QUESTION FOR THE WEEK: We all enjoy our comforts, but what are the items British travellers can’t travel abroad without?

1 March, 2020

In our weekly series to break up those Monday morning office blues, The Blue Swan Daily tests your knowledge and insight into the aviation and travel industry. This is all just for fun. Who knows? We may occasionally find a prize somewhere around CAPA HQ. This week’s question is detailed below. The answers will be revealed and winners (if there are any correct entries) announced next week alongside our next question.

A recent poll has shown that Britons look forward to travelling on business so that they can ‘get away from the family’ – a observation that is likely valid across the world. The Business Travel Show survey asked road warriors ‘what’s the best thing about business travel’ and 20 per cent agreed they prefer to be on the road than at home because they can switch off and get a good night’s sleep.

One in ten also value flight time as it allows them to catch up on work, around a quarter relish the opportunity to visit new countries and cities, and approximately 8% tag holiday time on the end of trips to enjoy what’s come to be known as ‘bleisure’ travel.

But, while Brits are eager to get away, there are a range of items that they can’t survive without. A new survey from Airport Parking and Hotels, has highlighted these home comforts for Britons.

Our QUESTION OF THE WEEK is... We all enjoy our comforts, but what are the items British travellers can’t travel abroad without?

JOIN IN THE FUN: Send your answers to: The Blue Swan Daily Content Team

Our previous question asked… Embraer talks about its right-size capacity solution, but where in the world do the E-Jet and E2 families have the greatest share of aircraft movements?

Airbus and Boeing may remain the dominant force in aircraft production, but aircraft programmes from the likes of ATR, Bombardier, De Havilland and Embraer have, and continue to play an important role, especially in emerging and regional markets.

In parts of the world they provide a right-size solution to serve markets where demand levels cannot support the operation of larger aircraft. Where there is such demand they can facilitate the introduction of additional frequencies, especially at off-peak times and driving the frequencies demand by regular travellers.

Our analysis of 1Q 2020 operations of the Embraer E-Jet and E2 families from OAG schedules highlights the important role than play in emerging markets. In total there are 148 country markets with scheduled operations with the aircraft. While the United States of America is the largest market (45% of movements), some much smaller markets rely more on the regional jet families.

The remote volcanic outpost of St Helena, part of the British Overseas Territory in the South Atlantic Ocean is a perfect example. Its sole air connectivity is thanks to an Airlink E190 service to the African mainland, its closet land point. E-Jet and E2 operations are also in the majority in Central African Republic where they account for 54.8% of 1Q 2020 departures.

Elsewhere, our analysis shows the important role the aircraft plays in other country markets. In Mauritania they hold a 49.1% share of departures, in Burkina Faso it is 47.7%, Belarus 38.8%, Timor-leste 28.7%, Botswana 27.8%, Burundi 25.6%, Argentina 25.5% and Azerbaijan 25.2%.

The E-Jet and E2 account for a double-digit share of 1Q 2020 movements in a further 24 countries. These comprise (in alphabetical order): Austria, Bolivia, Brazil, Finland, Georgia, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Mali, Mexico, Moldova, Montenegro, Netherlands, Panama, Poland, Slovenia, Switzerland, Uganda, Ukraine, Uruguay, United States of America, Venezuela and Zimbabwe.