Travel Retail and Duty Free Business Intelligence    Friday 22 August 2014


Catering and retail revenues slip at gategroup in first half of 2014

Source: ŠThe Moodie Report - 21/08/14

INTERNATIONAL. Catering and retail revenues at inflight specialist gategroup dipped by -2.9% to CHF743.7 million (US$814 million) in the first half.

Hanse Distribution launches swiss smile dental beauty care range inflight

Source: ŠThe Moodie Report - 21/08/14

The airline retail supplier has already secured listings for the brand’s Pearl Shine Whitening & Repair Dental Conditioner onboard Swiss, Aeroflot and Virgin Atlantic.

Inflight sales channel remains viable, relevant and profitable, says ISG

Source: ŠThe Moodie Report - 21/08/14

INTERNATIONAL. Inflight retail remains highly relevant to consumers, says ISG, reacting to criticism of the channel after Delta's decision to halt duty free sales.

Finnair Travel Retail head takes top role at tour operator subsidiary

Source: ŠThe Moodie Report - 20/08/14

FINLAND. Timo Kousa has become Managing Director of Aurinkomatkat Suntours alongside his role as Finnair Travel Retail Managing Director.

FORMIA to offer Crabtree & Evelyn amenity kit onboard SriLankan Airlines

Source: ŠThe Moodie Report - 20/08/14

FORMIA will offer the airline's Business Class passengers a bespoke, branded tan-coloured canvas pouch containing a selection of Crabtree & Evelyn products.

Airline Retail Conference set to expand to Latin America in 2015

Source: ŠThe Moodie Report - 15/08/14

UK. The Airline Retail Conference (ARC) is expanding to Latin America with the launch of the inaugural ARC Latin America in Mexico City on 27–29 January 2015.

Delta Air Lines suspends inflight duty free programme with DFASS

Source: ŠThe Moodie Report - 08/08/14

USA. Delta Air Lines has abruptly ceased inflight duty free sales, after failing to reach agreement with concessionaire DFASS over restructuring the programme.

Etihad takes 49% stake in Alitalia amid major restructure of Italian carrier

Source: ŠThe Moodie Report - 08/08/14

ITALY/UAE. Etihad Airways has taken a 49% stake in Alitalia as part of an overall €1,758 million investment to revitalise the Italian carrier's fortunes.

Finnair strikes major inflight duty free deal with Gebr Heinemann

Source: ŠThe Moodie Report - 07/08/14

FINLAND. Following news of the divestment of its Helsinki Airport retail operations to WDFG, Finnair Travel Retail strikes an agreement with Gebr Heinemann for inflight retail and supply.

Travel Retail Tradeshow reveals confirmed attendees for inflight event

Source: ŠThe Moodie Report - 07/08/14

UK.There are now 24 confirmed exhibitors and 13 concessionaires attending the Travel Retail Tradeshow, which takes place from 16-18 September.

Inflight Sales Group returns to French market with Newrest alliance

Source: ŠThe Moodie Report - 29/07/14

FRANCE. Inflight Sales Group (Hong Kong), in partnership with Newrest Group, has won inflight retail tenders onboard Corsair International and Aigle Azur.

Armed police and fighter jets respond to inflight duty free disturbance

Source: The Guardian; Metro; AOL; The Moodie Report - 28/07/14

CANADA. Dramatic video footage has captured police boarding a Sunwing Airlines plane following a passenger bomb threat triggered by a duty free dispute.

VietJet Air and King Power Traveler celebrate inflight retail launch

Source: ŠThe Moodie Report - 25/07/14

VIETNAM. The carrier is celebrating the launch of its first ever duty free service by offering a -30% discount on all purchases made inflight.

Etihad Airways organises donation drive for Abu Dhabi labour camp

Source: ŠThe Moodie Report - 23/07/14

UAE. As part of the airline’s iVolunteer programme, over 50 volunteers visited one of the UAE’s largest labour camps with gifts and hot meals for the women living there.

Qantas refreshes entertainment offer with launch of QView with oOh! Media

Source: ŠThe Moodie Report - 22/07/14

AUSTRALIA. Qantas has partnered oOh! Media to launch QView, a 360 degree digital signage and content solution at Qantas Clubs and Lounges in Australia.

Air Canada extends duty free agreement with DFASS Group

Source: ŠThe Moodie Report - 21/07/14

CANADA. “DFASS has the unique ability to balance product, price and technology to deliver a powerful inflight duty free programme,” says Air Canada.

