Emirates boosts Saudi services
Emirates will add a total of 129 additional services to and from the
Kingdom of Saudi Arabia across August, September and October, adding to
the carrier’s already robust service schedule.
An Emirates flight
Jeddah and Riyadh will benefit from the extra services put in place
to serve the thousands of people travelling to the Kingdom throughout
Ramadan and Eid.
“We expect travel to the Kingdom to increase significantly across the
coming three months. The additional services will help ease the flow of
traffic and offer more options to those wishing to travel for both
religious and leisure purposes,” said Commercial Operations Gulf, Middle
East and Iran Senior Vice President Ahmed Khoory.
A total of 75 additional flights will operate to and from Jeddah
throughout August and September, with Riyadh receiving 54 extra services
until the end of October this year.
Emirates received permission from the Saudi authorities to operate a
portion of these flights for Umrah passengers and the remainder of the
flights for regular traffic.
“With one of the largest fleets in the world and a global network of
104 destinations Emirates has the capacity and the resources to connect
travellers, through Dubai, to the Kingdom easily and efficiently. There
is a high demand for travel to the Kingdom from across our network and
these enhanced services will ensure travel remains fluid and stress free
for our passengers.” Khoory said.
The new flights will be serviced by a mix of A330 and Boeing 777
aircraft, operating in either a two or three class configuration.
Emirates currently operates to four gateways in Saudi Arabia
including; Jeddah, Riyadh, Dammam and until September 24 Medinah al
Samsung launches new mobile phones
Samsung Electronics, a leading mobile phone provider, expanded its
mobile phones portfolio with the launch of two, ‘future beyond’, next
generation Smartphones - Samsung Wave and Samsung Galaxy S. Samsung Wave
is the first mobile handset to be released on Samsung’s proprietary,
‘open’ mobile platform bada. Together, the Samsung Wave and the
Android-powered Galaxy S Smartphones promise to deliver a more
intuitive, immersive and integrative experience for consumers.
Samsung Country Manager Shankar Narayan said “Consumers today relate
to their mobiles as communication hubs - as personal gateways to
communicate with friends, family and the world at large.
The Smartphone era is here and we at Samsung are committed to making
Smartphones available for everyone. And Samsung bada, our new mobile
platform is the key driver for our global smartphone strategy.
The word bada in Korean means ocean. bada, our open operating system,
embodies the meaning and features of the spacious ocean: it can
accommodate the various applications created by developers and it
provides an interesting space that offers endless enjoyment to its
“We have been focusing more on open OS mobiles recently since many
key characteristics of smartphones are becoming more and more important,
especially mobile internet, messaging features, strong third party
applications and flexibility for customization.
In the open OS area, our strategy is to be there with whatever
customers want. That is the reason we are offering mobiles based on the
Android, Windows and now bada platform in the Sri Lankan market”,
Samsung Wave is the first Smartphone with Samsung’s own proprietary
operating system - bada. Samsung’s bada platform allows mobile users to
simply and easily download an abundance of applications from Samsung
Apps, an integrated application store accessible from the device and
Featuring a wealth of games, social networking, health and lifestyle
applications, Samsung Apps gives users instant access to a huge choice
of mobile experiences.
The Android-powered Samsung Galaxy S has the power to enrich people’s
lives through its best-in-class services and technologies. It will
introduce people to the concept of the “Smart Life” - a smartphone
experience that is simple, organized and integrated; one that enriches
the lives of users.
It features a dazzlingly bright 4-inch Super AMOLED screen, a 1 GHz
application processor and Samsung’s latest intuitive TouchWiz 3.0
user-interface (UI), giving users instant access to their mobile lives.
Smart Life is further enabled through intuitive, integrative
features, including the Swype text input service, the rich augmented
reality browser, Layar, Social Hub Integrated Phonebook, Downloadable
EBook, Think Free Office, Wireless Tethering and the powerful Android
2.1 operating System.
Samsung Mobiles are available at 600 Dealer points across all
provinces of the Island. The Company through its National Distribution
Partner (JKOA) recently appointed nine re-distributors to manage its
expanding sales network in the country. Samsung has appointed ‘The Phone
Company’ as the National Service Franchisee for Sri Lanka.
The company has set up six new Service centres in Colombo, Galle,
Kandy and Trincomalee and will be very shortly setting up service
centres in Ratnapura, Anuradhapura and Pollonnaruwa which will extend
service to the entire North East part of the country.
ComBank in Eheliyagoda
The Commercial Bank’s Managing Director Amitha Gooneratne
opening the new branch. The Branch Manager Darshana
Wickramasinghe (left) and Uva Sabaragamuwa Region, Regional
Manager - Chanura Wijetillake look on.
The Commercial Bank of Ceylon has opened a branch in Eheliyagoda, in
a spacious building with ample parking facilities at No, 71, Main
The bank’s 182nd branch in Sri Lanka is linked to all other
Commercial Bank branches and Supermarket Banking Counters islandwide
permitting online real-time banking. It is also equipped with two ATMs
linked to 370 ATMs of Commercial Bank and over one million ATMs
belonging to the Cirrus (Mastercard network) and Visa networks
ODEL rewards Battaramulla shoppers
ODEL recently presented shopping vouchers to five customers who
attended the opening of its Battaramulla store.
The recipients of these vouchers were Waruni Hettiarachchi, Lushanthi
Hareendra Hewawasam, Indeevari Senanayake, Thushara Sampath Gamage and
The vouchers were presented to them by the Battaramulla store Manager
The ODEL chain now comprises stores at Alexandra Place, Kohuwala,,
Mount Lavinia, Moratuwa, Panadura, Maharagama, Nugegoda (Warehouse),
Dickman’s Road, Ja-ela, Majestic City, Crescat (Backstage), Battaramulla
and the Bandaranaike International Airport.
FGPF exports breeding chicks to Nepal
Fortune G-P Farms (FGPF), an associate company of Bairaha Farms PLC,
exported two consignments of breeding chicks to Nepal recently.
The company exported two consignments of parent broiler breeder
chicks to Nepal last year as well.
This year’s exports generated US$ 22,000 (Rs 2.5 m) and another order
for US$ 17,100 is to be exported to Nepal in early September.
The company’s focus on providing quality products coupled with its
ability to meet stringent deadlines, have confirmed FGPF’s reputation
among poultry breeding companies in Nepal.
The company is the largest and most modern of the two grandparent
farms and hatcheries operating in Sri Lanka.
Local customers among others, include the Bairaha Group, Midland
Breeders, Nelna Farms and NLDB.