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Dnata Honours 40 Years of Partnership

Dnata Honours 40 Years of Partnership (Forimmediaterelease.net) Dnata Travel Services celebrated 40 years of GSA partnership with seven airline customers today at the Dubai Air Show. Maurice Flanagan, Executive Vice Chairman - Emirates Airline&Group, together with Gary Chapman, Emirates President Group Services and Dnata; and Iain Andrew, Divisional Senior Vice President, honoured this long-standing relationship with their airline customers by hosting a commemorative ceremony in the Dnata Chalet today.

Mr. Flanagan acknowledged this milestone in the local travel industry and expressed his thanks to representatives of each customer airline. He also presented a specially-commissioned souvenir to each airline customer representative, as a token of appreciation and to recognise the deep and longstanding relationship between them and Dnata Travel Services, the region’s largest provider of travel management services.

Dnata's partnerships with Air India, British Airways, Gulf Air, Iran Air, Kuwait Airways, Middle East Airlines and Pakistan International Airlines, were signed in 1966 - the first year of Dnata’s operation as a general sales agent.

Mr. Flanagan said: “We extend our deep thanks to our airline partners. In an ever-changing and increasingly competitive travel market, we are grateful to our partners who have stuck with us through thick and thin for forty years. The longevity of these partnerships testify to the commitment from both Dnata and our customers to work together for mutual success.

Over the years they have helped us grow and develop our business, and we too are committed to helping them achieve their commercial goals. We look forward to many more fruitful years of partnership to come.” he added.

Mark Turner, Head of Airline Affairs, Dnata Travel Services added: “The role of the traditional GSA is changing but for the time being will continue to play a pivotal role in supporting airlines maximise their revenues through well crafted distribution and marketing strategies. We make an ideal partner for new entrants to the region who are able to access and capitalise on our regional retail and corporate network as well as local expertise to quickly grow market share.”

Personalise souvenirs of appreciation were presented to: Paul Starrs, Area Commercial Manager, U.A.E, M.E.&Pakistan, British Airways, Freddie Vaz, Regional Head, Air India, Noman Shah, Manager U.A.E&ME, Pakistan International Airlines, M. Mehdi Oskounejad, Area Manager UAE, Iran Air, Othman Othman, Regional Director, Kuwait Airways, Mahfood Al Harthy, Gulf Regional General Manager, Gulf Air and Nizar Khoury, Head of Commercial, Middle East Airlines.

Photo Caption: Maurice Flanagan, Executive Vice Chairman - Emirates Airline&Group, together with Gary Chapman, Emirates President Group Services and Dnata; and Iain Andrew, Divisional Senior Vice President with representatives of the seven airline customers celebrating 40 years of GSA partnership with Dnata Travel Services.

Dnata Contact: Amal Akbar, Dnata Corporate Communications Tel: (+9714) 203 3976, Mob: (+97150)640 4755, Email: amal.akbar@dnata.com, visit: www.ekgroup.com/mediacentre Additional Information: Air India, celebrating 75 years, now operates a twice daily wide-bodied service to Mumbai and Delhi. Dnata representation only in Dubai. Frederick Vaz - Regional Director British Airways celebrating its 75th Anniversary of Middle-East services, currently operates 18 Boeing 777 flights a week to London. Dnata representation only in Dubai and the Northern Emirates. Paul Starrs - Regional Commercial Manager. Pakistan International Airlines operates 40 flights a week to Pakistan (Karachi, Lahore, Peshawar, Multan, Quetta, Faisalabad, Turbat, and Islamabad). Dnata representation only in Dubai. Nauman A Shah - General Manager Iran Air operates 19 flights a week to Iran ( Teheran, Shiraz, Isfahan, and Bandar Abbas). Dnata representation only in Dubai. Mehdi Oskounejad - Area Manager UAE. Gulf Air currently operates 6 daily flights to Bahrain Dnata representation only in Dubai. Mr. Mahfood Al Harthy, Regional General Manager Gulf & KSA Mr.Mohammed Ali, Area Manager Dubai & the Northern Emirates Kuwait Airways currently operates 3 daily flights to Kuwait. Dnata representation only in Dubai. Othman Othman, Senior Regional Director Mr. Mohamed Khayrallah, Manager UAE Middle East Airlines currently operate daily flight service to Beirut. Dnata representation only in Dubai. Mr. Nizar Khoury, Head of Commercial- Beirut Mr. Elias Awad, Manager UAE

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