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Etihad Airways welcomes first A380 flights to the U.S.


Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, celebrated the highly-anticipated arrival of its award-winning Airbus A380 service at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK), welcoming and thanking guests travelling on the first flights between two of the world’s top travel destinations.


The arrival marked the US debut of the airline’s exclusive A380 service, including The Residence by Etihad, the only commercially available three-room suite in the sky.


The A380 now serves guests travelling on one of the airline’s two daily flights between Abu Dhabi and New York.


“The arrival of our A380 service at JFK International Airport is an important milestone for Etihad Airways as we respond to increased demand from our guests travelling between Abu Dhabi and New York and it represents the significant growth our airline has undergone in just 12 years of operation,” said James Hogan, Etihad Airways president and CEO.


The introduction of the airline’s signature A380 travel experience comes just in time for the busy holiday travel season, as well as to serve guests travelling to the 2015 Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix taking place from November 27th-29th.


The inaugural Abu Dhabi to New York A380 flight EY 103 landed at JFK International Airport yesterday. The return JFK-AUH flight EY102 arrived into Abu Dhabi this afternoon.


The Residence by Etihad is exclusive to Etihad Airways’ fleet of A380s, which currently serve London’s Heathrow, Sydney and now New York’s JFK, with services to Mumbai and Melbourne scheduled to begin on May 1st 2016 and June 1st 2016, respectively.


The airline’s A380 fleet will grow to a total of ten aircraft. Other U.S. airports served by Etihad Airways include Chicago (ORD), Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW), Los Angeles (LAX), San Francisco (SFO) and Washington’s D.C. (IAD).

Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 November 2015 19:58

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Emirates boosts Istanbul services


Emirates has announced its plans for a second gateway in Istanbul with the launch of a daily service to Sabiha Gokcen Airport, beginning December 15th, 2015. The new service complements Emirates’ existing 11 weekly flights to Ataturk Airport, offering even more convenience for both inbound and outbound travellers. 


Located on the rapidly-developing Asian side of Istanbul, Sabiha Gokcen doesn’t only offer a fresher travel experience, with shorter processing times, but also easier access to the city’s new financial centre as well as to popular outlet malls and thermal spas in the vicinity. Passengers heading to the European side can also take advantage of regular coaches that operate between Sabiha Gokcen and Taksim Square every half hour, taking approximately 45 minutes. 


The new service, with an early morning arrival into Dubai, will enable seamless connectivity to Emirates’ vast network across Africa, as well as to key Asian destinations like Guangzhou, Ho Chi Minh, Denpasar (Bali), and Phuket, just to name a few. 


The new service will commence with a daily flight operated by an Airbus A330-200 aircraft in a 3-class layout - 12 in First, 42 in Business, and 183 in Economy. The aircraft also has the capacity to carry up to 17 tonnes of cargo. 


Emirates flight EK119 will depart Dubai at 17:15 and arrive in Istanbul at 20:15 daily. The return flight EK120 will leave Istanbul at 22:05, arriving in Dubai at 04:20 the next day. Tickets for travel to Istanbul’s Sabiha Gokcen Airport are now available to purchase via the Emirates website or your preferred travel agent. 


Last Updated on Thursday, 19 November 2015 16:47

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BA launches new routes to Greece


British Airways has added two new destinations in Greece to its 2016 summer schedule: Chania and Kalamata.


Both sunshine routes are now available for bookings, and the first flights will take to the skies from April 30th, 2016.


Neil Cottrell, British Airways’ head of network planning, said: “We’re delighted to be offering our customers more choices to popular holiday hot-spots. With so many new routes from London, our customers will have greater choice with even more value-for-money holidays to choose from, whether it’s a family break or a short weekend trip away. We know these new holiday routes are going to prove incredibly popular after increasing our number of flights to Santorini earlier this year and we are pleased we can give our customers an even greater choice of places to get away from it all.”


The flights to both destinations will be served by both A319 and A320 aircrafts from London Heathrow.


British Airways will be increasing its frequency to Corfu for the summer 2016 season, bringing the total number of flights to the island to six per week. Flights to Santorini will also increase from three to four flights per week.


