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Qatar Airways to Launch Qsuite on Canberra and Sydney route from July 2018

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Qatar Airways is pleased to announce that its award-winning Business Class experience, Qsuite, will be available on flights to and from Canberra, its newest Australian destination, via Sydney, from 1 July 2018.

The announcement comes less than six months after the airline launched its Canberra route in February 2018. The Doha to Canberra flight makes one stop in Sydney, bringing Sydney residents a second daily service to and from the Qatari hub.

The route will be initially be served by Qsuite up to four times a week, with daily Qsuite service to commence on 1 August 2018.

Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker, said: “Since its launch, Qsuite has received tremendous attention globally, and we are delighted to introduce this revolutionary product on our Canberra and Sydney routes. With Qsuite, we have truly redefined business and luxury travel, and we are certain that the highly-adaptable and personalised product will be a much-welcome addition for Australian travellers.

“Qatar Airways now offers 4,376 seats daily to and from our five Australian gateways, providing Australians with the most technologically-advanced fleet of aircraft in the skies today, and demonstrating the importance of the market to our network. As we continue to grow in Australia, we are glad to also be contributing to the market by providing greater consumer choice with our award-winning cabins and services, and increased accessibility to global markets for businesses with our robust global network of more than 150 destinations.”

The reigning Skytrax ‘Airline of the Year’ has strengthened its presence in Australia in recent years. Along with the introduction of Qsuite on the Canberra-Sydney route, passengers travelling with Qatar Airways to and from any of its other four Australian gateways can enjoy flying on its state-of-the-art modern fleet, consisting of the iconic A380s to Melbourne, Sydney and Perth; while south Australians benefit from the airline’s A350 daily service to Adelaide.

Since the launch of services to Australia in 2009, Qatar Airways has carried more than three million passengers on its flights to Australia, supporting its AUD40 billion international tourism industry. These services have also helped connect Australian exporters to the world via belly-cargo capacity, enabling trade between Australia and the State of Qatar valued at AUD947 million in 2016-17.

Patented by Qatar Airways, Qsuite features the industry’s first-ever double bed available in Business Class, as well as private cabins for up to four people with privacy panels that stow away, allowing passengers in adjoining seats to create their own private room, a first of its kind in the industry. Adjustable panels and movable TV monitors on the centre four seats allow colleagues, friends or families travelling together to transform their space into a private suite, allowing them to work, dine and socialise together. These new features provide the ultimate customisable travel experience that enables passengers to create an environment that suits their own unique needs.

Qsuite is currently available on select Qatar Airways’ Boeing 777-300ER, Airbus A350-900 and A350-1000 aircraft. The expansion to Canberra follows the introduction of the product to various destinations around the globe, including London, Paris, New York, Chicago, Houston and Shanghai.

Qatar Airways currently holds the title of ‘Airline of The Year’ as awarded by the prestigious 2017 Skytrax World Airline Awards. In addition to being voted Best Airline by travellers from around the world, Qatar’s national carrier also won a raft of other major awards at the ceremony, including ‘Best Airline in the Middle East’, ‘World’s Best Business Class’ and ‘World’s Best First-Class Airline Lounge’.

Qatar Airways currently operates a modern fleet of more than 200 aircraft via its hub, Hamad International Airport (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 plans, including Tallinn, Estonia; Valletta, Malta; Langkawi, Malaysia; Da Nang, Vietnam; Bodrum and Antalya, Turkey and Málaga, Spain.

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Emirates is looking for future cabin crew members in Lebanon

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Emirates, the world’s largest international airline, is looking for Lebanese candidates to join its multinational cabin crew team. The Dubai-based airline is holding two Cabin Crew recruitment open days at Jounieh and Beirut.

The Open Day at Jounieh will be held at 8.00am sharp on Tuesday, 3rd of July at Hotel Burj on Bay, Main Road، Kfar Yassine.

The Open Day at Beirut will be held at 8.00am sharp on Friday, 6th of July at Mövenpick Hotel Beirut, General de Gaulle Avenue Raoucheh, Beirut.

The airline is looking for open-minded, helpful, friendly and service-oriented candidates to deliver its award-winning onboard experience to customers. Applicants hoping to give their careers a flying start can walk in with an up-to-date curriculum vitae (CV) in English, and a recent photograph. Prior online registration is not required to attend the Open Day. However, further information about the requirements for the role and the selection process can be found at http://www.emiratesgroupcareers.com/cabin-crew/

Candidates will need to come prepared to spend the full day at the venue. Shortlisted candidates will be informed of timings for further assessments and interviews.

