Regent Seven Seas Cruises Unveils 2020 World Cruise Aboard Seven Seas Mariner

Spanning approximately 33,870 nautical miles across 11 seas in three oceans, Regent Seven Seas Cruises’ new 2020 world cruise will deliver infinite, unforgettable opportunities for luxury travelers seeking to experience the world for the first time – or again. The all-suite, all-balcony Seven Seas Mariner will host Regent’s new 2020 Navigate the World cruise, a captivating 131-night itinerary, departing January 24, 2020, round trip from San Francisco, to idyllic islands of the South Pacific and ancient cultures of subcontinental India and around the Arabian Peninsula, and then plying the halcyon Mediterranean in springtime and cruising the Caribbean and Central America in early summer.

Seven Seas Mariner’s guests will touch on 30 countries on six continents as they circumnavigate the globe, visiting 36 UNESCO World Heritage sites among a total of 66 ports, 13 in which are overnight stays. The Most Inclusive Luxury Experience, Regent Seven Seas Cruises offers up to 330 free, unlimited shore excursions for guests to fully explore each exciting port, and kick off their grand adventure at the exclusive, pre-cruise Gala Dinner Event in San Francisco, as well as revel in three additional authentic shore side events as they sail the world.

“Regent Seven Seas Cruises is renowned for our world cruises and sailing aboard Seven Seas Mariner in 2020 will be simplyspectacular,” said Jason Montague, president and CEO of Regent Seven Seas Cruises. “The beautiful Seven Seas Navigator, our most intimate ship, is scheduled to sail Regent’s 2018 and 2019 world cruises. The all-suite, all-balcony Seven Seas Mariner takes over in2020 and offers another unforgettable opportunity to travel the world, ensconced in Regent Seven Seas Cruises’ trademark of The Most Inclusive Luxury Experience. Throughout, guests will enjoy highly personalized service from every member of our exceptional staff and crew.”

To provide convenience for travelers on the U.S. East Coast, Regent Seven Seas Cruises also offers the option to embark the 2020 World Cruise, departing January 6, 2020, round trip from Miami. World cruise guests sailing round trip from Miami also will enjoy a complimentary one-night, pre-cruise luxury hotel stay on January 5, 2020 in addition to all the world cruise privileges of guests embarking in San Francisco.
Both round trip San Francisco and Miami 131-night World Cruises aboard Seven Seas Mariner will be open for bookings on July 20, 2017. To preview the 2020 Navigate the World e-brochure, please visit http://www.rssc.com/ebrochures/2020_WorldCruise/.

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Navigate the World with Exclusive Bespoke Amenities
Guest begin their world cruise at the 1909 landmark Ritz-Carlton, San Francisco with an exquisite dinner that features globally inspired Californian cuisine and lively entertainment as they mingle with fellow world cruise guests. Together, all world cruise guests also will join in exclusive shore side events in New Zealand, Singapore and Tuscany. These events include authentic cultural events, such as a Lord of the Rings-themed dinner event in the Auckland War Museum; or a private evening in Singapore’s Gardens by the Bay for an extravagant dinner and lively cultural show in Flower Field Hall. Finally, guests will take in an unforgettable private April afternoon and evening in Il Borro Villa and Village, a meticulously preserved 13th century Tuscan estate, where they can tour the estate’s superb wine cellar and view its classic fine art collection before enjoying a sumptuous local, farm-to-table dinner over a Renaissance-themed performance in the Villa’s amphitheater.

In addition to the exclusive world-cruise shore side events, Navigate the World 2020 guests also enjoy additional amenities, unlimited laundry (including dry cleaning and pressing), door-to-door luggage service, comprehensive Visa package, and on board medical service. These exclusive world cruise amenities are in addition to Regent Seven Seas Cruises’ Most Inclusive Luxury Experience, which comprises highly personalized service from every member of the exceptional staff and crew, all-suite accommodations, and free unlimited shore excursions, WiFi, unlimited beverages, including fine wines and premium spirits, and open bars and lounges plus daily in-suite minibar replenishment, specialty restaurants, prepaid gratuities, and ground transfers between airport and ship.

