Maldives: S Hotels & Resorts celebrates ground-breaking of SO/ Maldives

Pictured (from left): Tolga Unan, Managing Director of Hard Rock Hotel Maldives and The Marina @ CROSSROADS Maldives, Patrick de Staercke, General Manager of SAii Lagoon Maldives, Dirk De Cuyper, CEO of S Hotels & Resorts, Stefano A. Ruzza, Senior Vice President – Operations of S Hotels & Resorts, and Rhona Reupta, Manager of Design & Construction celebrate the ground-breaking of SO/ Maldives on the pristine third island at CROSSROADS Maldives

MALDIVES – S Hotels and Resorts Public Company Limited, the flagship hospitality arm of Thailand’s Singha Estate PCL, has celebrated the official launch of SO/ Maldives, with a ground-breaking ceremony for this vibrant new beachfront resort on the third island of CROSSROADS Maldives, the Indian Ocean’s first fully-integrated leisure and lifestyle destination.
 
This important milestone was marked with an event attended by senior representatives from S Hotels & Resorts. Set to be opened in 2023, this exciting new project is being created by S Hotels & Resorts, Wai Eco World Developer (WEWD), the leading business and real estate conglomerate in Myanmar, in partnership with Accor, whose luxurious and rebellious SO/ Hotels & Resorts brand will be introduced to the Maldives for the very first time.
 
SO/ Maldives will offer a unique collection of beachfront and over-water villas crafted by renowned designers, as well as an audacious array of dining and entertainment offerings. Nestled on its own island overlooking the azure Emboodhoo Lagoon, the resort is set to become a hotspot for adventurous and free-spirited socialisers who can easily jet in from regional centres for a weekend or longer, thanks to its convenient location close to Malé’s Velana International Airport.

The private island of SO/ Maldives will become a playground for those seeking unconventional yet stylish spaces to eat, drink, work or kick back and relax. The speciality restaurant will serve up Levantine cuisine exuding the aromatic fragrances and flavours of an Arabian night, with panoramic views across the ocean from its location above the arrival pavilion. Over at the poolside, guests will discover an art deco-inspired beach club with serious Miami South Beach vibes and an innovative plant-based menu. The vivid colour scheme is set to make it one of the coolest places to hang out in the archipelago, and is sure to impress those attending the brand’s pool parties – a popular event at SO/ addresses across the world.
 
The resort has ousted the traditional all-day buffet concept and will introduce a central cooking suite with various culinary theatre concepts. A chef’s table will be discreetly tucked away for those seeking an exclusive dining experience, while outdoor areas will be blessed with warm and fresh Maldivian air. The pan-Asian design will feature neutral terracotta palettes, elevated with accents of polished brass and rattan. Unforgettable events can be brought to life at the oceanfront wedding venue and meeting spaces.
 
The globe-trotting guests at SO/ Maldives will also be able to take advantage of the world-class facilities at CROSSROADS Maldives. The Marina @ CROSSROADS is an 800-metre beach walk lined with cool cafés, refined restaurants, a chilled-out beach club, upmarket boutiques, a spa, the Marine Discovery Centre and a 30-berth yacht marina. Just 15 minutes by speedboat from the international airport, this breath-taking integrated resort has redefined tourism and hospitality in the Maldives since it launched in 2019.
 
“This is a momentous day as we officially launch SO/ Maldives, the latest jewel in the Maldivian tourism crown. With SO/ Hotels & Resorts, Accor has created one of the hotel industry’s most expressive and individual luxury brands, catering to style-conscious travellers in some of the world’s most sought-after destinations. This makes it a great fit for CROSSROADS Maldives, our game-changing multi-island leisure complex. SO/ Maldives will complement our two other five-star resorts and further raise the standard of hospitality in this idyllic archipelago,” said Dirk De Cuyper, Chief Executive Officer, S Hotels & Resorts.
 
“It gives us great pleasure to join hands with S Hotels & Resorts and Accor as we break ground on such a prestigious project. CROSSROADS Maldives is one of the most significant developments in the history of the country – and the entire Indian Ocean region – so we are honoured to have been tasked with the wonderful transformation of its third island. SO/ Maldives will attract trend-setters from all around the world and I look forward to bringing this remarkable resort to life in the coming months,” added Zaw Win Maung, Managing Director, WEWD.

Chadi Farhat, Brand Chief Operating Officer at Ennismore said: “We are delighted to see development kick-off for the audacious SO/ Maldives, a resort which will be the place to see and be seen for travellers that live vibrant lives and are seeking something truly avant-garde on their journeys around the world. We look forward to seeing this high-energy resort come to life and working alongside S Hotels & Resorts and WEWD.”
 
