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“Like” RAK Airways or “Follow” them!

The rise of the internet age has enabled us to live a life at a faster pace. Because of the freedom the web provides, millions of people can communicate at the same time. Never before in human history has there been a time like this.

Social networking is a recent invention that has the Internet still at the edge of its seat due to its popularity with people. This is mostly because it really is for the people. Bringing every kind of social group together in one place and letting them interact is really a big thing indeed. Social media is not just a platform for easy and simple advanced online marketing, it is also the revolution of our century!

Despite the relatively small number of  “fans” and “followers”, RAK Airways is the first Middle Eastern airline to actively use social media to engage with its passengers, via mediums such as Twitter and Facebook.  Since its relaunch in October 2010, RAK Airways has benefited widely from social media in building passenger numbers, while gradually expanding its destination network to Africa, Middle East and Asia.
RAK Airways is a new, fledgling low cost carrier in the UAE. To date their prices are very reasonable and their destinations are steadily increasing. As far as customer service, RAK Airways deserve a standing ovation for their monitoring of the situation and co-ordination of efforts.

 

It’s worth saying though, that social media pages, whether on Facebook or Twitter, are not meant to simply inform you of new deals, discounts, offers, online booking, etc. They serve as a portal through which information flows both ways: from them to you and vice versa. As customers it is our responsibility to use social media responsibly. It is your window to communicating with the company directly.

 

 

Qatar Economy 5 Star Class

Voted Airline of the Year 2011 in the prestigious Skytrax industry audit, Qatar Airways has won the confidence of the travelling public. Part of this success is due to offering 5-Star unmatched levels of service excellence, even with its Economy Class, which was awarded “World’s Best” at the Skytrax World Airline Awards 2009 and 2010.

Starting from the ground up, there are 40+ check-in counters available in Doha International Airport, each equipped with a state-of-the-art plasma screen, providing bilingual flight information in English and Arabic.

You have a checked baggage allowance of 23 kg total for all routes excluding transatlantic. Customers travelling transatlantic have a checked baggage allowance of two pieces with each not exceeding 23 kg. All routes have a carry-on allowance of one piece not exceeding 7 kg (50x37x25 cm).

During the flights, Qatar Airways offers Economy Class passengers a seat pitch of up to 34 inches. Economy class passengers on A330/A340 aircraft are offered individual seat-back TV screens, while passengers on Boeing 777 aircraft are offered touch-screen TVs.

Entertainment, on the other hand, is vast and possibly the best in the skies: 178 movies, 263 television programs, music, games, an entire channel devoted to children, all in eight languages and presented on a nifty touch screen.

Qatar Airways are one of the few airlines to serve two meals during a six-hour flight. The second meal, breakfast, is offered around an hour and half before landing with more options than the first meal. Various types of bread rolls, pain du chocolate, croissant, and brown and white toast are available in the bakery basket.

Etihad Two Pearls (Business Classes)

As is the case with many airlines these days, Etihad Airways offers different levels of service even within one category. There are two versions of Business Class on Etihad, although oddly they carry exactly the same name – Pearl Business Class- they’re notably different; one has normal seats and the other has flat bed seats.

What we will discuss first is the cabin configuration of the Pearl Business class cabins with seats that recline into flat beds – since they are the nicer ones-. While at the bottom of the post, you’ll find information about what to expect if you get an Etihad flight with Pearl Business Class that doesn’t have flat beds as well.

Arranged in a 1-2-1 configuration, Pearl business class seats recline into a six foot one bed with a seat pitch of 72 inches. The seat’s three massage options are very relaxing and so is the mood lighting, in which light colour and intensity is adjusted to the time and duration of the journey.

All dishes on the a la carte menu and the lighter “kitchen anytime” menu are available any time. The a la carte menu includes Arabic treats such as chicken “tagine” with stewed potatoes, preserved lemons and olives, as well as more Western fare. An extensive list of special meals is available for guests with dietary restrictions. Simply place your request at the time of booking or at least 24 hours prior to departure.

