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Emirates Launches New Service to Boston

Monday, March 17, 2014

Airline’s eighth US gateway connects passengers and cargo to New England hub

Karachi /DUBAI, March 17, 2014 — Emirates, a global connector of people and places, launched its daily, non-stop service between Dubai and Boston today. Boston becomes the airline’s eighth US destination and the 142th on its global network which links key tourism and trading destinations across six continents.

The inaugural flight EK237 departed from Terminal 3, Dubai International at 09:45 hours, carrying a
delegation of senior airline executives including: Tim Clark, President, Emirates Airline; Adel Al Redha, Emirates’ Executive Vice President & Chief Operations Officer; Hubert Frach, Emirates’ Divisional Senior Vice President Commercial Operations West; and Hiran Perera, Emirates’ Senior Vice President Cargo Planning and Freighters.

Also travelling on the inaugural flight was a VIP delegation from the UAE including: His Excellency Abdulrahman Saif Al Ghurair, Chairman, Dubai Chamber; His Excellency Mohammad Khamis Bin Harib Al Muhairi, Director General, The National Council of Tourism and Antiquities; Rahul Agarwal, Manager of Recruiting, McKinsey & Co; Chadi Chahine, Chief Financial Officer, Smith Nephew.

Emirates will operate daily flights between the two cities with a Boeing 777-200LR aircraft in a three-class configuration, offering eight seats in First Class, 42 in Business Class and 216 in Economy Class.

“We are extremely upbeat about our new Boston service. From the moment we first announced plans to connect Massachusetts to our global network, we have received a strong and positive response from travellers and our business customers – not only in the US, but also in our home market of the UAE, and other major cities Asia, Africa and the Middle East,” said Tim Clark, President, Emirates Airline. “Emirates’ inaugural flight today carries passengers from the UAE and 39 other destinations, illustrating the reach of our global network, and the potential tourism and trade opportunities of our daily service. We thank our friends in Boston and Massachusetts for the warm welcome and look forward to serving this exciting city and state.”

U. Delegation departs from Dubai International

In addition to passengers, Emirates SkyCargo will operate bellyhold cargo space to help transport goods to and from Boston – such electronics, medical equipment, pharmaceuticals, machine parts, leather products, consumer commodities, as well as New England’s finest lobster. Emirates SkyCargo can carry up to 15 tonnes per day.

“Massachusetts is increasingly becoming more competitive in the commercial and economic landscape,” Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick commented. “Emirates’ new Boston service will help the Commonwealth facilitate commerce and trade, allowing Massachusetts to be a strong force and have more access to a global market.”

More than 50 Boston-based companies operate in the UAE, and in excess of 150 companies have operations throughout Central Asia. Considered a centre for education and research, the region around Boston has more 270 colleges and universities, and each year as many as 44,000 foreign students call New England home during the school term.

One of the oldest cities in North America, Boston is also a popular tourist destination, with an abundance of cultural and historical landmarks.

“Boston is one of the leading U.S. destinations for foreign and domestic tourists, and currently opens its doors to nearly 12 million visitors a year. Today we are happy to extend a special welcome to those travelling with Emirates,” John Barros, Chief of Economic Development for the City of Boston, said.
“Emirates’ expansion into Boston underscores this city’s stature as a global cultural and business hub and we foresee many benefits to this new partnership.”

Beginning today, EK237 will depart Dubai at 09:45 and arrive in Boston at 15:15. The return flight, EK238, will take off from Boston at 23:15 and land in Dubai at 19:30 the next day.

Emirates began passenger services to America in 2004 with the launch of daily non-stop flights from New York JFK to Dubai, and now offers daily flights to Washington, Houston, Dallas, Seattle, San Francisco, and Los Angeles.

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Emirates SkyCargo Honours Local Agents

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

KARACHI:  March 11, 2014 – Emirates SkyCargo, the freight division of Emirates, presented its top cargo agents with special achievement awards at dedicated events held recently in Lahore and Karachi. These awards recognized the important role of cargo agents and forwarders in contributing to the Emirates SkyCargo’s success during 2013.

The Honourable Mr Obaid Al Kaabi, Second Secretary of the UAE Consulate, attended the Karachi ceremony and distributed awards with Mr Khalid Bardan, Emirates Vice President for Pakistan and Mr Faisal Yaqoob,Emirates Cargo Managerfor Pakistan.

“It has been a challenging yet rewarding year for Emirates SkyCargo. I am grateful for the continued support of all our cargo agents and would like to thank them for their contribution and for delivering such a consistently high-quality performance,” said Mr Bardan.

