Jet Edge Receives Add’l $75M, Adds 20 New Aircraft


Ohio-based private aviation company Jet Edge International has raised an additional $75 million from investment firm KKR, following an initial $150 million credit facility from June 2021 and further investments, the airline announced. The latest funding brings KKR’s total investment to about $265 million over the past year.

The funding has allowed the company to purchase 20 additional Gulfsteam and Challenger aircraft, slated to be delivered in the first half of 2022. That will bring Jet Edge’s total fleet to 95, after 27 planes were delivered in 2021. 

Jet Edge told BTN in an email that its charter business is almost evenly split between corporate managed travel and personal travel.

The aircraft are available in Tokyo, Hong Kong and throughout the United States. 



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Sonder adds corporate accounts | Business Travel News Europe


Hospitality startup Sonder says it has added more than 100 new corporate travel accounts over the past year.

The San Francisco-based company says increased demand has come from the technology, hospitality, retail, entertainment and healthcare industries. It adds that its most popular destinations in 2021 included New York City, Philadelphia, London, Dublin and New Orleans.

Phil Stapleton, managing director of serviced accommodation specialist Situ, which distributes Sonder inventory, said: “In this economy, companies offering a compelling relocation package to a prospective hire can really stand out. Today, our clients are consistently prioritising autonomous accommodation spaces that are comfortable, thoughtfully designed, tech-forward and in the right locations.”

Sonder, which recently announced plans to go public, offers flexible accommodation from hotel rooms to full apartments. The company’s technology-driven proposition also enables travellers to manage their stay via mobile application.

Kristen Richter, vice president of sales for Sonder, said: “We’re incredibly pleased with the traction we’ve seen among this important travel segment since launching a dedicated team focused on this customer base just last year, and to be working with strong partners in the space.”

Sonder added its inventory to the major global distribution systems in July 2021 and also has partnerships with Egencia, HotelEngine and TripActions.

London-based Selina, another hospitality startup targeting corporate travellers, has also announced plans to go public in 2022.



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Online Travel Update: Trip.com grows European market share with superior technology; Sabre adds travel management company veteran | Foster Garvey PC


With the holidays rapidly approaching and the yearend only one week away, it is no surprise that the last week was fairly quiet. The one notable exception, however, was Trip.com, which released its financials on Thursday, December 16.   

Trip.com Grows European Market Share with Superior Technology
(“Trip.com Bolsters Flight Search Engine to Boost European Bookings,” December 17, 2021 via Skift) (subscription may be required)
Leveraging its increasingly superior technology platform (particularly around flight search), Chinese platform Trip.com is making huge strides in growing its European market share. Not only is Trip.com’s internally developed flight search engine better at delivering users appropriate fares and itineraries, but the systems’ ability to offer ancillary products and services is attracting the attention of European airlines. (Trip.com owns Travelfusion, one of a handful of technology vendors that aggregate airline NDC content for onward distribution.) Trip.com also plans to be one of the first online booking platforms to roll out Hopper’s price freeze tool (allowing users to pay to freeze fares up to 14 days) to users in North American and Europe as part of a previously announced deal.

Sabre Adds Travel Management Company Veteran
(“Sabre Names Former CWT Head Ekert President,” December 15, 2021 via Business Travel News)
Last week, Sabre announced that Kurt Ekert, former President and CEO of travel management company, CWT, will become President of the global distribution system (GDS) operator. According to the announcement, Ekert will oversee all aspects of Sabre’s business and technology operations and report to current CEO, Sean Menke. Prior to his position at CWT, Ekert served as Senior Vice President and CCO of GDS competitor, Travelport, for five years. Business as usual for Sabre or perhaps a further evidence that Sabre hopes to take a far broader role in travel distribution, not just GDS?

Have a great week. Happy Holidays. 


Other news:

Booking.com Travel Predictions 2022
December 15, 2021 via Hospitality Net – Latest Industry News
60 percent of travelers are looking forward to meeting new people while on vacation. The pandemic has forced us to focus on what and who is a priority in our lives – and freedom has never been so valued. Now that we are able to get back to travel once again, 2022 will not only see people reconnecting with friends and family, but also seeking new connections with 60 percent wanting to meet new people while away.



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KDHE approves travel to more countries, adds 1 country to quarantine list


WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) — The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) has amended its travel quarantine list to remove 10 countries, but it added one more to the quarantine list.

