Experience the absolute British luxury with complimentary upgrade to First

Enjoy the one-way complimentary upgrade to First when purchase British Airways Club World business class ticket from just HK$36,960 by 16 July

British Airways is treating its Club World business class passengers from Hong Kong to a complimentary one-way upgrade to its luxurious First cabin on one sector of their flight to London, the UK and Europe. The limited offer is available for booking until 16 July 2018 and is valid for travel from 1 June to 31 December 2018.

The Club World business class return fares start from HK$36,960 and customers are encouraged to book now to secure their seats by calling +852 3071 5083.

Noella Ferns, British Airways’ executive vice president for Greater China and the Philippines, said, “We want to reward our loyal premium customers with the opportunity to experience the unprecedented level of comfort and service our First cabin has to offer, at the price of business class fares. The long travel window enables our customers to enjoy UK’s wonderful summer period throughout to the magic of the wintertime.”

The First Suite

Each individual suite in the renowned First cabin features a 6ft 6” bed that is 60 per cent wider and a personal wardrobe. Taking inspiration from the private jet industry, each First customer will have their own personal electronic window blind, to enhance their ownership of the space and control the amount of light flooding their suite. A Turndown Service is offered by cabin crew who will lay out a 200-thread count Egyptian cotton mattress accompanied by a 400-thread count duvet and pillow.

The First-class dining and the amenity

Customers can expect to be spoiled with the full ‘a la carte’ menu designed by leading chefs from around the world and the finest of wines and champagne. Customers can also freshen up at any time with our range of premium skincare products from the Aromatherapy Associates in the stylish Liberty London First amenity kit.

The newly opened First Wing

All flights from Hong Kong will be landing at British Airways’ award-winning hub at London Heathrow Terminal 5. Premium customers can enjoy the facilities at the Arrivals lounge, which includes showers, breakfast and complimentary Elemis spa treatments. Our First customers and Gold Executive Club members departing from Terminal 5 can also enjoy the exclusive ‘First Wing’ check-in area which was opened just last year. The ‘First Wing’ includes a dedicated two-lane security channel and direct access to the Galleries First Lounge and Concorde Room for the first time. A relaxed seating area is located after security for our First customers to gather their possessions in an unhurried atmosphere.

The revamped Concorde Room

Our First customers will be delighted by our revamped flagship Concorde Room which was reopened last November. Taking inspiration from the very best of British Design, the refurbishment included re-upholstering iconic pieces of furniture and adding new feature pieces to the room, all of which are illuminated by hand-blown glass lighting with bone linen shades and ochre silk linings. Customers will still be able to dine before they fly in private booths with a full waiter service. If they wish to unwind ahead of their flight, private cabanas with a day bed and en-suite are available to book.

British Airways is investing £4.5 billion for its customers over the next five years, covering the installation of the best quality Wi-Fi and power in every seat, fitting 128 long-haul aircraft with new interiors and taking delivery of 72 new aircraft. The airline is also investing £600 million specifically in its Club World business class. In addition to the new catering and luxurious White Company bedding, a new seat with direct aisle access will also be introduced in 2019.

A New Star in the Airport Lounge Scene

The United Polaris Lounge Opens at Newark Liberty International Airport

The lounge joins an exclusive portfolio of business class lounges, featuring daybeds, shower suites, private dining and more.

Beginning June 4, customers traveling in United Polaris®, the airline’s international premium cabin travel experience, will be able to relax and dine before their travels in the new United Polaris lounge at Newark Liberty International Airport.

Building on the airline’s concept to be uniquely United while embracing the energy of the Newark/New York metropolitan area and the exciting destinations served from it, this United Polaris lounge exhibits distinct local flair throughout. When visitors first enter, they will be greeted with a vibrant lighting fixture created by Brooklyn-based art and design laboratory Richard Clarkson Studio that is meant to mimic the constellations of the 12 zodiac signs.

