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Spend and Earn Skywards Miles at Emirates Official Store

DUBAI, U.A.E, 08 June 2020 – Emirates Official Store has just made shopping for Emirates merchandise even more convenient and rewarding. Emirates Skywards members can now shop online for Emirates branded items using their Skywards Miles as currency. Members can also earn Skywards ...

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Emirates Offers Flights to 29 Cities and Transits Through Dubai Hub

More flights for passengers will be available from 15th June between Dubai and 16 cities: Bahrain, Manchester, Zurich, Vienna, Amsterdam, Copenhagen, Dublin, New York JFK, Seoul, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Jakarta, Taipei, Hong Kong, Perth and BrisbaneTravellers flying between Asia Pacific, Europe ...

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Airports Of The Future: 10 Predictions for Air Travel

Artists impression of a future airport

Over the past ten years, technologies, such as biometric security, mobile check-in, and baggage tracking, have dramatically transformed the way that travellers experience airports. But this is just the beginning, there is so much more yet to come. Here are ...

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Airline Scoops Awards for Best Wi-Fi and Best Food

Emirates strawberries and cream

DUBAI, UAE, 13 November 2019 – Emirates’ inflight comforts were lauded as it clinched awards for Best Wi-Fi and Best Food & Beverage in the Middle East at the APEX 2020 Regional Passenger Choice Awards™ held in Singapore today. The Best Food & ...

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First Remote Check-in Terminal for Dubai Cruise Passengers

DUBAI, UAE, 11 November 2019 – Emirates’ first remote check-in terminal, outside of the airport, was opened today to provide seamless connections for cruise passengers. The Emirates check-in counters, located at Port Rashid, will allow passengers who are disembarking from their ...

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A Sweet Diwali in the Clouds

chicken curry with sweet potato

Emirates ushers in the festival of lights by treating customers in all classes to an array of sweet and savoury delicacies JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA – 24 October 2019: In celebration of Diwali, Emirates will be offering customers a variety of ...

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Bringing the Spirit of Eid to Airline Passengers

Dubai, UAE, 7 August 2019 – Emirates is bringing the generosity and spirit of Eid Al Adha to all its customers with a special inflight offering from the 11th to the 14th of August. Eid Al Adha is one of the ...

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Airline flights to and from England to screen football finals live

Emirates aircraft seats with Live TV

Airline creates “Stadium in the Sky” screening 2019 UEFA Europa League Final and Champions League Final live on Sport 24 at 40,000 feet Dubai, UAE, 28 May 2019 – Emirates flights with Live TV will screen the UEFA Europa League Final on May 29 ...

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Airline Codeshare Partnership Opens 17 Brazilian Routes

The new agreement will increase choice, flexibility and ease of connection for Emirates passengers travelling to/from Brazil. Brazil, 20 May 2019 – Emirates has announced a new codeshare partnership agreement with LATAM Airlines Brazil covering domestic services in Brazil, providing greater ...

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Airline Showcases Proudly South African Wines Served Onboard

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA, 15 May 2019 – Emirates airline continues its long-standing relationship with South Africa’s top wine producers. Since 2005, the airline has partnered with 25 local wineries, providing travellers with 50 different South African wines to enjoy onboard Emirates flights ...

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Expo 2020 Dubai Pavilion to Focus on Commercial Aviation

Dubai, UAE, 9 May 2019 – Emirates, the Premier Partner and Official Airline of Expo 2020 Dubai, today unveiled the design and visitor experience concepts of its ultramodern pavilion for the 6-month mega-event. The Emirates Pavilion’s design and visitor experience will utilise ...

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Airline To Launch Second Daily Flight To London Stansted

Emirates Boeing 777-300ER

DUBAI, U.A.E., 13 March 2019 –  Emirates has announced the launch of a second daily flight from Dubai (DXB) to London Stansted (STN) starting 01 July 2019. The additional flight means that Emirates customers will now have 11 daily flight options ...

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Airline Offers WhatsApp Boarding Passes

Hand holding phone with WhatsApp icons

Johannesburg, 14 March 2019 – FlySafair has announced that its passengers will now have the option to send their boarding passes straight to their phones via WhatsApp, once they’ve completed the check-in process. This will be especially beneficial to passengers ...