SO/ Maldives will become the third accommodation option at CROSSROADS Maldives, joining SAii Lagoon Maldives and Hard Rock Hotel Maldives, both of which were recently named as the “Best Luxury Beachfront Resorts” in the Maldives at the Luxury Lifestyle Awards 2021.

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Flights of Fancy: British Airways launches Black Friday offers to London

British Airways has today launched its Black Friday offers, with savings in World Traveller (economy) and Club World (business) to London. Fares start from S$849 based on a return fare in World Traveller. To take advantage of these deals, customers must book between 23 November and 2 December 2021

Whether customers are looking to sightsee in the capital city after a long time away, or visit family or friends, prices start from S$849 based on a return fare in World Traveller and S$3,999 in Club World.

Noella Ferns, British Airways’ Head of Sales, Asia Pacific, said: “With the introduction of Quarantine-Free Vaccinated Travel Lane (VTL) flights from London Heathrow, and the increased easing of travel restrictions generally, we know that our customers are eager to start planning their 2022 adventures. Whether it’s reuniting with loved ones or taking a longawaited getaway, our offers to London have a seat and budget to suit everyone.”

British Airways is working with the Singaporean government to offer Quarantine-Free Vaccinated Travel Lane (VTL) flights from London Heathrow. Meanwhile fully vaccinated customers who have tested negative for COVID-19 travelling to Singapore from London can now avoid the need to quarantine for 10 days on arrival. Customers returning to Singapore must then apply for a Singapore Vaccinated Travel Pass 7 days to 30 days before travel. Children under 12 are exempt but must be accompanied by vaccinated adults. Further restrictions and exemptions apply.

Check out the Black Friday offers here

Cruise Control: Western Australian adventures await onboard dream cruises

From the world famous Margaret River wine region to the spectacular Pinnacles desert, the tastes, sights and sounds of Western Australia come alive onboard Dream Cruises In the first of its kind collaboration with a cruise company from 19th September till 6th November.

Tourism Western Australia has curated a gamut of fun-filled adventures ranging from Swan Valley gourmet produce sampling to Amazing Race games. Passengers can also choose to book a Western Australian thematic cabin package which includes a plush toy, dry bag, mobile ring grid and a wine pairing menu for two at the Prime Steakhouse & Seafood Grill Restaurant by Mark Best. 10 cabins have been set aside specially for this partnership and the interior will feature decorations and imagery showcasing the iconic features of each Western Australian region. These familiar landmarks include the Blue Boat House, Busselton Jetty, Roebuck Bay, Pinnacles and Wildflowers at Canna Reserve.

Ava Ang, Country Head for Tourism Western Australia, Singapore & Malaysia, commented “With the anticipation of borders re-opening in the next few months, this partnership is our way of stimulating visitor interest to Western Australia. By bringing a sampling of the experiences onboard, we seek to inspire travellers to fly to Perth and enjoy all that the State has to offer.”

“In the pre-Covid era, Singapore forms the second-largest inbound sources to Western Australia (107,100 visitors). Due to its close proximity and time zone similarity, the State has always held a strong appeal for this market which revel in the food, wildlife/nature, aquatic/marine experiences and open spaces.”

While Singapore visitors may not fly to Western Australia just yet, they get to savour the culinary taste of the Swan Valley produce in the Markets of the World, an array of food stalls representing international delights. Just half hour away from Perth, Swan Valley is known for its wines and local gourmet produce. Sampling of House of Honey products, Moorish nuts, Whistler chocolates and Mondo nougat is available. Passengers will be able to place an order for these products as well as wine from, Upper Reach, Riverbank Estate, Sittella, Oakover, Faber Vineyard, Sandalford, Pinelli Estate and Mandoon Estate onboard the cruise, and dine on the popular Western Australia rock lobster at specialty restaurants on the ship. The produce, worth $20,000, is flown in specially by Destination Perth and the City of Swan.

Making an appearance onboard is Quinton the Quokka from the world’s cutest marsupial family, found only in Western Australia. #QuokkaSelfie! There are plenty of other selfie moments at various recognizable backdrops of Western Australia spread around the cruise ship. An all-expense paid trip for two to Western Australia worth $9,999 awaits the winner of the best selfie mentioning @dreamcruiseline and hashtag #WorldDreamWesternAustralia, #WorldDream, #AdventureAwaits, #thisisWA & #WesternAustraliaSG for social posts.

Quokka soft toys and other prizes including a Western Australian hamper are in store for winners of the Western Australia Amazing Race stops and the Trivial Wall. Western Australia is a favourite destination for Singapore residents with nearly 90% accounting for repeat visitation.