In a nod to the city’s recognition for preeminence in the world for craft cocktails, the bar is the stand-out gem of this United Polaris lounge, both in terms of size and the array of cocktails offered. The thoughtful cocktail list includes the United Polaris Old Fashioned, a fresh take on the classic, complete with J. Rieger & Co. Kansas City Whiskey, a house simple syrup, Dale DeGroff bitters with a muddled orange wheel and Luxardo cherry, just like the legend himself — Dale DeGroff— makes it. A custom-designed a la carte dining menu blends international comfort foods, such as Moroccan-spiced braised lamb, with staples like the United Polaris Burger, which will be on the menu at all United Polaris lounges.

United Polaris Lounge at EWR Facts & Highlights

  • More than 27,000 square feet
  • 455 seats
  • 15 different types of seating
  • 570 power outlets and 450 USB ports
  • 4 private phone rooms
  • 10 private daybeds outfitted with Saks Fifth Avenue bedding
  • 10 luxurious shower suites, featuring rainfall showers and Soho House & Co’s Cowshed Spa products
  • Personal valet services, including steaming garments
  • A private dining area with table service for up to 48 guests featuring a menu that blends global trends with familiar comfort foods, developed by New York Chef John Glowacki. Menu items include: potato latkes, polenta fries, wild mushroom risotto with a balsamic reduction, and the “Brookie,” a playful combination of a brownie and cookie served with milk.
  • A bistro-like buffet that includes a do-it-yourself bagel bar plus sandwiches and wraps such as a curried salmon salad with cucumber raita and baby spinach on a pumpernickel roll as well as a charcuterie board and chicken parmesan.
  • A cocktail menu with signature drinks such as the Fernet About It, a unique version of the Cuba Libre containing the Italian libation, and the United Polaris Star, featuring house-made anise-infused vodka. Other house-made items include oolong-steeped bourbon, lavender syrup, vodkas and vermouth.

“More United customers begin their journey in the New York/New Jersey region than in any other of our hub cities. From here, our route network reaches across the globe, and we are thrilled to now offer our customers traveling in United Polaris business class a best-in-class lounge experience,” said Jill Kaplan, President, New York/New Jersey for United Airlines. “We continue to add new international destinations from Newark, including Porto, Portugal and Reykjavik, Iceland, which we launched this month. The addition of the United Polaris lounge for our customers traveling on long-haul flights strengthens our service offering in Newark for the most enjoyable experience.”

The opening of the United Polaris lounge at New York/Newark closely follows the debut of the United Polaris lounge at San Francisco International Airport in April. The United Polaris lounge at George Bush Intercontinental in Houston will open this summer, followed by the lounge at Los Angeles International Airport this fall.

The focus behind the United Polaris experience has always been to provide long-haul travelers with what they’ve asked for: better sleep in the sky. On average, United plans to add one aircraft with the new United Polaris business class seat every 10 days from now through 2020. Beginning July 1, every seat in the United Polaris cabin will be provisioned with a cooling gel pillow. The gel pillow, previously available by request, has proven to be one of the most popular items of United Polaris bedding.

United Polaris lounge at Newark Liberty International Airport is conveniently located in Terminal C, following security screening, between Gates C102 and C120.

Emirates ‘Year of Zayed’ aircraft landed in Hong Kong

Emirates has landed six of its special ‘Year of Zayed’ livery aircraft on six continents early this week for the centennial birthday of the UAE’s Founding Father, Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, including Hong Kong.

This tribute to the late His Highness Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan was first unveiled in November 2017 on the fuselage of Emirates’ 100th A380 aircraft, commemorating the 100th year of HH Sheikh Zayed’s birth. A total of 10 Emirates aircraft carry the special livery for 2018. The ‘Year of Zayed’ Emirates aircraft have circled the globe to over 90 cities on over 1,800 flights.


