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AT CES 2014, LATEST SMART APPLIANCES FROM LG CHAT WITH USERS VIA MOBILE MESSENGER

Tuesday, December 31st, 2013

LG Enables Customers to Use Popular LINE Messaging App to Communicate with Smart Appliances Using Natural Language

KARACHI / SEOUL, Dec. 31, 2013 — LG Electronics (LG) will showcase its next generation of smart innovations and technologies that take advantage of Natural Language Processing (NLP) to allow customers to communicate, control, monitor and share content with LG home appliances via the popular mobile messenger, LINE, and LG’s HomeChat TM service.

With HomeChat, there is no learning curve because it was designed to be used with one of today’s most popular and free mobile messenger, LINE. With 310 million users worldwide, LINE is available on all major smartphone platforms: Android, iPhone, Windows Phone, BlackBerry and Nokia Asha as well as desktops and laptops running Microsoft Windows and Mac OS X. With HomeChat, there is no need to learn new commands or add another remote control to the coffee table. Everything homeowners need to communicate with their LG smart appliance is on their smartphone or desktop.

“Always at the forefront of innovation, LG is continually striving to inspire smarter consumer lifestyles in meaningful ways,” said Seong-jin Jo, president and CEO of the LG Electronics Home Appliance Company. “We’re excited to be able to bring to CES our smart appliances with the newest communication and intelligence capabilities.”

2014 LG smart appliance owners will be able to control all their compatible appliances using HomeChat on a single device, for a level of convenience never experienced before. Simply texting “I’m going on vacation” in HomeChat will result in the automatic response, “Should I convert to vacation mode?” which when replied in the affirmative, will turn on the refrigerator’s power-saving mode, set the robotic vacuum cleaner to sweep the floor at 09:00 every day and set the washing machine to run a wash cycle on the day before your return. Available initially in English and Korean with more languages in the pipeline.

A Complete Food Management System
Thanks to the messaging capabilities of HomeChat, new LG smart appliance owners will be able to receive real time status updates from their refrigerators no matter where they are. Family members can upload photos to the fridge from their smartphones using LINE and displayed on the refrigerator’s display panel.

What’s more, Smart Manager transforms the refrigerator into a complete food management system. Customers can use the LCD panel or their smartphones through the LG Smart Refrigerator app to check what’s inside without opening the door. With the Smart Manager’s Freshness Tracker, users can input various foods and check their expiration dates. Smart Manager also has the capability to recommend dishes to prepare based on the ingredients available in the refrigerator.

So Much More Than a Vacuum
The HOM-BOT SQUARE can be programmed to clean at set times in accordance with the needs and personal preferences of the user. Homeowners can check the cleaning history by asking HOM-BOT SQUARE “When did you last clean?” using HomeChat. The vacuum cleaner will then respond via HomeChat: “10:50 started cleaning with zigzag mode; 11:30 completed cleaning with zigzag mode.” Moreover, HOM-BOT SQUARE’s movement can be manually controlled using HomeChat.

A Washing Machine That Thinks For You
Using HomeChat, users can download up-to-date wash cycles to suit their personal needs and also receive recommendations via HomeChat if a wash cycle has been updated and needs to be downloaded again. HomeChat can also be used to remotely start a load of laundry, monitor the status of the washer, and receive push alerts via smartphone or LG Smart TV when a wash cycle is completed.

Recipe Recommendations with LG’s Smart Oven
With HomeChatTM and Recipe Search, users can converse with their smart oven to recommend recipes for specific dishes and find out which ingredients are needed for it. Conveniently, the oven will then auto-select the appropriate settings, which helps users to avoid the hassle of having to manually set the cooking mode. Also, LG’s smart oven app provides alerts when recipe updates become available, encouraging family members to whip up new and interesting meals.

Greater Convenience with NFC
With NFC Tagging and Smart Diagnosis™, customers can resolve minor issues without expensive and inconvenient home technician visits. NFC tagging also allows owners to download new wash cycles for LG washing machines

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Emirates says ‘Hello 2014’ with new global sale announcement

Monday, December 23rd, 2013

Karachi, December 23, 2013: Emirates airline customers who have made a New Year’s resolution to see more of the world can now say Hello to 2014 with some very attractive fares in both Business Class and Economy Class.

Bookings to all destinations across Emirates’ network on six continents have to be made between 24th December 2013 to 7th January 2014, for travel between the 1st February and the 15th June 2014.

“What better way to begin 2014 by travelling to a destination that you have never been to, or making that much promised visit to a friend or family member,” said Khalid Bardan, Emirates’ Vice President – Pakistan and Afghanistan. “We’ve combined the great flight connections offered by our global network with great special fares and by doing so we hope to help our Pakistani customers fulfil their travel aspirations in 2014.”

