May 19, 2020

Air Tanzania’s new flights to compete with Kenya Airways and RwandAir

Dar es Salaam
Kenya Airways
RwandAir
Air Tanzania
professo
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Air Tanzania’s new flights to compete with Kenya Airways and RwandAir

In July, Air Tanzania is set to launch direct flights between the nation’s capital city and Entebbe and Bujumbura.

The new flights are anticipated to create competition between Air Tanzania, Kenya Airways, and RwandAir.

In previous year, the national carriers of Kenya and Rwanda had dominated the routes with indirect flights.

Due to Air Tanzania’s direct route, travel time and costs can be cut by the Dar es Salaam to Entebbe and the Dar es Salaam to Bujumbura routes.

The flight to the Ugandan town will run four times per week, whilst the carrier will travel to Burundi’s capital city three times per week.

The airline, which has been running for two years, will charge $363 for a return ticket to Entebbe and $358 for a return to Bujumbura.

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Previously customers would pa around $390 to travel to either location via Nairobi, Kigali, or Addis Ababa, and have to wait between three and six hours for connections.

“The increased competition will not affect the operations of Kenya Airways,” said Paul Maringa, Kenya’s Transport Principle Secretary.

“We will bank on the service and brand to get an edge over the competition.”

“Kenya Airways remains dominant on most of the routes and the expected flight to the US will give it an edge within the region.”

“We have seen an increase in trade and business opportunities between Dar and Entebbe,” noted Charles Kahuthu, CEO of the East African Chamber of Commerce.

“Dar es Salaam has been very aggressive in Uganda marketing its port and this has driven up trade between the two countries. This is the market this airline will be keen on serving.”

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Jun 14, 2021

5 minutes with... Janthana Kaenprakhamroy, CEO, Tapoly

Tapoly
Insurance
Leadership
Digital
Kate Birch
3 min
Heading up Europe’s first on-demand insurance platform for the gig economy, Janthana Kaenprakhamroy is winning awards and leading with diversity

Founder and CEO of award-winning insurtech firm Tapoly, Janthana Kaenprakhamroy heads up Europe’s first on-demand insurance platform for the gig economy, winning industry awards, innovating in the digital insurance space, and leading with inclusivity.

Here, Business Chief talks to Janthana about her leadership style and skills. 

What do you do, in a nutshell?

I’m founder and CEO of Tapoly, a digital MGA providing a full stack of commercial lines insurance specifically for SMEs and freelancers, as well as a SaaS solution to connect insurers with their distribution partners. We build bespoke, end-to-end platforms encompassing the whole customer journey, but can also integrate our APIs within existing systems. We were proud to win Insurance Provider of the Year at the British Small Business Awards 2018 and receive silver in the Insurtech category at the Efma & Accenture Innovation in Insurance Awards 2019.

How would you describe your leadership style?

I try to be as inclusive a leader as possible. I’m committed to creating space for everyone to shine. Many of the roles at Tapoly are performed by women and I speak at industry events to encourage more people to get involved in insurance/insurtech. Similarly, I always try to maintain a growth mindset. I think it’s important to retain values to support learning and development, like reliability, working hard and punctuality.

What’s the best leadership advice you’ve received?

Build your network and seek advice. As a leader, you need smart people around you to help you grow your business. It’s not about personally being the best, but being able to find resources and get help where needed.

How do you see leadership changing in a COVID world?

I think the pandemic has proven the importance of inclusive leadership so that everyone feels supported and valued. It’s also shown the importance of being flexible as a leader. We’ve had to remain adaptable to continue delivering high levels of customer service. This flexibility has also been important when supporting employees as everyone has had individual pressures to deal with during this time. Leaders should continue to embed this flexibility within their organisations moving forward.

They say ‘from every crisis comes opportunity’, what opportunities do you see?

The past year has been challenging, but it has also proven the importance of digital transformation in insurance. When working from home was required, it was much harder for insurers to adjust who had not embedded technology within their operating processes because they did not have data stored in the cloud and it caused communication delays with concerned customers at a time when this communication should have been a priority, which ultimately impacts the level of customer satisfaction. This demonstrates the importance of what we are trying to achieve at Tapoly in driving digitalisation in insurance and making communication between insurers and distribution partners seamless. 

What advice would you give to your younger self just starting out in the industry?

Start sooner, don’t be afraid to take (calculated) risks and make sure you raise enough money to get you through the initial seed stage.

 

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