See following release issued for Emirates Airline:
Media Release 13 December 2006
Emirates Ties Up With Lastminute.Com To Offer Great Hotel Deals
Dubai-based international airline Emirates has tied up with lastminute.com, the UK's largest hotel intermediary, which
will provide customers access to more than 100,000 three- to five-star hotels in 59 countries via the airline's website.
Hotel options will be promoted on emirates.com under the heading "Book a hotel" and will service customers' global hotel
needs across 59 international markets where Emirates operates. The agreement will be live on emirates.com for an initial
The service will give customers access to more than 100,000 city and resort-based hotels worldwide, with access to
lastminute.com's full range of luxury, holiday and hip hotels. It will initially be available in English with customers
able to pay for their accommodation in pounds sterling, US dollars and the euro. A wider range of languages and currency
will be introduced in the future.
Emirates, which flies four times daily from New Zealand to Dubai and beyond via Australia, is one of the fastest growing
airlines in the world. It now flies to 88 cities in 59 countries with one of the youngest fleets of 100 wide-bodied
Boeing and Airbus aircraft in the skies.
Ghaith Al Ghaith, Emirates' Executive Vice President Commercial Operations Worldwide, said: "We're delighted to be
working with lastminute.com which will give our valued customers access to a wide range of hotels the world over. The
deal enables Emirates to offer an enhanced online product and reinforces our commitment to provide the very best in
customer service and facilities.
"Lastminute.com's vast range of hotel content complements our online product and is pivitol to this relationship. We are
confident this new service will be welcomed by all our customers.
"Emirates prides itself on its award-winning service both in the air and on the ground and this new deal exemplifies the
fact that we're always in the vanguard of industry innovations."