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Etihad Airways welcomes the start of AeroMobile on A380s


AeroMobile has now tapped into the A380 era. By teaming up with Etihad Airways, AeroMobile fit the first Airbus A380 with their inflight mobile phone network services. The Etihad Airways 498-passenger A380-800 aircraft’s inaugural flight with AeroMobile services was from Abu Dhabi to London Heathrow earlier this month. 


AeroMobile is a network operator that allows passengers to roam inflight by providing services that allow the safe use of mobile phones onboard. Etihad Airways currently has AeroMobile services installed on 50 aircrafts in their fleet. This includes B777-300ER, B777-200, A340-600, A340-500, A330-200 and A330-300.


AeroMobile’s in-flight mobile services have grown increasingly popular with passengers since their first flight in March 2008 and has roaming agreements with more than 285 operators in over 130 countries, including UAE operators Etisalat and Du and O2, EE, Three and Vodafone in the UK.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 February 2015 20:11

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Iraqi Airways to start services from Manchester


Iraqi Airways is to start two new weekly services from Manchester to Sulaymaniyah and Erbil on 15 March, 2015. From just £383 for a limited time only, the airline will operate flights to Erbil from Manchester every Wednesday, and flights to Sulaymaniyah from Manchester every Sunday. Both routes will be operated by a brand new Boeing 737-800 with a capacity of 162 passengers. 


Erbil is the largest city and capital of the Kurdistan region in Iraq, and Sulaymaniyah is a city in southern Kurdistan.


Manchester Airports Group chief commercial officer, Ken O’Toole, said: “We are pleased to welcome Iraqi Airways to Manchester Airport and further increase the options and choice for passengers travelling to and from the Middle East. Manchester is now the only airport outside of London to offer these routes with Iraqi Airways.”

Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 February 2015 16:26

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Qatar Airways launches new Durban route, increases frequency in South Africa


Qatar Airways has announced a major expansion in South Africa with flights to its newest destination of Durban, and increasing its weekly flights to Johannesburg and Capetown. 


Starting on the 17th December 2015, Qatar Airways will be adding four new weekly flights to Durban via Johannesburg, bringing the total number of flights up from 10 to a double-day service.  From the 1st of October 2015 Qatar Airways will also increase its flights to Cape Town from five weekly flights to daily flights. All three routes will be operated with a Boeing 787 Dreamliner, which offers passengers 254 seats across its Business and Economy Class.


Africa is key to Qatar Airways’ global network expansion strategy and the airline currently operates 140 flights per week to 19 African gateways. Since 2011 the airline has added the following African destinations to its global route network: Entebbe (Uganda); Kigali (Rwanda); Kilimanjaro (Tanzania); Maputo (Mozambique); Addis Ababa (Ethiopia); Djibouti International Airport (Djibouti) and Asmara (Eritrea).

Last Updated on Thursday, 19 February 2015 16:11

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Delta Airlines pilot locked out of cockpit mid-flight

Thank God for co-pilots! 


A door malfunction locked the captain out of the cockpit on Delta Airlines flight 1651 from Minneapolis, before arrival at the intended destination, McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas.The first officer alerted the airport to an ‘emergency in-air’ and made an unassisted landing. There were 160 people on board the MD-90 aircraft, which landed at 12:23 p.m. on Thursday with no injuries or damage to the aircraft.  


"A commercial aircraft can be landed with one pilot at the control,” a Delta representative said. "The First Officer took control and landed the aircraft safely without incident. The door will be evaluated by Delta maintenance technicians."

Last Updated on Thursday, 05 February 2015 08:25

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Air Arabia now flies directly to China


Air Arabia makes history as it becomes the first low-cost airline from the Middle East and North Africa region to enter China. Starting February 10, 2015 the Sharjah-based airline will fly regular non-stop services to Urumqi, the largest city in Western China and capital of the Xinjiang Region.


Urumqi is known for being the most inland major city in the world - that is, the furthest away from any ocean. It has a population of around 4.0 million and is in the Tian Shan mountains. The city has quite a large Muslim Uighur minority and several beautiful mosques with Chinese palace-style architecture, some of which date back to the 17th Century.


Air Arabia will fly three times weekly to Urumqi from its main hub in Sharjah, UAE. Flights will depart Sharjah International Airport on Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays at 09:35, arriving at Urumqi International Airport at 18:15 that evening. Return flights will leave Urumqi on the same days at 19:05 and arrive in Sharjah at 20:45. Return fares start at Dh2,800 including taxes.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 03 February 2015 15:55

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Qatar Airways to fly 787 Dreamliner to Amsterdam

This summer Qatar Airways will be adding yet another city - Amsterdam - to their network. Starting on June 16 2015, Qatar Airways will be launching their service to Amsterdam which is famous for its canals, windmills and tulips.


The Doha – Amsterdam route will operate with a Boeing 787 Dreamliner, one of the latest next-generation aircraft in the airline’s fleet, offering 254 seats configured in two classes, with 22 fully-flat-bed seats in Business Class and 232 in Economy Class.


While in Amsterdam check out Zina - the Moroccan halal restaurant that offers Arabic and North African cuisine. Restaurant Zina, Bosboom Toussaintstraat 70 1054 AV Amsterdam Phone: 020 - 489 37 07. The food served is Halal but the restaurant also serves alcohol - "for their Dutch customers," according to the owner who is a Muslim.

Last Updated on Monday, 05 January 2015 17:47

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