Book a trip on a Dream Cruise here

Flights of Fancy: British Airways announces quarantine-free vaccinated travel lane flights from UK

British Airways today announced that it is working with the Singaporean government to start Quarantine-Free Vaccinated Travel Lane (VTL) flights on 19 October 2021 from London Heathrow.

Fully vaccinated customers who have tested negative for COVID-19 travelling to Singapore from London can now avoid the need to quarantine for 7 days on arrival. Long and short term pass holders must apply for a Singapore Vaccinated Travel Pass 7 days to 30 days before travel. Singaporeans do not need to apply for VTP.

Customers must ensure they are fully vaccinated to travel. Children under 12 are exempt but must be accompanied by vaccinated adults. Further restrictions and exemptions apply.

The VTL flight schedule can be found on www.ba.com. All customers must ensure that they are eligible for Singapore’s VTL arrangements before their flight commences.

Noella Ferns, British Airways’ Head of Sales, Asia Pacific, said: “Singapore’s expansion of the VTL arrangements to the UK is great news for our customers, who can now reunite with their loved ones more easily. 

“The safety of our customers and colleagues has always been at the heart of everything we do. We have introduced a range of precautionary measures onboard our flights to provide stress and hassle-free travel.”

Customers booking with British Airways can do so with absolute confidence, thanks to the airline’s flexible booking policy. They are able to exchange their booking for a voucher or move their dates without incurring a change fee. British Airways’ existing online Covid hub includes information on flexible bookings, testing, how to use a voucher and what the British Airways flying experience looks like for those that haven’t travelled for some time.

British Airways has also introduced a number of measures at the airport and on board to look after the safety and wellbeing of its customers and colleagues. These include social distancing measures, the wearing of face masks (which remain in place) and hand sanitiser stations. Prior to travel customers will also receive details of how they can prepare for their journey, including information on discounted testing providers.

To help customers navigate the changing entry requirement and facilitate a seamless journey, they can choose to download the VeriFLY app before departing to London. The digital health app allows customers to combine their travel verification documents and Covid-19 test results in one place and confirming their eligibility with a few simple steps. 

British Airways has partnered with Dettol to offer a range of products to keep its customers and colleagues safe in the air and on the ground. The airline is cleaning all key surfaces including seats, screens, seat buckles and tray tables after every flight and each aircraft is completely cleaned from nose to tail every day. The air on all British Airways flights is fully recycled once every two to three minutes through HEPA filters, which remove microscopic bacteria and virus clusters with over 99.9% efficiency, equivalent to hospital operating theatre standards.

  • Please follow the UK Government rules for international travel.
  • Customers must ensure they meet the Singapore entry requirements, the latest information UK Government advice.
  • Customers must ensure they are fully vaccinated to travel. They must apply for a Singapore Vaccinated Travel Pass 7 days to 30 days before travel. Long and short term pass holders must apply for a Singapore Vaccinated Travel Pass 7 days to 30 days before travel. Singaporeans do not need to apply for VTP.
  • Children under 12 are exempt but must be accompanied by vaccinated adults. Further restrictions and exemptions apply.
  • Customers will need to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within 48 hours of departure before they can travel.
  • British Airways have brought together a number of testing suppliers here.
  • Customers will need to register and pay for a COVID-19 test on arrival in Singapore as well. Further information is available here. Children aged 2 and under are exempt.
  • Short term visitors will need to buy travel insurance with COVID-19 cover. Find out more here.
  • Customers can learn more about proving their vaccination status here.
  • British Airways’ Booking with Confidence commitment means you can change your booking without incurring a change fee through Manage My Booking or cancel for a voucher, more details are available at ba.com/COVID-19.

Vietnam: Award-Winning Fraser Suites Hanoi Unveils New Tower

HANOI, VIETNAM – Frasers Hospitality, a member of Frasers Property Group, is set to open the doors of a new tower at Fraser Suites Hanoi, which has been decked out with the luxurious Sky Lounge and Pool. With stunning panoramic views of the West Lake district, this is the only serviced residence in the vicinity with these amenities.

Set to open on 15th October 2021, the new tower’s apartments will be fully fitted with superior modern conveniences, positioning Fraser Suites Hanoi as one of the city’s leading serviced residences. At the Sky Lounge and Pool, to be launched by the end of 2021, guests can enjoy a swim in the 72-square metre resort-style rooftop pool or lounge on daybeds. At night, this area is transformed into a lively venue, with the property’s resident DJ providing live entertainment – ideal for private functions and events. Guests will also have access to Elite Fitness, one of the most luxurious gyms in the city with state-of-the-art cardio equipment and a variety of classes for fitness enthusiasts. The new facilities and amenities add to Fraser Suites Hanoi’s current offerings such as its jacuzzi and meeting facilities, making it an ideal residence for extended stays among business travellers and families.
 