Emirates currently flies to 160 destinations across six continents operating a modern fleet of 268 all wide-body aircraft. The airline is the largest global operator of the Boeing 777 and the Airbus A380 aircraft. Emirates offers candidates an outstanding career opportunity, in-depth training as well as an unmatched cultural exposure working within a truly international team of cabin crew from over 135 nationalities including more than 650 from Lebanon.

Cabin Crew are offered an entire employment package, which includes a variety of benefits such as a tax-free income, free high standard shared accommodation in Dubai, free transport to/from work, medical and dental cover as well as exclusive discounts on shopping and leisure activities in Dubai. For many of Emirates’ cabin crew team, the company’s attractive concessional travel benefits for themselves as well as their families and friends, is a big advantage – particularly as Emirates’ growing global network offers many travel opportunities across the airline’s six continents-spanning network.

Emirates has been flying to Beirut for 27 years and currently offers three daily flights from Rafic Al Hariri International Airport.

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Summer just got cooler with Emirates’ complimentary ice cream service

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This summer travel season, Emirates is serving complimentary ice cream to all its customers at Dubai International Airport. Ice cream cups will be given out at the Terminal 3 departure and transit areas from 15 June to 31 August for customers travelling from or through Dubai.

The ice cream, branded Emperor, is made in-house by Emirates Flight Catering (EKFC) and the airline expects to serve two million cups of ice cream to its customers over the next 3 months. Customers can look out for Emirates branded ice cream carts placed throughout the departure and transit areas of Terminal 3 and choose from five flavours: Chocolate, Vanilla, Date & Arabic Coffee, Mango Sorbet, and Lemon Sorbet. The cool treats will be served during peak departure times every day – between 12am and 3am, 12:30pm and 2:30pm, and 6pm and 9pm.

Emirates continually invests to provide an unmatched travel experience, and this simple but cool initiative is a reflection of its commitment to delighting customers. Emirates’ popular Emperor ice-cream is currently also served in premium classes on select flights to Europe and the UK, and in the seven Emirates lounges at Dubai International Airport.

Emirates’ hub in Dubai provides direct connections to over 150 cities across its six-continent network including its latest destinations this summer – London Stansted and Santiago, Chile. The airline offers excellent onboard service, regionally inspired meals and complimentary drinks including a recently refreshed spirits menu.  Emirates provides quality products and value for money with lie-flat beds in Business Class, the largest in-seat screens in the world in Economy class at 13.3 inches and up to 3,500 channels of on-demand entertainment on ice, its award-winning inflight entertainment system.

Those travelling with children can take advantage of Emirates’ extensive family offering from priority boarding at all airports to special kids’ meals, dedicated children’s entertainment on ice and exclusive toys and Lonely Planet Kids activity bags on board. At Dubai airport, Emirates offers a dedicated family check-in area and complimentary use of baby strollers, ensuring families enjoy a smoother travel experience on the ground.

Emirates Skywards, the airline’s award-winning loyalty programme, has also recently introduced an enriched offering called ‘My Family’ which allows family members to pool up to 100% of Skywards Miles earned on Emirates flights, and redeem rewards faster than before.

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Demand for the Four Seasons Private Jet Experience Soars with “World of Adventures” Addition

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Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts, the world’s leading luxury hospitality company, today announced the addition of the highly sought after World of Adventures itinerary to the 2019 Four Seasons Private Jet lineup. The coveted itinerary garnered an overwhelming amount of interest, selling out in its inaugural year. In response to popular demand, the 24-day trip of a lifetime will take flight again in fall 2019, offering guests a second opportunity to explore nine destinations while enjoying the attention to detail and thoughtful service synonymous with Four Seasons.

“The success of our Private Jet program speaks to our ability to understand the needs of the modern luxury consumer and craft an end-to-end Four Seasons experience that is unmatched in the market,” says J. Allen Smith, President and CEO, Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts. “Each element of a Four Seasons Private Jet journey is impeccably curated, combining exclusive access, local expertise and high touch service into one seamless offering that consistently exceeds expectations. We are delivering an incredibly unique product and the demand from luxury travellers has been nothing short of remarkable, driving a record sellout in 2018, and the addition of another journey to our 2019 lineup.”

The additional World of Adventures itinerary complements a program of captivating journeys in 2019 including Latin Escape (February 9-24, 2019), International Intrigue (March 25 – April 17, 2019) and Timeless Encounters (September 17 – October 10, 2019). The all-encompassing itineraries feature air travel aboard the Four Seasons Private Jet, ground transportation, planned excursions, all meals and beverages, and luxurious accommodations at Four Seasons hotels and resorts.

Smith adds, “With this additional itinerary, we will revisit the splendour of Rwanda and colourful streets of Bogota, connecting guests to the unique experiences and memorable destinations that define a Four Seasons Private Jet journey. As our guests’ desire for limitless adventure aboard the Four Seasons Private Jet continues to grow, so will the breadth of our offerings, as we push the boundaries of what is possible when it comes to international luxury voyages.”

