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    Etihad Airways Adds More Flights to Seychelles

    • Five weekly flights from October with extra services over school holidays • Etihad Airways launches sale to Seychelles from AED 1,795 return   Abu Dhabi, UAE – September 26, 2021:  Etihad Airways will be operating more flights to Seychelles from October to provide leisure holidaymakers and families with convenient travel options to the tropical paradise.   The national airline of the UAE will upgrade its Seychelles service from four to five weekly flights from 7 October, as well as operate seven additional services between 15 and 24 October to coincide with the half-term holidays. These additional flights have been scheduled to provide families with younger children with more travel options during the school break.   Martin Drew, Etihad’s Senior Vice President Sales and ......read more

    Finnair and Turkish Airlines Launch Code Shares, enabling more Choice for Travellers

    Finnair and Turkish Airlines today announced a codeshare agreement that brings more choice to the airline’s customers. Starting September 29, the Finnair AY code will be added to Turkish Airlines route between Helsinki and Istanbul, and from Istanbul to Athens, Sofia, Thessaloniki, Amman, Sharm El Sheikh, Hurghada, Luxor, Antalya and Gazipasa.  Respectively, the Turkish Airlines TK code will be added to the following routes from Finnair’s Helsinki hub: Kuopio, Vaasa, Oulu, Rovaniemi, Reykjavik, Tallinn, Tartu, Riga, Vilnius, Antalya and Gazipasa.  “We are happy to be able to offer more options to our customers, as travel now starts to recover and our customers are again able to fulfil their travel dreams”, says Ole Orvér, Chief Commercial Officer, Finnair. “We also welcome Turkish ......read more

    Airbus to Deliver U.S.- Completed Commercial Aircraft with Sustainable Aviation Fuel

    Sept. 23, 2021 – Airbus will start delivering all aircraft from its U.S. Manufacturing Facility in Mobile, Alabama with Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) on board later this year. The initiative is a further step toward fulfilling Airbus’ commitment to carbon-neutral growth in the aviation sector. Airbus has reached an agreement with Signature Flight Support to supply SAF to its Mobile facility. No later than November 2021, all aircraft delivered to customers will be powered by a blend of SAF and conventional jet fuel. Signature Flight Support is working in partnership with World Energy to provide the U.S.-sourced SAF to Airbus. “Delivering our Mobile-produced aircraft with SAF is an important, iterative step toward solving the carbon challenge,” said Jeff Knittel, Chairman and CEO of Airbus Americas, Inc. ......read more

    Etihad Airways Launches Exponential Abu Dhabi – With Complimentary Expo 2020 Tickets for All Guests

    • From Abu Dhabi to Expo 2020 Dubai in less than an hour • Abu Dhabi welcomes fully vaccinated travellers without quarantine   Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – September 23, 2021:  Etihad Airways, the national airline of the UAE, is giving all of its guests travelling into or via Abu Dhabi a complimentary ticket to Expo 2020 Dubai, the biggest cultural gathering in the world. The spectacular event, taking place between 1 October 2021 and 31 March 2022, will welcome the world to the UAE. Visitors can enjoy a visit to Expo and also explore the incredible tourist attractions Abu Dhabi and the rest of the country has to offer. The special promotion under the “Exponential Abu Dhabi” campaign starts today and will run until 31 March 2022.   Expo 2020 is just a 45-minute drive from Abu ......read more

    Touristic Enterprises Company Reveals its New Strategy to Usher in the New Golden Age of Tourism in Kuwait

    Announces redevelopment plans for 11 projects following the approval of a 250 million KWD capital increase from the Kuwait Investment Authority Kuwait- 22 September 2021: Today, the Chief Executive Officer of the Touristic Enterprises Company, Mr. Abdulwahab Ahmed Al-Marzouq and members of the leadership team revealed the company’s new strategy to become a world-class provider of leisure and entertainment experiences in Kuwait. Speaking at the press conference at Kuwait Towers, Mr. Al-Marzouq outlined the company’s path forward to revive the golden era of tourism in Kuwait and become one of the leading developers and operators of family entertainment experiences in the region. This is the most ambitious transformation in the company’s 40+ year history, which laid out concrete plans for the redevelopment of 11 ......read more

    Etihad Airways and Talabat Team Up To Explore a Range of Exciting New Initiatives

    • Region’s leading food delivery platform talabat joins the Etihad Guest ‘Miles on the Go’ loyalty programme • The MoU was signed in Abu Dhabi, by Etihad Aviation Group CEO Tony Douglas, and talabat CEO, Tomaso Rodriguez   Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – September 21, 2021:  Etihad Airways, the national airline of the UAE, and talabat, the region's leading food delivery and q-commerce platform, have signed a region-wide Memorandum of Understanding (MoU). The agreement will see the two organisations collaborate on a range of initiatives that will benefit both Etihad Airways and talabat customers and employees.   The MoU, signed today at Etihad Headquarters in Abu Dhabi, by Etihad Aviation Group CEO, Tony Douglas and talabat CEO, Tomaso Rodriguez, heralds the start of ......read more

    Etihad Guest Members to Boost Their Miles With a New Programme Feature, Enabled by Points International

    Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates - September 20, 2021:  Etihad Guest, the award-winning loyalty programme of the UAE’s national airline, Etihad Airways, has launched a new programme feature, MilesBooster, powered by global leader in loyalty commerce, Points (NASDAQ: PCOM) (TSX:PTS). MilesBooster lets members multiply miles they have earned from almost any activity - from previous flights or even non-travel related expenditures such as credit card transactions and everyday purchases. Members have the option to double or triple miles earned in the past 12 months when they pay a special mileage rate. Those who take advantage of this new benefit can boost up to 150,000 miles a year depending on their tier status. Kim Hardaker, Head of Loyalty & Partnerships, Etihad Airways, said: “Thanks to this innovative new ......read more

    Philippine ePassport Renewal Centre Launched in Kuwait City

    • Managed and operated by VFS Global, the newly launched centre has started to accept passport renewal requests from Sunday to Thursday between 09:00 AM to 05:00 PM   September 20, 2021:  The Republic of the Philippines Department of Foreign Affairs and VFS Global, the world's largest visa outsourcing and technology services specialist for governments and diplomatic missions worldwide, has signed a contract for the establishment of the first Philippine ePassport Renewal Centre in the State of Kuwait.   The centre has started to accept passport renewal requests on appointment basis from Sunday to Thursday between 09:00 AM to 05:00 PM   This is the first time The Republic of the Philippines Department of Foreign Affairs has outsourced its passport renewal process in the State of Kuwait. Prior ......read more

    Peter Rabbit Adventure Zone Hops into Global Village

    Global Village is set to bring Children and Families an unforgettable, fun-filled experience when the new Peter RabbitTM Adventure Zone debuts in Season 26 Exciting activities and play areas based on the beloved characters from the popular animated TV series will delight children aged 1-12 years   Dubai, UAE – 16 September 2021:  Global Village, the UAE and wider region's leading multicultural family destination for culture, shopping, and entertainment, officially announces that a Peter Rabbit Adventure Zone attraction is making its way to the park for Season 26 from October 26th 2021.    Capturing and inspiring the imagination of children is something that is very important to Global Village. From the now renowned Kids Theatre to the many edutainment attractions and the Kids area ......read more

    Etihad Stuns Visitors to Mall of the Emirates With 50% Flight Discounts

    • Book flights at Etihad’s stand and receive 50% discount on all classes   • A chance to win two Business class flights for five lucky winners  • Transfer SHARE points to Etihad Guest Miles and earn 50% bonus miles  • Become an Etihad Guest Member and earn 1,000 welcome bonus miles    Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates: From 16 to 23 September, Etihad Airways will host a pop-up stand at Dubai’s Mall of the Emirates, showcasing the award-winning Etihad experience, and offering incredible discounts.   Located in the lower ground floor of Mall of the Emirates, Etihad’s stand is giving customers an exclusive taste of what to expect when flying with Etihad. The stand is open daily from 10am to 10pm on weekdays and until midnight on weekends ......read more

    VFS Global Extends Exclusive Visa and Passport Services to Members and Employees of the Najran Chamber of Commerce and Industry

    • Memorandum of Understanding signed on 07 September 2021 • Visa and Passport services extended to the Chambers’ members and employees at its headquarters located in Najran city.   September 13, 2021:  VFS Global has announced that a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) has been signed with the Najran Chamber of Commerce and Industry in the city of Najran, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) to provide end-to-end visa and passport services. Moving forward, the Chamber’s members and employees will benefit from the availability of these services on its premises, providing ease, convenience and ensuring they do not have to visit a Visa Application Centre.   Mr. Mohaimeed Saleh Al Salem, Chairman of the Najran Chamber of Commerce and Industry and Mr. Sumanth Kapoor, Regional Head – KSA, ......read more

    Etihad Enhances Verified to Fly Service to Make Travel Easier

    Abu Dhabi, UAE – Etihad Airways, the national airline of the UAE, has upgraded its innovative Verified to Fly service to offer a more streamlined and personalised service through its website, etihad.com.  This upgrade makes the process quicker and easier for Etihad’s guests to ensure they have all the required COVID-related documents before leaving for the airport. Seven days ahead of travel, all guests will receive a personalised email informing them of the documents required for their destination. These travel documents can now be uploaded directly to the ‘Manage my Booking’ page of etihad.com, up to 72 hours before departure. The new website functionality replaces the email upload system which was launched by the airline in May 2021. The new upload process guides travellers through the process of ......read more

    Wizz Air Abu Dhabi's Inaugural Flight to Bahrain Takes Off

    - The airline’s first GCC flight commences as Abu Dhabi opens up for vaccinated travellers indicating a positive outlook for travel sector - Route to Bahrain is one of a number of destinations the low fare airline is operating from Abu Dhabi providing affordable travel option for passengers   11, September 2021, Abu Dhabi, UAE: Wizz Air Abu Dhabi’s inaugural flight to Manama, Bahrain commenced today departing from Abu Dhabi International Airport (AUH) and arriving in Bahrain International Airport (BAH). The new route will strengthen connectivity within the GCC by providing an alternative and ultra-low fare travel option for passengers between the two Gulf countries.   The first flight to Bahrain closely follows the recent announcement made by the Abu Dhabi Emergency, Crisis and Disasters Committee ......read more

