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More than 30 Emirates Lounges now open worldwide

More than 30 Emirates Lounges now open worldwide

As more than 30 Emirates Lounges around the world have resumed full service, premium travellers can look forward to an exceptionally comfortable travel experience during the upcoming peak travel season with the re-opening of the Emirates Lounge in Concourse C, Dubai International Airport. This lounge is the 7th Dubai lounge to reopen after the pandemic.

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Located in Concourse C, adjacent to Gates C09, the newly re-opened Emirates Lounge is a 1308 square metre and 265- seat dedicated space for rest, relaxation, and refreshment before travel. First and Business Class customers can access the lounge on a complimentary basis, as well as Silver, Gold and Platinum Skywards members. Premium Economy and Economy passengers can enjoy paid access at $150 exclusive of taxes, or just $125 for Emirates Skywards members. Currently open 24/7 to service the high demand of festive season, passengers can relax in the lounges for up to 4 hours before a flight.

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With elegant design and décor including Italian marble floors, leather sofas, water features and eye-catching Rolex clocks – Emirates Lounges are purpose built for comfort with multiple chaise longue,’ pillows and blankets, complimentary premium wines, spirits, champagne, and dedicated dining areas with gourmet cuisine designed by award-winning chefs.

To renew and refresh, there are dedicated shower spas with bathrooms and baby changing facilities, TVs dotted around the lounge, complimentary Wi-Fi throughout, PCs and printers, and an area to charge devices. A fully equipped business centre is also available, including meeting rooms with projectors and individual touch screen workstations.

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Emirates has a vast network of 39 dedicated airport lounges, including 7 in Dubai and 32 located within major airports around the globe, all designed with the same attention to detail and exceptional service. At Dubai International Airport, 7 Emirates Lounges are located in the flagship Terminal 3, – 3 for First Class and 3 for Business Class customers, as well as the Emirates’ Lounge catering to all premium customers. Emirates also operates lounges in key cities across the network – Auckland, Bangkok, Birmingham, Boston, Cairo, Cape Town, Colombo, Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, Glasgow, Hamburg, London Gatwick, London Heathrow, Los Angeles, Manchester, Melbourne, Milan, Munich, New York, Paris, Perth, Rome, San Francisco, Singapore, and Sydney.

Emirates Lounges in Dubai include distinctive features like the Moët & Chandon Champagne Lounge in the Business Class Lounge in Concourse B, where iconic cuvée’s are matched with mouth-watering canapés, created by Michelin-starred chefs. In the First-Class Lounge in Concourse A, there is a Le Clos fine wine and luxury spirits boutique, where sommeliers are on hand to recommend a fine vintage to suit all tastes, and passengers may purchase favourite onboard wines in the Le Clos stores – outside the lounges on Concourses A and B.

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There is also a Cigar Bar – a separate smoking area within the Concourse A lounges, with comfortable leather armchairs and a cigar menu. Passengers can also enjoy new concepts such as the Barista Experience by Costa Coffee and get energised at the Health Hub – providing a wide array of nutritious snacks and fresh juices for passengers looking to enhance their wellness, in the lounges in Concourse B. For some pre-travel pampering, the serene Timeless Spas are situated in lounges in Concourse A and B, inviting passengers to choose from a signature menu of treatments and beauty therapies.

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Mukundkumar Prajpathi serves as the freelance press correspondent for Jetline Marvel, specializing in technical engineering. Based in Paris, he brings a wealth of experience to his role. Prajpathi has contributed numerous research write-ups and provided media coverage for Jetline Marvel. He has also represented the company twice at the prestigious Paris Airshow and participated in various other events in France.

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Ex-Cathay Pacific A330-300 Destroyed by Fire during Long-Term Storage at Spain

Ex-Cathay Pacific A330-300 Destroyed by Fire during Long-Term Storage at Spain

In a dramatic turn of events, an ex-Cathay Pacific Airbus A330 met a fiery end at Ciudad Real Airport in Spain. The aircraft, with a distinguished service history spanning 28 years, was resting in long-term storage at the airport when disaster struck.