The property’s expansion also brings about elevated food and beverage offerings. Contemporary Japanese restaurant Mizumi is scheduled to open in December 2021. Designed by Philip Pond, the award-winning international architect and founder of hospitality specialist Atelier Pond, Mizumi is a modern interpretation of traditional Japan and provides exclusivity with private dining and a teppanyaki area. For those who enjoy curated dining experiences, the restaurant’s omakase offering is carefully paired with selected Japanese whiskey and sake.

The team at Fraser Suites Hanoi is ready to welcome new guests and continues to assure long-stay residents of Frasers Hospitality’s commitment to keeping them safe and secure. Steps have been taken to address needs arising from the pandemic.
 
Its #FraserCares programme, which is adopted by Frasers Hospitality properties around the world, comprises a wide range of world-class health and safety protocols, including the use of a patented, chemical-free, child-friendly cleaning system to eliminate germs. Also, 88 percent of the staff at Fraser Suites Hanoi is fully vaccinated, ensuring extra peace of mind for all visitors.
 
Mark Chan, Chief Operating Officer of Frasers Hospitality, says the expansion of Fraser Suites Hanoi is set to reinforce the property’s position as a highly sought-after accommodation for visitors and long-term residents in the capital city.
 
He says, “Fraser Suites Hanoi, and all our properties around the world, are ready to welcome back our guests. Our new Tower B is a timely opportunity to remind our esteemed guests that we offer Gold-Standard hospitality, personalised services and exceptional experiences that cement our reputation as a leading serviced apartment brand with unrivalled facilities and service.”
 
In celebration of the new tower opening, Fraser Suites Hanoi is offering guests an ‘Opening Special’ promotion, starting from VND 1,700,000++ per room per night (approximately USD 75 per room per night). The offer includes complimentary Wi-Fi and scheduled shuttle to the city centre. This promotion is subject to availability at the time of reservation; terms and conditions apply. For enquiries and bookings, visit https://hanoi.frasershospitality.com/en.

Flights of Fancy: British Airways and partners achieve record carbon emissions reductions

The British Airways BA1476 from London Heathrow to Glasgow Airport became the airline’s first ever passenger flight to be powered directly by sustainable aviation fuel (SAF), with the remaining emissions produced by the flight offset. The airline teamed up with Heathrow, air traffic service provider NATS, fuel giant bp, Glasgow Airport and Airbus to operate the short carbon neutral flight, which departed Heathrow at 10.36 on Tuesday 14 September 2021 and arrived in Glasgow at 11.28 local time.

The short journey on the airline’s new special liveried sustainability aircraft painted in partnership with Airbus replicated a flight British Airways operated to Edinburgh in 2010. At the time, neither offsetting nor sustainable aviation fuel were available to reduce the flight’s impact on the environment, and the journey was operated on an older aircraft carrying fewer passengers.  

The aim of this week’s flight was to show how far the aviation industry has progressed in its efforts to decarbonise over the last decade.

The flight was operated by an Airbus A320neo, the quietest and most fuel-efficient short-haul aircraft currently in British Airways’ fleet. Thanks to advances in engines, aerodynamics, cabin and flight operations, A320neos burn 20% less fuel, which means 20% less CO2, and are 50% quieter compared to its predecessor which operated the flight in 2010. 

Since then, British Airways has made changes including installing newer, lighter seats on the new aircraft, lighter catering trollies and has replaced heavy flight manuals and inflight magazines with digital downloads, all helping to reduce the weight of the aircraft, contributing to lower fuel use and lower emissions.

The flight was directly powered by sustainable aviation fuel, provided by bp, blended at 35% with traditional jet fuel in accordance with technical aviation specifications.*

The aircraft was pushed back using one of the airline’s electric Mototok vehicles, powered by Heathrow’s supply of 100% renewable electricity. Just one of the aircraft’s engines was used to taxi to the runway, almost halving the power used to start its journey. 

Air traffic controllers at NATS directed the aircraft on its continuous climb from Heathrow and descent into Glasgow, avoiding any levelling off, which causes an increase in fuel burn. The most direct routing was provided by NATS as well as the most optimal flight level and the aircraft was able to land without airborne holding; techniques that successfully saved fuel and reduced emissions.

Climb speeds were programmed in advance and aircraft computer systems worked out the optimum altitude and used accurate weight and wind data to ensure the most efficient journey possible.

On landing, the second engine was switched off to halve the power used and carbon emitted as it taxiied to stand.

This year’s flight achieved a 62% CO2 emissions reduction compared with the flight in 2010 – 34% from more efficient aircraft and operations, 28% from the use of sustainable aviation fuel with the remaining 38% offset using high quality, verified carbon offsets.

