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Monthly Archives: November 2008

Direct flights between Beijing and Luanda

Angolan Airline TAAG is scheduled to begin direct flights between the African nation's capital of Luanda and the mainland.
In order to cater to the rising number of businesses and links between Beijing and Luanda, TAAG is expected to start 13-hour charter flights twice a week to and from Angola.
According to an Angolan diplomat, thousands of Chinese live and work in Angola, mainly within the construction sector, and this year alone the Angola Embassy in Beijing granted 40,000 visas to mainlanders.
Angola is one of China's main primary trade partners mainly due to oil, which represents 80 per cent of the trade between both countries.
Relations between China and Angola are at a “very good level” since diplomatic relations have only been established in 1983, Joao Manuel Bernardo, Angolan Ambassador said.

Lufthansa offers promotions to Europe

Lufthansa is offering the latest top fares to Europe from 3,540 Hong Kong dollars, with tickets valid for travel from Hong Kong  to over 100 European cities from now to the end of March next year.
According to a company statement released yesterday, an extra bonus of 200 Hong Kong dollar duty free gift vouchers will be offered for each Economy Class or Business Class roundtrip ticket purchased online in this sales period on eligible flights
 Apart from taxes and surcharges not being included in the promotional price, other terms and conditions apply.
Lufthansa was voted the best airline in the Skytrax 2008 World Airline Awards.

Tennis: Bjorkman bows out after 17 years

Sweden's Jonas Bjorkman bowed out of professional tennis on Friday after a glittering 17-year career that earned him nine Grand Slam doubles titles.
Bjorkman, 36, was treated to a special ceremony at Qi Zhong Stadium after he and partner Kevin Ullyett were knocked out of the Tennis Masters Cup doubles.
"They reminded me a little bit that this is obviously maybe my last match," said Bjorkman, who noticed preparations for the farewell ceremony during the match.
"You know, I was trying to do everything possible to stay alive one more day, or maybe two."
Bjorkman won all four doubles Grand Slams as well as the 1998 Davis Cup with Sweden and also reached the 1997 US Open singles semi-final and the last four at Wimbledon just two years ago.
Bjorkman and Ullyett fell to Poland's Mariusz Fyrstenberg and Marcin Matkowski as the Swede failed in his bid for a third year-end title.
"I still think it's great to end my career in the biggest event of the year, even if I would have gone further. But you can't have everything," he said.
"I've been mentally prepared for this because I'm mentally very ready to retire. I've been very fortunate to be able to play for so long."
Bjorkman, who will now concentrate on editing a Swedish tennis magazine, cited the 1997 US Open loss to Britain's Greg Rusesdski as his biggest regret.
"Obviously losing to Greg Rusedski in the semi-final was a tough loss because I think that was a chance for me maybe to go all the way," he said.