Τρίτη, 26 Σεπτεμβρίου 2017

Boeing satisfied with Demand for New Airplanes in Southeast Asia


Boeing says Southeast Asia is one of the fastest growing markets in the world and projects a demand for 4,210 new airplanes, valued at $650 billion, over the next 20 years. According to Boeing's annual report, the region will continue its strong annual traffic growth at 6.2 percent, outpacing the world's average growth rate by 1.5 percent.
"Southeast Asia continues to be one of fastest growing markets in the world – and a key focus area for Boeing – as the region accounts for more than 10 percent of the total global demand," said Dinesh Keskar, senior vice president of Asia Pacific and India Sales, Boeing Commercial Airplanes.
"Driven by fierce competition and growing passenger demand, airlines in Southeast Asia need the most capable, flexible, economical and passenger preferred airplanes available," added Keskar. "With their new technologies, superior capabilities and advanced efficiencies, the continued orders for the 737 MAX, including the new 737 MAX 10, as well as the 787 Dreamliner, demonstrate the value Boeing's airplanes are providing to airlines in region."
Single-aisle airplanes, such as the 737 MAX family, will account for more than 70 percent of new deliveries. As in previous years, the low-cost business model continues to be a main driver of traffic growth in Southeast Asia, growing to more than 50 percent of the total Southeast Asian market by the end of the forecast period.
New Airplane Southeast Asia Deliveries Through 2036
Airplane typeTotal new deliveriesDollar value
Regional jets40<$5B
Small widebody610$170B
Medium/Large widebody320$110B
Boeing projects a worldwide demand for 41,030 new airplanes over the next 20 years. Boeing's Current Market Outlook is the longest running jet forecast and regarded as the most comprehensive analysis of the aviation industry. The full report can be found at www.boeing.com/cmo.

Four Points Best Brews Trail Makes Its Stop in Nairobi

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Four Points by Sheraton, a booming Marriott International hotel brand known for its love of beer, embarked on the Nairobi leg of it’s global trip discovering the world’s Best Brews. The journey kicked off at the new Four Points Hurlingham in a trail that culminated with an exclusive preview of the soon to open, Four Points by Sheraton Nairobi Airport.

Αποτέλεσμα εικόνας για Four Points Best Brews Trail Makes Its Stop in NairobiFour Points’ Best Brews Around the World celebrates the brand’s signature initiative, a dedicated program in which each of the brand’s 225+ hotels around the world showcases a local, craft beer which has been chosen based on taste, popularity, quality and proximity to the property. A Best Brew is available on tap at each Four Points, offering travelers an authentic taste of local beer culture wherever their travels may take them. This year’s global trail kicked off in Manhattan, followed by Cancun Mexico, Okanagan Valley Canada, Melbourne Australia, stopping off in Nairobi and culminating in Barcelona, Spain.

As the only city on the African continent to be joining this trail, Four Points by Sheraton, Nairobi is excited to showcase our love for beer and travel to the international community. In Nairobi, we like to push boundaries with our passion for local artisans. In this spirit, we have collaborated with the Big Five Breweries to create our own signature craft beer that carries serious flavour.

An exciting day of adventure commenced with a tasting of the signature Four Pills brew along with a cook-off beer inspired lunch at the Four Points by Sheraton, Nairobi Hurlingham property.

This was followed by a private tour of the Big Five Breweries micro-brewery. Naturally, no trail in Nairobi would be complete without taking in the views of our National Park and scenic green savannah. Guests were treated to a surprise helicopter ride crossing the city and out to the Ngong Hills.

The trail culminated with an exclusive preview at the Four Points by Sheraton, Nairobi Airport hotel where our influencers were put to the test with their beer knowledge in a blind-tasting conducted by Master Brewer Aleem Ladak. Acclaimed graffiti artist Bankslave was also on hand to share a live-art piece around the day’s activities.

Vivek Mathur, General Manager, Four Points by Sheraton, Nairobi Airport said, “Four Points has a love for locally crafted beers, which is why we partnered with The Big Five Breweries to sample a taste of what Nairobi has to offer. We know the perfect pint has universal appeal, which is why we are the only city in Africa participating in the launch of ‘Best Brews Around the World.’ We invite local beer lovers and thirsty travelers to join us as we discover new Best Brews.”

