Network Expansion: Ethiopian Airlines Spreads Wings to Bengaluru

Ethiopian Airlines will launch scheduled passenger flights between Addis Ababa and Bengaluru, India with effect from 27th October 2019. The four weekly direct flights to Bengaluru will be operated on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Sundays using a Boeing 737-800NG. Flight ET 0690 will depart Addis Ababa by 23:00 and arrive Bengaluru by 8:00 local time. Flight ET 069 will depart Bengaluru by 2:30 and arrive Addis Ababa by 6:35 local time. The addition of Bengaluru to Ethiopian Airlines Indian network will give wider menu of choices to the fast-growing air travelers between India and Africa and beyond. The increasing flight frequencies and number of gateways in India will facilitate trade, i

Etihad Airways Adds Fourth Daily Service to London Heathrow

Etihad Airways will boost its services between Abu Dhabi and London Heathrow by adding a fourth year-round daily service between the two capitals, launching on 27 October 2019. The new service will introduce a convenient mid-morning departure from Abu Dhabi and a late evening departure from London Heathrow and follows the introduction of additional seasonal services this summer. The additional service will be operated by a next-generation, two-class Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner offering 299 seats including 28 Business Studios and 271 Economy Smart Seats. This complements the 3 other services operated by 486-seat Airbus A380s featuring The Residence, 9 First Apartments, 70 Business Studios and 405

Designed For Comfort: Inside British Airways’ First Airbus A350

British Airways’ first Airbus A350 with registration G-XWBA, touched down at London Heathrow Airport last weekend, featuring the airline’s newest generation business class seat, Club Suite. The newly-branded 'Club Suite' offers direct-aisle access, a suite door for greater privacy and luxurious flat-bed seats in a 1-2-1 configuration. Designed for today's customer, the Club Suite offers 40% more storage, vanity unit and mirror, WiFi, 18.5-inch inflight entertainment screens, high definition gate-to-gate programming, and USB power. As well as a new 56-seat Club World cabin, the three-cabin A350 features the latest World Traveller Plus cabin (56 seats) with new furnishings including a plush ne

Park Inn by Radisson Opens Second Hotel in Makkah

Park Inn by Radisson has expanded its Saudi Arabian portfolio with the opening of its second hotel in the holy city of Makkah, the Park Inn by Radisson Makkah Aziziyah. The Park Inn by Radisson Makkah Aziziyah is located just 6km from Al Masjid Al Haram, the biggest mosque in the world and the holiest site in Islam. The hotel consists of 355 modern rooms and suites including twin and king beds. Each room features individual climate control, a sofa bed, safety deposit box and free wireless high-speed Internet access. The hotel is also close to the holy sites of Arafat, Mina and Muzdalifah – as well as Jabal Thawr and Jabal Nur. This allows guests to make the most of their pilgrimage and easil

Air Seychelles to Launch Direct Flights to Tel Aviv in Israel

Air Seychelles will commence a new service between Seychelles and the Israelis capital city of Tel Aviv with effect from 27 November, 2019. The new once-weekly service will be operated on Wednesday by a new Airbus A320neo aircraft offering 12 Business Class seats and 156 Economy Class seats. The aircraft also features the airline's new inflight entertainment platform SeyStream that will allow free wireless downloads of movies and TV shows on guests personal devices. The flight has been carefully timed to provide business and leisure traveller’s convenient connections over the Seychelles to Mauritius, Johannesburg and Mumbai. Located in the Mediterranean coast, Tel Aviv is known for its thriv

Centenary: British Airways Brings New Gourmet Menus on Board

As part of its centenary celebrations, British Airways has launched new onboard gourmet menus for customers travelling with the airline throughout August which is the airline’s birthday month. The new menus, which feature great British flavours, will be available in every cabin on all of the airline’s long-haul flights, allowing customers to enjoy a dish designed by Michelin-starred Tom Kerridge. The airline’s chefs and Tom Kerridge have worked closely to ensure the dishes not only showcase culinary expertise, but also work well at altitude.  The menu includes a variety of fresh seasonal ingredients, such as wild garlic and asparagus, with a focus on British provenance. The menus include: Fi

Aaron Munetsi, AFRAA’s Director, to Speak at Akwaaba Aviation Day

Akwaaba African Travel Market has confirmed the participation of the newly appointed African Airlines Association (AFRAA), Director of Government, Legal and Industry Affairs, Aaron Munetis for this year’s Aviation day. Aaron Munetsi who has vast experience in Aviation Industry will be the lead speaker for the 2019 Akwaaba, African Travel Market Aviation Day. The former Regional General Manager-Africa and Middle East, South Africa Airways, SAA, was responsible for business development and stakeholder management at all levels. Liaison with host government to obtain operating permits and support for South African Airways operations. The 15th Edition of Akwaaba African Travel Market will be ho