Cruise debut of six celebrity chefs in collaboration with the Dream Culinary Team

Dream Cruises redefines the concept of haute cuisine with Taste the Dream – Wine and Dine at Sea, a culinary extravaganza featuring the unprecedented collaboration between six Asia-based celebrity chefs and the Dream culinary team. From June to November 2018, guests who book and stay in “The Palace” suite accommodations on board World Dream will have the opportunity to indulge in limited-edition tasting menus.  The Palace is World Dream’s “ship within a ship concept” and offers 154 spacious suites with European Style butler service and private dining and lounge areas among other inclusive benefits.  These menus will be included in the complimentary daily dining options for all guests who stay in The Palace suites on World Dream.   There will also be an exclusive Chef’s table and interactive workshops with the celebrity chefs available to all guests throughout the cruise.

The six celebrity chefs who will make their cruise debut on World Dream are:

  • Alvin Leung, triple Michelin-starred expert in molecular gastronomy
  • Chan Kwok Keung (KK), Michelin-starred Chef and World Champion of the Chinese Cuisine World Championship
  • Vicky Cheng, the youngest chef to receive a Michelin star in Hong Kong and master of French-Chinese fusion cuisine
  • Christian Yang, globe-trotting food lover, also known as the “culinary magician”
  • Wan Tat Kong, Master of Chinese Food Culture and member of the International Jury Committee, World Association of Chinese Cuisine
  • Martin Yan, world-renowned celebrity chef and host of the award-winning cooking show “Yan Can Cook”

“To debut our new signature dining campaign, we are proud to showcase the outstanding talents of these six culinary experts on World Dream, where they join forces with our Dream Cruises Chefs and galley teams, led by fleet executive chefs Reinhard Mammes and Lee Eng Heng, as well as the executive chef of World Dream, Supachai Saisoigeon to create an exquisite gourmet experience at sea,” said Mr. Thatcher Brown, President of Dream Cruises. “We look forward to reimagining the enjoyment of food and wine at sea with a multifaceted ‘Wine & Dine; experience that is truly Asian at heart and international is spirit.  We look forward to exceeding the expectations of our discerning guests.”

From June to November, guests on World Dream will have their palates enticed and delighted by exquisite “4-hand menus” – joint collaboration of two chefs – inspired by the themes of ocean and sailing and crafted by the celebrity chefs and the Dream culinary team. The menus will showcase different highlights from each celebrity chef including molecular gastronomy, modern Cantonese cuisine, French-Chinese fusion food art, thematic banquets based on Chinese literature classics and more.

Each 4-hand menu will also be complemented by a fine selection of wines and spirits curated by the professional sommelier on World Dream. The limited-edition tasting menus will be available exclusively in on-board specialty restaurants, which guests of The Palace may enjoy on a complimentary basis as part of their daily dining privilege. A selection of thematic dishes will also be featured in a-la-carte menus, as well as in the complimentary buffets of inclusive restaurants.

For private dining, the exclusive Vintage Room will feature a curated gourmet menu for up to 10 guests highlighted by a special visit by the guest celebrity chef on designated weekend sailings. Guests will also have the opportunity to enjoy up-close-and-personal interactions with the celebrity chefs, who will host interactive workshops based on their personal interests and expertise.

Pearl Seas Cruises’ Complimentary Pre-Cruise Packages For Cuba Sailings

Pearl Seas Cruises is pleased to offer complimentary pre-cruise packages for new bookings on Fall 2018 Cuba sailings from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. The complimentary package includes a one-night premium hotel stay in Ft. Lauderdale and transportation to the ship. Currently, the Line also has savings of up to $3,000 off per stateroom on select Fall 2018 sailings and is waiving port charges and fees. The 11-night Cuba Cultural Voyages are scheduled November through December 2018, with additional sailings in 2019. All cruises are round-trip from Ft. Lauderdale and recent Spring testimonials have been resoundingly positive.

