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Lufthansa Adds Flagship A350-900 To Numerous North American Destinations
Lufthansa announced that a variety of its established North American routes will receive the airline’s new flagship, long-haul aircraft – the Airbus A350-900 – during the summer 2018 season. The gateways include two U.S. markets – Newark, NJ and Denver, CO – as well as one in Canada – Vancouver, British Columbia. The three markets receiving the air carrier’s A350-900 will be in addition to the aircraft already flying the successful Boston – Munich route.
Beginning March 25, Lufthansa will utilize the A350 on its daily flights from Newark (EWR) to Munich (MUC). Commencing in late March, there will be a gradual introduction of this flagship aircraft into the Denver (DEN) market, with an increase of its usage to daily flights beginning as of July. On May 1, Lufthansa’s A350 will be used to operate the daily flights from Vancouver (YVR), British Columbia to Munich. All North American routes upgraded with the A350-900 will be active until the conclusion of the summer season, on October 27, 2018.
“Placing our A350 flagship aircraft on an increased number of North American routes during the busy summer travel season, once again displays the level of commitment that the Lufthansa Group has towards the United States and Canada,” said Tamur Goudarzi Pour, Lufthansa Group Vice President Airline Sales for The Americas. “In bringing this aircraft to these markets, we are significantly enhancing passengers’ travel experiences with many state-of-the-art features and an elevated level of comfort on board the A350-900.”
The A350-900 is the world’s most advanced, environmentally-friendly long-haul aircraft. It uses 25 percent less kerosene, produces 25 percent fewer emissions and is significantly quieter on take-off. The aircraft has space for 293 passengers with 48 seats in Business Class, 21 in Premium Economy and 224 in Economy Class. At just under 18.4 feet wide, the cabin of the new Airbus is more spacious than comparable models of aircraft.
Lufthansa’s A350-900 also offers a particularly pleasant cabin environment that makes the journey on board the aircraft even more pleasurable. In Business Class, passengers enjoy a self-service area where they can easily help themselves to snacks and drinks throughout the flight. The award-winning Economy Class, furnished in various shades of blue, features special ergonomically-formed seat upholstery and provides travelers with more personal and storage space. The A350 Economy Class was conceived by the design bureau PearsonLloyd and was awarded the German Design Award 2018 by the German Design Council. Throughout the cabin, passengers can use their own mobile device as a second screen, as well as pre-select programs from the on-board entertainment system up to six weeks prior to flight time.
Due to the aircraft’s particular construction, passengers reach their destination feeling well-rested. This is achieved through improved cabin pressure during the flight, as well as a novel LED lighting system that adjusts with the day and night-time rhythm of the passengers.
Connections and destinations
Munich International Airport is Europe’s first five-star airport and the Airport’s Terminal 2 was once again honored as the world’s number one terminal by the London-based Skytrax Institute at the 2017 World Airports Award. Together with Munich Airport, Lufthansa offers its customers a 10-star product that represents excellent quality on the ground and on board. Terminal 2, and a corresponding Satellite Building that opened in April 2016, are a joint venture between Deutsche Lufthansa AG and Flughafen Muenchen GmbH. A central hub for Lufthansa and its partner airlines, T2 includes five new Lufthansa lounges, as well as 27 additional gate positions that allow passengers to board aircraft directly without bus transportation.
Munich has a population of 1.52 million and is located north of the Bavarian Alps in the southern part of Germany. Second only to Berlin in terms of tourism, Munich is known for its Christmas Markets, Beer Gardens and Oktoberfest celebrations. Publishing, fashion, high-tech and automotive, are among the industries that comprise the city’s bustling business community, which is also the European headquarters of numerous international corporations.
Flight details for new A350 routes
Munich (MUC) – Newark (EWR)
• Daily flights from March 25, 2018 until October 27, 2018
Munich (MUC) – Denver (DEN)
• Gradual introduction of A350 as of late March 2018
• Daily flights as of July 2018
March 26 – May 31
– A350 to fly five times per week (Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday)
– A350 to fly six times per week (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday)
July – October 27
– Daily flights
Munich (MUC) – Vancouver (YVR)