Overland Programs for a Deeper Experience
Along the way, 2020 World Cruises guests also can choose among optional Overland Programs to explore colorful cultures, dramatic landscapes and exquisite landmarks found farther inland. Overland Program guests disembark the ship for up to three nights in small, private groups with knowledgeable guides on fascinating experiences, such as a three-night Temples of Angkor Wat, Cambodia program from Bali, Indonesia; a three-night Taj Mahal: The Eternal Experience program from Cochin, India; or a one-night Egypt’s Renowned Relics: Luxor and the Pyramids. There is a supplemental charge for Overland Programs, details for which will become available after the general opening for bookings.

For its part, Seven Seas Mariner will re-emerge in April 2018 from drydock after an extensive bow-to-stern refurbishment and conclude Regent Seven Seas Cruises current $125 million fleetwide refurbishment program. The ship, with a capacity for 700 guests, will be elevated to the level of elegance found throughout the Regent fleet of ships, all reflecting the standard set by Seven Seas Explorer, recognized as the most luxurious ship ever built since launched on July 13, 2016.

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Emirates Announces Double Daily A380 Service to Moscow

Emirates today announced that both daily flights between Dubai and Moscow will now be operated by the airline’s iconic A380. Commencing October 1, 2017, the double daily Airbus A380 service will significantly boost seat capacity to and from Russia in order to meet customer demand. It will also allow multiple A380 to A380 connections to a wide range of leisure and business destinations such as Mauritius, Bangkok, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Hong Kong, Johannesburg, Mumbai, Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, Auckland, Christchurch, Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Seoul, Tokyo, Taipei and Sao Paolo.

Since Emirates started flying from its Dubai hub to Moscow in 2003, the airline has carried over 4 million passengers on the route. This aircraft upgauge sees an increase of over 1,000 seats per week and clearly demonstrates Emirates’ commitment to the Russian market and further supporting tourism and trade links between the Middle East and countries connected by the vast Emirates worldwide route network and Russia.

Flights EK131/132 and EK133/134 will be operated by an Airbus A380 aircraft in a three-class configuration with 14 Private Suites in First Class, 76 flat-bed seats in Business Class and 427 comfortable seats in Economy Class. In all cabins passengers will enjoy access to Wi-Fi and over 2,500 channels of films, music and games, more than 60 in Russian, through ice Digital Widescreen, Emirates’ award-winning inflight entertainment system.

First and Business Class passengers on the Emirates A380 can spend time during their flight socialising in the popular Onboard Lounge on the upper deck of the aircraft, while tasting fine selection of wines and spirits and gourmet delicacies. First Class passengers have exclusive access to the on-board Emirates Shower Spa.

Premium customers are also offered complimentary Chauffeur Drive services to and from Moscow Domodedovo airport and Dubai International Airport, access to Emirates exclusive lounges across select airports around the world and priority check-in.

Emirates has also made amends to its winter schedule to and from St Petersburg, giving passengers even easier connections to many Emirates destinations including Maldives, Thailand and Sri Lanka with just a short stop in Dubai. From October 29, 2017 until March 24, 2018 EK176 will depart from Pulkovo International Airport at 23:55hrs and land at Dubai International Airport the next day at 07:05hrs. From Dubai EK175 flight will depart at 15:30hrs and land in Saint Petersburg at 20:45hrs.

The new times will enable clients travelling to Dubai an additional day in the city, arriving from Saint Petersburg early in the morning instead of late evening.

All flight times are local.

Singapore Airlines Launches Highflyer Programme for Corporates

Singapore Airlines has launched an all-new Singapore Airlines HighFlyer programme for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) to get more mileage out of flights on company business. The new corporate travel programme is designed to reward both corporates and employees when they fly with Singapore Airlines and SilkAir.

Corporates will earn HighFlyer points while employees continue to earn KrisFlyer miles each time an employee flies with Singapore Airlines or SilkAir, making it a more rewarding way to travel for business. With no minimum annual travel spend required, corporates earn five HighFlyer points for every S$1 spend on tickets booked through Singapore Airlines’ corporate booking platform or an appointed travel agent.

