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flydubai adds Astana to its growing network


Dubai-based carrier flydubai has announced the launch of its flights to Astana, the capital of Kazakhstan, extending the airline’s route network in the country to three destinations.


The airline will operate four flights a week, starting from 26 October 2015, and will be the first Dubai-based carrier to serve this route. flydubai launched operations to Kazakhstan in September 2014 with flights to Almaty and Shymkent. Astana becomes the ninth destination in flydubai’s network in Central Asia and the Caucasus. With the new launch the airline will operate 38 weekly flights from Dubai to cities in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan. 


Ghaith Al Ghaith, Chief Executive Officer of flydubai, said: “It has been a year since the start of our operations in Kazakhstan and we are pleased to extend our network in the country, where we have seen strong demand for our services. Astana is a major economic hub in Central Asia and the launch of flydubai’s flights to the Kazakhstani capital marks an important milestone in our expansion in the region. We look forward to showcasing our services in the capital and contributing to the development of trade and tourism between the economic hubs of Central Asia and the Middle East.”


Kazakhstan and the UAE are extending their cooperation in trade, investment and tourism as both Astana and Dubai are preparing to host the EXPO in 2017 and 2020, respectively. The two countries have demonstrated impressive growth in various industries, including energy, Islamic finance and construction. 


Flights between Dubai International (DXB) and Astana International Airport (TSE) will commence on 26 October 2015 with 4 flights a week. Flight FZ705 will operate from Dubai on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays, with a departure time of 20:55 and an arrival time of 3:25 (4hr 30 min flight). Return flight FZ706 would be on the following days (Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays) from Astana, departing at 4:35 and arriving at 7:20.


Business Class return fares will start at AED 4,200 and are inclusive of all taxes and 40kg checked baggage, while Economy Class return fares from Dubai to Astana start at AED 1,450 and are inclusive 20kg checked baggage.


Last Updated on Thursday, 27 August 2015 16:38

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New food options on flydubai


There are new food options available for all flydubai flights departing from 01 September 2015 in economy. The food options available for your flight will be made clear at the time of booking. All meal options are only available for pre-purchase and will not be available to buy on board. Main meals are accompanied by fresh salad and a delicious dessert, and breakfast meals are accompanied by fruit and yoghurt. All meals are served with a choice of fruit juice, water, tea or coffee.


New pre-book hot meal options:

-Omelette with Chicken Chipolata: Omelette served with fried herb potatoes and grilled tomato

-Scrambled Eggs & Mushrooms: Eggs served with Lyonnaise potatoes and sautéed mushrooms

- Vegetable Cutlet: Breaded vegetable medley served with white onion sauce and grilled tomato

- Aloo Gobi Masala: A combination of potato and cauliflower cooked with chilli and masala

- Chicken à la King: Chicken, mushrooms and bell peppers in a creamy sauce and served with rice

- Chicken Tikka Kebab: Tandoori-style chicken served with steamed Basmati rice and grilled tomato

- Goan Style Fish Curry: Fish cooked in a medium-spiced curry sauce with steamed rice and dal

- Chicken Kiev: Tender chicken breast wrapped around garlic butter and served with vegetables



A variety of hot and cold snacks and a wide selection of drinks can be purchased on board to keep you refreshed on your journey. The on-board menu includes tasty wraps, including chicken, vegetable and lamb; a choice of chicken, cheese, turkey ham or egg sandwiches; crisps and nuts; muffins and confectionery. There’s a selection of hot and cold drinks too, including fruit juices, soft drinks, tea and coffee.


Last Updated on Wednesday, 26 August 2015 16:57

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Air China to launch first trans-Pacific direct link between Asia and Montreal


Air China and Air Canada are preparing for the launch of non-stop flights between Beijing and Montreal that will create the first transpacific direct link between Asia and Montreal. The flights will be operated by Air China starting on September 29, 2015, initially three times a week, with Boeing 777-300ER aircraft and Air Canada will place its code on the flights for sale on a codeshare basis in a first phase. In the second phase, subject to requisite approvals by the relevant competition authorities, Air Canada and Air China intend to form a comprehensive revenue sharing joint venture in respect of all flights between China and Canada, which would ensure the long-term sustainability of the new Beijing-Montreal service. Seats are now available for purchase.


With the launch of non-stop Beijing-Montreal service, the Star Alliance carriers will offer convenient connections and seamless transfers for customers to other cities in China, Canada and the United States via their hubs in Beijing and Montreal.


With the new Beijing-Montreal route, flight CA879 will depart Beijing at 13:00 and land in Montreal at 13:50 on Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays.


Flight CA880 will depart Montreal at 16:20 and arrive in Beijing at 18:00 on Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays. The flight is roughly 13 hours long.


