Turkish Airlines, ZTO Express and PAL Air Sign JV Partnership

Turkish Airlines’, Turkish Cargo, Chinese cargo giant ZTO and Hong Kong based PAL Air Ltd have entered into a partnership deal to build a Joint Venture company. The joint venture company signed in Istanbul recently, will operate as a Global Express/Courier company mainly focusing on Global E-commerce market with full door to door services. After reaching fully functional and operational levels, the Joint Venture is expected to take place within the world’s largest integrators and will in 5 years, generate over 2 billion USD of revenue. The deal is yet another strategic step from Turkish Airlines before moving to the New Istanbul Airport which will be opened by 29th of October this year. When

Etihad Airways Chef Breaks Guinness World Record on Everest

Etihad Airways Inflight Chef, Sanjay Thakur, has broken world record for creating and serving dinner to guests at the highest pop-up restaurant in the world, at Everest Advanced High Camp. Accompanied by fellow chef Soundararajan Palaniappan, Mr. Thakur completed the grueling mission earlier this month, reaching the high camp and serving the meal at an altitude of 5,585 metres above sea level. Mr. Thakur’s record-breaking achievements were celebrated at Etihad’s headquarters recently with a special ceremony attended by Etihad senior management and staff. The world record-holding chefs prepared for months to make the attempt, including acclimatisation and fitness training, and complex logisti

Proflight Zambia Offers 2-For-1 Deal on Lusaka-Lilongwe Route

Proflight Zambia is warming customer’s hearts with a winter sale on its Lusaka-Lilongwe route to encourage customers to explore Zambia and experience the warm heart of Africa. Passengers can fly for only US$400 return for two people travelling together, including taxes. As the winter season takes off, travellers can take advantage of Proflight’s winter sale until August. The promotional flights are valid for two adults travelling together on return journeys in July and August, in either direction. The new promotion on the Lusaka-Lilongwe route represents significant savings for customers, who can make bookings easily from the airline's website using the promo code ‘FlyLilongwe. There are no

West Africa Hotel Expansion: Nigeria Maintains Top Spot

Nigeria holds its pole position for hotel development in West Africa despite a slight reduction on last year, according to a regional focus by the annual hotel pipeline survey from Lagos-based W Hospitality Group. Details of the survey, which covers the whole of Africa, will be one of the key discussions at the Africa Hotel Investment Forum (AHIF), which the Kenyan government has announced will return to Nairobi, in October this year. Nigeria, the giant of Africa, has the largest pipeline in West Africa (and the 2nd largest on the continent), with the concentration being in Lagos and Abuja, the commercial and political capitals, respectively. There is, however, an increasing number of

British Airways and Comic Relief Launch New Safety Video

Iconic celebrities including Sir Michael Caine, Olivia Colman and Joanna Lumley have come together to create the second installment of British Airways’ star-studded pre-flight safety video. The new safety video will roll out onboard the airline's short-haul flights during July, before rolling out on long-haul flights from August 1. In the video, seven celebrities are seen ‘auditioning’ in humorous sketches while also landing important safety messages. They are under the watchful eye of comedian Asim Chaudhry, who attempts to direct their every move. The new film builds on the success of the first installment, which featured the likes of Gordon Ramsay, Sir Ian McKellen and Thandie Newton, and

Air Peace Dismisses Prophecy of Impending Accident as Fake

Air Peace and Omega Fire Ministries have dismissed a recorded voice message trending on Whatsapp and other social media channels warning members of the public of unpleasant consequences if they patronised some transport companies, including the carrier, on certain days. A statement issued by Air Peace Corporate Communications Manager, Mr. Chris Iwarah said the voice message was the handiwork of fraudsters disguising as the renowned leader of Omega Fire Ministries to spread fear and demarket the airline. He confirmed that the airline contacted the church allegedly behind the recorded voice message and the latter dismissed the warning as a product of fraudsters and impostors seeking to deceive

Summer Travels: EK Advises Passengers to Arrive Early

Ahead of the busy summer season which starts today, Emirates has rolled out some important travel advice for passengers intending to travel to any of its destinations. Emirates expects high passenger traffic on its flights this upcoming weekend, starting from Friday 29 June as travellers journey out for their summer holidays and long breaks. Over 220,000 travellers will be passing through Emirates Terminal 3 at Dubai Airport during the upcoming two weekends with the busiest weekend day for the airline expected to be today, Friday 29 June as well as the following weekend starting 6 July. Emirates advises customers to arrive at the airport at least three hours before flight departure, and cust

