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Int’l flights from  Sylhet Osmani airport in March

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Eighteen years after the Sylhet airport was declared an international one in 1998, the operation of international flights to and from the airport will start on March 18 with ‘Flydubai’ being the first.
Sources said the airport was initially used for the operation of domestic flights from Shahjalal International Airport by the country’s national carrier Biman Bangladesh Airlines. The airport was upgraded to ‘Sylhet MAG Osmani International Airport’ on December 20, 1998.
Dubai-based airlines ‘Flydubai’ is going to start its direct flight operations to and from Sylhet MAG Osmani international Airport on March 18.
Masum Mia, station manager of ‘Flydubai’, Sylhet, said, “We’ve taken necessary preparations to start the direct flight operation on March 18 next. In the first three months, flights will be operated from Sylhet to Dubai, Quatar and Saudi Arabia five days a week and later for seven days a week.”
He said, “We’ve already got the clearance from the Civil Aviation Authorities Bangladesh (CAAB) to start the flight operation.”
The officials concerned of the airport, said some 600-700 passengers go to different destinations by the flights of Biman Bangladesh Airlines every day. They have to depend on Biman flights for having no other option.
Almost 50 lakh expatriates of the Sylhet region have been living in the UK, the USA and the Middle East countries. They have to undergo a lot of sufferings due to the lack of direct international flights.
A refueling station was set up at the airport at a cost of Tk 91 crore in 2015 but its fuel remains unsold for lack of international flights, causing huge losses.
Besides, the authorities concerned of different private airlines companies including, Air Arabia and Jet Air, will launch flight operations at the airport soon.
Hafiz Ahmed, manager of the airport, said the renovation work on different portions of the airport, including the runway, is underway and on completion of all the works it will be possible to start direct international flight operations.
The government has already taken an initiative to modernise the airport and the Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (Ecnec) approved a project involving an estimated cost of Tk 452 crore in a bid to increase strength of the existing runway and taxiway of the airport, he said.
The airport will be modernised in a way that various aircraft, including wide-bodied Boeing-777 model planes, can land and take off from the airport, he added.

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Eighteen years after the Sylhet airport was declared an international one in 1998, the operation of international flights to and from the airport will start on March 18 with ‘Flydubai’ being the first.
Sources said the airport was initially used for the operation of domestic flights from Shahjalal International Airport by the country’s national carrier Biman Bangladesh Airlines. The airport was upgraded to ‘Sylhet MAG Osmani International Airport’ on December 20, 1998.
Dubai-based airlines ‘Flydubai’ is going to start its direct flight operations to and from Sylhet MAG Osmani international Airport on March 18.
Masum Mia, station manager of ‘Flydubai’, Sylhet, said, “We’ve taken necessary preparations to start the direct flight operation on March 18 next. In the first three months, flights will be operated from Sylhet to Dubai, Quatar and Saudi Arabia five days a week and later for seven days a week.”
He said, “We’ve already got the clearance from the Civil Aviation Authorities Bangladesh (CAAB) to start the flight operation.”
The officials concerned of the airport, said some 600-700 passengers go to different destinations by the flights of Biman Bangladesh Airlines every day. They have to depend on Biman flights for having no other option.
Almost 50 lakh expatriates of the Sylhet region have been living in the UK, the USA and the Middle East countries. They have to undergo a lot of sufferings due to the lack of direct international flights.
A refueling station was set up at the airport at a cost of Tk 91 crore in 2015 but its fuel remains unsold for lack of international flights, causing huge losses.
Besides, the authorities concerned of different private airlines companies including, Air Arabia and Jet Air, will launch flight operations at the airport soon.
Hafiz Ahmed, manager of the airport, said the renovation work on different portions of the airport, including the runway, is underway and on completion of all the works it will be possible to start direct international flight operations.
The government has already taken an initiative to modernise the airport and the Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (Ecnec) approved a project involving an estimated cost of Tk 452 crore in a bid to increase strength of the existing runway and taxiway of the airport, he said.
The airport will be modernised in a way that various aircraft, including wide-bodied Boeing-777 model planes, can land and take off from the airport, he added.

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Kuwait Airways raises flights from Dhaka

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Kuwait Airways has increased its weekly flights on the Dhaka-Kuwait route to nine to take advantage of the strong demand from passengers travelling to the Middle Eastern country as well as North America and Europe.
In the second half of 2017, the airline will raise the number of weekly flights to 12, said the company in a statement.
The carrier said it will further widen its international network.
“The airline is working to improve convenience for passengers by optimising the number of routes, flights and aircraft types to take advantage of demand trends in light of the competitive environment.”