“Emirates SkyCargo operations in Pakistan continue to register a strong performance with load factors increasing over time, indicating Pakistan’s strong potential for continued growth in cargo and we look forward to an even better performance in 2014. I would like to thank all my colleagues for their fantastic efforts and congratulate all our winners,” he added.

The Karachi event, which was attended by 120 people from the cargo industry, was held at the Movenpick Hotel while the Lahore event, which was held at the Pearl Continental Hotel, was attended by 110 guests.

The criteria of the awards, which are held annually, were based on the revenue generated by the agents and their overall performance in the market.

“Emirates Sky Cargo’s success can be attributed to the consistent quality of our products, services and our ability to deliver to our customers over the years and we hope to keep achieving record-breaking heights in the future as well,” said Mr Yaqoob, Emirates Cargo Manager for Pakistan. “We have always valued our relationships with our cargo partners, and these awards are to recognise their commitment and contribution to Emirates SkyCargo”.

In November last year, Emirates SkyCargo added Sialkot to its route network in Pakistan, with four flights weekly from the city known as the industrial hub of Pakistan.

Since services commenced in 1985, Emirates SkyCargo has built a reputation for leading the industry in innovation, flexibility and service. It has received numerous international awards, including ‘Cargo Airline of the Year 2013’ (Air Cargo Week), ‘Cargo Airline of the Year 2013’, ‘Best Middle East Cargo Airline’ (both Air Cargo News), ‘Best Air Cargo Carrier Middle East’ (AFSCA), ‘Cargo Operator of the Year’ (SCATA) and ‘Air Cargo Excellence Award’ (Air Cargo World).

Winners list

Agent Name

1 Cargo Express
2 Pioneer Express (Pvt.) Ltd.
3 Eastern Cargo Centre
4 DHL Pakistan (Pvt.)Ltd.
5 Universal Freight Systems(Pvt.) Ltd.
6 Agility Logistics(Pvt.) Ltd.
7 Inter Fret Consolidators (Pvt.) Ltd.
8 International Cargo Services(Pvt.) Ltd.
9 PK Logistics & Supply Chain Management(Pvt.) Ltd.

1 DHL Pakistan(Pvt.) Ltd.
2 Raaziq International(Pvt.) Ltd.
3 Continental Freight System
4 International Cargo Services
5 Pakistan Cargo Services(Pvt.) Ltd.

2 Pakistan Cargo Services(Pvt.) Ltd.
3 Karachi Cargo Services
4 Speedy World Wide
5 Rapid Cargo(Pvt.) Ltd.
6 PCA Cargo (Pvt.) Ltd.

1 Trade International Logistics
2 Aero Freight Systems (Pvt.) Ltd.
3 Trade International Logistics

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Ufone overhauls systems to enhance customer experience

Friday, March 21, 2014

Karachi, March 21, 2014:– Ufone,an Etisalat group company and one of the leading cellular operators in Pakistan, has initiated a system upgrade in order to better serve its customers, which also reflects its customer-centered policies and vision of putting customers first.

The operator has recently upgraded its data warehouse to a state of the art system enabling a laser sharp focus on its ability to serve customers proactively and also to create a delightful customer experience for its subscribers.

“The current year will be extremely challenging as well as full of opportunities for the Pakistan telecom industry, “said Mr. Saad Muzaffar Waraich, Chief Officer Information Technology at Ufone. He added, “Doing more with less and doing it faster than we could yesterday is the order of the day. The Teradata upgrade will enable us to not lose sight of what is most important to us — customer intimacy”

The robust and fully integrated Teradata platform delivers a 360-degree customer view using data from multiple source systems, extending insights from the platform to commercial applications of analytics that intelligently drive cross-selling and up-selling, enable customer centricity in marketing strategies, customize offers for each individual customer, target micro-segments, and predict customer behavior.

“Challenging times lie ahead for those organizations who do not have a vision to integrate technology with their business, Ufone is one of the few organizations which recognize the potential in latest technology to advance their business with strategies that are destined to push and challenge the status quo.” said KhuramRahat, managing director, Teradata Pakistan, Afghanistan, Bangladesh. He further added, “I am proud of our long standing partnership and shared vision for leveraging the best out of technology to benefit end users.”

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Ufone introduces Super 5 offer

Friday, March 21, 2014

Karachi: March 21, 2014: Ufone, an Etisalat group company and one of the leading telecom operators in the country, has once again put the customers first with the introduction of its Super 5 offer at an incredibly low rate.

