Helloworld for Business and Emirates recently hosted a day at the Australian Open, giving the HWFB agents and their corporate clients an opportunity to network, while watching the action.
OK – it’s not exactly turning water into wine, but the result is very good for the environment!
Emirates has introduced new soft and warm blankets, made from 100% recycled plastic bottles, in economy class on all long haul flights.
Each Emirates ecoTHREAD™ blanket is made from 28 recycled plastic bottles … the bottles are recycled into plastic chips before being turned into yarn, creating a polar fleece material. The fine thread is then woven into soft, environmentally-friendly blankets.
Emirates already runs a green program on board – recycling aluminum cans, plastic and glass bottles, and clean paper products such as newspapers, magazines and cardboard cartons – where possible.
By the end of 2019, Emirates ecoTHREAD™ blankets would have re-purposed 88 million plastic bottles from landfills – equivalent to the weight of 44 A380 aircraft.
The new economy class blanket completes the recent comforter overhaul across all three classes. The airline introduced a plush, faux sheepskin blanket in first class and soft duvets in business class.
In the last year, Emirates has added several new products for customers travelling in economy, including the world’s first interactive amenity kits. The amenity kits use augmented reality technology to unlock entertainment on customers’ mobile devices using the Blippar app.
Emirates will operate the first ever scheduled commercial Airbus A380 flight to South America when it upgrades its Dubai (DXB) – Sao Paulo (GRU) service on 26 March 2017.
Replacing the existing Boeing 777-300ER used on this route, the A380 service will mark the airline’s 10th year of operations in Brazil, which began with daily flights between Dubai and Sao Paulo in October 2007. Back then, Emirates had already made history becoming the first airline to connect the Middle East and South America with a non-stop direct flight service. In 2012, Emirates expanded its presence in Brazil with the start of a daily service between Dubai and Rio de Janeiro.
From 26 March, EK261 will become an A380 flight, leaving Dubai (DXB) every day at 08:35 and arriving in Sao Paulo (GRU) at 16:30. The return flight, EK262, departs Sao Paulo (GRU) at 01:25 and lands in Dubai (DXB) at 22:55.
AirlineRatings.com – the world’s foremost safety and product rating website – has named Air New Zealand as the 2017 Airline of the Year, for the fourth consecutive year.
Other winners include Etihad Airways, Virgin Australia, Emirates, Qantas, Singapore Airlines, Virgin Atlantic, Norwegian, Flybe, Garuda Indonesia, Scoot, Kulula.com, Virgin America and Delta Air Lines.
With the retirement of A6-EAK from operational service, Emirates has become the first, and only, airline to operate a fleet of all Airbus A380 and Boeing 777 aircraft.
A6-EAK joined Emirates in 2002 and had flown for over 60,000 hours travelling close to 45 million kilometres in 14.5 years. That distance is equivalent to almost 60 return journeys between the Earth and the Moon. The aircraft was the last of the 29 Airbus A330 aircraft that had been operating as part of its fleet.