The new Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner, “Oranjebloesem” (Orange Blossom) registration PH-BKA, has joined the carriers long haul fleet.
KLM is the first European airline to operate this more sustainable and economical aircraft. The Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner has the same efficient engines as the 787-9. The combination of these engines with the use of lighter materials in the 787-10 means it produces lower carbon emissions and less noise.
The 787-10’s design is highly sophisticated, with large windows and a spacious interior providing much more room and comfort.
This first KLM 787-10 Dreamliner will be deployed from on KLM services to Kilimanjaro and Dar es Salaam. KLM plans to have 15 Boeing 787-10s in its fleet by 2022.
Dublin Airport is installing an automatic visual docking guidance system (AVDGS) on all aircraft contact parking stands.
AVDGS is an electronic display above aircraft parking stands which provides real time information to pilots as they are parking aircraft on arrival or pushing back for departure.
The new system has an added safety feature with infrared high-definition camera scans the aircraft parking area for any possible objects that could affect the safety of the arriving or departing aircraft. This camera detects large objects on the ground like equipment or baggage which may block the stand and cause knock-on delays.
This information means that airline baggage and ground handlers can get to the aircraft quicker to ensure faster aircraft turn-around thereby helping to reduce potential times reducing delays for the airline and its passengers. It also means that the aircraft and its support vehicles are not running engines unnecessarily which in turn can help reduce carbon emissions from the airfield.
AVDGS also enhances the role of airline marshals who guide aircraft onto and off the parking stand. The marshal inputs key information such as the aircraft type and other flight data into the AVDGS, which automatically gauges aircraft clearances, stopping distances and records the exact on and off stand times. These recorded times feed directly in to the Airport’s Collaborative Decision Making (A-CDM) system.
A-CDM focuses on aircraft turnaround times and pre-departure sequencing processes to boost air traffic flow and operational efficiency of all airport operators by reducing delays and increasing the predictability of events. It is a Europe-wide initiative under the guidance of Eurocontrol, which is the European organisation for the safety of air navigation.
“AVDGS is another example of technology enhancing airport processes that deliver huge benefits for the airport, its airline customers and passengers,” according to Dublin Airport Managing Director Vincent Harrison. “It is a tried and trusted system of improving airport safety and efficiencies and supports Dublin Airport’s continuing drive for sustainability,” he added.
The smart AVDGS system is also equipped with a low visibility function allowing aircraft to park in extremely poor visibility conditions, such as mist and dense fog, thereby reducing the risk of delays in inclement weather conditions.
Dublin Airport is having its busiest ever summer and is currently welcoming an average 100,000 passengers and 750 arriving and departing aircraft per day during peak season.
: Mark O’Connor, Project Manager, Asset Management and Development Dublin Airport; Conor Carroll, Client Project Owner, Asset Care, Dublin Airport and Dan Davis, Senior Project Manager IT, Dublin Airport pictured with the new Automatic Docking Guidance System at the South Gates in Dublin Airport.
Emirates, the title sponsor of the Emirates Airline Dubai Rugby Sevens, has revealed a brand new livery dedicated to the milestone 50th staging of Dubai’s flagship sporting event, and one of the key tournaments on the HSBC World Rugby Sevens series.
The new livery serves as a symbol of the airline’s commitment to the long-standing Emirates Airline Dubai Rugby Sevens and features a large scale version of male and female rugby players in action against a red backdrop. As a nod to the multi-cultural makeup of rugby-loving nations that compete in the Emirates Airline Dubai Rugby Sevens, the airline called on its own cabin crew rugby teams, the Flying Muppets and EK Firebirds, to welcome the new livery. The two squads ran through drills and scrums around the aircraft as it was being pushed out of the Emirates Engineering hangar. The Emirates Airline Dubai Rugby Sevens themed A380 livery took flight to Glasgow on 20th July, and is scheduled to visit rugby loving nations over the course of the next few months.