Last Updated on Wednesday, 18 November 2015 16:16

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Air Serbia to start non-stop service to New York JFK


Air Serbia, the national airline of the Republic of Serbia, has announced plans to launch flights from Belgrade (BEG) to New York (JFK) in June 2016.


Subject to government and regulatory approval, it will be the first non-stop service between Serbia and the United States in 24 years, to provide a new air-link between the two countries which share deep cultural and commercial ties.


New York JFK will be Air Serbia's first long-haul destination since its launch two years ago and the aircraft will be the first wide-body to enter the fleet of the Belgrade-based airline.

According to recent surveys there are more than 200,000 people of Serbian ethnicity living in the United States, including New York and Chicago, which has the biggest Serbian diaspora in the United States, and the number increases significantly, when including other Balkan countries.


Aleksandar Vučić, Prime Minister of Serbia, said: "The launch of non-stop flights between Belgrade and New York in June next year will be a hugely proud and significant moment in the short history of Air Serbia, demonstrating the growth and ambitions of the airline. We cannot underestimate the positive impact the new service will have on the people and businesses of Serbia as we open this air-bridge to the United States, which is home to so many Serbian communities who will now have a unique opportunity to fly to Serbia with the national airline".


The five flights-a-week service will be operated by a leased two cabin A330-200 aircraft. Air Serbia is currently considering lease options with Etihad Airways Partner airlines as well as with other external companies.


The Air Serbia New York flight schedule will offer guests convenient connections from many of the airline's regional destinations across the Balkans and Southern Europe, including Istanbul, Athens, and Tirana.


Last Updated on Thursday, 12 November 2015 16:12

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Emirates launches daily flight to Bologna


Emirates has launched its fourth Italian gateway, following the arrival of the airline’s Boeing 777-300ER in Bologna.


As the capital of the Emilia Romagna region, Bologna has one of the world’s largest and most well-preserved medieval historical centres and is rich in art, culture and commerce. Located in northern Italy Bologna is an excellent stepping off point for access to Florence, Pisa and the stunning vistas of Tuscany.


“Our new daily flight to Bologna combines not only our world-class service but also convenient access to this important Italian gateway from across our global network. As the only wide-bodied aircraft to operate from Bologna we bring to the region an unrivalled customer experience across all three cabin classes,” said Thierry Antinori, Emirates’ Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer Commercial Operations Worldwide.


Emirates’ customers travelling to and from Bologna will enjoy unrivalled comfort and amenities on board Emirates' Boeing 777-300ER which is equipped with eight luxurious private suites in First Class, 42 of its latest lie-flat seats in Business Class, and generous space for 310 passengers in Economy Class.


Emirates’ flight EK093 will depart Dubai International Airport at 0900hrs and will arrive at Bologna Guglielmo Marconi Airport at 1235hrs the same day. The return flight will depart Bologna at 1430hrs and arrive in Dubai at 2320 the same day.


Last Updated on Wednesday, 04 November 2015 15:28

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British Airways now flies to Reykjavik


A destination that’s rich in culture and personality, Reykjavik won’t disappoint with its city break appeal. The gateway to Iceland’s spectacular scenery - you’ll discover majestic mountains and remarkable volcanic landscape on your doorstep. 


With three direct flights to Reykjavik from London per week with British Airways, getting away to Reykjavik couldn’t be easier. In just three hours you could be exploring cosmopolitan Reykjavik and beyond.


Tick off waterfalls and geysers on a Golden Circle tour. Or enjoy a luxurious soak in the Blue Lagoon’s famous geothermal pools. Then explore Reykjavik, the world’s most northerly capital, and absorb the cosmopolitan charm of this colourful city. October to March is the best time to appreciate Iceland’s incredible thermal spas, erupting geysers and the wonders of the Northern Lights.


BA flights to Reykjavik operate with the following schedule on their Airbus A320:


BA800 London to Reykjavik departing 11:20AM arriving 2:35PM (Sun, Wed, Fri)

BA801 Reykjavik to London departing 3:30PM arriving 6:45PM (Sun, Wed, Fri)


For more information and to book your seat, visit the official British Airways website.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 28 October 2015 16:01

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