NEWS ROUND-UP DFA makes Europe debut on Ukraine Airlines

Duty Free Americas (DFA) is relishing the opportunity to make its first entry into Europe when it begins operating the inflight retail programme on Ukraine International Airlines (UIA) next month. As first reported by TRBusiness (2 April),

DFA announced a ‘strategic collaboration’ with the airline and vowed to leverage the retailer’s brand network and product resources to merchandise the onboard retail programme. DFA’s Dov Falic (far right) tells TRBusiness: “Entering the inflight retail market

was not a priority. We only consider opportunities which make sense for us. “The chance to work with Ukraine

Airlines makes a lot of sense in many different aspects. There is a real drive from the airline to make duty free an important part of the business.” Liquor and tobacco, beauty and possibly

confectionery will comprise the majority of the assortment, according to Falic. “We are also interested in accessories and will

L-to-R: DFA’s Joseph Falic; Jerome Falic; Leon Falic; and Dov Falic.

hand-pick to ensure it makes sense for both parties.” He also confirmed the planned listing of

Luxottica sunglasses on board. Last year, the two companies collaborated for the opening of a sunglasses boutique at Punta Cana International Airport Terminal A. Earlier this year, a sunglasses boutique at Tocumen International Airport Terminal

1 also opened. “We have a strong partnership with

Luxottica and will have their sunglasses on board,” Falic remarks. Regarding the pre-order element

of the two-year UIA agreement, Falic commented: “We want to move a lot of the Ukraine Airlines duty free business to pre-order.”

Dufry opens arrivals store at St Petersburg Airport

Hot on the heels of Dufry Group’s subsidiary RegStaer, the leading global DF&TR operator has opened a new duty free arrivals store in Russia at Pulkovo St Petersburg Airport, under Nuance/ Dufry branding. As reported by TRBusiness, RegStaer

Group of Companies opened its first store at Vnukovo Airport on 19 January and another at Platov International Airport in

Rostov-on-Don on 23 February. Travel retailers were given the green

light to operate arrivals duty free shops in Russia based on an order from the Russian Government

issued on

12 December. The order, which came into force on 12

January 2019, follows the implementation of a Customs Code in December 16 for the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU) to allow the new arrivals channel. This is expected to ensure market growth

and increased non-aeronautical revenue for Russian airports. The new 1,02sq m Dufry arrivals store

will be open 24 hours a day and located in the international flights arrivals hall, where passengers can purchase wines and spirits, perfumes and cosmetics, as well as confectionery, tobacco, travel accessories, and electronics.

Global brands on offer include the following: Bacardi, Hennessy, Johnnie Walker, The Macallan, Moët & Chandon, Lindt, Godiva, Dolce & Gabbana, Lancôme, Chloé, Burberry, Versace, Gucci and Boss. The new opening marks the expansion

of the Dufry-owned Nuance concept at Pulkovo Airport; the third shop of its kind at St Petersburg. “The store is built around a strong sense

of place,” says Pulkovo Airport. “The essence of the Northern capital

of Russia comes through the reference points as white gold mosaic on the walls and ceramic marble pattern are interwoven throughout the design.” Nuance operates a large walkthrough

duty free store and a smaller express store, both located after border control in the international departures area at Pulkovo Airport.


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