In Brief


Ambulifts for OAS
Oman Aviation Services (OAS) has taken delivery of two ambulifts.

They will be positioned at Seeb International Airport and at Salalah Airport. These will facilitate the boarding of passengers travelling on medical cases.

Emirates’ dream time
Emirates airline said it was interested in Boeing’s planned 7E7 plane but needed more information before deciding whether to order it.
The mid-sized wide-body 7E7 is due to enter global service in 2008.
Boeing officially approved the Dreamliner for sale last December after it was showcased at the Dubai 2003 airshow.

Khasab promoted
Oman Air, in co-ordination with the Golden Tulip Hotel and Khasab Travel and Tourism Company, organised a promotional trip to Khasab from December 17 to 19.
Invitees included representatives from various travel and tourism companies and organisations, as well as journalists from Oman and UAE.
Oman Air regularly organises such tours to promote areas of tourist attraction in Oman in its consistent efforts to promote tourism here.

Shop on Air Arabia
Air Arabia is introducing an in-flight duty free service on all its routes, the UAE carrier announced. 
The duty free service will begin in the first quarter of this year and passengers will have the option of paying via credit card or cash.
The airline has signed an agreement with international duty free provider Dufry to provide the service.

It’s Mercator for KA
Kuwait Airways has become the latest airline to sign up with Mercator, the Emirates group IT division.
Kuwait’s Automated Systems Company (ASC) acted as Mercator’s marketing partner, facilitating the business relationship with the airline and providing valuable local expertise
The carrier has selected two of Mercator’s most well-tried airline solutions — its twin reservations and check-in systems Mars and Macs.

Call centre in New York
Emirates has set up a call centre in New York to help customers register advance bookings and inquiry in a bid to speed up the momentum for the launch of its operations in North America. The Dubai-based airline plans to launch direct flights to New York from June 1.  The carrier already flies to 74 destinations across Asia, Europe, Africa and Australia but has yet to offer a regular passenger service to the US. It has, however, commenced freight operations to the US due to the high demand.