Countries removed from the list are Austria, Belgium, Cayman Islands, Czechia, Gibraltar, Jersey, Liechtenstein, Netherlands, Slovakia and Slovenia.

The country of Andorra has been added to the travel quarantine list. An unvaccinated individual should quarantine if they meet the following criteria: 

  • Traveled between Nov. 4 and Dec. 17 to Slovenia
  • Traveled between Nov. 18 and Dec. 17 to Austria, Cayman Islands and Gibraltar
  • Traveled between Dec. 2 and Dec. 17 to Belgium, Czechia, Jersey, Liechtenstein, Netherlands and Slovakia
  • Traveled on or after Dec. 17 to Andorra
  • Attendance at any out-of-state or in-state mass gatherings of 500 or more where individuals do not socially distance (6 feet) and wear a mask
  • Been on a cruise ship or river cruise on or after March 15, 2020

The KDHE says the next travel quarantine update will be sent out during the first week of January. 

The quarantine period is seven days with a negative test result or 10 days without testing, with release from quarantine on Day 8 and Day 11, respectively. Further information on quarantine periods can be found on KDHE’s website.

For those traveling internationally, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is requiring testing within three days of flights into the U.S. For further information on this and other requirements, visit their website.

For those who are fully vaccinated (meaning it has been greater than two weeks since they completed their vaccinations) they are not required to quarantine regarding travel or mass gatherings if they meet all of the following criteria:

  • Are fully vaccinated (i.e., ≥2 weeks following receipt of the second dose in a 2- dose series, or ≥2 weeks following receipt of one dose of a single-dose vaccine)
  • Have remained asymptomatic since the travel

People who do not meet the above criteria should continue to follow current quarantine guidance for travel or mass gatherings.

Additionally, people with previous COVID-19 disease are not required to quarantine following travel if they meet all of the following criteria:

  • Have evidence of a previous infection supported by a positive polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test or antigen test
  • Are within 6 months following infection. If an investigation was done documenting the date that symptoms resolved, or the date isolation measures were discontinued for asymptomatic patients, then the 6-month period can start from that end date. If those dates are not available, then the period will start from the date of the positive laboratory test. A serology or antibody test may not be substituted for a laboratory report of a viral diagnostic test.
  • Have remained asymptomatic since the travel

People who do not meet all three of the above criteria should continue to follow current quarantine guidance for travel.

The travel quarantine list is determined using a formula to evaluate new cases over a two-week period, then adjusted for population size to provide a case rate per 100,000 population. This provides a number that can then be compared to the rate in Kansas. Locations with significantly higher rates — approximately 3x higher — are added to the list.

For more information on COVID-19, please visit the KDHE website at kdhe.ks.gov/coronavirus.



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Lufthansa adds several new destinations for 2022


Lufthansa has announced its flight schedule for summer 2022,
which includes several new international destinations being served from its
hubs in Munich and Frankfurt.

From 27 March, Lufthansa will launch its first flights
between Munich and both Rio de Janeiro and San Diego. In addition, the carrier
will resume services to Bangkok from the Bavarian capital.

Lufthansa said it will expand its Munich fleet from 17 to 21
aircraft with the addition of four new Airbus A350-900 long-haul planes.

Munich is also receiving six new European destinations –
Kalamata, Menorca, Varna, Billund and Bergen. Meanwhile, Lufthansa’s sister airline Air Dolomiti will fly
from Munich to Brindisi.

Fellow Lufthansa Group carrier Eurowings Discover will launch flights to Punta Cana, Cancun
and Las Vegas. In total, Eurowings Discover will operate 22 short and
medium-haul destinations from Munich, including new services to Samos and
Skiathos.

Lufthansa is due to fly its largest network to the US from
Frankfurt thanks to the launch of flights to St Louis in June 2022. The carrier
will also begin offering services to Stavanger, Liverpool and Rennes.

Eurowings Discover will operate flights from Frankfurt to Las
Vegas, Salt Lake City, Fort Myers, Tampa Bay, Anchorage, Halifax and Calgary in
North America, as well as Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, Kilimanjaro, Panama City
and Male.

In addition, Lufthansa will offer a temporary schedule of 25
flights between Frankfurt and Doha for the FIFA World Cup from 14 November to
19 December 2022.

The carrier said its flexible booking conditions will remain
in place, with all fares able to be rebooked in the event of disruption.



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Travel news live: Latest updates as Ireland adds compulsory Covid tests


Ireland is the latest country to tighten its travel rules and entry requirements.

