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Aeroflot Expands Fleet with Four Brand New Airliners

Aeroflot Expands Fleet with Four Brand New Airliners

29 September 2016, Moscow. — Aeroflot has taken delivery of its four new aircraft. These include two Airbus A320s, an Airbus A321 and a Boeing B737-800 aircraft.  All aircraft are delivered to Aeroflot directly from the manufacturers. The aircraft have been named in honour of outstanding Russian citizens who contributed a lot to artistic and cultural development. One A320 has been named after Aleksei German, a film director and a screenwriter, while the other – after Fyodor Dostoevsky, a world-known classical writer. A321 bears the name of Yuri Levitan, the primary Soviet radio announcer during and after Great Patriotic War. B737 has got the name of Leonid Utyosov, a famous singer and actor. The new A320s are equipped with CFM56 engines and can accommodate 158 passengers in a spacious two-class configuration (8 seats in business and 150 in economy). The A321 airliner is designed in a new enhanced two class composition with 16 seats in business and 167 in economy. A320s and A321 are fitted with state-of-the-art aerodynamic wing-tips known as Sharklets. Aeroflot operates А320 family aircraft across its European and domestic routes network. A320 family airplanes satisfy the highest reliability, safety and comfort standards and are considered among the best for mid-range flights. Aeroflot’s Boeing 737-800 has two-class composition with 20 seats in business class and 138 seats in economy class. The Business class salon is equipped with monitors for viewing media content. Boeing 737 is one of the world’s most popular single-aisle jet airliners providing high level of comfort on medium-haul routes.

Source: Aeroflot News

South African Airways Deploys A330-200 on Mauritius Service

South African Airways Deploys A330-200 on Mauritius Service

South African Airways (SAA) has added capacity on its Mauritius route with the introduction of a bigger aircraft, an Airbus A330-200 to this destination.

Effective 1 October 2016, the airline will use an Airbus A330-200 aircraft on the route, which adds extra capacity of 200 seats per week and offers customers an improved in-flight product.

The new aircraft will operate flights SA190/SA191 on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays to cater for the increase in demand to this popular island destination.

SAA’s double-daily schedule to Mauritius, which currently operates on four days of the week (Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday) will remain in effect – totalling eleven flights per week.

The current aircraft mix of Boeing B737-800s and Airbus A320-200s, the latest arrival in the SAA fleet, will continue to service the route for the remaining scheduled flights each week.

The Airbus A330-200 offers a total of 222 seats with 36 in Business Class and 186 in Economy class.

SAA has been flying to Mauritius for more than 50 years, non-stop since 1957, and the route was one of the airline's first African destinations.

Source: The Afritraveller.

Travelling Solo on a River Cruise

Travelling Solo on a River Cruise

With a new destination to explore almost every day, knowledgeable tour guides to help you discover regional highlights and an attentive team to cater to your every whim, a river cruise is perfectly suited to solo travelling. Intimate, yet spacious, the Emerald Waterways Star-Ships allow you to get involved with other guests as much, or as little, as you would like. Whether you want a peaceful trip to immerse yourself in the splendours of Europe or wish to meet like-minded people who share your passion for exploring beautiful parts of the world; you’re free to pick your own pace and your own track with Emerald Waterways.

BENEFITS OF HOLIDAYING SOLO

Holiday brochures may often depict families and couples having a lovely time on their holiday, but there are more than a few benefits to holidaying alone.

No Compromise – Do you feel like sleeping in late one morning? No problem. Do you fancy another glass of wine with dinner? Go for it. Travelling solo means you’re firmly in control and can follow your desires and tastes every minute of the holiday. No more arguing over whether you get room service or head out for dinner, the choice is entirely yours.

At Emerald Waterways, we aim to give our guests as much choice and freedom as possible, from excursions and cuisine to on-board entertainment and activities. This means you can craft your perfect holiday aboard Europe’s delightful waterways.