PaxEx: NAS Brings Comfort to Cairo Airport with New Pearl Lounge

To enhance on-the-ground passenger comfort, National Aviation Services has inaugurated its new Pearl Lounge at the Cairo International Airport recently. The development of the new lounge follows a 5 year agreement between the National Logistics Services (NLS), a wholly owned NAS subsidiary and Cairo Airport Authority to develop and operate the lounge. The new Pearl Lounge, located at Terminal 2 in Departures, covers an area of 540 square meters and offers the ultimate in comfort and luxury to all passengers. Services in the new lounge include complimentary Wi-Fi, tablets, charging power points, food, beverages, seating and a kids entertainment area to relax and unwind or catch up on work. NA

Courtyard By Marriott Debuts 'Courtyard: Unstoppable' Series

Courtyard by Marriott has debuted its new 12-part docuseries, “Courtyard: Unstoppable,” which builds on the brand’s continued evolution and shared passion with its guests for never settling and always moving forward. The series, produced in part as a creative collaboration with the Marriott Content Studio and Whistle Sports, will take viewers behind-the-scenes of the football world like never before. It will showcase 12 unique individuals that are pursuing their personal and professional passions, exceeding expectations and breaking barriers within their fields. The docuseries is an expansion of Courtyard’s new “Passion Moves Us Forward” platform and an evolution of the brand’s popular “Cour

Nairobi-New York Flights: Kenya Airways Woos Business Travellers

Kenya Airways has called on United States investors and Kenyan business community to take advantage of the non-stop flights to New York which will link Africa to the United States. The inaugural non-stop flight is scheduled to be flagged off the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) Nairobi for the John F. Kennedy Airport on October 28, 2018. Kenya Airways will be offering unique products as the only airline with non-stop daily flights between East Africa and the United States. New York will be the airlines 52nd destination. The new Nairobi- New York non-stop service will be operated with Kenya Airways state-of-the-art Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner offering passenger pleasing features. Kenya

Lagos Tourism Shines at Accra Weizo West African Tourism Fair

The new push to position Lagos as the Tourism hub of West Africa and the Entertainment Capital of Africa was put on display during the recently held Accra Weizo Travel Expo in Accra, Ghana. Lagos State mounted an exhibition along with 20 other firms at the 2 day event which took place at La Palm Royal Beach Hotel. The well attended travel event was supported by the Ghana Tourism Authority (GTA). Lagos was represented by Mr. Babatunde Anann and Mrs. Adanma Oni both Directors at the Ministry of Tourism Lagos with the Lagos Tourism Video played on the screen for most parts of the first day of the expo during breaks. The second day of the event was dedicated to Tourism as both Lagos and Ghana To

Protea Hotels Named Coolest Hotel Brand in South Africa

Protea Hotels by Marriott, has been named the country’s Coolest Hotel Brand in the South African market in the Sunday Times Generation Next Survey 2018. This is the 8th time in a row that the brand has won this coveted award, indicating a deep understanding of a rapidly evolving marketplace. Protea Hotels forever-young market, including the next generation, contains a vital segment of progressive individualists and forward-thinking travelers. The hotel brand prides itself with an associate complement that is representative of the younger generation, a feature that contributes to successful service delivery to this market. The prestigious Generation Next Survey is an industry benchmark for br

Ghana Fam Trip: The Sanctuary, The Cruise and Other Things

"Get ready, your name is on the list and we are travelling on the 19th." This was how the organizers of the Accra Weizo informed me that I would be joining a team of travel Journalists and Bloggers for the Ghana Fam Trip which was a runner-up to the 2018 Accra Weizo. I had been to Ghana a couple of times, but had never had an opportunity to explore the former Gold Coast, so when this opportunity came, I grabbed it with both hands. And so with high expectations and curiosity waiting to be satisfied, I dusted my bag, put on my wanderluster shoes and let my imaginations run wide. To make the trip even more interesting, we were going to travel from Lagos to Ghana by road, something I had never d

Captain Suffers Massive Heart Attack While Landing Plane

On Saturday evening, an IndiGo Airlines pilot suffered a massive heart attack mid-air, while on a flight from Imphal to the Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport in Kolkata. News18 reports that the 63-year-old pilot, Captain Silvio Diaz Acosta complained of acute chest pain to his co-pilot as he also began to sweat profusely when he was about to land his flight. Despite the intense pain and profuse sweating, the sick Captain Acosta and his co-pilot managed to land the plane successfully at 4:45 pm. he Airbus A320 aircraft carrying 176 passengers. On landing in Kolkata, Captain Acosta was rushed to the medical unit inside the airport. He was reported to be critical and was referre