“This flight offered a practical demonstration of the progress we’re making in our carbon reduction journey. By working together with our industry partners we’ve delivered a 62% improvement in emissions reductions compared to a decade ago. This marks real progress in our efforts to decarbonise and shows our determination to continue innovating, working with Governments and industry and accelerating the adoption of new low carbon solutions to get us closer still to the Perfect Flight of the future,” says British Airways’ Chairman and CEO Sean Doyle.

“With BA Better World, we’re making progress on our journey to a sustainable future and have adopted a range of short, medium and long-term initiatives to get us to net zero emissions. Together, we can build a future for aviation that delivers the wonders of air travel while reducing the impact on the environment.”

“Live demonstrations like this show just what is possible and are an important step on the aviation industry’s path to net zero by 2050. We can learn a lot from flights like these, as they help us understand how to redesign the airspace over the UK and play our part in making flying sustainable for the future.”

NATS CEO, Martin Rolfe

“The A320neo is a great example of how far our industry has come.  It meets all the ICAO environmental standards thanks to advances in engines, aerodynamics, cabin and flight operations. The A320neo burns 20% less fuel, which means less C02, compared to its predecessor and is 50% quieter,” said Airbus’ Executive Vice President Corporate Affairs and Communications, Julie Kitcher.”Together with our industry partners, we want to bring the first zero emission commercial aircraft to the market by 2035. Perfect Flight is a clear example of how together we can achieve impressive results.”

“This flight demonstrates the progress the industry has made during the last decade and how we can work collectively to decarbonise aviation. As one of the UK’s largest airport groups, we are committed to achieving net zero by mid 2030s. This involves decarbonising our own infrastructure, including the roll out of fixed electrical ground power (FEGP), which is powered using 100% renewable energy sources,” says Derek Provan, Chief Executive of AGS Airports Ltd, which owns Glasgow Airport.

“The Perfect Flight shows that the solutions to deliver net zero flight exist, we just need to scale them up. The faster we scale up supply and use of sustainable aviation fuels, the faster we can decarbonise aviation and protect the benefits of flying in a world without carbon. What is needed urgently is for Government to introduce policies to increase the supply of SAF and to provide the right price incentives for airlines to use it.”

Heathrow CEO, John Holland-Kaye

“We are honoured to join forces with British Airways on this important initiative. At bp we are focusing on working with hard-to-abate sectors, such as aviation, as part of our ambition to be net zero by 2050 or sooner and to help the world get there too. By working collaboratively with industries, we can help to accelerate decarbonisation and we believe SAF will be one of the key solutions to fulfil this for the aviation sector,” says Martin Thomsen, SVP aviation, bp.

British Airways is on course to achieve its target of net zero emissions by 2050 through a series of short, medium and long-term initiatives. These include investment in new aircraft, the development of sustainable aviation fuel and hydrogen-powered aircraft and the investigation of carbon capture technology.

Last week, the airline launched its new BA Better World sustainability programme, marking a further commitment to put sustainability at the heart of its business, from reducing emissions and waste and positively contributing to the communities it serves, to creating a great place for people to work in order to build a resilient, responsible business. The airline also announced a collaboration with bp last week to source sustainable aviation fuel in respect of all flights between London, Glasgow and Edinburgh during the UK COP26 conference.

British Airways’ parent company International Airlines Group recently committed to operating 10% of its flights using SAF by 2030.

Flights of Fancy: British Airways puts sustainability first with BA Better World programme

British Airways has launched BA Better World, its new sustainability programme. 

The airline said this marked a further commitment to put sustainability at the heart of its business, from reducing emissions and waste and positively contributing to the communities it serves, to creating a great place for people to work in order to build a resilient, responsible business.

At an event at British Airways’ Heathrow engineering base this morning the airline unveiled a new look for one of its most fuel-efficient short-haul aircraft, an A320neo, which it has painted in its new BA Better World sustainability colours as part of a partnership with aircraft manufacturer Airbus.

British Airways has long been leading the aviation industry’s efforts to decarbonise. In 1992 it was the first airline to report its carbon footprint. In 2002 it became the first airline to participate in UK emissions trading. In 2019 British Airways’ parent company IAG became the first airline group in the world to commit to net zero CO2 emissions by 2050, and last year British Airways became the first major airline to voluntarily offset all emissions from its domestic flights.

After unveiling the new aircraft livery, British Airways announced a collaboration with bp, committing to source sustainable aviation fuel with respect to all its flights between London, Glasgow and Edinburgh during the UK’s COP26 climate change summit being held in Glasgow later this year*. Sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) is blended with traditional jet fuel to comply with aviation fuel certification standards. The SAF sourced for the COP26 period provides a lifecycle carbon reduction of up to 80% compared to traditional jet fuel.

