Emirates launches A380 flights to Prague and Taipei
Emirates today (May 1 2016) expanded the network of destinations served by its flagship A380 aircraft with the launch of new A380 services to Taipei and Prague, becoming the first and only airline to operate an A380 into these two cities.
The A380 service from Dubai to Taipei landed at 16:50 local time and the second A380 service launch today landed in Prague at 13:25 local time. Both aircraft were greeted by traditional water cannon salutes.
Taipei was introduced as a daily Boeing 777 service on 10th February 2014 and Emirates has since transported nearly 450,000 passengers between Taipei and Emirates’ Dubai home. The Prague-Dubai route was launched on 1st July 2010 with a daily A330 service and Emirates has since carried over 1.1 million passengers between the two cities.
“Taiwan is a significant market for Emirates and we have witnessed a strong and steady growth in demand since our start of services in 2014,” said Thierry Antinori, Emirates Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer. “We are pleased to add Prague too to our list of more than 40 A380 destination cities and introduce our innovative, best-in-class onboard product and renowned service to Czech customers.”
Prague is increasingly becoming a favorite holiday destination for Arab tourists and has several Halal restaurants catering to the dietary needs of Muslim travelers.
Last Updated on Sunday, 01 May 2016 17:30
Saudi Arabian Airlines to boost Los Angeles flights
Saudi Arabian Airlines will increase its flights between Saudi Arabia and Los Angeles from three departures a week to five from June 1st. This is in anticipation of increased demand during the peak season and in keeping with its continued expansion in its services in North America and elsewhere.
The national carrier of Saudi Arabia operates new B777-300ERs to its North American gateways that include New York, Washington DC, Toronto and Los Angeles.
The Saudia flights to Los Angeles International Airport’s Tom Bradley International Terminal (LAX/TBIT) has a three-class configuration for a total of 305 seats – 24 in First Class, 36 in Business Class and 245 in Guest Class.
Saudia first flew to Los Angeles on March 31st, 2014, becoming the first and so far only non-stop carrier between Saudi Arabia and the US West Coast.
Flight days are on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday, taking off at 15:00.
Last Updated on Thursday, 28 April 2016 15:34
Did you know how many vine leaves are rolled every day for Emirates' passengers?
Last year, over 7 million Emirates passengers travelled to and from the GCC, Middle East and North Africa. Catering to its growing customer base in the region Emirates offers international travelers a taste of Arab cuisine inspired by the 18 cities that it serves in the GCC, Middle East and North Africa.
Over 100 regionally inspired dishes are served onboard Emirates flights across the world. Popular dishes like Chicken Machbous, Kibbeh bil Laban and an assortment of Arabic mezze regularly appear on menus. Dishes like Warak Enab have also been a mainstay with over 16,000 vine leaves being rolled each day for this popular Arabic starter.
On Emirates’ approach to providing the best dining experience at 40,000 feet, Joost Heymeijer, Emirates’ Senior Vice President Catering said: “We continually try to take high altitude dining to a whole new level, and tapping into the authenticity of the destinations we fly to is a top priority for us. For the Gulf, Middle East and North African regions, this means sourcing local ingredients like fresh bzar spice for Chicken Machbous, for a unique onboard experience that offers a taste of home.”
With over 2,700 Arabic speaking Cabin Crew in the Emirates team, the airline also ensures that there are native speakers on every flight. Traveling families are also treated to regionally-inspired toys, with the current “Fly with Me” range of kids’ giveaways featuring Leila the camel.
Last Updated on Monday, 18 April 2016 14:14
Dubrovnik brought closer by Turkish Airlines
The city with the magnificent fortress featured in Game of Thrones is now just one stop away courtesy Turkish Airlines. Starting May 1 2016, Turkish Airlines will be flying three times a week from Istanbul to Dubrovnik, their second destination in Croatia after Zagreb.
According to Turkish Airlines, flights to Dubrovnik from Istanbul will cost $99 while the return flight will cost Euro 99. The next time you are planning a trip to Istanbul, you can take a few days off to visit Croatia and see the 16th century stone walls that encircle the city and were prominently featured in the TV show Game of Thrones.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 05 April 2016 17:25
Emirates to fly first A380 service to Vienna
Vienna is becoming a major tourist destination for visitors from the Middle East. To cope with the additional demand, Emirates is replacing one of its twice daily Boeing 777 service with an A380 that can accommodate 44% more people - 519 passengers: 14 in First Class, 76 in Business Class and 429 in Economy.
Emirates lunched its service to Vienna in 2004 and has since carried almost 3 million passengers on the Dubai-Vienna route.
“Over the years, we have gradually seen an increase in demand for our services in Austria thanks to the strong response and support from our customers. We are very pleased now, as a further step, to bring our flagship A380 to Austria, offering an unrivaled travel experience for passengers in all classes,” said Thierry Antinori, Emirates‘ Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer.
“Emirates‘ decision to deploy the world’s largest passenger jet for its scheduled flights to Vienna underlines the great importance of our economic region. This is a very special honour and we are now pleased to belong to the group of A380 airports,” said Julian Jäger, Member of the Management Board of Vienna International Airport.
The A380 service to Vienna - complete with its iconic First Class Onboard Shower Spa - will commence from July 1 2016.
While in Vienna be sure to check out the Grand Hotel Wien which has a Lebanese chef who prepares Halal food for Muslim guests. The Grand Cafe also serves Arabic breakfast dishes.
Last Updated on Monday, 14 March 2016 14:30
Turkish Airlines showcases Batmobile in Berlin
The iconic Batmobile that roars through Warner Bros. Pictures’ upcoming action adventure Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice was on display at the Turkish Airlines booth at the world’s largest travel fair ITB Berlin which concluded on March 13.
Mr. Ahmet Olmuştur, Turkish Airlines’ CMO said: “Being a leading airline flying to more countries and international destinations than any other airline in the world, we are very happy to become the official sponsor of one of the most anticipated movies of this year. We are excited to have showcased the new Batmobile featured in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice at ITB Berlin.”
In the movie, a pivotal scene will unfold aboard a 777 Turkish Airlines plane with Wonder Woman, played by Gal Gadot. The film is scheduled to come to theaters on March 25, 2016.
Last Updated on Sunday, 13 March 2016 18:01
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