Monthly Archives: July 2017

Industry stalwart to lead Oasis Hong Kong in Canada

Oasis Hong Kong Airlines (Oasis) today further boosted the strength of its management team, with the appointment of seasoned aviation management professional, Mr David Solloway.

Mr Solloway takes up the position of General Manager – North America, reporting to Fritz Blayney, Senior Vice President – North America. Solloway is primarily responsible for providing strategic leadership to regional staff to achieve established revenue targets, passenger goals, and service standards.

Based in Vancouver Mr. Solloway will also ensure Oasis’ high benchmarks of safety and efficiency continue to be met in the Canadian port.

From there he will also serve as company representative to civic and community organizations, as well as involvement with government affairs relating to the airline.

Mr Solloway has a plethora of international aviation management experience, most recently serving as the director of marketing for Sangster International Airport, at Montego Bay in Jamaica.

Prior to that he worked in a variety of positions at United Airlines over eight years – traveling the globe as the airline’s general manager in New Delhi, India; the divisional manager of marketing and sales in Hong Kong, as well as general manager in Hong Kong; and as general manager, Thailand/Indochina in Bangkok, Thailand.

For nine years preceding that, Mr Solloway worked for Canadian Airlines International, in similar senior management roles based in Hong Kong, Bangkok and Singapore.

Mr Solloway has affiliation with many professional organizations, including the Jamaica Hotel and Tourist Association in Jamaica; Rotary, and the Canadian Institute of Mortgage Brokers and Lenders in Vancouver; he was chairman of the Travel Industry Association of America in India; chairman of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce; and vice-chairman of the Board of Airlines Representatives – both in Hong Kong.

How to book cheap flights

Contrary to what most believe, travel agents do not always know best. They tend to steer you on the route of major airlines, which happens to be the most expensive. They neglect to inform their customers of the other methods of travel that are available to them, which makes sense because they will not make a commission if the customers go with a method that they are not affiliated with.

With that said, why use a travel agent? Be your own travel agent. The following information will tell you how to be your own travel agent and book the cheapest flight possible.

Global Travel International provides all of the necessary resources for anyone to be an independent travel agent. As an independent travel agent, you can take advantage of the many opportunities you’ll have to attend educational and exciting workshops, seminars, events and conferences. You’ll learn the most fundamental rules of getting the cheapest flight possible. One of the rules is that flights leaving Fridays, Sundays, and Mondays are always more expensive. Try to leave and return sometime in the middle of the week.
You’ll learn the lowest possible fare might not fall under the economy or APEX fare rate. APEX (advance purchase excursion), is much lower than normal fares and is valid in specific sectors of economy class. It also must be purchased at least seven days prior to time of departure.
You can take advantage of deals that cater directly to travel agents. Travel agents are privy to a wealth of discounts due to their status.
You’ll learn the best deals for flights for major airlines are located and sometimes only valid on the company’s website. As a travel agent you will be sent notifications of deals through email, which at most times are before they are featured on the site itself.

You’ll learn where and how to book charter flights. They, for the most part, offer fares that are much lower than major airlines. The reason for this is because charter companies lease an airplane for a specific route and allotted time. The already low price for tickets begins to decrease as the departure day approaches. However, if not enough seats are sold, the flight will be cancelled without notice, and other airlines are not at any obligation to accommodate you if such an occurrence happens.
Consolidators are the Price Club of airline travel – large brokerage houses which buy blocks of tickets from airlines at wholesale prices and then pass the savings on to individual flyers. Airlines sell to consolidators at reduced prices because they fear that the tickets would otherwise go unsold. Consolidators buy seats mostly on established carriers for flights that are headed to overseas destinations. Travel agents booking flights with consolidators can save anywhere from 20 to 50 percent off the price of a regular ticket.

In addition to booking cheap flights, a Global travel agent can make money in four ways.

1. You earn commission on the travel you book for yourself, your relatives, friends and business associates.
2. You get paid a quick cash bonus when you refer a new agent to Global Travel International
3. You also make money from all of your referred new agents’ commissionable travel sales, and
4. You earn even more cash when your referred agents renew their membership.

Flight Safety: Ensuring That Your Next Flight is a Safe One

If you have ever flown you likely are aware of several government organizations dedicated to the oversight of the aviation industry. Alphabet soup sounding names such as the FAA, DOT, and NSTB are often mentioned, but each organization has a distinct role in ensuring passenger safety. Let’s take a look at three federal agencies tasked with ensuring that your next flight is a safe one.

