Emirates announces key commercial changes in Africa

AFRICA – United Arab Emirates flag carrier has picked six seasoned team members in leadership roles, all UAE Nationals, to help drive the airline’s commercial initiatives across key markets with a strategic focus on rebuilding its leadership position and growing its customer base as countries continue easing their restrictions, including in Africa. Appointments are effective 1 September 2021. Khalfan Al Salami, country manager Sudan, will become manager Morocco. Khalfan joined the Emirates commercial management training program in 2015 and went on to train further in Madrid before taking on a…

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Emirates seals yet another interline deal to connect 6 more destinations in South Africa

SOUTH AFRICA – Middle Eastern airline Emirates, based in Dubai, has signed an interline agreement with local private operator Cemair that opens up connections to six more destinations in South Africa. This is the first partnership between the two airlines and Emirates’ fourth airline partnership in South Africa. The arrangement includes offering single ticket itineraries with onwards booking and baggage transfers from Johannesburg and Cape Town to Bloemfontein, Kimberley, Margate, Durban, Hoedspruit, Plettenberg Bay, George and Sishen. Emirates also has interline and codeshare partnerships with South African Airways, Airlink and…

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Airlink and Emirates cement partnership with codeshare agreement

SOUTH AFRICA – Privately-owned airline Airlink and Emirates have agreed to expand their existing partnership into a unilateral codeshare agreement across Airlink’s network of more than 40 domestic and regional destinations across 12 African countries. The extended codeshare provides connectivity to Airlink and Emirates customers not offered by any other carrier in Africa and augments the long-standing partnership that Emirates has with South African Airways. The move comes as Emirates resumes its flights to South Africa and ramps up its operations to provide customers with enhanced connectivity via its gateways…

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Emirates increases flights to Harare and Lusaka

ZIMBABWE – United Arab Emirates largest airline and flag carrier Emirates says it is increasing flights between Zimbabwe, Zambia and Dubai beginning next month as efforts to increase connectivity bringing the number of flights to four times a week. “Emirates will increase its flights between Harare Lusaka and Dubai to four times a week from February 6 and the expanded schedule of services will offer better connectivity for customers in Zimbabwe and Zambia to Emirates’ growing destination network via Dubai of more than 100 destinations,” said Emirates in a statement.…

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Emirates Airlines adds two more flights on Durban route

SOUTH AFRICA – Emirates Airline will add two more flights into Durban rout from February 1 which essentially means that the United Arab Emirates national carrier airline will now fly a daily scheduled air service between Durban and Dubai. “This is an absolute vote of confidence in Durban as a global player in the aviation space. It demonstrates the resilience of our systems even in the face of an unprecedented global crisis that the aviation industry is faced with at the moment” Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs MEC, Ravi…

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Emirates introduces Covid-19 insurance cover as it eyes increase in passenger volumes

AFRICA – Emirates airline has introduced incentives to help increase passenger volumes, including Covid-19 insurance cover, as the global airline grapples with the effects of the second wave of the pandemic. “Bookings have to be made between 11 and 25 January 2021, for travel between 11 January and 15 June 2021,” Emirates said in a statement this week. In addition to Covid-19 insurance cover, the package has provisions for personal accidents during travel, winter sports cover, loss of personal belongings, and trip disruptions due to unexpected air space closure, travel…

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Emirates appoints Christophe Leloup as Kenya country manager

KENYA – United Arab Emirates airline and flag carrier Emirates Airline has announced the appointment of Christophe Leloup as the new Country Manager for Kenya. According to the company, the role, which is effective from 1 January 2021, will see Leloup leading the airline’s operations, customer sales and promotions, cargo and airport operations as well as overseeing key stakeholder relations in Kenya. He will also be tasked to maximise revenue opportunities and help further grow Emirates’ leadership position through meeting and exceeding customer expectations across various in-market touchpoints. “This appointment is expected…

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Emirates strengthens Africa commercial team with key management appointments

AFRICA – Emirates has announced several key movements and rotations to its commercial team, both in its Dubai hub and across key markets in the Far East, West Asia, and Africa for UAE Nationals. In addition to these rotations, several commercial managers in Africa and South East Asia will also be taking on new or enhanced roles. Afzal Parambil, currently regional manager West Africa, will take on the role of regional manager South Africa while Paulos Legesse, currently manager Ivory Coast, will become manager Nigeria. Similarly, Christophe Leloup, currently manager…

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Emirates SkyCargo to set up world’s largest air cargo hub for global distribution of COVID-19 vaccine

GLOBAL – Emirates Skycargo, the world’s largest cargo airline, is in the process of setting up a vaccine hub in Dubai which according to the company will be the largest dedicated airside facility in the world for COVID-19 vaccines. The hub which will be located at the Emirates SkyCentral DWC cargo terminal will allow the air cargo carrier to fly in vaccines from manufacturing sites globally, store and prepare shipments for regional and global distribution. The cargo airline which is the freight division of Emirates has also set up a…

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Emirates to resume flights to Johannesburg, Cape Town, Durban, Harare and Mauritius

AFRICA – United Arab Emirates carrier Emirates has announced resumption of flights to Johannesburg, Cape Town starting October 1, Durban on October 4, Harare in Zimbabwe 1st October while flights to Mauritius on 3rd October. The addition of the five points will expand the Emirates’ global network to 92 destinations as the airline gradually resumes its operations while prioritising the safety of its customers, crew and the communities it serves around the world. Emirates’ African network will also now extend to 19 cities. Customers flying in and out of Emirates’…

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