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Malindo Airways, new airline based at Kuala Lumpur International Airport


Indonesian budget carrier Lion Air is to join with Malaysia’s minority state owned National Aerospace and Defence Industries (NADI) to create a new airline.

The new carrier, named Malindo Airways, will be 51% controlled by NADI and 49% by Lion Air and will operate as a hybrid airline. It will be providing will be offering low fares, but with ‘frills’ including free in-flight entertainment, a light meal and WiFi connectivity. It will also use air bridge facilities at the airports that have them, confirmed an airline source.

Malindo Airways intends to launch operations from a primary hub at Kuala Lumpur International Airport and will be based at the new KLIA2 budget terminal which is due to become operational in April 2013.

The airline will, at first, serve a mix of domestic markets and to locations in Indonesia from May 1st, 2013 prior to expanding to bring in new non-stop links from Kuala Lumpur to locations across Asia, including China, Thailand, Vietnam and the Philippines.

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British Airways announce new flights to Monrovia, Liberia


British Airways has acknowledged it will commence flights to Monrovia, Liberia from November.

The service will be an extension of the current London Heathrow to Freetown service it is inheriting from bmi British Midland International this winter. BA parent International Airlines Group (IAG) acquired bmi earlier this year.

British Airways will provide a 3 times weekly link to Roberts International Airport from November 5th, 2012 although frequencies will decrease to twice weekly between December 10th 2012 and February 4th, 2013 for operational reasons.

Monrovia is the capital city of the West African nation of Liberia.

It is the cultural, political and financial hub for the country and according to a May 2011 estimate was home to around 1.2 million people, roughly a 3rd of the total population of Liberia.

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Posted by on 29/09/2012 in Airlines

 

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Enterprise Rent A Car expands home working pilot


Car hire company Enterprise rent-a-car is expanding its home-working pilot programme after experiencing significant positive results after only a few months.  Enterprise launched the pilot to establish whether home-working was a viable approach to growing its call centre, based in Aldershot. During the pilot, call centre employees from the Enterprise Business Support (EBS) facility were given the opportunity to work from home and were set up with all the technical support to make this a success. EBS is primarily responsible for handling telephone reservations and due to the growth of the business and the premises were almost at capacity.

Enterprise then compared the cost of setting up an employee to work from home against the cost of having an office-based employee. The comparison showed the cost of an office-based employee is around £5000 per year whilst the cost of a home-based employee is only £1500 in the first year for set-up costs and is then almost minimal in subsequent years.

This immediate 70 per cent cost-saving, combined with several other very compelling benefits which the company has seen from the programme, has demonstrated that home-working is a very successful business approach.

Some of the other benefits of the home-working pilot have included improved retention, reduction in absenteeism and disciplinary issues, higher employee satisfaction and a more diverse work force – helping the company to fulfill its wider commitment to creating a fully inclusive and diverse work place.  The retention level for EBS home-based employees is 80 per cent, almost 20 per cent higher than the national average for call centres. In addition, the home working programme has made it easier for Enterprise to provide out of hours call centre assistance, improving the customer experience.

As a result, Enterprise will be expanding the programme as demand for call centre employees increases moving forwards, with a view to achieving a target of 50 per cent of EBS employees becoming home-workers over time.

Leigh Lafever-Ayer, HR Director UK and Ireland at Enterprise Rent-A-Car, said, “Most of our UK employees are branch based and need to be on the branch floor to look after customers. So we’ve focused our home working opportunities on back office functions. We’ve proved employees can be as effective working from home and this approach can help control cost. It’s evidence that flexible working can be a very successful business strategy.

“We’ve also found that we’ve been able to recruit a more diverse work force to our call centre because we can offer greater flexibility. The home-working pilot has attracted a completely wide group of candidates from working mothers to retired company directors, people who want to work and be part of an ambitious business, but need the flexibility of working from home.”

Katy Harding is one of the home-based Customer Service Specialists at Enterprise Rent-A-Car and lives in Farnham, Surrey.

She says: “Since becoming a home worker, I have definitely seen my work-life balance improve for the better. I find I have much more time for my family and friends, which is ironic as I actually now work more hours per week than when I was office-based.Compare Car Hire with Car Hire Assistant

“Although occasionally I miss the friendly faces, I find I am much more productive at home, plus it’s nice to not have to fight for the parking space, or, wait for the over-crowded bus to get home.”

