Alitalia will begin service from Italy to Cuba

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Alitalia will begin direct flights in November from Italy to Cuba. The first non-stop service will depart on November 29, 2016 from Rome to Havana and be flown with the airline’s flagship Boeing 777 aircraft with 293 seats divided into three classes of travel: Business, Premium Economy and Economy.

This is the fourth new long-haul destination started this year by Alitalia following successful launches to Santiago, Mexico City and Beijing. Alitalia’s new direct flights will depart from Rome Fiumicino airport every Tuesday at 9:05 am and arrive in Havana at 3:00 pm local time and on Saturdays at 10:35 am and arrive at 4:30 pm. The return flight from Havana on Tuesdays will take off at 5:00 pm local time and arrive in Rome at 9:00 am and on Saturdays the flight will leave Cuba at 6: 30 pm and land in Rome Fiumicino at 10:30 am.

Emirates and Jetblue partnership

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Connect via Fort Lauderdale (FLL), Florida from over 30 JetBlue gateways in the U.S., Caribbean and South America and enjoy seamless connections to over 150 destinations in the Middle East, South Asia, the Far East and Africa.

JetBlue is New York’s Hometown Airline™, known for its award-winning customer service and young aircraft fleet. The airline is the seventh largest in the US, operating about 700 daily flights and has a large presence in Boston, Fort Lauderdale, Los Angeles, Orlando, and San Juan.

Emirates To Launch New Daily Service to Fort Lauderdale

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Airline’s 11th US Passenger Route to South Florida Will Commence on December 15, 2016

Tuesday, October 11, 2016 — DUBAI, U.A.E – Emirates today announced it will launch a daily service between Dubai and Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, on December 15, 2016, serving the South Florida area, including Fort Lauderdale, Miami, and West Palm Beach. This will be Emirates’ 11th passenger route in the United States.

The airline will operate a GE-powered US-built Boeing 777-200LR aircraft in a three-class configuration on the route, offering 8 First Class suites, 42 Business Class lie-flat beds and 216 Economy Class seats for travellers, and up to 15 tonnes of bellyhold cargo for shippers.

“Fort Lauderdale and Miami are two of America’s most exciting destinations for leisure and business travel,” said Sir Tim Clark, President Emirates Airline. “Broward County and Dade County combined to host more than 25 million visitors last year, mainly from the United States and Latin America.”

He added: “We anticipate our service will contribute to the economy of South Florida by bringing new travellers to the area from across our route network, at the same time offering greater competitive choice for consumers and new one-stop passenger and air cargo connectivity for the region to the global destinations that we serve. We launched our non-stop Dubai-Orlando service roughly a year ago and its strong performance encouraged us to select Fort Lauderdale as our 11th US destination.”

“Broward County is honored that Emirates airline has selected FLL as their gateway to our vibrant and exciting destination,” said Marty Kiar, Broward County Mayor. “This non-stop service will allow world travellers to experience our sun-drenched beaches to the majestic beauty of the Everglades and all the sensational attractions of a cosmopolitan area. Additionally, our residents can now explore the Middle East and the other 150 plus cities served by this world class airline.”

“Amid seemingly endless airline consolidation and diminishing value for travellers, this new service from Emirates is a welcome development,” said US Travel Association President and CEO Roger Dow. “When international airlines open new routes to US airports, providing supply where there is previously unmet demand, both flyers and local economies benefit enormously from higher customer service standards and the good, non-exportable jobs fueled by increased travel. We hope to see more of this type of service expansion, which provides a much-needed infusion of connectivity and healthy competition into our aviation market.”

Emirates’ daily flight EK213 will depart Dubai (DXB) at 3:00 a.m. local time and arrive in Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL) at 10:25 a.m. The return flight EK214 will depart FLL at 8:20 p.m. arriving in Dubai at 7:40 p.m. the following day, with a flying time of 14 hours and 20 minutes.

Explore South Florida, the Caribbean and More with Emirates

Passengers wishing to travel beyond the Fort Lauderdale-Miami area to onward destinations in the US, Caribbean and Latin America can take advantage of Emirates’ codeshare partnership with JetBlue Airways (B6) that offers connection options to over 26 destinations in the US and 19 destinations throughout the Caribbean and Latin America, including the Bahamas, Cancun and Havana.