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Kuwait Airways has increased its weekly flights on the Dhaka-Kuwait route to nine to take advantage of the strong demand from passengers travelling to the Middle Eastern country as well as North America and Europe.
In the second half of 2017, the airline will raise the number of weekly flights to 12, said the company in a statement.
The carrier said it will further widen its international network.
“The airline is working to improve convenience for passengers by optimising the number of routes, flights and aircraft types to take advantage of demand trends in light of the competitive environment.”

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Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings announces order for next generation of ships for Norwegian Cruise Line

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Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd. announced it has reached an agreement with Fincantieri S.p.A. to construct the next generation of extraordinary ships for its Norwegian Cruise Line brand. Four ships are on order for delivery in 2022, 2023, 2024 and 2025, with an option for two additional ships to be delivered in 2026 and 2027. 
The four 140,000 gross ton ships will each accommodate approximately 3,300 guests. The new class of ships will build upon the highly successful offering of freedom and flexibility found on the brand’s most recent Breakaway-Plus Class ships and feature a host of innovative designs that will further elevate its already award-winning guest experience. A priority of the prototype design is energy efficiency, with the aim of optimising fuel consumption and reducing the impact on the environment. Details on the ships’ many innovative guest-facing and first-at-sea features will be announced at a later date.
“This new class of ships will continue Norwegian Cruise Line brand’s legacy of introducing meaningful innovation to the cruise industry,” said Frank Del Rio, president and chief executive officer of Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd. “This order continues to highlight our disciplined newbuild program, extends our growth trajectory well into the future, enhances our already attractive earnings profile, and drives expected long-term returns for our shareholders.”
“For the past 50 years, Norwegian Cruise Line has been focused on offering our guests the very best in cruising,” said Andy Stuart, president and chief executive officer of Norwegian Cruise Line. “It is with great excitement that we look ahead to our next 50 years, which includes this next generation of ships that will offer guests the innovative experiences that have come to define the Norwegian Cruise Line brand.” 
“We are extremely excited to collaborate with Norwegian Cruise Line and this partnership allows us to include a new prestigious client in Fincantieri’s portfolio,” said Giuseppe Bono, CEO of Fincantieri S.p.A.
“We are very proud of the innovative design of these ships and recognize the various stakeholders of the export chain who have contributed decisively to achieving this goal. The significant value of the order will provide substantial economic benefits by extending the employment horizon of our shipyards, and we are honored to support the growth of our country’s economy.”
The contract price for each of the four vessels is approximately 800 million euros per ship. The Company has obtained export credit financing with favourable terms to fund 80 percent of the contract price of each ship delivered through 2025, subject to certain conditions.

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Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd. announced it has reached an agreement with Fincantieri S.p.A. to construct the next generation of extraordinary ships for its Norwegian Cruise Line brand. Four ships are on order for delivery in 2022, 2023, 2024 and 2025, with an option for two additional ships to be delivered in 2026 and 2027. 
The four 140,000 gross ton ships will each accommodate approximately 3,300 guests. The new class of ships will build upon the highly successful offering of freedom and flexibility found on the brand’s most recent Breakaway-Plus Class ships and feature a host of innovative designs that will further elevate its already award-winning guest experience. A priority of the prototype design is energy efficiency, with the aim of optimising fuel consumption and reducing the impact on the environment. Details on the ships’ many innovative guest-facing and first-at-sea features will be announced at a later date.
“This new class of ships will continue Norwegian Cruise Line brand’s legacy of introducing meaningful innovation to the cruise industry,” said Frank Del Rio, president and chief executive officer of Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd. “This order continues to highlight our disciplined newbuild program, extends our growth trajectory well into the future, enhances our already attractive earnings profile, and drives expected long-term returns for our shareholders.”
“For the past 50 years, Norwegian Cruise Line has been focused on offering our guests the very best in cruising,” said Andy Stuart, president and chief executive officer of Norwegian Cruise Line. “It is with great excitement that we look ahead to our next 50 years, which includes this next generation of ships that will offer guests the innovative experiences that have come to define the Norwegian Cruise Line brand.” 
“We are extremely excited to collaborate with Norwegian Cruise Line and this partnership allows us to include a new prestigious client in Fincantieri’s portfolio,” said Giuseppe Bono, CEO of Fincantieri S.p.A.
“We are very proud of the innovative design of these ships and recognize the various stakeholders of the export chain who have contributed decisively to achieving this goal. The significant value of the order will provide substantial economic benefits by extending the employment horizon of our shipyards, and we are honored to support the growth of our country’s economy.”
The contract price for each of the four vessels is approximately 800 million euros per ship. The Company has obtained export credit financing with favourable terms to fund 80 percent of the contract price of each ship delivered through 2025, subject to certain conditions.