From October 23 to November 15, 2019, the World of Adventures journey will introduce passengers to secluded beaches, bustling markets and one-of-a-kind excursions across four continents. Even while visiting the remote destinations of Rwanda and the Galapagos Islands, passengers remain in the care of Four Seasons – an experience available only to Four Seasons Private Jet guests. Directly after booking, an ideal journey is crafted by matching guest interests with exclusive activities for a fully customised experience. When cruising at 40,000 feet, guests are accompanied by a team of Four Seasons professionals, including the Director of Guest Experience, On-Board Concierge, and Executive Chef.

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The journey begins in Seattle, where travellers are introduced to their Four Seasons team during a welcome dinner at Chihuly Garden and Glass, where local artist Dale Chihuly’s vibrant creations glow against the backdrop of the city’s iconic Space Needle. During their stay, guests can join a private tour behind the scenes of Pike Place Market or take in a birds-eye view of Seattle from a seaplane, soaring high above evergreen forests and waterways.

While in Kyoto, guests can practice meditation with a Zen master or learn the art of the samurai with a private lesson in sword combat. Foodies can join Four Seasons chefs in an exploration of the city’s culinary culture at the Nishiki Market, nicknamed “Kyoto’s Kitchen” by locals. Later, guests can board a rickshaw for a ride along the winding path and dense forest of the Arashiyama Bamboo Grove.

In Bali, thrill-seekers can embark on a white-water rafting adventure, paddling along the rapids of the jungle-lined Ayung River beneath cascading waterfalls. While visiting several water temples along the Pakerisan River, guests can immerse themselves in Bali’s rich heritage of spirituality with a dip in a sacred pool and a water purification ritual led by a temple priest. Souvenir shopping is made easy with the help of a local tour guide in Ubud who knows all the best hotspots for batik fabrics, leather goods, and silver jewellery.

The next phase of the World of Adventures journey brings travellers to Seychelles, where guests can set their watches to island time as they enjoy white-sand beaches beneath a hillside retreat. A quick flight to the island of Praslin allows guests to explore the UNESCO-listed Vallée de Mai Nature Reserve, a well-preserved ecosystem where one can stroll under enormous coco de mer palm trees found nowhere else on Earth.

In Rwanda, Four Seasons has partnered with local boutique accommodations to deliver a truly unique and authentic experience in the heart of the Virunga Mountains, a haven for rare and endangered mountain gorillas. An expert naturalist guide will accompany guests on a hike through beautiful bamboo forests where they will come face-to-face with the endangered creatures, providing a rare and rewarding wildlife experience.

Next stop, the exotic imperial city of Marrakech, which offers colourful traditions, bustling markets and awe-inspiring views, allowing travellers to revel in the sights, sounds and flavours of Morocco. Guests will share tea and a traditional Moroccan lunch with a local family in a Berber village, travelling by mule to the rugged Atlas Mountains. A private shopping expedition offers expert tips on where to shop for Berber carpets and local delicacies, while a specialist in traditional Moroccan cooking leads guests through lively food and spice markets. Guests will also have the opportunity to explore the lush Majorelle Garden, built in the 1920s by painter Jacques Majorelle, and lovingly restored by Yves Saint Laurent and Pierre Bergé.

In Bogota, visitors will sip on fresh-roasted coffee from the famed Café San Alberto. While visiting the city’s historic centre, travellers can explore Museo Botero, showcasing the work of artists Fernando Botero, Pablo Picasso and Salvador Dalí. For a colourful photo op, a local artist will lead guests through a neighbourhood that has been completely transformed by vibrant outdoor murals. Guests hoping to learn a new skill can even opt for a private salsa lesson. A trip to this food lover’s paradise wouldn’t be complete without exploring the local culinary scene. Guests will be treated to a chef-led tour through Paloquemao market, followed by a curated lunch, sampling gourmet dishes using only the best locally-sourced ingredients.

When visiting the Galapagos Islands, guests will explore one of the world’s natural wonders on a three-night cruise aboard a private ship, the Silver Galápagos, exclusive to Four Seasons Private Jet passengers. Snorkeling excursions offer guests the chance to marvel at sea turtles, marine iguanas and Galapagos penguins. After enjoying some time in the sun, guests can unwind with a massage or relax with a cocktail in hand.

The adventure of a lifetime wraps up in Miami, where guests will take in spectacular views of the city’s skyline and Biscayne Bay. During the last leg of their journey, guests can relax in a poolside cabana or book a spa treatment before toasting to their travels with one last nightcap in the “Magic City.”

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