On 6 February, the BUD Annual Awards Gala was held, at which Budapest Airport honored its partners' 2019 achievements.
"This evening, we are not flying from Budapest to another city but to the stars and to say hello to last year's brightest stars, the winners," said Rolf Schnitzler, CEO of Budapest Airport at the BUD Annual Awards Gala.
More than 300 invited guests attended the event - representatives of travel agencies, airlines, hotels, hotel chains and other business partners at the airport.Budapest Airport honors its airline, commercial, regulatory and environmental partners in recognition of their 2019 performance. TAP Portugal won the "2019 Best Marketing" Award.
New EVA Air website has been published in Hungary. The website is available under the evaair.ceaviation.eu domain, main objective is to introduce EVA Air's premium services to Hungarian travellers. The website contains up to date information about aircraft, useful information, regulations and boarding.
CEAS appoints Mrs. Boglárka Gyuricza for EVA Air Sales Manager Hungary
Mrs. Gyuricza is a senior professional of the Hungarian aviation arena. She is B.Sc. in Economics and Tourism management with 25 years of versatile commercial and ground handling experience gained at Malev Hungarian Airlines and Egypt Air.
EVA Air, the Taiwan-based 5-star airline has chosen CEAS Kft. - Central European Aviation Solutions Ltd. for act as a General Sales Agent on the Hungarian market to fulfil sales and marketing tasks on behalf of the airline.
Mr. Csaba Bálint, Managing Director of CEAS, said that he is extremely proud that CEAS now represents a five-star airline in Hungary. Ms. Boglárka Gyuricza has been nominated for Sales and Marketing Manager Hungary for EVA Air. At the event held in Budapest EVA Air' Regional General Manager Mr. Edward Ho along with Mr. Herbert Hsieh and Mr. Philipp Wagner said that EVA Air foresees a long term and fruitful co-operation with CEAS.
On 26th of June TAP Portugal held product presentation to Romanian travel agents, where the airline has informed its partners about the actual product specifics. Aerotravel, Business Tour, TUI/Eurolines, Mondial Holiday, Tripaholic, Ultramarin, FlyWest, Book Travel, Cardinal Tour, Stardust Travel and Paralela45 were present. According to the feedback of travel agents the presentation was very informative and they proposed to repeat this on a regular basis.
The first Greenairport Partner Meeting on April 4 started with an overview of current environmental issues and developments.
Gábor Szarvas, Director of EHS, said Budapest Airport remains committed to maintaining its carboxylic rating, which meant that the company was targeting a further 10% reduction for the 2019-2021 period compared to its 2016 per capita emissions.
Reducing the carbon footprint is also due to the recent installation of four new electric car chargers at the airport near Terminal 1, which will allow faster recharging of electric cars used by partners than previous chargers.
15 years of direct operations from Lisbon to Budapest is a good occasion to celebrate, therefore Budapest Airport and TAP Portugal invited the trade for a cake.
Péter Szolnok, TAP Portugal's commercial representative in Hungary, explained in his presentation that the airline's fleet currently consists of 100 Airbus aircraft, operating in 92 destinations in 35 countries, transporting 16 million passengers last year.
TAP Portugal operates 8 times a week between Lisbon and Budapest. In the last 3 years, TAP has achieved a 50% increase in sales results (Market share: 53%). In 2019 TAP Portugal opens 13 new destinations, including Tel Aviv, Dublin, Basel, San Francisco, Chicago, Washington, Tenerife, Naples, Conakry (Guinea), Porto-Brussels, Porto-Lyon, Porto-Munich, Banjul (Gambia).
TAP Air Portugal has taken delivery of its first of twelve A321LRs on order. The airline becomes the first airline to operate a combined A330neo and A321LR fleet.
“The A321LR is critical for TAP’s expansion plans. With its superior range we can comfortably explore markets in North America, South America and Africa from Portugal, and it’ll fit in seamlessly with our A330neos,” said Antonoaldo Neves, CEO, TAP Air Portugal. “In North America it allows us to explore markets on the East Coast, such as New York, Boston, Montreal or Washington. In Brazil the A321LR can open new markets in the Northeast and complement existing services to cities like Recife, Natal, Fortaleza or Salvador,” he added. “The aircraft are equipped with the latest-generation full flat business class and high comfort economy seats, a full suite of in-flight entertainment (IFE) and connectivity, as well as free messaging services”.
TAP’s A321LR will be operated on the Lisbon-Tel Aviv route at its entry into service.
“We applaud TAP Air Portugal for becoming the first airline to leverage the benefits of the A321LR and the A330neo in a common fleet. The A321LR and A330neo working in tandem have the middle market segment nicely covered. The ‘Airbus NEO Midsize Aircraft’ – let’s call them the ‘A-NMA’s,’ are a winning, seamless combination – unprecedented capacity and transatlantic range with single aisle cost with the A321LR, and unbeatable unit costs and flexibility for true long haul with the A330neo. Both with the most contemporary technology and cabin comfort in their class,” said Christian Scherer, Airbus Chief Commercial Officer.
TAP currently operates an Airbus fleet of 75 aircraft comprising five A330neo, 13 A330ceo,4 A340s, and 45 A320 Family aircraft. The single-aisle fleet includes 21 A319ceo, 20 A320ceo, four A321ceo, two A320neo and six A321neo.