Cooking On Board?
Cutting as a term has today become synonymous with Business
Travel as individuals and corporates are becoming increasingly
conscious about their travel spend. Policies on business travel
are in place and cutting corners is the norm. It is little
wonder then that this cost cutting has percolated
down to the business travel facilitators or service providers.
Today, even airlines are acutely aware of their cost
factor and not only their load factor More
and more airlines globally are compromising on their add-on
services to keep costs under control and yet cater to
the discerning business traveller. A traveller who is not
prepared to pay for the frills will get no frills...seems
to be the new airlines motto, especially among the American
and European carriers flying on their domestic routes. These
airlines have consciously cut down on their in-flight service
in terms of food and beverage.
The Indian business traveller however, is totally alien to
this no frills concept. He still expects the best
in terms of meals and add-ons while on board an aircraft.
In-flight service, especially the quality of food and drink,
on a flight is still a very important factor to the Indian
or Asian business traveller. Airlines also seem to have made
that distinction and have taken pains to upgrade their in-flight
service in terms of F&B, while actually advertising this
as a USP in the Asian markets. Staying with the Asian business
travel segment, we highlight the financial capital of Asia
- Tokyo - our international destination in this issue of Express
Business Traveller. And instead of our routine feature on
a domestic destination, we present a unique feature on the
attractions of the unexplored North-Eastern part of India,
showcasing the Durga Puja Festival - the extravaganza of Kolkata
in all its splendour. While a visit to this colourful festival
is certain to throw up a few surprises, Im sure that
a business trip to Afghanistan (in our VISA Tips section)
will have a few surprises of its own!!