Meeting New People – One of the great joys of travelling is meeting new people. Whether they’re like-minded folk in the stateroom across the hall, or friendly locals during an exclusive excursion in their town or city; there’s a world of interesting people to meet. Travelling solo can give you the extra impetus to strike up a conversation with someone you’ve just met. You never know, you might just make a friend for life.

Stop and Relax – With complete control over your days, you can do as much as you please. Which may be absolutely nothing at all. On an Emerald Waterways river cruise, there is nothing stopping you from just taking to the open-air Sun Deck, ordering a glass of wine, and watching the beautiful panoramas pass you by.

And, there’s unlimited opportunity to lose yourself in a wonderful book during a relaxing day meandering down a stunning river.

A Room to Yourself – Solo river cruising has become so popular, a significant number of Emerald Waterways Star Ships feature wonderfully-appointed single staterooms. Our ships sailing the Rhine, Main, Danube, Moselle, Rhône and Saône all feature single staterooms, providing a peaceful place for a little shut eye after another day exploring the wonderful waterways of Europe.

The first one in the shower every morning? Check. An undisrupted night’s sleep in the middle of a wonderfully soft bed? Check again. Holidaying is a time when you should be allowed to really indulge yourself. And a beautifully-appointed room to yourself is the perfect place for a little indulgence.

WHY EMERALD WATERWAYS?

Although Emerald Waterways accommodates travelling groups of all sizes, our fleet has been carefully designed to offer the same level of service and comfort to a solo traveller as a travelling party of 10. Here are a few of the ways Emerald Waterways go above and beyond to ensure the happy passage of the solo traveller.

Airport Transfers – All transfers to and from your Emerald Waterways ship are included in the price of your package. You’ll be transported direct to the ship upon arrival in the local airport, meaning you don’t have to arrange your own transport or decipher the local bus timetable.

Return Flights – No need to ring up your local travel agent for flight times, we can help organise your return flights at efficient times and to your closest available airport. Even better, return flights from London, Manchester, Birmingham, Glasgow and Edinburgh are all included in the price of the cruise.

In addition, all airport taxes (and port charges) are included in the price of the cruise.

On-Board Meals – Taking the fuss out of picking where to eat every night, all meals on-board the Emerald Waterways fleet are included in the price of the journey. From hearty breakfasts that set you up for a day exploring a new city to expertly-crafted evening meals prepared by skilled, experienced chefs, you’ll have something new and delicious to savour every day of your cruise.

Complimentary Hot Drinks – Any time you fancy a cup of tea or coffee, the self-service hot drinks stations are open. Fancy something a little different? Our state-of-the-art coffee machines make it easy to whip up your coffee shop favourites.

Regular Excursions – The Emerald Waterways itineraries feature shore excursions almost every day of the voyage, giving you more chance to go and explore the world. Guided tours are hugely popular, taking you straight to the heart of some of the world’s most unforgettable sites, including a vast number of UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Experienced Crew – Perhaps most reassuring for a solo traveller, the Emerald Waterways crew is made up of exceptionally skilled and experienced professionals. From the concierge team who can look after any request or query to the waiting staff who’ll know just the wine to match your evening meal, we’ve got the expertise to make your on-board experience extra special.

Our on-board crew is complemented by our team of knowledgeable local guides who will help you make the most of every shore excursion.

TIPS FOR THE SOLO RIVER CRUISER

To help you make the absolute most of your solo holiday, we’ve put together a few simple tips for travelling the rivers of Europe.

Connect to the Wi-Fi – Using a Wi-Fi-connected smartphone or tablet is an easy way to stay in touch with friends and family back home. Not only is it wonderful to hear their voice or see their faces during a holiday away, it’s also simple to share envy-inducing photos you’ve snapped on your travels.

Additionally, a Wi-Fi connection could give you access to unlimited books, games and apps if you’ve packed an e-reader or tablet.

Chat to the Crew – The experienced crew of the Emerald Waterways fleet may have explored each destination on your itinerary multiple times, so they often know the best places to explore or pop in for a bite to eat. If you’ve got a few hours in a new city coming up, ask around for trips and ideas.

