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Emirates Ups Services to India

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Emirates, a global connector of people and places will expand its A380 network to 28 destinations, when it launches a daily A380 service to Mumbai International Airport on 21st July.

EK 500 and EK 501 between Dubai and Mumbai will be up-scaled to a three-class A380 aircraft, representing with a capacity increase of 2,127 seats per week in each direction. This offers passengers flying to India from key destinations in North America and Europe the chance to experience Emirates’ hugely popular flagship aircraft on this route.

In addition, Emirates will deploy larger Boeing 777 aircraft to Delhi and Hyderabad to serve growing demand. Delhi will have 980 additional one-way weekly seats while Hyderabad will increase its capacity to add 672 one-way weekly seats.

A combined total of 3,779 one-way weekly seats will be deployed on Mumbai, Delhi, and Hyderabad through these aircraft upgrades. This follows the recent bilateral discussions between the governments of Dubai and India, which provided a phased increase of 11,000 seats for Dubai carriers.

“Air transport is an important economic driver. It facilitates trade and tourism, and has a multiplier effect through direct and indirect job creation. Emirates has been serving India since our founding year in 1985, and it is our largest market today which we serve with 185 flights each week. We look forward to working with the new Government in India to grow India’s economy through enhanced aviation connectivity and to realize India’s ambition to grow its international aviation market to 85 million passengers by 2020,” said Ahmed Khoory, Emirates’ Senior Vice President, Commercial Operations- West Asia & Indian Ocean.

India’s National Council of Applied Economic Research (NCAER) recently modelled the impact of Emirates up-gauging daily services to Mumbai from Boeing 777s to an Airbus A380. The annual incremental economic benefit from up-gauging one service is US$8.3 million in additional GDP per return flight and the creation and support of over 1,000 jobs.

The Emirates A380 operating on the Mumbai route will feature 14 private First Class suites, 76 Business Class lie-flat seats and a spacious cabin for 399 Economy Class passengers.

On board, passengers can experience a range of unique facilities in all cabins – from the famous Shower Spas in First Class, to the A380 Onboard Lounge where passengers in the premium cabins can relax in a social environment during the flight; as well as 11.4” touch screen LED personal TVs.

Passengers across all cabins can enjoy up to 1,800 channels of the latest movies, TV shows and music from around the world alongside a range of games on the award-winning ice inflight entertainment system. The latest technology allows passengers to stay connected throughout the flight with high-speed Wi-Fi access and mobile phone and data services.

“Many customers specifically book their flights to our destinations knowing that they will have the chance to fly on the A380. Now that Mumbai is being added to our global network of A380 destinations, I’m sure this will come as welcome news to many of our passengers across Europe and North America who can now fly all the way from their origin point of departure to Mumbai exclusively on the A380,” said Ahmed Khoory.

Emirates currently has 48 A380s in service, more than any other airline globally. Emirates received 12 of the giant double decker aircraft over the last year. More than 25 million passengers have travelled on the Emirates A380 since it was first launched in 2008.

Emirates operates 185 flights per week to 10 gateways in India. This offers travelers on Emirates global network, which includes 85 cities in the Americas, Europe, Africa and Middle East, a range of convenient flight options to one of Asia’s most exciting leisure and business destinations.

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Emirates’ A380 was last in India on 12th March at the Indian Airshow in Hyderabad.

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Emirates’ Shower Spas in First Class on the A380

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Emirates unique A380 Onboard Lounge for First and Business Class passengers

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Nofeka, a new online retailer platform launched

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By Our Reporter

Nofeka, a new Ugandan online retailer platform has been launched. The new platform comes at a time when there is limited movement of people and access to food markets and produce stores due to the on going COVID-19 pandemic.

Kiyega Daniel the retailer’s founder and CEO says its thus the right time to launch an online retailer platform that also does deliveries so as to ease life for Ugandans mostly those affected by movement restrictions.

With an offering of a wide range of products ranging from groceries, clothing to electronics, furniture and toiletries among others, the retailer’s founder Kiyega says they are targeting to have at least 10,000 orders a month with in one year.

This, according to the firm’s projections, will grow to 1 million orders a month 5 years down the road as they step out of Uganda into East Africa and Africa at large.

Download the Nofeka app on Google Play or Apple store or visit their website  to get started.

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Fin tech app, Cash Chat to reward users with mobile phones

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Asher Namanya, the founder and developer of Cash Chat App

Asher Namanya, the founder and developer of Cash Chat App

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Financial technology app, Cash chat that has been giving opportunities to those looking at sustainable self employment through signing up on it and signing up other users for a commission has expanded its offering.