Pearl Seas Cruises is one of the only lines that circumnavigates Cuba and offers 2 days to enjoy historic Havana. The 11-night Cuba Cultural Voyage stops in Havana, Cienfuegos, Trinidad, Casilda, El Cobre, and Santiago de Cuba. Pearl Mist guests experience an all-inclusive cruise with onboard lecturers and experts, guided shore excursions, excellent cuisine, cocktails every evening, and beer and wine served with lunch and dinner.

Pearl Mist’s 11-night Cuba Cultural Voyage follows a “people-to-people” cultural exchange program during which guests engage directly with the warm Cuban people at each port. Pearl Mist passengers have the opportunity to meet local musicians, historians, and artists; experience Havana in a classic American car; enjoy a pottery demonstration in Trinidad; and take a guided excursion in Cojimar, the fishing village that inspired Ernest Hemingway’s famous novel The Old Man and the Sea.

About Pearl Seas Cruises:

Pearl Seas Cruises provides an intimate cruising experience and highly personalized service on its 210-passenger ship, Pearl Mist. The Line offers unique itineraries to the Canadian Maritimes, St. Lawrence Seaway, The Great Lakes, New England, and Cuba. To learn more about Pearl Seas, visit www.pearlseascruises.com or call 800-983-7462.

Air New Zealand launches emoji travel tips

Air New Zealand has developed an interactive online experience allowing people to explore the best New Zealand has to offer using emojis.

Users will be asked to comment on Air New Zealand #EmojiJourney Facebook or Twitter posts with a combination of emojis which would best describe their perfect New Zealand getaway. This will then automatically generate a link to a personalised map of New Zealand for them, with emojis highlighting points likely to be of interest.

Clicking on each of the emojis on the personalised map will provide more information about destinations and activities on offer – such as food and beverage hot spots, shopping, art and culture, adventure pursuits and things to do in the outdoors.

Air New Zealand General Manager Global Brand and Content Marketing Jodi Williams says people, particularly millennials and Generation Z, love to use emojis in their day to day life and the #EmojiJourney is designed to inspire travel to and within New Zealand using social media.

Twitter’s Managing Director for ANZ Suzy Nicoletti says, “Emojis have become almost ubiquitous on Twitter as everyone from politicians, to sports stars, to brands are using these expressive images to communicate.  When you can convey emotion faster and in less characters than words, it’s no wonder they are so popular.

Air New Zealand’s #EmojiJourney experience can be found on the airline’s social channels.

Victory Cruise Lines Victory Cruise Lines Launches World’s First All-Inclusive Cruise and Land Experience in Mexico

The ‘Grand Mayan Experience’ is the first cruise itinerary to visit all three states of the Yucatan PeninsulaFor the discerning travel-experience collector, Victory Cruise Lines has created a nine-night all-inclusive cruise between Miami and Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula that features three of the country’s most celebrated Mayan archeological sites as well as the cultural and historical highlights of the Mexican states of Quintana Roo, Yucatan and Campeche.

During the inaugural season — January to May 2019 — the package has an all-inclusive three-day two-night pre or post cruise stay at Campeche, Mexico, creating an 11-night all-inclusive cruise and land experience for the cost of the cruise alone. Guests who book a winter 2019 cruise by May 31, 2018 receive a $1,000 per person discount for a total savings of $2,000 per cabin.

The inaugural Grand Mayan Experience cruise departs The Port of Miami Jan. 4, 2019 on the newly remodeled, 202-passenger Victory II, the sister ship of the popular Victory I.

During the first season, Victory Cruise Lines will operate The Grand Mayan Experience cruises to the Yucatan Peninsula from January through early May 2019. The second season begins in November 2019 and ends in May 2020.

Exclusive features of the cruise include a private sunrise experience at Chichen Itza, an exclusive light and sound show at Campeche and a rare visit to a traditional Mayan healing ceremony.

