Emirates’ latest 777 order also makes 2011 the best-selling year for the 777 program, surpassing the previous record of orders for 154 aircraft set in 2005. With the Emirates order, the 2011 net orderbook for the 777 currently stands at 182 aircraft.

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The carrier will fly the route three times a week in the winter season from October 7 until March 23, 2012.

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The 216-room hotel – which is Deira’s first international five-star property for more than 10 years, according to Mövenpick – is situated in the commercial district on the north side of Dubai Creek.

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The 341-room hotel, which has 124 executive residences, is the second Ritz-Carlton in Dubai and the company’s sixth hotel in the region. According to Ritz-Carlton, the new hotel has the largest ballroom and the tallest waterfall in Dubai’s financial district.

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The partnership, which has already gone live, allows travelers the option to book flights through Emirates with connecting service on Virgin America, making travel easier and more convenient within a single itinerary.

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The Leading Hotels of the World, Ltd. has accepted new member hotels in Bahrain, Egypt, South Africa, United Arab Emirates, United States, Barbados and the Dominican Republic.

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Mövenpick Hotel and Apartments Bur Dubai has completed refurbishing its 255 guestrooms, lobby, Fountain restaurant and Cafe lounge, providing the five-star property with a new, contemporary image.

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The airline, which says it recorded a significant increase in revenue for the Americas in 2009-10, will soon offer more than 15,000 seats on 98 round-trip flights each week between Dubai and the U.S.

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Flydubai, Dubai’s first low-cost airline, is launching service to Erbil in Iraq, the airline’s 22nd destination from Dubai.

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Scandinavian Airlines will deploy a sixth Airbus A340-300 to increase frequencies to and from Newark and Chicago in the carrier’s winter schedule, which begins on October 31.

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Emirates is re-introducing the A380 superjumbo to its Dubai-New York JFK route on October 31. The decision to reinstate the aircraft on one of Emirates’ double-daily JFK services comes just after the carrier reported a 8.1 per cent year-on-year increase in revenue for the Americas in 2009-10.

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Emirates plans to launch five-times-weekly nonstop service in September to Dakar in Senegal, which the airline notes is known as the land of ‘Teranga’, or hospitality, because of its friendly and welcoming people.

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Emirates plans to launch daily flights to Prague starting on July 1, 2010. The non-stop service to the Czech Republic’s capital city is the third new route to be announced by Emirates for 2010.

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Low-cost airline flydubai is to start daily flights between Dubai and Khartoum, the capital of Sudan, on Sunday, November 8.

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Flydubai, Dubai’s first low cost airline, has taken delivery of its fifth aircraft in five months. The new aircraft immediately goes into service on flydubai’s first route between Gulf Cooperation Council nations, a schedule linking Dubai with Qatar’s capital Doha.

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Seawings LLC, which claims to be the only seaplane tour operator in the Middle East, has adopted new pricing for the winter season of 2009/10 and is offering newly revised sightseeing packages for tourists and Dubai residents.

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In plenty of time to prepare for the onslaught of visitors expected in South Africa for the 2010 FIFA World Cup of football, Emirates Airline is launching a daily service from Dubai to Durban on October 1.

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The Address Hotels + Resorts says its two new hotels in Dubai, The Address Dubai Mall and The Address Dubai Marina, are on schedule to open later this year.

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