Emirates Increases Flight Frequency Between Dubai and Toronto

Emirates will introduce two additional flights between Dubai and Toronto Pearson, Canada with effect from 18 August, 2018, bringing the service to 5 times a week. The additional flights will be operated on Saturdays and Sundays by the A380 offering private suites in First Class, lie flat seats in Business Class and spacious seats in Economy Class. On Saturdays, Flight EK241 will depart Dubai at 03:30 and arrive in Toronto at 09:30. The return flight, EK242, will leave Toronto at 14:25 and arrive Dubai at 11:40 the next day. On Sundays, EK241 will depart at 03:30 and arrive in Toronto at 09:30. The return flight, EK242, will leave Toronto at 14:30 and arrives in Dubai at 11:25 the next day. T

Delta One Suites and Premium Select to Debut on More TP Routes

More flights across the Pacific with Delta One suites and Delta Premium Select are coming in 2019, bringing more luxury and comfort to Delta customers flying between the U.S and Asia. As Delta takes delivery of additional A350-900 aircraft and refurbishes more Boeing 777-200ER and LR aircraft, customers will enjoy more flights to more destinations with Delta One suite, Delta Premium Select and comfortable main cabin. The new routes include Minneapolis/St. Paul to Tokyo-Haneda on the Boeing 777-200ER from 16 November; Atlanta to Tokyo-Narita on the Boeing 777-200ER from 1 March. Others are Seattle to Tokyo-Narita on the A350-900 from 1 March; Los Angeles to Tokyo-Haneda on the A350-900 from 3

Global CEOs to Share Personal Insights at AHIF in Nairobi

When the Africa Hotel Investment Forum (AHIF) takes place in Nairobi in October, it will host the strongest line up of global hotel industry CEOs in its history in Nairobi. Industry CEO that will be present include Christopher J. Nassetta, President & CEO, Hilton and Chairman, WTTC; Federico J. González, President & CEO, Radisson Hotel Group; Sébastien Bazin, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, AccorHotels; Alex Kyriakidis, President & Managing Director, Middle East & Africa, Marriott International. Others are Olivier Granet, Chief Executive Officer, AccorHotels Middle East and Africa; Cedric Guilleminot, Chief Executive Officer, Onomo Hotels; Mossadeck Bally, Chief Executive Officer, Az

British Airways Extends Promo for Nigerian Passengers

Due to popular demand, British Airways has extended the “BA Promo for Two” Summer Fare Offer that was introduced last week for passengers travelling from Nigeria. The offer which was originally available for three days starting from 13 July to 15 July, has now been extended to included bookings made between 25 July and 7 August, 2018. The fare in Business class still starts from as low as $2391 per person and it’s opened to customers flying from Lagos or Abuja to London. Customers are advised to take advantage of the offer right now by contacting their travel agent or by calling the BA CALL centre on 0800 2222 557 or 0708 0601736 or visit www.ba.com. To be eligible to access the “BA Promo fo

PaxEx: Etihad Airways Launches New Kits From ACQUA DI PARMA

To further enhance the onboard experience its customers, Etihad Airways has launched a major new partnership with the Italian fragrance brand, ACQUA DI PARMA. From August, Etihad will introduce exclusive amenity bags and toiletries for customers travelling in The Residence on its Airbus A380s, and on long-haul First Class and Business Class flights. The iconic brand will also feature in the airline’s flagship First Class Lounge & Spa in Abu Dhabi. In The Residence, guests are provided with bespoke fragrances and toiletries in their own private shower room, including a Colonia amenity kit. Colonia Pura is provided for men and Magnolia Nobile for women. Yellow, the colour synonymous with the I

Network Expansion: KLM Spreads Wings to Boston

KLM Royal Dutch Airline will begin operating flights between Amsterdam Airport Schiphol and Boston in the United States with effect from 31 March 2019. The three weekly service will be operated with a 292-seat Airbus A330-300 offering 30 seats in World Business Class, 40 seats in Economy Comfort Class and 222 seats in Economy Class. The new service will operate on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays but from 1 July 2019, a fourth weekly flight will be operated on Mondays. KL0617 departs Amsterdam Schiphol at 17.00 CET, arriving Boston at 18.30 local time. KL0618 departs Boston at 22.00 local time, arriving Amsterdam at 10.35 CET the following day. Boston is in the north of New York and is the la

