Fliers who are planning to embark on a trip on international flights of Qatar Airways can take part in an international Instagram contest. The flagship carrier of Qatar has recently launched this competition with the name #destigram. Travellers around the world can share photographs, which are clicked at any of the eight destinations recently added by this carrier. These new destinations are Edinburgh in Scotland; Philadelphia, Dallas/Fort Worth and Miami in the United States of America; Larnaca in Cyprus; Istanbul in Turkey; Dubai and Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates.
How to Take Part
Qatar Airways airline has initiated this contest to promote its new destinations among its existing as well as new customers. Taking part in this competition is extremely easy. Travellers while visiting any of the above mentioned locations can click pictures of themselves or any of the several attractions here. Simply add the hashtag (#destigram) and add a same before the name of the city. For example, if you are embarking on Pune to Dubai flights for a sojourn at Dubai, click pictures there, and share them on Instagram with #destigram #Dubai. The best snaps will be rewarded by the airline subsequently.
People who are relatively new to the world of social media and digital communication; Instagram is an online forum where people can share photos and videos on several social networking platforms like Tumblr, Facebook and Twitter. Several editing options are also available where people can utilise them to add effects to their clicks. A total of 10 prizes can be won that includes four tickets and 1.6 million Privilege Club Qmiles, the loyalty program of this carrier. The awards also include 200,000 Qmiles, which will be valid on the member airlines of Oneworld alliance. However, the best two snaps will be awarded a pair of Economy or Business Class tickets on the first trip of the airline to any of the eight new locations. The name of the winners will be declared on 3rd March, 2014.
Popular airline offering competitive international airfare, Kuwait Airways has declared in a statement that all the probe and investigation regarding its fleet overhaul will actually not have an impact on the procedure. Recently, there was an order from the parliament of this nation to carry out an investigation into the plan of the national carrier of Kuwait. There were speculations regarding the fleet renewal plans of the carrier after passing of this order. Some have even raised concerns about the future of this deal and its subsequent effects on the future of the airline. However, top officials have claimed that the agreement is at the proper place where it should be. Apart from this, it was also declared that they will come out clear of this little situation that they have landed into.
Passengers who are planning to book a Kuwait Airways flight ticket have nothing to worry regarding services of this carrier. There has been no significant impact on its operations and there is no huge issue about such an inquiry. Moreover, it is noteworthy that such investigations from the parliament are commonplace in this nation. In this aspect, there will be an inquiry on all contracts signed by this carrier in the recent past of this state-owned airline. This probe was ordered after Kuwait Airways placed a firm order of buying 25 aircraft from French manufacturer, Airbus. The entire deal was carried out at a huge 4.4 billion US dollars and comprised 15 A320 neo and 10 A350-900 jets.
This was considered to be one of the largest fleet renewal programs since the devastating Iraqi invasion in 1990, which shook its foundation. If the airline is successful in getting these new aircraft, it will certainly like to increase the number and frequency of its destinations like Delhi to Dubai flights.
Air travel in India reaches a new benchmark with the commencement of operations of the Terminal 2 or T2 in short at the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport (CSIA) in Mumbai. The existing terminal has been in service for over 30 years in tandem. The new T2 is spread across an area of more than 200,000 square feet with extensive options for food and beverage outlets. Most of the international arrivals and departures will be carried out from this all-new addition to CSIA. It is known whether domestic services will be affected, however, popular global service providers like Indigo airline is expected to operate its flights soon.
T2 is expected to have posted a cost of almost 5500 crore INR for its establishment. This has been a major achievement for Indian aviation as this terminal at the airport is designed on the basis on world standards and has a state-of-the-art appearance. It has four levels and is equipped with ultramodern amenities as is expected from a global hub. It has finally allowed this airport to enrol itself in the league of other major hubs like Delhi, Bangalore and Hyderabad, all of which have commissioned new buildings in the last few years.
Indians will get to witness this new structure only if they are planning to take an international flight from Mumbai. Travellers can book an Indigo flight ticket to some global destination to check out the new terminal. However, make sure that you reach in time to avoid getting delayed. The newer building is also equipped with impressive security measures to keep up with the tide of times. All these facilities have been specially designed to give fliers a feel of the international experience, which was much required. With more space, this place is sure to ease the increasing pressure at the leading airport of Mumbai, which is also considered to be one of the busiest in the nation.
Gulf Air, flagship carrier of Bahrain, has decided to restart its services to Tehran, the capital of Iran. Four weekly flights of this airline will be operational from 3rd March, 2014, thus offering more options for cheapest international flights tickets to people travelling in these regions. This airline is one of the biggest service providers in the Middle East and has great locational advantage for providing services to Tehran and other major destinations in this province and Europe. The services of this carrier to Iran and Iraq were stopped after protests against the government in the year 2011.