    SITA Takes Decisive Steps to Reduce Carbon Emissions to Become a Certified Carbonneutral® Company

    The achievement is a year ahead of the organization’s original target     UAE -  09, September 2021:  Today, SITA, the world’s leading IT provider for the air transport industry, announced it has achieved CarbonNeutral® company certification. This major milestone – realized a full year ahead of SITA’s original target of 2022 – resulted from decisive actions to significantly reduce emissions associated with its business operations in 2020.  SITA has reduced its overall emissions of greenhouse gases by 48% between 2019 and 2020. SITA’s UN recognized carbon neutrality Planet+ program has been key to lowering the company’s emissions with initiatives designed to create sustainable and energy-efficient workplaces and reduce internal business ......read more

    Aerospace Leaders to Outline Future Roadmap of Industry at Dubai Airshow 2021 Conferences

    - Brand new stage ‘Tech Xplore’ to show how technology is transforming the industry - Global airline leaders collaborate to boost aviation sustainability -Two integral conferences covering challenges and trends within the air traffic and cargo sectors during the pandemic   Dubai, United Arab Emirates – 07, September 2021: This November, Dubai Airshow takes thought-leadership to new heights as it introduces 9 tracks packed with sessions covering the full spectrum of aviation, technology, and space. The conferences will cover an array of themes, including the role of new technologies in revolutionising air travel, major changes happening in the cargo sector, global advancements in sustainability and autonomous transportation, in addition to new space services, satellite connectivity and much ......read more

    Etihad Airways Fly the UAE Paralympic Champions Home

     Etihad is the official carrier of the UAE Paralympic team   Abu Dhabi - United Arab Emirates:  Etihad Airways, the national airline of the UAE, carried the UAE’s Paralympic champions from Japan following their success at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games. The UAE Team brought home gold and bronze medals for competing in the Athletics, Powerlifting, Cycling and Shooting. Etihad flight, EY 0871, departed Narita Airport at 9pm local time on Sunday 5 September, the airline carried the victorious UAE para-athletes, coaches, medical and media crew. Etihad’s cabin crew gave a hero’s welcome to the champions as they travelled with the airline.   On arrival at Abu Dhabi International Airport, the delegation was greeted by His Excellency Mohammed Fadel Al Hameli, Chairman of the UAE National ......read more

    MBRSC Announces Completion of Thermal Vaccum Test for Rashid Rover

    Dubai, UAE - 07 September 2021: The Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) today announced that the ELM team has completed the thermal vaccum test for the Rashid rover at CNES in Toulouse, France. During this phase, all subsystems in the rover were tested in varied extreme temperatures.  MBRSC had recently announced its partnership with the French space agency to develop the two optical cameras on board the Rashid rover along with the detector for the microscope imager instrument (CAM-M). The Centre also stated that more partnerships will be announced in due course and will be added to the Emirates Lunar Mission’s science programme. The Emirates Lunar Mission is one of the initiatives under the Mars 2117 Programme, which aims to build a human colony on Mars, and is funded by the ICT fund of the telecommunications ......read more

    Abu Dhabi Opens Up for Vaccinated Travelleres

     Abu Dhabi your gateway to the UAE, explore the UAE’s capital with Wizz Air Abu Dhabi   05 September 2021, Abu Dhabi, UAE: Wizz Air Abu Dhabi, the newest national airline of the UAE, is all set to continue enabling exciting travel opportunities from 05 September for international travellers looking to explore the UAE capital without having to quarantine.     The Abu Dhabi Emergency, Crisis and Disasters Committee has approved removing the need to quarantine for all vaccinated travellers arriving into Abu Dhabi from all international destinations, effective from Sunday 05 September 2021.   Before boarding to Abu Dhabi, all travellers must show a negative PCR test result from within 48 hours of departure. All travellers must take a free-of-charge PCR test on arrival at Abu Dhabi ......read more

    flydubai Passengers to Enjoy a Complimentary 1-Day Ticket to Expo 2020 Dubai

    The Dubai-based carrier offers a complimentary 1-Day Ticket to passengers as the UAE gets ready to welcome visitors to Expo 2020 from 01 October 2021 Thursday, September 2, 2021:   flydubai, the Dubai-based airline, announced today that passengers booking a flydubai flight to Dubai will enjoy a complimentary 1-Day Ticket to visit Expo 2020 Dubai, taking place from 01 October 2021 to 31 March 2022. The initiative is valid for all bookings made from 01 September for travel during the event dates. The initiative is offered to every passenger travelling on a flydubai inbound booking itinerary, a one-way ticket to Dubai or any connecting flydubai flight via Dubai. The complimentary 1-Day Ticket is offered to all passengers who are eligible for the promotion whether they are travelling in Business Class or Economy ......read more

    July Passenger Traffic Boost, but Well Below Pre-COVID Levels

    02, September 2021:  The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced that both international and domestic travel demand showed significant momentum in July 2021 compared to June, but demand remained far below pre-pandemic levels. Extensive government-imposed travel restrictions continue to delay recovery in international markets.    Because comparisons between 2021 and 2020 monthly results are distorted by the extraordinary impact of COVID-19, unless otherwise noted all comparisons are to July 2019, which followed a normal demand pattern.   • Total demand for air travel in July 2021 (measured in revenue passenger kilometers or RPKs) was down 53.1% compared to July 2019. This is a significant improvement from June when demand was 60% below June 2019 levels.   • ......read more

    KhalifaSat from Space of EXPO 2020

    One month to go for the opening of Expo 2020 Dubai. This photo, taken by KhalifaSat from space, shows the site of the global cultural event that will bring together 191 countries in the UAE.

