Monday 28th May, 2007 Aviation Page 2 A holiday to remember by Brian Tissera East. These packages include Sri Lankan Holidays airfare, star class hotel accom- recently unveiled a holiday modation and airport trans- gift scheme, available in fers. A cross-section of tours vouchers of Rs. 5000 and Rs. 10,000. These vouchers could and excursions are also avail- able in each destination. DHL invests Rs. 300 m in new operations centre be encashed against any Sri The Sri Lankan air taxi Lankan holiday package, spe- offers a number of scenic cial promotion or for a ride on flights along the coasts giving the Sri Lankan Air taxi, said passengers a bird’s eye view of General Manager, Sri Lanka the lush greenery, palm DHL ceremonially inaugurated its “Our aspirations for the Sri Lanka Holiday’s Amith Sumanapala. fringed beaches and waves new operations centre and Country operation has been to make it the hub The package branded as breaking up on the shore with Manager’s Office at 148, Vauxhall Street for activities in this part of the world. “Gift a Memory” is a sequence unending consistency . Colombo 2 on Thursday . With the inauguration of this new facili- to the highly successful “World The scene flights also This state of the art building was ty we have got closer to achieving our of Memories”, which was include landing on and taking constructed at a cost of Rs. 300 million, aspirations, added Price. launched for thousands of hol- off from water – the experi- indicating DHL’s confidence in the The new facility is connected to the iday makers, all over the world. ence of a life time, medium to long-term potential of Sri DHL Gateway customs bonded ware- The voucher can be gifted Sumanapala added. Lanka, said CEO, DHL Express Asia house at Ja-ela and the innovative for any occasion, be it a wed- gift which helps build up won- packages have been launched Sri Lankan air taxi has a Pacific, Scott Price. Quality Control Centre, the first of its ding, birthday, Mother’s Day, derful memories of a great by Sri Lankan Holidays with network of 14 destinations, the Built on 40,000 square feet, the serv- kind, facilitates tracking of a customers Father’s Day, Valentine’s Day, holiday on a day of special sig- holiday packages to over 20 furthest in the island taking ice centre houses a staff of 130 for the package from the time they are handed an anniversary gift or for any nificance. destinations, in Europe, India, only a flight time of less than administration and operations of DHL in at the DHL Centre till it is handed other occasion. It is an ideal A wide range of holiday Maldives, Far East and Middle one hour. in Sri Lanka and also a 24/7 call centre. over to the consignee. The centre features state of the art This tracking facility is also extend- Aviation deal doubles flights shipment handling, security systems, digital surveillance systems, access con- trol, quality control centre and a large ed to all customers who can track the movement of their packages independ- ent of the DHL Quality Shipment between U.S. and China by 2012, shipment processing area enabling Monitoring System (QSMS), said DHL more efficient shipment handling. Country Manager, Martin Dudek. The new country office and service The QSMS facilitates DHL to take a centre has a drive-in facility, which pre- proactive approach in managing possi- Washington – Passenger The accord was announced tries. Peters said the two coun- ment believes new capacity is vents damage to packages during peri- ble delays caused by flight delays or bad flights between the U.S. and during high-level talks tries agreed, however, to begin needed, as well as other fac- ods of inclement weather. It also allows weather including activating contin- China will more than double between the U.S. and China, talks in 2010 on a so-called tors, a department official customers late cut-off times and earlier gency plan and notifying customers. by 2012 under an agreement led by Treasury Secretary “open skies” agreement said. deliveries, added President, DHL has a network of six service reached Wednesday, setting Henry Paulson and China’s Competition among U.S. U.S. airlines did not waste Transportation & IT Group, John Keells locations across the country and is clear the stage for fierce competi- Vice Premier Wu Yi. airlines for the flights, which any time in publicly pressing Holdings, Romesh David. leader in the industry in terms of infra- tion among carriers for these Under the pact, U.S. carri- one analyst estimated could their bids. “We are now undoubtedly ahead of structure, service and market share, he valuable trans-Pacific routes. ers will be able to operate 23 be worth up to $200 million in Delta Air Lines Inc. chief competition in terms of capabilities and added. U.S. Transportation daily roundtrip flights by 2012, annual revenue, will be operating officer Jim market share,” said David. -BT Secretary Mary E. Peters said . up from 10 currently The intense. Peters said the com- Whitehurst said in a written the bilateral aviation agree- agreement also allows the U.S. petition for previous routes statement that the company is ment could stimulate $5 bil- to designate three additional “makes some Olympic events already seeking approval for a lion in revenue for U.S. air- airlines to fly to China – at look tame by comparison.” new route from Atlanta to lines over the next several least one of them designated Under the agreement, the Shanghai. years. As part of the deal – for cargo, transportation offi- United States can grant a new The flight “would fill a which falls short of goals the cials said. airline the right to fly to critical void in air travel today Bush administration laid out China will have the right China and approve a new by linking the 55 million peo- last month – American air to fly the same number of route this year. ple of the southeastern United cargo companies will gain vir- flights to the United States, Peters said the department States directly to one of the tually unlimited access to Peters said, and can designate wants to award the new desig- world’s fastest growing China. an unlimited number of air- nation as soon as possible, but economies,” Delta said. “We’ve achieved a break- lines to operate those flights. did not give any additional Northwest Airlines, mean- through agreement that opens While the deal also