In a UK first, British Airways also announced that from today its customers can purchase sustainable aviation fuel to reduce their carbon footprint via its not-for-profit organisation Pure Leapfrog. This is in addition to the existing option for customers to offset their emissions.

The collaboration with bp forms part of British Airways’ long-term commitment to the development and use of sustainable aviation fuel. The airline’s parent company, International Airlines Group (IAG), is investing $400m over the next 20 years into the development of SAF, with British Airways forming partnerships with a number of technology and fuel companies to develop SAF plants and purchase the fuel, including with Velocys in the UK and LanzaJet in the US. British Airways, as part of an IAG commitment, recently stated it would power 10 per cent of its fuel needs with SAF by 2030.

 “With BA Better World we’re on our most important journey yet – to a better, more sustainable future and one which will ensure the long-term success of our business. We’re clear that we have a responsibility to reduce our impact on the planet and have a detailed plan to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2050, including investing in more fuel-efficient aircraft, improving our operational efficiency and investing in the development of sustainable aviation fuel and zero emissions aircraft,” says British Airways CEO and Chairman Sean Doyle said:

“It is only through working in partnership with Government and industry that we’ll be able to reach our targets and I’m delighted that, thanks to our new collaboration with bp, we’re able to source enough sustainable aviation fuel with respect to all our flights between London, Glasgow and Edinburgh during COP26, substantially reducing the emissions associated with taking our customers to and from COP26 by up to 80% compared to traditional jet fuel. This commitment for COP26 is in addition to the mandatory carbon trading we already operate in the UK and our own further voluntary carbon offsetting of our UK domestic flights.”

– British Airways CEO and Chairman Sean Doyle

Martin Thomsen, CEO of bp’s aviation division commented: “We’re thrilled to collaborate with British Airways by supplying sustainable aviation fuel with respect to all of its flights from London to Glasgow and Edinburgh for the COP26 event.  Our companies have a long-standing relationship and will continue to work together on sustainable aviation fuel supply initiatives on an on-going basis. At bp we want to help decarbonize the aviation industry and we will continue to collaborate with industry stakeholders and governments to explore viable options to help scale up sustainable aviation fuel more broadly.”

Many of the flights between London, Glasgow and Edinburgh during COP26 will be operated by the airline’s new BA Better World aircraft, an Airbus A320neo. Julie Kitcher, Executive Vice President Corporate Affairs and Communications at Airbus, and a member of the UK Government’s Jet Zero Council said:  “We’re delighted to be partnering with BA on this journey and feel proud BA has chosen one of our A320neos to highlight the importance of sustainability for the future of the industry. The aircraft has 20% less fuel burn & CO2 emissions compared to A320ceo and 50% less noise so it’s a great choice and I am looking forward to seeing the new livery in the sky.”

“BA is committed to a sustainable future and contributing positively to climate change mitigation and adaptation. We will achieve the ambition of a net zero carbon emissions industry by 2050 through cooperation and collaboration and this initiative is a clear example of that.”

– Julie Kitcher, Executive Vice President Corporate Affairs and Communications at Airbus

At the event, the airline showcased some of the initiatives it has introduced to improve sustainability in the air and on the ground, including switching from diesel to renewably powered electric pushback vehicles and removing weight from its aircraft by introducing lighter seats and trollies, inflight magazines and paper flight manuals. It also outlined its efforts to remove single-use plastic and source more products made from recycled materials, including its First Class duvet and World Traveller Plus amenity kits.

The airline’s new sustainability strategy is not simply focused on the planet, with two further priorities concentrated on its people and driving responsible business. Today the carrier also announced a new BA Better World Community Fund to further the positive work it does within the UK and global communities it flies to and pledged to take positive action in many other areas of its business.

Flights of Fancy: British Airways provides multiple transit options to connect from Singapore on Jetstar Asia

British Airways has announced today that it is providing transit options to multiple destinations in Asia on Jetstar Asia  from Singapore, Changi Airport.

Eligible customers travelling on British Airways from London to Singapore will now be able to connect to the following cities* Bangkok, Phuket, Kuala Lumpur, Penang, Jakarta, Surabaya, Manila, Clark, Phnom Penh, Ho Chi Minh City operated by Jetstar Asia (*based on local government entry requirements).

Customers can now enjoy a seamless travel experience whilst connecting from Singapore with their baggage through checked in to their destination. Passengers will be met by British Airways or Jetstar Asia team upon arrival into Singapore and handed over their onward boarding pass. Customer will then be guided to a Transit Holding Area in the terminal till your next flight departure. All transit information can be found here

Noella Ferns, British Airways’ Head of Sales, Asia Pacific, said:  “We are delighted to be able to offer new travel options on Jetstar Asia to customers connecting via Singapore to cities that are currently connected by direct British Airways flights.