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    Etihad and Zayed Higher Organisation for People of Determination Mark Emirati Women's Day With Chocolate Factory Launch

    • A new project with the Emirati Red Crescent to empower underprivileged women   Abu Dhabi, UAE – August 26, 2021:  Etihad is celebrating Emirati Women's Day with a series of events to highlight this year's theme, "Women: Ambitions & Inspiration for the Next 50 Years," in line with the UAE’s 50th anniversary year.   The airline announced a new collaboration with Zayed Higher Organisation for People of Determination to establish a chocolate factory for people of determination. Women from ZHO will be trained by Etihad’s professional chefs from Etihad Catering to operate the factory and hand make chocolate.    Etihad will help establish the facility by providing the machinery and funding the ingredients for the first year of production, in addition to ......read more

    Delta Air Lines Orders 30 Additional Airbus A321neo Aircraft'

    August 26, 2021:   Delta Air Lines has ordered 30 additional Airbus A321neo aircraft to help meet the airline’s future fleet requirements. The newly-ordered aircraft are in addition to the airline’s existing orders for 125 of the type, bringing the outstanding orders from Delta to a total of 155 A321neos. “Adding these aircraft strengthens Delta’s commitment to replacing older fleets with more sustainable, efficient jets, and offering the best customer experience in the industry,” said Mahendra Nair, Delta’s Senior Vice President – Fleet and TechOps Supply Chain. “Delta appreciates the extensive partnership with the Airbus team in support of our strategic growth plans, and we look forward to continuing to work together throughout the recovery and ......read more

    Etihad Transports Manchester City Player Statues From Across the World to Manchester

    • Statues transported to the Etihad Stadium ahead of their installation later this week • Large scale creations of club legends Vincent Kompany and David Silva were designed and built by award-winning sculptor Andy Scott  • Entire design and build process has been conducted remotely at Andy Scott’s studio in Philadelphia, USA • Carefully separated and packaged up, the statues were flown from Chicago to Frankfurt by Etihad Cargo and from then on by road to Manchester  • Etihad’s expertise in cargo transport and logistics key to successful delivery of statues    August 25, 2021: Manchester City has teamed up with long-standing partner, Etihad Airways in the international transportation of two player statues from across the world to Manchester.    The ......read more

    Delta Air Lines Orders 30 Additional Airbus A321neo Aircraft

    August 25, 2021:   Delta Air Lines has ordered 30 additional Airbus A321neo aircraft to help meet the airline’s future fleet requirements. The newly-ordered aircraft are in addition to the airline’s existing orders for 125 of the type, bringing the outstanding orders from Delta to a total of 155 A321neos. “Adding these aircraft strengthens Delta’s commitment to replacing older fleets with more sustainable, efficient jets, and offering the best customer experience in the industry,” said Mahendra Nair, Delta’s Senior Vice President – Fleet and TechOps Supply Chain. “Delta appreciates the extensive partnership with the Airbus team in support of our strategic growth plans, and we look forward to continuing to work together throughout the recovery and ......read more

    IATA Welcomes Latest Developments by Government of Saudi Arabia to Restore International Connectivity

    25 August 2021:   The International Air Transport Association (IATA) welcomes the commitment of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to further reopen borders and resume international air connectivity. Saudi Arabia has taken measures to ease travel restrictions to the Kingdom and enhance passenger facilitation with the necessary health protocols to manage the COVID-19 pandemic, by:   • Opening up the Kingdom for tourists  • Removing quarantine for vaccinated travelers  • Expanding the facilitation of religious traffic to the holy cities • Reinstating visa processing for international passengers  • Enhancing systems and health measures across all airports   “We welcome the recent steps taken by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to restore air travel and enhance the ......read more

    Qatar Airways Cargo Receives an Award for the Highest Cargo Uplift from Nepal

    The award emphasises the crucial role played by the cargo carrier in supporting trade in Nepal     August 25, 2021:  Qatar Airways Cargo, the world’s leading air cargo carrier was awarded by Nepal Freight Forwarders Association (NEFFA) for achieving the highest export tonnage (2850 tonnes) out of the country for 2020. The award was handed over in Kathmandu during the annual Nepal Cargo Day celebration organised by NEFFA on 29 July 2021.    The awards are held every year by the association to honour the top three carriers for their roles in supporting the country’s exports. Qatar Airways Cargo has been securing the first position for the highest uplift from Nepal for more than a decade.   Mr. Guillaume Halleux, Chief Officer Cargo at Qatar Airways Cargo commented: “I ......read more

    Team UAE Fly for Gold With Etihad

    Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – August 23, 2021:  Etihad Airways, the national airline of the UAE, hosted 32 members of the UAE Paralympic Committee on their journey to the 2020 Paralympic Games taking place in Tokyo, Japan.  The Olympic Games reached a spectacular finale on 8 August, and the excitement continues as the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games open on 24 August. The biggest para sports event in the world returns to Japan 57 years after Tokyo 1964, with 1,400 athletes from 122 countries competing for 14 gold medals. Among the field, 12 athletes will represent the United Arab Emirates in the sports of Athletics, Powerlifting, Cycling and Shooting.  Mohamed Fadhel Al Hameli, Chairman of UAE Paralympic Committee, said: “We are very excited to fly on our national airline, amongst our UAE team, including ......read more

