Emirates completes US$11 million renovation of its Business Class lounge at Dubai Airport
Emirates has completed a major makeover of its Business Class lounge at Concourse B of Dubai International Airport. The US$11 million refurbishment project took two years to complete.
The latest food and beverage concepts cater to diverse tastes and include a barista experience in partnership with Costa Coffee and a Health hub with Voss water featuring healthier options.
All the food and beverages offered within the lounge are complimentary for Emirates First Class and Business Class customers, as well as Emirates Skywards Platinum, Gold and Silver members - the airline’s frequent flyer program.
The Business Class lounge in concourse B is one of six Emirates lounges at Dubai International Airport and is part of a network of 39 dedicated airport lounges located within major airports around the globe.
The newly refurbished lounge measures close to 10,000 square feet to accommodate over 1,500 customers – a 40% increase in seating capacity. In addition to the new refreshment stations, the children’s play area with arcade quality games has been doubled in size, and the Timeless Spa within its premise has been renovated and offers hair, beauty and therapy treatments.
Lounge guests can also refresh with a shower, unwind at designated quiet areas, stay up to date with the latest news and live sports and stay connected with complimentary Wi-Fi.
Last Updated on Sunday, 23 October 2016 16:15
Qatar Airways inaugurates service to Helsinki
The inaugural Qatar Airways flight to Helsinki, Finland, landed today. Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, Mr. Akbar Al Baker and the Finnish Ambassador to Qatar, Mrs. Riitta Swan travelled on board the inaugural flight and were greeted by a VIP delegation including Finland’s Minister of Transport and Communications, Mrs. Anne Berner; the President and Chief Executive Officer of Finavia, Mr. Kari Savolainen; the Chief Executive Officer of Visit Helsinki, Mrs. Tuulikki Becker; and Finpro Executive Vice President, Head of Visit Finland, Mr. Paavo Virkkunen.
To celebrate this special occasion the airline flew one of its new-generation Airbus A350 aircraft to Helsinki, and will operate the daily Helsinki service with an Airbus A320 going forward. Qatar Airways’ Airbus A320 has a two-class configuration with 12 seats in Business Class and 120 seats in Economy Class.
The launch of the new route to Helsinki completes Qatar Airways’ network strategy of serving Nordic capitals, which currently includes Stockholm, Copenhagen and Oslo, and reinforces its commitment to serving the people of Northern Europe.
To support the new destination launch, the airline also announced a new code-share partnership with Finnair, which is effective from today, expanding Qatar Airways’ presence in the Baltic States and Nordic countries while strengthening Finnair’s network in the Middle East and beyond.
Last Updated on Monday, 10 October 2016 23:50
Jennifer Aniston stars in another Emirates TV commercial
Hollywood actress, director and producer Jennifer Aniston has starred in a new Emirates A380 global TV commercial which has already crossed 1 million views in just 24 hours after its launch. The ad builds on the success of the first Emirates-Jennifer Aniston ad launched last year, a much talked-about campaign which quickly went viral.
In the ad, Jennifer befriends Cooper, a feisty young boy whom she finds playing in her Private Suite in the Emirates First Class cabin, while she was freshening up in the Shower Spa. Sitting on the stairs between the lower and upper decks of the aircraft, Cooper tells Jennifer about his aspirations to become a pilot – of ‘this plane’, pointing to his model Emirates A380 aircraft. In Economy Class, Cooper is finally reunited with his surprised parents where Jennifer chooses to remain and enjoy Emirates’ ice inflight entertainment system with Cooper. The ad ends with Cooper’s mother relaxing in Jennifer’s Private Suite, having exchanged places with the Hollywood star.
Boutros Boutros, Emirates’ Divisional Senior Vice President, Corporate Communications, Marketing & Brand explained: “A year ago, when we launched our first ad featuring Jennifer Aniston, we were overwhelmed by what a social phenomenon it became. We were overrun with requests to see Jennifer again. This new ad perfectly captures the fun, spontaneity and glamour of flying on Emirates, and we are confident audiences will find it as memorable as the first.”
The TVC was directed by Oscar-nominee Bryan Buckley, who is acclaimed for his numerous Super Bowl ads. The script and creative concept was a collaboration between Buckley and Emirates’ in-house advertising team and produced in conjunction with the WPP Group.
Click here to watch the TV commercial.
Last Updated on Saturday, 08 October 2016 01:41
Emirates Airbus A-380 lands in Amman, Jordan
Emirates’ Airbus A380 touched down at Queen Alia International Airport in Amman, Jordan for a one-off service. The celebratory A380 flight, touched down to a water cannon salute with almost 400 passengers on-board.
Adel Al Redha, Executive Vice President and Chief Operations Officer for Emirates, said: “It is fitting that after 30 years of solid service on the Amman - Dubai route, we have landed our award-winning A380 aircraft in Jordan. Today’s A380 service to Queen Alia International Airport reinforces the long-standing tourism and business relationship that Emirates and the UAE share with Jordan and its local authorities. We look forward to operating the A380 on a scheduled basis to and from Amman.”
No specific dates have been announced for regular A-380 service to Amman.
Last Updated on Sunday, 25 September 2016 17:12
Qatar Airways wins Business Traveller Asia-Pacific Award
At a ceremony in Hong Kong, Qatar Airways was awarded the title of Best Middle East/African Airline by Business Traveller Asia-Pacific. Based on a survey of its readers and frequent flyers, the awards honor the leading players in the hospitality business and this is the 7th year in a row that Qatar Airways has received this award.
Representing the airline at the 2016 Business Traveller Asia-Pacific Awards, Qatar Airways Vice President North Asia, Mr. Paul Johannes, said: “It is my honour to receive the award on behalf of Qatar Airways and to be recognised among Asia Pacific’s best within the travel and hospitality industry. Asia is a core part of Qatar Airways’ business and network and we are privileged to remain an airline of choice in the region. We will continue to work hard at exceeding our travelers’ expectations.”
Last Updated on Sunday, 25 September 2016 17:00
Emirates adds Guangzhou to its global list of A380 destinations
Emirates will operate its flagship A380 on services between Dubai and Guangzhou from 1st October 2016, the 67th National Day of People’s Republic of China. This follows the airline’s recent announcements of A380 deployment on its Milan and Johannesburg routes.
Guangzhou will join more than 40 destinations on Emirates’ extensive global network served by its highly popular A380 aircraft, including Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Taipei, London, Paris, Sydney, Toronto, Auckland, Bangkok, and Seoul.
Since the route’s inauguration in 2008, Emirates has been flying a two-class Boeing 777-300ER aircraft on its daily flights between Guangzhou and Dubai, and the airline has seen steady growth for its service on the route. Once the A380 service commences, it will increase capacity by 15% to meet the growing travel and trade demand from Southern China to Dubai and beyond.
Guangzhou will be the third destination in Mainland China for Emirates to deploy its flagship aircraft, after Beijing and Shanghai. Emirates currently operates flights to five destinations in Mainland China, including Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Yinchuan and Zhengzhou, connecting Chinese travelers to Dubai, and onwards to more than 150 destinations around the globe.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 09 August 2016 17:48
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