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Emirates and United announced a historic commercial agreement today that will enhance each airline’s network and give their customers easier access to hundreds of new destinations* within the United States and around the world.

From November, Emirates customers flying into Chicago, San Francisco, and Houston - three of the biggest business hubs in the U.S – will be able to easily connect onto United flights to and from nearly 200 cities across the Americas on a single ticket.

At the eight other U.S. airports served by Emirates – Boston, Dallas, LA, Miami, JFK, Orlando, Seattle and Washington DC – both airlines will have an interline arrangement in place.

United will launch a new direct flight between Newark and Dubai starting in March 2023 – from there, customers will be able to travel on Emirates or its sister airline flydubai to more than 100 cities. Tickets for United’s new Dubai flight are now on sale.

Emirates and United announced their agreement today at a ceremonial event at Dulles International Airport, hosted by United CEO Scott Kirby and Emirates President Sir Tim Clark, featuring United and Emirates Boeing 777-300ER aircraft and flight crews from each carrier.

Sir Tim Clark, President Emirates Airline said: “Two of the biggest, and best-known airlines in the world are joining hands to fly people better to more places, at a time when travel demand is rebounding with a vengeance. It’s a significant partnership that will unlock tremendous consumer benefit and bring the United Arab Emirates and the United States even closer. We welcome United’s return to Dubai next year, where our hub Dubai essentially becomes a gateway for United to reach Asia, Africa and the Middle East via the combined network of Emirates and flydubai. We look forward to developing our partnership with United for the long term.”

Scott Kirby, CEO of United Airlines said: “This agreement unites two iconic, flag carrier airlines who share a common commitment to creating the best customer experience in the skies. United’s new flight to Dubai and our complementary networks will make global travel easier for millions of our customers, helping boost local economies and strengthen cultural ties. This is a proud moment for both United and Emirates employees, and I look forward to our journey together.”

Customers of both airlines can soon book these connecting flights on a single ticket – making check-in and luggage transfer faster and easier. For example – travelers will be able to visit or use the United app to book a flight from New York/Newark to Karachi, Pakistan or go to to book a flight from Dubai to Atlanta or Honolulu.

This agreement will also give the loyalty program members of both airlines more opportunities for more rewards: Emirates Skywards members can soon earn miles when they travel on United-operated flights, and United Mileage Plus members flying on United’s New York/Newark to Dubai flight will be able to earn and redeem miles when connecting beyond on Emirates and flydubai.

Eligible customers travelling on codeshare flights will also soon enjoy access to Emirates and United lounges. More details on frequent flyer awards and lounge-sharing benefits will be communicated in the coming weeks.

Both airlines have recently announced significant investments in the customer experience. Emirates will retrofit more than 120 aircraft as part of a $2 billion effort that includes elevated meal choices, a brand-new vegan menu, a ‘cinema in the sky’ experience, cabin interior upgrades, and sustainable choices. At United, the airline will add 500 new Boeing and Airbus aircraft to its fleet with a focus on a new signature interior that includes seat-back screens in every seat, larger overhead bins, Bluetooth connectivity throughout, and the industry’s fastest available in-flight WiFi.

Dogs are now part of almost every second household in Hungary, with more people than ever wanting to bring pets with them to work as well. According to Mars, one of the leading confectionary, food and petfood manufacturers of the world, bringing our dogs to work is not only beneficial for pets, but their owners and business too. On August 26th, World Dog Day, dedicated to the celebration of humans’ bond to their furry friends, Mars has collected the key benefits of implementing dog-friendly offices and invites other companies to join in their footsteps as well.

A recent survey conducted by OnePoll in partnership with Banfield Pet Hospital (part of the Mars company) has revealed that half of the executives who joined the survey said they are planning to allow pets in the workplace and 59% said they’ll allow more flexibility for workers who want to stay remote with their pets. Furthermore, according to the survey, 71% of Z generation respondents and 48% of millennials have or are planning to request their employer implement a pet-friendly policy.

Mars, the owner of popular dog food brands such as Pedigree and Cesar has been at the forefront of implementing dog-friendly offices for over a decade now. With the pandemic bringing a steady increase in the number of dog adoptions, the company now aims to lead a trend of welcoming pets into offices, not only for the benefit of dogs but also because of the wellbeing of associates and the benefits this brings to the organisations as well.

Why should we welcome dogs into offices?

Increased socializing among associates when around pets; closer communities, increased productivity, and generally less stress are only some of the clear benefits seen after the implementation of pet-friendly offices that pet-friendly companies could report.

Pet-friendly offices have been an integral part of our culture for over a decade now, and we believe that this is what keeps our associates happy while working with us. Having dogs in our offices bring several benefits: dogs function as icebreakers among colleagues, allow our associates to interact more freely with each other, and bring a positive atmosphere in which people can focus on their work instead of worrying about their dogs left at home. This, and the well-being of pets is why we are encouraging other companies to join us in creating pet-friendly workplaces.” – says Daniela Hlavackova, Demand Director of Mars CE.

