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NewStation - (September 2002)

Air New Zealand Unveils Low Cost Air Travel
Air New Zealand recently slashed domestic air fares by up to 50 per cent on some routes as part of the new Air New Zealand Express Class. Commenting on details of the ‘compellingly lower’ fares, Air New Zealand’s managing director and chief executive officer, Ralph Norris, said: “The airline has responded to customer demand in delivering a range of fares which not only shows dramatic discounts on current fare levels, but were strongly competitive with rail and car travel.” The recent announcement on fares represent the most significant fare reduction programme yet undertaken by Air New Zealand across its domestic services. Average fares across the airline’s domestic network will decrease by 20 percent, and by about 28 percent on main trunk routes. This initiative has been implemented with the objective to encourage people to fly.
Cathay Lounge’s Simply The Best

A customer survey to find the world’s Best Airline Lounge by Skytrak has found Cathay Pacific’s Wing lounge complex at Hong Kong Int’l Airport as the world’s Best Airline Lounge for 2002 There were a staggering 711,245 votes cast. The top 5 World Airline Lounges are:

AIRLINE / AIRPORT

  • Cathay Pacific Airways / Hong Kong
  • Emirates / Dubai
  • Malaysia Airlines / Kuala Lumpur
  • South African Airways / Johannesburg
  • Qantas Airways / Sydney

Passenger voting for the Best Lounge was based on a combined Quality judgment of lounge Product facilities and Staff Service standards. In addition to online voting, members of the Skytrax Travel Research Panel corporate division completed detailed survey questionnaires for the Survey. Telephone interviews were carried out for a selected sample of responses, to enable proper back-checking of the survey results.

Dublin Airport ‘worst’

Dublin Airport is now the worst in Europe for flight delays, with more than one in four planes taking off at least 15 minutes late, according to a survey by the Association of European Airlines (AEA). It has slumped to bottom of the European punctuality league at a time when airports across the continent have dramatically improved time-keeping because of the reduced number of flights operating since September 11th. The survey shows that 27.6 per cent of Dublin departures were delayed by at least a quarter of an hour between April and June, compared with 26.7 for each of the next worst performers, Rome and London Gatwick. Madrid was fourth worst at 23.8. Of the 27 airports in the survey, Oslo, Stockholm and Geneva performed best.

Showing off Malaysia

Tourism Malaysia and Malaysia Airlines will jointly organise a ‘Global Meet’ educational programme for potential buyers of the Meetings, Incentives, Conference and Exhibition (mice) industry from countries worldwide in September 2002 in Kuala Lumpur.

The programme aims to showcase Malaysia’s attraction as a destination for meetings, incentives, conferences and exhibitions and also provide an opportunity for the invited buyers to meet up first hand with the service providers of the Malaysian MICE industry to discuss business opportunities. Ten Agents from Mumbai and Delhi who specialise in Corporate Incentives and Exhibitions will participate in the ‘Global Meet’.

Business Travel In US Down
Corporate travel spending in the United States is down 28 per cent this year and could stay at sharply reduced levels long after the economy rebounds, a study released in June warns. Sixty two large and mid-size U.S. companies were surveyed by the Business Travel Coalition, of Radnor. It was found that they expect to spend $1.7 billion less in 2001 than the $6 billion they spent last year on travel and entertainment. Eighty six percent of the companies said they had acted to cut costs or plan to do so by the end of the year. US companies and other organisations spent a total of about $185 billion on travel and entertainment last year. The companies’ travel managers said employees not only are taking fewer trips, but they also are taking shorter trips, buying airline tickets weeks in advance to save money, driving on trips of 400 miles or less, staying in lower-priced hotels and using more video conferencing to replace travel.
Glowing Spectacles Could Prevent Jet Lag
Scientists in Australia have developed hi-tech glasses which they say prevents the mental and physical fatigue associated with flying across different time zones. They believe that wearing the glasses for a couple of hours before and during flights could help the human body clock to adjust to travel more easily. The spectacles use lights to help stimulate the brain and wind the body clock backwards or forwards. Dr Leon Lack and colleagues of Flinders University in Adelaide said the spectacles help to reset travellers’ body clocks. “Bright light is the tool which re- times our body clocks,” he said. He said they should be worn for three hours a day for at least two days before travel and for three hours during the flight. Light triggers the production of hormones in the body which manage the body clock.