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Emirates announces first 9 destinations to join its A350 network

Emirates announces first 9 destinations to join its A350 network
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Emirates has unveiled the initial lineup of destinations set to welcome its A350 aircraft, slated to commence service in September 2024.

With a total of 10 new A350s anticipated to integrate into the Emirates fleet by March 31, 2025, the airline is poised to introduce its latest aircraft type to 9 destinations in the near future, presenting passengers with its newest signature cabin offerings.

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These inaugural 10 Emirates A350 aircraft will feature three distinct cabin classes, including 32 next-generation Business Class seats, 21 seats in Premium Economy, and 259 generously spaced Economy Class seats. Primarily designated for short to medium-haul routes within the Emirates network, the A350’s debut flight will be to Bahrain, marking a significant milestone for the airline.

As the Emirates A350s embark on their maiden voyages, travelers will have enhanced opportunities to experience the acclaimed Premium Economy product and the innovative next-generation Business Class cabins, particularly on routes spanning the Middle East, GCC, West Asia, and Europe.

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In the Middle East/GCC:

  • The A350 will commence service to Bahrain on the daily EK839/840 route starting September 15, with plans to gradually expand frequency to encompass two Bahrain services, the second of which will debut on November 1.
  • Kuwait will witness the arrival of the first Emirates A350 on the daily EK853/854 service beginning September 16.
  • Muscat’s daily EK866/867 route will transition to A350 operation from December 1.

In West Asia:

  • Mumbai’s EK502/503 service will feature the Emirates A350 starting October 27.
  • Ahmedabad’s daily EK538/539 flight will be serviced by the A350 from October 27.
  • The fourth daily service to Colombo, EK654/655, will be operated by the A350 commencing January 1, 2025.

In Europe:

  • Lyon will enjoy daily service with the Emirates A350 starting December 1.
  • Bologna will be served by the A350 from December 1.
  • Edinburgh is set to rejoin the Emirates network on November 4, operated by the A350, with additional details forthcoming.

Bookings for Emirates flights to A350 destinations are now open and can be made through emirates.com, the Emirates App, or authorized travel agents.

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IndiGo to introduce business class Service on its busiest routes 

IndiGo to introduce business class Service on its busiest routes 

After nearly 18 years of dominating India’s aviation landscape with its single-class economy configuration, IndiGo, the country’s largest airline, is set to make a significant leap by introducing business class service on its busiest routes.

The decision comes as IndiGo aims to offer passengers more choices and enhanced comfort amid the backdrop of a burgeoning economy. Set to be unveiled around August, coinciding with the carrier’s 18th anniversary, IndiGo’s “tailor-made business product” promises to redefine the flying experience for its customers.

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This move follows closely on the heels of IndiGo’s recent announcement of acquiring 30 wide-body aircraft, indicating the airline’s strategic expansion and commitment to catering to diverse passenger preferences.

IndiGo’s foray into business class service represents a significant milestone, especially considering its longstanding reputation as a low-cost carrier focused primarily on economy class offerings. With a fleet exceeding 360 planes and operating approximately 2,000 daily flights, the airline’s entry into the business class segment is poised to reshape the Indian aviation industry.

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Currently, Air India and Vistara are the sole providers of business-class seats on domestic routes in India. However, by December 2024, IndiGo will join this exclusive league, introducing its bespoke business class experience tailored to meet the evolving needs of discerning travelers.

Initially, IndiGo’s business class operations will be rolled out on the busiest domestic routes, ensuring passengers enjoy added comfort and luxury during their journeys. Further details regarding the official launch date, specific routes, and promotional offers will be disclosed by August 2024, heightening anticipation among passengers eagerly awaiting this premium service.

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Turkish Airlines Resumes Afghanistan Flights After 3-Year Hiatus

Turkish Airlines Resumes Afghanistan Flights After 3-Year Hiatus

In a significant development for air travel connectivity, Turkish Airlines has reinstated its flights to Kabul International Airport, marking the revival of crucial links to Afghanistan’s capital.

This resumption comes nearly three years after the carrier’s services were suspended following the collapse of the Western-backed government. Renowned as “the airline that flies to more countries than any other in the world,” Turkish Airlines boasts an impressive network spanning 346 destinations across 130 countries, encompassing all six continents.

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With its reputation for extensive global reach, the airline’s return to Kabul underscores the restoration of vital air transport connections to the region. Commencing operations on May 21, 2024, Turkish Airlines now offers regular flights to Kabul, providing a lifeline for travelers seeking to access and depart from the Afghan capital.

The strategic scheduling of flights, occurring four times weekly on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays, ensures a reliable and accessible service for passengers. Furthermore, travelers can avail themselves of competitive round-trip fares starting from 805 USD for flights between Istanbul and Kabul, inclusive of taxes and fees.

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With flights now available for booking since April 26, 2024, passengers have the opportunity to seize the convenience and accessibility offered by Turkish Airlines’ renewed services to Kabul.

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Chinese Man eats free at airport for a year using a single plane ticket

Chinese Man eats free at airport for a year using a single plane ticket

In a peculiar tale, a Chinese man purchased a first-class plane ticket and re-booked it 300 times. In order to receive free meals at the airport’s VIP lounge without boarding a single flight.

According to a report, he utilised the ticket to enter the VIP lounge at Xi’an International Airport, where rich visitors dine for free. Before his trip, the man showed his ticket to the lounge employees at the airport in Shaanxi province.

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He then ate a lunch like to that of a first-class passenger and opted to reschedule his flight for a later time. Rather, he returned home and rescheduled his flight, most likely for the following day. Over 300 times a year, he rescheduled his flight in the same way. A fresh day, a fresh ticket, the same delicious meal, and then the ritual process of rescheduling his journey.

Officials from Eastern China Airlines found the man’s scam, when they observed that his one ticket had been rescheduled 300 times in less than a year. According to the New York Daily News, airline representatives acknowledged that there was little they could do to stop the regular meal. The carrier’s spokeswoman referred to the man’s free meal plan as a “rare act.”

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The human meal ticket was stopped when Eastern China Airlines officials confronted him. The airline lost at least $90,000 because of the man. Authorities from Eastern China Airlines confronted him and banned him from carrying out this behaviour any more. He eventually paid his fully refundable ticket and received his entire refund after all of this.

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