22-28 July 2016 #818

Uniting the world

Qatar Airways has renewed its partnership with FC Barcelona for another season. FCB’s first team will sport the name of the carrier on its jerseys until 30 June 2017. Since entering a strategic three-year partnership in July 2013, the airlines has featured the team in its safety video and launched successful campaigns building on the concept of ‘a team that unites the world’.

Turkish back to US

Turkish Airlines has resumed its flights to the US from 19 July. The decision came after the FAA withdrew the recent order to ban carriers – regardless of country of registry – to fly to the US from Turkey either directly or via a third country. With the prohibition lifted, Turkish Airlines has resumed its 6.45 am Istanbul to New York flight.

Lucky three

Etihad Airways received three prestigious awards at this year’s Skytrax World Airline Awards. It won in the World’s Best First Class Airline, World’s Best First Class Onboard Catering, and World’s Best First Class Airline Seat for its First Apartments and Suites categories.

Daily to Doha

Himalaya Airlines has commenced daily direct flights to Doha, Qatar, with the existing flight departure time of 11 pm from Kathmandu, and arrival at 1.30 am in Doha. The return flight leaves Doha at 2.30 am and lands at 10.15 am in Kathmandu.