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News: Saudi Arabia Airlines chief meets with Mauritius prime minister as flights launch

Saleh bin Nasser Al-Jasser, director general of Saudi Arabia Airlines, has met with the prime minister of the Republic of Mauritius, Pravind Jugnauth, following the start of new commercial flights between the two countries. During the meeting Al-Jasser and Jugnauth discussed economic growth and future opportunities, including the increase of flight frequencies, which currently operates thrice weekly between Riyadh-Jeddah and Mauritius. Mauritius is the airline’s third new destination this year and is a scheduled year-round service. The new flight to Mauritius is operated with a Boeing 787 Dreamliner, flying direct…

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Ex-Man Utd defender Ferdinand to launch pro boxing career

Rio Ferdinand is launching a new career as a professional boxer, two years after he retired from football. The 38-year-old’s move into the ring is being backed by betting company Betfair, which announced the news on Tuesday. Former Manchester United and England defender Ferdinand works as a TV pundit and he has his own clothing line. “I’m doing this because it’s a challenge,” he said. “I’ve won titles and now I’m aiming for a belt.” He has posted several social media videos in recent months showing him boxing and working…

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News: Icelandair to launch new flights to Dallas in spring 2018

Icelandair is has announce flights to its 20th North American gateway, Dallas. Flights to Dallas Fort Worth International Airport will begin on May 30th, and will operate to their hub Keflavik four times per week with a Boeing 757-200 aircraft. The new route will open up even more travel choices for UK passengers with connections from the existing seven UK gateways Icelandair serve via their hub in Reykjavik, which now serves 20 destinations in the US. Icelandair’s updated fleet also offers travellers more legroom, in-flight entertainment, and gate-to-gate Wi-Fi. “As…

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News: Qatar Airways to launch flights to Cardiff Airport, Wales

Qatar Airways will begin operating daily direct flights from Cardiff Airport, with the inaugural flight due to depart on May 1st, 2018. The new service between the Welsh capital and Doha will be operated on a Boeing 787 Dreamliner. The Cardiff service will be the first regular direct long-haul flight linking Wales and south-west England to a major global hub in the Gulf region seven days a week – benefiting both leisure and business travellers by creating a wealth of long-haul connectivity. Qatar Airways chief executive, Akbar Al Baker, said:…

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X Factor has lowest launch ratings since show began

The X Factor returned with an average audience of six million viewers on Saturday night – the lowest launch show ratings since the show began in 2004. Last year’s first episode had an average of 6.8 million viewers. It was still the most watched show of the night with a 32% audience share. Numbers are also likely to rise once consolidated figures are released. Sunday night’s episode had a slight rise in its audience – 6.5 million viewers, up from 6.3 million in 2016. It was again the most watched…

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News: Launch ceremony for Seabourn Ovation in Italy

Seabourn has marked a major construction milestone with a traditional coin and launch ceremony for its newest ship, Seabourn Ovation.The ceremony took place at the Fincantieri shipyard in Sestri, Italy. Seabourn Ovation is set to welcome guests and begin sailing in May 2018. The time-honoured coin and launch ceremony is an enduring maritime tradition that calls for a “madrina” to preside over the celebratory events. Serving in this significant role was Jan Stearman, Seabourn’s longest-serving female shipboard team member, who joined the company 22 years ago, and a well-known and…

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Why I Quit My Job to Launch a Global Cooking Platform

In this special guest post, we hear from Laurie Vaquer, founder of soon-to-be-launched Take Me Cooking, a platform that will enable local cooks to share their cooking with travelers around the world. Her inspiration comes from a particular trip to Zanzibar. (Bonus: She shares some of her favorite Zanzibari recipes.) Ingredients for a Zanzibari feast. All photos by Laurie Vaquer. In the past few years, I’ve gone to Zanzibar three times, and I’d return in a heartbeat. My second visit was in December 2015. I was staying with friends in…

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