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					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.                               Boutros Boutros, who collected               which we are continually striv-                 First or Business Class to the USA,
    The airline was announced              the award, said: “We are delight-            ing to enhance.”                                Europe, the Mediterranean or
as the winner of the prestigious           ed to have been voted Best                       More than 10,000 Ultratravel                Africa in an attractive new offer
Ultratravel 100 award during a             Middle East Airline by the read-             readers completed an extensive                  unveiled this week by the airline’s
ceremony at the                            ers of this luxury travel maga-              survey into the very best in                    Colombo office.
InterContinental London Park               zine. The award is particularly              modern luxury travel. 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.