The Quintana Roo portion of the cruise includes a full-day exploration from the quaint town of Puerto Morelos in the heart of the Riviera Maya — a favorite of U.S visitors. In addition to visiting the Tulum archeological site, one of two evenings in Puerto Morelos will feature the stunning “Xcaret Mexico Espectacular” a journey through Mexico ́s history from the pre-Conquistador era.  For information visit http://rivieramaya.com/en/mayanworld-2/

After Puerto Morelos, guests travel inland to the state of Yucatan, visiting Chichen Itza and the “Magic Towns” of Valladolid and Izamal. Near Chichen Itza, guests will see one of the best of 6,000 cenotes — beautiful rock formations that have formed water pools with underground rivers of amazing natural beauty.

After touring Valladolid, guests will overnight at one of the most unique hotels in Mexico. The Mayaland Hotel was built to create the feeling one is staying in a traditional Mayan village. The hotel is located within the archeological zone of Chichen Itza, the most famous Mayan site on the Yucatan Peninsula, designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1988.

Following a gourmet dinner at the hotel, Victory guests will experience the Chichen Itza Sound & Light Show, considered the best of its kind in the Americas. The next morning begins with an exclusive visit to Chichen Itza before it opens to the general public for a “Sunrise with the Mayans Experience.”

The itinerary continues with a stroll through Izamal, a colonial town built over Mayan ruins that was visited by Pope John Paul II in 1993. In preparation for the pope’s visit the entire city was painted Vatican yellow and has maintained that color ever since. It is now widely known as “The Yellow City.”

The Victory II enters the Yucatan State at the port of Progreso where guests will spend two days exploring Merida, a colonial masterpiece founded in 1542. In addition to exploring the cultural center of Yucatan, guests will visit one of the last working Haciendas in the region, Sotuta de Peon and Mayapan, a lost Mayan city and one of the best archeological sites in Mexico, before participating in an ancient Mayan cleansing ceremony.

“Victory cruise guests are known for their cultural curiosity, so we were pleased to work closely with the line to develop this authentic exploration of Mayan history,” said Saul Ancona Salazar, Minister of Tourism for the State of Yucatan. For more information visit http://www.yucatan.travel

Next is the state of Campeche, where guests will be welcomed into the colonial wonderland of the Walled City of Campeche. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Campeche is an enclave of perfectly restored pastel buildings, narrow cobblestone streets, fortified ramparts and well-preserved mansions. Either before or after the nine-night cruise on Victory II, guests will stay at the Hotel Plaza Campeche within the walled city for three days and two nights. The stayover provides an all-inclusive immersion into Mexican history and culture, including an exclusive folkloric ballet show for Victory guests at the beautiful Toro Theatre.

“Campeche is the perfect beginning or end of your Grand Mayan Experience,” said Campeche Secretary of Tourism Jorge Manos Esparragosa. “Not only for the incredible fortified colonial city, but the gastronomy, culture and the warmth of its people. This makes of Campeche a unique and perfect sample of the real Mexico. Campeche is your home. Welcome to Campeche.” For more information visit: http://www.campeche.travel/en/

Victory Cruise Lines’ Grand Maya Experience is a unique cruise and land vacation that includes all shore excursions, hotel stays, food and beverages during all land portions including Chichen Itza and Campeche. Like all Victory cruises, the nine-night cruise portion of the journey includes five-star cuisine and service, and unlimited house wines and spirits. The added all-inclusive three-day, two-night stay in Campeche creates an 11-night vacation for the price of a nine-night cruise with special inaugural season rates that make it the best travel value of winter 2019.

Check out our newest ship, Victory II, and the newest cruise vacation in the western Caribbean, the Grand Mayan Experience.