About the Airline
Gulf Air has its headquarters in Muharraq, which is in proximity to Bahrain International Airport. People can make Gulf Air airlines booking to over 40 destinations in approximately 30 nations across the continents of Asia, Europe and Africa. It operates mainly from Bahrain International Airport and some of its popular destinations are Dubai, London, Mumbai, Delhi, Karachi, Frankfurt and Paris. It was founded in 1950 and has been one of the key service providers in the Middle East since then. It shares codeshare partnership with a number of popular airlines around the world, as a result of which, it is able to connect several destinations around the world.
The carrier will operate its flights on Mondays and Thursdays in the afternoon and reach Tehran by early evening. Simultaneously, the return flight will leave in the evening and reach back by 7:15 pm. However, flights will embark on their journeys at 7:45 pm from Bahrain on Tuesdays and Fridays and reach the capital of Iran at 10:10 pm. The return journey will commence within 45 minutes and reach back soon after midnight. People travelling on this carrier on the new route will be able to book tickets for flights on popular travel portals. Apart from this, people will be able to make a flight and hotel booking as well on these websites.
German aviation giant, Lufthansa has received delivery of its tenth Boeing 747-8 recently. This aircraft is a part of the flight renewal strategy of the German airline. It is one of the seven brand new models that are scheduled to join this carrier during the months of February and March. Lufthansa, provider of cheap international flight tickets, has also received two Airbus A320s, one A330 and one A380. The cargo section of this German carrier will also receive a Boeing 777F freighter and Airbus A319. On a whole, it will receive delivery of more than 20 aircraft specially for commercial usage during the year 2014.
More Eco-Friendly Flights
Most of these aircraft are part of the fleet renewal strategy of the German airline and will be put into operation as soon as possible. The newer models are set to be more beneficial for the carrier, its passengers as well as local residents; those living in proximity to the airport. It has been said that these new models are almost 30 per cent quieter than the previous ones in operation. Furthermore, a Lufthansa flight will become more comfortable with these new state-of-the-art aircraft.
Lufthansa group is on the path of a huge fleet renewal till the year 2025, within which, a total of more than 260 models will be added. The net valuation of this is listed at a whopping 32 billion Euros. These will significantly reduce the impact on the environment by decreasing the fuel emissions. Travellers can travel to several destinations around the world aboard the flights of this airline. Booking for this airline can be done on most travel portals, which offer a detailed list of its flights. These websites also allow booking of flight and hotel at several locations for the benefit of travellers who are on an international tour.
SpiceJet, one of the low-cost carriers (LCCs) operational in India, has decided to give more options for travellers to book a cheap air ticket. It has organised a lucky draw on the basis of which, it will be giving out one lakh free tickets. This is part of the celebration of the month of Valentine as declared by the popular LCC. People who will be booking flight tickets with this carrier during the month of February will be eligible for this lucky draw. The names of the winners will be announced during the initial week of March.
A Series of Back to Back Discounts
Travel experts have opined that this offer is part of the strategy of the LCC to counter the upcoming competition from AirAsia, which is set to launch its services in India. SpiceJet flight fares were once reduced in the third week of January almost by 50 per cent to attract more passengers to take its flights. Apart from this, it also offered at 30 per cent discounted airfare during the last days of the same month. This new scheme – Share the Love to celebrate the Valentine Week is surely a step towards attracting more passengers. Not only this carrier, other Indian names have also offered unbelievable discounts to encourage more fliers to take their flights in the past two months.
There are a number of terms and conditions that will be required to be followed to avail this scheme. Travellers will have to make a booking from 10th to 28th February. A lucky draw will be organised on March 7, after which, the names of the winners will be announced. The winning customers will be given a free ticket for journeys at a later date and will be only valid for travelling after a minimum 60 days of the initial trip as per the SpiceJet flight schedule.
All domestic and international air flights have a limit on the luggage that can be carried by its passengers. This makes it convenient for airlines as well as travellers, and ensures that people have a hassle-free journey. Fliers who are planning to take an air trip should keep in mind the baggage limit of the carrier concerned to avoid levying of extra charges. The limitation of carried items is valid for both, which are carried in the hold as well as those carried inside the cabin. Kuwait Airways, the national airline of Kuwait, is no exception, and if you are planning a journey on its flights, make sure you check the allowance regarding the limit of baggage.
Weight and Piece Concept
People who are making a Kuwait Airways flight booking should check the allowed quantity on its different classes. Adult travellers who are travelling in the First Class can carry a maximum of 40 kilograms on its aircraft. For people flying on the Business section, the allowed limit is at most 30 kilograms, while for Economy, it is 20. Travellers should keep in mind this limitation is valid for all flights except for those to and from United States of America and Canada, where the per-piece concept is followed. Fliers On First and Business category with a journey bound to these nations should be careful that the allowance is at most 2 pieces with the sum of dimensions not exceeding 158 centimetres for each. The limitation for Economy Class passengers is a maximum of 2 bags, where the total sum of the two complete dimensions bags should not exceed 273 centimetres.
Fliers who want to travel with this carrier should keep a check on their carrying items to stay within the above mentioned limits. Even if they are flying between two popular shopping destinations like Kolkata to Bangkok flights, they should keep a check on the number of items they purchase from these places.