In Brief


Emirates High Street catalogue
SKYWARDS, the frequent flyer programme of Emirates Airline, has issued a luxury catalogue for customers, and is now available onboard all Emirates’ flights.

Called The Emirates High Street, it  offers a collection of more than 200 designer brand products - from iPods to a private concert with Sony BMG artist – and can be delivered to over 60 countries worldwide. Skywards members can use cash, miles or a combination of both to purchase products.

Kathmandu and Abu Dhabi link
FLYYETI.COM, Nepal’s first low cost carrier has launched a non stop service between Kathmandu and Abu Dhabi. The airline, which will provide service between the two cities five times per week, recently commenced service to Sharjah and Kuala Lumpur. Abu Dhabi is now their second destination in the UAE. was launched on January 20 this year in Kathmandu , and expects to announce the launch of more services to a range of new destinations soon.

THAI offers daily flights to Samui
Thailand’s largest privately owned carrier THAI now offers twice daily flights direct from Suvarnabhumi International Airport Bangkok to the holiday island of Samui. Two daily round trip flights, morning and evening, are available on a 149 seater B734 aircraft,offering economy and royal silk class.The Samui Airport passenger terminal last year underwent an extension to increase its capacity more than fourfold to handle up to 16,000 passengers a day, designed to cope with surging foreign tourist traffic to the island over the next 10 years. From Dubai, Royal Orchid Holidays offers inclusive packages to Samui on THAI, starting from Dh2650 per person including return economy class tickets, two nights hotel accommodation on twin sharing basis with daily breakfast, return airport transfers and one city tour.

Service to Dublin’s fair city increases
ETIHAD Airways is to increase its flying programme to Dublin following the success of its services to the capital city. A daily service between Abu Dhabi to Dublin will be introduced on March 30, moving from its initial six flights a week which were launched in July 2007. More than 44,000 passengers have flown on the Abu Dhabi to Dublin route since its launch with an average seat factor of more than 80 per cent seat with 73 per cent capacity in business class.

Virgin territory in Dubai
The Virgin Active brand has been introduced to the UAE by the Sharaf Group, which announced its partnership with Virgin Active recently. Virgin Active has more than 850,000 members across 170 clubs globally. The health clubs will feature state-of-the-art cardiovascular equipment with entertainment consoles including iPod compatibility, strength and resistance training, free internet stations and WiFi, a café and an indoor pool. Virgin Active is expecting to roll out clubs in Dubai and in Abu Dhabi during the initial phase with locations in key residential and commercial precincts.