Visitors to the Sunshine State will also benefit from having two Emirates gateways in relative close proximity to each other, providing more options for travellers to make the most of their journey to Florida. For example, travellers to Fort Lauderdale can see several destinations in South Florida for either leisure or business, visit local attractions and towns just a few hours north in Orange County, then fly back to Dubai direct from Orlando International Airport (MCO) or onwards on an Emirates connecting flight. Providing this increased flexibility to business and leisure travellers, combined with the ease and convenience of flying into and out of FLL and MCO, is expected to add significant visitor numbers to the State of Florida.

New and Quick Connections to South Florida and Beyond

Passengers from the Middle East, GCC, Africa, South Asian subcontinent, and the Far East can enjoy quick and convenient connections in Dubai before they travel onwards to Fort Lauderdale.  In particular, passengers from destinations such as Beirut, Doha, Riyadh, Cape Town, Johannesburg, Bangkok, Cebu, Singapore, Mumbai, Delhi, Chennai, Hyderabad, as well as Colombo and Karachi will experience connection times of less than 4 hours while in Dubai.

New Connections from South Florida to Middle East, Africa, South Asian Sub Continent and Far East

Whether returning home or embarking on a new journey, passengers travelling from Fort Lauderdale will experience new and shorter connection times in Dubai. For example, passengers travelling from Fort Lauderdale to Johannesburg will experience the best roundtrip connectivity in the industry with quick connection times in Dubai. Travellers from Fort Lauderdale heading to Bangkok, Phuket, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Amman, Bahrain, Beirut, Dammam, Doha, Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Mumbai, Delhi, Chennai, Islamabad, and Lahore will also enjoy fast connection times in Dubai.

Destination Information

Fort Lauderdale is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the United States thanks to its abundant sunshine and temperate weather. Its pristine beaches and championship golf courses attract leisure travellers year round, and are home to millions of “snowbirds” – US residents from cold-weather states who own second homes in the area. Fort Lauderdale is also a popular destination for the cruise industry. Broward County’s Port Everglades, one of the top 3 busiest cruise ports in the world, welcomes more than 4 million annual visitors.

Miami is one of America’s most vibrant cultural destinations and one of the Western Hemisphere’s financial capitals. Just a 30 min drive to Fort Lauderdale, Miami is home to the largest concentration of international banks in the US. Miami’s metropolitan area is the eighth-largest in the US with a population of 5.5 million people. Miami is nicknamed the “Capital of Latin America” thanks to its preponderance of Latin American expatriates and first-generation American Latinos. Hispanics and Latinos comprise more than 70 percent of the city’s population, and have created a cultural fabric that is uniquely Miami. The Port of Miami is the busiest cruise port in terms of both passenger traffic and cruise lines. Miami is one of America’s cultural meccas, famous for its proprietary take on nightlife, art, music, architecture and cuisine.

The Emirates Experience

All Emirates’ passengers will experience award-winning service and innovation, both on board and on the ground. All passengers will have access to, Emirates’ award-winning inflight entertainment system offering more than 2,500 channels of on-demand entertainment at every seat, gourmet regionally inspired dishes, complimentary wines, and dedicated children’s menus and activities. Passengers will also experience Emirates unmatched inflight service from a multilingual Cabin Crew representing over 135 nationalities and more than 60 languages.

Complimentary Chauffeur Drive Service

First Class and Business Class passengers can also travel to and from the airport  via Emirates complimentary Chauffeur-drive service, making it easy and convenient for customers from Fort Lauderdale, Miami, Palm Beach and other South Florida cities to arrive on time, refreshed, and ready for their flight with Emirates.

Discover Dubai

Those traveling to Dubai for a stopover or as their final destination will find a plethora of activities to experience. Known as a city of contrasts, from futuristic architecture to vibrant traditional culture and diversity, Dubai is a place that caters to all types of travellers. The city offers everything a visitor could want, from shopping at some of the largest malls in the region to dining options which will spoil anyone for choice, a trip to Dubai is a must for families, friends and individuals.

