In Brief


Etihad does Jakarta, Muscat
ETIHAD Airways has begun maiden flight to the Indonesian capital Jakarta with EY 423 taking off on schedule from Abu Dhabi at 01:45 on the morning of Thursday March 16.

The new service to Jakarta, operated initially with one of the airline’s new Airbus A330-200 aircraft, will also boost the cargo capacity by adding around 200 tonnes of cargo space per month, in each direction.
The airline now also flies to Muscat, its 26th destination. Etihad’s will operate one of its new A330-200 aircraft on the new route. The two aisle aircraft is configured to carry a total capacity of 262 guests.

Aer Lingus, Airbus sign Dubai deal
Aer Lingus has signed a contract with Airbus in Dublin for the purchase of two Airbus A330 aircraft, bringing the total number of the airline’s long haul fleet to nine Airbus A330s. Both aircraft will be delivered in mid 2007. The two new A330 aircraft, an A330-200 and an A330-300, will be powered by General Electric CF6 engines and will be used to expand Aer Lingus’ long-haul network. The airline now has an all Airbus fleet, also operating 21 A320s and six A321s.

Air Arabia flies two million
AIR Arabia, the region’s first low-fares airline, has announced that it has just crossed the two million passenger milestone since starting operations in October 2003. To celebrate, the airline awarded its two millionth passenger Egyptian national Mohammed Abu Zeid, a holiday for two to any Air Arabia destination.

Lufthansa to Bahrain, Amman
GERMAN airline, Lufthansa, will restart its flights to Bahrain from May 2, after a 10-year gap, said the country’s Deputy Prime Minister and Transportation Minister, Shaikh Ali bin Khalifa Al Khalifa. The airline will offer three flights a week to Bahrain from Frankfurt and will operate on the sectors Frankfurt-Bahrain-Abu Dhabi-Bahrain-Frankfurt.
With the enhancement of its new summer flight schedule offer from March 27 to October 11, Lufthansa now flies to Amman daily with the A330 featuring an enhanced new service in First and Business Class, with generous legroom, seats that can be turned into a workplace with a laptop powerpoint and a two-metre bed in First.

Gulf Air does new goodies for kids
GULF Air has just launched a new range of interesting goodies, games, toys and, a specially-designed children’s meal to make their journey more entertaining and engaging. Complementing Gulf Air's award-winning Sky Nanny service, the new range of goodies are available on long and medium-haul flights, in two types of packages to suit two age groups of children.
The airline has just taken the Gold in the on board service category and was also named the “overall winner” by the International Travel Catering Association (ITCA) for its innovation, quality in application and customer satisfaction within the wide sphere of onboard service.