Silversea’s Silver Spirit Docks in Dubai Ahead of Ambitious Lengthening Project in Italy

Silver Spirit will enter dry dock at the industry-leading Fincantieri shipyard in Palermo on March 5, where she will remain until May 1. She will undergo large-scale refurbishment works, which will include the insertion of a prebuilt 15-metre-long (49-feet-long) segment into the ship’s midsection, making her the first luxury ship to be lengthened in this manner. With the aim of augmenting the onboard experience for Silversea guests, the project will dramatically enhance each of the ship’s public spaces with beautiful interior design, taking inspiration from the cruise line’s flagship vessel, Silver Muse, which was delivered by Fincantieri in April last year.

“Based on the wonderful feedback from guests sailing aboard our beautiful Silver Muse, we believe the comprehensive makeover we have planned for Silver Spirit will enrich the onboard experience and be equally appreciated by guests. They will see many of Silver Muse’s innovations and elevated comforts embodied by our reimagined Silver Spirit,” says Christian Sauleau, executive vice president of fleet operations for Silversea.

Enjoyed by the ship’s guests and characterising Silversea’s superior cruising experiences, Silver Spirit’s atmospheric sense of intimacy will not be compromised by the planned enhancements. While some areas will grow in size, evoking the feel of spaciousness and enhancing comfort, special measures have been made to retain the ship’s bijou feel. Silversea’s trademark level of service will also continue: the improved Silver Spirit will enjoy an impressive crew-to-guest ratio of 1:1.48.

Following a lengthy phase of research, the turn-key transformation of Silver Spirit will amplify everything that matters most to Silversea’s guests: dining options will increase in variation and advance in quality; additional suites will enrich the onboard accommodation; stylish décor enhancements will be made to existing suites and the ship’s public areas; the pool deck area will be enlarged and reimagined; the addition of a new health and fitness centre will improve wellness facilities; and various other amenities, such as the casino, will undergo tasteful transformations.

Following the enormous success of the distinct gastronomic concepts offered aboard Silver Muse, the dining options on Silver Spirit will be fundamentally reimagined to increase choice and improve guests’ experiences: delivering gastronomic authenticity from across the world, Atlantide, Indochine, Spaccanapoli, and Silver Note will be installed to complement the existing Seishin, La Dame, The Grill, and La Terrazza – each of which will undergo refurbishment. Inspired by guest feedback, menus will be altered and refined across the ship’s prevailing restaurants.

Silver Muse, Lobby, Reception, Dolce Vita

Elsewhere, new public spaces will elevate the overall comfort of the ship. A new addition to Silver Spirit, the Arts Café – an innovative, modern, multi-faceted area – will stimulate guests’ senses on the eighth deck. Offering a relaxed setting for readers and tea/coffee lovers, the Arts Café will display exhibitions and performances. Inspired by Silversea’s Italian heritage, Dolce Vita will occupy pride of place on Silver Spirit. It will be an elegant venue in which sophisticated travellers will gather, interact, and make lifelong friends. Cool cocktails will provide the perfect accompaniments to the smooth sound of live piano. Guests also stand to benefit from the installation of the Zagara spa – a blissful sanctuary that proved to be extremely popular on Silver Muse – and a fitness centre that will boast state-of-the-art facilities.

The lengthening project will create 34 new luxury suites, as well as a Balsorano suite – the pinnacle of onboard accommodation, which will be adorned with decorative items that are of personal value to Silversea’s chairman, Manfredi Lefebvre d’Ovidio di Balsorano de Clunieres. The best existing suites on Silver Spirit’s will grow in their appeal, with the addition of handmade Savoir® mattresses, horse hair toppers, and new HD screens for guests’ comfort.

On May 6, Silver Spirit will commence her service with a seven-day cruise between Civitavecchia (Rome) and Barcelona, calling at Porto-Vecchio, Corsica; Livorno; Portofino; Cannes; and Marseilles. Fares start from €3,800 per person with special savings for those bookings made before March 31.