lifts information on timing. The while, said the accord would the way for more frequent, limits on the number of cargo new route can be from any allow new routes from its more affordable and conven- flights and cargo carriers serv- U.S. international airport to hubs in Detroit and ient air service between China ing the two countries by 2011, Beijing, Shanghai, or Minneapolis that “Northwest and the United States,” Peters it falls short of Washington’s Guangzhou. urgently wants to offer its cus- At DHL’s opening of the new Operations Centre and Country Manager’s Manager’s Office. Cutting the said on a conference call with goal of fully liberalizing air The routes are awarded tomers.” ribbon by Scott Price, CEO, DHL Express - Asia Pacific and Romesh David, President - Transportation reporters. travel between the two coun- based on where the depart- -AP & IT Groups, John Keells Holdings. Maldives First Lady thanks Emirates Airline Foundation supporters Supporters of the the Emirates Airline help some 550 children. Emirates Airline Foundation Foundation who are helping Tim Clark, President of came in for well-deserved us to give a better quality of Emirates Airline and thanks during a visit by life to the considerable num- Chairman of the Emirates Madam Nasreena Gayoom, ber of children and young Airline Foundation, comment- the wife of the President of people who continue to suffer ed: “It was indeed an honour the Maldives, Maumoon its debilitating effects.” to welcome Mrs Gayoom to Abdul Gayoom. Blood transfusions are a Dubai and discuss the work of As Patron of the Society monthly necessity for suffer- the Society for Health for Health Education (SHE), ers of thalassaemia, but hun- Education. Madam Gayoom expressed dreds die across the world due We consider every applica- her appreciation during a to complications associated tion for funding based on our meeting in Dubai with the with transfusions. policy of helping improve the foundation’s board of direc- Using filters is the best quality of life of children in tors. Mrs Nasreena Gayoom (third from left), the wife of the President of the Maldives, Maumoon Abdul Gayoom, is seen with Tim Clark (3rd way to beat complications – need. We were very The foundation, which from right), President of Emirates Airline and Chairman of the Emirates Airline Foundation. Also from left are : Mike Simon, Foundation they remove substances that impressed with the initiatives Committee Member, Dr Naila Firdous, Founding Member and Member of Executive Committee, Society for Health Education; uses donations by passengers produce allergic reactions. taken by the society in allevi- Mohammed Alkhaja, Foundation Committee Member and Aishath Shiham, Chairperson of the Society for Health Education. on board Emirates’ flights to The foundation has used ating the suffering of these fund humanitarian projects recently funded SHE in its der thalassaemia. Madam ber of thalassaemia cases in passengers’ donations to pur- children and are pleased that around the world in aid of work with children suffering Gayoom said: “SHE is work- the Maldives and we are chase a year’s supply of fil- the foundation has been able underprivileged children, from the genetic blood disor- ing hard to reduce the num- grateful to the supporters of ters, at a cost of US$100,000 to to contribute to its work.” Emirates is Telegraph Ultratravel Keep discovering with Emirates’ exclusive First and Business Class specials reader’s favourite A choice of free accommoda- Emirates has been voted tatives from the travel industry. voted for by travellers, demon- tion at exclusive hotels in Dubai, ‘Best Middle East Airline’ by Emirates’ Senior Vice strating that even the most dis- enhanced by credit or an exciting readers of the Daily Telegraph’s President of Media Relations, cerning customers recognise the excursion and free 96-hour visa luxury travel magazine Sponsorships and Events, quality of the Emirates service, await passengers flying Emirates Ultratravel. 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Other cat- Starting from 15th June, First Lane, attended by key represen- important to us because it is egories included best hotels, Class passengers transiting spas and destinations across the through Dubai can opt for two world. nights’ accommodation in a deluxe Emirates has won more than room at the luxurious Ritz Carlton 300 awards since it was founded Dubai together with US$ 100 credit in 1985. Others claimed by the at the hotel, or a ‘Sundowner’ dune airline this year include ‘Best dinner safari and a free 96-hour Scheduled Airline to the Middle visa courtesy Emirates. East/Far East’ at the Travel Business Class passengers are Weekly Globe Awards and ‘Best offered a choice of one night’s Airline Based in the Middle accommodation in a deluxe room East/Indian Sub-Continent’ pre- at the swank Jumeirah Emirates sented by the Official Airline Towers plus US$ 100 credit at the Emirates Sales Manager Emirates to destinations beyond Guide. hotel or the Sundowner dune din- Colombo, Devika Ellepola said: the Middle East. Passengers travel- Emirates currently operates ner safari and a free 96-hour visa. “This provides a great opportunity ling on code-share flights cannot 91 services a week from Dubai to The US$ 100 credit provided for passengers to take time off and avail of this offer. The free accom- five airports across the UK. The with the free accommodation offer experience the magic of Dubai. It modation offer and excursion airline will be increasing choice may be used for food and beverage adds superb value to travelling must be pre-booked and confirmed still further this September with or spa facilities. The free accom- with Emirates.” before travel commences. The Emirates’ Senior Vice President of Media Relations, Sponsorships and Events, the launch of its Newcastle modation offer includes room, These special offers will be stopover can be availed either on Boutros Boutros in London is seen receiving the Daily Telegraph’s Ultratravel maga- route, adding to a fast growing taxes, service charges and break- available up to 31st August 2007 the inbound or outbound leg of the zine award for “Best Middle East Airline” from UK TV presenter Alice Beer and the international route network. fast. and travel must be exclusively on journey . ITV Formula 1 commentator James Allen.