Emirates appeals ban on Milan-New York route
Emirates Airline has appealed against a ban on its daily Boeing 777-300ER flights from Milan to New York. The Italian carriers association, Assaereo, had lodged a complaint to prevent Emirates, a non-European carrier to pick up passengers from Milan to a destination which is not the carrier's home country. The regional court had granted the request for a ban but the Council of State, a superior body, has granted a stay until the appeal against the ban is heard later this year.
More than 70,000 passengers have already booked flights on the Milan-New York route for flights between April and August 2014 and an Emirates spokesperson has said that during the last six months 3,500 tonnes of cargo have also been transported on this route - justifying the need for the Emirates service.
If you are planning to fly to Milan, the fashion capital of Europe, and after a stop-over continue on to the fashion capital of New York, you can continue to do so.
Last Updated on Friday, 18 April 2014 14:42
Etihad’s Special Launch Fares to Perth
Etihad Airways will begin flying daily to Perth from the 15th of July, 2014. Celebrate the launch of Etihad Airways’ new destination to Perth by flying Coral Economy class from Abu Dhabi to Perth return for just AED 5,575 inclusive of taxes. Fares are only valid for booking before and up until April 30, 2014 for travel between July 15 and August 31, 2014.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 16 April 2014 12:54
Etihad amenity kit bag and bedding win awards
Airlines like to pamper their front of the bus passengers with little gifts. A small amenity kit with a toothbrush, tooth paste, cologne and comb is usually what most airlines give. But Etihad went a step further. Being the National Airline of the UAE, they took upon themselves to promote Emirati culture by introducing an amenity bag which features patterns of Sadou, a colourful, intricate and centuries-old Abu Dhabi weaving craft traditionally used on blankets, cushions and Bedouin tents.
The new "Ethically Sustainable Amenity Kits" are the result of Etihad Airways’ partnership with Sougha, a social enterprise initiative launched by the Khalifa Fund for Enterprise Development, which aims to preserve Emirati traditions and promote local artisans. The amenity kits are being offered in Diamond First, Pearl Business and Coral Economy cabins.
And unknown to most of us travelers, there is an annual award given to the airline that comes up with the best amenity kit. And Etihad just won the Travelplus award in Hamburg for not only the best amenity kit but also for their multi-layered mattresses, made from extracts of the Hevea tree, and large down feather duvets and pillows. The sustainably sourced sleep products are, however, only for those who fly in Diamond First class. Such are the perks of the privileged!
Last Updated on Wednesday, 09 April 2014 15:09
Qatar Airways flies into Philidelphia
Philadelphia, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA – Qatar Airways’ inaugural flight to Philadelphia touched down at Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) this morning marking the airline’s fifth gateway in the United States.
With the launch of the daily service between Philadelphia and Qatar Airways’ hub in Doha, capital of the State of Qatar, the city becomes destination number 137 in the airline’s expanding worldwide network.
Qatar Airways now operates 35 passenger flights a week between the United States and Doha – daily from New York, Washington DC, Chicago, Houston and Philadelphia.
Flight QR727 arrived to a warm welcome at a grand airport ceremony attended by a number of dignitaries, including Qatar Airways Chief Executive Officer, His Excellency, Mr. Akbar Al Baker, Mayor of Philadelphia, Michael A. Nutter, and Chief Executive Officer of Philadelphia International Airport, Mark Gale.
Last Updated on Thursday, 03 April 2014 11:11
Etihad starts daily flights to Jaipur, India
For those who wish to visit India's literary capital - home of the world's biggest Literature Festival - Etihad Airways has made life easier with daily flights from Abu Dhabi to Jaipur.
Besides being home to a world famous literature festival, Jaipur has several other claims to fame. The pink colored historical buildings; the Hawa Mahal - which was built with the "original intention to allow royal ladies to observe everyday life in the street below without being seen;" the Jantar Mantar astronomical instruments, Elephant Polo matches and the city's intricately designed Meena Kari jewelry all attract tourists to Jaipur. So much so that tourist arrivals have soared by 70% in the last ten years.
With the addition of Jaipur, Etihad now serves a total of 10 Indian cities including Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad, Kochi, Kozhikode, Mumbai, New Delhi and Trivandrum.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 02 April 2014 18:25
Pele and Ronaldo new Emirates Global Ambassadors
Emirates Airline has just announced that football legends Pele and Ronaldo will be the airline's Global Ambassadors. Announcing the news with a YouTube video link sent to all Skywards members, Emirates has succeeded in creating a lot of buzz ahead of the FIFA World Cup in Brazil. The video is also featured on the main page of the airline's website.
Emirates has daily non-stop flights from Dubai to both Rio de Janeiro - which will host the final on July 13 2014 - and Sao Paulo - which will host the first match on June 12 2014.
The YouTube video of Cristiano Ronaldo and Pele has generated over 215,000 views within 8 hours of uploading it. You can watch it here.
Last Updated on Saturday, 29 March 2014 02:18
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