View the full itinerary: https://www.silversea.com/destinations/mediterranean-cruise/civitavecchia-to-barcelona-5811.html

Find out more information about the facilities on the lengthened and improved Silver Spirit: https://www.silversea.com/ships/silver-spirit.html

Emirates to launch London Stansted service from June 2018

Emirates today announced that it is to launch a new daily route from Dubai (DXB) to London Stansted (STN) on 8 June, 2018. With its strategic position close to the tech and pharma hubs of Cambridge and Peterborough, Emirates will be the first Middle Eastern airline to operate out of the popular North East London airport.

The daily route will be operated by the airline’s new three-class Boeing 777-300ER offering customers 6 seats in First Class, 42 in Business Class and 306 in Economy Class. The aircraft is fitted with its game changing, fully enclosed private suites in First Class, as well as refreshed Business and Economy Class cabins.

Outbound, flight EK33 will depart Dubai at 09:30hrs, and will arrive in London Stansted at 14:10hrs. On its return, flight EK34 will depart London Stansted at 21:10hrs and arrive in Dubai at 07:05 the following day.

Opening the London Stansted gateway was a strategic decision by Emirates to serve the thriving business community in London’s north east and the wider 7.5 million population that fall within its catchment area. Hong Kong, Dubai, Shanghai, Singapore and Mumbai are the most popular business destinations from the East of England, which Emirates serves daily through its Dubai hub.

More than 25 of the world’s largest corporations have established operations in the wider Cambridge and Peterborough area, with Airbus, Astra Zeneca and GSK amongst the multi-national companies based there. Such businesses have helped establish the London Stansted Cambridge Corridor as one of the top five global knowledge regions, alongside world-leading San Francisco, Silicon Valley and Boston.

With the introduction of the London Stansted daily service, there will be 10 Emirates flights daily, connecting Dubai and London. Passengers can also fly to London Heathrow and Gatwick. London Stansted Airport is one of the capital’s major airport serving London, as well as the wider regions of England’s South East and the Midlands. The airport is connected to London via the Stansted Express which operates a regular daily service to London Liverpool Street Station. The train takes only 47 minutes and passengers arrive in the heart of the City of London, from where they can then connect to regional trains and the London Underground

The new gateway will be the seventh UK airport that Emirates operates out of in the UK; other locations include London Heathrow, London Gatwick, Birmingham, Newcastle, Manchester and Glasgow. From Hong Kong, passengers can easily connect to different locations in the UK via Dubai, and enjoy the open-jaw ticket policy to return from different Emirates’ points in the most convenient way.

Sir Tim Clark, President of Emirates said: The introduction of the new London Stansted-Dubai service underscores our commitment to serve London, with operations soon to three different airports in the city. There is a clear demand for this service from both business and leisure travellers and we anticipate that this news will be warmly received both across our global network, as well as by the business community based in the Stansted catchment area. We look forward to facilitating even more tourism and commerce opportunities to and from London with these new air transport links, and to providing our customers with the award-winning Emirates experience.”

Ken O’Toole, London Stansted’s Chief Executive said: “We’re delighted that Emirates has recognised the strength of London Stansted’s catchment and the opportunity that our available runway capacity gives them to continue growing in the South East of England over the next decade.

Stansted airport will also be vital for Emirates’ SkyCargo, the freight division of Emirates and the world’s largest international cargo airline, due to its large cargo handling capabilities. The carrier connects cargo customers to over 154 cities across 84 countries in six continents and flies 140,000 tonnes of cargo in and out of the UK in an average year.

British Airways Invests in Substantial New Catering in World Traveller Economy Class

British Airways to invest multi-million pound in its World Traveller economy class catering, provides more quantity and quality to both meals and great snacking options throughout the flight.

 British Airways is today announcing a multi-million pound investment in its World Traveller economy class catering, introducing an exciting and expanded new menu, which provides more quantity and quality to both meals and great snacking options throughout the flight.