Federal Aviation Administration – The Federal Aviation Administration, or FAA, is responsible for the safety of civil aviation. According to their web site [1], the FAA is tasked with the following responsibilities:

• Regulating civil aviation to promote safety

• Encouraging and developing civil aeronautics, including new aviation technology

• Developing and operating a system of air traffic control and navigation for both civil and military aircraft

• Researching and developing the National Airspace System and civil aeronautics

• Developing and carrying out programs to control aircraft noise and other environmental effects of civil aviation

• Regulating U.S. commercial space transportation
You can learn more information about the FAA, how it is managed, governing responsibilities, and even hiring information at www.faa.gov

U.S. Department of Transportation – The Department of Transportation, or DOT, overseas the operation of 13 governmental agencies, including the Federal Aviation Administration. The chief responsibilities of the DOT is to, “keep the traveling public safe and secure, increase their mobility, and have our transportation system contribute to the nation’s economic growth.” [2] Visit www.dot.gov for more information.

The National Safety Transportation Board – The National Safety Transportation Board, or NSTB, is an independent federal agency appointed by Congress and tasked with investigating every civil aviation accident in the US as well as in marine, roads, and other transportation areas. Since its inception in 1967, the NSTB has investigated over 124,000 aviation accidents. Visit www.nstb.gov for more information.

Of course, today there is a fourth agency involved to some degree in ensuring passenger safety. The Department of Homeland Security, or DHS, was created in direct response to the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. This department oversees several other agencies including the Transportation Security Administration, the organization that hires, trains, and deploys transportation security screeners at airports across the U.S.

You may not know an FAA, DOT, NSTB, or DHS employee when you see one, but together they are all tasked with ensuring that your next flight is a safe one.

Make your southwest airlines reservation online

Today, most of the major airlines have a website whereby you can book reservations online without going through complex phone menus or waiting on the terminal hold listening to bad music or dealing with the reservation agents. Many of the airlines even offer discounted fare for those who book online available through their website.

If you seek for your time and convenience then price is not much important but though a driving factor. While you make your airline reservation online you will be asked to fill an online application form with your personal details such as name and address and you have to select a username and password. Airlines such as the southwest provide convenience to its travelers with discounted airfares when they book it online.

General steps for online booking
1. You should go to the official website of the airlines such southwest airlines.

2. Next you have to click the reservations tab to start the online reservation process.

3. The standard reservation system will ask you to select your options regarding the place where you want to travel. It includes the departure and arrival place and return. It will also ask you for the time and date you plan to travel. Other information includes about the number of persons supposed to travel and lastly any discount code you have earned earlier.

4. Next you will be asked to select the departing and returning flight from a number of options available at that moment of time.

5. You will get special fares, restricted fares and refundable fares to choose from the given list. After you choose the flight and price you will be asked to apply for the online reservation if you accept all the conditions for the travel for fare types mentioned in the website and accordingly you can make purchase if you reside in US or out of US.

Find Great Airline Fares For Your Trip

There are few things as exciting and inspiring as getting to plan a great getaway or vacation. Life seems to get more and more busy and stressful as it goes on, so the relief and relaxation that a vacation provides are desperately needed by all busy adults. One of the more stressful elements of planning a vacation is finding reasonable airline fares.

For some reason, it is always stressful for people to find great deals on airline fares. Many people look in what they thought was the best place only to find that they paid way too much in airline fares for their next vacation. As a former travel agent, it is my pleasure to help my friends who are in need of help finding the best airline fares for any upcoming trip or vacation.

My biggest piece of advice to anyone looking for the right airline fares is to slow down. Being in a rush planning a vacation or getaway is the best way to stress yourself out and to make poor decisions when it comes to choosing airline fares or any other important decision about your trip. The more relaxed and at peace you can be when planning your trip, the better deals you will find because you will be willing to wait. So take your time and don’t rush into any decision on airline fares or anything else about your trip.

Another piece of advice I give is to search high and wide for the best deals on airline fares. Do not just go with the first prices you see or you will have a trip full of regrets because you didn’t take time to price the best deals. You can start your search by talking to a travel agent and getting some advice about current airline fares, or you can start by searching for airline fares on your own. Just be sure to do a fair amount of searching before you make any purchases.

Coming up with a budget for different aspects of your trip can be really helpful when you are trying to make decisions about things like airline fares. Set your budget in advance and than only make decisions that fall within that buget.

Planning a trip does not have to be hard or stressful. And finding great deals on airline fares can be fun and easy as well. Just take your time and compare a variety of options and you’ll be well on your way of making good decisions.