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Ethiopian Airlines Flight ET 302 Crashes En Route to Nairobi

Ethiopian Airlines plane over clouds

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 10 March 2019 – Ethiopian Airlines has confirmed that its flight ET 302/10 March in schedule service from Addis Ababa to Nairobi was involved in an accident today around Bishoftu (Debre Zeit).  All 149 passengers and 8 ...

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Airline Feted at Loyalty Awards 2019

Dr Nejib Ben Khedher, Senior Vice President at Emirates Skywards, holding their Loyalty Award 2019

Dubai, U.A.E., 1 March 2019 – For the second consecutive year, Emirates Skywards, the loyalty programme of Emirates and flydubai, was presented with the accolade for ‘Excellence in Management’ at the Loyalty Awards 2019 dinner held in Paris on 19 February ...

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Dubai Airline Links Cambodia and Thailand

Emirates Boeing 777-300ER aircraft in flight

Airline route to meet growing passenger demand and facilitate seamless travel between capital cities of Cambodia and Thailand; tourism from Southeast Asian countries vital to Cambodia’s economyDaily service between Bangkok and Phnom Penh to offer enhanced connectivity to Emirates’ global ...

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ORTIA Unveils Multi-Billion Airport Precinct Plan

ORTIA Precinct Plan Building

JOHANNESBURG, 12 February 2019 – O.R Tambo International Airport (ORTIA) today unveiled the first phase of an R4.5 billion mixed-use development plan that will see its Western Precinct acquire new offices, retail space, hotel and conference facilities and additional transit-related ...

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Airline Security Staff Face Bribery Charges

bribe money

KEMPTON PARK, 2 January 2019 – The management of O. R. Tambo International Airport have been informed that disciplinary hearings will be held tomorrow (Thursday) for two security company employees filmed taking an alleged bribe at a passport verification checkpoint. ...

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Emirates To Operate A380 To Glasgow

Emirates A380 aircraft landing

DUBAI, U.A.E., 20 December 2018 – Emirates today announced that it will introduce a daily A380 service for a temporary period between Glasgow and Dubai from 16 April 2019.  It will be the first time the popular double decker aircraft will ...

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Airline Takes Delivery Of Boeing Aircraft

Emirates Boeing 777-300ER

EMIRATES TAKES DELIVERY OF ITS LAST BOEING 777-300ER AIRCRAFT A6-EQP is the 190th Boeing 777 aircraft to be delivered to EmiratesEmirates’ modern and efficient fleet strategy to continue with future deliveries of Boeing 777-8 and 777-9 aircraft Dubai, UAE, 20 December ...

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ACSA Signs Airports Agreement With Thailand

Bongiwe Mbomvu, Acting CEO of Airports Company South Africa and Dr Nitinai Sirismatthakarn, president of Airports of Thailand.

JOHANNESBURG, 14 December 2018 – Airports Company South Africa (ACSA) has signed a sister airports agreement with Airports of Thailand Public Company Limited that will enable the two companies to cooperate and share information. A memorandum of understanding covering the ...

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Emirates Announces Exciting Offer to Explore Dubai

Emirates aircraft over Dubai

Emirates is offering South African travellers the opportunity to visit Dubai with a special Economy Class and Business Class roundtrip. Passengers who take advantage of the special will be able to earn Skywards Bonus Miles with the addition of a free third piece of ...

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Ryanair Launches New Transfers Service

Europe’s first and largest low fares airline, Ryanair, has launched Ryanair Transfers, a new transfers booking platform, powered by CarTrawler, allowing Ryanair customers to book the widest range of ground transport including taxis, chauffeur, bus, coach and rail services, all ...

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Cape Town Boosts Air Access to Asia

Cape Town Air Access – a partnership between Wesgro, the Western Cape Government, the City of Cape Town, Airports Company South Africa, Cape Town Tourism, and South African Tourism has welcomed the announcement by Singapore Airlines (SIA) that it will ...

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Emirates Announces South African Fare Sale

Johannesburg, South Africa – 03 January 2018. Emirates announced today its Hello 2018 fare sale, offering special deals on Economy class and Business class return flights to popular destinations for South African travellers. For those looking to take their dream holiday or visit ...

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Tips on Holiday Travel with Kids

If you have kids, no doubt you love them to bits and relish spending time with them over the holidays. But travelling with them can feel like it’s taking the sheen off what should be a special time. It needn’t ...