• Daily flights from May 1, 2018 until October 27, 2018
**For further information and reservations visit LH.com.
One of the world’s largest, most prestigious airlines, and Europe’s only 5-Star airline, Lufthansa, serving 22 North American gateways, currently flies to 211 destinations in 74 countries. The air carrier offers hubs in Frankfurt and Munich. With the Lufthansa Group acquisition of Austrian Airlines, SWISS and Brussels Airlines, additional hubs include Vienna, Brussels, and Zurich. The entire Group flew a total of 130 million passengers in 2017. In 2017’s winter schedule, the Group airlines offer almost 5,158 weekly frequencies to 193 destinations in 75 countries worldwide. As an industry innovator, Lufthansa has long been committed to environmental care and sustainability, operating one of the most technologically-advanced and fuel-efficient fleets in the world. Its long-haul fleet to and from North America includes the Boeing 747-8,the Airbus A380 and the Airbus A350-900, which are some of the most environmentally-friendly passenger aircraft in the aviation industry. Lufthansa is the largest European operator of the A380 and was also the launch customer for the Boeing 747-8. The Lufthansa Group currently has 180 new aircraft on order to be delivered by 2025. Known for its premium services, Lufthansa continues to build new or upgrade existing lounge facilities across its worldwide network. Lufthansa’s entire long-haul fleet now features all new onboard products in each class and is equipped with its onboard broadband wireless Internet service, FlyNet. For more information or reservations, visit LH.com
Video: Airbus 350 https://youtu.be/H6O7phvz42g
New Global Commission to Examine Geopolitics of Energy Transformation
IRENA Commission to analyse how energy transformation driven by renewables will impact foreign policies and geopolitics
Abu Dhabi, U.A.E., 14 January 2017 — The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), has today launched the Global Commission on the Geopolitics of Energy Transformation, with the support of the governments of Germany, Norway and the United Arab Emirates. The Commission will examine the immediate and longer-term geopolitical implications of global energy transformation driven by large scale-up of renewable energy in the context of global efforts to tackle climate change and advance sustainable development. The Commission will be chaired by Mr. Olafur Grimsson, the former President of Iceland.
“The global energy landscape is witnessing rapid and disruptive change that will have far reaching effects on geopolitical dynamics,” said Adnan Z. Amin, IRENA Director-General. “Renewable energy resources are abundant, sustainable and have the power to significantly improve energy access, security and independence.
“At the same time, the large-scale deployment of variable sources of renewable energy such as solar PV and wind, is fostering greater cross-border energy trade and cooperation between nations,” continued Mr. Amin. “Understanding these changing dynamics in a way that informs policy makers, will be the primary goal of the commission.”
“I am delighted to chair the Global Commission on the Geopolitics of Energy Transformation, and congratulate IRENA on this timely initiative,” said Mr. Olafur Grimsson, former President of Iceland. “The geopolitical implications of energy transformation is becoming one of the most debated issues in the global energy agenda. The Commission can make an important contribution to these global discussions, on the basis of solid evidence and analysis as well as a diverse range of perspectives,” added Mr. Grimsson.
While most geopolitical analyses of energy related issues have focused on conventional fuels such as oil and gas, the Commission will review the implications of the ongoing global energy transformation underpinned by the surge in renewables and report on how it would impact the geopolitics of energy based on rigorous and credible evidence.
The Commission will be composed by twelve leaders and experts on international energy and global security issues, with particular emphasis given to ensuring diverse geographical and expert background representation. The Commission will present its report at the 9th Session of the IRENA Assembly in January 2019.
About the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA)
IRENA is mandated to be the global hub for renewable energy cooperation and information exchange by 154 Members (153 States and the European Union). 26 additional countries are in the accession process and actively engaged. IRENA promotes the widespread adoption and sustainable use of all forms of renewable energy, in the pursuit of sustainable development, energy access, energy security and low-carbon economic growth and prosperity.www.irena.org
[Source: International Renewable Energy Agency -/- Media Relations]
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UAE Armed Forces And Red Crescent Bringing Aid To Yemen
The Arab Coalition Forces, led by Saudi Arabia, are continuing their humanitarian efforts in the Restoring Hope Operation in Yemen, with the UAE Armed Forces providing aid to those in need in liberated areas on the Yemeni west coast.
The UAE Armed Forces are playing a major role in supporting the brotherly people of Yemen to liberate them from the Iranian terrorist agenda being implemented through the Houthi coup militias, where the liberation is followed by the basic humanitarian operations necessary to help and support Yemenis to overcome the difficult situation through which they are going.
The UAE has launched an unprecedented programme of aid in the western coast of Yemen, following the clearing of the area from Iranian-backed Houthi militias. The UAE has also distributed humanitarian aid and relief supplies to the people of the liberated areas who have been affected by the Iranian Houthi blockade after recent major victories by the forces of the Saudi-led Arab Coalition.
The moves reflect the keenness of the President, His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, to support Yemeni people and the directives of His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, with follow-up by H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Ruler’s Representative in the Al Dhafra Region and President of the Emirates Red Crescent, ERC.
Accompanied by a reporter from the Emirates News Agency, WAM, teams from the Emirates Red Crescent, ERC, have distributed 10,000 food baskets to the liberated areas of Yemen’s western coast.
The beneficiaries expressed their thanks and appreciation to the UAE for its great support and its continued efforts to alleviate the suffering of the Yemeni people. They said that the Saudi Arab Coalition to support Legitimacy in Yemen had made a major contribution to the restoring of a normal life to to Yemeni cities after liberating them from the Houthi militias.
They also praised the great efforts made by the UAE and its humanitarian arm in Yemen, the ERC, to provide humanitarian and relief support in the liberated areas.
[Source: Emirates Government News Agency/WAM/Rola Alghoul/Rasha Abubaker -/- Media Relations]
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