Peter Street Kitchen. Offering an expansive range of Mexican and Japanese small plates, this new outlet envelopes the art of shared dining. Additionally, this space also provides semi-private dining and event arrangements for guests who are looking to enjoy some privacy.

Peter Street Kitchen will be at the forefront of the F&B offerings available at Radisson Blu Edwardian Manchester hotel. Mexican delicacies on offer are shredded crab with spicy ginger mayo tostadas; robata mescal-glazed smoked paprika ribs and Mayan-spiced marinated chicken ensalada with cashews, black lime and sesame oil.

Japanese delights available here include yellowtail sashimi with spicy yuzu soy; chilli and lemon roasted baby chicken served on a Peter Street Kitchen Bincho Grill; warm wagyu beef Japanese flatbread with dried chilli and yuzu mayo; and king crab tempura with ama ponzu.

Conclude your meal with Japanese flavour- inspired desserts like moreish chocolate bento box with genmaicha ice cream and Kuro goma cheesecake with hassaku orange sorbet.

Guests can enjoy the finest collection of wines and signature cocktails at the Rikyū Bar. You can also explore Peter Street Kitchen’s Rikyū Lounge, located in the building’s original iconic brick colonnade which is a classy space that can hold up to 37 diners or 40 – 50 guests for semiprivate drinks receptions.

To top it all, the restaurant is currently organising a series of regular Rikyū brunches, featuring a Japanese-inspired signature cocktail on arrival, exquisite small plates and a choice of free-flowing prosecco, wine or champagne along with live entertainment.  peterstreetkitchen.co.uk

Edwardian Hotels London has announced the opening of Manchester’s highly-anticipated restaurant – Peter Street Kitchen. Offering an expansive range of Mexican and Japanese small plates, this new outlet envelopes the art of shared dining. Additionally, this space also provides semi-private dining and event arrangements for guests who are looking to enjoy some privacy.

Peter Street Kitchen will be at the forefront of the F&B offerings available at Radisson Blu Edwardian Manchester hotel. Mexican delicacies on offer are shredded crab with spicy ginger mayo tostadas; robata mescal-glazed smoked paprika ribs and Mayan-spiced marinated chicken ensalada with cashews, black lime and sesame oil.

Japanese delights available here include yellowtail sashimi with spicy yuzu soy; chilli and lemon roasted baby chicken served on a Peter Street Kitchen Bincho Grill; warm wagyu beef Japanese flatbread with dried chilli and yuzu mayo; and king crab tempura with ama ponzu.

Conclude your meal with Japanese flavour- inspired desserts like moreish chocolate bento box with genmaicha ice cream and Kuro goma cheesecake with hassaku orange sorbet.

Guests can enjoy the finest collection of wines and signature cocktails at the Rikyū Bar. You can also explore Peter Street Kitchen’s Rikyū Lounge, located in the building’s original iconic brick colonnade which is a classy space that can hold up to 37 diners or 40 – 50 guests for semiprivate drinks receptions.

To top it all, the restaurant is currently organising a series of regular Rikyū brunches, featuring a Japanese-inspired signature cocktail on arrival, exquisite small plates and a choice of free-flowing prosecco, wine or champagne along with live entertainment.  peterstreetkitchen.co.uk

GoAir commences flight operations to Maldives

GoAir commences flight operations to Maldives

GoAir has announced the commencement of its international operations with the launch of the direct flight between Male, Maldives and Mumbai. Under its international schedule, the low-cost carrier is connecting Male with Mumbai and New Delhi.

Flights on the New Delhi – Male route will be operated twice a week and that on Mumbai-Male route will be operated thrice a week.

International flight Schedule:

Departure Arrival Time of departure (Local) Time of Arrival (Local) Frequency Effective Date
Mumbai Male 1330 1550 Tuesday, Friday, Sunday October 14, 2018
Male Mumbai 1650 2000 Tuesday, Friday, Sunday October 14, 2018
Delhi Male 1245 1620 Wednesday, Saturday October 17, 2018
Male Delhi 1720 2210 Wednesday, Saturday October 17, 2018

 GoAir will be deploying its Airbus A320 Neo aircraft on its international routes.

Cornelis Vrieswijk, Chief Executive Officer, GoAir said, “We welcome Male as a part of our new global network. In light of the significant increase in outgoing tourism from India over the past few years, GoAir introduced direct flight services from Mumbai and New Delhi to Male. It is a huge amendment in the books of GoAir and we hope to provide our customers with a superior experience at the best yet affordable prices.” goair.in

GoAir has announced the commencement of its international operations with the launch of the direct flight between Male, Maldives and Mumbai. Under its international schedule, the low-cost carrier is connecting Male with Mumbai and New Delhi.

Flights on the New Delhi – Male route will be operated twice a week and that on Mumbai-Male route will be operated thrice a week.