What does a modern pet-friendly office look like?

The implementation of dog-friendly offices requires some basic considerations of employee health, allergies, and legal questions, as well as some basic needs of pets that need to be addressed.

Having a chance to bring pets to the office is a great benefit highly appreciated by our associates. Pets support interaction among associates, their presence can relieve stress and as well encourage associates to go for short walks during their office hours, which can have a great impact on their health and wellbeing. That is why in Mars offices, the presence of dogs is very welcome, but it also goes hand in hand with the mutual consideration of our associates’ needs. Thanks to our long-term experience in this area, we have managed to create effective workplace rules that allow our associates and pets to live in symbiosis,” says Daria Maslovskaya, People and Organization Director of Mars for Central Europe.

In general, a modern dog-friendly office should be free of any objects that would be inappropriate for a dog. It should also include dedicated areas for dogs to play and ideally should be close to a park or a green area where owners could take their dogs for a break. New dogs should be introduced to the office gradually, and communication should also be key with other colleagues, to ensure that everyone feels comfortable. These are only some of the main points to consider, but through its Better Cities for Pets program Mars also offers free online resources for individuals, companies, offices, restaurants, and even airports and cities on how to become more pet-friendly. The online tools and guidebooks include some great tips, from how to welcome a newly adopted pet into our home, to the basic steps of transitioning to a pet-friendly office.

When I first brought my vizsla, Leó to work with me, I was both relieved that he is going to spend his day with me, but also a bit worried about how he might adjust to the office routine. Now I can safely say that he has won the hearts of all my colleagues and has become a regular guest in our Budapest office – I can’t imagine coming to work without him”- concludes Szilvia Nérey, Office and Management Team coordinator at the Mars Budapest office, the owner of Leó.

The number of orders for large products that require special logistics solutions has significantly increased, according to DoDo’s trend report.

In order to meet customer demand, DODO, a provider of smart logistics solutions, is further expanding its e-commerce delivery portfolio besides grocery and hot-meal delivery. Large and overweight sports equipment ordered online from Hervis stores in Hungary can now be delivered the same day, thanks to DODO's new “two-man” logistics service.

The digitalization of the retail sector will continue to grow in the coming years, stimulating further development of transport services. Even for oversized and heavy goods, there is a growing consumer demand for same-day delivery of products ordered online. Consumers are increasingly buying online so-called "large white goods" such as refrigerators, washing machines, other large appliances for the home, or large sports equipment such as treadmills, bicycles, ski equipment, and exercise machines. The growth of e-commerce is accompanied by a rise in customer expectations of the quality of the services that accompany it, the most important of which is the speed of delivery.

84% of customers choose an online shop offering faster delivery

According to Perfect Crowd's survey in the Czech Republic, the speed of delivery is a decisive factor for shoppers when choosing between online stores with products at similar prices. 84% of consumers choose the online store offering faster delivery, and the speed of delivery also encourages 90% of respondents to buy again. In contrast, 61% of respondents said that they would rather stop shopping online and not return to the online store after seeing a long delivery time. Building on this consumer trend, DODO, a provider of smart logistics services, has introduced its "two-man" delivery solution to ensure fast, reliable, and accurate home delivery. The same-day delivery service, which requires two couriers to move heavy goods, was first launched in the Czech Republic, primarily for furniture and large electronic equipment, and is now being used in Hungary for deliveries of heavy sports equipment ordered online from Hervis sports stores, for example.

With the new "two-man" delivery service, DODO aims to bring its high-quality smart logistics solutions to areas of e-commerce where traditional delivery services are not sufficient. The company has set a new industry standard in the food and hot-meal delivery segment, working with renowned partners in Hungary such as KFC,, SPAR and ROSSMANN.

"I see the smart logistics of the future in "two-man" delivery solutions. Retailers who want to succeed in the ever-faster e-commerce segment will have to adapt to consumer demands. We have already achieved outstanding results in several segments of logistics, we have significantly changed market norms and we are now opening a new chapter in the delivery of sporting goods, furniture, and large electronics. We have also launched our 'two-man' same-day delivery service in Hungary, which we are looking to roll out to other countries in the European market" said Peter Menky, Chief Commercial Officer of DODO.

"Delivery at a specific hour on the day of the order is a service that customers have quickly become accustomed to with food deliveries. With the spectacular growth of e-commerce, customers now want to receive large items ordered online as soon as possible. Even at the most popular furniture chains, customers sometimes have to wait several days for the ordered item, and even then, they have to pay a considerable surcharge for the delivery of overweight items. DODO has always been a trendsetter with its smart logistics solutions, and now we want to change the market with fast, accurate and convenient delivery of oversized parcels", added Károly Sáfár, DODO's representative in Hungary.

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