How to Upgrade to Business Class on Ethiopian Airlines

If you have booked your Ethiopian Airlines flight and would like to enjoy the benefits of CloudNine (Business Class), then take a chance to upgrade yourself to Business Class and experience world class service. Ethiopian airlines business class features state-of-the-art seats where you will enjoy meals that are designed to stimulate and satisfy your appetite. You will also have access to CloudNine Lounge if you are traveling from Addis Ababa. How Upgrade to CloudNine works After you have obtained confirmed Ethiopian Airlines flight tickets, you will be sent an email notifying you about potential availability of seats for upgrades, along with a link to the upgrade page, where you can start bi

Africa's Travel Indaba 2018 to Kick Off With BONDay

With just over a week to go before Africa's Travel Indaba 2018 gets underway, an exciting line-up of speakers and topics have been arranged for the Business Opportunity Networking Day, commonly known as BONDay. BONDay is designed to provide educational sessions for attendees to learn more about the new industry trends that will ultimately contribute to the growth of their businesses. Africa's Travel Indaba, hosted and presented by South African Tourism, kicks off on Monday, 07 May 2018, with the BONDay talks setting the scene for a wonderful week's activities. For the first time, BONDay discussions will be open to the public and not only for Indaba exhibitors and buyers. Those wanting to att

Qatar Airways Award-Winning Qsuite to Fly to Shanghai

Shanghai-bound passengers on Qatar Airways will soon begin to experience new standard of luxury as the airlines Qsuite is set to make its China debut on flights to Shanghai from 15 May 2018. Qsuite features the industry’s first-ever double bed available in Business Class and private cabins for up to four people with privacy panels that stow away, allowing passengers in adjoining seats to create their own private room. Adjustable panels and movable TV monitors on the centre four seats allow colleagues, friends or families travelling together to transform their space into a private suite, allowing them to work, dine and socialise together. These new features provide the ultimate customisable t

Turkish Airlines Reaches Highest Load Factor in 2018

Turkish Airlines, the flag carrier of Turkey has announced its traffic results for March 2018. Its Total Load Factor improved by 6 points, with an increase of 13% in capacity. Its international Load Factor increased by approximately 6 points to 81.7% and domestic Load Factor to 84% in March. Upon the double-digit passenger increases in January and February, total number of passengers carried went up by 24% reaching 6 million passengers, in March. This passenger increase enabled the highest load factor in March in the last five years with 82% load factor. Double digit growth in demand (revenue per kilometer) that commenced in July 2017, kept on with 22% demand growth in March 2018. Excluding

Meliá Hotels Opens Meliá Serengeti Lodge, Tanzania

Meliá Hotels and Resorts International has opened Meliá Serengeti Lodge, Tanzania, its first state-of-the-art, sustainability focused hotel. Located in the Serengeti National Park, the oldest National Park in Tanzania, on the western border of Lake Victoria, the property is positioned on the natural terraces of the southern slopes of Nyamuma, offering spectacular views of the Mbalageti River valley. The property features a pool, fitness centre, TV room and spa, as well as three uniquely luxurious categories of room. There are three restaurants: The Savannah All Day Dining and The Savannah Grill, which offer African, Mediterranean and Oriental cuisine as well as the Boma restaurant, a fine di

PaxEx: British Airways Launches New Channel on IFE System

British Airways has launched a new channel on its inflight entertainment system dedicated to sharing heart-warming customer stories in which the airline has had a hand in adding a special touch of magic. The new channel known as ‘BA Magic’ includes seven short films which feature customers being surprised, after writing in to the airline with a special request. The stories take viewers to all corners of the globe from destinations like Cyprus, Las Vegas, Hong and Kong to Australia. The emotionally-charged videos include family reunions, a marriage proposal and a special Christmas wish granted. The most popular video to date has been the story of Joe Dowd, a 47-year-old gentleman whose life c

Fleet Expansion: Ethiopian Airlines Orders Bombardier Q400

Ethiopian Airlines has signed a firm purchase agreement for 10 new Q400 aircraft from Bombardier Commercial Aircraft. The order also includes options for 5 additional Q400s. Based on the current list price of the Q400 aircraft, the firm order is valued at approximately $332 million U.S. This is the fifth time Ethiopian Airlines is reordering the Q400 turboprop which will add to the airline’s existing fleet of 21 of the type. Designed as a modern, 21st-century turboprop, the Q400 aircraft is the most recent development in the Q Series family of aircraft. It provides unmatched performance, operational flexibility and passenger comfort. In addition to the standard single-class configuration, Q4