Katara and AccorHotels to Develop New Hotels in Africa

Katara Hospitality and AccorHotels,have announced an investment of over USD 1bn dedicated to hospitality development in various Sub-Saharan African countries. The fund will be up to USD 500 million in equity, of which Katara Hospitality and AccorHotels will contribute up to USD 350 million and USD 150 million respectively over the next 5-7 years. The development fund will target greenfield projects, brownfield projects and conversions of existing hotels through acquisitions, in a region which offers robust growth opportunities. Approximately 40 hotels will span across the wide range of internationally renowned brands of AccorHotels, from economy to luxury segments, including residences. With

Strange: Body of Newborn Baby Found in Aircraft Toilet

The body of a baby was discovered in the lavatory of an AirAsia India flight by the cabin crew while they were preparing the aircraft for landing. According to India Today, police believe the baby was delivered stillborn onboard the plane performing a flight between Imphal-Guwahati and New Delhi, all in India. Police boarded the plane on landing and retrieved the body. A medical examination performed by a doctor at New Delhi Airport confirmed that the baby was actually delivered onboard. Reports from other news outlets say the baby was found with toilet paper stuffed in its mouth. In a statement, AirAsia said that a suspect had been held by police for further investigation. The investigation

Explore the World From Accra with Kenya Airways Flight Deals

Are you planning to travel from Ghana to the world? Kenya Airways has rolled out deals for passengers travelling from Accra to some of its popular destinations around the world. Whether you want to discover the many surprises of Johannesburg or the iconic skyscrapers of New York or the beautiful skyline of Dubai, you can benefit from the Kenya Airway’s deals. The deals which are for return flights in the Economy Class, are for travels between 27 July, 2018 and 27 October, 2018 except for New York offer which is for travels between 28 October, 2018 and 31 December, 2018. The deals include flights from Accra to Nairobi (from GHS 3,189.5), Dubai (from GHS 2,242.2), Johannesburg (from GHS 1,962.

IHG to Debut Kimpton Boutique Brand and Voco Hotels in UK

InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) has confirmed the UK debut locations for its luxury boutique brand Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants and its recently launched upscale brand, voco Hotels. This follows the agreement in May, with Covivio (formerly Foncière des Régions), to rebrand and operate 12 high-quality open hotels in the UK and one pipeline hotel. Nine of the hotels have joined IHG’s brand portfolio, making IHG the UK’s leading luxury hotel operator. The remaining three open hotels are expected to join IHG's portfolio in Q3 2018. Locations of the IHG's leading luxury boutique brand Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants in the UK include London, Manchester, Edinburgh and Glasgow. Renowned for their

SunExpress Eyes West African Routes with Boeing 737 MAX

SunExpress is considering launching non-stop routes from both Turkey and Germany to West Africa which will be operated with Boeing 737 MAX 8s. Disclosing this to Routesonline, its head of network planning & scheduling Wilken Bellmann said the airline was considering launching flights to Accra and other West-African routes. "We need to have discussions before we launch any routes but we are definitely having discussions. The internal data is interesting but route development is a long process and we have to be really sure it is feasible.” he said. The leisure carrier which is a 50/50 joint-venture between Lufthansa and Turkish Airlines has a total of thirty-two Boeing 737 MAX 8s on order with

Robot City: British Airways to Launch Direct Flights to Pittsburgh

British Airways will launch direct flights between London Heathrow and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in the United States of America with effect from 2 April, 2019. The new year round service will operate four times per week on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays using one of British Airways’ newest Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner. Flight BA0171 will depart London Heathrow at 5.00pm and land in Pittsburgh at 8.15pm, while the BA0170 will leave Pittsburgh at 9.50pm, arriving into London at 10.25am the following day. British Airways will become the only airline to offer direct flight from UK to Pittsburgh. Special return fares from £600 in Economy and £1068 in Business available on ba.com. The new ro

Summer: Abidos Hotel Apartment Dubai Offers Deals

Abidos Hotels and Apartment, Dubai is offering guests accommodation and tour deals to explore the city of Dubai while having the holiday of their lives. The offer includes booking an apartment for 3 or 5 nights at AED385/night and enjoy free dhow cruise, city tour, 1-day car rental (3-night booking), or 2-day car rental (5-night booking). The package also includes complimentary airport drop-off, late 3pm check-out and early 10am check-in, complimentary fruit basket on arrival and 15% discount on laundry and restaurants. The offer is available at Abidos Hotel Apartment, Al Barsha and Abidos Hotel Apartments, Dubai Land. It is valid from 1 April 2018 to 30 September 2018 except on Eid Holidays

