Air Arabia Jordan to begin operations in May 2015
Air Arabia Jordan, the Kingdom’s new low cost carrier (LCC) recently announced that it will commence operations from its Amman Queen Alia International Airport base mid-May this year. Beginning with direct flights to four countries in the region, Air Arabia Jordan will greatly strengthen connectivity between Jordan and the Levant, Middle East, Europe and North Africa.
Starting Monday May 18 2015, Air Arabia Jordan inaugural flight will take off to Kuwait city as the carrier’s first destination, followed by the launch of regular scheduled services to Jeddah, Erbil and Sharm El Sheikh on May 19th, 20th and 21st respectively, with more destinations to be added later in 2015.
Earlier this year, Air Arabia announced the establishment of its fifth international hub in Jordan following the acquisition of a 49 per cent stake in Petra Airlines which has led to the creation of Air Arabia Jordan, the Kingdom’s new low cost carrier (LCC). The newly established carrier, managed by Air Arabia, will follow the carrier’s successful low-cost business model introduced to the MENA region eleven years ago by Air Arabia.
Adel A. Ali, Group Chief Executive Officer of Air Arabia said: “As a major tourism market with a stable domestic economy, Jordan offers a superb opportunity to serve both in-bound and out-bound passenger demand. In turn, the launch of Air Arabia Jordan will provide a direct boost to the Jordanian economy through the creation of skilled jobs and the opening up of new opportunities for local businesses.”
Air Arabia Jordan passengers can enjoy exactly the same comfort, reliability and value for money services they are used to flying from the carrier’s other four hubs. Air Arabia Jordan fleet consists of new Airbus A320 aircraft equipped with the world’s most spacious economy seat pitch.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 05 May 2015 10:14
Etihad Airways launches services to Entebbe
Etihad Airways announced its launch of new services between Abu Dhabi and Entebbe, in central Uganda, on Saturday.
The inaugural flight, EY645, departed Abu Dhabi at 7:50am and arrived at Entebbe International Airport on schedule at 12:50pm, where it was welcomed by a delegation consisting of senior representatives from the airport, government officials and local dignitaries.
Operated by a two-class Airbus A320 aircraft with 16 business class and 120 economy class seats, the new service is designed to provide business and leisure travellers with a direct four-times-a-week service between Entebbe and Abu Dhabi.
The new service also provides convenient access to the nearby Ugandan capital of Kampala, one of the fastest growing cities on the African continent and the centre of trade and commerce in the country. Uganda has a total population of nearly 40 million, and is the world’s second most populous landlocked country after Ethiopia.
Last Updated on Monday, 04 May 2015 04:30
Emirates upgrades Economy Class and children’s headsets
Emirates is enhancing the entertainment experience for Economy Class travellers by introducing new, redesigned headsets for its award-winning ice entertainment system in Economy Class.
Starting from the end of June, all Emirates A380 aircrafts will be equipped with new headsets, as well as the Boeing 777 fleet later in the year. These headsets have been completely redesigned with a view to improving sound quality, reduction of ambient cabin noise and overall comfort. The headset’s rectangular shape makes it more ergonomic for the wearer, and premium leatherette ear cushions enhance comfort which is especially important on longer flights.
“Emirates economy class headsets are amongst the best in class for commercial airlines, and we’ve always recognised that sound quality is vitally important in creating an enjoyable entertainment experience. This new design will lift the audio quality to a new level, and now customers can completely immerse themselves in the broad variety of entertainment choices offered onboard,” said Patrick Brannelly – Divisional Vice President, Customer Experience.
Not to be left behind, young travellers on Emirates will also receive new headsets on which they can enjoy up to 75 channels of dedicated children’s entertainment from up to 2,000 channels overall. Emirates first introduced children’s headsets in the late 1990s, featuring a smaller headset band which is more comfortable for smaller heads. These fun and colourful new headsets will also have larger speakers for a more comfortable fit and much improved sound quality.
Last Updated on Monday, 27 April 2015 09:05
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
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