Businesses have the flexibility of choosing how and when to utilise HighFlyer points earned, with the option to offset future ticket purchases partially or in full for flights on Singapore Airlines or SilkAir to more than 100 destinations across 30 countries.

Through a self-service web portal, corporates can check HighFlyer points balance, utilise HighFlyer points, manage travellers and bookings, and download e-statements.

Singapore Airlines Senior Vice President Sales and Marketing, Mr Campbell Wilson, said, “We are pleased to launch the Singapore Airlines HighFlyer programme for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises. We are always looking for more ways to delight our customers and make their journey with us more rewarding. The Singapore Airlines HighFlyer programme highlights Singapore Airlines’ commitment to constantly enhance the benefits for our corporate clients and business travellers.”

Corporates that reach a stipulated annual spend will have the choice of transferring to the Singapore Airlines Corporate Travel Programme, a corporate programme for large businesses to enjoy corporate fares and additional benefits.

For more information about the Singapore Airlines HighFlyer programme, please visit: singaporeair.com/highflyer * * *

SILVERSEA REVEALS INSPIRING ENRICHMENT OPPORTUNITIES ON 2017 VOYAGES

Opera and ballet admirers, food and wine connoisseurs, bridge players, wellness enthusiasts and lifelong learners will appreciate indulging their passions with Silversea’s exciting onboard enrichment program in 2017.

 

Following below is a snapshot of enrichment opportunities:

Ballet Cruises with Acclaimed Russian Ballet Soloists

Daria Khokhlova and Artemy Belyakov, ballet performers of the State Academic Bolshoi Theatre of Russia, one of the world’s most renowned ballet companies, are returning to Silversea for exclusive engagements aboard Silver Spirit’s August 25 and September 03 Mediterranean voyages. The dance stars, whose wonderful performances have captivated Silver Spirit audiences in recent years, will again appear on stage in the ship’s elegant Show Lounge for two performances during each sailing

Ballet Cruise with L’Opéra de Paris Star

Solo performer Jean-Sébastien Colau of L’Opéra de Paris, one of the world’s greatest companies, will treat audiences to his artistry when he and a partner take to the stage aboard Silver Whisper’s October 23 sailing from Montreal to New York.

Opera Cruises in Partnership with Accademia Teatro alla Scala

Based in Milan, Italy, Accademia Teatro alla Scala (La Scala Theatre Academy) is one of the world’s foremost performing arts academies. Its internationally renowned performers and instructors offer the highest level of artistic education for aspiring and gifted singers, dancers, and musicians from every corner of the world. Soloists from its Academy of Lyric Opera and a piano accompanist will perform a selection of opera’s most beautiful librettos for the enjoyment of Silversea guests aboard two Mediterranean cruises: a September 21 sailing from Athens to Venice; plus one aboard Silver Muse on July 15, sailing Athens to Rome

Culinary Arts & Wine Voyages

A collection of specialty voyages highlight the culinary arts with guest chefs and vintners:

–An October 07 “Tastes of the Mediterranean” cruise aboard Silver Spirit, hosted by guest chefs Umberto Menghi and Michael Jacob, will feature culinary demonstrations, market visits, gala dinners and culinary-focused shore excursions.

Silver Shadow’s October 08 “Relais & Châteaux® Gourmet Cruise” will welcome Relais & Châteaux guest chef Dominique Bouchet, owner of the eponymous restaurant同名餐厅 in Tokyo.  Bouchet will host gala dinners and cooking demonstrations presented in addition to a L’École de Chefs cooking school program hosted by David Bilsland, Silversea corporate chef.

Silver Spirit’s October 23 “Wine Cruise” is presented in partnership with Comitato Grandi Cru d’Italia, an association of top Italian winemakers, and the Professional Association of Italian Sommeliers (ASPI). The wine enrichment program will spotlight a collection of some of Italy’s finest vintages as top sommeliers Gennaro Buono and Giuseppe Vaccarini guide and educate guests in the art of winemaking.

Silver Explorer’s October 25 “Culinary Expedition Voyage” in South America, will showcase Peruvian and Chilean guest chefs and regional specialties. Guests will have a chance to prepare their own seafood dishes.

