4 UAE carriers suspend flights to and from Doha

Emirates, Etihad Airways, flydubai and Air Arabia have suspended flights to and from Doha starting June 6 until further notice after the UAE announced it was severing diplomatic ties with Qatar.

Etihad said the last flight from Abu Dhabi to Doha will depart at 2.45am (local time) on June 6, and the last flight from Doha to Abu Dhabi will depart at 4am (local time) on the same day. It added that the airline is providing all its customers who booked flights to and from Doha with alternative options including full refunds on unused tickets and free rebooking to the nearest alternate Etihad Airways destinations.

Similarly, flydubai said it was suspending all its flights between Dubai and Doha. In a statement, the carrier urged passengers who have purchased tickets to fly between Dubai and Doha, to contact their travel agent, the flydubai travel shop in Doha on 00974 4 4227350/51 or our contact centre in Dubai on (00971) 600 544445 to arrange a refund.

Emirates added that all customers booked on Emirates’ flights to and from Doha will be provided with alternative options, including full refunds on unused tickets and free rebooking to the nearest alternate Emirates destination. The carrier urged passengers to call its contact centre 600 555555, or visit the airline’s website.

Air Arabia said it was suspending Doha flights to and from both Sharjah and Ras Al Khaimah airports from June 6. Bahrain-based Gulf Air, too, took a similar measure, announcing the suspension of all its flights between Bahrain and Doha effective midnight June 6 and until further notice.

Emirates’ First Class is Becoming Even More classier

Emirates is overhauling its first-class offering, reducing the number of available berths, as it seeks to cater to the world’s wealthiest travelers amid slowing growth.

The airline’s new premium section, to be featured on its Boeing Co. 777-300ERs, will have six private suites instead of eight, Emirates said in an e-mailed statement. The cabins will be presented in November sporting “a totally fresh new look,” said Tim Clark, Emirates president.

Emirates, which has been developing new first-class cabins for several years, has been hit by falling demand from premium Gulf passengers and industry-wide concerns about terrorism. To cope with some of the toughest operating conditions in its 30-year history, Emirates is revamping the bars on its Airbus SE A380s, mulling a premium-economy class for the first time and considering introducing narrow-bodies to its all-widebody fleet in cooperation with low-cost sister carrier FlyDubai.

The smaller cabins come just after Qatar Airways announced its Qsuite, a new business-class section with double-beds that morph into meeting rooms. The market for the most expensive seats on an aircraft is at a crossroads, with many carriers either scaling back first-class offerings, while others such as Etihad Airways are taking the opposite approach by adding three-room cabins.

Emirates, which is also known for onboard showers, will show its new first-class cabins and the corresponding routes at the biennial Dubai Airshow.

Emirates launches flights to Conakry

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Emirates A380 Now Flies 5 Times Daily to London Heathrow

1aDue to increased passenger demand and recent A380 deliveries Emirates have upgraded its five daily flights to London Heathrow ,two months earlier than scheduled date. Combined with the daily Manchester A380 service, this will mean the world’s largest A380 carrier will be sending 360 flights to and from the UK each month, making Britain Emirates’ biggest market for A380s. Special fares have been introduced by Emirates to mark all A380 London Heathrow operation.Departing Dubai, travellers can fly on EK005 and EK029 with prices starting from AED 2,380 in Economy Class, AED 10,380 in Business Class and AED 22,380 in First Class.

Qantas join hands with Emirates on a new Kangaroo route

ON September 6th, Alan Joyce, the boss of Qantas, ended months of speculation when he announced that his airline would form a partnership with Dubai-based Emirates from  April, 2013. He heralded the deal as a “new era” for Qantas, aimed at returning Qantas International to profit. Under the terms of the deal, Qantas will no longer operate the “kangaroo route” between Australia and London via Singapore that it has shared for the past 17 years under an agreement with British Airways. Mr Joyce said Qantas and British Airways had decided to wind up their revenue-sharing agreement on this route from next March. Instead, Qantas will use Dubai as the refuelling stop for its London flights. And it will cease flying to Frankfurt, currently its only remaining destination in continental Europe.

From April 2013, Emirates and Qantas will fly 14 times a day from Australia to Dubai, and beyond to four continents. Dubai will become a one-stop hub, opening up Europe for Qantas passengers, with access to 33 European destinations, including daily A380 flights to London Heathrow, Paris,

Neither Qantas nor Emirates is taking a share in the other’s business. The deal is more about building an integrated network, giving Qantas passengers access to Emirates’s extensive connections in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Emirates, in turn, will connect with the 65% of Australia’s domestic market that Qantas controls. In particular, the deal will allow Qantas to compete more in Asia, the region that Mr Joyce says is key to the airline’s future. Its Asian services will no longer operate as what he calls a “subsidiary” to the kangaroo route. Instead, Qantas will increase flights from Australia to Singapore and Hong Kong as end destinations in themselves, linking with more connections across Asia. Analysts initially welcomed the deal as a sound strategic move on Qantas’s part in its bid to turn its international outfit around.

A Baby born on an international flight has been named after the airline

A baby boy  was born in the toilet of an Emirates flight, number EK 322 travelling from Dubai to Manila. He has been named Ek after the airline code. The plane had to make an emergency landing in Vietnam for the Filipina woman and her baby to receive treatment on August 22, Gulfnews partner website XPRESS reported.

Two nurses and four flight attendants reportedly helped deliver and care for the child, who was premature at 27 weeks. One of the nurses says after seeing the mother in pain, she followed her to bathroom where she found the newborn inside the toilet turning bluish-brown.

She and another nurse on board helped clean the amniotic fluid from the baby’s mouth, nose and ears. Meanwhile, the flight attendants gave the mother and child oxygen masks and kept the baby warm with two LED reading lamps attached to the passenger seats. XPRESS reported that the mother has been released from the hospital, but the baby remained in critical care.