NCAA Completes Technical Audit of Air Peace Fleet

On Tuesday, 23 July, 2019, an Air Peace Boeing 737-300 aircraft with Registration Marks 5N- BQO was involved in an incident on landing at Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos. The Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB) is currently carrying out an indepth investigation into the incident to determine the immediate and remote causes responsible for this particular incident as required by International Standards stipulated in International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) Annex 13. The Authority awaits the conclusion and report of the AIB. In the meantime, the NCAA has just completed a thorough technical audit of the airline and its fleet of aircraft with a view to ensuring the airline

Etihad Airways and MAG Alliances Partner to Reward Customers

Etihad Guest, the loyalty programme of Etihad Airways, and MAG Alliances, have announced a new strategic partnership initiative aimed at rewarding customers. Under the new partnership, every customer from MAG Lifestyle Development (MAG LD), will receive benefits including Etihad Guest Miles and tier status upgrades when purchasing property. For every AED 3 spent by customers when purchasing a MAG Lifestyle Development property, one Etihad Guest Mile will be earned, which can be redeemed for Etihad Airways flights, upgrades or even hotel bookings and holiday packages. Etihad’s Reward Shop showcases a range of over 3,000 leading brands in electronics, fashion and gifts, all of which can also b

Ignite Your Travel Imaginations with South African Airways Deals

South African Airways is offering travellers special irresistible deals to ignite their imaginations and create beautiful memories while exploring business opportunities and connecting with family. Whether you want to close a business deal in Hong Kong, discover the many surprises of New York or do a last minute shopping in London, the special offers will ignite your imagination. The deals include flights from Nairobi to Frankfurt from USD 1,399, Harare to London from USD 849, Nairobi to Perth from USD 1,253 and Harare to Sao Paulo from USD 1,899. Others are Luanda to Hong Kong from USD 1,228, Windhoek to New York from NAD 17,334, Dakar to Washington from XOF 811,500 and Windhoek to Munich f

Air Italy Returns to Los Angeles, San Francisco and Toronto

Air Italy will recommence its flights to Los Angeles, San Francisco and Toronto, on March 29th 2020, operating in addition to its existing year-round services to New York and Miami. In addition to the above routes, all of the current 2019 summer schedule to Africa: Cairo, Dakar, Accra, Lagos and Sharm el Sheikh are also on sale for 2020. Air Italy will also be continuing to serve daily multi-frequencies and connections with international flights from Rome, Naples, Palermo, Catania, Lamezia Terme, Cagliari and Olbia. Milan Malpensa remains at the core of Air Italy's 2020 network, with more than 170 weekly flights in the peak season, 26 of which are to North America including New York, Miami,

PaxEx: Air France Brings Live TV Onboard with France 24

Passengers on Air France flights now have complimentary access to TV channel France 24’s full live content, available on all Air France medium-haul flights with Air France CONNECT. On medium-haul flights equipped with the Air France CONNECT connectivity service, customers have access to an entertainment programme portal, in addition to their Wi-Fi access. Passengers can enjoy at no extra charge, a wide selection of films, series and documentaries on their personal smartphone, tablet or PC. This portal also gives them access to real-time news bulletins throughout their flight, thanks to France 24 channel’s live-streaming TV, in French and English. On long-haul flights, Air France also offers

PaxEx: Star Alliance and NEC to Develop Biometric Identification

Star Alliance and NEC Corporation have signed a partnership agreement to develop a biometric data-based identification platform that will significantly improve the travel experience for frequent flyer programme customers of Star Alliance member airlines. The inter-operable platform advances the Star Alliance and NEC strategic vision of delivering a seamless customer journey, while strengthening loyalty value proposition within the travel ecosystem. Once implemented, Star Alliance customers who opt-in to biometrics will have a seamless and hands-free passenger experience, allowing them to pass through curb-to-gate touchpoints within airports, such as check-in kiosks, bag-drop, lounges, and bo