International flight Schedule:

Departure Arrival Time of departure (Local) Time of Arrival (Local) Frequency Effective Date
Mumbai Male 1330 1550 Tuesday, Friday, Sunday October 14, 2018
Male Mumbai 1650 2000 Tuesday, Friday, Sunday October 14, 2018
Delhi Male 1245 1620 Wednesday, Saturday October 17, 2018
Male Delhi 1720 2210 Wednesday, Saturday October 17, 2018

 GoAir will be deploying its Airbus A320 Neo aircraft on its international routes.

Cornelis Vrieswijk, Chief Executive Officer, GoAir said, “We welcome Male as a part of our new global network. In light of the significant increase in outgoing tourism from India over the past few years, GoAir introduced direct flight services from Mumbai and New Delhi to Male. It is a huge amendment in the books of GoAir and we hope to provide our customers with a superior experience at the best yet affordable prices.” goair.in

Why Singapore Airlines doesn’t provide pyjamas on world’s longest flight

Singapore Airlines business class (B777-300ER)

Singapore Airlines relaunched its non-stop flights to New York last week, a service that at 16,700-kilometres and close to 19 hours, has enabled the carrier to reclaim the title of longest commercial flight in the world.

As Business Traveller readers may know from our review of the inaugural flight – which can be read here – one notable feature not offered on this ultra-long-haul flight is pyjamas for passengers travelling in business class.

While this is in keeping with the airline’s general policy regarding such amenities – only first class passengers are offered pyjamas, and this new route doesn’t feature a first class cabin – it seems odd that a flight of this duration wasn’t made an exception to this rule. This is particularly in light of other unique steps Singapore Airlines has taken to prioritise sleep and enhance the comfort of the journey, notably its collaboration with Canyon Ranch in developing new wellness and hydration-focused in-flight meals.

Compare this with carriers such as American Airlines and United Airlines, both of which offer a change of clothes on shorter services between Asia and the US.

So why doesn’t the airline offer its business class passengers a change of clothes on the world’s longest flight?

Speaking to Business Traveller on the inaugural service, Campbell Wilson, senior vice president of sales and marketing for Singapore Airlines, said: “Our experience has been that most people don’t actually use pyjamas on board an aircraft, most travellers bring a change of clothes if they wish to or indeed just sleep in the clothes they have.

“We obviously monitor, but at this juncture we’ve not seen a really strong demand.”

But while passengers do need to bring their own change of clothes if they don’t want to sleep in their current attire, Singapore Airlines hasn’t entirely ignored in-flight amenities.

Notably, this includes offering business class passengers a “create-your-own-kit” experience in which travellers select the amenities they’d like to use and put them in a black, rectangular bag with a zip and the Singapore Airlines logo. This is a feature that will be a permanent fixture on the world’s longest flight.

Singapore Airlines previously flew non-stop between Singapore and New York using its less fuel efficient Airbus A340-500 aircraft, but was forced to drop the service in 2013 after it became no longer economically viable.

Do you expect airlines to offer pyjamas to business class passengers on long-haul flights? Let us know in the comments section below.

Report advises cracking down on ‘Maverick’ business travel spenders

Female business traveller (iStock)

Report Advises Cracking Down on ‘Maverick’ Business Travel Spenders

By Bob Curley

Air, hotel, and rental car bookings represent only 60 to 70 per cent of total business travel expenses, and companies need to exert greater control over employees’ other spending, according to experts at Travel Leaders Group’s ViewFrom36K (https://www.viewfrom36k.com/Articles/2018/04/18/16/58/Blog-14-Incomplete-Business-Travel-Data-Equals-Lost-Opportunities) consultancy.

Air, hotel, and rental car bookings represent only 60 to 70 per cent of total business travel expenses, and companies need to exert greater control over employees’ other spending, according to experts at Travel Leaders Group’s ViewFrom36K consultancy.

“Companies’ travel and expense data is typically their second or third-largest expense,” said Gabe Rizzi, president of Travel Leaders Corporate (http://travelleaderscorporate.com/). “If they don’t get full visibility into what employees book as well as what they actually spend, companies won’t understand the true cost of a trip and they won’t have the right insights to negotiate.”

Corporate credit cards offer the best opportunity for tracking such spending, as well as whether employees are booking flights or rooms outside of agreements with airlines and hotels — deals that can save companies anywhere from 15 to 25 per cent. “It’s critical to reduce your out-of-program spend to ensure you’re getting the lowest negotiated rates,” noted Rizzi.

Rizzi also advised companies to scrutinize expense reports to determine the true cost of business travel, including out-of-pocket spending.

Accounting for and controlling spending on meals, ride sharing, and other non-bookable business travel expenses is especially important as the overall cost of travel is projected to rise, according to Rizzi.