FLIGHT REVIEW: Kenya Airways: Accra to Nairobi

Kenya Airways Boeing 737-800 Business Class Seats: Photo credit: Mighty Travels After a tiresome period of planning our wedding, yearning for something exciting yet not too different was the only way we could unstuck ourselves from that rut of stress and travelling was the ideal option to test ourselves. However, having an enjoyable trip was the main thing that determined the pre-trip choices we made. Choosing a holiday destination wasn’t difficult as we already had Nairobi, Kenya in mind. But deciding on the airline to travel with was a gamble. I needed a new experience all together as I had used both Kenya Airways and RwandAir twice or thrice. Ethiopian Airlines has been the preferred choi

Etihad Airways to Deploy Boeing 787 Dreamliner to Rabat, Morocco

Etihad Airways will introduce the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner on its services from Abu Dhabi to Rabat, capital of the Kingdom of Morocco, with effective 3 October 2018. The technologically advanced Boeing 787-9 which has three cabins, will replace the Airbus A330-300 aircraft currently serving the route. Etihad Airways’ three-class version of the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner offers 235 seats including 8 private First Suites, 28 Business Studios and 199 Economy Smart Seats. With the introduction of the Boeing 787-9 on Rabat flights, customers travelling on Etihad Airways’ Moroccan routes will enjoy product consistency including the latest inflight technology. Adding the 787 Dreamliner on all our Moroc

Odd World: Dog Forces Flight to Make Emergency Landing

Wonders, they say, shall never end. A passenger aircraft was forced to make an emergency landing in Moscow after a small dog triggered an alarm onboard. According to a report by AviationVoice, the dog somehow opened the luggage compartment from the inside where it had been kept for the flight thereby triggering an alarm onboard. The Captain of the Boeing 737 flight travelling from St. Petersburg informed the ground services of the complications as it was approaching the Russian capital on Sunday. The alarm went off at an altitude of 13,000 feet. The crew safely performed an emergency landing at Moscow Sheremetyevo Airport, and no one was hurt including the dog.

Marriott Int'l Debuts on Alibaba’s ‘Tmall Super Brand Day’

Marriott International has announced its inaugural participation in Alibaba’s ‘Tmall Super Brand Day’ slated for 28th July 2018, the first hospitality company to do so. Tmall is Alibaba’s Chinese-language e-commerce platform for brands and retailers, with access to over 500 million annual active consumers across Alibaba’s China retail marketplaces. Introduced in 2015, the Tmall Super Brand Day is a campaign driven by Tmall which spotlights select brands for Chinese consumers. Each participating brand has a 24-hour period to offer unique experiences, promotions, flash sales and special offers on the Tmall storefront. To celebrate the Tmall Super Brand Day, Marriott will offer special promotio

Ethiopian and DHL to Build Leading Cargo Company in Africa

DHL Global Forwarding and Ethiopian Airlines, the largest aviation group in Africa, have signed a new agreement to form a joint venture company – DHL-Ethiopian Airlines Logistics Services Ltd. The JV company will be the Leading Cargo Logistics provider in all of Africa. It will be based in Ethiopia and do business in Africa, enhancing Ethiopia’s logistics infrastructure and connections. Ethiopian assumes a majority stake in the JV and will provide regulatory & operational support as DHL establishes freight connections between Ethiopia’s main trade hubs and the world. Pramod Bagalwadi, a DHL veteran with over 20 years of experience, has been appointed to lead the JV. Pramod currently leads th

Nigeria's Air Peace Flies to Monrovia, Launches Abuja-Accra Service

Nigeria's Air Peace will commence flight services from Lagos and Abuja to Roberts International Airport, Monrovia and from Abuja to Kotoka International Airport, Accra on August 6. The new routes which are part of the carrier’s third phase of network expansion project on the West Coast of Africa, would also connect Accra and Monrovia. The launch of the new services will afford air travellers on the Lagos-Monrovia, Abuja-Monrovia, Accra-Monrovia and Abuja-Accra routes the option of efficient, customer-centric alternative. Air Peace launched its first regional flight from Lagos to Accra on 16 February, 2017. On 19 February, 2018, it added Freetown (Sierra Leone), Banjul (The Gambia) and Dakar

World Tourism Leaders to Meet at Uzakrota Travel Summit

About 2,500 tourism professionals will gather in Istanbul, Turkey for the Uzakrota Travel Summit 2018 which will be held at the Hilton Bosphorus Istanbul on 30 November, 2018. The travel and tourism event will have local and foreign tourism professionals in three conference rooms, five scenes and one foyer area.The main sponsors of the event are Amadeus, Emirates Airline, Tourism Korea and GoGlobaland. This year, Uzakrota Travel Summit will bring together travel agencies, tourism tech firms, hotels, agencises serving the tourism industry and bloggers from Turkey and the countries from the close circle will be the most effective tourism summit of Turkey as in the past years. More than 100 lec

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