Analysis for Europe/MEA

The traditional airport business lounge could once again become a haven of tranquillity for corporate travellers and adapting concepts could deliver a key offer at international hub airports

29 March, 2021

In a world where our safety and well-being have become our priority, the airport business lounge will become a key part of any regular travellers travel requirements. Ahead of the coronavirus pandemic the power of such locations had become somewhat diluted reducing their appeal to corporates.

The king is dead, long live the king! Low-cost long-haul remains unproven, but there is a gap for a value proposition in many international markets whether flying narrow or widebody jets

24 March, 2021

Regular travellers don’t necessarily get pulled in by low-cost –though admittedly they are happy to accept cheaper fares – but it is more about good value. Whether that is through service, convenience or even price, if we seem to get a good return on our investment then we can put a favourable rate on that offer.

Going green for Covid recovery and supporting long-term sustainability

23 March, 2021

There has been unified support from voices across the aviation and wider travel and transport industries to the European Commission plans to introduce a 'Digital Green Certificate', which would see all EU member states adopt a unified travel certificate system. This proposal requires EU States to issue common, inter-operable and mutually-recognised certificates for COVID-19 vaccination, testing and recovery status that will facilitate free movement during the COVID pandemic and support the restart of travel.

The light at the end of the tunnel is shining brighter as Singapore Airlines successfully trials IATA’s Travel Pass on first international flight

19 March, 2021

Singapore Airlines has this week become the first carrier in the world to carry passengers using the International Air Transport Association (IATA) Travel Pass, a digital platform for travellers that offers a global and standardised solution to validate and authenticate all country regulations regarding COVID-19 travel requirements.

Zero emission ambitions: aircraft of the future and the decarbonisation of the aviation industry

17 March, 2021

Airbus last year revealed three concepts for the world’s first zero-emission commercial aircraft which could enter service by 2035. These concepts each represent a different approach to achieving zero-emission flight, exploring various technology pathways and aerodynamic configurations in order to support the company’s ambition of leading the way in the decarbonisation of the entire aviation industry.

She’s electric – new partnership aims to debut fully electric passenger aircraft in the Norwegian commuter market from 2026

15 March, 2021

One of the primary factors that is likely to influence passenger demand in the recovering commercial air transport market is increasing consumer pressure for climate responsibility. This will be a short-, medium-, and long-term requirement for the industry as sustainability becomes one of the key drivers of business strategy.

On the lighter side of life – ‘Wizz’ through the skies over Wales

12 March, 2021

For long periods of the past 12 months our skies have been quiet as flight levels have been reduced by unprecedented levels due to COVID-19 linked travel restrictions. That was certainly not the case for those living in South Wales earlier this month when Central and Eastern European specialist LCC Wizz Air arranged a special flyover using its Airbus A320 aircraft.

Lufthansa puts 10-20% as the scale of corporate travel loss, but it is not overly concerned about the impact

9 March, 2021

When we talk about the importance of corporate travel to airlines, Lufthansa is often used as an example of one that relies on business travel. However, Lufthansa Group chief executive Carsten Spohr last week noted that the importance of this market has actually been following a downward trend over the past years.

Bow-Tie Briefing – BIT or CAI? Regardless of name, new China – EU investment agreement offers key motivator for economic growth and positive opportunities for corporate travel (part 2)

8 March, 2021

In our last edition of Bow-Tie Briefing, we discussed the background of the China-EU Bilateral Investment Treaty” (BIT) or as the European side call it the “EU–China Comprehensive Agreement in Investment (CAI). President Xi Jinping of China stated: “It will greatly boost world economic recovery in the post-pandemic era, enhance the international community's confidence in economic globalisation and free trade, and enable the Chinese and EU's markets to make important contributions to building an open world economy”.

Blacklane launches chauffeur hailing platform in New York, London, Dubai, Berlin and Paris; will extend its offer to 21 cities across 11 countries by end of Mar-2021

5 March, 2021

For many businesses and corporate travellers the idea of being able to enjoy the quality of a traditional chauffeur, with the convenience of riding within minutes of booking certainly is rather compelling. Plans can quickly change and the knowledge that you can secure a trusted, professional and safe ride within moments has lots of advantages, especially at a time that many may still feel uncomfortable travelling while COVID-19 remains a threat.

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