Business and Economics
Emirates starts on greener road journeys for crew in Dubai

Emirates has revealed that nearly a third of its dedicated fleet of transport buses for cabin crew in Dubai will now operate on biofuel, taking another step forward on its environmental mission to reduce emissions.

The airline’s contracted service provider, Al Wegdaniyah, has committed to operating all road trips with biodiesel provided by Neutral Fuels, one of the UAE’s leading producers of biofuels, utilising locally-sourced, used cooking oil as feedstock.

Emirates commissions a fleet of nearly four dozen buses in Dubai alone, to safely shuttle its cabin crew between their homes and the workplace, clocking an average of 700,000 kilometres in a normal month. Similar to operations in the air, route and schedule planning for ground transport is also an important aspect to maximise transport efficiency and reduce emissions.

The estimated carbon dioxide savings from this initiative alone is 75,000 kg annually, and the airline continues to work with its other transport suppliers to extend this initiative across the transport fleet.
Taj Samudra hosts Oktoberfest from Oct. 8

Taj Samudra Colombo will be celebrating the Oktoberfest 2020 at the Grand Marquee/North lawns. The four-day long celebration will run from October 8 between 6. P.m. to 12 midnight.

The event will have a star-studded lineup of local entertainment comprising of Infinity, Magic Box mix up, Redeemers, 2 Forty 2, DJ Shiran along with emcee Dr Sean.

An A La carte menu with appetizers, mains and desserts along with beverage counters will be on offer for all guests.

This year there will be a host of unique drinks served at the event and guests will get a chance to enjoy and discover hand crafted beverages.

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SLT bill payments made more convenient through LOLC’s iPay

Sri Lanka Telecom recently signed a partnership with LOLC Finance PLC to enable SLT bill payments through the mobile app, iPay. This venture will make the process of bill payments more convenient to all SLT customers.

The MoU was signed by Mr. Kiththi Perera, CEO of SLT and Mr. Conrad Dias – Director/CEO of LOLC Finance PLC.

iPay, a trilingual mobile app caters to the demands of digitalization and mobility in the modern day. It further reduces inconveniences resulting in cash and card transactions, and allows users to make financial transactions any time, from any location. A majority of the leading local banks are partnered with iPay, adding to the ease of the process.

As such, SLT customers can pay their bills to their Sri Lanka Telecom account at the click of a button and enjoy the uninterrupted service. The system provides bill notifications where customers can view the due amount and due date, and receive smart payment reminders from the app. The real time transaction ensures that default and late payments are reduced, giving SLT an opportunity to curtail temporary disconnections and provide enhanced services to its clientele.

Speaking about the partnership, Mr. Conrad Dias – Director/CEO of LOLC Finance PLC said, “We are pleased to tie up with SLT, the National telecommunication service provider that has set benchmarks in the industry. This tie up aims to encourage SLT customers to convert to digital payments through iPay whilst providing them an option that is safe, seamless, quick, and convenient.

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