First full-service airline lands at Dubai’s new Al Maktoum International Airport
Gulf Air, Bahrain's national carrier, became the first full-service carrier to land at the new Al Maktoum International Airport at Dubai World Central (DWC), which will eventually be the world’s largest airport once fully operational.
Flight GF578 took off from Bahrain International Airport at 0930 yesterday, landing at Al Maktoum International Airport at 1145, carrying Gulf Air delegations and members of the media from the Middle East.
“We are delighted to be strengthening Gulf Air’s Middle East network, which remains one of the largest to date. Adding Al Maktoum International Airport to our route network supplements the airline’s offering, increasing passenger convenience – which is our ultimate goal,” Captain Nasser Al Salmi, Chief Operations Officer, Gulf Air, said.
Last Updated on Monday, 09 December 2013 15:58
Another cool British Airways ad
British Airways has created an interactive “choose your own adventure” video campaign that offers European holiday ideas based on the user’s travel preferences.
Launched last week, “Yourope” is an innovative digital series that allows viewers to choose which side of their destination they want to see.
Here’s how it works: The video starts by taking the viewer through an unmarked airport to a British Airways check-in kiosk where they’re presented with four choices: Paris, Berlin, Rome or Barcelona. Viewers are invited to make their choice with the click of a mouse or touchpad.
After choosing their destination, users can then choose what kind of trip they want to take. First timers to Paris, for instance, can click the Classic option, an itinerary that includes stops at typical tourist spots and landmarks, while those who prefer to travel off the cobblestoned path can choose the Curious Paris option. Other options include Punk or Posh Berlin; Old or New Rome; and Night or Day Barcelona.
Viewers can also download the travel itineraries and check out available travel packages. The digital series was produced by the winner of a 2013 Emerging Directors Showcase in LA, Brandon LaGanke.
Last Updated on Monday, 09 December 2013 15:51
Ryanair launches allocated seating
Ryanair has launched allocated seating on all Ryanair flights from February 1st 2014, with booking now available.
The move, which follows a similar decision from low-cost rival easyJet, allows Ryanair customers to choose their preferred seats in advance.
Customers can now select their preferred allocated seat either during the booking process or when checking-in online with three seat options available:
Those who do not wish to pre-select their seats can check-in during the period from seven days to two hours prior to their flight and they will be assigned an allocated seat at no cost.
Customers who have already purchased priority boarding for flights departing after February 1st 2014 can select a standard seat free of charge when checking-in online.
Ryanair representative Robin Kiely said: “Ryanair is listening to our customers and responding, so that they can continue to enjoy the lowest fares and most on-time flights, but can also benefit from these recent improvements to Ryanair’s industry leading customer service.”
The airline will next introduce a “My Ryanair” customer registration service at the end of December, allowing customers to save their personal details to make even faster bookings.
This will be followed by a “Share the Fare” feature, a “Fare Finder” feature and mobile boarding passes before the end of April 2014.
Last Updated on Monday, 09 December 2013 15:45
Etihad crowned world’s leading airline
Abu Dhabi: Etihad Airways said on Sunday it has achieved success at this year's World Travel Awards held on Saturday night, winning top honours for the fifth year in a row.
At a ceremony in Doha, Qatar, Etihad Airways took home the prestigious titles of World's Leading Airline, World's Leading First Class, and World's Leading Airline Cabin Crew, the Abu Dhabi-based airline said in a statement.
James Hogan, Etihad Airways President and CEO, said it was a huge honour yet again to receive three of the travel industry's highest accolades, especially as the airline marks 10 years of operations.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 04 December 2013 18:41
Emirates A380 touches down in Los Angeles
Emirates has swooped into the home of the original Oscars to launch its celebrated A380 service.
Packed with Hollywood movies on ice Digital Widescreen, the double-decker touched down in Los Angeles yesterday, becoming the world’s longest A380 service in operation.
The landmark flight, crossing the Russian Federation, the North Pole and Eastern Canada, has a published duration of 16 hours 20 minutes, more than enough time to delve into over 400 hours of in-flight Hollywood movies.
“Bringing the glamorous A380 set of wings to the City of Angels seemed like a natural fit as this aircraft mirrors the luxury of the Hollywood lifestyle,” said Hubert Frach, Emirates’ divisional senior vice president, commercial operations west.
The Emirates’ A380 is like no other.
Its generously proportioned Economy Class, exclusive mini-pods in Business Class and Private Suites in First Class are talked about the world over.
On the top deck of the aircraft, First Class passengers can freshen up in one of two Onboard Shower Spas, while First and Business Class travellers can mix and mingle in the popular Onboard Lounge – enjoying a drink and exchanging tales at 40,000 feet.
The airline started flying to Los Angeles in 2008 with the Boeing 777-200LR.
The introduction of the 489-seat A380 service, powered by US made GE GP7200 engines, is a direct response to demand with over one million passengers travelling between Los Angeles and Dubai so far.
Emirates 23rd A380 service will operate daily as EK 215 departing Dubai at 08:20 and arriving at Los Angeles International Airport at 12:50 the same day.
The return flight, EK 216, departs Los Angeles at 16:00 and arrives in Dubai at 19:50 the following day.
The A380’s arrival time in Dubai offers passengers from LA connections to an extensive range of onward destinations in the Middle East, Indian Sub-continent, Africa, Asia and the Far East.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 04 December 2013 18:29
Loews Hotel uses twitter as a booking tool
US hotel chain Loews has become the latest hotelier to leverage the power of Twitter, with a new channel that allows guests to book their room as fast as a few hashtags and tweets.
In a digital age where consumers demand instantaneous answers, the luxury chain launched a Loews Hotels Social Reservations channel that will put the guest in touch with a virtual reservations agent when they use the hashtag #BookLoews in a tweet to @Loews_Hotels.
Once the guest is ready to finalize the booking, the hotel’s online travel planner will tweet them a link to a secure chat conversation where the guest can then reserve their booking.
“When it comes to reservations, we recognize that giving consumers the option of booking efficiently on a network where they are already engaging on a daily basis is going to set us apart and grow our consumer base in a meaningful way,” said the director of social media Piper Stevens in a statement.
Loews has 19 properties across the US and Canada. The Twitter booking option is available with the exception of their Orlando, FL hotels.
The North American hotel chain is the latest to use Twitter to their advantage. This summer, the Sol Wave House, a party hotel in Majorca, Spain touted itself as the world’s first Twitter-based hotel.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 03 December 2013 17:59
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