Enjoy a choice of over 650 hours of on-demand entertainment on the 15-inch individual LCD TVs. There are 132 television programs and 76 movies in more than 10 languages. Do you need more? There are also 13 audio channels, a library of more than 250 CDs and 29 games.

On the ground facilities for Business Class passengers include chauffered door-to-door service using a fleet of Mercedes E Class and Volvo S80 vehicles. The service is also offered to any destination in the UAE. While the Pearl Business Class Lounge in Abu Dhabi is a stylish haven of dark wood, leather seats and artfully arranged coffee-table books. You can take a shower then have a free foot and leg massage in the Six Senses spa.

In the other version of Pearl Business Class, the cabins look more like what you’d expect from First Class or Business Class on a shorter domestic flight. The seats are larger and recline further than in coach, but they don’t recline to flat beds and they aren’t semi-enclosed by privacy shells. Seats still include outlets for recharging laptops, iPods or other devices. Video options is essentially the same, and meals are also still a la carte, although the number of menu choices may be less than you’d find in a cabin with the higher level of Business Class service.

 

 

 

Fly Wisely FlyDubai

Flydubai Airlines is compared today to Dubai’s Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world (828 meters) which was built in a record time of six years, amazing even those, who have been to all Seven Wonders of the World. Flydubai  plans to build a fleet of fifty Boeing 737-800s Next Generation and affect the 2.5 billion passengers in no more than seven years. With 25 of them already in service right now, the goal does not seem impossible!

Despite the nicestate of the art aircrafts, Flydubai is a low cost carrier, where good fares and best value for the buck are important issues for those who chose to “Fly-dubai”The flydubai model is simple, with customers paying only for the services they want to receive; you can choose between 3 different types of fare; no change, pay to change and free to change, depending on how much you want to spend and how flexible you need your journey to be.

If you know when you’re travelling and that you’re unlikely to change your mind, book flydubai’s “No Change” fare. Once you’ve paid, you can’t change or cancel your booking. No change fares are the cheapest but don’t allow you to make any changes to your flight after you’ve booked it. They’re only available during certain special offer periods.

While Pay to Change travellers have the freedom to change their flight for a charge of AED 150 per person, per flight, or cancel their flight for a charge of AED 200 per person, per flight (up to 24 hours before departure). But these fares will not be displayed for all routes.

If you need to be flexible and want a checked baggage allowance (20 kg) to be included, Flydubai offers a “Free to Change” fare for just a little extra. Opt for this fare and the AED 100 charge will be waived if you decide to change your flight (up to 24 hours prior to departure).You only pay the difference in fare. If you change or cancel your flight less than 24 hours before departure (or don’t make your flight) the charge is AED 365 per person, per flight. These fares are always available on every route.

The above fares will include one piece of hand luggage weighing no more than 7kg and not larger than 56cm x 45cm x 25cm in addition to a small laptop bag or handbag.

Still you should be aware that Flydubai fares rise as more seats are sold. Seats are sold on a first-come, first-served basis. If you can’t get the lowest fare, it simply means one of your fellow passengers has got there first. don’t waste no more time book your seat today!

 

Emirates Airline Business Classes

If you have never taken business class flights before, you may be wondering what all the fuss is about – but if you pay the extra money, you will not be disappointed with the service you receive.

Operating one of the youngest fleets in the world, Emirates Airline has a fleet of over 114 aircraft, with an average age of 5.4 years. It has a variety of different Boeing and Airbus types, and constantly updates them.

Emirates is one of the world’s fastest growing airlines, and clearly it wouldn’t be growing if it wasn’t providing a good quality product that passengers appreciate and keep coming back for more. Their planes are equipped with the latest in flight entertainment systems, and their cabin crew is generally young and enthusiastic.

There are some rough edges about their business class service – perhaps due to rapid growth- but overall, they provide a quality product which compares more closely to other airlines’ first class rather than business class products.

When you board the aircraft, one of the first things you will notice is the extra space and privacy afforded by the business class cabin. Using the touchscreen controller, you can adjust your seat to suit your own preferences and comfort. Each seat extends to form a flat bed up to 79 inches long.