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Ancillary revenue goes mobile: The best methods used by the top25 airlines

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DUBLIN, IRELAND - It’s a rapidly changing world we inhabit, with the availability of immense mobile computing and transacting capability in everyone’s pocket, purse, or backpack. Of course, internet-based retail remains relevant, but savvy retailers also know it must be supported by the development of applications for smartphones. That’s because mobile literally covers the earth, with a mobile phone subscription for every person, according to data from the United Nations.
The latest report from IdeaWorksCompany applies the rise of the mobile age to the ancillary revenue revolution. IdeaWorksCompany researched the in-path booking capabilities of the mobile applications offered by the world’s largest 25 airlines. It’s a varied list which includes traditional global network airlines and eight low cost carriers. Here are a few topline observations from the report:
* 24 of the 25 airlines reviewed offer Android versions of mobile applications.
* Mobile apps are becoming adroit a la carte retailers. In particular, the apps offered by AirAsia, Delta, Indigo, Ryanair, and United offer five or more a la carte options in their booking paths.
* Ryanair provides an exceptional example of seat assignment done right, with ever-present icons to describe seats, color coding to indicate prices, and in-path alerts for discounted pricing.
* The Air France mobile app provides a consumer friendly and retail savvy collection of screens for pre-paid baggage that provide three layers of information.
* Book now, pay later” motivates impulse buying and five airlines - Air France, American, Emirates, Lufthansa, and United - were found to include the feature in their mobile apps.
“Ancillary Revenue Goes Mobile: The Best Methods Used by the Top 25 Airlines” was released as a free 15-page report available from the CarTrawler website: cartrawler.com. The 2017 Thought Leadership Series on Revenue and Loyalty is sponsored by CarTrawler. CarTrawler connects business and leisure customers and online travel retailers with more road and rail transport solutions than they will find anywhere else. 100 international airlines and 2,000 travel retailers around the world trust CarTrawler to provide their customers with real-time access to over 1,600 leading and independent car rental agents and ground transportation services at 42,000 locations in 174 countries.

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DUBLIN, IRELAND - It’s a rapidly changing world we inhabit, with the availability of immense mobile computing and transacting capability in everyone’s pocket, purse, or backpack. Of course, internet-based retail remains relevant, but savvy retailers also know it must be supported by the development of applications for smartphones. That’s because mobile literally covers the earth, with a mobile phone subscription for every person, according to data from the United Nations.
The latest report from IdeaWorksCompany applies the rise of the mobile age to the ancillary revenue revolution. IdeaWorksCompany researched the in-path booking capabilities of the mobile applications offered by the world’s largest 25 airlines. It’s a varied list which includes traditional global network airlines and eight low cost carriers. Here are a few topline observations from the report:
* 24 of the 25 airlines reviewed offer Android versions of mobile applications.
* Mobile apps are becoming adroit a la carte retailers. In particular, the apps offered by AirAsia, Delta, Indigo, Ryanair, and United offer five or more a la carte options in their booking paths.
* Ryanair provides an exceptional example of seat assignment done right, with ever-present icons to describe seats, color coding to indicate prices, and in-path alerts for discounted pricing.
* The Air France mobile app provides a consumer friendly and retail savvy collection of screens for pre-paid baggage that provide three layers of information.
* Book now, pay later” motivates impulse buying and five airlines - Air France, American, Emirates, Lufthansa, and United - were found to include the feature in their mobile apps.
“Ancillary Revenue Goes Mobile: The Best Methods Used by the Top 25 Airlines” was released as a free 15-page report available from the CarTrawler website: cartrawler.com. The 2017 Thought Leadership Series on Revenue and Loyalty is sponsored by CarTrawler. CarTrawler connects business and leisure customers and online travel retailers with more road and rail transport solutions than they will find anywhere else. 100 international airlines and 2,000 travel retailers around the world trust CarTrawler to provide their customers with real-time access to over 1,600 leading and independent car rental agents and ground transportation services at 42,000 locations in 174 countries.

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