Gary Chapman, President of Emirates Group Services & dnata said: “This livery is one of the many ways we are celebrating the milestone 50th anniversary of the Emirates Airline Rugby Sevens. For the rest of the year it will fly across the world, inspiring both new and diehard rugby fans everywhere to share in the excitement. With three days of exhilarating rugby action, fantastic family activities and incredible entertainment from pop icon Kylie Minogue, it’s going to be the perfect celebration of Dubai’s favourite sporting event.”
As the longest running sports event in the Middle East, the Emirates Airline Dubai Rugby Sevens, taking place from 5-7 December, has grown to become one of the world’s premier rugby events, hosting the first leg of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series and the second leg of the HSBC World Rugby Women’s Sevens Series. It also plays host to an ever-popular and growing international Invitation Tournament, featuring rugby and netball teams from all over the world, with over 300 teams participating across all age groups. This year, over 100,000 fans and spectators will pass through the Sevens gates across the three days. The 50th edition of Dubai’s largest sporting and social event will also see international pop star Kylie Minogue headlining a concert on Friday 6th December.
Emirates connection to the game of rugby goes back to 1987, when the airline became the Dubai Rugby Sevens event’s Official Sponsor. Emirates has focused its efforts on supporting rugby as a valuable way of engaging with customers and fans of the sport.
In 2019, Emirates will be celebrating another highlight on the rugby calendar, as the official worldwide partner and official airline of the Rugby World Cup, being staged in Japan. Emirates currently sponsors the World Rugby Referee’s and Match Officials in addition to a partnership with the UAE Rugby Association.
Royal Caribbean International has revealed the signature features and innovative experiences coming to the Oasis-class Allure of the Seas as part of her 58-day, $165 million transformation when her season of seven-night Western Mediterranean cruises from her homeport of Barcelona, Spain, commences on 10 May 2020, visiting cities such as Palma de Mallorca, Spain; Provence (Marseille), France; Florence/Pisa (La Spezia), Rome (Civitavecchia) and Naples/Capri, Italy.
In November 2020, Allure will make her way to Miami for the winter season. Sailing from Royal Caribbean’s state-of-the-art Terminal A, the reimagined ship will offer seven-night Eastern and Western Caribbean cruises. Many of the ship’s Caribbean itineraries will include visits to the cruise line’s new private island destination in The Bahamas, Perfect Day at CocoCay.
New features include the Ultimate Abyss, the tallest slide at sea; The Perfect Storm trio of waterslides; completely redesigned Adventure Ocean children and teens spaces; the first Giovanni’s Italian Kitchen & Wine Bar; and Quantum-class original Music Hall.
Feature highlights include:
The 10-story Ultimate Abyss, the tallest slide at sea
The Perfect Storm trio of waterslides, Typhoon, Cyclone and Supercell
Splashaway Bay children’s aquapark, featuring twin drench buckets, three waterslides, fountains, pools, water cannons and a Splash Pad for tots
Reimagined pool deck, complete with The Lime & Coconut signature bar across two locations, a wider variety of seating and shade with cabana-like ‘casitas’, daybeds, hammocks and swing seats; new whirlpools on the top deck, and a reinvigorated, adults-only Solarium
All-new Adventure Ocean, where younger children can choose their own immersive adventures across an entirely new layout. The major makeover will bring to life interactive, personalised and unexpected activities and features in areas redesigned from top to bottom, including whimsical rooms with climbable creations at Play Place, hands-on art, science and tech fun at Workshop; friendly competition in physical, interactive games at Arena; the Hangout, to chill and make new friends over gaming consoles or sit back for some quality ‘me’ time, AO Babies for babies and tots, and experiential activities at the multipurpose AO Junior space specially designed for 3- to 5-year-olds
Maxed-out teen spaces, debuting a 360-degree transformation, with a secret speakeasy-like entrance leading into an exclusive lounge with gaming consoles, music, movies, places to hang out and a new outdoor deck
Glow-in-the-dark laser tag in Clash for the Crystal City and Royal Escape Room – Apollo 18: Lunar Landing, an out-of-this-world expedition that challenges guests to solve puzzle after puzzle before time runs out
A World of Flavours
Allure will deliver an array of culinary possibilities with more restaurants, casual spots and bars joining the already-diverse offering of specialty and complimentary options.