Wellness Expedition Voyages

Silver Discoverer offers wellness-themed programming on a quartet of expedition voyages to Micronesia, Melanesia and Australia, including departures on October 4, 18 and 25, and one on November 09. Guests enjoy a comprehensive — and complimentary — program that includes: stretching; yoga and Pilates classes; daily lectures and cooking demonstrations; gym sessions led by personal trainers using Technogym fitness equipment; and choice of one complimentary spa massage treatment.

Bridge Cruise

Silversea has created a special experience for bridge enthusiasts. On Silver Wind’s November 10 Barcelona-to-Barbados sailing, guests can compete to win prizes in the second Silversea bridge tournament. On this special voyage, featuring American Contract Bridge League life masters Gerald Fox and Steve Smolen, guests can earn ACBL master points, attend seminars, and meet other bridge players from around the world.

Silver Perspectives®

For guests seeking to enrich their minds and enjoy a richer travel experience, the Silver Perspectives enrichment program welcomes destination experts and distinguished guest speakers on board for fascinating lectures and stimulating conversation. Invited speakers include authors, journalists, naturalists, diplomats, professors and other specialists whose topics range from politics and the environment to tribal customs and ancient history.

For additional details about each voyage and enrichment opportunities, visit silversea.com

For more information contact your travel professional or Silversea Cruises on +61 2 9255 0600 or 1300 306 872 (Australia) or 0800 701 427 (New Zealand), or visit www.silversea.com

ETIHAD AIRWAYS INTRODUCES NEW CHANGES TO GROUND AND INFLIGHT SERVICES

Etihad Airways is introducing a series of changes designed to offer increased value and flexibility based on customer feedback.

The airline is to amend its chauffeur policy following a review of usage by premium guests across all major markets. The complimentary chauffeur service will be retained at Etihad Airways’ Abu Dhabi hub and replaced with a paid option at specially negotiated rates in all other cities. The changes will be implemented from 3 July 2017.

As part of the initiative to improve the value proposition for travellers, the airline will also extend the paid airport transfer option to all guests across all cabins and allow Etihad Guest members to accrue miles on their chauffeur bookings.

Guests travelling in The Residence onboard the flagship Airbus A380 fleet will continue to receive complimentary chauffeur services at all A380 destinations – Abu Dhabi, London, Paris, Sydney and New York.

First and Business Class tickets issued prior to 3 July 2017 will not be affected by these changes and will receive complimentary chauffeur service across destinations where the service is currently offered.

Mohammad Al Bulooki, Executive Vice President Commercial for Etihad Airways, said: “Etihad Airways is constantly looking at ways to improve its value proposition for guests, focusing on the service elements that are most important to them. This change is being put in place as the airline looks to evolve its product proposition while continuing to match individual customer requirements. Following a review, the chauffeur services we offer will be amended globally, with the exception of Abu Dhabi, where there are a high number of users of the service.

“Many customers prefer to make their own ground transportation arrangements. The decision by Etihad Airways to change its offering has been taken to provide increased choice and to ensure fares remain as low and as competitive as possible, while retaining best-in-class service for all guests, in all cabins.”

Etihad Airways will also offer Economy Class guests paid access to its growing portfolio of dedicated lounges around the world, including its Premium Lounges in Abu Dhabi, London, Manchester, Dublin, Paris, Washington D.C., New York JFK, Sydney, Melbourne and Los Angeles.

Al Bulooki continued: “On the ground, premium class guests can enjoy free access to Etihad Airways’ collection of outstanding lounges. By offering paid access to Economy Class guests, these signature lounges can now be enjoyed by all who desire to experience our award-winning facilities.”

Guests travelling on Etihad Airways Business Class tickets can now also pay and upgrade to the airline’s luxurious flagship First Class Lounge & Spa when flying from, or transiting through Abu Dhabi.

Inflight, Etihad Airways has introduced an innovative new ‘Neighbour-Free Seat’ option in Economy Class. The service provides guests with the option to enhance their flying experience by ‘bidding’ for up to three empty seats next to their original seat – subject to availability and cabin configuration.

This gives guests the opportunity for increased space, comfort and privacy, at a price that is affordable. Guests can bid at the time of booking online. Successful bids will be confirmed 30 hours prior to departure.