Adventurers can enjoy kite surfing in the gulf, skydiving over the Palm Jumeirah Island or head out to the desert for sand surfing and dune buggie rides. Families can enjoy Dubai’s family-friendly hotels and the Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo, home to thousands of sea creatures, or cool down at Dubai’s waterparks, hit the ski slopes at the Mall of the Emirates or splash around at Kite Beach. For fashionistas, the souks and malls offer local gems you won’t find anywhere else in the world, such as the Deira Gold Souk, home to hundreds of specialty jewelry stores, or the Mall of Dubai, one of the world’s largest malls featuring more than 1,200 stores and services.

The city also offers visitors several new and exciting experiences, such as the recently-opened IMG Worlds of Adventure, the world’s largest indoor themed entertainment destination, and the soon-to-be-opened Dubai Parks and Resorts, which will offer a range of attractions and experiences

All travellers can take in the sights of the Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building, the Dubai Fountain which dances to a set of music for onlookers, and of course, experience desert camel rides and dinner under the stars at a Bedouin style camp. Dubai truly offers a variety of attractions to meet the tastes of business and leisure travellers alike.

Emirates and the US

Founded in 1985, Emirates is a global connector of people, places and economies. Based in Dubai, the airline’s global network serves 154 destinations in 82 countries across six continents. Its luxurious amenities, regionally inspired gourmet cuisine, award-winning in-flight entertainment system – ice – and unmatched hospitality provided by its iconic multilingual Cabin Crew have made Emirates one of the world’s most recognized airline brands.

Emirates has carried more than 14 million passengers on U.S. flights since launching services to New York in 2004. The airline currently serves 10 U.S. gateways – Orlando (MCO), Chicago (ORD), Boston (BOS), San Francisco (SFO), Los Angeles (LAX), Seattle (SEA), Dallas (DFW), Houston (IAH), Washington (IAD) and New York (JFK), as well as operating a trans-Atlantic route between JFK and Milan and freighter services to Atlanta and Columbus. Emirates SkyCargo transports up to 650 tons of U.S. exports each week – including auto parts from New York, apples and cherries from Seattle, and oil and gas equipment from Houston – stimulating trade and opening new markets for American businesses across the Middle East, Africa and Asia.

Flying with Children

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The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) recommends that parents secure a child in a child restraint system (CRS) or device based on the child’s weight. Parents are encouraged to take this tips sheet with them when they travel by air with small children.

Tips for Parents :

Make sure your CRS or device is government-approved for use on airplanes and has “This restraint is certified for use in motor vehicles and aircraft” printed on it. Otherwise, you may be asked to check the CRS as baggage.

• While booster seats and harness vests enhance safety in vehicles, the FAA prohibits passengers from using these types of restraints on airplanes during taxi, take-off and landing. These restraints should be checked as baggage. Supplemental lap restraints or “belly belts” are not approved for use in both airplanes and vehicles in the United States.

• The CARES Child Safety Device is the only FAA-approved harness-type restraint for children weighing between 22 and 44 pounds. It will have “FAA Approved in Accordance with 14CFR 21.305(d), Approved for Aircraft Use Only” on it.

• If your child weighs… Use a… Less than 20 pounds Rear-facing CRS 20 to 40 pounds Forward-facing CRS 22 to 44 pounds CARES child safety device More than 40 pounds Airplane seat belt

• Measure the width of your CRS. It should fit in most airplane seats if it is no wider than 16 inches.

• Ask your airline for a discounted fare. Buying a ticket for your child is the only way to guarantee that you will be able to use a CRS.

• Reserve adjoining seats. A CRS should be placed in a window seat so it will not block the escape path in an emergency. Do not place a CRS in an exit row.

• If you do not buy a ticket for your child, ask if your airline will allow you to use an empty seat. If your airline’s policy allows this, avoid the busiest days and times to increase the likelihood of finding an empty seat next to you.

• Arrange for your airline to help you if you need help making a connecting flight. Carrying a CRS, a child, and luggage through a busy airport can be challenging.

• Pack a bag of toys and snacks to keep your child occupied during the flight.

• Always use a CRS when driving to and from the airport.