Giovanni’s Italian Kitchen & Wine Bar, a new take on a guest-favourite, will offer the family-style, rustic dining experience with an enhanced menu of Italian staples, complete with hand-tossed pizza from the new in-house pizza oven, an expansive charcuterie station and a wide selection of wines and limoncellos
Portside BBQ will serve up a menu inspired by popular barbecue styles, including brisket, pulled pork, chicken, burnt ends, mac and cheese, homestyle cornbread and more
Playmakers Sports Bar & Arcade for gameday watch parties on big-screen TVs, tournaments, bar bites with a twist and ice-cold brews
El Loco Fresh, featuring casual Mexican ‘street fare’
Sugar Beach, the sweetest spot onboard with more than 220 types of candy and ice cream
Bionic Bar by Makr Shakr, manned by two robot bartenders shaking up classic cocktails and custom orders
Guests can go out for a ‘night on the town’ and find new venues added to the nightlife offered onboard:
Music Hall, a Quantum-class favourite, will take live music to the next level with revolving setlists and cover bands, ample lounge seating on two levels, and room to rock out on the dance floor
Spotlight Karaoke, the dedicated karaoke bar with both main stage and private room experiences will feature thousands of songs to choose from, music trivia and themed nights
Irish Ferries has a deal, valid until 16 August, of €849 for a family of four to LEGOLAND Windsor Resort, including return car ferry crossings, three nights hotel, and two-day park passes.
The accommodation is in the 4-star Grange Bracknell Hotel, with a family room shared by two adults and two children, 11 years and under, with breakfast included.
With over 55 rides and attractions, LEGOLAND Windsor Resort is ideal for a family summer adventure and guarantees to keep the children entertained as they fly through the treetops to escape fearsome dragons, ride the thrilling rapids with a Viking fleet, join LEGO divers on a magical underwater adventure on Atlantis Submarine Voyage, or enjoy the LEGO Star Wars Miniland Model Display.
British Airways have suspended all flights to and from Cairo for seven days due to security concerns. Lufthansa followed suit but have now rescinded this decision and are now resuming flights from both hubs of Frankfurt and Munich.
The Amazing Thailand team of the Director for the UK and Ireland,,Chiravadee Khunsub and the head of marketing,Chris Lee hosted the top tour operators and travel agents to a really authentic Thai dinner in the Red Torch Ginger restaurant in Dublin’s St. Andrew Street.The event was held in association with Etihad Airlines.
Shannon O’Dowd and Chris Lee present Fiona Dobbyn,Cassidy Travel with a bottle of champagne.
In an highly informative briefing,Chris Lee pointed out that nearly 70,000 Irish visited the Royal Kingdom last year.He went to say that part of the current strategy of spatial development of tourism by the Thai Tourism Authority is to encourage the trade to look beyond the major destinations of Bangkok,Phuket,Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai.
There are some really great regional destinations which offer tremendous value and cultural and spectacular scenery.
Barry Hammond from Sunway reading the details of his prize trip to Thailand .
The winner of the joint Etihad/Amazing Thailand promotion was Barry Hammond from Sunway who won Two Economy tickets on Etihad from Dublin to Bangkok,together with two nights at the Seaside Deluxe Diva Som,two nights in the Beachfront Residence at Aleenta Hua Hin and two nights at the Furamaxclusive Asoke Bangkok.
Shannon O’Dowd and Karen Maloney from Etihad present Jackie Hession ,Hayes & Jarvis with a goody bag.
Shannon O’Dowd and Chris Lee present Criona Buggie, Travel Counsellor with a bottle of champagne.
Dublin Airport’s defibrillator and CPR programme has saved 28 lives since it was first introduced in 2003. More recently Dublin Airport first responders saved the life of a man who had a serious cardiac event while at the airport.
Above, Alastair Hamilton and Brendan Conway, Dublin Airport Fire Service; David McMillan; Keith Pedreschi, Dublin Airport Police Service; and Gerry Keogh, Chief Fire Officer Dublin Airport; at Dublin Airport. Airport First Responders attended to David McMillan after he suddenly became unwell while at the airport.