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Airline Welcomes Zimbabwe Open Skies

Bulawayo, Zimbabwe – Low-cost airline fastjet has welcomed a statement by Zimbabwe’s Minister of Finance and Economic Development, Patrick Chinamasa, that the country is opening its skies to “any airline that wants to fly as many times as possible.” The opening of Zimbabwe’s ...

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African Airports Project Growth for Remainder of 2017

An analysis of seat capacity for travel to the top ten international airports in Africa, produced by ForwardKeys, shows double digit growth in flight arrivals for the first half of this year with little indication that the pace of growth ...

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Cathay Pacific Appoints Country Manager for South Africa

Cathay Pacific has appointed Ashish Kapur as the Country Manager for South Africa and the airline’s Indian Ocean regions, taking over from Rakesh Raicar as of September 2017. Locally he will be responsible for all aspects of the business from ...

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Air Mauritius Flying High Despite Quarterly Loss

Air Mauritius financial results for the first quarter of their 2017/2018 financial year reports positive operating performance despite a bottom-line impacted by a non-realized deficit. The first quarter normally coincides with the low tourist season, for which Air Mauritius forecasted ...

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fastjet Increases SA-Zimbabwe Flights

The low-cost pan-African airline fastjet has increased the number of flights on its route between Johannesburg and Harare, and launched a fifth seasonal flight from Harare to Victoria Falls, in response to strong passenger demand. On its route between Johannesburg and ...

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FlySafair Drops GDS Prices

Johannesburg – 24 May 2017. FlySafair announced today that it has refiled all its fares into the Global Distribution System (GDS) to offer a more competitive solution to the travel trade. New fares will start from just R1 368 including all ...

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Lufthansa Appoints New Africa Region Vice President

As of 01 May 2017, Dr Stefan Kreuzpaintner has been appointed Vice President Sales EMEA (Europe, Middle East, and Africa) Lufthansa Group Airlines. In this position, Kreuzpaintner will be responsible for all sales and commercial activities in the EMEA region ...

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ORTIA Suspends 35 Staff Over Illegal Commissions

Kempton Park, 22 April 2017 – O. R. Tambo International Airport today announced that 35 of 56 information desk staff employed by the airport have been suspended pending disciplinary procedures. The 35 employees have been suspended following an investigation over several weeks into allegations of illegal commissions ...

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Unsustainable Aviation? The US Open Skies Debate

According to the Partnership for Open and Fair Skies, Gulf-owned Qatar Airways, Etihad Airways and Emirates aim to dominate global aviation by exploiting Open Skies policy and using subsidies to exploit their unfettered access to the US market, thereby threatening ...

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Emirates Introduces Electronic Device Service for US Flights

Following the Electronic Device Ban on Flights to US and UK announcement, Emirates will introduce a new service to enable customers to use their laptops and tablet devices until just before they board their flights to the US. Emirates customers travelling to ...

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Electronic Device Ban on Flights to US and UK

South Africans travelling to the UK and USA via Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Cairo, Doha and several other cities will no longer be allowed to use their laptops, iPads, tablets, kindles or e-readers in-flight – following a US and UK government ...

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#TurkishAirlinesHelpSomalia Campaign Success

When Jerome Jarre, a French social media star with 1.3 million Twitter followers (@jeromejarre), learned that Turkish Airlines is the only major airline to send regular flights to Somalia, he started the hashtag #TurkishAirlinesHelpSomalia on Wednesday, March 15 to draw attention to the ...

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Munich Airport & ACSA Expand Sister Airport Agreement

Following the very successful start to the “sister airport agreement” signed by Munich Airport and Airports Company South Africa SOC LTD (ACSA) in October 2015, an expanded agreement was officially signed today (Wednesday, March 8, 2017) at the Bavarian Ministry ...

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Delta’s 2017 Wine Menu is Now Boarding

JOHANNESBURG, March 1, 2017 – Delta’s Master Sommelier, Andrea Robinson, has hand-picked her 2017 Wine selections, offering exclusive choices to Delta One customers flying between South Africa and the United States. The vintages will appear on a rotating seasonal basis, ...

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New Restaurant Opens in Munich Airport’s Terminal 2

The Alps just got a little closer: “Sportalm”, the latest addition to the wealth of food choices in Munich Airport’s Terminal 2, will appeal to outdoor types with its mountain-themed decor and Alpine specialities. The lower level of the new restaurant – which ...