African Sports Tourism Summit to Hold on African Day

Organized in media partnership with Supersports, Afrotourism, African Traveler Quaterly, The Afritraveller and technical partnership with African League of Sports Tourism Stakeholders, Nigeria Travel Week and managed by Heventin Corporate Event Managers – The African Sports Tourism Week is a 4-day, 5-activity gathering of eggheads in the sports and tourism industry, where we cross-fertilize ideas towards social-economic growth for Africa and her nations, taking advantage of opportunitiesprovided by sporting events, monuments and collections through active sports tourism, event sports tourism and nostalgia sports tourism. Like a nation's cup, it is hosted by different African nations - year a

Tsogo Sun Hotel Launches Special Dine and Vine Promotion

Now, you can enjoy a dining treat with Tsogo Sun in the special Dine & Vine promotion and enjoy a succulent steak or a mouth-watering burger along with a bottle of fine boutique wine at special prices at selected Tsogo Sun hotel restaurants in Gauteng, South Africa. The offer includes an Asian Burger – a char grilled double patty pork, beef or chicken burger on a pretzel roll, dipped in barbeque bang bang sauce and topped with Asian coleslaw, served with sirraccia mayo dip and fries, or a Grilled Sirloin – on the bone with bone marrow, salsa verde, grilled asparagus and pomme fontant. Both meals can be paired with a 500ml bottle of Mimosa Sauvignon Blanc or a Mimosa Robertson Shiraz. The bur

How to Get Free Hotel Room in Abu Dhabi with Etihad Airways

Passengers desiring to explore the sprawling city of Abu Dhabi can now do so even with a free one-night hotel stay courtesy of Etihad Airways. To win a free room, just book an Economy Class ticket between now and 15 September for travel until 30 September and get a free one-night hotel stay with breakfast when you stopover in Abu Dhabi. How to Book Your Stopover: Booking your stop-over in Abu Dhabi is easy and involves the following two steps: Book your Economy Class ticket on etihad.com or via preferred travel agent Complete the hotel booking form and you will be contacted within 48 hours to book your free stay. Hotel voucher will be shared via email. Abu Dhabi offers a unique experience fo

Emirates Steps Up Passenger Experience with Home Check-in

Emirates has introduced Home Check-in, a new service which allows its customers to check in for their flights from anywhere in Dubai. The service is available for customers across all classes travelling on Emirates flights. The service enables passengers to complete the security check and check-in from the comfort of their home, hotel or office and have their luggage transported to the airport prior to their flight. An Emirates check-in agent will arrive at the preferred location to weigh and tag the bags as well as check-in the customers and issue boarding passes. Customers can then make their own way to the airport and head directly to immigration, bypassing the check-in desks at the airpo

SAA Offers Discount on Business Class Upgrade

South African Airways is discounting the price to upgrade from an Economy Class seat to a Business Class seat on most of its flights. You can get up to 20% off your upgrade when you travel between 24 Apr and 3 May 2018. StepUp your flight now and you too can experience luxury travel at its finest. The discount offer excludes flights between Johannesburg and New York, Luanda and Mauritius. Once you have obtained confirmed flight tickets, you will be sent an email notifying you about potential availability of seats for upgrades, along with a link to the Step-Up Offer page, where you can start bidding. If you have confirmed flights and do not receive an email, you may check your eligibility on

Will There Be More Slot Co-ordinated Airports in Africa?

Airport slot negotiations are the preserve of the World's more congested airports. However, the SLOTS conference will take place in Cape Town next June and so with this in mind, Jon Howell (JH) of AviaDev spoke to Lara Maughan (LM), Head Worldwide Airport Slots for IATA JH: As head of worldwide airport slots, can you provide an overview of what your role entails? LM: As Head of Airport Slots I am responsible for IATA’s activities related to the twice a year Slot Conference, managing and promoting the Worldwide Slot Guidelines (WSG) to maintain a consistent, harmonised airport slot process and leading IATA’s efforts on slot policy development. The slot team at IATA work on behalf of our membe