“We welcome this opportunity as it provides our customers great flexibility and options to travel to their favourite destinations in Asia. The safety of our customers and colleagues has always been at the heart of everything we do. We have introduced a range of precautionary measures onboard our flights to provide stress and hassle-free travel.”

Both airline’s teams have ensured that the necessary protective measures on the ground and in the air, have been introduced and customers can be reassured that they will be safe at every step of the journey.

Customers booking with British Airways can do so with absolute confidence, thanks to the airline’s flexible booking. They are able to exchange their booking for a voucher or move their dates without incurring a change fee. British Airways’ existing online Covid hub includes information on flexible bookings, testing, how to use a voucher and what the British Airways flying experience looks like for those that haven’t travelled for some time.

British Airways has also introduced a number of measures at the airport and on board to look after the safety and wellbeing of its customers and crew. These include social distancing measures, the wearing of face masks (which remain in place) and hand sanitiser stations. Prior to travel customers will also receive details of how they can prepare for their journey, including information on discounted testing providers.

British Airways has partnered with Dettol to offer a range of products to keep its customers and colleagues safe in the air and on the ground. The airline is cleaning all key surfaces including seats, screens, seat buckles and tray tables after every flight and each aircraft is completely cleaned from nose to tail every day. The air on all British Airways flights is fully recycled once every two to three minutes through HEPA filters, which remove microscopic bacteria and virus clusters with over 99.9% efficiency, equivalent to hospital operating theatre standards.

All latest one-way and return fares are on www.ba.com

Flights of Fancy: Traditional British Roast takes to the skies on British Airways

British Airways customers will be welcomed back on board with new ‘Best of British Menus’ with the September edition featuring a traditional British Roast dinner.

The airline’s roast, that will be available in First and Club World, will provide customers flying across the globe a taste of a quintessentially British dish. British Airways will debut its traditional roast with 21-day aged British beef, served with roast potatoes, Yorkshire pudding, seasonal vegetables, horseradish cream and gravy.  On flights to the Indian subcontinent, customers will be offered British roast chicken served with roast potatoes, seasonal vegetables, bread sauce and gravy.

The chefs will also be creating themed deserts on its monthly menus, with September’s theme being ‘All Things Botanical’ including an elderflower and white chocolate dessert with compressed apple and elderflower sorbet.

British Airways’ new monthly ‘Best of British’ menus champion seasonal ingredients and British provenance, taking customers on a culinary journey across the British Isles. The airline has proudly worked with farmers, caterers and producers to find great quality ingredients, advocating farm to fork.

In October, customers can expect to see another great traditional roast featuring chicken, as well as lamb hot pot and Welsh rarebit with chutney. The new dessert menu will celebrate the British apple season with treats such as apple mousse, with granny smith sorbet or British apple compote with vanilla custard and crumble.

Other classic dishes that will feature on menus will include gastro pub classics such as chicken pie with mash, pork pie with piccalilli, shepherd’s pie, sausage and mash, as well as chicken bacon leek and mushroom pie. The menu also features vegetarian options using British produce, such as butternut squash gnocchi with blue cheese sauce and wild cavolo nero, and handmade ricotta mezzaluna with truffle cream and grilled asparagus.

Sajida Ismail, Head of Inflight said: “As we look ahead to welcoming back customers who may not have flown for a while, we wanted to mark the occasion by offering a really special menu that celebrates the best of Britain.

Working with our catering partners, DO & CO and Newrest, we have created dishes using the best of British ingredients while they are in season. We are particularly excited to be offering a roast dinner on board. We know that Yorkshire puddings and crispy roast potatoes can be difficult to re-create at altitude, but our chefs have been working to make it happen, because we know that every British roast dinner should have them!”

The introduction of the new menus follows the introduction of other British Airways food and drink improvements for short-haul flights in its Euro Traveller (economy) cabin. The improvements include the introduction of ‘Buy Before you Fly’ menus including a selection of gourmet food from Michelin-starred chef Tom Kerridge, and the recent introduction of digital technology to ‘Buy on Board’ which will allow customers to order to their seat through a mobile device. The airline has also re-introduced free water and snacks on shorter flights in the Euro Traveller cabin. The changes come as part of the airline’s pledge to reduce food waste as part of its broader Sustainability commitments.

Customers booking with British Airways can do so with absolute confidence, thanks to the airline’s flexible booking policy. Customers are able to exchange their booking for a voucher or move their dates without incurring a change fee if their plans change. British Airways Holidays’ customers also have access to a range of additional flexible booking options, as part of the company’s Customer Promise, including securing a holiday with a deposit from just £60 per person and lounge access for those spending over £1,500 per person.

