Travel Retail and Duty Free Business Intelligence    Saturday 23 May 2015


Korean Air's Heather Cho freed: 'A victory for commonsense'

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 22/05/15

SOUTH KOREA. Heather Cho, the former head of Korean Air's leading inflight duty free operation, is released from jail after appealing against her recent conviction.

Asia Pacific airlines decline in profitability in competitive market

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 21/05/15

ASIA PACIFIC. Asia Pacific carriers have reported a net loss of US$50 million in 2014 as a result of stiff competition, excess capacity and the Asian currency volatility.

Rakhita Jayawardena named as Sri Lankan Airlines CEO

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 13/05/15

SRI LANKA. Veteran aviation executive Rakhita Jayawardena has been named Director and CEO of Sri Lankan Airlines and its sister airline Mihin Lanka.

British Airways names Vivian Tan-Loh as Commercial Manager, Malaysia

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 04/05/15

MALAYSIA. The airline will start direct daily flights from Kuala Lumpur to London this month, with Tan-Loh overseeing its commercial activities and development.

KLM named Best Airline Duty-Free Europe at Pax International awards

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 27/04/15

GERMANY. KLM was one of seven airlines and three airline caterers honoured during the Pax International Readership Awards held in Hamburg on 15 April.

Alpha LSG’s OMG! Awards recognise Thomas Cook Airlines cabin crew

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 24/04/15

UK. A masquerade ball closes a two-day conference for Thomas Cook Airlines management and cabin crew, organised by the carrier's partner Alpha LSG.

Thomson and First Choice introduce new long haul routes from Stansted

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 24/04/15

UK. Next year, for the first time, Thomson and First Choice will operate long haul flights from London Stansted to Mexico’s Caribbean Coast and Orlando, Florida.

Finnair deploys tablet-based POS solution on board with GuestLogix

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 23/04/15

CANADA. GuestLogix’s next-generation Android-based point-of-sale solution will enable Finnair’s flight crew to sell food & beverage as well as duty free items inflight.

Thai Airways and FORMIA extend Rimowa amenity kit offering

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 23/04/15

FORMIA has revamped its range of Rimowa amenity kits for Thai Airways First Class passengers, offering new colours in Rimowa’s signature polycarbonate shell.

China Airlines raises the quality bar with launch of FORMIA amenity kits

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 13/04/15

CHINA. With the aim of improving customer service, China Airlines has partnered FORMIA to supply amenity kits to Premium Economy and Business Class passengers.

FORMIA to offer branded amenity kits on board Malaysia Airlines and ANA

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 07/04/15

HONG KONG. The international guest amenity and hospitality specialist has announced new partnerships to supply amenity kits to Malaysia Airlines and ANA.

Swiss International Air Lines partners FORMIA to offer winter amenity bags

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 02/04/15

SWITZERLAND. FORMIA will supply a range of winter seasonal amenity bags, which include beanie hats, neck warmers and iPad cases, on board SWISS.

Budapest Airport launches Runway Run 3.0 for children's and cancer charities

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 30/03/15

HUNGARY. Budapest Airport and are inviting runners from across the aviation community to take part in this year’s race on its 13R-31L runway.

Luxair names Dutyfly Solutions as inflight retail partner

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 24/03/15

LUXEMBOURG. Dutyfly Solutions, the joint venture between Aelia and Servair, has captured the inflight retail contract for Luxair, following a tender.

American Airlines suspends duty free sales amid DFASS ‘disagreement’

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 23/03/15

USA. American Airlines has ceased the sale of duty free on selected international flights due to “a contractual disagreement" with inflight concessionaire DFASS.

Korean travel retail powerhouse Shilla to acquire 44% stake in DFASS

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 23/03/15

SOUTH KOREA/USA. Hotel Shilla, owner of The Shilla Duty Free, has revealed that it is to acquire a 44% stake in leading inflight duty free specialist DFASS.

Tyko’s Hippie Chic on track to sell one million units, says brand owner

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 19/03/15

Tyko Travel Retail has revealed that its Hippie Chic watch brand is on track to reach sales of one million units in the airline retail channel this year.