All arrivals to the country must present a negative Covid test result from a PCR or antigen test – the former having been taken within the 72 hours before travel, the latter with a window of 48 hours.

The rule change was supposed to come in from today, but airlines are now reporting that it will be delayed until Sunday, 5 December.

An Aer Lingus spokesperson told RTÉ News that the government had told airline bosses last night that regulations will be delayed until Sunday.

Meanwhile some Ryanair passengers received a customer service text message saying the requirement for a test result had been delayed until Sunday.

In other travel news, Germany has imposed a lockdown on all unvaccinated residents, with leaders in discussions about making vaccination mandatory by February.

Chancellor Angela Merkel described the step – which involves non-jabbed citizens being banned from all but the most essential venues (such as supermarkets and pharmacies), and came in on Thursday 2 December – “as an act of national solidarity”.

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Ireland testing rule delayed until Sunday, say airlines

Ireland’s government have reportedly delayed the change in rules that will require a negative PCR or antigen test result from all arrivals until Sunday 5 December.

The change was supposed to come in today, but an Aer Lingus spokesperson has told RTÉ News that the government informed airline bosses that it will be delayed for 48 hours.

Meanwhile, some Ryanair passengers received a customer service text message saying the requirement for a test result had been delayed until Sunday.

Reports say the delay has been caused by legislation not being signed yesterday, as planned.

Many travellers have already booked and paid for their pre-travel tests to meet the requirements, which were announced as coming in today.

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Travellers to US will have to take test within 24 hours of departure

The US is tightening its testing requirements for incoming tourists from early next week, according to a statement from the White House.

As part of the stricter measures, travellers to the US must take a Covid test within the 24 hours prior to departure, rather than the current window of 72 hours.

The change, which is designed to help contain the spread of the recently identified omicron variant, will come in from “early next week”, according to the statement.

“This tighter testing timeline provides an added degree of public health protection as scientists continue to assess the omicron variant,” reads the statement from the Biden Administration.

“The President will announce additional steps to strengthen the safety of international travel as we face this new threat – just as we have faced those that have come before it.”

International travellers are currently only allowed into the States if they have received a full course of an approved Covid-19 vaccine.

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Where to buy an affordable PCR test

Since Tuesday, mandatory PCR tests are back for all UK travellers.

Whether you have to take just one or two or three around your trip depends on whether you’ve been vaccinated or not – but either way, we’re back to the system prior to 24 October, hunting down a reasonably priced PCR with results speedy enough to release you promptly from post-travel quarantine.

So where should you be shopping for a PCR test?

It’s worth knowing about the discounts and offers many airlines and tour companies are offering their customers – they only save you a few pounds per test, but for families in particular this will make a huge difference.

Here’s everything you need to know:

Lucy Thackray3 December 2021 08:52

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Good morning and welcome to The Independent’s travel liveblog, where we’ll be following all the latest updates.

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Travel news live: Latest updates as Ireland adds compulsory Covid tests


Ireland is the latest country to tighten its travel rules and entry requirements.

From today, all arrivals to the country must present a negative Covid test result from a PCR or antigen test – the former having been taken within the 72 hours before travel, the latter with a window of 48 hours.

In a statement from the Irish government, ministers clarified that tests must be a “certified ‘negative/not detected’ test result (that is, not self-administered)”.

In other travel news, Germany has imposed a lockdown on all unvaccinated residents, with leaders in discussions about making vaccination mandatory by February.

Chancellor Angela Merkel described the step – which involves non-jabbed citizens being banned from all but the most essential venues (such as supermarkets and pharmacies), and came in on Thursday 2 December – “as an act of national solidarity”.

Follow the latest travel news below:

1638521578

Where to buy an affordable PCR test

Since Tuesday, mandatory PCR tests are back for all UK travellers.

Whether you have to take just one or two or three around your trip depends on whether you’ve been vaccinated or not – but either way, we’re back to the system prior to 24 October, hunting down a reasonably priced PCR with results speedy enough to release you promptly from post-travel quarantine.

So where should you be shopping for a PCR test?

It’s worth knowing about the discounts and offers many airlines and tour companies are offering their customers – they only save you a few pounds per test, but for families in particular this will make a huge difference.

Here’s everything you need to know:

Lucy Thackray3 December 2021 08:52

1638520683

Good morning

Good morning and welcome to The Independent’s travel liveblog, where we’ll be following all the latest updates.

Lucy Thackray3 December 2021 08:38



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