All inclusive Business Class fares Karachi start at PKR 183,354 to Europe, PKR 200,558 to the Far East and Australasia and PKR 215,926 to Africa; with Economy Class fares starting at PKR 53,636 to Europe, PKR 58,208 to the Far East and Australasia and PKR 81,024 to Africa.

In addition to the above, Dubai continues to be a preferred holiday destination for Pakistanis. With the Dubai Shopping Festival primed for next month, it makes the city the perfect destination to visit and experience an unparalleled shopping experience. Other than the shopping extravaganza, Dubai also offers exciting Desert Safaris, Arabian cruises, parasailing and skydiving.

Other than that, a total of eight new destinations have been added to the Emirates network since the beginning of 2013 including Stockholm, Tokyo Haneda and Clark in the Philippines; with Taipei, Kiev and Boston to join the network in early 2014.

It is not only the destinations that are increasing, Emirates also continues to add the latest aircraft to its fleet which now stands at 210 in including 41 Airbus A380s flying to 24 destinations.

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Emirates Airline Arrives in Afghanistan

Wednesday, December 4th, 2013

Celebrates its first flight to Kabul, its 138th global destination
Karachi / DUBAI, 4 December 2013 – Emirates, a global connector of people and places today commenced its newest service, to Kabul the capital of Afghanistan.

Emirates flight EK 640 touched down in Kabul International Khwaja Rawash Airport at 13.15 hours. On board was a VIP delegation including: H.E. Dr Najibullah Mojadidi, Afghanistan Ambassador in UAE; H.E. Atiqullah Atifmal, Afghan Consul General in Dubai, and Yousif Ali, UAE Ambassador to Afghanistan; Abdullah Suwaidan – Deputy Director, Inward Missions – Dubai Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing; Adel Al Redha, Executive Vice President and Chief Operations Officer, Emirates Airline; and Majid Al Mualla, Divisional Senior Vice President Commercial Operations – Centre, Emirates.

The flight was greeted on its arrival in Kabul by a senior delegation from Afghanistan including; H.E. Dr Daoud Ali Najafi, Minister of Transport Afghanistan; H.E. Captain Hamid Zaher Ustaz, Technical and Operations Deputy Minister; Ghulam Nabi Farahi, Deputy Minister of Information and Culture and Tourism; H.E. Malik Quraishi, Chief of Staff, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Allahnoor Sailab – Area Manager Afghanistan, Emirates.

Kabul is the 138th destination on the Emirates route network, and Afghanistan is the 78th country it serves.

“Emirates is always striving to connect people”, said Adel Al Redha, Executive Vice President and Chief Operations Officer, Emirates. “This new route launch today presents a new opportunity for the population of Afghanistan to access new travel opportunities and destinations thanks to our extensive global network across six continents. It will also provide an opportunity for the many Afghans living overseas to visit home again whilst experiencing Emirates renowned service and product.”

“Today we welcome Emirates to Kabul”, said H.E. Dr. Dauod Ali Najafi, Minister of Transport. “Having an airline of the quality of Emirates commence flights to Afghanistan shows the airline’s commitment to supporting the Afghan economy, building trade and travel links with the world and helping Afghans and expats living here to connect with friends, family and colleagues globally.”

The route is operated by an Airbus A340-500 configured in a 3 cabin configuration, offering 12 First Class, 42 Business Class and 204 Economy Class seats. Emirates is the only airline which offers First Class from Dubai to Kabul.

EK 640 will depart Dubai daily at 09.55 hours and arrive in Kabul at 13.15. The return flight, EK 641 will leave Kabul at 15.30 hours and arrive back in Dubai at 18.00.

When connecting at Dubai International, passengers will experience Emirates’ dedicated terminal, Terminal 3 which feature a range of shops and restaurants to cater for all passengers. Emirates’ service to Kabul offers convenient onward connections to and from Europe including London (Heathrow and Gatwick), Frankfurt, Manchester, Birmingham, Hamburg and Paris, plus the eight gateways which Emirates flies to in the USA.

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Harvard University professor Mehrotra to participate in ‘Cities and Us’ Pakistan Urban Forum South Asian Cities Conference ’14 in Karachi

Tuesday, December 31st, 2013

Karachi, December 31, 2013: The organising committee of the upcoming ‘Cities and Us’ Pakistan Urban Forum-South Asian Cities Conference 2014 confirmed the participation of Harvard University professor, Rahul Mehrotra today.