    Qatar Airways Cargo Expands the Implementation of WebCargo by Freightos across all its Regions

    • Till date, the cargo carrier introduced eBookings by WebCargo in Europe, South Africa and the USA   Qatar Airways Cargo announces the further rollout of third-party eBooking platform, WebCargo by Freightos across the rest of the world*, effective 23 August 2021.  Forwarders in the carrier’s worldwide network will be able to place eBookings from both, its online and offline origins with access to live rates and capacity on the WebCargo platform. This will enhance their booking experience with the airline, resulting in higher efficiencies and real-time responses for availability.    Qatar Airways Chief Officer Cargo, Mr. Guillaume Halleux said: “Within a short span of six months, we will complete our global rollout of WebCargo by Freightos on 23 August and I am proud of all our teams ......read more

    Mohammed bin Rashid Announces UAE Golden Visas for Humanitarian Workers

     In the year of the UAE’s Golden Jubilee its foreign aid amounted to 320 billion dirhams in 201 countries   Dubai-UAE. 18 August 2021:    His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Dubai, today announced that the UAE would offer Golden Visas to charity and humanitarian aid workers in recognition of their efforts and sacrifices. The announcement made by Sheikh Mohammed to provide long-term residence visas to humanitarian workers was made on World Humanitarian Day, commemorated every year on 19 August to honour the work done by humanitarian workers and remember those who lost their lives working for humanitarian causes.    His Highness Sheikh Mohammed said: “On World Humanitarian Day, we pay ......read more

    Travel Recovery begins toTake Off

    - “Fear of Missing Out” and a “catch up” in business travel and bookings leads to short-term increase in business travel - Summer travel surge expected to continue for the rest of the year - Last minute vacations are driving leisure travel to a fast recovery - Travelers broadly comfortable with COVID Passports   Dubai, United Arab Emirates, August 18, 2021:  Almost 70% of global consumers plan to travel domestically within the next six months, yet less than 10% have booked their trips according to a new survey from consulting firm Oliver Wyman. “The summer travel surge is just the beginning of a recovery that seemed almost impossible a little more than a year ago,” said Michael Wette, Head of IMEA Transportation & Services, Oliver Wyman. “We expect to see a ......read more

    Things to Do at Yas Waterworld This Weekend

    August 18, 2021:  Yas Waterworld is a one-of-a-kind waterpark that has been attracting thrill seekers, families, and waterpark fans from across the globe for unparalleled water experiences. Catch these two seasonal fan-favorite events while you still can:    Ladies’ Day • For the ladies and ladies only, Yas Waterworld’s Ladies’ Days is where you want to be! Taking place every Thursday, ladies can head down to UAE’s favorite female-only events and enjoy full access to Water’s Greatest Playground in complete privacy, a strict no-mobile phone policy, and a female-only staff. Whether experiencing adrenaline pumping rides or taking it easy by floating across the Raha river, ladies are guaranteed to have the most exciting water adventures at Yas Waterworld.   Neon ......read more

    Airbus Celebrates the 1,000th Aircraft Covered by Flight Hour Services With Flyadeal

    ● flyadeal signed long-term Flight Hour Services (FHS) agreement with Airbus ● The agreement covers all of flyadeal’s A320 fleet including the 1,000th Airbus aircraft under FHS ● Airbus FHS provides fully integrated material services and helps enhance operational reliability     17, August 2021:  flyadeal, the low-cost Jeddah-based airline owned by Saudi Arabian Airlines, signed a long-term Flight Hour Services (FHS) agreement to support its A320 fleet.   The agreement includes the 1,000th aircraft supported by Airbus Flight Hour Services. The carrier will benefit from integrated material services including spare pool access, on-site-stock at the main base and components engineering and repairs. Through the FHS contract, Airbus will guarantee spare parts availability, ......read more

    National Geographic and MBRSC explore the UAE's historic ‘Hope Probe' Mission to Mars in highly anticipated ‘Reach for the Stars' Episode 3

    The latest episode of the limited docu-series is set to premiere on August 18th at 8:30PM UAE and 7:30PM KSA on the National Geographic Channel  Abu Dhabi – United Arab Emirates, Tuesday, August 17, 2021: In collaboration with the Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC), National Geographic has announced the premiere of the long awaited third episode of ‘Reach for the Stars’. The episode gives viewers a front-seat ticket to the first Arab interplanetary mission – the Emirates’ globally acclaimed Emirates Mars Mission and its Mars Hope Probe.  Premiering on August 18th at 8:30PM UAE and 7:30PM KSA on the National Geographic Channel, the episode follows the Emirates Mars Mission’s epic journey as the Hope Probe reaches its Mars orbit – a culmination of seven years of hard work and ......read more