Through this package all Ufone customers will be able to make unlimited calls to Ufone, PTCL and Vfone numbers from 5am till 5pm, at incredibly low charges of Rs 5+tax per day. In addition, the customers will also be able to send unlimited SMS to all local networks. The offer can be subscribed to by dialing *5252#.

Speaking about this well thought out offer, Mr. Taimur Cheema General Manager Marketing, Ufone said, “Introduction of this new offer reflects our customer-centric policies at Ufone. We aim to provide the highest level of customer services without compromising on the quality, which is the sole reason we have a large number of satisfied customers.” “This offer is part of our philosophy of providing superior services, besides our tireless efforts to reward the consumers.” He further added.

The unique thing about this offer is that it can be subscribed as many times as the customer wants, with additional minutes being added to his account upon re-subscription.

About Ufone: Ufone the leader in innovation is an Etisalat Group Company with its presence in all the major cities of Pakistan along with a comprehensive coverage across all major towns, villages and tehsil headquarters of the country. The company employs more than 3,850 people and operates with a network of more than 380 franchises and 23 company-owned customer service centers along with a distribution network of 150,000 outlets nationwide.

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Competency Development Centers seek to enhance capabilities

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Lahore, March 27, 2014: In line with its policy of empowering its people, Coca-Cola Beverages Pakistan Limited (CCBPL) has recently constructed and brought into operation two state-of-the-arts Competency Development Centers (CDC), in Karachi and Lahore respectively. These facilities will serve to enhance skills and capabilities of CCBPL employees through vocational education to be imparted by world renowned organization, City & Guilds of the U.K.

Coca-Cola Picture Release

The CDCs in Karachi and Lahore became operational on March 5 and March 7, respectively. These facilities will help CCPBL employee’s gain valuable learning of international standards, which reflect the company’s commitment to its people.

CCBPL’s Director of Human Resources, Amara Bashir, said, “This is an initiative that is the first of its kind, as it is a great milestone for CCBPL. We strongly believe that investing in people is essential for achieving organizational growth.”

CCBPL’s top strategic priority is to equip its employees with comprehensive trainings on core business requirements. The Company utilizes the latest technologies within the Coca-Cola system for its operations. The CDC curriculum is designed to complement these technological changes by developing a training curriculum for its employees.

City & Guilds is a leading organization that provides training services to providers, employers, and trainees across a variety of sectors to meet the needs of today’s business environment. Its qualifications are valued by employers and delivered to over 10,000 training centers across the world to help individuals develop their talents and abilities for future career progression.

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EBM speaks up for Consumer Rights

Monday, March 31, 2014

KARACHI, March 31, 2014 Pakistan’s leading biscuit manufacturing company, English Biscuit Manufacturers (Pvt.) Limited (EBM), joined the discourse on consumer rights and protection laws at the ‘Putting the Consumer First’ panel discussion held on March 27, 2014. This panel discussion was organized by Helpline Trust at a local hotel today to commemorate World Consumer Rights Day. Mr. Yousuf Ali, General Manager Sales & Marketing, represented EBM at this panel discussion.

The objective of the event was to realize and promote the rights of consumers, and to demand the implementation of these rights for consumers’ protection from market abuse and social injustices. The theme of this panel discussion covered a wide range of topics related to consumer protection laws, enforcement of standards and the role of consumer protection organizations in monitoring and enforcing these laws.

Speaking about EBM’s philosophy of putting the consumer first, Mr. Yousuf Ali said: “Our consumers’ health and satisfaction is our foremost concern. We enforce strict quality control at every stage of the manufacturing process, and ensure we address and resolve consumer complaints on high priority. We manufacturers endeavour to create excellent brands and keep our promise to our consumers. It is the responsibility of legislators and regulators to discourage counterfeit and low quality product makers, and provide a level playing field.”

Mr A. Hamid Maker, Founder Trustee of Helpline Trust, opened the event. Ms. Sharmila Faruqi, Advisor to the Chief Minister of Sindh, was the Chief Guest of this event. Ms. Ambreen Waheed, Founder & Advisor, RBI-Responsible Business Initiative, was the Keynote Speaker. Other participants included senior members from the various consumer industries.

English Biscuit Manufacturers (Private) Limited, the maker of Peek Freans biscuits, was established in 1967 as the first manufacturer of wholesome, hygienic packaged biscuits in Pakistan. For over 45 years, EBM has been a symbol of trust and confidence for consumers, making it the leading biscuit manufacturer of Pakistan. EBM is the first biscuit company in Pakistan to have achieved ISO 14001, ISO 9001 and HACCP certifications. The Peek Freans brand also enjoys the internationally acclaimed Superbrands status.

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