News & Events
Media Onboard comes to France!
For couple of years now we have seen French film crews renting a van, taking a Calais-Dover shuttle and drive to Heathrow (yes, London Heathrow) to board an international flight to Asia or Middle East. Strange and slightly convoluted way, especially when there are plenty of direct flights from Paris.
Apparently not when you travel with excess baggage. The “convoluted” way turns out to be cheaper, even if the time spent on a road and crew expenses (not to mention the aggravation!) is also taken into account – all due to prohibitively high excess baggage charges imposed by some airlines in France.
Media Onboard comes to rescue – we now have office in Paris and the service is soon becoming available from Paris Charles de Gaulle, Nice, Marseille and other French airports. Sylvain De Campos is now looking after Media Onboard operation in France. Sylvain says: “ I am delighted to run Media Onboard service in France and looking forward to help media and TV production companies with their logistics requirements however complex they might be.”
Ray Wood, Business Development Manager, Lufthansa Cargo UK adds: “We are pleased to roll this product into French market and offer this unique service for Lufthansa customers.”
You can contact Sylvain on +33 6 03 83 69 35 or email email@example.com
Swiss Airlines and Air Canada joined Media Onboard scheme…
Media Onboard service is now offered by Swiss and Air Canada from the UK who recently joined the scheme. Marina Lyons, Manager, Media Onboard UK comments: “ We are delighted for 2 more Star Alliance Airlines to join the service as we now able to offer more destinations to our customers where they can save money on excess baggage. The service is fully intergrated and includes standard service features like “meet and assist” at the airport, security of i-TRAK, and streamlined payment procedure.” Air Canada routes are very popular with BBC Natural History Wildlife programme, as well as independent documentary-makers. Jeremy Clarkson and his TOP GEAR team were the first to use Media Onboard service on Air Canada when they had to travel for filming to Resolut Bay. Swiss International offer extensive route network in Africa, which is always popular with film-makers.
Edinburgh based Traveleads and Media Onboard look after the Great Britain Curling Team on their trip to Winter Olympics in Turin
The Great Britain Curling team are able to relax and enjoy their flight knowing that everything is being taken care of by their travel agent and Media Onboard. Edinburgh based Traveleads booked the service knowing that it would save them money and make their journey far easier.
Media Onboard exhibit at The Business Travel Show. January 30-2 February,2006
The Business Travel Show is the busiest travel event of the year, and Media Onboard took the opportunity to be amongst finest organizations in the industry. We had great time renewing old relationships with travel agents and also building new ones.
“The Show was a huge success for us, allowing us to expose the service to an even wider audience. It is a time of huge growth, and the feedback we got from this event is indicative of that” says Anthony Miller, Business Development Manager, Media Onboard..
Media Onboard in association with Lufthansa Business Jet and Procam TV hosts a clients evening at the award winning glamorous The Soho Hotel...with enough champagne to sink a ship…
With over one hundred guests, the evening brought together key people from the media industry including production managers, producers, actors, life-style managers and airline/travel specialists. It was their chance to meet the people who look after them - airline accounts managers, travel agencies managers servicing entertainment accounts, private jet and aircraft charter brokers, freight forwarders specializing in media freight and many more.
Representing the media were RDF Media, Darlow Smithson, 3BM, Endemol, MTV, Granada TV, Lion TV, Freeform productions, 2020productions, October films, Pilot Films, Fresh One, Keo Films, Pro Cut to name a few. Media Onboard along with airline partners – Lufthansa, United and Austrian Airlines - FCM travel solutions, Altours, BTI, Dynamic, Shands Air Cargo, Screen and Music Travel, ACP, Chapman Freeborn Airmarketing were the travel solutions providers happy to solve any logistical nightmares for this specialist market.
“Over the last five years, Media Onboard has become a hub for information within this specialist industry. We felt that this was a great opportunity to put all of our partners and clients in one room and let them meet, drink and eat until their heart content”- Marina Lyons, Manager, Media Onboard
Situated right in the heart of the Media community, the glamorous Soho Hotel was the perfect venue for a night of decadence. The screening room was filled to bursting as quests were treated to stories of outstanding service and huge financial savings from Media Onboard clients.
It was a fantastic night. Look out for more events to come.
Media Onboard passengers benefit from an additional security of I-trak, an technologically integrated airline tracking baggage tags…
We all know how frustrating it is when our luggage goes missing.
This frustration is becoming a real nightmare when professional equipment gets mishandled. This often means filming delays or even failed filming commissions.
Media Onboard is dedicated to the security and safe arrival of your equipment, and that is why we have invested in i-TRAK technically integrated airline compatible tracking tags for all of our customers.
Taking the possibility and grim consequences of mishandling or misplacing the equipment very seriously, we have introduced I-trak technologically integrated labels for Media Onboard equipment.i-TRAK labels can be scanned or read by any airline in the world. The labels are registered via internet and, if lost, can be re-united with their rightful owner by simple text message or email. The labels are useful when heavily used rental equipment still might have tags or airline stickers with the details of the past trips. i-TRAK labels can also be used for passports, mobile phones, hand-cameras and any other items.
I-TRAK labels are now supplied for every single item booked with Media Onboard service, and it comes FREE as part of the service! I-TRAK labels are available for purchase for personal luggage and valuable items via www.i-TRAK.com
Media Onboard offers a handling solution ensuring a fast and cost-effective transportation of satellite equipment for larger volumes and pieces over 32kg.
We are often asked to transport specialist equipment that is heavy or bulky and requires specialist handling like edit kit, satellite dishes or specialist effect broadcasting equipment. Working together with Lufthansa cargo, we have come up with a solution that allows transportation of any items over 32kg on the same plane as the passenger and guarantees the equipment delivery within 1-2 hours of aircraft arrival.
Adam Burman and his team from Fulcrum TV used this service when transporting special-effects camera equipment and edit kit to help them to set up a live broadcast studio for Discovery Channel Egypt Week. The project was run on an extremely tight schedule, in the middle of the Ramadan week, yet Media Onboard delivered all the equipment in a matter of hours. The service saved Fulcrum Productions over £10,000 .
We would like to take this opportunity to remind all our customers of the "32kg maximum weight per piece" BAA airport regulations, and the importance of checking equipment lists for any items over this weight as those can not be taken via BAA passenger terminals.
Please call our team for guidance and advice 0870 2257 747
London City becomes another viable option for media and broadcasting companies…
Media Onboard are pleased to offer London City airport for South-East based clients traveling with equipment. Associated Press Television News team flew to Cairo from London City with 550kg of TV/satellite equipment to broadcast Egyptian elections.
AP’s traffic manager, Larry Grove says: “We were pleasantly surprised to find out that London City airport is equipped to handle large quantities of excess baggage. We have been using the Media Onboard service for number of years now, and London City represents another valuable option for us, especially as our offices and warehouse are only 40 minutes away. The whole process is quick and easy, and equipment was available to our technicians shortly after aircraft landed, so they can start setting up the broadcasting station within hours of their arrival.”
Media Onboard is a specialist airline service designed for passengers travelling with their professional equipment. We are dedicated to helping you reduce your Excess Baggage costs whilst making the process of travelling overseas with equipment as easy as possible:
• Savings of up to 70% on excess baggage rates
• Extensive routes network
• Specialist handling of oversized items and large volumes of excess baggage
• I-TRAK added baggage security
• Priority check-in at the airport
• Exclusive airline promotions