RwandAir Commences Direct Flights Between Kigali and Abuja

RwandAir, today commenced direct flight operations between Kigali , the capital of Rwanda and Abuja the capital city of Nigeria. Operated by a Boeing737-700, the inaugural flight which left Kigali this morning, touched down at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport this afternoon to a warm welcome by water salute. With the new service, Abuja has become RwandAir’s second destination in Nigeria, the first destination being Lagos where it flies daily from Kigali. The new Kigali-Abuja will be served directly from Kigali four times a week, on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays. The new service will help RwandAir increase connectivity between East & West Africa and the rest of the network

Air Peace and Crew Win Nigerian Institute of Public Relations Awards

Nigeria's Air Peace and six of its crew members have won the Nigerian Institute of Public Relations (NIPR) “National Carrier of Repute” and “Nigerian Crew Member of Repute” awards respectively. President of NIPR, Dr. Rotimi Oladele presented the awards to the airline and its crew members during the annual conference of the institute in Umuahia, Abia State on Thursday. Oladele affirmed that the carrier's on-time performance, customer service, safety and fleet maintenance reputations were unparalleled. According to Oladele, 20 airlines were covertly assessed by the institute's teams on board 29 flights and at the airlines' offices and Air Peace and its crew emerged winners after securing a to

PaxEx: British Airways to Serve Union Hand-Roasted Coffee

British Airways is partnering with British specialty roaster, Union Hand-Roasted Coffee, to provide customers with great tasting coffee in the air and on the ground. The airline will be serving the UK based company’s hand-roasted coffee in all of its UK lounges and to those travelling in its First and Club World cabins, from next month. Founded in 2001 the east London based Union Hand-Roasted Coffee, is one of the UK’s largest speciality coffee roasters and suppliers. Together with British Airways, the direct trade coffee supplier has developed an exclusive blend that works well at 35,000ft. Sourced from Peru the medium roast blend has espresso tasting notes of chocolate, pecan, and caramel,

Nairobi-New York Service: Kenya Airways Campaigns in the US

Ahead of its planned Nairobi-New York direct flight, Kenya Airways Group Managing Director and CEO Sebastian Mikosz yesterday wrapped up his three-day market visit to the United States. While in the US, Mr Sebastian met with various transport and tourism stakeholders including the New York Tourism Board and the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey. The objective of his visit was to engage with Travel Management Companies and Tour Operators to consolidate partnerships to promote the upcoming Kenya Airways non-stop flight to the US. Kenya Airways will on 28 October this year launch the first ever non-stop flight from Nairobi to New York linking East Africa to North America, opening up wider

IHG Signs Double Hotel Deal in Egypt with Arabia Hotels

InterContinental Hotels has announced the signing of two new hotels in Giza, Egypt - Holiday Inn Giza Sun Capital and Staybridge Suites Giza Sun Capital, in partnership with Arabia Hotels. The announcement was made at the Arabian Travel Market 2018. The new development aligns with IHG’s strategy for portfolio expansion across Middle East and North Africa. Scheduled to open in 2023, the 200-room Holiday Inn Giza Sun Capital and 150-rooms Staybridge Suites Giza Sun Capital will be the first IHG hotels to open in the area. Both hotels will be part of Sun Capital, a mixed-use project that will include the largest commercial area in Egypt, a luxury commercial mall and an Egyptian Cultural them

Ethiopian Airlines Academy Partners Aviation School Club in Nigeria

Ethiopian Airlines is partnering with Aviators Africa School Club (AASC), to meet with the growing pace of air traffic and to ensure the availability of seasoned manpower in the sector. Aviators Africa Academy (AAA), an initiator of the school club in Nigeria was born out of the need to inspire the next generation in the aviation and aerospace in the country. Manager, Sales and Business Development, Ethiopian Airlines Aviation Academy, Mrs Tigist Terefe said the airline was pleased to be partnering with the school club in ensuring that the sector has adequate manpower. She said the Ethiopian Airlines Academy has been providing assistance to other Africans countries in the area of personnel t

PaxEx: Qatar Airways to Provide Gate-to-Gate Internet Access

Qatar Airways will begin to provide gate-to-gate internet connectivity onboard allowing the provision of internet service onboard aircraft at all altitudes. Previously, internet connection was only permitted when an aircraft was higher than 3,000 meters above sea level. When approved by Qatar’s Communications Regulatory Authority, Qatar will become the first country in the Middle East and North Africa to provide gate-to-gate internet connectivity in-flight. Improvements in technology now ensure that on board internet service does not cause harmful interference to either aircraft operations or land-based public mobile networks. However to avoid any interference to aircraft and land-based mobi

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