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Emirates Unveils Exclusive Offer for Passengers on Economy Class




Emirates Airlines as a firm believer in the popular saying “nothing endears passengers than an exhilarating experience on board flight”, has launched an exclusive offer the class of customers.

Truly, most airlines have First class, Business class and Economy class sections, and yearn to give passengers treats according to the class of ticket of travel.

This has often made passengers to crave for a higher class of ticket. Economy class section has always had a lesser treat compared to the First and Business Class, thus people often aspire for the latter because of the perception of the level of comfort they will get, as long as they have the financial stamina to walk the talk.

However, in order to make Economic class passengers feel elated, airlines have since started raising their games in this section of the airline.

In 1992, Emirates was the first airline to introduce individual television screens in Economy Class, and has since continued its journey of innovation. Today, customers enjoy personal seatback monitors with over 2,500 channels of news and entertainment programming, including text messaging, telephone, and internet access. Every meal has been planned and prepared with meticulous care.

These high standards in catering have consistently been ranked as leading in international travel awards and surveys. Emirates fuels conversations and capture the spirit and excitement of starting a new journey. With attention to detail in every product and service, the Emirates Economy Class experience is truly exceptional.

The latest configurations for Economy Class on board Airbus A380 flight include about 427 specially designed and contoured seats in a 3-4-3 configuration with 2-4-2 configuration in the last rows in the three class A380s and up to 557 seats in the two class configuration, Seats pitched up to 33” apart and recline to over 6”, Seat cushions 18” wide,  articulated seat bottom pan which moves forward when seat is reclined, and 13.3” back-mounted LCD screen on newly delivered aircraft, linked to Emirates’ award-winning ice in-flight entertainment system. In the same vein, the Configurations for Economy Class on board Boeing 777 flight include about 386 specially designed and contoured seats in a 3-4-3 configuration with 2-4-2 configuration in the last rows, Seats pitched up to 33” apart and recline to over 6”, Seat cushions 17.05” wide, articulated seat bottom pan which moves forward when seat is reclined, and a 13.3” back-mounted LCD screen, on newly-delivered aircraft.

On board Emirates Economic class, Customers can enjoy an exceptional range of in-flight entertainment and communications choices on their flights.

Emirates In-flight Entertainment program – ice – has received the Skytrax “Best Entertainment System in the World” award for the 12th time in a row. ice stands for information, communication and entertainment. ice Digital Widescreen available Airbus A380, Boeing 777-200LR and select Boeing 777-300ER includes the following features- Over 2,500 on-demand channels of in-flight entertainment which includes, Over 500 movies from around the world, Over 1,000 hours of TV programmes, Over 1,000 music and podcast channels;

Others are over 100 video games, In-seat telephone, SMS and email, Live text news, sport and business headlines updated via satellite, ‘Airshow’ displaying live information on the progress of flight, including cameras on the underside of the aircraft  providing a view of the scenery below, In-seat laptop charging points, and Personal picture viewing using “My USB”. ice (available on Boeing 777-200, Boeing 777-300 and select Boeing 777-300ER) has the following features-  Over 750 channels of on-demand entertainment, Over 150 movies, Over 100 TV channels, Over 540 audio channels, Over 40 video games, Live BBC text news, sports and business headlines updated via satellite, In-seat telephone, SMS and email, and Noise cancellation headphones in First Class and Business Class, and In-seat laptop charging points in First Class, Business Class and recharging points in Economy Class.

Emirates provides free Wi-Fi onboard (up to 10mb) on all Airbus A380 aircraft and most Boeing 777 flights.

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NIPOST Emerges in Final Selection of World Summit on Information Society Award



The Nigeria Postal Service (NIPOST) has been selected as one of 90 finalists of the annual World Summit on Information Society (WSIS) Prizes contest.

Mr Francklin Alao, the General Manager, Corporate Communications of the agency made this known on Wednesday in Abuja.

According to Alao, WSIS is a global initiative recognising innovative projects that use Information and Communication Technology (ICT) to better the world.

He said the finalists known as WSIS champions represent the top 90 projects selected from 492 nominated projects around the world.

“The project that won NIPOST the finalist place is the NIPOST Address Verification System (NIPOST AVS), which seeks to create a centralised and up-to-date database of physical addresses and details of their occupants.