Options now include:

  • Pretzels with the welcome drink
  • Four-course meal with starter, entrée, dessert, cheese and biscuits, accompanied by a bread roll and bottle of water
  • Second meal or substantial snack depending on the length of the flight
  • Regional meal options served according to destination
  • Magnum ice-creams
  • Tuck box with chocolates and crisps
  • Hot breakfast on longer overnight flights
  • Graze movie-snack box on longer* flights
  • Complimentary drinks from the bar

Previously customers travelling in the cabin were served a complimentary snack, a three-course-meal or a light meal, depending on the time and length of their flight as well as a complimentary bar service of hot and cold drinks.

The new catering arrives from January 17 and the menus that will change every six months.

Carolina Martinoli, British Airways’ director of brand and customer experience, said: “Our customers tell us that when they’re taking a long-haul flight, great food and beverages make a real difference to them. It’s a huge driver of customer satisfaction so we want to make sure we deliver a great experience. With this multi-million pound investment we’ve focused on introducing more quantity and quality to the catering, delivery tasty meals and great snacking options throughout the flight.

The airline’s customers will be welcomed with pretzels and a drink. Once they are settled in, they will be served a four-course meal, such as a starter of couscous salad, followed by a main course of chicken casserole with an ale sauce, colcannon mash and seasonal vegetables, or a vegetarian tomato, farfalle and vegetable dish. Dessert will be a Pots & Co salted caramel and chocolate mousse, followed by biscuits and cheese. The meal will be accompanied by a bread roll and a bottle of Highland Spring water.

On the shorter daylight long-haul flights to destinations such as New York and Dubai, fliers will also receive a sandwich such as egg and cress with a chocolate or Nutri-Grain bar. Those on longer daylight flights to destinations such as Cape Town and Hong Kong will receive a hot meal, such as a pizza wrap or a regional option, with a pot of pasta, a chocolate brownie and a drink as well as a smokehouse BBQ crunch Graze movie-snack box. A hot English breakfast will also be served on these longer flights that operate overnight.

Customers on daylight flights from London will be offered a range of Magnum ice-creams, while those on night flights will be offered a tuck-box with options such as Dairy Milk Buttons, Twix, Kit-Kats and Mini Cheddars, which will also be available in the galley for them to help themselves to.

The airline is also serving regional main meal options around its network, such as chicken in spicy cheng du sauce on flights to and from to China, Hong Kong, Japan and Korea, Kathirikai Milagu Seeragam and Chana Dal on flights to and from Chennai, Hyderabad and Mumbai and Achari Veg and Dal Palak on flights to and from Bangalore and Delhi. On flights to the Middle East (Abu Dhabi, Bahrain, Dubai, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar and Saudi Arabia,) customers can enjoy chicken in spicy Arabic sauce.

Regional breakfasts will also be served including Chicken Congee for Far Eastern routes and an Indian option featuring: Idli Shanna, Sambhar, Upma and Dosa.

The popular meal options for customers with special dietary requirements will continue to be available to book on ba.com/managemybooking more than 24 hours ahead of their flight departing.

Travellers looking for a special treat can also pre-order meals on flights from Heathrow up to 24-hours before their flight. Options include a Gourmet Dining meal for £18.00 (approx. HK$192), Taste of Britain and Taste of the Far East for £16.00 (approx. HK$170) and a Great British Breakfast, a Healthy Choice meal or a Vegetarian Kitchen option all for £15.00 (approx. HK$160).

British Airways is investing £4.5 billion (approx. HK$47.8 billion) for customers over the next five years, covering the installation of the best quality Wi-Fi and power in every seat, fitting 128 long-haul aircraft with new interiors and taking delivery of 72 new aircraft. The airline is also investing £600 million (approx. HK$6.37 billion) specifically in Club World business class, including outstanding catering and luxurious White Company bedding – plus, from 2019, a new seat with direct aisle access. This year British Airways will start services to six new routes including Nashville and The Seychelles.