UK Tourism announced all time high figures for inbound tourism in July

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Visit Britain released record figures for July 2017. July was the highest month ever for inbound tourism to the UK since official records began in 1961.
There were a record four million overseas visits to the UK in July, the first month to ever break through the four million mark, and up 6 per cent on the same month last year. Overseas visitors spent £2.8 billion in the UK, the best month for spend on record.
Strong growth in visits from North America continued in July with a record 650,000 visits, up 9% on last year.
Tourism Minister John Glen said, "Tourism is a major economic force that creates jobs and drives growth for the whole of the country. These record figures show the continued strength of this important sector and the UK’s global position as a must-visit destination."
VisitBritain Director Patricia Yates said that the best-ever monthly figures underpinned a strong first half of the year for inbound tourism.
“This sustained growth demonstrates Britain’s continued ability to compete internationally for visitors and shows that tourism, one of our most valuable export industries, is an increasingly important driver of economic growth across our nations and regions.”
Today’s Office for National Statistics figures have brought the total number of overseas visits to the UK from January to July this year to 23.1 million, up 8% on the same period last year and a record year–to-date. Spending by visitors during this period hit a record £13.3 billion, up 9% on the same period last year.
There were 2.9 million overseas visits from North America from January to July, up 21% on the same period last year.
There were 15.1 million overseas visits from EU countries, the UK’s largest visitor-generating region, 4% up on last year.
Visits from the ‘Rest of the World’, which includes Australia, China, the Gulf markets and India, were up to a record 3.6 million from January to July this year, up 18% on the same period last year.
Last year set a record for inbound tourism to Britain on visits and spend with 37.6 million visits, up 4% on 2015 with visitors spending £22.5 billion, up 2%.
Tourism is worth £127 billion annually to the UK economy, creating jobs and boosting economic growth across its nations and regions.

New speed restrictions compel cruise lines to modify Canada sailings

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Fresh speed restrictions on cruise vessels in eastern Canada where North Atlantic right whales have been assembling have compelled many cruise lines to reduce the ports stays of cruises and drop some of the calls.

Emergency rules embraced in mid-August limits all cruise vessels over 20 metres long to speeds of about 10 mph or less in a vast swatch that stretches from the northern shore of the St. Lawrence River south to close to the island of Prince Edward Island.

Cruise ships that generally motor around 17 or 18 mph in this area currently face lines of up to $25,000 for exceeding 10 mph in the restricted zone.

Marc Garneau who is the minister of transport, Canada said that the slowdown would be staying in place till the endangered whales migrate out of this region that is likely to be sometime in September or October. But then, a half-dozen cruise lines have already adapted their scheduled to the slower cruising speeds.

Donna Spalding who is the director of administration, CLIA Northwest and Canada mentioned that the problem is a two-edged sword.

This short notice is issue for cruise lines since they have guests expecting a particular product. But then, it would also be a liability for the small communities of the East Coast that rely to a great extent on the fall season.

One of the cruise ports majorly impacted in the Canadian town of Gaspe on the western shore of the Gulf of St. Lawrence.

Cruise lines dropping calls comprise Regent Seven Seas Cruises. Daniel Cote, the mayor of Gaspe said that this town might be losing about $2.5 consequently. Also affected is the Port of Charlottetown based on Prince Edward Island that would be losing an estimated 8,000 cruise travellers this season owing to as many as 10 cancelled calls from different cruise lines.

However, some communities are leveraging these altered rules.

Single travellers pay way more than couple in cruise lines

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I am travelling on mu own and in future I would like to book a cruise around the Canary Islands on the Tui Discovery 2, departing on October 6. I travelled on this ship earlier in the year and really enjoyed the experience, especially as I alone and was able to upgrade to the a Deluxe Balcony cabin.
When I tried to book for the cruise in October, I discovered that I would be charged more than a couple would pay for the same cabin. Two people travelling together would pay just over £3,600 including flights. Yet as a solo traveller I would have to pay £4,100.

I was advised ti that the best way forward was to lie, and book the cruise for two people
I accept – grudgingly – that I will have to pay for two flights but it seems very unfair to be charged an extra £500 over and above this simply because I’m travelling on my own. The Thomson agent said she did not know why but said that’s what the pricing system came up with.

I was told I had two options: find someone to share the cabin or book the cruise for two people and notify Thomson on arrival at the airport that the second person would not be travelling. She stressed that I must not do this beforehand. I did not want to lie or do things in this underhand way. Please can you find out why I am being penalised for travelling alone?

There are cheaper solo occupancy cabins on the Tui Discovery 2 but, as Mr Sargent discovered, these are in cabins on lower decks where he does not wish to be.

I asked Thomson why it was penalising solo travellers in this way. After all, Mr Sargent was already paying for a second unused flight that, presumably, Thomson could leave on sale.

A member of the director’s office staff contacted Mr Sargent to explain that the price discrepancy was due to a discount being offered to couples. Mr Sargent pointed out that as he was effectively being treated as a couple surely he was eligible for the discount, too. The Thomson agent said he would see what he could do but after a week he had still not got back in touch.

I nudged Thomson and, once again, Mr Sargent was told that the best way forward was to book for two and only alert the company that his companion couldn’t make it on the departure day. Once again, Mr Sargent asked why Thomson was asking him to lie.

An hour later, the agent called back to say he could, after all, have the cabin at the same price as a couple. In fact, the cost had now been reduced to £3,300.