    Qatar Airways Cargo and WiseTech Global Implement Direct Data Connection

    • The direct data connection is another of Qatar Airways Cargo’s digitalisation projects and extends CargoWise’s direct airline integrations  • The direct data connection reduces risk, complexity and costs for forwarders as well as airlines   August 11, 2021:  Qatar Airways Cargo, the world’s leading air cargo carrier, and WiseTech Global, a leading provider of software solutions to the logistics industry, have commenced implementation of an extensive direct data connection between their global operating systems  The direct data connection between WiseTech’s leading CargoWise platform and Qatar Airways Cargo management system, CROAMIS, streamlines the exchange of critical operational data that reduces risk, complexity and costs for forwarders as well as ......read more

    Etihad Airways on Path to Recovery as Operations Grow

    • Network capacity at 16.4 billion ASKs and expanding monthly • One million passengers carried in first half of 2021  • Strong cargo results as tonnage increases by 44% and revenue by 56%  • EBITDA turns positive with continuous focus on cost control • First airline in the world with 100% of operating crew vaccinated • Sustainability at the core of airline’s recovery   Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates - August 10, 2021:  Etihad Airways has announced operating and financial results for the first half of 2021, showing a progressive recovery across its business despite a slower than expected return to global air travel.   The airline carried one million passengers in H1 2021, with an average seat load factor of 24.9%. This represents an average 10% ......read more

    Abu Dhabi Airports Partners with GANS to Provide Air Navigation Services

    The company will provide end-to-end air navigation services for Abu Dhabi Airports, including the safe take-off, landing, and taxiing of aircraft.   Abu Dhabi, UAE – 09 August 2021: Abu Dhabi Airports, the owner and operator of the emirate’s five airports, has signed a contract with Global Air Navigation Services (GANS) for the provision of air navigation services. GANS will provide services at Abu Dhabi Airports’ five airports, as part of a long-term strategic partnership.   The scope of the contract comprises end-to-end air navigation services, including approach and aerodrome control services. GANS’ air traffic controllers and subject matter experts will be responsible for the safe take-off, landing, and taxiing of aircraft at Abu Dhabi Airports’ facilities. Shareef Al Hashmi, CEO ......read more

    Iraqi Airways Launches New Flights from Baghdad to Abu Dhabi International Airport

    Abu Dhabi, UAE – 0, August 2021: Abu Dhabi International Airport (AUH) has welcomed two new weekly flights between Abu Dhabi and Baghdad, the capital of Iraq. The inaugural flight, operated by Iraqi Airways using Boeing 737-800 aircraft, landed at Abu Dhabi International Airport (AUH) on Saturday 7 August at 17:00 Local Time (LT).  Iraqi Airways will start by operating one flight per week and will then increase its number flights to two per week. Flights will be operating on both Saturdays and Tuesdays, upon the recovery of the travel demand.  Francois Bourienne, Chief Commercial Officer at Abu Dhabi Airports said: “The introduction of the new flights connecting Abu Dhabi and Baghdad will support the Iraqi community in the UAE, facilitating a smoother travel experience for them. We consistently expand our ......read more

    Explore Qasr Al Watan with Self-Guided Tours

    The self-guided tours will provide visitors with an immersive and seamless experience of the unique cultural landmark  Abu Dhabi, 08 August 2021: Qasr Al Watan is inviting visitors to embark on an enriching and curated in-depth experience at the Palace of the Nation, via self-guided tours in English, Arabic, German, Russian and Chinese.  By purchasing the multimedia guide at the Palace’s ticketing booth, visitors will receive access to a multimedia guide with headsets that they can carry along with them throughout their visit. Visitors will be able to listen to pre-recorded audio clips in their language of choice and be guided on an interactive cultural journey as they explore the Palace at leisure. They can expect an immersive experience that will allow them to further explore the history, traditions and journey ......read more

    Etihad Airways Ramps Up UK Passenger Flights

    • Etihad flights to depart Abu Dhabi for London three times daily and Manchester daily • Passengers vaccinated in the UK, Europe and US travel quarantine-free • Passengers vaccinated elsewhere and those unvaccinated to undergo 10-day home quarantine    United Arab Emirates – Auggust 07, 2021:  Following the United Arab Emirates being added to the UK Amber List, Etihad Airways will resume passenger flights to London and Manchester from 8 August.    Unvaccinated guests travelling from the UAE will be required to have a negative PCR test 72 hours before departure and to undergo 10 days home quarantine, as well as follow up Covid-19 tests on day two and day eight. Fully vaccinated guests who had their vaccine administered in the UK, US or Europe are exempt from quarantine and ......read more

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    Cebu Pacific Announces Dubai to Manila Special Commercial Flights for August 2021

     CEB confirms Dubai-Manila special commercial flights on August 11 & 18      Dubai, UAE - 05 August 2021:  Cebu Pacific (CEB), the Philippines’ largest national flag carrier, confirms special commercial flights from Dubai to Manila this August, as well as additional flights to other key Asian destinations as it rebuilds international operations.    The Bayanihan (a Filipino word that best describes uniting as a community) flights or special commercial flights from Dubai to Manila are scheduled on August 11 and 18, or two ......read more