Hajj Season: Etihad Airways Deploys More Flights to Saudi Arabia

Etihad Airways will deploy additional flights between Abu Dhabi and Saudi Arabia to facilitate the movement of thousands of pilgrims during the Hajj season. The airline will operate 15 extra flights between 28 July and 25 August to transport pilgrims to Medina. Additionally, Etihad will operate six charter flights dedicated to the General Authority of Islamic Affairs, Sheikh Zayed Foundation and Abu Dhabi police. The outbound flights will operate from Abu Dhabi to Jeddah and Medina between 1 and 5 August, with return flights scheduled for 16 and 17 August. To facilitate the Hajj travel experience, Etihad will assign a dedicated staff and check-in counters at Abu Dhabi International Airport t

Pamper Yourself in Seychelles with Kenya Airways Hot Deals

Whether you want to 'get lost' on one of the several beautiful islands of Seychelles or visit one of its lush greenery and stunning beaches, Kenya Airways has got you covered. Kenya Airways has rolled out the perfect holiday packages to help you create new memories this summer season in Seychelles on departures from Nairobi. The holiday package starts from USD 998 and includes three nights accommodation on a Bed & Breakfast basis, and a return Economy Class ticket from Nairobi and airport transfers. To benefit from this deal, book by 31 August 2019 and travel by 30 September 2019. To book, call 0711 022 686 or send email to holidays@kenya-airways.com. #kenyaAirways #Seychelles #TravelDeals

Sandton Towers' Atrium Adds Hearty Warmth to Winter Menu

The InterContinental Johannesburg Sandton Towers’ Atrium restaurant has responded to the chilly weather and the growing desire for hearty and warming meals with a winter menu designed to satisfy every palate and appetite. The new menu features a range of salads, including Duck salad with confit duck leg, pomegranate and orange; soups, including Thai chicken soup, and other favourites with a touch of something special. There are also pastas, such as Potato gnocchi with sage beurre noisette, caramelised butternut, balsamic roast vegetables and Napolitana sauce; Deconstructed vegetable lasagne, and other dishes. Main dishes include Lamb rack with roast garlic mash and pearl onion; Springbok sha

TAP Portugal Commences New Direct Flights to Conakry

TAP Air Portugal has enhanced its African operations with the launch of a new service between Lisbon and Conakry, the capital city of Guinea. The three-weekly service will operate on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays from Lisbon using an Airbus A320 aircraft. Flights depart Lisbon at 7:15pm, arriving Conakry at 10:55pm. Flights depart Conakry at 11:45pm, arriving in the Portuguese capital at 5:10am (local time) the following day. Flights between Lisbon and Conakry cost from €299 euros (one-way), with all taxes included. TAP Miles&Go Clients can purchase one-way tickets to Conakry for 23,500 miles. Conakry is one of West Africa’s biggest urban centres, where you should enjoy the city’s rather c

IHG Expands in Dubai with Holiday Inn Dubai Deira Islands

IHG® (InterContinental Hotels Group), has signed a management agreement to develop a new Holiday Inn hotel at the upcoming ‘Dubai Deira Islands’. The signing is aligned with IHG’s strategy to increase its midscale offering in the Middle East and cater to the diverse profiles of guests visiting the region. Expected to open in 2023, the 170-key hotel will 15-minute drive from the city centre and 10-minute drive from the airport. Dubai Deira Islands will be a mixed-use waterfront development featuring almost six million sqft of retail space, 3,000 apartments, hotel rooms, a mall, night souk, a large amphitheatre and a marina. Once completed, the development is set to transform old Dubai into

Entries For Inaugural WTM Africa Travel & Tourism Awards Open

Entries for the inaugural WTM Africa Travel & Tourism Awards are open across 12 innovative categories which reward individuals, small and large organisations for powerful and compelling work in promoting tourism across Africa. Launched at WTM 2019, the WTM Africa Travel & Tourism Awards are to be judged by an independent panel of senior industry professionals and seek to showcase the best-in-class of the global travel & tourism industry. The awards also seek to consolidate the various standalone awards that recognise outstanding travel and tourism businesses across the continent. The names of the categories are a nod to the types of entries the judges are seeking, with the tale of the jou

Tourism: Ethiopia Backs Africa Hotel Investment Forum

Prominent figures from Ethiopia’s public and private sectors have spoken out publicly to welcome the return to Addis Ababa of the Africa Hotel Investment Forum, which is the premier tourism and hotel investment conference in Africa, and to encourage others to attend. AHIF attracts many prominent international hotel owners, investors, financiers, management companies and their advisers. It will return to the Sheraton Hotel, Addis Ababa from 23-25 September, 2019. AHIF was previously held in Ethiopia’s capital city in 2014 and 2015. According to an independent study by Grant Thornton and the international tourism advisory expert, Martin Jansen van Vuuren, of Futureneer Advisors, the event is f

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