In Brief


Speedy check-in with Bangkok Airways

RECENTLY Bangkok Airways began a ‘web check-in’ service for passengers travelling from its key domestic routes. The service enables passengers to easily check-in online and select their preferred seat as early as 24 hours prior departure, by clicking on the web facility at Passengers simply bring printed boarding pass to the designated counter to for quick ID verification and baggage check if they have. The airline initially offers this check-in service to passengers who fly from Bangkok, Samui and Phuket to other domestic destinations and will apply the service to its other destinations in the near future.


Emirates revises ticket fares

Emirates Airline has revised its fares for tickets issued in Middle East and GCC markets to over 20 cities, reflecting the recent softening of fuel prices. ower fares are being implemented on more than 30 flights to destinations in Europe, Far East and the Middle East, including  cities such as Manila, Dhaka, Jakarta, London Gatwick and China. Travellers from Dubai will see Emirates’ fares to Cairo, Beirut, Damascus, Amman reduce by four per cent. Travellers in the Middle East will also see lower fares on Emirates flights to points in the GCC. 


Air Arabia daily service to Hyderabad

Air Arabia announced its new daily service to Hyderabad, India, beginning October 27. Hyderabad will be the Sharjah based airline’s 43rd global destination and its 12th in India. Currently the airline provides direct services to Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Chennai, Coimbatore, Jaipur, Kochi, Kozhikode, Mumbai, Nagpur, New Delhi and Thiruvananthapuram. The airline will also launch services to Nairobi, Kenya, beginning October 26. Flights will initially operate four times per week between Nairobi and Air Arabia’s hub in Sharjah.


Sama and Safi sign agreement

Sama Airlines, the newest low fares airline in Saudi Arabia, announced that a commercial agreement has been signed between Sama and Safi Airways, to provide more choices for travel to the customers of both airlines. Safi Airways provide daily flights between Dubai and Kabul, enabling onward travel on Sama’s Saudi domestic and international network via Sharjah. This agreement follows the signing of a similar agreement with Bahrain Air, allowing Sama’s guests more choices to Manama, Kabul, Mashad and Kochi. 


Fashionable recycled aircraft seats

Virgin Atlantic is working with footwear and accessories company Worn Again on a project which will see the airline recycling aircraft seat covers to create desirable new fashion accessories. The collaboration has contributed to Worn Again developing a range of unique bags by recycling disused materials such as car seat belts, bicycle tyres, aircraft seat covers and even Glastonbury tents. Wash bags, male bags and ladies handbags are now available to purchase. The airline has set a target to reduce the waste it sends to landfill from its aircraft by 50 per cent by 2012. A total of 2000 limited edition bags has been produced with materials from approximately 1,000 seats. The materials were donated by Virgin Atlantic to Worn Again following the refit of its economy cabin.