“It is aimed at bridging the gap in our national financial inclusion strategy to empower the CBN’s Know Your Customer (KYC) and improve our national security infrastructure while creating hundreds of jobs in a commercial manner.

“This is one of the new projects created by the organisation to impact on more Nigerians, especially at the rural level and we hope to come out as a winner of one of the 18 prizes at the end of the summit,’’ he said.

Alao said the WSIS Prizes 2018 edition is the 15th edition and will be held in Geneva, Switzerland on the March 20.

The general manager said the prestigious award started since 2012. “It has been recognising remarkable efforts made by entities and organisations from around the world that focus on accelerating socio-economic progress of the whole world as a community,’’ he said.

WSIS champions represent all regions of the world and all stakeholders that deploy ICT to implement WSIS Action Lines and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) is a two-tier United Nations sponsored summit on information, communication and information society.

It aims to bridge the global digital divide separating rich countries from poor countries by spreading access to the internet in the developing world.

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FAAN to begin Certification of 4 International Airports



The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) says it has begun the process of certifying the Aminu Kano International Airport, Kaduna International Airport, Port-Harcourt International Airport and Akanu Ibiam International Airports, Enugu.

This is coming on the heel of a similar exercise carried out in 2017 at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos and Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja.

The Managing Director of FAAN, Mr Saleh Dunoma, made this known on Tuesday at the Gateway Forum organised by the League of Airports and Aviation Correspondents (LAAC) in Lagos.

Dunoma said that FAAN was carrying out the certification process in collaboration with the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA).

He said that the exercise would be completed by the middle of 2018.

Dunoma said that the current drive toward the certification of Nigerian airports was very significant.

“It is not only as a requirement by the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) and Nigerian Civil Aviation Regulations, but even more importantly as one of the critical safety targets of the Abuja Ministerial Declaration.

“Very soon, we will certify all the international airports and then, we will focus on the domestic airports.

“All our airports will be certified within a given time frame,” Dunoma said.

He said that FAAN would continue to emphasise the need for safety and security of passengers as well as their comfort at the airports.

Dunoma added that additional patrol vehicles had been deployed for surveillance at the Lagos Airport.

He also said that Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) cameras were being installed at the Abuja and Lagos Airports to monitor activities at all the restricted areas.

He said: “By the time we have all these technology in place, the security will be very tight and no unauthorised person will be able to gain access to these restricted areas.”

The FAAN managing director said that the authority would soon procure sophisticated scanners with capacity to detect any contraband item in a passenger’s baggage.

“What we are currently using at the airports now are scanners that can detect when something is not right in a baggage.

“The security personnel can then focus it on the particular place and if he is not satisfied, he can carry out a manual check.

“But, technology is improving and we are thinking of bringing in sophisticated equipment that can detect anything and very soon, we will get this equipment at our airports,’’ Dunoma said.

He said work had also been intensified in the ongoing construction of terminal buildings at the Lagos, Abuja, Kano and Port Harcourt Airports, adding that the projects would soon be completed.

On debts being owed FAAN by domestic airlines and concessionaires, Dunoma said that the agency had worked out payment plans with each of the indebted airlines to clear the backlog of their indebtedness.

He said: “As long as we continue to do business, there will be debts.

“So, you cannot say no airline is owing FAAN. We normally give them grace of two weeks as a policy, because it is a continuous business.

“We came up with a programme of payment which was agreed to by all parties, and this is what we have been doing because we don’t want to put them out of business.”

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FG to auction N70bn bonds on March 21 – DMO



The Federal Government has offered for subscription by auction N70 billion worth of bonds in its March 21 auction, says the Debt Management Office (DMO).

The offer circular obtained from its website on Tuesday in Abuja, said that it would sell N10 billion of a five year re-opening bond maturing in July 2021 at 14.50 per cent.

It would also sell N30 billion seven year new issue to mature in March 202, at an undisclosed interest rate and another N30 billion 10 year re-opening at 13.98 per cent to mature in Feb. 2028.

Nigeria issues sovereign bonds monthly to support the local bond market, create a benchmark for corporate issuance and fund its budget deficit.

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