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INFORM


WORDS MOLLY DYSON


NEWS


A round-up of the latest stories in business travel


ANA DEBUTS NEW BUSINESS CL ASS ON LONDON ROUTE


ALL NIPPON AIRWAYS (ANA) has debuted new first and business class seats on its redesigned Boeing 777-300ER aircraft on its Tokyo Haneda-London route. Dubbed The Suite (first class) and


The Room (business class, pictured), the new cabin products are the result of five years of development and collaboration between Japanese architect Kengo Kuma and British design agency Acumen. The Room offers privacy doors for the


first time in an ANA business class seat, which can be adjusted if passengers want to dine together or hold a meeting. The airline claims it is the largest business class environment in commercial aviation and double the width of previous seats. The cabin is laid out in a 1-2-1 configuration, so each seat has direct aisle access. In addition, the B777-300ER has a new


self-service bar counter with a monitor and mini-fridge, and a new entrance area.


S P E AKERS ANNOUNCED FOR BBT FORUM


HOW TO MAKE TRAVEL GREENER will be in the spotlight at the next BBT Forum, in association with ACTE, held on 7 November at the Millennium Hotel London Knightsbridge. Topics will follow the


theme of “Bridging the Gap”, starting with a keynote speech on sustainability. This will be followed by a panel discussion entitled “How sustainable is your travel programme?”. Speakers will include travel manager Geoff Allwright, Cait Hewitt of the Aviation Environment Federation, Robert Stevens of Climate Care and Steve Malkin of Planet First. Later, Matthew Holman of Simpila Healthy Solutions will lead a


discussion on how buyers can apply best practice on mental health to their travel programme. Attendees will also hear how to harness the power of travel bookers


as Marissa Irons, EA and projects coordinator at RGAX, and other assistants explain how they can make or break a travel programme. The BBT Forum is sponsored by Amadeus, Uber for Business, All


Nippon Airways, BCD Travel, Enterprise/National and HRS Global Hotel Solutions. Complimentary places are available for travel buyers, procurement


managers and meeting organisers. To book your place, email events@panaceamedia.com or visit bbtforum.com


AMEX GBT SNAPS UP KANOO TRAVEL


AMERICAN EXPRESS GLOBAL BUSINESS TRAVEL is to acquire a controlling stake in Kanoo Travel, one of the largest travel management networks in the Middle East. Amex GBT will form a joint venture with the network’s parent company YBA Kanoo Group to provide managed travel and events services to clients in the region. The firm expects the transaction to close at the end of next year, subject to regulatory approvals. On completion, Amex GBT will own a 65 per cent stake in the new joint venture, which is headquartered in Dubai, and will assume management and operational control of the business and its 539 employees. YBA Kanoo Group will hold the remaining 35 per cent stake in the joint venture. Kanoo Travel has been a member of Amex GBT’s global travel partner network for several years and operates in the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Bahrain and Oman.


12 SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2019 buyingbusinesstravel.com


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