Friday, February 16, 2018

APOT event planned for Perth

Not all the world is shivering through a chilly winter. 

With a new logo, a new CEO, a new group of ambassadors at the helm and a location and time for its Networking event, Asia Pacific Onboard Travel (APOT) kicked off the year with a golf outing last week in in Jakarta with time to plan for upcoming events. 

APOT will shortly be opening registration for the next APOT Networking Event to be held June 24-26 at the Pan Pacific Hotel in Perth, Western Australia.
APOT CEO Jeremy Clark

APOT Founder Keerthi “Happy” Hapugasdeniya and Chairman Bambang Sujatmiko announced February 8 at the APOT Golf Day and general meeting in Jakarta that Jeremy Clark of JC Consulting has been invited to take the position of CEO.

“2018 marks Jeremy’s 39th year in the airline catering industry and his experiences include SAS Service Partner, Pan Am, Swissair, Alpha, Royal Brunei and many years of business consulting to both airlines and caterers around the world. Now settled in Asia we welcome him and his talents to our team,” said Happy.

“It’s a perfect opportunity to meet the most influential people in a relaxed and unstressed atmosphere,” said Jeremy. “Asia is the world’s fastest growing airline travel region and I’m looking forward to establishing APOT even further as its main representative forum.” 

2018 marks a new start for Asia Pacific Onboard Travel, which provides a relaxed and informal forum for industry professionals from the region to gather and network constructively. 

APOT has appointed Salim Hazife, Perth Inflight Catering’s General Manager and Afdal Amir, Vice President Corporate Marketing for PT Aerofood Indonesia as forum ambassadors for this year’s event. Salim is working on a range of events that will include the usual Gala Dinner and some outings focused to the rich heritage and produce of Western Australia. Afdal, with 31 years in the industry will be supporting with action on sponsorships and support.

Friday, February 9, 2018

Emirates launches Arabic Coffee Cups

Emirates Official Store has launched a limited edition Arabic coffee cup collection in collaboration with Silsal. 

The Silsal for Emirates collection of six Arabic fine porcelain coffee cups are adorned with the word ‘Al Emarat’ (which means Emirates in Arabic), written in the ancient ‘Diwani’ calligraphic script.

“The flowing Arabic letters are surrounded by bold brushstrokes, beautiful glyphs, and playful splashes of paint to give them a modern edge,” said a release from the airline. “In addition, the designs incorporate the airline’s trademark color palette of red and black.”

David Staff, Manager Merchandising for Emirates Official Store said: “Our collaboration with Silsal builds on our focus to partner with regional design houses and the local creative community to create everyday, functional items as well as innovatively designed travel products that merge traditional Arabic artisanal skills with contemporary aesthetics.”

Qahwa, or Arabic coffee, is considered a ceremonial act of generosity. Throughout the region, coffee is served during almost every occasion.The drink has even played a part in Bedouin poetry and music, which are often about the serving of coffee to visitors as a sign of welcome.

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Turkish Airlines Cargo makes room for penguins and lions

Turkish Airlines Cargo recently took on some rare passengers in the form of 20 Humboldt Penguins from the Riga Zoo in Latvia to the Public Oceanic Aquarium in China to be kept under better conditions for survival of the species.
Humboldt Penguins are one of the 11 penguin species threatened with extinction and listed by the International Union for Conservation of Nature, affiliated with the United Nations.
Turkish Cargo also transported six lion cubs to Bangladesh and 14 adult lions to China. Accompanied by IATA’s Live Animals Regulations certificated personnel and veterinarian, all animals were transported safely and humanely.
The thriving sub-brand of the flag carrier Turkish Airlines, Turkish Cargo, not only offers live animal transportation services to 120 countries worldwide, but also contributes to wildlife survival. In November 2017, Turkish Airlines signed the "United For Wildlife (Buckingham Palace) Declaration (UFW)" for the purpose of preventing illegal wildlife trade, highlighting itscognizance of the live animal transportation processes and animal rights.

Friday, January 5, 2018

WESSCO's Sharon Conway DeHerder retires

An industry professional with 30 years of experience, and a hand in developing some of the most
Sharon Conway DeHerder, Rick DeHerder and
furry friends savor a SoCal sunset
innovative and creative designs in amenities for airlines and cruise lines, started off 2018 with an announcement that she is retiring. 

Sharon Conway DeHerder, Executive Vice President of Business and Product Development at WESSCO International has moved to sunny San Diego, to the south of the company’s Los Angeles headquarters, and is living “a new urban neighborhood lifestyle” with Rick DeHerder, her husband of 20 years. 