Maldives: S Hotels & Resorts and Wai Eco World Developer Sign Ground-Breaking Agreement to Bring SO/, Accor’s Avant-Garde Lifestyle Brand, to the Maldives

MALDIVES – S Hotels and Resorts Public Company Limited, the flagship hospitality arm of Thailand’s Singha Estate PCL, continues to expand its footprint in the Maldives and redefine the tourism and hospitality industry in this idyllic Indian Ocean archipelago with the signing of a hotel management agreement to introduce SO/ Hotels & Resorts, Accor’s rebellious luxury lifestyle brand. The project will be owned by an equal joint venture with Wai Eco World Developer Pte. Ltd. (WEWD), a leading business and real estate conglomerate.

SO/ Maldives will showcase a selection of 80 spectacular villas, including beachfront and over-water options, all adorned with designer interiors and an audacious twist. Nestled on its own exclusive island overlooking the azure Emboodhoo Lagoon, just 15 minutes by speedboat from Malé’s Velana International Airport, this eclectic resort will bring a fresh sense of avant-garde style and sophistication to the Maldives, while also reflecting the local spirit of this captivating country.

Opening in 2023, the new resort will take centre stage on the third island of CROSSROADS Maldives, the first extraordinary integrated leisure destination in the exotic South Malé Atoll, connecting it to a wealth of world-class attractions and facilities.

Vivid, vivacious and full of personality, SO/ Hotels & Resorts are only found in socially vibrant destinations such as Berlin, Bangkok, St Petersburg and Singapore. One of the fastest-growing brands in Accor’s lifestyle portfolio, it is designed for savvy travellers who have a passion for fashion and like to keep their finger on the pulse. Every stay is underpinned by the brand’s signature ‘Just Say SO’ service, to craft truly unforgettable experiences.

This makes SO/ the perfect fit for CROSSROADS Maldives, which was recognised as the “Best Leisure Development Maldives (Five-Star)” in the Asia Pacific Property Awards 2021-2022. The presence of such a dynamic player on the global hotel scene will play a key role in helping CROSSROADS Maldives to expand and reach new markets worldwide, thanks to Accor’s global distribution and loyalty network offering access to a wide variety of rewards, services, and experiences to over 68 million members.

Guests will be able to unwind on SO/ Maldives’ private island or take advantage of fantastic facilities at The Marina @ CROSSROADS, an 800-metre lifestyle area and beach walk where visitors can discover cool cafés, refined restaurants, a chic beach club, upmarket boutiques, a spa, the Marine Discovery Centre and a 30-berth yacht marina. Unforgettable events can be hosted at the oceanfront wedding venue and meeting space.

SO/ Maldives will become the third resort at CROSSROADS Maldives, joining SAii Lagoon Maldives, an original and inspiring retreat for millennially-minded travellers, and Hard Rock Hotel Maldives, the iconic music-themed brand’s first Maldivian property. SO/’s clientele are outgoing fashionistas and international party-goers who will be drawn to the designer villas, live DJ scene and Balearic vibe. Together, these three outstanding retreats will cater for all types of travellers, from adventure-seeking couples and honeymooners to free-spirited families and groups of friends.

“We are so excited to unveil SO/ Maldives as the latest jewel in CROSSROADS Maldives’ crown, as we continue to transform the tourism landscape in this highly-desirable destination. With its signature sense of style and commitment to creating unique guest journeys, SO/ is the ideal fit for our third island. It will stand out from the crowd, complement our two other industry-leading brands and complete our collection of luxury and lifestyle resorts, further raising the bar for hospitality in the Maldives,” said Dirk De Cuyper, Chief Executive Officer, S Hotels & Resorts.

“It gives me great pleasure to announce the arrival of SO/ Hotels & Resorts in the Maldives. This playful and distinctive lifestyle brand can only be found in the world’s most iconic destinations, so it is the perfect fit for this renowned island paradise. The resort’s location within CROSSROADS Maldives will allow guests to experience a truly vibrant lifestyle offering with plenty of options for both relaxation and adventure. SO/ Maldives will be a place to see and be seen for bold and stylish socialisers and we look forward to working with S Hotels & Resorts and WEWD to bring this project to life,” commented Garth Simmons, Chief Executive Officer – Accor Southeast Asia, Japan & South Korea.

“The Maldives is a truly special place, and we are delighted to enter the market with such a prestigious project. S Hotels & Resorts has a proven track record of developing exceptional lifestyle resorts, including CROSSROADS Maldives, and the edgy style of SO/ always strikes a chord with its trend-setting guests. With such strong partners, we are confident of creating a one-of-a-kind resort experience at SO/ Maldives,” added Zaw Win Maung, Managing Director, WEWD.

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