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EMIRATES UNBUNDLES BUSINESS CLASS FARES


EMIRATES PLANS TO sell unbundled business class fares in the same way some economy tickets are marketed on other airlines. The move will see the airline sell lower-priced tickets for business class without the amenities usually included in bundled fares – including lounge access (if the passenger does not have Emirates Skywards status), chauffeur transfers, points upgrades to first, restricted seat selection and ticket cancellation. For travel managers, this could mean having to warn travellers to check which extras are included when they are considering booking the lowest business class fare. The removal of free ticket cancellation may also cause problems if the employee’s plans change. Emirates says it will still offer Saver, Flex and Flex Plus on most routes, but on other flights it will label the cheaper business fares as “Special”. At the moment, the unbundled fares are only being offered on a small selection of flights. The move is a departure for Emirates, which considers itself a full-service airline.


LUFTHANSA HIKES DISTRIBUTION COST


LUFTHANSA GROUP is to increase its distribution cost charge (DCC) to £14 due to the weakening value of the pound. The DCC was introduced in 2015 for


Austrian Airlines, Brussels Airlines, Lufthansa and Swiss as an equivalent to €16. The hike took effect on 1 June, with tickets issued before this date subject to the current DCC of £11.30. The DCC does not apply for sales partners


connected to Lufthansa Group airlines’ Direct NDC API or the free-of-charge, web-based SPRK booking platform. In the UK, the airline group claims a “strongly


increasing number of travel agents are in a position to take advantage of this saving, leading to a consistent price advantage of up to £60 on a round trip over the traditional GDS”. ■ Lufthansa DCC debate, BBT Editor’s Lunch, p42


AIRBUS AND SAS are joining forces to research developments in hybrid and electric aircraft.


Airbus and SAS to team up on electric aircraft


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The aim of the project is to enhance understanding of the operational and infrastructure challenges involved in the large-scale introduction of hybrid and full-electric aircraft. Airbus says modern aircraft are around 80 per cent more fuel efficient per passenger kilometre than they were 50 years ago, but it warns that more needs to be done to reduce the aviation industry’s impact on the environment, as global air traffic growth is predicted to double over the next 20 years. SAS has set itself the goal of reducing its own emissions by 25 per cent by 2030 by modernising its fleet and increasing the use of biofuels.


2019 JULY/AUGUST 13


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