Discriminatory Racial Profiling: My Experience with Italian Police

Boarding was on-time and seamless. The aircraft looked clean, the crew was cheerful, and the aromatic smell of authentic Italian cappuccino was oozing out from the aircraft galley. Everything I needed to have a great flight was in place and I looked forward to it. As I settled down on my seat, I visually scanned through the aircraft cabin and discovered there were only two black passengers on the full flight, one other person and I. But that wasn't 'bad' enough to make me uncomfortable, even a little. So I fastened my seat belt, switched my mind to a zero state, and waited for takeoff. Perhaps, the first pointer to what I was to experience later, were the in-flight announcements from the cr

Ethiopian Cargo & Logistics Services Wins Best Cargo Airline

Ethiopian Cargo & Logistic Services has been once again crowned with ‘2019 Best Cargo Airline –Africa’ Award at the Air Cargo News Awards ceremony held on April 26, 2019 in London, UK. Air Cargo News is the leading source of cargo news, information, interviews of industry leaders, industry analysis and reports to the global airfreight industry. The “Cargo Airline of the Year” award from Air Cargo News is the most prestigious and highly respected award of recognition in the air cargo industry. In line with its Vision 2025, Ethiopian Cargo & Logistics Services has built the largest cargo terminal in Africa with an annual capacity of around 1 million tons and delivers cargo services spanning ac

Etihad Airways Launches New Customizable Economy Experience

Etihad Airways has unveiled a major Economy transformation programme starting with the cabin upgrade and refurbishment of 23 narrow-body Airbus A320 and A321 aircraft. The retrofit programme, which includes new personalised wireless streaming entertainment to smartphone and tablet devices, is scheduled for completion in August this year. The airline is also introducing a new and improved Economy dining concept on all its flights as part of a wider programme of enhancements to its inflight catering. Guests on narrow-body aircraft will be able to simply log on and connect via browser to wirelessly stream more than 300 hours of free inflight entertainment through Etihad’s onboard Panasonic eXW

Ready For Deal: Expo 2020 Dubai Announces Ticket Prices

The organizers of the upcoming Expo 2020 Dubai have indicated their readiness for business with the announcement of ticket prices for the 173 days of fun in Dubai. You can see the best of the World in one place from 20 October 2020 - 10 April 2021. One-day adult ticket is AED 120 (USD 33) while three-day adult ticket goes for AED 260 (USD 71). The price for the long term season passes will be announced soon. Tickets will be available to the public starting October 2019. Expo 2020 Dubai will host the world for 173 days, each one brimming with new experiences like Food, Music, Tech, Culture and Creativity. And that's just the start! It’ll be a time to create, collaborate and innovate. And it’s

KLM and Air Mauritius Suspend Joint Venture Operations

KLM and Air Mauritius will suspend their joint venture flight operations between Mauritius and Amsterdam at the start of the 2019 IATA Winter season effective from 27 October 2019. The current joint flight operations on the 2 weekly Air Mauritius’ operated flights will continue throughout IATA Summer 2019 season ending on 26 October 2019. Passengers holding tickets beyond this date will be either rebooked to other flights or are eligible for a refund. The long established joint venture between Air France and Air Mauritius will not be affected by the suspension of the Amsterdam - Mauritius route. Guests have the option of travelling via Paris Charles de Gaulle airport to Mauritius where both

Virgin Atlantic Brings GX Aviation Broadband Onboard A350s

Virgin Atlantic will soon raise the bar and offer second-to-none onboard broadband for customers with the deployment of GX Aviation inflight broadband on its brand-new Airbus A350-1000. The news is coming two weeks after the airline revealed the new swanky and innovative interiors for the new A350-1000, which will be equipped with GX Aviation upon delivery. The connectivity service will be available from late summer 2019, allowing passengers to browse the internet, check social media, instant message and more, with speeds comparable to mobile broadband on the ground. Unparalleled onboard experience awaits customers on the new Airbus A350-1000s which will enhance the passenger experience even

IHG and Valor Hospitality to Roll Out Franchise Hotels in Africa

InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG), has signed a Master Development Agreement with Valor Hospitality Partners Africa to roll out multiple franchise hotels over the next 10 years, across IHG’s portfolio of brands. The agreement will see IHG expand its presence in Sub-Saharan Africa, including key countries such as South Africa, Botswana, Mozambique, Mauritius, Ethiopia, Zambia and Kenya. The development which includes midscale, upscale and luxury segments, adds to IHG’s growing pipeline in the Middle East and Africa and cements its position as one of the leading operators in the region. Valor Hospitality Partners Africa is a subsidiary of Valor Hospitality Partners Global that manages assets