Last Updated on Tuesday, 25 August 2015 15:29

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Icelandair announces Montreal service


Iceland’s premier airline, Icelandair, is excited to announce continued expansion of their global network with new seasonal service from Montreal beginning May 19, 2016. Flights from Pierre Trudeau International Airport will mark the arrival of the airline’s first gateway in the province of Quebec, and 16th in North America.


As part of Icelandair’s extensive timetable, four flights a week will be offered from Canada’s second largest city through November 8, 2016 with departures on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. The five-hour, non-stop flight to Icelandair’s hub at Keflavik International Airport also provides connections to more than 20 destinations in Europe, including Paris, London, Copenhagen, Stockholm and Oslo.


After the signing of the 2007 open skies agreement between Iceland and Canada, Icelandair continued to develop service from the Great White North. Following the commencement of Halifax in 1998, new gateways were launched including Toronto in 2008, Edmonton and Vancouver in 2014, and with today’s announcement, Montreal beginning in 2016.


“Montreal will be our fifth Canadian gateway, opening the skies to Europe from Canada’s second largest city. The addition of Montreal will give Canadians coast to coast more options in travel from Canada and provide both the business and leisure traveler a refreshing alternative when traveling to Iceland and beyond,” said Birkir Holm Gudnason, Icelandair CEO.


Icelandair offers service to Iceland from Boston, Chicago-ORD, Denver, Edmonton, New York-JFK, Newark, Seattle, Toronto, and Washington, D.C.; and seasonal service from Anchorage, Halifax, Minneapolis-St. Paul, Montreal, Orlando, Portland, OR, and Vancouver, BC. Connections through Icelandair’s hub at Keflavik International Airport are available to more than 20 destinations in Scandinavia, the U.K. and Continental Europe. Only Icelandair allows passengers to take an Icelandair Stopover for up to seven nights at no additional airfare.


Last Updated on Sunday, 23 August 2015 17:49

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British Airways launches flights to Peru


Following their recent announcement of direct flights to Costa Rica from 4 May, 2016, British Airways has confirmed that it will fly non-stop to Lima, from the same date. The Peruvian capital has long been overlooked in terms of direct flights from the UK.


There has been no direct air-link between the UK and Lima since 1982, when Peru closed its airspace to flights being operated by British Caledonian to show its support for Argentina during the Falklands War.


BA has continued to fly to cities in Argentina and Brazil, both of which attract significant business traffic. The airline says its launch of a Lima service is banking on the popularity of the world-class tourist sites found in Peru.

"Lima is a gateway to some stunning South American tourist destinations," a BA spokesman told Telegraph Travel. "The Inca Trail and Machu Picchu are often included in ‘must-see’ lists from our customers. Starting this route allows us to offer a convenient, direct service for visitors from the UK."


BA will use a three-cabin Boeing 777 on the route, with prices starting from £765 in World Traveller, £1,185 in World Traveller Plus and £2,549 in Club World, taxes and charges included. The flight duration is around 12 hours and 30 minutes in each direction and the return service will be a night flight.


Last Updated on Wednesday, 19 August 2015 17:57

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Emirates adds flights to Phuket


Emirates Airlines has announced four new weekly flights between Dubai and Phuket, starting December 1st 2015.


“Since the launch in 2012 Phuket has been a solid success story. The fact that we are now adding a further four weekly flights highlights not only the desirability of the destination but also the demand for passengers wishing to travel with Emirates,” said Thierry Antinori, Emirates executive vice president.


“These new flights have been well timed to not only maximise connections across our network but also allow for a morning arrival in Phuket, giving travellers even more time to enjoy the island and its surrounds.”


Phuket is the gateway to the southern part of Thailand making it easier for people to expand their travels to Khao Lak, Phang-nga, KohSamui, Trang, as well as Krabi and Koh Lipe.


Known for its abundance of white, sandy beaches and easy access to the Andaman Sea for world class diving, Phuket has grown in popularity as an international destination, welcoming more than six million visitors to the island in the first five months of 2015. 


Emirates will operate the new weekly flights with a Boeing 777-300ER, offering eight seats in First Class, 42 seats in Business Class and 310 Economy Class seats.


Emirates’ increase in flights to Phuket closely follows the announcement of the airline’s codeshare agreement with Bangkok Airways, which has added 14 new destinations to the Emirates network.


EK396 will depart Dubai International Airport at 22:55 and arrive at Phuket International Airport at 08:00 the following day. The return flight, EK397 will depart Phuket at 09:30 and arrives in Dubai the same day at 13:20.


Last Updated on Wednesday, 19 August 2015 15:35

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