Emirates today announced the appointment of Anita Thomas to the position of Key Account Manager for Ireland. Anita’s remit will be the Irish corporate market, where she has extensive experience.
Margaret Shannon, Country Manager for Emirates in Ireland, said: “Anita is not only bringing 20 years of airline industry experience to this role, but also a passion and drive that are second to none. She is very well known and respected in the industry and we are really excited that this new role has been created, enabling us to respond directly to what is a hugely important part of our business.”
Anita said: “We have a fantastic team at Emirates and this has made all the difference to our first year of operation in Ireland. It is rare to be part of a new station set-up, so we are in a great position to grow the business and truly feel part of the success story in Ireland. I am looking forward to the new challenge.”
Anita has been with Emirates since its launch in Ireland in January 2012, and enters a role that has evolved as a result of the consistent popularity of the Dublin – Dubai route and the growth in the airline’s corporate customer base.
Anita started her career in Ryanair in 1992 and has worked for a number of international carriers, in the UK and Ireland.
Increased Flights to Colombo
Meanwhile, Emirates will increase capacity on its services to Colombo from 30thJune 2013, with the addition of three more flights per week, operating between Dubai and Colombo on Mondays, Thursdays and Sundays and increasing the number of flights between the two cities to four each day on those days, and taking the total number of weekly Emirates flights serving Colombo to 31.
The additional Dubai – Colombo flight EK 654 will depart Dubai at 06.45 and arrive in Colombo at 12.45. The return flight EK 655 will depart Colombo at 14.10 and arrive in Dubai at 16.55.
“This increase in capacity to Colombo demonstrates Emirates’ continuing commitment to the destination,” said Chandana de Silva, Emirates’ Area Manager for Sri Lanka and Maldives. “The demand for seats to Colombo is increasing and these additional flights will enable more people to visit the city whether to visit friends and family, for leisure or on business.”
The three new flights will be operated with Boeing 777-300ER aircraft in two class configuration, adding 126 Business Class and 1,158 Economy Class seats each way per week on the route, as well as 23 tonnes of additional capacity for cargo per flight.
Both cabins are equipped with Emirates’ award-winning ice entertainment system with up to 1,400 channels on-demand entertainment to choose from, including movies, television programmes, games, audio books and music from across the world.
As with all Emirates flights, passengers on the new Dubai – Colombo services will have a baggage allowance of 30kg in Economy Class and 40kg in Business Class.
Emirates commenced services to Colombo in April 1986. The Sri Lankan capital is served by a triple daily service from Dubai – with one stopping in The Maldives, as well as a daily flight from Singapore.