Aviation

EditorFebruary 23, 2018
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Colombo’s favourite tastemaker in coffee is now back at the Bandaranaike International Airport with a slicker, bolder and more contemporary look. Since it was first opened in 2006, The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf’s airport store has been the first and longest running international franchise at the BIA.

The airport store embodies the CBTL philosophy of a home away from home – comfort and familiarity no matter where you go in the world. The franchise is one of the world’s most well-known brands, easily recognized by customers for its distinctive purple and white design. The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf first opened in 1963 in Hollywood, Los Angeles. Ten years later, the Airport ‘Bean’ served its 3 millionth customer. The Coffee Bean remains the quintessential Hollywood brand- every celebrity has been snapped with a familiar CBTL takeaway cup in their hand. The Coffee Bean is known for its legendary Ice Blended range, concocted by a barista during an exceptionally hot summer in 1987 long before the advent of the frappuccino. Today, over three million customers walk into Coffee Bean stores around the world every day.

In Sri Lanka, the Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf was one of the very first coffee chains to identify Colombo’s promise as the urban hotspot it would become post-war. The flagship Maitland Crescent branch opened in 2007 and it has remained open through some of the country’s most intensely turbulent times. “We remained committed to Sri Lanka because Sri Lanka was committed to us,” says Roman Scott-Chairman of The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf, a subsidiary of the Calamander Group. “We were the first international brand to come into Sri Lanka during the last stages of the war and although the times have changed for the better, our customer base remains as loyal as ever-exactly in proportion to the quality of product and service we’ve maintained since then.”

The airport store reopens with a modern contemporary aesthetic. The new Coffee Bean design replaces the old darker wood with a brighter and slicker new California vibe. More grab and go food and beverages are available at the outlet. A more efficient layout has created more seating capacity and a larger kitchen with a full walk in chiller facility, ready to drum up an exciting and extensive variety of food and beverages.

The official opening of the refurbished airport store on 20th February was attended by Chief Guest Hon Nimal Siripala De Silva – Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation, Guest of Hon. John Amaratunga – Minister of Tourism and Christian Religious Affairs, Saman Ediriweera – Chairman of Aviation Services Sri Lanka, Ranjith De Silva – Vice Chairman of Airport & Aviation Services Sri Lanka, Jeff Goonewardena – Director of Airport & Aviation Services Sri Lanka and The Chairman of The Calamander Goup Inc, Roman Scott.


EditorFebruary 21, 2018
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Emirates will resume its flagship A380 service between Houston (IAH) and Dubai (DXB) from 1 June 2018. This follows the airline’s recent adjustments to its US services with the launch of a new non-stop Dubai-Newark service from 1 June 2018 and the resumption of daily services to Fort Lauderdale and Orlando from 25 March 2018.

Houston will join more than 40 destinations on Emirates’ extensive global network served by its highly popular A380 aircraft, including Mumbai, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore or Kuwait. Emirates will deploy its three-class A380 on the Houston route, offering a total of  516 seats, with 14 private suites in First Class, 76 flatbed seats in Business Class seats and 426 spacious seats in Economy Class, increasing capacity per flight by more than 160 passengers compared to the current Boeing 777-300ER.

Emirates celebrated 10 years of service to Houston in December 2017, and has carried nearly 2 million passengers since its inaugural flight in December 2007. Services to Houston were upguaged to an A380 in December 2014, but as part of Emirates’ fleet optimization, the decision was made in July 2016 to operate the route with a Boeing 777-300ER.

Emirates remains committed to Houston, offering exceptional product and services. With the energy sector recovering and playing a large role in Houston’s resurgence, Emirates took the decision to reinstate the A380 services from 1 June 2018 in line with commercial demand.

Flight EK211 will depart Dubai at 09:35 and arrive in Houston at 16:50 daily. Return flight EK212 will depart Houston at 20:00 and arrive in Dubai at 20:00 the next day. Passengers from Houston can enjoy convenient connections in Dubai when travelling to destinations in India, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Kuwait, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore or South Africa. Passengers can also take advantage of over 90 codeshare destinations with flydubai.

The double-decker A380 is the world’s largest commercial aircraft in service and extremely popular with travelers. The Emirates A380 is renowned for its First Class Private Suites and Shower Spas, as well as Onboard Lounge for First and Business Class passengers to mingle whilst enjoying canapés and beverages prepared by the onboard bartender. Passengers in all classes can enjoy Wi-Fi to stay in touch with family and friends and Emirates’ award-winning entertainment system, ice, with more than 3,000 channels of movies, TV shows, games and music.