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ACSA to Cut Tariffs by 35.5% from 1 April 2017

Johannesburg, 5 January 2017 – Airports Company South Africa today announced that a new permission to levy airport charges at its airports was promulgated on 23 December 2016 and the resultant impact on airport charges was published in the Government ...

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Peak Season Safety and Security Alert for Airports

The Airports Company South Africa (ACSA) in collaboration with multiple stakeholders, has implemented additional security measures for the festive peak travelling season. History and statistics show that certain criminal activities increase during the peak season. ACSA continues to use security technology aimed ...

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New Air Routes a Boon for Western Cape Tourism

News that Cape Town has five new air routes and four expansions received loud applause from delegates attending the Tourism, Hotel Investment and Networking Conference (THINC Africa) in Cape Town. Tim Harris, CEO of Wesgro, said a “collaborative effort” between ...

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Busy Airports of the World: A StoryMap

This StoryMap from Storetraffic pinpoints the top eight busiest airports as of 2016. This chart is likely to change as passenger capacity increases in different parts of the world but it makes for very interesting reading. Many of us use ...

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New Turkish Airlines Durban Flight Route

Turkish Airlines Announces Brand New Flight Route to Durban Amidst World Routes Durban 2015 In 2015 The World Routes Development Summit, as the largest and most premier aviation and tourism event in the Routes portfolio, attracting the most senior representatives ...

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Comair Shows Profitability in No-Growth Market

Johannesburg, 14 September 2015: In the absence of revenue growth in the domestic passenger market and despite a challenging financial year, JSE-listed Comair Limited has announced continued profitability for the 12-month period ending 30 June 2015. Revenue remained consistent at ...

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Are SA’s Low Domestic Airfares Sustainable?

In an industry known for small margins and high operating costs, South Africa’s low domestic airfare prices could be a big threat to an airlines existence. In this article Russell Jarvis looks at how sustainable this trend is for local ...

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Vultures and Aviation

Vultures are listed as endangered and VulPro are appealing to pilots to respect Africa’s vultures and their habitat. Even one lost egg or chick is one vulture too many, writes Kerri Wolter. Vultures evoke strong emotions from many different individuals ...

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Air Seychelles New Airbus A320

Air Seychelles, the national airline of the Republic of Seychelles, celebrated a momentous occasion when it officially welcomed a new Airbus A320 aircraft into its international fleet on 02 September 2015. The aircraft is named “Silhouette” after the third-largest granitic ...

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Airline Tickets: Biggest Online Purchases in SA

The 2014 South African eCommerce Report shows that airline tickets are the biggest online sellers among South Africans with 68.09% of online purchases attributed to plane tickets. Turkish Airlines has reaffirmed this statistic by revealing a 5% year-on-year increase in ...

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Long-haul Travel Sentiment: Europe

Travel sentiment in Europe’s key long-haul travel markets proves upbeat for the summer travel period as shown by the latest results of the Long-Haul Travel Sentiment Survey, a joint initiative of the European Travel Commission (ETC), the European Tourism Association ...

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FlySafair Delivers Excellent Performance

Six months into operations and having reduced prices on some domestic routes by up to 39%, FlySafair attributes its success to its unique, low cost business model. Kirby Gordon, Vice President of Marketing for FlySafair discusses how the airline has ...

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Open Skies under attack

The US Open Skies policy and resultant market liberalization agreements entered into with governments around the world are under attack by some airlines that seek to frustrate foreign carrier new entry. To maintain Open Skies and robust competition, the Business ...

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Open Skies for Africa

“The potential for growth in tourism will not be realised unless we open the skies in Africa.” Gillian Saunders – Grant Thornton. The liberalisation of Africa’s skies could spark significant growth in the tourism industry. Projections indicate that liberalisation between ...

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fastjet Passenger Statistics for June 2014

fastjet plc is pleased to announce its passenger statistics for the month of June 2014. fastjet operations in Tanzania carried a total of 53,386 passengers and achieved a load factor of 79%, representing a 24% increase in passengers compared with ...

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Is Flying Safer Now?

According to the Aviation Safety Network, 2012 was the safest year in terms of aviation accidents across the world since 1945. Of the 23 fatal airlines accidents, 511 people died. This is well below the annual average of 34 commercial ...

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