You will also find that there is a special lounge aboard where you can enjoy hot or cold drinks and even take a comfy seat if you fancy a change of scene.

When it comes to the food, you will have a variety of choices. For breakfast, this will include hot and cold options, all accompanied by fruit juice, tea, coffee, pastries and yoghurt. Meanwhile, dinner or lunch is a real treat, with cold canapés served ahead of a five-course meal.

If you just want to lie back and take advantage of the in-flight entertainment, and whatever you’re in the mood for, whether it’s international movies and TV programs or music, video games and news from around the globe – with up to 1,400 channels, the “ice” system will deliver on-demand entertainment when you want it.

The quickest and most convenient way to find and book your Business Class flights with Emirates Airlines is online booking. It also gives you greater control over your travel plans.

Air Arabia Inflight Services

Air Arabia is a low-cost airline with its head office in the Sharjah Freight Center, Sharjah International Airport, United Arab Emirates. The airline is the first and largest low cost airline in the Middle East.

Air Arabia’s aircraft are all configured as an economy cabin configured with 162 seats. Air Arabia provides the widest seat pitch of any other economy cabin, providing passengers with extra comfort onboard all their aircrafts.

Compared to traditional airlines, Air Arabia provides limited, yet sufficient, services on board of its planes during a flight. The services in some cases may be free of charge and in other cases offered for purchase in flight.

Air Arabia provides you with a wide range of add-on services to make your journey more comfortable and enjoyable. While booking online, you can preselect your meal on-board and select your seat of choice prior to your flight. Other valuable airport services include, meet and assist, priority check-ins, and access to various lounges.

In flight entertainment Air Arabia is included in order to upgrade quality of life on board and at the same time fulfills the needs

of the passengers as far as possible. Air Arabia offers a variety of in-flight TV programs showing a selection of movies, sporting adventures, world recalls, comedy series and many others. In-flight TV programs are pre-selected and vary as per sector of travel.

You can enjoy a more personalized journey with Air Arabia. Passengers are offered the flexibility to eat and drink on-board at their convenience. Air Arabia offers a great selection of affordable snacks and drinks that you can order at any time during your flight. You can even preorder your meal while booking your airline ticket online. So you don’t have to wait for the mealtime on-board.

Whether you book online, by telephone or through a travel agent, the seat number you select on Air Arabia airline will appear in your travel itinerary and will be reserved for you. Seats are only assigned at the time of check-in. You can purchase your favourite seat while booking.

Air-India Express

Air-India Express focuses primarily on service between major Indian cities and from India to the Middle East. While the first Air-India Express flight took place in April of 2005 to Abu Dhabi , Air-India Express was launched in 2004 as a wholly owned subsidiary of the Air India airline.

Since then its routes have proven so popular, offering affordable and efficient services to its passengers by providing them with convenient connectivity to top destinations at cheap prices.Air-India Express success inspired other airlines that they have begun beefing up their routes between India and the Middle East.

AirIndia Express serves to 14 international destinations, namely Abu Dhabi, AI Ain, Bahrain, Bangkok, Colombo, Doha, Dhaka, Dubai, Kuwait, Kuala Lumpur, Muscat, Salalah, Sharjah and Singapore. In addition to international destinations, Air India Express offers flight services on domestic sectors

The fleet of Air India Express consists of 22 state-of-the-art Boeing 737-800 aircraft. An AirIndia Express flight has the seating capacity of around 180 passengers. Interestingly, each aircraft of Air India Express has a unique tail design that portrays India’s rich culture, history and age-old tradition.

Despite being a low cost carrier, Air India Express offers a complimentary pre-set snack box or light meal to its passengers with veg and non veg options. Limited entertainment facilities are also available for passengers.

Air India Express booking system has special features such as ‘lowest fare finder’ that helps the passengers to find the fares of their choice. After enquiring about schedules of Air India Express flights, you can make Air Indian Express ticket online booking easily.