The two partners are committed to accompanying travellers before, during and after their space flight to ensure that their unique galactic experience, as well as the experience of their families back on Earth, will be as safe, serene and comfortable as possible. With the first commercial flights being scheduled for October 2012, the next few months Allianz Global Assistance will start contacting space lines, travel agents, space travellers, and consumer organizations.
Travel insurance for space tourism
"We currently provide yearly insurance coverage to more than 30 million people worldwide", comments Erick Morazin, Director of Global Accounts, Allianz Global Assistance. "At Allianz Global Assistance, we are looking into space tourism as a new market for the next generation of travellers. Our partnership with the International Space Transport Association (ISTA) demonstrates our support and interest in the Space Travel industry."
Allianz Global Assistance is currently co-developing a full range of travel insurance with ISTA for space tourists, space scientists and space lines.
From left to right: Richard Branson, Chariman of Virgin Group, Ronald Heister, Director of ISTA and Sergei Zhukov, Russian Kosmonaut.
Allianz Global Assistance is currently co-developing a full range of travel insurance with ISTA for space tourists, space scientists and space lines, such as Virgin Galactic, Xcor and SpaceLinq, and medical assistance solutions, as well as expert advice and personal services for space travellers.
Allianz Global Assistance aims to accompany them and their families from A to Z - from the preparatory phases to their return home. Morazin: "Space is decidedly our new frontier and we are now ready to take this giant leap forward to ensure peace of mind and well-being of all our future space-travelling customers."
Taras Ploshchansky, Director Legal Affairs of ISTA Headquarters in The Hague, continues: "Our aim is to meet the needs of this new industry in terms of worldwide representation, guidance and support. Taking passengers, cargo and payload into space will require establishing and implementing new laws and regulations, as well as research, marketing and communication practices.
We are delighted to enter this new travel era in partnership with Allianz Global Assistance. With our combined knowledge, expertise and experience, we will be able to provide a comprehensive range of professional services to all concerned space travellers, scientists, organisations, members and governing bodies."
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