David McMillan was travelling with his companion Alastair Hamilton to Uganda last October and as David entered the Departures Hall at Terminal 1 he began to feel unwell and subsequently collapsed. Dublin Airport Police and Fire officers, who are trained in CPR and defibrillator use, responded immediately using one of the 50 defibrillators located around the airport to administer a series of shocks to revive him. He was then brought to the Mater Hospital.
“I literally survived to tell the tale because of the swift action and professional training of the airport’s first responders Sgt. Keith Pedreschi and Paramedic Brendan Conway,” said David who was at Dublin Airport recently to complete the journey to Uganda he had intended to take last October. “I’m here today because of them and I want to sincerely thank them and all those at Dublin Airport who took such good care of me.
“I know that, had this event occurred while I was travelling to the airport or even while onboard the aircraft, the outcome could have been very different. It really is wonderful to be here today and have the opportunity to thank my life savers in person.”
Dublin Airport Chief Fire Officer Gerry Keogh said it is hugely rewarding when a passenger walks through the door to thank them for saving his life: “The airport defibrillator programme began in 2003 and since then not only have we managed to save 28 lives, but we have also raised CPR and defibrillator awareness in Dublin Airport and with the 100 other companies located on the campus.
“We are delighted to welcome David and Alastair back to Dublin Airport. It’s a testament to the training, professionalism and team work of airport first responders that David is here today, looking fit and well, and in a position to meet those who saved his life.”
The emergency response for cardiac arrest training has also been rolled out to 15 taxi drivers who operate at Dublin Airport. Dublin Airport has also funded defibrillators for several local organisations through its €10 million Community Fund. The fund will re-open for submissions on 1 September. For more information, an application form and a handy how-to-apply guide see: www.dublinairport.com/community-fund.
The editors of three popular lifestyle magazines in the UAE are visiting Ireland this week – including Dublin, Adare, Wicklow and Kildare – this week, as guests of Tourism Ireland and Fáilte Ireland. The aim of the trip is to highlight Ireland’s superb luxury tourism offering – from our five star resorts and spas, to our superb high end shopping – to their readers in the UAE.
The journalists – who have a combined readership of more than 310,000 people – will write all about Ireland’s luxury tourism experiences in their articles upon their return. Their action-packed itinerary includes a delicious ‘Art Tea’ at The Merrion in Dublin, personal shopping at Brown Thomas in Dublin, as well as visits to Newbridge Silverware Visitor Centre, Kildare Village and the Irish National Stud & Gardens.
“Tourism Ireland was delighted to invite these influential magazine editors to visit Ireland, to sample some of our luxury tourism experiences at first-hand”, said Aisling McDermott, Tourism Ireland’s Manager Asia & Middle East. “Fact-finding visits like this provide an excellent opportunity to showcase Ireland through the media in the UAE – highlighting our rich culture and heritage, our boutique hotels and luxury resorts and not forgetting our luxury shopping and spa experiences.”
PIC SHOWS: Magazine editors from the UAE about to enjoy a horse and carriage ride around the grounds of Adare Manor, with Katie Harvey, Tourism Ireland (third right); and Christine Walsh, Fáilte Ireland (right).
Neil Steedman compiles a list of Top Travel Deals from tour operators, airlines, cruise lines, and bed banks.
Classic Resorts has the following seven-night all-inclusive offers in Mexico booked by 31 July for travel in August: 3*+ Riu Lupita, from €1,099pps, honeymooners receive a bottle of rum and fruit basket in their room on arrival (Ref: 86586); 4* Riu Cancun, from €1,339pps, honeymooners receive a bottle of rum and fruit basket in their room on arrival (Ref: 86589).