Trinity Forum 2014 set to draw blue-chip speakers’ line-up to Taipei

Source: ŠThe Moodie Report - 15/07/14

TAIWAN. An outstanding speakers’ programme is close to finalisation for The Trinity Forum 2014, which takes place in Taipei on 17-19 September.

Etihad Airways to expand international network with six new services

Source: ŠThe Moodie Report - 10/07/14

UAE. The UAE national airline will add new destinations in the first half of 2015, and also offer the first non-stop flight between Abu Dhabi and Brisbane.

Duty Free On Arrival to launch travel retail and allowances info app

Source: ŠThe Moodie Report - 25/06/14

INTERNATIONAL. The app informs users of travellers’ allowances and travel retail shopping options across the world in nine languages.

Etihad Airways set to acquire 49% equity stake in Alitalia

Source: ŠThe Moodie Report - 25/06/14

ITALY/UAE. Etihad Airways is set to acquire a 49% equity stake in Italian airline Alitalia, after the companies agreed the terms and conditions of a deal.

Qatar Airways expands connectivity to Japan with new Tokyo Haneda route

Source: ŠThe Moodie Report - 24/06/14

DOHA. Qatar Airways underlines its commitment to Japan with a new route launch to Tokyo Haneda Airport and added domestic code share agreements.

Hong Kong Airlines wins DFASS Partnership Performance Award

Source: ŠThe Moodie Report - 20/06/14

HONG KONG. Hong Kong wins a newly introduced award from inflight retailer DFASS Group after posting +40% year-on-year growth in QI.

King Power Traveler captures Fiji Airways inflight concession

Source: ŠThe Moodie Report - 20/06/14

FIJI. Fiji Airways has signed a full concession contract with Hong Kong-based King Power Traveler for inflight duty free services onboard its international fleet.

Easyjet takes prizes for retail and F&B at AR.Awards 2014

Source: ŠThe Moodie Report - 18/06/14

UK. The low-cost carrier took top honours last night at the airline retail awards as Rakhita Jayawardena was named Personality of the Year.

Rakhita Jayawardena: 30 years in inflight retail and still going strong

Source: ŠThe Moodie Report - 18/06/14

INTERNATIONAL. We talk to inflight retail veteran Rakhita Jayawardena, named Personality of the Year at this week's Airline Retail Conference.

Inflight retailer Dutyfly Solutions names new management team

Source: ŠThe Moodie Report - 12/06/14

FRANCE. Inflight retailer DutyFly Solutions has named Philippe Le Goff as Managing Director, while Baptiste Duguit is appointed Sales and Marketing Director.

Emirates Airline and Roger Dubuis partner for charity initiative

Source: ŠThe Moodie Report - 05/06/14

UAE. Luxury watchmaker Roger Dubuis and Emirates Airline will hold a silent auction of an exclusive timepiece to raise money for the Emirates Airline Foundation.

Novo IVC to unveil new iOS version of SkyPOS software at ARC 2014

Source: ŠThe Moodie Report - 03/06/14

Novo IVC will be unveiling and demonstrating a new Apple iOS version of its SkyPOS onboard point of sale solution at the Airline Retail Conference 2014.

Airline specialist Alpha LSG launches food website and blog

Source: ŠThe Moodie Report - 27/05/14

UK. Airline catering specialist Alpha LSG has launched a new website and blog, through its newly created Culinary Academy.

Asia Pacific airlines report encouraging passenger growth

Source: ŠThe Moodie Report - 27/05/14

ASIA PACIFIC. The region's airlines handled 21 million international passengers in April, up +7.4% over 2013, as demand for leisure travel grew.

Rotary airline range soars in Middle East with new Emirates listing

Source: ŠThe Moodie Report - 20/05/14

The Dreyfuss Group brand announces new airline and cruise listings, and expands at airports, as it continues to grow its travel retail presence.

Inflight Service expands pre-order network to Netherlands with Arke

Source: ŠThe Moodie Report - 19/05/14

NETHERLANDS. In a key initiative, Inflight Service will introduce its pre-order concept to the Dutch airline market after striking a deal with TUI Airlines Nederland (Arke).