Emirates serves 12 points in the US, helping to link the world’s largest economy with emerging markets that will further drive American economic growth, trade, and job creation. Of the 80-plus destinations on our Middle East, Africa, and Asia Pacific network, 67 are not directly served by any US carrier. The breadth of our network between the US and India is unparalleled, offering more flights than any other foreign carrier and significantly reduced travel times compared to airlines connecting via European hubs.


EditorFebruary 20, 2018
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Emirates SkyCargo, the freight division of Emirates, has transported KhalifaSat- the first satellite developed and built by Emirati engineers in the UAE at the Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC). As the first step in its journey to space, KhalifaSat was flown from Dubai to Incheon International Airport in South Korea on an Emirates SkyCargo Boeing 777 freighter aircraft that was specially chartered for the occasion. Emirates SkyCargo also unveiled a special branded truck to mark the event.

The KhalifaSat project was launched in 2013 by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, with the aim of manufacturing the first space satellite on UAE soil. Following its launch in 2018, the remote sensing satellite will provide images of earth for practical application in a variety of industries.

“Over the years Emirates SkyCargo has transported a wide variety of unusual cargo but being able to transport the first satellite manufactured in the UAE is a unique honour. We are delighted to bring our expertise in air transportation to the table on this historic and momentous occasion,” said Nabil Sultan, Emirates Divisional Senior Vice President, Cargo.

“It has been a journey of nearly five years from the time the Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre commenced the manufacture of KhalifaSat to now where we’re getting ready for the final launch. We needed a partner who had the capability and expertise to transport KhalifaSat from Dubai without compromising its sensitive instrumentation and components. Emirates SkyCargo worked with us over a three month period to make sure that the entire transportation process went smoothly,” said Salem Al Marri, Assistant Director General for Scientific and Technical Affairs, Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre

Given the extremely sensitive nature of the shipment, teams from Emirates SkyCargo and MBRSC worked together from November 2017 to prepare and plan all the steps in the movement of the satellite from Dubai to Incheon airport. The satellite was first moved from MBRSC’s manufacturing facility in Dubai to the Emirates SkyCentral DWC freighter cargo terminal at Dubai World Central airport on a dedicated remotely monitored Emirates SkyCargo truck travelling on a geo-fenced route with a police escort for maximum security. A number of trial loading exercises were also conducted by Emirates SkyCargo and MBRSC to ensure that operations went smoothly during the actual transportation of the satellite.

The satellite was then loaded through the wide main deck doors on the Emirates SkyCargo Boeing 777 freighter aircraft. The air cargo carrier’s team of cross-functional specialists including specialised loadmasters drew up an optimal loading plan on the aircraft for the safe transportation of the satellite.

Watch a video that captures the various milestones of KhalifaSat’s journey.

In addition to loading and transportation, detailed planning was involved from Emirates Skycargo to ensure aircraft and crew availability as well as obtaining all relevant permissions for operating a chartered freighter flight to Incheon International airport.

Emirates SkyCargo’s charter operations

Between January and December 2017, Emirates SkyCargo’s fleet of 14 freighter aircraft have carried out over 370 charter flights to 140 destinations. This is over and above Emirates SkyCargo’s scheduled freighter operations to over 40 global destinations every week.  A wide variety of cargo- from equipment for music concerts to outsized machinery and components for construction and manufacturing industries; from aircraft engines to yachts were transported by charter flights through Emirates SkyCargo.

Emirates SkyCargo is at the forefront of the global air cargo industry offering cargo capacity on its fleet of over 260 aircraft. The air cargo carrier combines a modern fleet, state of the art infrastructure and experienced staff to achieve the highest standards of service delivery and customer satisfaction.


EditorFebruary 13, 2018
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Emirates firms up its latest order for 36 additional Airbus A380 aircraft worth US$16 billion. HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman and Chief Executive, Emirates airline and Group signed the agreement with Mikail Houari, President Airbus Africa Middle East, at the World Government Summit in Dubai, in the presence of HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates, ruler of the Emirate of Dubai and Edouard Philippe, Prime Minister of France.


EditorFebruary 7, 2018
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AirAsia today announced a special deal of RS.12,699 for direct flights from Colombo to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The exclusive promotion is part of the airline’s efforts to further engage the local market ahead of its plans for 2018.