I asked Thomson for a proper explanation, fully expecting it to spout that old chestnut about solo passengers spending less on drinks and excursions than couples – whereas the reality is that, as they are travelling alone, solos are more likely to be sociable joiners-in.
Thomson hasn’t come up with a convincing explanation for this pricing conundrum, but it has accepted that the issue exists. The company tells me that it will now review its booking processes for solo cruise passengers and provide further training for its customer service teams so that solo cruisers get fairer treatment.

That’s a good start, but what I would like to see is a time when solo cruisers only have to buy one flight as part of their package deal.

Three of the best cruise lines for solo travellers
The last bastion of big single supplements is the cruise industry, but that is changing. New ships are being built with a complement of single cabins; some cruise lines offer supplement-free double cabins to both early and late bookers as they struggle to match capacity with demand.

Fred Olsen (0845 004 2747; fredolsencruises.com) Has 40-plus single cabins on each of its four ships and good twin-for-sole-occupancy deals for late bookers.

Norwegian Epic has 128 studio staterooms for singles
NCL (0845 201 8900; ncl.co.uk) Led the way when it launched the Norwegian Epic in 2010 with 128 studio staterooms for singles (full-sized bed and bathroom) and access to a dedicated lounge and bar to interact with other solos

Pandaw Cruises (0208 326 5620; pandaw.com) No-supplement deals for singles occupying twin cabins (for early bookers and to sell last-minute spaces) on most departures of its luxury cruises on the rivers of south-east Asia.

TripIt's new iMessage features keep everyone in the loop

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SAN FRANCISCO - TripIt from Concur added dynamic updates to TripIt for iMessage. These new enhancements make it easy for travelers to keep friends, family and colleagues up to date about their travel plans, even as changes happen.
"All you have to do is add your plans to TripIt and share them through TripIt for iMessage- we'll take care of the rest," said Jen Moyse, director of product for TripIt from Concur. "With dynamic updates, there's no need to resend your trip details once you have booked the hotel, or added a dinner reservation."
The new iOS 11 addition also allows TripIt Pro users to share their real-time flight status through iMessage. Anytime a TripIt Pro user's flight changes - whether that's a cancellation, delay or gate change - TripIt for iMessage will refresh with the latest information. This gives the person with whom the flight was shared the ability to check the flight's current status, directly within Messages.
"Whether you're coordinating a meetup with a colleague or trying to figure out if your friend's flight is landing on time, TripIt for iMessage now gives you all the information you need. All you have to do is check your text messages," continued Moyse.
How it Works
TripIt for iMessage makes sharing travel plans as easy as sending a text. It allows TripIt users to send all or part of their travel plans through iMessage with other users. TripIt refreshes those plans when something is added or changed, ensuring everyone in the conversation has the latest information.
If a TripIt Pro user shares flight information, anyone receiving that information will be able to check the current status of the flight without leaving Messages.
TripIt will pull the latest trip information when the conversation is active. Everyone must also be signed in to the TripIt app and using iOS 11 to send and receive dynamic trip plans.

Turkish Airlines announces a commitment to order 20 + 20 787-9 Dreamliners, talks with Boeing started

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NEW YORK – During Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s visit to New York to join the United Nations General Assembly, Boeing and Turkish Airlines announced a commitment to order 40 787-9 Dreamliners.
"Our agreement to purchase 787 Dreamliners is a significant step forward in enhancing our passengers’ flight experience as these aircraft are the latest and one of the most advanced in the world," said M. Ilker Ayci, Chairman of the Board and the Executive Committee, Turkish Airlines. "This order is set to play a key role in our growing business in the years to come, and we look forward to further continue our relationship with Boeing. During the talks to finalize the order, we are strictly evaluating the $1 billion worth business volume for the local Turkish supplier industry"
In addition to this order commitment, Boeing and the Turkish government also announced the Boeing Turkey National Aerospace Initiative, which is designed to support the growth of the Turkish aerospace industry, in conjunction with the targets set by Turkey’s Vision 2023, and strengthen Boeing’s presence in the market.
“Boeing’s relationship with Turkey spans more than 70 years and we have outstanding long-term partnerships,” said Ray Conner, Boeing vice chairman. “Working together with Turkey, we are now taking our collaboration to the next level, which will accelerate the growth of the Turkish aerospace industry while achieving Boeing’s long-term objective to expand its presence in the marketplace. Apart from this, we greatly value the new order commitment that we announce together with Turkish Airlines, the national flag carrier of Turkey, and aim to move this successful cooperation much more forward in the forthcoming periods.”
The initiative outlines a strategic framework that aligns Boeing investment and programs with Turkish Aviation Industry’ key figures/ stakeholders, in the areas of research, engineering and skills development. It also reflects Boeing’s confidence in the outlook for Turkey as a significant market and a leading global industry participant.