Tourvest inflight retail division renamed amid management reshuffle

Source: ŠThe Moodie Report - 14/05/14

SOUTH AFRICA. Tourvest Duty Free becomes Tourvest In-flight Retail Services as company announces several management appointments

DFASS secures inflight retail franchise on new Taiwanese carrier V Air

Source: ŠThe Moodie Report - 12/05/14

TAIWAN. The leading inflight retailer has signed an agreement to operate the duty free concession on board the carrier, which will launch this year.

Inflight Sales Group captures Tigerair duty free inflight concession

Source: ŠThe Moodie Report - 12/05/14

SINGAPORE. Leading inflight retail specialist Inflight Sales Group has won the contract to manage budget airline Tigerair's inflight retail business.

Inflight Sales Group makes key management appointments

Source: ŠThe Moodie Report - 07/05/14

ASIA PACIFIC. ISG has named Ivan Giovanni Tassaro and Ekaterina Korolkevich to key roles handling accounts for the Cathay Group and Aeroflot.

Etihad Airways unveils new luxury boutique hotel-style cabins

Source: ŠThe Moodie Report - 05/05/14

UAE. The new onboard product and service offering includes contemporary living spaces such as The Residence, a three-room cabin with a personal butler.

Montevideo International Airport secures further air services

Source: ŠThe Moodie Report - 05/05/14

URUGUAY. Montevideo operator Puerta del Sur will add more South American and European destinations in coming months as it rebuilds air links to Uruguay.

Hamad International opens; Qatar Airways prepares for 27 May move

Source: ŠThe Moodie Report - 30/04/14

QATAR. Hamad International, one of the world’s most eagerly awaited aviation hubs, has welcomed its first flight; Qatar Airways moves its operations there on 27 May.

Etihad Airways celebrates ten years of service from London Heathrow

Source: ŠThe Moodie Report - 29/04/14

Etihad marked the occasion by partnering with JCDecaux Airport to unveil the Etihad roundabout, which features an array of three models of Boeing 787 aircraft.

King Power Traveler secures four new airline duty free contracts in Asia

Source: ŠThe Moodie Report - 29/04/14

ASIA PACIFIC. King Power Traveler strengthens its inflight duty free portfolio via new contracts with Air Vanuatu, VietJet Air, Solomon Air and Golden Myanmar.

ARC announces new programme to connect airline buyers with exhibitors

Source: ŠThe Moodie Report - 23/04/14

UK. ARC organiser Ink says a Hosted Buyers Programme will provide buyers with free entry and hotel rooms at this year's conference and related networking events.

Etihad Airways in social media drive with Manchester Airport

Source: ŠThe Moodie Report - 17/04/14

UK. In partnership with Manchester Airport and Manchester City Football Club, Etihad Airways invites participants to sign up via Facebook for a competition.

Aer Lingus renews inflight retail offer with Boutique launch

Source: ŠThe Moodie Report - 09/04/14

IRELAND. The airline has rebranded its inflight offer and added 80 new products to the Boutique range, including several from Irish suppliers.

Inflight Sales Group captures Malaysia Airlines onboard duty free concession

Source: ŠThe Moodie Report - 09/04/14

MALAYSIA. Inflight Sales Group (Hong Kong) has captured the inflight retail concession for Malaysia Airlines, with the first programme set to launch in May.

FORMIA partners with Japan Airlines and renews Austrian Airlines contract

Source: ŠThe Moodie Report - 07/04/14

Hospitality kits supplier introduces new cosmetics offer for passengers in First Class, Business Class and Economy Class onboard JAL and Austrian Airlines flights.

Etihad loyalty scheme to become separate company amid growth plans

Source: ŠThe Moodie Report - 02/04/14

UAE. Etihad Airways is to spin off its customer loyalty programme Etihad Guest as a standalone business, ahead of plans to grow the scheme.

GuestLogix deploys handheld payment system across Flybe fleet

Source: ŠThe Moodie Report - 02/04/14

CANADA/UK. GuestLogix’s onboard retail platform is rolled out across the Flybe fleet as part of a five-year partnership with UK airline and travel caterer Skytrac Group.

Major cities set to dominate long-haul traffic by 2032, Airbus forecast

Source: ŠThe Moodie Report - 02/04/14

INTERNATIONAL. Routes between 89 cities will account for more than three quarters of long-haul air traffic, according to the company's Global Market Forecast.

New specialist sport-related airlines seek duty free concessionaires

Source: ŠThe Moodie Report - 01/04/14

INTERNATIONAL. Lucky Strike and Johnnie Walker Swing are among the golf-themed duty free items being targeted by two new specialist airlines catering to the sector.