 Travellers can discover the best of Malaysia with the iconic attractions and world-class shopping experience in Kuala Lumpur, a slice of paradise in coastal cities such as Langkawi and Terengganu, the charms of the UNESCO World Heritage Site in Penang, lush rainforests in East Malaysia, and more, with low fares for the booking period from now to 18 February 2018 on airasia.com or the AirAsia mobile app for immediate travel until 31 July 2018.

 Spencer Lee, Head of Commercial for AirAsia Malaysia said, “Our focus in Sri Lanka remains on connecting locals to the world thanks to our extensive Fly-Thru network and low fares. Flying via Kuala Lumpur, Fly-Thru passengers will be within reach to the best Asia has to offer across Malaysia with must-visit destinations such as Penang, Langkawi, Kuching, and Kota Kinabalu among others. Guests will also be only hours away from many great adventures exploring several Asean countries, China, Japan, Maldives, Australia, and even the US.

“But the next phase for us is to offer an even seamless experience using technology and data. We want guests to enjoy products and services that are personalised, convenient, and most importantly, easily accessible with just a few clicks. Among them include our cashless transaction app, BigPay; in-flight Wi-Fi and free entertainment platform, ROKKI; duty-free marketplace, ROKKIshop.com; and many more. We look forward to growing further in Sri Lanka not only in terms of connectivity but digitally as well to cultivate an ecosystem of smart travelling,” he added.

AirAsia currently connects Sri Lanka directly to Malaysia with two times daily flights operating out of Colombo to the capital city of Kuala Lumpur.

Aside from the direct route, guests can also make use of the airline’s seamless Fly-Thru service that connects travellers to other flights with their baggage checked-through to the final destination without the hassle of immigration clearance at the transit hub in Kuala Lumpur. AirAsia offers a total of 41 routes across 14 countries in Asia, Australia, and the US.

For latest AirAsia news, activities and promotions, please follow AirAsia on Twitter (twitter.com/AirAsia) and Facebook (facebook.com/AirAsia).


EditorFebruary 4, 2018
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  • Excellent connection from Colombo to five new weekly flights to Brazil and Chile
  • New service will see Emirates fly 12 times a week to Sao Paulo

Emirates, the world’s best airline according to TripAdvisor 2017, has announced its plan to launch a new, five times a week, service from Dubai to Santiago International Airport (SCL), via the Brazilian city of Sao Paulo, starting on July 5, 2018.

The new service will see Emirates fly an additional five times a week to Sao Paulo, complementing the airline’s existing daily A380 flight between Dubai and Sao Paulo. In total, Emirates will now fly 12 times a week to Sao Paulo. Emirates’ Santiago flight will be a linked service with Sao Paulo, meaning that customers in South America can now travel between the two cities in unprecedented style and comfort. Citizens from both Brazil and Chile only need ID cards to travel to either country.

For travellers from Colombo, Emirates flight EK349 departing at 03:15hrs arrives in Dubai at 06:00hrs, offering a convenient three-hour connection to the new Sao-Paulo-Santiago flight. The return flights have a similarly convenient two and a half hour connecting time to flight EK348 departing Dubai at 07:45hrs for Colombo.

The new route will be operated with a two-class configured Boeing 777-200LR which offers 38 Business Class seats in a 2-2-2 configuration and 264 seats in Economy Class. The new 777 flight will also offer up to 14 tonnes of capacity for cargo, opening up access to more global markets for Chilean exports such as fish, seafood, cherries, flowers and general perishable goods.

Commenting on the new Emirates route, Sir Tim Clark, President Emirates Airline, said “The start of our operations to Chile underlines our commitment to South America with our fourth destination on the continent and another five flights to Sao Paulo. We are pleased to add a destination that has been in strong demand from our customers and look forward to working with stakeholders in Chile to provide our unique product and award-winning service to passengers there.”

 

Flight details and connections to Emirates’ global network of over 155 destinations

Flight EK263 will depart Dubai on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturday and Sundays at 09:05hrs local time, arriving in Sao Paulo at 17:00, before departing again at 18:30 and arriving into Santiago at 21:40 on the same day. The return flight EK264 will depart Santiago on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturday and Sundays at 01:10 local time, arriving in Sao Paulo at 05:55. EK264 will depart once again from Sao Paulo at 07:45 bound for Dubai where it will arrive at 05:15 the next day.

