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PHILIP­PINE AIR­LINES is set to in­tro­duce non­stop flights be­tween Manila and Auck­land, start­ing De­cem­ber 6. The air­line will op­er­ate flight PR218 three times weekly on Wed­nes­day, Thurs­day and Sun­day, de­part­ing Manila at 2315, and ar­riv­ing in Auck­land at 1405 the fol­low­ing day. Flight PR219 leaves Auck­land on Fri­day, Saturday and Tues­day at 0030, touch­ing down in Manila at 0545. The new route will re­duce travel time from just over 12 hours to 10 hours, los­ing the stop in Cairns on the cur­rent ser­vice. EMI­RATES will op­er­ate four ad­di­tional weekly ser­vices to Cairo, rais­ing the num­ber of flights to three a day, be­tween Dubai and Egypt, from Oc­to­ber 29. Op­er­ated by a 360-seat B777-300ER, the ad­di­tional Dubai – Cairo flight EK 925 will leave Dubai at 2050, ar­riv­ing in Cairo at 2305. The re­turn flight, EK926, will de­part Cairo at 0045, ar­riv­ing in Dubai at 0615. Emi­rates op­er­ates 17 weekly flights be­tween Cairo and Dubai. It also re­cently opened a new lounge in Bos­ton, and has ex­panded its in­flight wifi ser­vice to all Emi­rates Sky­wards Plat­inum and Gold mem­bers. BRITISH AIR­WAYS has en­tered a code­share with Scot­tish air­line Lo­ganair. Pas­sen­gers trav­el­ling from the Scot­tish High­lands and Is­lands will be able to book flights on BA’s net­work, con­nect­ing on do­mes­tic ser­vices at In­ver­ness, Ed­in­burgh, Glas­gow and Aberdeen and fly­ing on a “through ticket”. This al­lows them to check hold lug­gage at their de­par­ture air­port through to their des­ti­na­tion. Lo­ganair flights be­tween the above men­tioned routes are el­i­gi­ble for the Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment’s Air Dis­count Scheme, which aims to make flights more af­ford­able for re­mote com­mu­ni­ties in the High­lands and Is­lands with a 50 per cent dis­count on se­lected routes. The code­share ex­tends to Lo­ganair’s new ser­vices to and from Manch­ester, of­fer­ing con­nec­tions at Glas­gow, In­ver­ness and Norwich.

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