More information on the new chauffeur service changes, neighbour free seats and lounge access policy is available at etihad.com.

Princess Cruises Adds More Sailings to Experience Majestic Princess

Princess Cruises has announced the addition of two 14-day Grand Asia voyages sailing between Shanghai and Singapore on its newest ship, Majestic Princess.

Available to guests throughout the world, the sailings will visit Japan, South Korea, Vietnam and Thailand and offer more time ashore with a late night call in Hong Kong. The first voyage departs Shanghai on February 25, 2018, with the second departing Singapore on March 11, 2018. Fares start from $2519* per person twin share.

Launched in Europe last month, Majestic Princess will offer cruises in Europe and China before heading south to Sydney where she will be homeported from September 2018 through to March 2019, when she will return to China.

“Based on the response we received during Majestic Princess’ recent maiden cruise, we are confident she has redefined the international, luxury cruising experience,” Princess Cruises Vice President Australia & New Zealand Stuart Allison said.

“We are thrilled to open up the opportunity for other guests to experience our newest flagship in our fleet before she arrives in Australia for her local season of cruising in September 2018,” Mr Allison said.

Among the exceptional venue designs, amenities and entertainment experiences, Majestic Princess features two new restaurant concepts, La Mer and Harmony. La Mer offers an authentic yet updated Parisian bistro experience with a fine dining dinner menu featuring authentic French cuisine made unique with modern twists by three Michelin-star chef Emmanuel Renaut. Harmony is a specialty restaurant with modern décor and a sophisticated Cantonese dinner menu designed by Michelin-star chef Richard Chen. Together, these two venues present guests with exceptional French and Chinese dining experiences.

In addition, guests on board also have the opportunity to taste Gong Cha, the Chinese-style bubble milk tea, the authentic American steakhouse experience of Crown Grill familiar across the global fleet, Lobster Grill and Dim Sum Bar as well as Alfredo’s featuring “The Best Pizza at Sea”.

Additionally, The Shops of Princess features the highest quality products direct from the brand’s manufacturers including luxury brands like Bulgari, Cartier, Chopard and EFFY.

On May 21, Majestic Princess will embark on the “Silk Road Sea Route” a 49-day journey from Rome to Shanghai. During the voyage she will visit a total of 22 ports including Athens, Dubai, Cochin, Singapore, Port Klang and Xiamen before arriving in Shanghai.

For more information visit www.princess.com, call 13 24 88 or see a licensed travel agent.

*Subject to availability, conditions apply.

Dream Cruises Celebrates Mother’s Day at Sea

Asian and international restaurants with indoor and outdoor venues, and choose a Mother’s Day gift from our extensive range of retail outlets.

Enjoy great savings for the family trip of your dream

With 102 connecting suites and staterooms, Genting Dream is the holiday destination of choice for family travellers. From now until 14 May, enjoy a 30% discount on bookings of the five-night “Journey to the Island Gems of Japan” cruise to experience the scenic and cultural wonders of Okinawa; book the oceanview stateroom and enjoy a complimentary upgrade to balcony deluxe stateroom – applicable exclusively during the promotional period!

For general enquiry and cabin booking: visit us at dreamcruiseline.com, call us at (852) 2317 7711, email to reservations@dreamcruiseline.com or visit us at Suite 1528 Ocean Centre, 5 Canton Road, Tsimshatsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong.

For more information about Dream Cruises, please visit dreamcruiseline.com

STAR CRUISES ANNOUNCES INAUGURAL HOMEPORT IN LAEM CHABANG

Star Cruises, “The Most Popular Cruise Line in Asia”, announced the new homeport deployment of SuperStar Gemini to Laem Chabang at a launch event on 28 March at the Centara Grand & Bangkok Convention Center. SuperStar Gemini will be based in Laem Chabang International Terminal beginning 17 December 2017 through to 27 April 2018.

On hand to witness the announcement were invited Thai Travel Trade & Airline Partners, Media and executives from Genting Hong Kong.

“We are excited to announce Star Cruises’ return to The Land of Smiles with the deployment of SuperStar Gemini at Laem Chabang,” said Mr Ang Moo Lim, President, Star Cruises. “Our long history with Thailand stretches all the way back to 1995 when we first called upon Phuket and, today, we are proud to be able to call Laem Chabang our new home come 17 December this year.”