FORMIA to supply amenity bags on board Cathay Pacific Business Class

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 18/03/15

HONG KONG. FORMIA, the supplier of branded inflight amenity kits, worked with Asian bags and accessories brand Seventy Eight Percent to create the canvas wrap pouches.

ECR aims to drive airline ancillary revenues with launch of AirPoS

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 02/03/15

UK. The new retail payments system will allow airlines to offer better service, gain greater transparency on inflight sales and boost ancillary revenues, says ECR.

Inflight Sales Group inks deal to offer duty free retail on board Transaero

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 02/03/15

RUSSIA. The agreement with Russian travel services provider Aero Trade LLC will see the launch of duty free retail on board the Russian airline from 15 May.

Lucie Safarova beats Victoria Azarenka to win Qatar Total Open 2015

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 02/03/15

DOHA. The professional Czech tennis player has bagged the biggest win of her career in the Qatar Airways and Qatar Duty Free sponsored tournament.

South African Airways and Tourvest launch new online shop

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 02/03/15

SOUTH AFRICA. South African Airways and concessionaire Tourvest In-flight Retail Services have launched a newly designed Fly SAA Duty Free online shop.

AirAsia targets +50% growth in onboard duty free revenues

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 27/02/15

MALAYSIA. AirAsia Group CEO Tony Fernandes projects a sharp hike in duty free revenues once a shopping website and online credit card payment are launched.

The Moodie Report e-Zine: All change for duty free at Auckland Airport

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 25/02/15

INTERNATIONAL. In this week's issue Martin Moodie examines the surprising outcome of the Auckland Airport duty free tender and has reactions from key players.

DFASS strikes inflight services deal with relaunched Eastern Air Lines

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 19/02/15

USA. The DFASS Group and newly relaunched carrier Eastern Air Lines have agreed a long-term partnership for inflight services including duty free.

OTG uses chalk art to showcase The Delta New York Experience

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 19/02/15

USA. Leading food & beverage operator OTG has enlisted chalkboard artist Rajiv Surendra to create artworks in LaGuardia Airport’s Delta terminals.

China Southern Airlines boosts capacity to Auckland International Airport

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 18/02/15

NEW ZEALAND. China Southern Airlines has raised the frequency of its Guangzhou-Auckland flights, news that will be of big interest to the airport's duty free bidders.

Hong Kong Airlines marks anniversary with DFASS, reveals surge in sales

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 12/02/15

HONG KONG. Hong Kong Airlines and DFASS have marked the first anniversary of their partnership – and announced a +78% surge in sales in 2014.

Korean Air’s Heather Cho found guilty of breaking aviation law in 'nut rage' case

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 12/02/15

SOUTH KOREA. Korean Air Senior Vice President Heather Cho has been found guilty of breaking aviation law and sentenced to one year in prison.

Wellington Global to launch BeeBio skincare range on Singapore Airlines

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 12/02/15

Australian company Wellington Global will launch the Manuka Honey and Bee Venom skincare range in travel retail onboard Singapore Airlines flights next month.

Hong Kong Airlines & DFASS launch live credit card authorisation service

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 10/02/15

HONG KONG. The service, said to be the first-of-its-kind in the industry, uses Wi-Fi and helps to eliminate inflight credit card fraud, say Hong Kong Airlines and DFASS.

Global airline travel climbs strongly against mixed economic backdrop

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 06/02/15

INTERNATIONAL. Global airline travel grew by a robust +5.9% in 2014 compared to 2013, ahead of the industry’s ten-year average growth rate, according to IATA.

The Moodie Report e-Zine: Terminal 4 transformed at New York JFK

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 04/02/15

INTERNATIONAL. We pay a visit to New York JFK Airport, and find a fresh, vibrant consumer experience at the new–look T4 amid a US$1.4 billion investment.