PaxEx: Qatar Airways Brings Oryx Kids Club On-Board

In a bid to position itself as the airline of choice for families, Qatar Airways has launched Oryx Kids Club On-Board Children's Programme, offering enhanced experience for young travellers. The new Children's Programme will provide kids with specially designed plush toys, activity packs and special meal boxes featuring their favourite super heroes from the Oryx Kids Club. Children travelling on ultra long-haul routes are now able to enjoy their flight with their favourite super heroes from Oryx Kids Club: “Orry” and “Orah” the Oryx and their friends Kamil the camel, Faaiz the falcon and Farrah the desert fox. The programme will extend to long-haul flights from 1 July 2018, and on short-and

America's PAC-DBIA Delegation Visits Ethiopian Airlines

The United States Under Secretary of Commerce Gilbert Kaplan led a large delegation of U.S. businesses and officials from across the U.S. government on a visit to Ethiopian Airlines. Under Secretary Kaplan met with Ethiopian Airlines CEO Tewolde Gebremariam, to discuss potential ways for U.S. companies to partner with Ethiopian Airlines to achieve even greater growth, including in the construction and operation of new airports. The rest of the group toured Ethiopian Airlines’ impressive aviation academy and cargo facilities. During the visit, Ethiopian Airlines announced deals with General Electric (GE) and Honeywell and a training grant from the U.S. Trade Development Agency (USTDA). USTD

Blazing the Trail: Nigeria’s Air Peace Gets First Female Pilot

Nigeria’s leading airline, Air Peace on Monday matched its pledge to always ensure gender equality by giving one of its female pilots, Sinmisola Ajibola command of the cockpit. Sinmisola, who joined Air Peace in February 2017 as a Senior First Officer (SFO), made history as the airline’s first female captain. She is from a family of pilots - father and four brothers, three of whom are with Air Peace. Presenting the new captain to the Chairman of Air Peace, Mr. Allen Onyema for decoration, the Chief Pilot, Capt. Victor Egonu said he predicted Sinmisola’s elevation on the first flight with her. Sinmisola was decorated with her captain epaulletes at Air Peace Corporate Headquarters in Lagos in

Ritz-Carlton and Hearst Magazines Launch “The Stay”

The Ritz-Carlton have announced a global collaboration with Hearst Magazines Digital Media on “The Stay,” a groundbreaking digital campaign that explores the infinite possibilities offered by a stay at The Ritz-Carlton through the lens of five original short films. To kick off the campaign, the luxury hotel brand and digital media company teamed up to launch a worldwide talent call in a bid to discover the next big talent in filmmaking. The contest asks emerging writers and directors to submit screenplays setting the scene for their take on “what happens next” after two actors enter a bustling Ritz-Carlton hotel lobby, check in and are shown up to their suite. A panel of 5 judges will select

Four Seasons Safari Lodge Serengeti Reveals New Game Drive Circuits

Located in the heart of the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania, Four Seasons Safari Lodge Serengeti is blessed to have abundant wildlife sightings all year round. To best take advantage of this, the luxury safari lodge has launched four new game drive circuits, close to the lodge, to allow guests to have even greater access to viewing some of the Serengeti’s greatest creatures up close. In partnership with Tanzania Parks Authority, Four Seasons expert driver guides have identified new circuits around the region of the Lodge, with routes ranging from 10 to 25 kilometres. The new circuits, which include a westerly loop towards Robanda and a southerly route to include the Kilimafedha picnic si

Airbus to Support Development of Aerospace Industry in Côte d'Ivoire

Airbus and the government of Côte d’Ivoire have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to develop Côte d’Ivoire aerospace industry and make it a hub for aerospace technology in Africa. The MoU was signed today by His Excellency Amadou Koné, Minister of Transport of the Republic of Côte d'Ivoire and Mikail Houari, President Airbus Africa Middle East. Present at the signing ceremony were His Excellency Daniel Kablan Duncan, Vice President of the Republic of Côte d'Ivoire, and Guillaume Faury, President Airbus Commercial Aircraft. Under the terms of the MoU, Airbus and the government of Côte d'Ivoire will explore channels of cooperation in developing the aerospace sector in Côte d'Ivoire i

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