Throughout Star Cruises long history with Thailand, the cruise line has brought over millions passengers to visit the nation’s many wonderful sites including Hua Hin, Ko Chang, Krabi, Pattaya, Phi Phi Island, Songkla and Sri Racha. With this new deployment, Star Cruises will continue to shine the spotlight on Thailand as a premier destination in Asia for the fly-cruise market to help support the local inbound and outbound tourism industry.

“Thailand has the largest number of tourists of all ASEAN countries and the two airports of Bangkok serve more than 85 million passengers every year,” added Mr. Ang. “This is a perfect location for fly-cruise passengers and we will work closely with inbound agents to package cruises with land vacations – providing tourists yet another reason to visit Thailand. We will make Bangkok the “Gateway to IndoChina” due to its superior air and tourist infrastructure. “

During her deployment, SuperStar Gemini will embark on 3-night cruises to Sihanoukville and Ko Samui, departing every Sunday, 2-night cruises to Sihanoukville, departing every Wednesday, and 2-night cruises to Koh Kong Island, departing on every Friday.

Sihanoukville, Cambodia

Cambodia’s premier beach town, Sihanoukville’s white sand beaches and warm Gulf of Thailand waters combine with a laid back, beachy atmosphere to provide a  great little tropical getaway.

Koh Kong Island, Cambodia

Cambodia’s largest island, Koh Kong Island is famous for its unspoiled wilderness, pristine beaches and stunning cascading waterfalls. The island is the perfect destination for water activities, relaxation and exploration.

Ko Samui, Thailand

Ko Samui is the premier island destination in the Gulf of Thailand featuring beautiful beaches and a variety of activities to cater to a wide range of interests.

On board SuperStar Gemini, guests can enjoy a “free and easy” cruise experience unbound by restrictive schedules and itineraries.
Embark on an all-inclusive gastronomic journey with up to six complimentary meals daily or dine at a choice of over 10 F&B restaurants and bars serving global culinary cuisines all masterfully prepared by exceptional award-winning chefs.

In between destinations, guests can enjoy thrilling performances by international artists at the Stardust Lounge or re-energize at the King Neptune Health Club. SuperStar Gemini also features a wide range of shopping options from signature boutiques to jewelry outlets and its very own duty free shop for designer items at attractive prices.

Luxury meets comfort throughout Superstar Gemini’s range of accommodations including the spacious surroundings of the Executive Suites with their own living rooms and bedrooms with a queen size bed or the panoramic views from the private sanctuary of each Oceanview Stateroom.

Whatever the choice, every voyage is a chance to experience the signature Asian hospitality for which Star Cruises is renowned for.

In the future, guests can also look forward to the launch two new “Global Class” cruise ships as part of the Star Cruises fleet. Designed for worldwide cruising, each ship will measure 201,000 gross tons and contain 5,000 lower berths. Delivery of the “Global Class” series of ships will commence between 2020 and 2021.

For more information about Star Cruises, please visit www.starcruises.com.

 

A SPARKLING START TO FLYING FIRST WITH BRITISH AIRWAYS

The airline took home the coveted top spot of Best Overall Wine Cellar
By Business Traveller’s Cellars in the Sky 2016 Awards

sparkling wine

British Airways introduces its first-ever English sparkling white wine to its First class menu between February and September. This smooth and full-bodied Vintage Blanc de Blancs comes from the West Sussex-based winery Bolney Wine Estate. The English sparkling wine will join Laurent-Perrier Grande Siècle and Jacquart Mosaique Rose NV on the Champagne and Sparkling Wine menu. The airline also took home five awards at Business Traveller’ “Cellars in the Sky 2016 Awards”, including the Best Overall Wine Cellar.

“We are thrilled to receive five awards at The Business Traveller Cellars in the Sky 2016 Awards. They represent a great form of recognition from the international wine community. All of our wines are blind tasted by experts to ensure we serve the very best and offer our customers the most enjoyable in-flight dining experience,” said Colin Talbot, British Airways’ head of catering.