Timings of the new service are scheduled to allow for seamless connections to many Asian and Middle East routes, via a convenient stopover in Dubai. Passengers travelling from Sao Paulo will now benefit from a morning departure in Sao Paulo and morning arrival in Dubai, making connecting to new destinations Southeast Asia, China and Middle East more convenient.

Chile is a popular destination for business and leisure travellers around the world, in particular from Asian destinations such as China, South Korea, Japan, Thailand and India. Chile is also home to large Chinese and Middle East communities that can now take advantage of the new service.

 

Flying Emirates to Chile

Santiago, the first destination in Chile to be served by Emirates, is the largest city of Chile accounting for nearly half of the nation’s GDP. Chile’s capital is developing its reputation for being an incubator for major universities, large global companies and budding start-ups thanks to a growing population of well-educated young professionals. Strengthening its position towards a more productive, technology-intensive economy many global companies and conglomerates have their headquarters or regional offices in the city centre. Chile is also the world’s largest producer of copper.

Chile is one of the most stable and prosperous nations in South America filled with stunning landscapes, historic beauty, local charm and delectable foods. Tourism in Chile has seen a sustained growth over the last few years with 5.6 million international visitors visiting the country in 2016 compared to 4.43 million in 2015. Chile has many different adventures to offer tourists: stargazing in the driest desert in the world, millennial glaciers in the southernmost part of the planet, enchanted forests, and lakes located at the foot of massive volcanoes. Chile is also one of the top producers and exporters of wine in the world.

 

Visiting Dubai

Passengers flying with Emirates can book a Dubai Stopover package which will allow them to stay in Dubai for a few days on their way to one of over 155 destinations.

Dubai offers everything from desert outings to beaches to family-friendly hotels, and even ski slopes at the Mall of the Emirates. Having become the fourth-most-visited city in the world, Dubai is known for its eclectic mix of offerings, from futuristic architecture to vibrant traditional culture and diversity.

The city offers everything a visitor could want, from shopping at some of the largest malls in the region to dining options which will spoil anyone for choice. Dubai has seen the addition of several new attractions in the last year. Among the latest must-see places in the dynamic city are Dubai Parks and Resorts which features three distinct theme parks – Motiongate™, Bollywood Parks™ and LEGOLAND®. Spread over 25 million square feet, and equivalent to 420 football fields, the parks combined have more than 100 rides and attractions. Other tourist hot-spots inaugurated in 2016 include IMG World of Adventures – the largest indoor theme park in the world, Dubai Safari Park – a 119 hectare wildlife park home to over 2,500 animals and the Dubai water canal – a 3.2km long waterway which winds its way to the Arabian Gulf from the Creek in Old Dubai.

All travellers can take in the sights of the Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building, the Dubai Fountain which dances to a set of music for onlookers, and of course, experience desert camel rides and dinner under the stars at a Bedouin style camp. Recently, Dubai also welcomed new landmarks including the Dubai Frame – a golden 150m high frame that overlooks the city and La Perle – a theatre offering a 270 degree viewing angle for all guests to see the stage. Dubai truly offers a variety of attractions to meet the tastes of business and leisure travellers alike.Emirates

World class service from TripAdvisor’s “Best Airline in the World”

Passengers in all classes can enjoy Wi-Fi to stay in touch with family and friends or Emirates’ multi-award winning ‘ice’ Digital Widescreen with up to 3,000 channels of movies, TV programs, music and podcasts, including channels in Spanish. Emirates provides its customers with a host of culinary offerings prepared by gourmet chefs and fines wines that suit the tastes of everyone. Passengers can also experience Emirates’ renowned in-flight service from the airline’s multi-national cabin crew from over 130 countries, including Chile.

Business Class passengers can also travel to and from the airport via Emirates complimentary Chauffeur-drive service, making it easy and convenient for customers across the network to arrive on time, refreshed and ready for their flight.

Emirates Skywards

Emirates Skywards, the award-winning frequent flyer program of Emirates, offers four tiers of membership – Blue, Silver, Gold and Platinum – with each membership tier providing exclusive privileges. Emirates Skywards members earn Skywards Miles when they fly on Emirates or partner airlines, or when they use the program’s designated hotels, car rentals, financial, leisure and lifestyle partners. Skywards Miles can be redeemed for an extensive range of rewards, including tickets on Emirates and other Emirates Skywards partner airlines, flight upgrades, hotel accommodation, excursions and exclusive shopping.

 



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