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October 2019 5218

Oman Air, Kenya Airways expand codeshare

OMAN AIR and Kenya Airways have expanded their codeshare cooperation, increasing the destinations available to their guests. They commenced this agreement covering services between Muscat and Nairobi in August 2017.

Effective October 1, 2019, the agreement will allow seamless connectivity to Oman Air guests travelling beyond Nairobi to Entebbe, Uganda and Johannesburg, South Africa. Similarly, Kenya Airways guests can now extend their travel beyond Muscat to Karachi and Lahore, Pakistan.

The following destinations will be added, subject to government and regulatory approvals for Oman Air guests travelling beyond Nairobi to Dar Es Salam, Tanzania and for Kenya Airways guests travelling beyond Muscat to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia and the Indian cities of Bangalore, Chennai, New Delhi and Hyderabad.

“The expanded codeshare agreement increases the ease of travel across several countries and strengthens long-established cultural connections,” said Ursula Silling, Kenya Airways chief commercial officer.


E-visas at Pulkovo St. Petersburg

STARTING October 1, 2019, Pulkovo St. Petersburg Airport has served tourists from 53 countries entering the Russian Federation with free electronic visas. St. Petersburg airport took all the necessary technical and organisational measures to ensure smooth application.

The list of Middle East countries, the citizens of which will be permitted to enter Russia via St. Petersburg and nearby Leningrad region using electronic visas includes: Bahrain, Iran, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar and Saudi Arabia.

Travellers heading to the cultural capital of Russia for tourist, business or humanitarian reasons can apply online for a free visa. The application can be made no later than 4 and no earlier than 20 days before the expected date of entry. Visitors will be able to stay in Russia for 8 days out of the 30-day validity period.

Foreign citizens who have obtained electronic visas have the right to stay and move only within the territory of the St. Petersburg and Leningrad region.


KLM celebrates 100 years in business

KLM Royal Dutch Airlines hosted a special 100th anniversary gala celebration for the airline’s Flying Blue members, customers, travel trade partners and staff in the region, hosted onboard the Queen Elizabeth 2 (QE2) in Dubai.

The October 2nd event was held under the patronage and in the presence of Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, chairman of Dubai Airports, and attended by Vincent Van Hooff, executive vice-president of flight operations representing the KLM executive committee, and Welmer Blom, senior vice president, Middle East, Gulf and India. Over 250 guests celebrated KLM’s 100-year history of aviation innovation and looked ahead as the airline unveiled its ‘Fly Responsibly’ programmme – KLM’s commitment to leading aviation to a sustainable future.

Since 2008, KLM has had a Climate Action Plan in place with the goal of reducing CO2 emissions per passenger to 20 per cent by 2020. The CO2Zero programme was introduced in response to customer demand and enables passengers on all KLM flights to make their flights CO2 neutral, quickly and easily with a small contribution.


Air Astana takes delivery of first A321LR

AIR ASTANA has taken delivery of the first of seven Airbus A321LR (long range) aircrafts under an operating lease agreement with Air Lease Corporation of the United States, with the remaining six aircrafts scheduled for delivery over the next 12 to 18 months, depending on Airbus’ production capacity in Hamburg. Air Astana is first operator of the aircraft type in the CIS.

The new A321LRs will gradually replace the airline’s Boeing 757 aircraft on long-haul services to European and Asia destinations, with greatly enhanced cabin comforts and facilities for passengers.

The Airbus A321LR is a long-range version of A321neo, with increased maximum take-off weight and associated design modifications. The aircraft is configured with 16 Business class seats and 150 Economy class seats.

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