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Emirates to launch flights to Mali capital in October


Emirates Airlines has announced that it is set to launch flights to Bamako, the capital of Mali, from October 25, 2015 – its 28th destination in Africa.


Bamako will be linked to Emirates’ current four times a week service to Dakar, Senegal, by an Airbus A340-300 in a three-class configuration.


“Mali has a growing economy and huge tourism potential, and we expect that linking Bamako to our Dakar service will greatly boost both business and leisure travel to and from Mali,” said Adil Al Ghaith, the senior vice president at Emirates.


Bamako has a population of about 2,3 million people, and is located in the south western part of Mali on the Niger River. Mali has four Unesco world heritage sites: the city of Timbuktu, the Old Towns of Djenne, the Tomb of Askia and the Cliff of Bandiagara.


The Dubai carrier recently announced a new route to Bologna, which will start from November 3, Multan in Pakistan, which begins from August 1, and Mashhad in Iran from September 1.


Last Updated on Tuesday, 28 July 2015 13:48

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Fly now, pay later: Emirates three months of interest free instalments


Emirates is offering selected ADCB, Citibank*, Emirates NBD, HSBC and NBAD credit card holders the chance to pay for their ticket at 0% interest over 3 monthly instalments.


To take advantage of this payment option, simply book and purchase your ticket at emirates.ae with your ADCB, Citibank*, Emirates NBD, HSBC or NBAD credit card and immediately apply for our Emirates Advantage payment option once your online purchase is complete, via the link provided on the booking confirmation page. This will enable you to repay the amount in three easy instalments at 0% interest.


Please contact your bank to check your card/transaction eligibility before purchase as some cards may not be eligible.


As an Emirates Skywards member, you will also benefit from Skywards Miles per USD spent on your Emirates Citibank* or Emirates NBD Bank Skywards credit cards. If you are an ADCB credit card holder, you can earn Touch points which can be converted to Skywards Miles.


* Valid on Citibank Skywards credit cards only.

Last Updated on Monday, 20 July 2015 17:44

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Air Arabia enters 13th destination in Saudi Arabia with Tabuk service


Air Arabia recently announced the launch of regular services to Tabuk, which marks the airline’s 13th destination in Saudi Arabia and 114th globally.


Starting July 30, 2015, the leading low-cost carrier will operate services on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Flights will leave Sharjah International Airport at 09:20 and reach Tabuk Regional Airport at 11:20. Return flights will take off from Tabuk on the same day at 12:10 and touch down in the UAE at 16:05. 


The launch of the regular service to Tabuk is line with Air Arabia’s strong focus to further drive significant value to customers in the Kingdom.


Commenting on the new service, Adel Ali, Group Chief Executive Officer, Air Arabia, said: “The strengthening of our route network in Saudi Arabia with the launch of Tabuk demonstrates the significance we attach to the Kingdom. Going forward, our business focus for KSA will remain to be present where our customers want us to be and continue to offer enormous choice for customers seeking to travel from KSA to the UAE and beyond.”


Air Arabia started operations to KSA with regular services to Jeddah in 2004. Since then, reflecting the overall growth of the Saudi aviation sector, the airline has seen increasing demand for the appealing value for money product it offers. Today, the low cost pioneer operates over 120 weekly non-stop services into the Kingdom and serves Saudi from its hubs in Sharjah and Ras Al Khaimah in UAE, Alexandria in Egypt, and Amman in Jordan - to 13 destinations in Saudi Arabia.


Tabuk is the capital city of the Tabuk Region in northwestern Saudi Arabia with a population of over half a million. Tabuk is close to the Jordan–Saudi Arabia border.

Last Updated on Monday, 20 July 2015 14:21

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Turkish Airlines to relaunch service to Miami in October


Turkish Airlines is to return its direct service to Miami from Istanbul on the 25th of October, 2015. The daily flights will depart Istanbul at 1:30pm local time and arrive in Miami at 7:30pm local time. The return flight will depart Miami at 9:30pm and arrive in Istanbul the next day at 4:30pm local time.


October 25 will be the first time in 14 years that Turkish Airlines has operated out of Miami, after it was forced to cut back due to the September 2001 attack on the World Trade Center.


Turkish Airlines has been expanding its US presence over the last two years with the addition of flights to Houston and San Francisco; both of these new cities are large hubs for United which is a big help for connecting traffic since Turkish and United are both Star Alliance members.


Flights from Dubai to Miami via Turkish Airlines start from AED 3,905. This exclusive offer is available until July 31.

Last Updated on Sunday, 05 July 2015 18:03

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Virgin Atlantic now flies to Detroit


Virgin Atlantic recently announced their new Detroit to London service, and will be the only British airline flying direct from the Motor City. Detroit has always been a hub of industry, and it's also one of the busiest US airport hubs, connecting passengers from a across the US with Virgin’s partner airline Delta. With two direct flights daily between Virgin Atlantic and Delta, its never been easier for you to get to London.


Detroit to London Flight Schedule


Flight VS107, Airbus A330-300, departs London Heathrow at 10:10am and arrives in Detroit at 1:15pm. Flight VS108, Airbus A330-300, departs Detroit at 5:50pm and arrives at London Heathrow at 6:25am (+1 day).


Delta operated flights - DL21, Boeing 767-400, departs London Heathrow at 2:25pm and arrives in Detroit at 6:02pm. Flight DL18, Boeing 767-400, departs Detroit at 10:14pm and arrives in London Heathrow at 11:05am (+1 day).

Last Updated on Tuesday, 30 June 2015 14:49

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Qatar Airways wins third ‘Airline of the Year’ award


Qatar Airways has been honoured with three of the top aviation accolades at the annual Skytrax World Airline Awards, winning Airline of the Year for a third time – a major accomplishment for an airline to reach multiple times.


The highest ranking in the annual Skytrax awards category, Airline of the Year is a testament to the commitment and dedication to service excellence and a high-quality travel experience for all passengers that fly with Qatar Airways.


The award comes at a time when the airline has experienced remarkable growth, given the major enhancements to its fleet in the last 10 months, with the entry into service of the Airbus A380 and the Airbus A350 as the Global Launch Customer.

In addition to the Airline of the Year award, the airline also collected two other awards: Best Business Class Airline Seat and Best Airline in the Middle East – which Qatar Airways has won for the eighth time.


The Skytrax World Airline Awards, held at the Musee de l'Air et de l' Espace, Paris Air Show, are widely known as the Passengers Choice Awards with millions of travellers, from 160 different countries, participating in passenger satisfaction surveys to decide 2015's winners.


Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive Officer, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker said:

“I am honoured to lead an airline that has paved such an accomplished path to excellence, and innovation, demonstrating the team’s unwavering pride in their work and the experience provided to each of our passengers. Becoming an award-winning airline takes dedication and passion – and retaining such a ranking takes commitment, which I thank each and every team member at Qatar Airways for. Our passengers are at the heart of everything we do at Qatar Airways, and we are very proud to be recognised by them and to receive these three Skytrax awards."

Last Updated on Wednesday, 17 June 2015 17:09

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