Emirates Deploys 'Game Changer' Boeing 777-300ER to Malé

Emirates will deploy its latest Boeing 777-300ER aircraft fitted with the ‘Game Changer’ First Class suites on its Dubai- Malé route from 1st June, 2019. The Maldivian capital will become the first destination in the South Asian region to be served on a regular basis by the new aircraft. Passengers travelling to and from the idyllic archipelago on flights EK658 and EK659, will be experience the fully-enclosed First Class private suites inspired by Mercedes-Benz. From First Class to the Business and Economy Classes, the Boeing 777 features ergonomically designed seats, upgrades and the latest version of the ice inflight entertainment system. The private suites feature floor-to-ceiling sliding

Luxury in The Sky: Inside Four Seasons Hotels Airbus A321LR

Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts has unveiled plans for an all-new Four Seasons Private Jet that will take flight in early 2021, evoking the bygone glamour of air travel coupled with thoughtful, guest-centric design. A new A321LR aircraft, part of the new Airbus NEO family, is being fully customised by Four Seasons and tailored to the continually evolving vision of its industry-first Private Jet experience. The concepts embodied in the current Four Seasons Jet, with its luxurious comforts and amenities, are being taken to the next level with even more space for Private Jet guests and staff to mix and mingle, or simply relax and enjoy the ride. According to Christian Clerc, President, Worldwid

Milestone: Fairfield by Marriott Opens 1,000th Property

Fairfield by Marriott has opened its 1,000th hotel location, making it the second brand in the Marriott International portfolio besides Courtyard by Marriott to reach this milestone. Fairfield has recently experienced rapid global growth in China, Japan, Mexico, India and the United States of America. While the debut of Fairfield by Marriott Inn & Suites Denver Tech Center North sets the milestone, the brand expects to continue its growth explosion with more than 300 hotels anticipated to open by 2021. Since its founding, the Fairfield brand has flourished by working with a core group of owners and developers who have believed in the Fairfield brand’s value proposition for both franchisees a

Explore Europe & America From Nigeria with Air France Deals

Air France has rolled out hot deals for passengers travelling from Nigeria to discover the charms of Europe and tropical paradise in the United States of America. With the hot deals, you can give in to the temptation of travel and set out to explore Europe and New York on board from Lagos and Abuja with Air France Bumper Deals. The deals include economy class tickets from Lagos to London from $ 697, and Manchester from $ 705. Deals from Abuja include London from $ 773, Manchester from $ 620, and Amsterdam from $ 704. Business class deals from Lagos are London from$ 2890, Stuttgart from$ 3124, Frankfurt from$ 3144, Amsterdam from$ 3199, Manchester from $ 3249, and New York from$ 3880. Bus

Air Italy Unveils New Business Class Products and Services

Air Italy has unveiled its fully new on-board Business Class products and services to coincide with the celebration of its inaugural Milan–Los Angeles flights on April 10, 2019. Featuring a stylish and contemporary tableware, cutlery and chinaware, the new Business Class product is being rolled out with a number of service innovations, including dine-on-demand for the rapidly expanding airline’s Business Class customers. The newly-designed contemporary tableware, in-flight dining menus, cutlery and chinaware have all been specially crafted to meet and elevate passengers on-board experience . The Italian airline says the new business class products and services will very shortly be followed u

Bond Afresh With The Maslow Hotel Couples Package

Whether it’s a staycation, city escape or weekend break, The Maslow Hotel Sandton is giving couples to rediscover themselves and bond with the Eros Luxury Couples Package. With the offer, couples can experience memorable romantic moments and enjoy the serenity of Sandton and its sights and sounds from as low as R7 655 PRPN. The special offer includes accommodation with breakfast served in the room, romantic dinner for 2 in Lacuna Bistro, G.H. Mumm Champagne on ice on arrival, sensual Box for, and special turn down – rose petals and bubble bath. Other things included in the offer are oysters’ au natural, sushi selection from UMAI, mignardees with body chocolate, , complimentary WiFi, complime

