In brief


Emirates goes direct to Cape Town
Emirates will launch a direct daily service from Dubai to Cape Town commencing 30 March, bringing the carrier’s total number of weekly flights to South Africa to 28.

The airline currently operates three daily flights into Johannesburg. The airline will operate an Airbus A330-200 in a three-class configuration, with 12 seats in first class, 42 in business class and 183 in economy class. A Boeing 777-200, will be deployed on the route from 1 October.

Qatar Airways flies to Ahmedabad
Last month Qatar Airways inaugurated daily scheduled flights to the western Indian city of Ahmedabad, the commercial capital of Gujarat state. It becomes the airline’s eighth Indian destination.  Qatar Airways CEO Akbar Al Baker said he was extremely delighted to see the airline add yet another Indian city to its burgeoning network.

Royal Jordanian goes live on board
Royal Jordanian is to provide its passengers with OnAir’s inflight Internet and mobile phone services, including email, SMS and voice calls.  The OnAir service will enable Royal Jordanian’s passengers to use their mobile phones and other devices to send and receive text messages, emails, and to make and receive mobile phone calls inflight, as well as to use their laptops to access the Internet. The airline’s single aisle A320 family will be installed with a standalone GSM/GPRS system in 2008 and the twin-aisle A340 family will be installed with the GSM/GPRS/Internet service in 2009. The service will be available on routes in the Middle East and Europe.

Online check-in for SriLankan Airlines
SriLankan Airlines has launched an on-line check-in facility for its passengers travelling from Colombo’s Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA). Passengers can also choose their own seat on the aircraft, through the system, the airline said in a statement. The facility will initially be for single sector travel from BIA to 31 of Sri Lankan’s destinations throughout Europe, the Middle East, the Indian subcontinent, south east Asia and the far east. It will next be extended to multiple sector flights, and will also be introduced worldwide at the airline’s other points of departure for flights into BIA and other destinations.

Emirates re-launches it website
Emirates Airlines has turned on 76 different websites across six continents simultaneously, in a co-ordinated re-launch of its website The new look website, providing a gateway to 76 country sites in 10 different languages came to life in an ambitious overnight launch. uses the latest Internet and e-commerce technology and provides passengers with more features and options when making their travel arrangements online. The booking process has been simplified, underlining the ease, flexibility and passenger led nature of the new system.