With over 100000 users across East Africa, the app has new features and customers can now do a number of other things like chat, make calls for free on the app, send money abroad and win great prizes!

In partnership with Pixan Uganda, all new customers who sign up to cash chat now by downloading the app, becoming members and take a picture of themselves and their phone showing the app will win brand new Pixan M9 phones, power banks and other accessories.

Cash chat now also gives members a chance to make additional money through bringing adverts onto the platform for a commission and saving on the app where they can earn good interest on the cash chat savings product.

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Infinix to Unveil a Smartphone Beyond Performance

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By Staff Writer

Infinix Mobility as a tech company has continuously proved extremely impressive in the smartphone industry with its latest upcoming device, the NOTE7 aimed at providing users with an ultimate smartphone experience at a reasonable price.

The NOTE7 is the successor of the NOTE6 which was launched last year in July. The Infinix NOTE series have been known for their big battery, performance power consumption and fast charging among many other remarkable features. Although previous NOTE series come with an X-pen as seen in the NOTE4 Pro and NOTE5 stylus and NOTE6, it is rumored that the NOTE7 does not come with an X-pen but is said to be upgraded with more functions.

The NOTE7 is said to come with a 6.95-inch display which is much larger than its predecessor (Note 6) with quad-rear cameras with a 48MP with f/1.79 aperture, a 25mm 2MP macro lens, a 2MP depth sensor, and a low light video camera with front-facing punch-hole camera as the selfie camera. 

Infinix is said to have made a major upgrade with the NOTE7’s internal storage capacity of from the usual 64GB to 128GB expandable to 258GB with a change in the finger print scanner position from the back of the device to the side-mounted position and a massive 5000mAh battery, the first of its kind for the NOTE series which have been powered by a 4000 mAh battery.

The Infinix NOTE 7 is also said to run on a 1.7GHz Octa-core Mediatek Helio G70 gaming CPU which seems perfect for gamers.

Rumor also has it that Infinix Uganda has partnered with the one of the biggest network service providers in Uganda, Airtel to launch the Infinix flagship of 2020 with something special for the NOTE7 customers.

The new device to be launched is said to come with two model options that is Infinix Note 7 and Note 7 Lite and both devices will be available in three colors.

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Great Lakes Energy Company donates 5 Brand New Cars to COVID-19 Taskforce

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Great Lakes Energy Company has donated five brand new Nissan Double Cabin Pick-ups to the Covid-19 national taskforce.

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Great Lakes Energy Company (GLE) has handed over five brand new Nissan Double Cabin Pick-ups worth 134,300 US Dollars (approximately UG Shillings 507.6m) to Hon. Mary Okurut, the Minister In Charge of General Duties and the head of the Government Covid-19 taskforce.

The five cars will help transport medical workers and distribute food across Uganda as the country continues to curb the COVID-19 pandemic.

GLE has always contributed to the communities that they operate in across Africa by supporting sustainable development projects, mainly in Health, Education and Conservation.

Commenting on the donation, GLE Director Michael Kearns said: “Given the gravity of the ongoing pandemic, we felt it prudent to respond to the President of Uganda’s appeal for additional logistical support to boost the Ministry of Health’s fleet. We are honored to contribute to the alleviation of the COVID-19 pandemic in Uganda by donating these 5-brand new pick-up trucks that will be used to transport food and medical workers to the areas they are needed the most”, he noted.

Speaking on behalf of the COVID-19 taskforce, Hon. Mary Okurut thanked GLE for the donation that will go a long way in providing additional support to the taskforce as it implements the different interventions to curb the spread of the virus.

Guided by two main pillars of strengthening healthcare infrastructure and providing assistance to the most vulnerable communities, GLE allocates funds, separate to the operational business expenditure, to support chosen philanthropic and Corporate Social investment endeavors. Last year, the company worked with local partners to fund a health outreach activity in Rushere district as well as a youth sports tournament to teach Uganda youth about teamwork and leadership.

This donation is part of Janus Continental Group’s Africa-wide COVID-19 response and shows the huge potential of public and private sector partnership, bolstering the efforts of civil society and healthcare institutions. Standing together with governments and societies, JCG is guided by the WHO call for whole-of-government and whole-of-society approach in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.

In January 2019, GLE completed the $25 million Uganda-based Kabulasoke solar power plant developed in conjunction with the Uganda Electricity Transmission Company Ltd. The 24MW solar power plant, which is already connected to the national grid, serves over five million people in rural Uganda.

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