Chefs at Mandarin Oriental, Taipei will prepare magnificent Michelin-starred in-flight meals for Thai Airways’ business class passengers from 1 June 2018 to 31 August 2018. The five-star hotel is collaborating with Thai Airways to offer gourmet dishes to passengers travelling Royal Silk Class on the airline’s direct flights from Taipei to Bangkok that depart daily in the afternoon (TG633) and evening (TG635).
Executive Chef of Mandarin Oriental, Taipei, Adam Tanner has created six enticing menus for Royal Silk Class passengers, inspired by dishes served at the hotel’s Michelin-starred Chinese restaurant Ya Ge and Michelin-recommended Italian restaurant Bencotto.
“Mandarin Oriental, Taipei’s reputation for providing high levels of service is reflected in the growing number of international accolades it receives, including a Michelin Star for Ya Ge and mention for Bencotto in the Michelin Guide Taipei 2018. Through our passion for sharing good food with others, the hotel’s experienced and talented chefs have created an exclusive in-flight dining experience for Thai Airways passengers, to give them a taste of the hotel’s enchanting, versatile and refined culinary scene,” says Frances Tsai, Hotel Manager at Mandarin Oriental, Taipei.
Using the freshest ingredients, Chef Adam creates contemporary dishes inspired by French, Italian, Southeast Asian and progressive American fare, his knowledge of international cuisine accumulated over years of working in luxury five-star hotels and Michelin-starred restaurants around the world.
Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group has 15 Michelin-starred restaurants holding a total of 22 Michelin stars, which is more than any other hotel brand in the world.
Emirates expands its travel and lifestyle partnerships to offer Dubai visitors an enhanced experience
Emirates, the world’s largest international airline, has expanded its travel and lifestyle partnerships to continue offering exclusive benefits and greater convenience for its customers. The latest initiatives with global leading ride-sharing app, Uber and local premium retail developer, Emaar Malls, showcases the airline’s commitment to delivering a seamless and memorable customer journey.
Emirates’ partnership with Uber offers visitors coming from Australia, South Africa, Egypt, France and Saudi Arabia special airport transfer fares upon arrival in Dubai. Passengers who book their travel on Emirates’ Economy Flex Plus or Economy Flex fares can avail the special Uber promotion code on bookings made from 26th September until 10th December 2018.*
Passengers travelling on an Economy Flex Plus fare can enjoy one free ride from Dubai International Airport to anywhere in Dubai, up to the value of AED 120. Passengers travelling on an Economy Flex fare can avail 50% off one ride from the airport to anywhere in Dubai, up to the value of AED 60.
Earlier this year, the airline’s award winning loyalty programme, Emirates Skywards, also collaborated with Emaar Malls to launch the Emaar Malls Rewards Programme, offering customers a chance to earn Skywards Miles when they purchase goods, food or leisure experiences at The Dubai Mall.
Emirates revamps its premium offering in First and Business Class
Emirates has refreshed its premium offering with new luxury products in First and Business Class for a more comfortable travel experience. The new products stem from collaborations with BYREDO skincare, Bowers & Wilkins and Emirates’ longstanding partnership with Bulgari for its refreshed amenity kits.
BYREDO for Emirates Wellness kit
Emirates First Class customers will find the BYREDO travel wellness range of skincare in their private suites. The allergen-free and Chamomile collections were exclusively created for Emirates for a relaxing and hydrating experience inflight. The collection by European luxury brand, BYREDO, was first introduced in Emirates’ new fully enclosed suites on the Boeing 777 last year and is now being rolled out across the fleet. All the products in the collection are manufactured using the best raw materials with a distinct focus on craft and quality.
Products included in the BYREDO for Emirates Wellness kit are:
- Cleansing Face Towelette, leaving a clean base to enjoy the maximum benefit from skincare.
- Facial Toner brings freshness and essential hydration, improving overall skin texture.
- Eye Cream gently hydrates sensitive skin around the eye leaving it softer and suppler.
- Chamomile roll-on Sleep Oil to apply on pulse points to ease into relaxation.
- Chamomile Pillow Mist spray for textile to create a peaceful and relaxing atmosphere
The kits are paired with a faux leather notebook and branded pen.
Bowers & Wilkins Active Noise Cancelling E1 headphones
To amplify the viewing experience on ice, Emirates’ award-winning inflight entertainment system, the airline is rolling out brand new Bowers & Wilkins Active Noise Cancelling E1 headphones in First Class. These headphones were designed by award-winning audio brand Bowers & Wilkins and created exclusively for Emirates using a unique hybrid noise cancellation technology optimised for the Emirates First Class cabins.
The headphones are lightweight and made of the finest materials, including aluminium and sheepskin leather for a comfortable fit. Customers can use the headphones to view up to 3,500 channels of on-demand entertainment on a 32-inch TV screen. The entertainment selection on ice across all classes includes up to 950 movies, 400 TV channels and 2,400 music and podcast channels. The headphones’ sound quality can also be tested on The Bowers & Wilkins Superior Sound playlist, a selection of tracks selected for their acoustic excellence available on ice.