Crystal Ski has deposits starting from €150pps and two-for-one lift passes on selected winter ski breaks. Seven-night offers from Dublin, including 20kg checked-in baggage and transfers but not in-flight meals, group seating or insurance, include: Andorra: departing 22 December: 3* Poblado Apartments, Arinsal, self-catering, from €529pps (four sharing); 3* Soldeu Maistre, Soldeu, half-board, from €879pps; 4* Hotel Princesa Parc, Arinsal, half-board, from €979pps; Italy: departing 22 December: 3* Planibel Apartments, La Thuile, self-catering, from €535pps (four sharing); 3* Hotel Martin, Sauze D’Oulx, half-board, from €679pps; 3* Grand Albergo, Claviere, all-inclusive, from €895pps; Austria: departing 21 December: 2* Haus Pirchmoos, Soll, b&b, from €735pps; 4* Aurora Apartments, Bad Hofgastein, self-catering, from €745pps (four sharing); 4* Hotel Berghof, Mayrhofen, half-board, €1,045pps; France: departing 21 December: 2* Plagne Lauze, La Plagne, self-catering, from €699pps (four sharing); 3* Borsat IV Apartments, Tignes, self-catering, from €705pps (four sharing); 3* Temps D’Soleil, Val Thoren, self-catering, from €805pps (four sharing).
TUI Ireland seven-night offers from Dublin include: Bulgaria: 18 July, 3* Hotel Lira, Sunny Beach, B&B, from €459pps; 22 July, 2*+ Jupiter Hotel, Sunny Beach, B&B, 14 nights, from €759pps; 26 August, 2*+ Efir 1, Sunny Beach, SC, from €459pps; Crete: 21 July, 3* Augean Sky Hotel & Suites, Malia, SC, from €679pps; Cyprus: 31 July, 3* Hotel Cynthiana Beach, Paphos, B&B, from €619pps; Majorca: 6 August, 3* Ferrer Isabel, Cala Bona, B&B, from €639pps; 27 August, Treasures of the Mediterranean, inside cabin, AI, from €1,149pps; Portugal: 22 July, 3* Casa Mitchell, Albuferia, SC, 14 nights, from €789pps; 26 August, 2*+ Janelas Do Mar, Albufeira, SC, from €389pps; Ibiza: 28 August, 2* Sunshine Apartments, San Antonio, SC, from €539pps; Austria: 24 July, 3* Hotel Obermair, Mayrhofen, B&B, from €479pps; 24 July, 3*+ Hotel Modlinger, Soll, B&B, from €1,449 for family 2+1; Italy: 27 July, 3* Hotel Virginia, Garda, B&B, from €1,829 for family 2+1; Lanzarote: 4 June 2020, 3*+ Cinco Plazas, Puerto del Carmen, SC, from €1,579 for family 2+1 and from €2,139 for family 2+2; Costa Daurada: 7 June 2020, 4* TUI Family Life Avenida Suites, Salou, HB, from €1,759 for family 2+1 and from €2,419 for family 2+2.
Aer Lingus is offering up to 20% off fares from Dublin, Cork, Shannon, Belfast, Knock, Kerry and Donegal when booked by 22 July for travel between 21 August and 16 October.
Emirates has the following Business Class fares from Dublin when booked by 6 August for travel from 22 July until 17 June 2020: Dubai €2,499, Bangkok €2,599, Hong Kong €2,599, Colombo €2,699, Perth €3,799, Auckland €4,599.
Finnair is offering the following fares ex-Dublin when booked by 24 July: Fukuoka from €644, Tokyo from €657, Nagoya from €660, Osaka from €661.
Royal Caribbean International is offering €1 per person flights on European 2020 sailings when booked by 12 August 2019. It has also agreed to honour the U$18 per person per day Deluxe Beverage Packages that were mistakenly posted online on 1 July (they are normally around $55 per person per day).
Silversea has an air fare offer for 36 Northern Europe cruises when booked by 31 July of a free Economy Class round-trip and free transfer between airport and ship, or Business Class for €199 round-trip.
Bookabed seven-night offers for September include: Majorca: room-only at 4* Holiday Park Apartments, Santa Ponsa, from €29pppn; Algarve: room-only at 3* Monica Isabel Beach Club, Albufeira, from €59pppn; Fuerteventura: self-c, from €59pppn; Fuerteventura: self-catering at 3* Castillo Beach Bungalows, Caleta de Fuste, from €15pppn; Tenerife: b&b at 5* Hard Rock Hotel, Playa Paraiso, from €79pppn; Cancun: all-inclusive at 4* Oasis Palm, from €65pppn.