    Airline Industry Statistics Confirm 2020 Was Worst Year on Record

    04 August 2021:  The International Air Transport Association (IATA) released the IATA World Air Transport Statistics (WATS) publication with performance figures for 2020 demonstrating the devastating effects on global air transport during that year of the COVID-19 crisis:   • 1.8 billion passengers flew in 2020, a decrease of 60.2% compared to the 4.5 billion who flew in 2019 • Industry-wide air travel demand (measured in revenue passenger-kilometers, or RPKs) dropped by 65.9% year-on-year • International passenger demand (RPKs) decreased by 75.6% compared ......read more

    SITA and Crown Prince Foundation Sign MOU, Opening the Door to New Career Opportunities in Jordan

    The agreement covers internships, apprenticeships, and graduate placements  04, August 2021:  Global aviation IT company, SITA, and the Crown Prince Foundation (CPF) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to help improve the career opportunities for students and young professionals in Jordan. Apprenticeships, internships, and graduate programs form part of the three-year agreement.   With nearly 70% of the population below 30 years of age, the MOU will help young Jordanians develop new skills and grow new career opportunities in the information ......read more

    Air Cargo Posts Strongest First Half-Year Growth Since 2017

    1 August 2021:  The International Air Transport Association (IATA) released data for global air cargo markets for June showing a 9.9% improvement on pre-COVID-19 performance (June 2019). This pushed first half-year air cargo growth to 8%, its strongest first half performance since 2017 (when the industry posted 10.2% year-on-year growth).  As comparisons between 2021 and 2020 monthly results are distorted by the extraordinary impact of COVID-19, unless otherwise noted, all comparisons to follow are to June 2019 which followed a normal demand pattern.   • Global ......read more

    June Air Travel Recovery Continues to Disappoint

    August 01, 2021:   The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced passenger demand performance for June 2021 showing a very slight improvement in both international and domestic air travel markets. Demand remains significantly below pre-COVID-19 levels owing to international travel restrictions.    As comparisons between 2021 and 2020 monthly results are distorted by the extraordinary impact of COVID-19, unless otherwise noted, all comparisons are to June 2019, which followed a normal demand pattern.   • Total demand for air travel in ......read more

    Airbus Reports Half-Year (H1) 2021 Results

    • 297 commercial aircraft delivered in H1 2021 • H1 financials reflect deliveries as well as continued efforts on cost containment and competitiveness • Revenues € 24.6 billion; EBIT Adjusted € 2.7 billion • EBIT (reported) € 2.7 billion; EPS (reported) 2.84 • Free cash flow before M&A and customer financing € 2.1 billion • Focus on securing A320 Family ramp-up and transforming the industrial value chain • Board of Directors approval for A350 freighter derivative  • 2021 guidance updated   29 ......read more

    Etihad Rolls Out IATA Travel Pass To Seven Cities Following Successful Trials

    Now available on key routes to Europe, North America and Southeast Asia Abu Dhabi, UAE – July 28, 2021:   Following successful trials, Etihad Airways has expanded IATA Travel Pass on flights between Abu Dhabi and seven destinations across its network as it continues to implement digital solutions to simplify the travel experience in the wake of the pandemic. IATA Travel Pass is available for guests on all Etihad flights between Abu Dhabi and Bangkok, Barcelona, Geneva, Madrid, Milan, New York and Singapore and offers the convenience of a one-stop platform for managing ......read more

    4 Memorable Holiday Ideas For Eid-Al-Adha

    When it comes to holidays, Eid-al-Adha is the most important time for all Muslims. In the Middle East, this is actually the holiday everyone waits for all along the year. There isn't any happier occasion for Muslim families to get together and share their time, holiday meals, and free-time activities. Probably, this year you want to spend your Eid-al-Adha time more than ever because of last year's Covid-19 pandamic. We want to give you a few holiday ideas to catch so you can make this time an unforgettable lifelong event to create sweet memories for you and your special ......read more

    Dubai's Best Activities for Summer 2021

    The world is beginning to open back up and that means people are looking for places to travel immediately. Those heading to warmer climates might wonder what there is to do in Dubai this summer, and if there are any open attractions at all. What kind of activities are there to do in Dubai this summer?     Visitors from around the world are in luck: Dubai is a great place for summer surprises, hence the name of its special summer events. But where to start? Visit the malls first and foremost. Each of the most popular malls and hotels this year will offer great events, but ......read more

    Al Ain International Airport welcomes two new weekly flights operated by Nile Air

    Al Ain International Airport to connect with Cairo International Airport through scheduled flights by Nile Air every Monday and Friday   Abu Dhabi, UAE – 15 July 2021: Al Ain International Airport (AAN), owned and operated by Abu Dhabi Airports, has welcomed two new weekly flights between Al Ain and Cairo, the capital of Egypt. The inaugural flight, operated by Nile Air landed at Al Ain International Airport on Monday, July 12 at 21:15 Local Time (LT). Francois Bourienne, Chief Commercial Officer at Abu Dhabi Airports, said: “We are pleased to welcome two new weekly ......read more

    7 Stunning Things You Can Only Do In Dubai

    The evergreen cultural influx that you can breathe in Dubai is something unique in the entire world. This city in the heart of the Middle East isn't only made of luxury malls and extraordinary city lights overnight. It's an all-inclusive place where you can enjoy art, shopping at all levels, visit futuristic neighborhoods, and plan a trip to the desert. In a city where fresh-water fountains seem to appear and disappear beyond each corner of its giant buildings, it may not sound a good idea to go exploring the desert region. But Dubai is made of this, as well. The desert on the edge ......read more