Emirates to Serve Specially Crafted Iftar Meals During Ramadan

Emirates’ signature Ramadan service will begin on May 5th to coincide with the start of the Holy month, during which the airline expects to serve 1 million dates to customers during iftar and suhoor, both on board and on the ground in Dubai. Emirates’ Ramadan service consists of specially crafted iftar meals on board, relevant programming on its ice inflight entertainment system, and the distribution of dates and water on the ground. Customers breaking their fast on board will be offered iftar boxes with a nutritional meal. Each box consists of couscous salad & grilled chicken or moudardara & roasted chicken, sandwiches, spinach fatayer or tomato and onion fatayer, assorted sweets, dates, la

Ethiopian Airlines Spreads Wings to Marseille, France

Ethiopian Airlines has finalized preparations to launch flight to Marseille, France as of July 02, 2019. Marseille is the second-largest city of France and main city of the historical province. The three-weekly service will operate on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from Addis Ababa and on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays from Marseille. Flight ET0734 will depart Addis Ababa at 23:45 and arrive Marseille at 5:45 am local time. Flight ET 0735 will depart Marseille at 23:05 and arrive Addis Ababa at 06:35 local time. The new service to Marseille will allow Ethiopian Airlines passengers to connect France’s second largest city to destinations in Africa, America, Asia and the Middle East through

Emirates Expands in India with SpiceJet Codeshare Partnership

Emirates and SpiceJet have signed a codeshare deal set to open new routes and destinations for passengers travelling between India and Africa, America, Europe and the Middle East. The partnership will enable Emirates’ passengers to enjoy seamless connectivity on flights to six more destinations in India including Amritsar, Jaipur, Pune, Mangalore, Madurai and Calicut. SpiceJet passengers travelling from Delhi, Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Kochi, Amritsar, Jaipur, Pune, Mangalore, and 43 other domestic destinations will fly to Emirates global network using a single ticket. In October 1985, Emirates launched flights to Delhi and Mumbai. It has since grown iin India with over 170 weekly flights to 9 dest

Level Four at 54 on Bath Gets Exciting New Winter Menu

54 on Bath’s fine-dining and elegant Level Four Restaurant in Johannesburg, South Africa is on point as ever with a fresh new Winter menu and a new dining experience at the ‘Chef’s Table’. This menu offers meals that suit the winter weather and focuses on deliciousness and comfort that excite the palate and warm the body, and appeal to our discerning guests’ expectations. The Chef’s Table seats 5 to 7 people and is positioned so guests can see the kitchen ‘theatre’ unfolding, including the preparation and cooking, plates being plated, and orders being called. The special six-course ‘chef’s choice’ menu includes a surprise seventh course as well as a bottle of Pierre Jourdan Brut and wine pai

Air Italy Launches New Direct Service to San Francisco

Just one week after launching service to Los Angeles, Air Italy on 10 April, commenced non-stop direct service between Milan Malpensa and San Francisco, California in the United States. The new service will be operated four times weekly on Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Tuesdays with an Airbus A330-200 offering 24 seats in Business and 228 in Economy class. Flight IG937 departs Milan at 01:35 pm and arrives San Francisco at 05:10 pm. Flight IG938 departs San Francisco at 07:10 pm and arrives Milan at 04:05 pm the next day. The service benefits from seamless domestic connections between Milan and central and southern Italy, namely Rome, Naples, Palermo, Catania, Lamezia Terme, Cagliari

Try Before You Fly: KLM Launches Facebook Augmented Reality

As of 18 April, KLM has become the first airline worldwide to run a campaign using Facebook’s Augmented Reality (AR) ads format aimed at promoting its destinations on Facebook. KLM less-known destinations like Taipei, Edmonton and Stavanger will now be a click away using this interactive technology. AR technology connects reality and the virtual world. In a virtual world, people on Facebook will be able to discover and explore KLM destinations before booking a ticket. Although the initial test phase will focus on destinations, products and services will also be offered in the future using AR technology. By clicking on the AR ad, people will be able to use the Facebook camera to see themselve

Celebrate Magical Ramadan at Four Seasons Cairo at Nile

Ramadan has always been different in Cairo, where the twinkling decorative lights cover the streets, the coloured lanterns sway gently from almost every building and the festive atmosphere flows through the great city of Cairo, it is simply magical. With the peaceful atmosphere filling Cairo streets in the morning, it is an amazing opportunity to explore downtown Cairo within a 15-minute walk from Four Seasons Hotel Cairo at Nile Plaza. As the sun goes down, it is the time for the long-awaited Iftar. With the fine weather taking over, an Iftar aboard a felucca is a simple yet incredible experience with lavish and exclusive Iftar. Four Seasons Hotel Cairo at Nile Plaza extends the warm and in

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