Reports emerged detailing the unfortunate incident, painting a picture of destruction and chaos. The once majestic A330, bearing the serial number MSN113, became engulfed in flames while undergoing dismantling procedures. What began as a routine process turned into a nightmare as a fire erupted in the aircraft’s tail section, quickly spreading to consume the entire fuselage.

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Emergency responders, including the Civil Guard, medical teams, and law enforcement personnel, swiftly descended upon the scene to contain the inferno. Despite the intensity of the blaze, their coordinated efforts prevented any injuries among both the public and the brave individuals working to quell the flames.

By mid-afternoon, the Ciudad Real fire service declared victory over the fire, announcing its successful extinguishment. However, the aftermath left behind a trail of questions and concerns. Authorities launched an investigation into the cause of the blaze, with initial findings shrouded in mystery.

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The head of the airport expressed astonishment at the unprecedented event, highlighting it as the first instance where airport infrastructure had to grapple with such a significant fire-related challenge. As the investigation unfolds, the aviation community awaits answers, hoping to shed light on the circumstances leading to the demise of the retired Airbus A330.

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Air India’s last VVIP Boeing 747 now found a new home in USA

Air India's last VVIP Boeing 747 now found a new home in USA
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In a symbolic transition marking the end of a storied chapter in aviation history, Air India bid farewell to its last remaining Boeing 747-400 jumbo jetliners, once revered for ferrying dignitaries including prime ministers, presidents, and vice presidents.

The sale of these iconic aircraft to AerSale, a company based in the United States, signals the closure of a remarkable era for the airline.

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The decision to part ways with the Boeing 747s was driven by practical considerations. Tata Group, the new custodian of airindia flights, deemed these majestic planes uneconomical to operate in today’s aviation landscape. As such, out of the four sold, two will be repurposed into freighters, while the remaining pair will be meticulously disassembled to harness their valuable parts.

The transaction, orchestrated by Mumbai-based Vman Aviation Services, underscores the strategic shift in Air India’s fleet management strategy under its new ownership. Tata Group’s decision to divest from the 747s reflects a commitment to optimizing operational efficiency and aligning with contemporary industry standards.

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Skytech-AIC, a UK-based remarketing firm engaged by Tata Group, facilitated the sale of these iconic aircraft, marking the conclusion of their illustrious service with Air India. The airline’s last flight featuring the Boeing 747 took to the skies between Delhi and Mumbai in March 2021, encapsulating decades of distinguished service and indelible memories.

The allure of used aircraft parts continues to resonate across the aviation sector, offering operators a cost-effective alternative without compromising on quality or performance. The transfer of these aircraft to AerSale not only ensures their continued utility but also underscores the enduring legacy of Air India’s fleet.

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A software error caused grounding the entire airline fleet

A software error caused the grounding entire airline fleet

On Wednesday, the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) issued a ground stop advisory for all Alaska Airlines and subcarrier flights due to a software issue, disrupting travel plans for passengers.

The FAA directive, which prohibited the departure of Alaska Airlines mainline and subcarrier flights, was implemented as a precautionary measure following the detection of the software problem. The ground stop was initiated after Alaska Airlines encountered difficulties during a system upgrade related to the calculation of weight and balance for their flights.

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As a result, the airline opted for a temporary suspension of all its operations to address the issue and ensure passenger safety. Alaska Airlines promptly issued a statement acknowledging the incident and expressing their commitment to resolving the matter swiftly. “This morning we experienced an issue while performing an upgrade to the system that calculates our weight and balance.

Out of an abundance of caution, we requested a ground stop for all Alaska and Horizon flights, which was instituted at approximately 7:30 a.m. PT,” the statement read. Passengers affected by the disruption voiced their concerns on social media platforms, prompting Alaska Airlines to reassure them of their efforts to minimize the inconvenience and expedite the resumption of flights.

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Following approximately an hour-long interruption, the FAA lifted the ground stop order, allowing Alaska Airlines and its subcarriers to resume normal operations. However, it was clarified that SkyWest, which provides regional service for Alaska Airlines and other carriers, was exempt from the ground stop and continued its flights unaffected.

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