Brussels Airlines Gets Innovative with Digital e-Newspapers

Brussels Airlines is changing the way passengers read on-board with the introduction of digital alternatives which are replacing newspapers by digital copies on its flights. As from 27 October, Brussels Airlines has removed all printed newspapers from its flights. Guests in all travel classes now receive a subscription to the digital newspaper of their choice. Passengers are embracing the new idea as up to 52% of the airline’s guests already exchanged the paper boarding pass for a smartphone version. The removal of printed newspapers on its 250 flights per day avoids 115 tons of transported weight per year, decreasing fuel consumption and thus CO2 emissions. The switch to digital newspapers

Summer: Air France Launches Flights to Four New Destinations

As from 4 April 2020, Air France will operate 4 new destinations throughout the 2020 summer season: Faro in Portugal, as well as Alicante, Malaga and Valencia in Spain. Already available for ticket purchase on the Air France app or airfrance.com, flights to these 4 destinations will be operated on Saturdays from Paris-Charles de Gaulle, and meet the demand of leisure customers wishing to fly off to the sun. Flights to Faro will be operated by an Airbus A320 with 174 seats (16 in the Business cabin and 150 in the Economy cabin). An old walled city, Faro has a Gothic cathedral, a palace and many other attractions to discover in the maze of its cobbled streets. Beyond its walls, guests will enj

Egypt to Sponsor Visitor Registration at WTM London 2019

Egypt Tourism Authority has been confirmed as the sponsor for visitor registration at this year’s WTM London – the leading global event for the travel industry. The partnership comes just days after the British government lifted the flight restriction to the North African country’s resort town of Sharm el-Sheikh. The removal of the guidelines from the UK will mean there will be a huge push for tourism to Egypt from Britain. Egypt has significantly invested in safety and security measures including CCTV, airport security, GPS on tour busses and continually reviews and enhances these security steps. As part of Egypt’s tourism initiative for 2020, Sphinx airport will charter flights to We

Kenya Airways Marks Successful Year of Non-Stop New York Flights

Kenya Airways has marked one year since starting operating non-stop flights between Nairobi and New York JFK Airport in the United Sates of America. Kenya Airways became the first airline in East Africa to fly non-stop in to New York JFK Airport and since the launched its Nairobi – New York JFK route on October 28th, 2018. It has since the signed 15 Code shares agreements which have seen it steadily penetrate the highly competitive US market. During the year, Kenya Airways has operated 594 flights, carrying ferried over 105,000 passengers and 530 tonnes of cargo from Kenya and 80 tonnes from the other African countries to New York. Since 2018, KQ has focused on expanding its network as part

Etihad and Cleveland Clinic Partner to Promote Medical Tourism

Etihad Airways and Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi, have signed an agreement that will see the two organisations collaborate to promote Abu Dhabi as a premier medical travel destination. As part of the agreement, Etihad will offer specific medical travel packages to key markets around the world, delivering a single solution for booking flights, accommodation and medical treatments at Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi, which covers more than 40 medical and surgical specialties. The move to cooperate on medical travel services was announced as part of both companies’ support for Abu Dhabi’s wider strategy to become a leading centre for medical tourism, announced earlier this year by Abu Dhabi’s Department

The Luxury Collection Unveils Limited-Edition Travel Sets

The Luxury Collection Hotels & Resorts has unveiled an exclusive line of cashmere travel sets in collaboration with Rachelle Hruska MacPherson and her coveted cashmere clothing brand, Lingua Franca. The limited-edition capsule collection, Lingua Franca x The Luxury Collection Travel Sets, includes three kits of beautiful cashmere essentials that speak to the art of travel and are inspired by The Luxury Collection’s dedication to encouraging Global Explorers to explore new destinations and seek out uncharted experiences and new adventures. Each set is hand embroidered and feature Lingua Franca’s first-ever travel-inspired phrases. The Lingua Franca x The Luxury Collection Travel Sets each con

Africa World Airlines and South African Airways Begin Codeshare

Ghana's Africa World Airlines (AWA) and South African Airways (SAA) have commenced the implementation of their codeshare partnership with effective 27 October 2019. The codeshare agreement will apply between Accra - Kumasi, Accra - Lagos and Accra - Abuja. More destinations are planned in the near future once the airlines get the necessary approvals. The partnership is unilateral at the moment, with SAA marketing on the services of AWA as the operating carrier. SAA customers will be able to travel on the routes on one SAA ticket where travel includes Johannesburg. SAA and AWA currently have an interline agreement which provides seamless connections for customers to/from Abuja, Lagos, Monrovi