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iPhone mobile app launched called CarHirePro by Car Hire Assistant


Car rental price comparison site, Car Hire Assistant has introduced a new mobile “App” to allow users of the popular iPhone and iPad to easily compare prices on car hire. Named “CarHirePro”, this free app is available for download from Apple Store through iTunes by searching for “Car Hire Assistant” and more information can be found on the Car Hire Assistant main website.

Car Hire Assistant recognised that users want a convenient, fast and simple method to compare car rental prices on the move and this application does so in a fast and logical manner. Users can even use GPS to locate their nearest car hire centres.

In addition to searching for the best prices, users can book their hire in a simple 3 stage process and then review and/or amend their bookings using the CarHirePro application.

Car Hire Assistant can cater for users seeking a rental car in some 175 countries on 5 continents. And, with up to 550 rental operators searched, users can choose from over 30,000 car hire locations.

To offer the widest possible choice, Car Hire Assistant includes searches of local and regional rental operators, in addition to well known brands such as Hertz, Avis, Alamo, Budget, Thrifty, Europcar, Enterprise, National, SIXT and Dollar.

The CarHirePro mobile app will allow you to do any of the following:

  • Select your current location
  • Choose which currency you want to receive the prices in
  • Search using simple and very quick entry function
  • Find your nearest rental location using in-built GPS
  • Ability to book online
  • Facility to amend and change reservations using the app

As an intermediary, Car Hire Assistant adds nothing to the rental price, users can search and book with the confidence of knowing they will receive a selection of the very best car rental deals, from local and national brands, without the fear of hidden extras or charges.

CarHirePro is a free application and available for immediate download.

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Fly from Cardiff to Malaga


Spanish low-cost airline, Vueling, will launch flights between Cardiff and Malaga in Spring 2013, with flights priced from around £32 one way.

Vueling began operations from Cardiff earlier this year with direct flights to Barcelona, Palma and Alicante, operated by Airbus A320 aircraft for the summer season.

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Air Asia introduce child free zones on flights


Malaysia based low-cost carrier Air Asia has outlined plans to introduce a quiet zone on its aircraft, effectively banning children from the first seven rows of economy class seats.

The airline hopes to get the scheme up and running by February next year, with passengers able to reserve a seat in the zone at no extra cost – for now.

On an airbus A330, the seats will make up seven rows of seating behind the Premium FlatBed class.

AirAsia argues passengers will experience minimal noise in the seats and soft lighting.

Any group containing a passenger younger than 12 will not be able to book these seats.

 
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Posted by on 27/09/2012 in Airlines

 

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Hertz Buys Pioneer rentals


Hertz Global Holdings, Inc. announced that Hertz Equipment Rental Corporation (HERC) has purchased Pioneer Equipment Rental and Sales, a top Oklahoma based construction and industrial equipment hire business, focused principally on rentals to the industrial and construction segments, that serves the Oklahoma, Southern Kansas and Northern Texas markets.

“Pioneer Rental is another significant step in our commitment to diversify HERC geographically as well as to expand its product and service portfolio,” commented Mark P. Frissora, Hertz Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. “Pioneer Rental gives HERC an even larger footprint in the Oklahoma equipment rental market and access to a broader range of contractor and industrial business. The acquisition immediately increases HERC’s overall market share, bringing to 12 the total number of HERC locations in Oklahoma, while advancing HERC’s industrial penetration strategy particularly in the attractive oil and gas market.”

Compare Car Hire in the UKThe Oklahoma industrial and construction sectors are forecasted to expand in excess of 20% in 2013. Pioneer Rental will bring $25 million of annual revenue to HERC, and the purchase will be accretive to Hertz’s 2012 earnings.

“I’m very excited to join the Hertz team,” commented John Redwine, President, Pioneer Rental. “Hertz has been a strong player in this area and around the country for a long time. I’m convinced that both the Hertz and Pioneer customers will greatly benefit with the expanded footprint and services that will be available to meet their equipment needs.”

Established in 1998, Pioneer Equipment Rental and Sales is a major, independent rental company specialising in the hire and sale of equipment for industrial, construction, earthmoving, and material handling customers. In addition, Pioneer offers extensive repair and maintenance programs with comprehensive parts, inventories, mobile service, planned maintenance, and fleet management.

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