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Emirates Ties Up With Lastminute.Com

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 18 months.

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."

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