Access premium Emirates lounges for a fee
Emirates has launched an additional privilege to extend the usage of its luxury lounges at Dubai International Airport to its loyalty programme members and their guests at a fee regardless of their class of travel. The pay-per-visit access will be available to Emirates Skywards members and their guests travelling on Emirates. Business Class travellers now also have the option to pay an upgrade fee to access the First Class lounges. Eligible guests can access the Emirates Business Class lounges in Dubai for a fee of $100 and the Emirates First Class lounges for a fee of $200. Business Class customers can also upgrade to First Class lounge access for a fee of $100.
“We made the decision to expand access to our lounges in Dubai based on our customer feedback, and after a careful review to ensure that the same quality experience can be maintained,” said Adel Al Redha Emirates’ executive vice-president and chief operations officer.
AccorHotels and Qatar Airways team up
Members of Qatar Airways’ loyalty programme - Privilege Club – can now convert their Qmiles into Le Club AccorHotels points at the conversion rate of 4,500 Qmiles for 1,000 LCAH points. This will allow them to purchase free nights and discounts on their next stay in over 3,400 hotels, from luxury to economy, and to access multiple rewards including Elite Experiences, Dream Stays, La Collection and e-boutique amongst others offered by the Le Club AccorHotels loyalty programme.
More than 30 million Le Club AccorHotels loyalty programme members who have already collected 2,000 points can convert them into Qmiles and access a network of over 150 destinations. Similarly, Privilege Club members can convert their Qmiles to Le Club AccorHotels points by logging in to their account and from the My Dashboard page. Members need to select Convert Qmiles from the Redemption with Partners section and complete the request form. Qmiles will be converted to Le Club AccorHotels points within 10 days.
Qantas opens new facility in LAX
AT an investment of more than $30 million, Qantas has opened one of the largest commercial hangars in North America and the first specifically designed to accommodate the Airbus A380.
The 5.7 hectare hangar will be used to carry out maintenance checks on Qantas’ A380 and Boeing 747 aircraft during ground time in Los Angeles. It will also have capacity to support Qantas’ new B787-9 Dreamliner when it enters service in late 2017. With 50 per cent more space than the airline’s previous LAX hangar, the facility has the capacity for four aircraft to be worked on simultaneously. Its higher capacity is expected to cut the time it takes to carry out maintenance tasks by about 20 per cent.
PIA and Turkish Airlines extend codeshare
Turkish Airlines and Pakistan International Airlines have expanded their codeshare cooperation. With the expansion of the existing codeshare agreement, Pakistan International Airlines will be able to sell Turkish Airlines’ beyond Istanbul points of Atlanta, Johannesburg, Atina, Amsterdam, Tashkent, Moskova, Miami, Boston, Houston, Washington, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago with its own airline code and flight number in addition to the already existing cooperation on Istanbul – Karachi/ Islamabad/ Lahore routes; while Turkish Airlines will market Pakistan International Airlines operating flights from Karachi and Islamabad to Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Muscat and from Lahore to Dubai and Abu Dhabi with its own airline code and flight number.
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