Meanwhile, the new addition to the airline’s celebrated wine list – the Vintage Blanc de Blancs – not only works well as an aperitif, it also complements dishes served in First this month such the Loch Fyne Kinglas smoked salmon with tartar sauce, watercress panna cotta and Oscietra caviar. The wine also works well with the fresh seasonal salad with the optional blue cheese dressing.

“We are delighted to be adding Bolney Wine Estate’s Vintage Blanc de Blancs as our guest Sparkling Wine. This is the first time we have offered an English Sparkling white wine on board and we think our customers are going to love it,“ Talbot added.

Sam Linter, managing director and lead master wine maker at Bolney Wine Estate said: “We are absolutely delighted that British Airways considers our Blanc de Blancs one of the finest wines available. It is such a privilege that it will be sampled by British as well as international flyers. We feel this partnership shows the strength of the English wine industry and we are very much looking forward to continuing our relationship with British Airways.”
British Airways’ full list of award at The Business Traveller Cellars in the Sky 2016 Awards
1. Best Overall Cellar – Gold Medal
2. Best Business Class Cellar – Silver Medal
3. Best Business Class Sparkling – Silver Medal – Champagne de Castelnau Brut Reserve, NV, France
4. Best First Class Red – Silver Medal – Escarpment Kupe Pinot Noir 2012, Martinborough, New Zealand
5. Best First Class Fortified/Dessert – Bronze Medal – Mullineaux Olerasay Number One, NV, Swartland, South Africa

The Business Traveller Cellars in the Sky 2016 Awards recognise the best business and first class wines served by airlines worldwide. Business Traveller contacted more than 75 airlines in summer 2016, and 33 entered. Blind tastings took place at the Crowne Plaza London Kensington in December, with four judges independently scoring the wines. Along with Charles Metcalfe, the judges were: Tim Atkin, Sarah Abbott and Peter McCombie who co-chair the International Wine Challenge.

Last year British Airways’ First customers consumed more than 160,000 bottles of champagne, 133,000 bottles of red wine and 150,000 bottles of white wine on board flights. The airline also introduced new washbags earlier this year. Top British brand Liberty London created an exclusive range of washbags for customers traveling in First.

Emirates turns the spotlight on women

Emirates is giving centre stage to its women employees on the upcoming occasion of International Women’s Day. Women make up close to 44% of the airline’s workforce and have been an integral part of the success story of Emirates over the last 31 years.

Emirates currently employs more than 29,000 women from over 150 nationalities. Women employed at Emirates come from diverse backgrounds and work across the entire spectrum of airline operations. Over 18,000 work as cabin crew, while the rest are represented across technical as well as in professional and leadership roles. Close to 2.5% of the total female staff occupy managerial positions in the airline, and women are also increasingly working and advancing in functions that were more traditionally represented by men. Over the past decade, the number of women employees at Emirates has increased in line with the airline’s growth. The proportion of women as part of the airline’s total workforce has also grown by 6% during the same period.


Abdulaziz Al Ali, Executive Vice President of Human Resources at Emirates said: “Emirates is committed to providing equal opportunities at the workplace for both women and men across all business functions. We are proud of our women colleagues and their immense contribution to the growth and success of the airline. We hope that they can continue to inspire and be role models for girls and women across the globe interested in pursuing careers in aviation.”

From pilots to aircraft engineers, cargo supervisors to flight dispatchers

Emirates’ female cockpit crew come from 24 nationalities and are aged between 20 and 59 years, including pilot cadets. Watch Captain Nevin Darwish from Egypt and First Officer Alia Al Muhairi from the UAE fly the iconic Emirates Airbus A380 aircraft from Dubai to Vienna. Captain Darwish is the first woman of Arab origin to have captained the Airbus A380. First Officer Al Muhairi, a UAE national, is currently the youngest Emirati female pilot operating the Emirates A380 aircraft.

In Emirates Engineering, women work as licensed aircraft engineers, mechanics, and technicians for aircraft maintenance and repairs. Women also work at critical positions in flight operations both on the ramp as operations managers, turnaround coordinators, aircraft loading supervisors and load controllers as well as in the operations centre as flight dispatchers and duty managers.