fastjet partners with two new worldwide distribution channels
fastjet, Africa's low cost airline, is pleased to announce that it has signed two agreements that will allow travel agents worldwide to access and sell its flights.
The recently-signed agreement with Skyscanner, the award-winning global travel search and comparison company, will enable consumers to compare fastjet's flight schedules and prices against those of other African carriers via www.skyscanner.net/.
Visitors to the site will then be able to link directly to fastjet's website and book flights. Skyscanner currently has more than 25 million unique visitors every month.
fastjet has also signed an agreement with Hahn Air Systems, a sister company and client of Hahn Air. Through Hahn Air Systems' e-alliance® product, fastjet flight information will be available within all of the main Global Distribution Systems (GDS), including Amadeus, Sabre and Travelport.
This will give fastjet access to over 91,000 travel agencies worldwide and the link with Hahn Air Systems will provide unencumbered access to these systems. It is anticipated that fastjet's flights will feature on the GDS within the next month.
Alexander Proschka, Managing Director of Hahn Air Systems, said: “fastjet, as one of our first customers in Africa, extends our airline portfolio of e-alliance® with pan-African routes and competitive prices for global distribution.
“Hahn Air Systems is looking forward to fruitful cooperation with fastjet entailing joint sales and growth.”
Ellis Cain-Jones, fastjet's Head of Commercial, said: “Continuing our success in establishing fastjet as a true low cost airline, we now want to expand access to our affordable pan-African flights to travel agents worldwide.
“Our new partners will benefit from fastjet's drive for cost-efficient global distribution in both traditional and digital arenas.”
5 minutes with... Janthana Kaenprakhamroy, CEO, Tapoly
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.