In recent years at WESSCO, Sharon has been involved in the development of a number of award winning amenity kits including First Class kits on American Airlines bearing the designs from Ray and Charles Eames; United Airlines’ Philosophy kit; Air Canada Escents Kit; Aeromexico’s Eco Chic Korres kit; and COPA’s Mola-inspired kit.

She also worked on an exclusive program for travel retail with toymaker Mattel featuring Travel Barbie® and Hot Wheels® backpacks. The initiative was a success, and later sold duty free on 10 airlines and airport shops around the world. WESSCO was also the first in the industry to offer a doctor clinical skincare line, Dr. Murad, on United and Cathay Pacific male and female kits.

Her accomplishments at WESSCO go back much further to her start as Account Manager of Cruise Lines and Hotels. Some of the exclusive gifts, supplied by WESSCO, were delighting passengers on the on the QE2 of Cunard, as well as Windstar and Seabourn lines. She has developed products for the buy-on-board market for Virgin America and American Airlines and played a critical role in opening up the Latin American market for WESSCO. 

The WESSCO International stand hums with activity at events around the world. Sharon’s presence, always in the middle of it all, will be missed.

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

FORMIA and Qatar Airways recognize Breast Cancer Awareness Month

The “Rose Pompadour” shade of pink selected
for the amenity kit was first used
in 1757 by French porcelain maker Sèvres

As part of Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October, FORMIA and Qatar Airways teamed up to create hard-shell amenity kits in a signature pink hue.

The cases are miniatures of Italian luggage brand BRIC’S Bellagio and Sintesis suitcases – one for men and one for women, respectively – and were offered to passengers in First and Business Classes on long-haul flights.

“We are thrilled to have partnered with Qatar Airways and BRIC’S in supporting Breast Cancer Awareness Month and the fight against breast cancer,” said FORMIA CEO and Managing Partner Roland Grohmann in a statement last month. “FORMIA’s collaboration with Qatar Airways and BRIC’S has strengthened our relationships, and the inclusion of Castello Monte Vibiano Vecchio cosmetics further solidifies the quality and excellence being offered.” —Rachel Debling

Monday, October 23, 2017

Longtime industry figure Martyn Jelley to retire November 1

For decades, one of the cheerful faces that people could count on seeing at industry events in many corners of the world has been that of Martyn Jelley of Diversey. He will be easing into retirement starting November 1. 
Martyn Jelley

Martyn began work with Diversey 1979. He has managed the global business for airline catering and onboard, which included airlines, cruise and ferry, since 1994. The company manufactures, and is a global leader, in hygiene solutions, specialty cleaning chemicals and associated services. It has earned sole nominated supply positions with most of the major airline catering operators worldwide for more than 10 years. 

In his decades in the industry Martyn has been an active Board Member and Vice President of International Travel Catering Association. Representing Diversey, he has attended the International Flight Services Association annual event for more than 25 years. He also represented Diversey at APOT events in Asia.

“I intend to stay close to my valued relationships, colleagues, and friends within the onboard catering industry, also as a part time consultant,” he said. Beyond that, Martyn said he plans on doing some things he always wanted to do but never had the time. That includes time together his wife Trudy (also a regular at industry events), three grandchildren and the rest of his family.

We wish Martyn luck in his retirement, but also suspect he won’t be a stranger. 

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Emirates sweetens Diwali season with Indian delicacies

Besan ke ladoos and dry fruit burfis

Emirates is offering special Diwali delicacies for the celebratory season from October 16-22 on flights to India from Dubai.

Diwali, the Festival of Lights, is a significant celebration among Indians across the world. The classic sweets associated with Diwali are blended with colors and flavors with traditional Indian culinary elements, like the besan ke ladoos and dry fruit burfis.

Emirates will serve Motichoor Ladoos traditionally prepared using chickpea flour, ghee, cardamom and saffron flavored sugar syrup. The sweets will be presented in decorated boxes with special artwork and garnished with pistachio and silver leaf embellishment, representing the traditional decoration of Diwali.

The special Diwali sweets will be offered on all Indian hot meal trays on Emirates Economy class.

Business and First class customers will be offered the Ladoos together with a dry fruit burfi treat - a sweet made with cashew nuts, almonds, pistachios, walnuts, raisins, dried figs and dates. The treats will be served in boxes decorated with traditional Diwali light artwork, as an alternative to Premium Chocolates.