    7 Unique Adventure Sports You Can Try In Dubai

    Not all places can boast the same high-level kinds of activities to do for both locals and tourists as Dubai. This wonderful city in the heart of the Middle East shines bright like a diamond in a black mine. Surrounded by huge desert regions, Dubai is the capital of anything that is thought to be impossible out there. So, are you still wondering why millions of tourists want to visit this destination every year? We want to offer you a quick overview of the most representative activities that can make your vacation experience not unique but even incredible. It's what everyone tells ......read more

    Tax is Not the Answer to Aviation Sustainability

    15, July 2021: The International Air Transport Association (IATA) warned that the reliance on taxation as the solution for cutting aviation emissions in the EU’s ‘Fit for 55’ proposal is counter-productive to the goal of sustainable aviation. EU policy needs to support practical emission reduction measures such as incentives for Sustainable Aviation Fuels (SAF) and modernization of air traffic management.  “Aviation is committed to decarbonization as a global industry. We don’t need persuading, or punitive measures like taxes to motivate change. In fact, ......read more

    IATA Calls on States to Follow WHO Guidance on Cross-Border Travel

    July 15, 2021:  The International Air Transport Association (IATA) called on states to follow new guidance on travel from the World Health Organization (WHO). The guidance recommends a “risk-based approach” to implementing measures related to COVID-19 and international travel. It will be presented to the WHO COVID-19 International Health Regulations Emergency Committee on Thursday 15 July.   Specifically, WHO recommended that governments:   • Do not require proof of COVID-19 vaccination as a mandatory condition for entry or exit • Remove ......read more

    Etihad Airways Travel Advice For the Peak Eid Holidays

    Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – July 13, 2021:  With Etihad’s newest destinations - Mykonos and Santorini in the Greek Islands, and Malaga in Spain - opening last week, and travel restrictions around the world continuing to ease, Etihad Airways and Abu Dhabi International Airport are geared up to welcome a large volume of passengers over the Eid holidays.   The airline has provided travel tips to make the journey as convenient and smooth as possible.   1. Check the destination requirements. With travel restrictions changing frequently, Etihad ......read more

    Etihad Airways Offers Free Chauffeur Service to and From Dubai for Economy Guests

    Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – July 12, 2021:  Etihad Airways, the national airline of the UAE, is offering free private airport transfers to and from Dubai for guests travelling in Economy to select destinations. Tickets must be booked by 11 August for travel by 30 September 2021. Travellers will also earn double Etihad Guest Miles on their flight too.  Guests travelling to Dubai do not need to quarantine on arrival and can travel easily from Abu Dhabi International Airport, using Etihad’s complimentary transfer services to Dubai. During the promotion, guests ......read more

    May Air Cargo 9.4% Above Pre-COVID Levels

    08, July 2021:  The International Air Transport Association (IATA) released May 2021 data for global air cargo markets showing that demand continued its strong growth trend.   As comparisons between 2021 and 2020 monthly results are distorted by the extraordinary impact of COVID-19, unless otherwise noted, all comparisons to follow are to May 2019 which followed a normal demand pattern.   Global demand, measured in cargo tonne-kilometers (CTKs*), was up 9.4% compared to May 2019. Seasonally adjusted demand rose by 0.4% month-on-month in May, the 13th ......read more

    Women in Aviation (WIA) in Dubai Awards Scholarships to Rising Stars

    Awards are the first of their kind in the MENA region Winners get scholarships worth over US$50,000  Recognition in aviation and aerospace domains Gender diversity in the aviation industry recognised  Dubai, July 6, 2021:  The fifth edition of the Women in Aviation (WIA) Middle East Chapter’s General Assembly, held as a co-located event of the 20th edition of the Airport Show at Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC), has awarded scholarships worth over US$50,000 and honoured women who are helping the aviation industry gain gender diversity. For the first time, an ......read more

    Aston Martin Valkyrie Hypercar Set to Steal the Show at Goodwood Festival of Speed 2021

    • Goodwood Festival of Speed dynamic debut of the highly anticipated Aston Martin Valkyrie hypercar • V12 Speedster and Vantage F1® Edition to also make Goodwood debut from the Supercar Paddock  • Return to Formula One marked with celebratory ‘Aston Martin Moment’ • Aston Martin Cognizant Formula OneTM Team driver Lance Stroll will drive AMR21 F1® car on Saturday   July 06, 2021:  Following the cancellation of last year’s show, Aston Martin are looking forward to exciting the crowds this week at Goodwood Festival of ......read more

    Jebel Jais – Pushing Ras Al Khaimah's Tourist Sector to New Heights

    July 03, 2021: Ensuring the future of the Hajar Mountains’ native flora and fauna is a key consideration as the Emirate launches new and exciting adventure attractions at the UAE’s highest peak      There can be no better symbol for the tourism aspirations of the Emirate of Ras Al Khaimah than Jebel Jais, the tallest mountain in the UAE. Reaching almost two kilometers in height, this imposing feature stands out against the impressive contours of the Hajar Mountains and - thanks to a new focus in tourism - has come to represent Ras Al Khaimah’s ambitions ......read more

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