The conference is scheduled to take place from 10th to 12th January 2014 in Karachi, with the inauguration ceremony to be held on 9th January. The mega event will bring together stakeholders from Pakistan itself, other South Asian countries and some Western countries also, in an effort to share experiences and learning relating to various issues and challenges pertaining to the development of South Asian cities. Participants will include relevant officials of government departments, architects and town planners, community-based organisations, urban activists, corporate leadership, academia and the citizenry.

In a bid to involve the top urban development and planning experts from around the world, the organisers confirmed that Mehrotra will be a participant at the mega conference. Mehrotra is the Professor of Urban Design and Planning and Chair of the Department of Urban Planning and Design at Harvard University. The Indian is a practising architect, urban designer, and educator. His firm, RMA Architects, was founded in 1990 in Mumbai and has designed and executed projects for clients that include government and non-governmental agencies, corporate as well as private individuals and institutions.

Other dignitaries from Harvard University, who will be speaking at the conference in Karachi include Satchit Balsari, Justin Stern, Meena Hewett, Ruth Barron, Jennifer Leaning and Spiro Pollais.

Yawar Jilani, member of the conference’s organising committee, said that the involvement of officials from the Harvard University will add value and substance to the conference.

“The members coming from Harvard University are some of the best professionals in the world in the urban development and planning field,” he said. “Each of the members has vast experience and unparalleled achievements – something we can all learn from at the event. We are honoured to have them as participants at the South Asian Cities Conference.”

Further representation from the US was announced as Andrew Himes, Executive Director of the Charter for Compassion also confirmed his participation. The author of The Sword of the Lord: The Roots of Fundamentalism in an American Family, Himes is also the founding editor of MacTech and later founded Project Alchemy which works for social justice in the Pacific Northwest. He is also the co-founder of the international movement, Poets Against the War and founded Voices Education Project.

The four-day conference is being organised by the Planning and Development Department of the Government of Sindh, the South Asia Institute of Harvard University, Urban Unit, Government of Punjab and the Institute of Architects, Pakistan.

The unique event is expected to get participation from other South Asian countries, and aims to be a dialogue process to discussing and finding innovative solutions to common challenges for urban development.

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Double delivery takes Emirates A380 fleet to 44

Monday, December 30th, 2013

One in three A380s flying today is an Emirates aircraft

Karachi/Dubai- December 30, 2013 – Emirates has received delivery of its 43rd and 44th A380 aircraft with a double delivery from Airbus’ Finkenwerder facility in Hamburg, Germany.

“Our customers love the A380 – from the quieter cabins and spacious layout on the main deck, to the on-board lounge and shower spas in our premium cabins. It is a beautiful aircraft which we have packed full of the best inflight comforts and products. From an operator standpoint, the A380 is still one of the most fuel efficient aircraft per seat. It offers us some flexibility in range and also helps us to meet demand at slot-constrained airports,” said Tim Clark, President Emirates Airline.

“Continuous improvements are being made to the A380, by the manufacturer as well as by Emirates in terms of our on-board product. For instance our latest A380s have been fitted with even bigger high definition LCD TV screens to enhance the inflight entertainment experience. We’ve also introduced new touch-screen tablets that allow passengers to control all their seat functions and movie selections with just one swipe. Small details, but all these add up to provide a great flying experience,” he added.

The 43rd and 44th Emirates A380s offer 14 seats in First Class, 76 seats in Business Class and 427 seats in Economy Class, and will be initially operating on flights to Mauritius and Munich.

Emirates operates the world’s largest fleet of A380s, flying one in three of these modern jets in the skies today. Emirates was the first airline to order the aircraft back in 2000, and it ordered another 50 more at the Dubai Air Show in November. In 2013, Emirates received 13 A380 aircraft and it expects to receive another 13 in 2014. The airline still has 96 more A380s worth USD 43 billion on order, of which 71 are expected to be delivered over the next five years, before the end of 2018.

From its Dubai hub and dedicated A380 terminal, Emirates’ A380s crisscross the globe flying to 24 destinations spanning Los Angeles to Auckland. Illustrating the range of the A380, Emirates’ currently operates the world’s longest non-stop A380 service (13,414 kilometres), with its daily A380 flight between Dubai and Los Angeles, launched earlier this month. Emirates’ shortest A380 flight is between Bangkok and Hong Kong, clocking 1,900 kilometres.

Emirates’ current A380 destinations are: Amsterdam, Auckland, Bangkok, Beijing, Dubai, Hong Kong, Jeddah, Kuala Lumpur, London Heathrow, Los Angeles, Manchester, Mauritius, Melbourne, Moscow, Munich, New York JFK, Paris, Rome, Seoul, Singapore, Shanghai, Sydney, Toronto, and Brisbane. Emirates will start operating scheduled A380 services to Zurich from January 2014.

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