Befriend the Cruise Director – Your Emerald Waterways cruise director will prove an endless well of interesting and useful information. Should anything exciting be happening on-board, your cruise director will know about it, so you’ll be kept in the loop about specialty dining options, upcoming events and just about anything else of interest. By the end of your river cruise, the cruise director could well be your new best friend.

Pick the Guided Tours – Choosing between guided tours or solo exploration can be difficult. But the tour guides picked by Emerald Waterways are hugely experienced, and can help you make the most of shore excursions.

And Be Ready for New Experiences – One of the great joys of travelling solo on a luxury river cruise is the opportunity to immerse yourself in new experiences. Be prepared for something new and exciting every day, and you’ll be better placed to take all the wonder and intrigue in your stride, creating memories that last a lifetime.

Source: Emerald Waterways

Mcarthurglen Designer Outlet Vancouver Named Best New Development At Icsc Canadian Shopping Centre Awards 2016

Mcarthurglen Designer Outlet Vancouver Named Best New Development At Icsc Canadian Shopping Centre Awards 2016

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Adding to the growing list of accolades for McArthurGlen Designer Outlet Vancouver, the centre has been named Best New Development at the 2016 ICSC Canadian Shopping Centre Awards in Toronto yesterday. Qualifying in the New Development category for centres between 150,001 and 400,000 square feet of retail space, the award recognizes the success and quality of the design and project.

 “The centre has been operating for just over a year now and we’re thrilled with the successes and warm reception we’ve seen so far,” says Robert Thurlow, General Manager of McArthurGlen Vancouver. “We broke a few records last year and we hope to continue the trend by providing a top quality shopping experience to our guests.

Since opening, the centre has received numerous global recognitions, including the prestigious MAPIC award for Best Outlet Centre 2015, the NAIOP Commercial Real Estate Award of Excellence for Retail Development and Travel Weekly’s China’s Best Overseas Shopping Centre of the Year Award.

The Vancouver centre is McArthurGlen’s first development in North America and boasts 62 premium, lifestyle and luxury brands, including the recently opened Ted Baker and Club Monaco, in 240,000 square feet of retail space.

McArthurGlen Designer Outlet Vancouver Airport is a joint venture between McArthurGlen and the Vancouver Airport Authority, a community-based, not-for-profit organization that operates Vancouver International Airport (YVR).

Source: McArthurGlen Group

APG Airlines: The Brand New Airline Of APG

APG Airlines: The Brand New Airline Of APG

APG is pleased to announce the launch of APG Airlines and the reactivation of its APG IET interline e-ticketing product.

APG AIRLINES, code GP, is based in France and operates a single Beechcraft 200 aircraft. The airline will start its initial scheduled route between Nice and Bergamo airport on 28 October 2016 with two weekly flights.

With the launch of APG AIRLINES, APG is also able to reactivate its APG IET product in which over 100 airlines participate, and which going forward will operate using the code GP of APG AIRLINES.

APG IET acts as an interline hub for airlines allowing APG IET airline clients to interline with any of the other 100+ airlines in the programme without direct interline agreements or links.

APG IET was obliged to suspend sales in February this year when Heli Air Monaco, whose code, YO, was previously used for APG IET, became a charter-only operator and was no longer able to participate in the IATA BSP system.

With the launch of APG AIRLINES, APG is now able to use its own code for its APG IET product offering a stronger proposition to airlines in the future.

Testing has already started with the first APG IET customers to re-open sales on APG IET and testing with all remaining airlines will be carried out as soon as possible.

APG IET is also expected to add new airline customers by the end of the year which have been awaiting the launch of the product with the new code.

APG has also taken the opportunity to switch its PSS host system at the same time to Crane PAX, a solution offered by Hitit, a well-known airline systems provider with a reputation for innovation. The new system will allow APG to develop improved links to other sales channels which were not possible previously.

Source: APG-GA.COM