High Fashion: KLM Launches Jet Legs on Instagram

Starting 28 October, 2019, fans of KLM Royal Dutch Airlines can travel comfortably and in style with the limited edition Jet Legs tracksuit trousers. When KLM introduced Jet Legs, it commissioned a study to see what 1,100 Dutch, German, British, and Norwegian passengers prefer to wear when travelling. More than half (54%) put comfort first when they fly – whether on holiday or for business trips. However, they did not consider tracksuit trousers to be appropriate travel wear. Nearly 50% of the respondents did not find the idea of travelling in sportswear attractive. But if tracksuit trousers could be turned into a fashion statement, 44% would be willing to wear them. KLM has been a pioneer i

Bullona Milano Arrives Four Seasons Hotel Cairo at Nile Plaza

In November 2019, the iconic Bullona concept will open its first residence outside Milan at Four Seasons Hotel Cairo at Nile Plaza. Boasting scenic views of the Nile from the riverfront, Bullona Cairo is the second outpost of the distinguished Bullona Milano, an exclusive bar and restaurant concept and prominent hotspot for the fashionable elite of Milan. Bullona Milano is a contemporary experience set inside an abandoned Milanese train station, housing a seafood restaurant and fish bar, and transforming into a social hub as the evening unfolds. Designed by Pino Scalise, Bullona Milano features walls adorned with handpicked works of art from Scalise’s private collection, and corridors laden

Ethiopian Airlines Commences Flights to Bengaluru, India

Ethiopian Airlines, yesterday 27 October, commenced passenger flights between Addis Ababa and Bengaluru in India. The new four weekly direct flights will operate on Tuesdays, Thursday, Fridays and Sundays using a Boeing 737-800NG aircraft. The schedule is carefully designed to connect passengers efficiently via Addis Ababa with short connections and will provide the fastest and the shortest connections between Bengaluru and more than 60 destinations in Africa and South America. An important ICT hub, Bengaluru is the capital of the Indian state of Karnataka. It is dubbed the ‘Silicon Valley of India’ and serves as the center of technology and innovation. Currently, Ethiopian operates

Create Beautiful Memories From Lagos with Qatar Airways Deals

Summer is over, but winter is coming. Perhaps you know where to travel, but you're thinking of how to get there. Qatar Airways is here for you with deals to across the world. With incredible fares to over 160 destinations around the world, the easiest decision is choosing where to go next. Qatar Airways is making it even easier with up to 40% discount. Book your ticket by 6 November 2019 and save up to 40% on all-inclusive Business Class and all-inclusive Economy Class fares for travel from Lagos between 28 October 2019 and 31 March 2020. Flight offers from Lagos are Delhi: Economy Class from USD 609, Business Class from USD 1,619. Guangzhou: Economy Class from USD 619, Business Class

Homewood Suites by Hilton Debuts in Dominican Republic

Homewood Suites by Hilton, part of Hilton’s All Suites portfolio, has opened its milestone 500th property and its first hotel in the Caribbean, Homewood Suites by Hilton Santo Domingo. The new 145-suite Homewood Suites by Hilton Santo Domingo is designed for guests who want to travel on their own terms. It offers guests all the comforts of home, whether they are traveling for work or enjoying a well-earned getaway. Located at Avenida Winston Churchill 107, Homewood Suites by Hilton Santo Domingo offers guests convenient access to downtown attractions. The hotel is walking distance from the Acrópolis Center and the upscale shopping district of Blue Mall. Guests are also provided all the

WTM London Partners with Sherbet London to Reduce CO2 Emissions

Electric taxi company Sherbet London is setting out to offset 18 tons of CO2 emissions during WTM London 2019 by offering 1,000 one-way airport transfers and taxi rides within London. Sherbet London is the official taxi company for WTM London. There 40 WTM London and London Travel Week branded electric cabs in honour of the 40th anniversary of WTM London. The aim is to offset 18 tons of carbon emissions during the event by offering 1,000 rides in the electric cabs. Each Sherbet electric cab emits just 29g of CO2 per km as opposed to a typical diesel taxi, which emits 222g. WTM London attendees will have a front-row seat to the positive environmental impact of these cabs, by being able

