Global Travel Media » Blog Archive » Condé Nast Traveler today announced the results of its 31st annual Readers’ Choice Awards with twelve COMO Hotels and Resorts recognised in both the Hotels and Resorts category. COMO The Treasury won 1st place in the Best Hotel in Australia and New Zealand category for the third year in a row. COMO Uma Punakha and sister lodge COMO Uma Paro in Bhutan were awarded 1st and 2nd place respectively in the Best Hotel in Asia category. In the Resorts category, COMO Uma Ubud was awarded 2nd Best Resort in Asia. A total of twelve COMO hotels and Resorts properties were recognized. Honourable mentions also include COMO Metropolitan Bangkok in Thailand; COMO Metropolitan Miami Beach in the USA in the Hotels Categories. COMO Cocoa Island and COMO Maalifushi in the Maldives; COMO Parrot Cay in the Turks and Caicos; COMO Point Yamu in Thailand and COMO Shambhala Estate in Bali were all recognised in the Resorts categories. COMO Hotels and Resorts is committed to creating extraordinary experiences for curious people with a passion for a life lived fully. With 14 luxury properties around the globe in destinations including Bhutan, Turks and Caicos, Miami, Indonesia, Australia, the United Kingdom and the Maldives, each individual hotel draws inspiration from its compelling and unique location while representing the brand’s approach to offering luxury with a deep respect for authenticity. Though the brand’s values are consistent with its sister brand in wellness, COMO Shambhala, world-class cuisine, first class service and the power of meaningful experiences, no two properties around the globe are the same. Nearly half a million Condé Nast Traveler readers submitted a recording-breaking number of responses rating their travel experiences to provide a full snapshot of where and how we travel today. The Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards are the longest-running and most prestigious recognition of excellence in the travel industry and are commonly known as “the best of the best of travel.” The 2018 Readers’ Choice Awards are published exclusively on Condé Nast Traveler’s website at www.cntraveler.com/rca and celebrated in the November issue on newsstands nationwide on October 16th 2018.

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Condé Nast Traveler today announced the results of its 31st annual Readers’ Choice Awards with twelve COMO Hotels and Resorts recognised in both the Hotels and Resorts category. COMO The Treasury won 1st place in the Best Hotel in Australia and New Zealand category for the third year in a row. COMO Uma Punakha and sister lodge COMO Uma Paro in Bhutan were awarded 1st and 2nd place respectively in the Best Hotel in Asia category. In the Resorts category, COMO Uma Ubud was awarded 2nd Best Resort in Asia. A total of twelve COMO hotels and Resorts properties were recognized. Honourable mentions also include COMO Metropolitan Bangkok in Thailand; COMO Metropolitan Miami Beach in the USA in the Hotels Categories. COMO Cocoa Island and COMO Maalifushi in the Maldives; COMO Parrot Cay in the Turks and Caicos; COMO Point Yamu in Thailand and COMO Shambhala Estate in Bali were all recognised in the Resorts categories. COMO Hotels and Resorts is committed to creating extraordinary experiences for curious people with a passion for a life lived fully. With 14 luxury properties around the globe in destinations including Bhutan, Turks and Caicos, Miami, Indonesia, Australia, the United Kingdom and the Maldives, each individual hotel draws inspiration from its compelling and unique location while representing the brand’s approach to offering luxury with a deep respect for authenticity. Though the brand’s values are consistent with its sister brand in wellness, COMO Shambhala, world-class cuisine, first class service and the power of meaningful experiences, no two properties around the globe are the same. Nearly half a million Condé Nast Traveler readers submitted a recording-breaking number of responses rating their travel experiences to provide a full snapshot of where and how we travel today. The Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards are the longest-running and most prestigious recognition of excellence in the travel industry and are commonly known as “the best of the best of travel.” The 2018 Readers’ Choice Awards are published exclusively on Condé Nast Traveler’s website at www.cntraveler.com/rca and celebrated in the November issue on newsstands nationwide on October 16th 2018.

October 11, 2018 Aviation No Comments Email Email

Titan Airways, the UK based bespoke and VIP charter airline, returns to the European Regions Airline Association’s Annual General Assembly this week (9th-11th October) as it marks its 30th anniversary.  

With the commencement of the IATA winter timetable, it restarts a series of winter ski operations to France, Italy and Switzerland, working with six ski companies – Ski Esprit, Ski Total, Inghams, Crystal Ski Holidays, Neilson and Sky World.  It will also be resuming winter sun flights to Banjul, Gambia, for the third successive year, departing from London Gatwick.   One of its Boeing 757s, in a split business/economy layout, concludes a month-long world tour later this month for a France based luxury tour operator, complete with onboard chef.

In addition, Titan is working with Superbreaks for a series of flights to the exciting area of Akureyri in Iceland, a programme that features many of the UK’s regional airports.

Over the summer Titan continued to support British Airways at Gatwick (including support flying on London Gatwick-Edinburgh) as well as easyJet, from Gatwick, Berlin and Munich, Germany and Jet2.com – from Stansted and Leeds.

The airline is in the process of reconfiguring a second Boeing 737-400 from passenger layout to dedicated freighter.  It enters service in early 2019 – Titan’s response to a resurgence of interest in freight capacity – into and out of the UK.

“Our decision to move into Airbus A320 operations three years ago has been an extremely popular move for our regular sub-contract airline customers, to the extent we are now exploring adding an additional aircraft to add to the four currently flying,” said Alastair Willson, Titan Airways Managing Director.  Alastair took over the role of MD from founder and CEO Gene Willson in December 2017, bringing management experience from his time at Air Partner Plc.   Gene continues as Titan Airways’ Chairman.

Two single class ex-Air Berlin Airbus A321 aircraft joined the Titan fleet this summer and immediately went to work supporting Jet2.com, as well as providing supplemental lift for Cyprus’ Cobalt Air out of Stansted and many other carriers.  Titan also took on an ex British Airways’ Airbus A318 in all executive 32-seat /72-inch seat configuration last year which is developing a specific private charter clientele.

The bolstered Airbus fleet resulted in the addition of 35 former Monarch Airlines’ employees joining its workforce, including pilots and flight attendants, engineers and safety personnel.

Titan Airways – A320  

Rescue flying contributed to buoyed profitability in 2017

The year 2017 proved to be one of the busiest in Titan’s three-decade history.  It mounted a significant and unprecedented repatriation effort when Monarch Airlines, the UK’s fourth largest airline, abruptly stopped flying, rendering 110,000 passengers stranded in Europe and beyond.

Over an intense 14 days, Titan Airways’ “pop-up” operation briefly became the third largest airline in the UK. Working closely with the UK Civil Aviation Authority, Titan successfully repatriated over 80,000 passengers back to the UK on (or as near to) their original departure time.

Its rescue flying bolstered turnover by 7%, with Titan becoming a £100 million revenue airline in its 30th year – for the first time in its history.

Titan regularly complements its wet lease and sub-charter work for scheduled airlines with ad hoc and mid to long term VIP charters.  For example, early this year it supported FIFA / Coca Cola with a 97-day promotional tour of the World Cup, taking in 51 countries, 89 airports and 146,835 km.

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