• Wear your seat belt at all times.

DOT Bans All Samsung Galaxy Note7 Phones from Airplanes

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The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), today announced it is issuing an emergency order to ban all Samsung Galaxy Note7 smartphone devices from air transportation in the United States. Individuals who own or possess a Samsung Galaxy Note7 device may not transport the device on their person, in carry-on baggage, or in checked baggage on flights to, from, or within the United States. This prohibition includes all Samsung Galaxy Note7 devices. The phones also cannot be shipped as air cargo.  The ban will be effective on Saturday, October 15, 2016, at noon ET.

“We recognize that banning these phones from airlines will inconvenience some passengers, but the safety of all those aboard an aircraft must take priority,” said Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx. “We are taking this additional step because even one fire incident inflight poses a high risk of severe personal injury and puts many lives at risk.”

Device owners have experienced documented incidents of dangerous evolution of heat with both recalled and replacement Samsung Galaxy Note7 devices. Samsung and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) acknowledged this imminent safety hazard with the company’s September 15, 2016 and October 13, 2016 recalls.  Additionally, on October 11, 2016, Samsung suspended the manufacture and sale of the Samsung Galaxy Note7 device.

“The fire hazard with the original Note7 and with the replacement Note7 is simply too great for anyone to risk it and not respond to this official recall,” said CPSC Chairman Elliot F. Kaye. “I would like to remind consumers once again to take advantage of the remedies offered, including a full refund.  It’s the right thing to do and the safest thing to do.”

What air travelers should know

  • If passengers attempt to travel by air with their Samsung Galaxy Note7 devices, they will be denied boarding.
  • Passengers who attempt to evade the ban by packing their phone in checked luggage are increasing the risk of a catastrophic incident.  Anyone violating the ban may be subject to criminal prosecution in addition to fines.
  • Passengers currently traveling with Samsung Galaxy Note7 phones should contact Samsung or their wireless carrier immediately to obtain information about how to return their phones and arrange for a refund or a replacement phone. Samsung has provided guidance for customers about refund and replacement options, as well as how to contact wireless carriers, at http://www.samsung.com/us/note7recall/[external link]. Samsung is also answering customers’ questions at 1-844-365-6197.
  • If an airline representative observes that a passenger is in possession of a Samsung Note7 device prior to boarding an aircraft, the air carrier must deny boarding to the passenger unless and until the passenger divests themselves and their carry-on and checked baggage of the Samsung Galaxy Note7 device. Passengers absolutely should not pack the phones in their checked luggage.
  • If a flight crew member identifies that a passenger is in possession of a Samsung Galaxy Note7 device while the aircraft is in flight, the crew member must instruct the passenger to power off the device, not use or charge the device while aboard the aircraft, protect the device from accidental activation, including disabling any features that may turn on the device, such as alarm clocks, and keep the device on their person and not in the overhead compartment, seat back pocket, nor in any carry-on baggage, for the duration of the flight.

The Samsung Galaxy Note7 device is considered a forbidden hazardous material under the Federal Hazardous Material Regulations (HMR; 49 CFR Parts 171-185), which forbid airline passengers or crew from traveling with lithium cells or batteries or portable electronic devices that are likely to generate a dangerous evolution of heat. PHMSA has issued a special permit to Samsung to facilitate commercial shipment of the recalled devices by ground transportation.

The Emergency Order will be on display in the Federal Register display on Friday, October 14, 2016, and the ban will be effective on Saturday, October 15, 2016, at noon ET.For additional information on the recall, visit the CPSC website at www.cpsc.gov.

For additional information on returning your recalled Galaxy Note7 device to the manufacturer, call 1-800-SAMSUNG or 1-800-726-7864 or visit the website:  http://www.samsung.com/us/note7recall/[external link]

For additional information about safe travel with lithium batteries and other potentially hazardous materials, visit the DOT Safe Travel Website at http://phmsa.dot.gov/safetravel/batteries.

Additional passenger information from the FAA is available at: http://www.faa.gov/Go/PackSafe. For all other questions about the transportation of hazardous materials, contact PHMA’s Hazardous Materials Information Center at 1-800-467-4922 or infocntr@dot.gov

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