May 20, 2024

News in brief: RwandAir, TROOP, Snowfall, Finnair and The Stay Company

RwandAir will start daily non-stop services from London Heathrow to Kigali on October 29. The flight will take 8 hours 30 minutes leaving Heathrow at 20:30 arriving in Kigali the following morning at 07:00. Return flights leave Kigali at 23:25 and arrive in the UK at 06:20. The service will be operated by RwandAir’s fleet of Airbus A330 aircraft with a two-class configuration – Business and Economy. Flights are now on sale.

Global travel tech provider Snowfall has integrated content from Brightline’s US rail travel content into Junction, its booking platform. Launched in 2021, Junction is a cloud-based open API global distribution system that offers travel retailers the ability to book multimodal travel from multiple suppliers in a single booking. Brightline’s high-speed rail network currently serves Miami, Aventura, Fort Lauderdale, Boca Raton and West Palm Beach, and its Orlando station will launch in 2023.

TROOP has launched its next phase, TROOP ONE, a unified meeting planning and group travel logistics platform designed to simplify the process of organising in-person meetings. Building on the company’s ‘where to meet’ technology, TROOP ONE has new workflows, features, and integrations for planning meetings, managing travel logistics and tracking costs.

Finnair will add more flights between Helsinki and Bangkok this winter, in response to increased demand for travel to Thailand. From October 29, winter flights will rise from 11 per week to a double daily service. Flights will depart Helsinki at 1:50pm and 4:30pm each day this winter, arriving into Thailand at 6:20am and 9:05am the following morning.On the return, flights will depart Bangkok at 8:00am and 10:40am each day, arriving into Finnair’s home hub at 3:30pm and 6:10pm that afternoon.

The Stay Company, a serviced apartments provider with over 100 luxury apartments across Derby and Nottinghamshire, has introduced KeyCafe – a Cloud-based automated key collection system that offers a 24/7 contactless arrival and departure experience, designed to improve guest satisfaction and reducing operational costs. An app also allows the business to track all keys from a single account. In addition, the group has implemented Duve, a system that consolidates all guest details and communication, such as reason of visit, language, interests and travel method. With its built-in location tool, guests can find directions to the property with street view imagery and links to a map, all through the new software.