Bulgari Amenity Kits
Emirates continues its longstanding partnership with Bulgari for the latest designs of the airline’s exclusive kit bags. The new set of amenity kits for both First and Business Class feature Bulgari’s fragrance – Eau Parfumée Au Thé Vert (Green Tea) – and contain skincare essentials to keep customers feeling fresh and pampered throughout the flight.
The First Class kit bags, made from faux leather, come in eight designs with a new range of colours for men and women. Eight additional designs are available in Business Class – four for men and four for women. The amenity kits are available on long-haul overnight flights and designs are refreshed every nine months. The bags have been designed for multipurpose uses after the flight to store headphones, make up or jewelry.
In addition to the Bulgari amenity kits, First Class customers will also be given Hydra Active moisturising sleep suits on long haul overnight flights.
Fans of the First Class experience can purchase the Emirates sleep suits, First Class blanket or the Bowers & Wilkins PX headphones from the Emirates Official Stores.
Fine dining on Emirates
On all Emirates flights, customers can enjoy a selection of the finest cuisine prepared by gourmet chefs, accompanied by some of the most exclusive wines, champagnes and spirits in the world. Emirates recently revamped its spirits offering across all classes to include exclusives like the Hennessy Paradis Imperial and introduced the Emirates Vintage Collection – a selection of fine wines which have been stored for up to 15 years. This includes the Château Cheval Blanc 2004, Château Haut Brion 2004, Château Mouton Rothschild 2001 and Château Margaux 1998 served in First Class on select routes.
In Business Class, Emirates is serving exclusive champagnes like the Moët & Chandon Rosé Imperial served on all flights from Dubai later this month. A global on board exclusive, Veuve Clicquot Extra Brut Extra Old, will also be available for a limited time on select routes.
Emirates’ premium onboard experience is complemented by on ground comfort with a network of 42 dedicated Emirates Lounges located within major airports around the globe, including its newly-opened Cairo lounge and refurbished New York lounge at John F Kennedy International Airport. First and Business Class passengers can also travel to and from the airport via Emirates’ complimentary Chauffeur-drive service – available in over 70 cities including Emirates’ latest destination Santiago.
Qatar Airways’ Privilege Club Announces Summer Shopping Collection
Qatar Airways’ award-winning Frequent Flyer programme, Privilege Club, is delighted to provide its valued members an exclusive offer this summer with its latest Summer Shopping Collection.
From 10 August–10 September 2018, Privilege Club members can take advantage of a 50 per cent discount when using their Qmiles on select products at Qatar Duty Free, both at Hamad International Airport (HIA) and at Oryx Galleria in Doha.
Qatar Airways Chief Commercial Officer, Mr. Ehab Amin, said: “We are delighted to announce our latest promotion this summer for our valued Privilege Club members, just ahead of the festive Eid holiday season. Our special new Summer Shopping Collection offers our members an extensive variety of choices at an incredible range of luxurious retail outlets, where passengers can treat themselves or their loved ones to a moment of luxury in a world-class duty free shopping environment.
“As a multiple award-winning airline and leader in the aviation industry, we continue to strive to reward our loyal and dedicated members with exclusive benefits to further elevate their experience with Qatar Airways and make it a memorable one.”
Qatar Airways’ Privilege Club launched its Qmiles reward programme in 2007 to offer its loyal passengers the opportunity to earn Qmiles when travelling on Qatar Airways, oneworld® airlines, or any of the airlines’ partners. Qmiles has since served as another convenient means of payment at the award-winning Qatar Duty Free (QDF) outlets, located in both the departure and arrival halls of Hamad International Airport, and at Oryx Galleria in Doha.
In March 2018, Qatar Airways’ Privilege Club launched a refreshed brand identity, offering members a range of programme enhancements. Privilege Club members can now do all their account activities online, including purchasing award tickets using Qmiles, nominating family members to join their membership account, updating personal profiles and requesting services including cabin upgrades, excess baggage, date changes, refunds, and much more.
Qatar Airways Privilege Club was named ‘Best Rewards Programme’ among airlines in the region at the seventh annual FlyerTalk awards 2018, for the second year in a row. At the sixth annual FlyerTalk awards 2017, Privilege Club also won the “Outstanding Benefit” award.
A multiple award-winning airline, Qatar Airways was named ‘World’s Best Business Class’ by the 2018 World Airline Awards, managed by international air transport rating organisation Skytrax. It was also named ‘Best Business Class Seat,’ ‘Best Airline in the Middle East,’ and ‘World’s Best First Class Airline Lounge.’
Qatar Airways currently operates a modern fleet of more than 200 aircraft via its hub, HIA, to more than 150 destinations worldwide. Earlier this year, Qatar Airways revealed a host of forthcoming global destinations in line with its expedited expansion plan, including Tallinn, Estonia; Valletta, Malta; Langkawi, Malaysia and Da Nang, Vietnam.
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