Emirates upgrades services to Lebanon
Emirates Airline is adding capacity on its flights to the Lebanese capital Beirut by upgrading both of its aircrafts serving Beirut to an all Boeing 777 operation.
The Airbus 330-200 currently active on one of Beirut’s two daily flights, EK 953/954, will be upgraded to a larger Boeing 777-200LR from June 1, giving a 12 per cent boost to seat capacity.
The second daily flight, A330-200 supporting EK 957/958, will be bumped up to a Boeing 777-300 as of January 1, 2016, providing a 53 per cent increase in seat capacity.
The UAE is home to almost 150,000 Lebanese residents and more than 1,500 Lebanese businesses operate in Jebel Ali Free Zone, supporting a trade relationship between the two countries that is estimated to be over AED 4 billion, according to the UAE Ministry of Economy.
Since 1991, when the first service to Beirut was inaugurated, more than 3.6 million passengers have flown on Emirates.
The Boeing 777 aircraft to be introduced on Beirut will feature luxurious First Class private suites, lie flat seats in Business Class and generous space for passengers in Economy Class.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 07 April 2015 16:13
Alitalia launches daily service from Venice to Abu Dhabi
Following Etihad Airways’ 49 per cent stake in the company, Alitalia marked its first new route to the UAE on 29 March. The flight departed Venice Marco Polo Airport at 9:55pm and landed at Abu Dhabi International at 5:55am today. The return flight departed Abu Dhabi at 9:05am and arrived in Venice at 1:35pm.
Venice is now connected to three points in the Gulf, joining flights from Doha on Qatar Airways and Dubai on Emirates.
Alitalia is also raising its Milan Malpensa-Abu Dhabi flights to triple daily, with the start of the summer schedules.
Last Updated on Monday, 30 March 2015 17:48
Biman Bangladesh Airlines to offer daily flights to and from Jeddah
Starting 30 March 2015 Biman Bangladesh Airlines, the national flag carrier of Bangladesh, will be offering daily flights from Jeddah to Dhaka, Chittagong and Sylhet. The additional flights (BG 036) will be on Sundays and Mondays, which will complement Biman’s existing five weekly flights (B777-300ER) from Jeddah.
Mr Mohammed M.S. Binmahfouz (Vice President Elaf Aviation), said, “We are proud to announce that Biman will now be flying in and out of Jeddah seven days a week. The new flights is a welcome move to address the growing demand for more flights to Bangladesh, while also helping promote the tourism of both countries. Interested travelers can contact our offices to book and purchase their tickets.”
Last Updated on Thursday, 26 March 2015 15:49
Etihad Airways to offer daily flights to Tehran
From 15 April 2015, Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), will increase its flights between Abu Dhabi and Tehran, the capital of Iran, from three flights a week to a daily service.
The Airbus A320 Tehran service, which started in December 2006, provides 136 seats each way in a two cabin configuration, with 16 business class seats and 120 economy class seats.
The additional flights will add 1,088 new seats per week to the route, and will allow guests from Tehran to gain two-way connectivity to almost 50 markets on Etihad Airways’ global network, a statement said.
UAE airlines have been focussing on increasing connections to Iran, with low-cost carrier flydubai also launching flights to the country in August last year. While the airline initially began services to Tehran and Mashhad, it expanded routes to five more Iranian cities this month including Ahwaz, Hamadan, Isfahan, Shiraz and Tabriz.
Last Updated on Monday, 16 March 2015 16:43
Nicole Kidman featured in new Etihad TV commercial
Summer is approaching and airlines are launching their marketing campaigns to inspire travelers. Air France recently launched its "France is in the air" TV commercial which has been seen over 20 million times on YouTube in less than a week. Now it is the turn of Etihad.
A TV commercial featuring Academy Award winning actress Nicole Kidman has just been released by Etihad Airways. Titled, "Flying Reimagined" the TV commercial shows how Etihad has made the flying experience a comfortable one - for those who can afford it.
Airlines are now trying to woo travelers by innovative new creative techniques that evoke a sense of comfort and pleasure - a far cry from the claustrophobic cramped spaces at the back of the bus. Perhaps some day they will start competing by offering more leg room and wider seats. Perhaps some day we will live in a city "where always there is Spring ... and flowers pick themselves."
Last Updated on Saturday, 14 March 2015 22:01
Fly to Madrid with Etihad Airways
Starting 30 March, Etihad Airways will fly four times a week to Madrid, the capital city of Spain.
Strategically located in the geographic centre of the Iberian Peninsula at an altitude of 646 m above sea level, Madrid is one of the most important historic centers of all the great European cities. Experience the vibrant city with intense culture and artistic heritage with Etihad’s great launch fares and holiday packages.
Flights to Madrid start at AED 2,735 for economy and AED 13,275 for business class for bookings until 15 March and travel until 31 August 2015.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 11 March 2015 18:58
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