Corporate Travel Briefs

December 2011 / January 2012

SAA Expands Into Africa

"The launch of flights to Ndola, Zambia, is the first step in SAA’s big plans for Afric"a said Theunis Potgieter, GM commercial. He said the introduction of the route was aligned to the airline’s growth strategy to strengthen its African network. The two-hour flight is serviced by an A319 with capacity for 120 passengers in a two-class configuration. Ndola flights operate three times a week on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays.

From January 17, 2012, SAA will start flights from Johannesburg to Kigali in Rwanda and onwards to Bujumbura in Burundi. SAA will operate the route three times a week, using an A319 aircraft with capacity for 120 passengers in a two-class (business and economy) configuration.

SAA will also introduce business class on flights between South Africa and Livingstone and Victoria Falls, effective November 1 and December 1, respectively.

TIC Introduces Local Travel Insurance

Travel Insurance Consultants (TIC) has introduced local travel insurance for South Africans travelling within South Africa. The Cancellation and Curtailment cover up to a limit of R10 000 is a valuable benefit for any traveller should they have to cancel or curtail a trip as a result of sudden illness or accident. The local policy has a Car Rental Excess Waiver with a limit of R10 000.
Medical Transportation and Evacuation cover is also available. TIC will pay a daily inconvenience benefit of R2 500 for every 24 hours in hospital. Contact your Sure Travel office for more information.

Protea Hotel Opens In Roodepoort

Protea Hotels CEO Arthur Gillis announced that as of November 2011 the company will operate an existing hotel in Roodepoort, previously branded as the Holiday Inn Express Roodepoort. The hotel has been rebranded and named the Protea Hotel Roodepoort.

Sure Travel Offers Flyconnected Cellphone And Data SIMS For UK Travel

Flyconnected has partnered with the UK's largest 3G networks to offer significant savings on data and voice communication when you travel to the UK. A 3GB data SIM costs R299, while a R399 cellphone SIM allows around 125 minutes call time to South African landlines, or 38 minutes to SA Cellphones, 300 UK minutes, 3,000 UK texts, and more. Order both for only R499. The flyconnected SIM bundle could save your company a bundle. Ordering is simple through Sure Travel branches nationwide, and SIM cards are couriered to customers before departure from South Africa..

Etihad United Arab Emirates Visa Service Offer

Etihad Airways is offering a free visa for travel from Cape Town and Johannesburg to the UAE, for any Premium class ticket purchased. Book a flight to the UAE between November 09 and December 31, 2011 and then visit TT Services online at - enter all traveller details and they'll take care of the rest. This includes the entire process of applying for a visa and assisting with any other related matters. A nominal service fee of US$10 is applicable during this limited period offer.

BA Cabin Crew iPads For Enhanced Service

2,000 senior cabin crew at British Airways will be given iPads in a scheme to improve onboard customer service. The iPads come equipped with software and apps that enable cabin crew to access information about passengers’ preferences and previous travel so that crew members will be able to offer a more personalized service during a flight. Information across a number of different areas is stored, including where each customer is seated, who they are travelling with, their Executive Club status, any special meal requests and onward flight connections. They also cut down on paper waste, as they replace documents listing up to 337 customers given to cabin crew before a flight departs.

BA Parent To Buy BMI

The Lufthansa Group has reached “an agreement in principle” on the sale of Bmi to the International Airlines Group (IAG). The sale to IAG, formed through the merger of BA and Iberia, is subject to a number of conditions, including regulatory clearances. Under current plans confirmed by Bmi’s owner Lufthansa and IAG, a purchase agreement will be signed in the coming weeks and the sale complete in the first quarter of 2012.

Amadeus Boss Questions Mobility Hype

Technology for technology’s sake is just "hype", Jason Long, head of global commercials for corporations, global customer IT solutions for Amadeus, has warned corporates. Speaking at the ACTE Global Education Conference in Paris, he questioned the current trend for mobility solutions. “On the mobile side we’re all getting involved, attending workshops and seminars and conferences, and we’re still not really that sure what we’re going to do with it,” he said. Long suggested corporates should be focusing on the integration of self booking tools, expense management and HR databases, as a “tried and trusted” way to save money and improve processes. He said integration is “not sexy, not that new, not that innovative,” but has “proven to be valuable”. “I’m not saying that Amadeus doesn’t advocate exploring mobility. We’re investing in that as well. Every time we install end to end integrated solutions for travel and procurement, the company saves money, processes are enhanced, and generally the company gets a lot of value.”

Amadeus Global Transactions Grow

Amadeus IT Holding during the September quarter processed 307.7 million total air travel agency bookings, up 5.4 percent year over year. The company claimed a 37.2 percent global market share of such bookings, up 0.9 percentage points from a year earlier.

Compulsory Body Scanners Coming To British Airports

Travellers will not be allowed to opt out of body scanners at UK airports, but in the future machines, rather than security staff, will see the apparent ‘naked’ images of passengers, UK Transport Secretary Justine Greening said. Manchester, Heathrow and Gatwick, have been trialling body scanners following the Christmas Day transatlantic flight incident when a would-be terrorist had an explosive device concealed in his underwear. She added that the timing of future installation of the scanners depends on how quickly the new scanners can be developed.

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