Akwaaba ATM: My Story, My Experience And My Two Kobo

My first time at the Akwaaba African Travel Market was in 2016, when the travel and tourism trade show was already at its 12th edition. Apparently, I came late to the tourism party, I had missed eleven editions, and that was a lot. But putting things into perspective, I was already four years into the business of blogging, a thing I ventured into in 2012. Yes, I was already an unrepentant aviation Blogger. I talked about aircraft and airports, I talked about flights and passenger experience, I talked about takeoff and I talked about landing. But I wanted to talk about something more. Although I had been a travel Blogger, the complementary travel and tourism elements were essentially missin

SAA Operations Normalize Following Aircraft Verification

South African Airways (SAA) flight schedule has returned to normal after the airline has ensured that majority of the aircraft that were identified for the compliance checks have been released back into service. All flights are now operating on schedule. A total of 25 aircraft in SAA’s fleet were identified to undergo a compliance verification process required by SACAA. So far, 21 have undergone the compliance verification process resulting in an 84% completion rate of the identified aircraft. According to SAA, the remaining 4 aircraft are undergoing a scheduled extended maintenance service. Their absence will not affect the airline operations, as they were not included in the schedule to a

Going to the Beach: Air France Launches Flights to the Seychelles

Air France will launch flights between Paris CDG and Mahe Island in the Seychelles with effect from 29 October 2019. The three-weekly flights will be operated between 27 October 2019 and 28 March 2020 using an Airbus A330-200 offering 36 seats in Business, 21 in Premium Economy and 167 in Economy. Flight AF246 leaves Paris-Charles de Gaulle at 17:10 local time, on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.Arrives in Mahé the next day at 6:20 am local time. Flight AF247 leaves Mahé at 8:20 local time, on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays and arrives Paris-Charles de Gaulle at 15:55 local time. Customers on this service can connect to Praslin in the Seychelles, from Mahé, thanks to code-shared

Hyatt Place Dubai Jumeirah Officially Opens to Guests

Hyatt Hotels Corporation has officially opened the Hyatt Place Dubai Jumeirah, the fourth Hyatt-branded select service property in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The new hotel joins Hyatt Place Dubai Al Rigga, Hyatt Place Dubai Baniyas Square and Hyatt Place Dubai Wasl District, all of which are intended to cater to the UAE’s increasing mid-market hotel segment. The new hotel features the Hyatt Place brand’s intuitive design, casual atmosphere and practical amenities, such as free Wi-Fi and shared computers with high-speed internet, accommodating guests’ needs through purposeful service and an overall uncomplicated stay. Located on Al Mina Road near the exclusive Jumeirah neighborhood, the new

Oba of Benin Joins Ooni of Ife as He Bags Africa Travel 100 Award

The organiser of Akwaaba African Travel Market, Mr Ikechi Uko has honoured The Oba of Benin, Omo N'Oba N'Edo Uku Akpolokpolo, Ewuare II with the Africa Travel 100 Global Personalities Award in recognition of his cultural and historical upstanding. The award was presented to him at his palace during the just concluded National Festival of Arts and Culture (NAFEST) in Benin City, Edo State. Oba Ewuare II who is the custodian of all Benin Heritage, the Benin Moat and Igue Festival becomes the third monarch to win the award after the Ooni of Ife Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi and the Oba of Badagry. The presentation was done with the support of the DG of NCAC Otunba Segun Runsewe. The Africa Tr

Asky and Ethiopian Airlines Present Jo'burg and Houston at Akwaaba

The Ethiopian Day at AKWAABA 2019 ended on a grand note with the management of Ethiopian Airlines treating guests to a night of Ethiopian Experience while revealing a positive rise in its fortunes over the years in review. The General Manager of Ethiopian Airline Firiehiwot Mekonnen while welcoming the guests to the event said the Airline proudly flaunts itself as a Pan African Airline. "Ethiopian Airline is positioning it's brand and strategies to touch every part of Africa and Europe and we can say we have recorded successes so far.We project overwhelming success in 2025 judging by the time what we have on ground and a wonderful team. We posted profit this very challenging year." "We ar

Kenya Airways Celebrates New York Anniversary with Discounts

Kenya Airways has rolled out travel deals for its esteemed customers as it celebrates one year of flying to New York, USA. The offer includes 30% discount on all Kenya Airways destinations from Africa to New York and from New York to Africa. This offer is bookable from 21 - 31 October 2019 for travels travels between 22 October 2019 and 31 May 2020. The 30% discount is applicable on base fares. Other terms and conditions apply. Book now. Kenya Airways launched direct service between Nairobi and New York JFK on 28 October, 2018. The flight currently operates seven times a week using a Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner. #kenyaAirways #NewYork #TravelDeals

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