B+D named Associate Sponsor for Airline Retail Conference Asia-Pacific

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 02/02/15

Eyewear specialist B+D has been named an Associate Sponsor for the 2015 Airline Retail Conference (ARC) Asia-Pacific as it looks to strengthen its inflight presence.

Etihad Airways reports 'strongest operational performance to date'

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 02/02/15

UAE. The national airline of the UAE carried a record 14.8 million passengers in 2014, an increase of +23%, driven by new destinations and partnerships.

Aer Lingus crowned Airline of the Year at ISPY Awards 2015

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 30/01/15

UK.The Inflight Sales Person of the Year event culminated last night with a gala awards ceremony recognising airlines and crew members from around the world.

Fast-growing Qatar Airways acquires 9.99% stake in IAG

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 30/01/15

QATAR. To advance its 'westward' strategy, the dynamic Doha-based carrier snaps up a share in the owner of British Airways, Iberia and Vueling.

Inflight pioneer Rakhita Jayawardena receives special award at ISPY

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 30/01/15

UK. Inflight retail veteran Rakhita Jayawardena was last night awarded the ISPY 2015 Fellowship at the annual ISPY event hosted by Christine Martin.

Pasco expands airline presence and extends product range

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 30/01/15

Electronics distributor Pasco is developing exclusive bundling and packaging solutions for inflight retail and seeking new sales channels as it pursues growth.

Gebr Heinemann stages Crew Engagement Masters airline event

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 27/01/15

GERMANY. Gebr Heinemann has hosted its first Crew Engagement Masters event in Hamburg, which was attended by 18 representatives of international airlines.

British Airways, Iberia owner IAG makes revised offer for Aer Lingus

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 26/01/15

IRELAND. Airline takeover drama intensifies as Aer Lingus receives a revised proposal from British Airways and Iberia owner International Airlines Group.

FORMIA introduces FACE amenity kits onboard Brussels Airlines

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 26/01/15

FORMIA has partnered Swedish cosmetics brand FACE to offer two amenity bags containing the FACE Stockholm range on Brussels Airlines’ Business Class routes.

Xhibit Corp seeking to sell SkyMall after it files for bankruptcy

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 26/01/15

USA. Inflight retailer goes bankrupt, citing a highly competitive industry and increased use of electronic devices and Wi-Fi on planes as key reasons for decline.

G.H.Mumm and Perrier-Jouet now available in Qantas First Class lounge

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 23/01/15

Pernod Ricard Pacific Travel Retail has secured listings for G.H.Mumm Rosé and Perrier-Jouët Grand Brut in Qantas lounges at Melbourne and Sydney airports.

WestJet renews, expands inflight retail programme with GuestLogix

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 15/01/15

CANADA. GuestLogix's long-running agreement to manage the airline’s onboard retail and food & beverage programmes is extended to an “omnichannel roadmap”.

DFASS finalises long-term duty free agreement with Vietnam Airlines

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 14/01/15

VIETNAM. DFASS, through its Singapore arm, is understood to have finalised a long-term duty free contract onboard the fast-growing national carrier.

Inflight Sales Group named Official Partner for ARC Asia-Pacific 2015

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 14/01/15

ASIA PACIFIC. ISG is reprising its role as the Official Partner for the Airline Retail Conference (ARC) Asia-Pacific, which will take place in Hong Kong 9-11 February.

Xavier Rossinyol steps down from Dufry to become CEO at gategroup

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 14/01/15

SWITZERLAND. Xavier Rossinyol, Chief Operating Officer EMEA and Asia at Dufry, is stepping down to become CEO at airline services specialist gategroup.

Inflight Service names Lars Löfgren as President and Chief Executive

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 13/01/15

SWEDEN. Nordic travel retailer and distributor Inflight Service has named Lars Löfgren as President and CEO; outgoing CEO Björn Ulfberg remains an advisor.

David Ferrer beats Tomas Berdych to win Qatar ExxonMobil Open 2015

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 12/01/15

DOHA. Spanish professional tennis player David Ferrer has won the men’s title in the Qatar ExxonMobil Open 2015, sponsored by Qatar Airways and Qatar Duty Free.