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    Turkish Airlines introduces its new The LEGO® Movie 2 Inflight Safety Video, before moving its monumental new home base, Istanbul Airport.

    14th February 2019 Turkish Airlines, flying passengers to more global destinations than any other airline, preparing for a brand new journey set to be started with its move to its new state-of-the-art home base, Istanbul Airport, continues its partnership with The LEGO® Movie franchise with the recent digital debut, of a new fun and original safety video. It stars characters from the latest big-screen animated LEGO adventure, The LEGO Movie 2, from Warner Bros. Pictures, in theaters worldwide beginning February 8, 2019.  Back in August 2018, Turkish Airlines debuted the first-ever LEGO passenger safety video, which was also inspired by the LEGO Movie franchise.  The video topped the viral charts with 20 million views in just one month and then brought home the gold at the 2018 Clio Entertainment Awards. In tandem ......read more

    Emirates signs deal for 40 A330-900s, 30 A350-900s

    Airbus and Emirates reach agreement on A380 contract – with the airline to receive 14 more A380s by end 2021, bringing its total A380 order book to 123 units Dubai, UAE, 14 February 2019 – Emirates airline today announced an order for 40 A330-900 aircraft, and 30 A350-900 aircraft, in a heads of agreement signed with Airbus. The deal is worth US$ 21.4 billion at list prices. The latest generation Airbus A330neo and A350 aircraft, will be delivered to Emirates starting from 2021 and 2024 respectively. In addition, Airbus and Emirates reached an agreement on outstanding A380 deliveries. The airline will receive 14 more A380s from 2019 until the end of 2021, taking its total A380 order book to 123 units. Commenting on the agreement on A380 deliveries, His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman and Chief ......read more

    Ethihad Airways to Deploy Latest Generation 787 Dreamliners on all its Flights to China

     Chengdu to be served daily with Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner from 1 July 2019  Shanghai to be upgraded to larger 787-10 Dreamliner from 1 July 2019    Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, 14 February 2019:  Etihad Airways will introduce the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner on its daily service from Abu Dhabi to Chengdu, effective 1 July 2019, replacing the Airbus A330-200 currently operating the route. Also from 1 July, the airlines’ daily service from Abu Dhabi to Shanghai will be upgraded from the 787-9 to the larger 787-10 Dreamliner.    Once the changes take effect, the airline will fly all 28 weekly services to China’s four main gateways – Beijing, Chengdu, Shanghai and Hong Kong – with the next generation Dreamliner aircraft.    The 787-9 service to ......read more

    DC Aviation Group completes major maintenance check on Challenger 850 aircraft

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates, February 14, 2019: Stuttgart headquartered DC Aviation Group (DCA), the German joint venture partner of DC Aviation Al-Futtaim (DCAF), has successfully completed a full 96-month major check on a Challenger 850 aircraft.  The comprehensive maintenance work which was carried out at DCA’s Maintenance Service Centre located at Stuttgart Airport, included a full cabin refurbishment, using choice wood, finest leather and plush carpets. Exterior work included a landing gear and wheel overhaul as well as new exterior painting.  In addition, future mandates which include ADS-B Out modification and complex AD’s including TOSE/LWTAIS were successfully completed. According to the Surveillance Performance and Interoperability regulation (SPI IR), all aircraft with a maximum take-off mass in ......read more

    Airbus to participate in the International Defence Exhibition and Conference (IDEX) 2019

    #Airbus #IDEX    Abu Dhabi, UAE, 13 February 2019: Airbus will display a wide portfolio of products and solutions from Airbus Defence and Space and Airbus Helicopters at the International Defence Exhibition and Conference (IDEX) taking place in Abu Dhabi from February17-21.   As one of the largest defence and security exhibition, IDEX offers an ideal platform to showcase Airbus’ capabilities and to connect and engage with international delegates and key decision-makers from the region including government heads, military and armed forces representatives.   Airbus Defence and Space will display a mock up of the A330MRTT, the aircraft that dominates the transport/tanker market outside the USA and has been ordered by 12 nations including Saudi Arabia and the UAE. A total of 35 aircraft have been delivered ......read more

    Aime and MRO Middle East end on the up

    AIME and MRO Middle East See Deals, Announcements and Product Launches Dubai, UAE. 13 February 2019: Aircraft Interiors Middle East and MRO Middle East closed today after a successful two-day run encompassing product launches, deals and announcements that demonstrate the aerospace industry in the region is still the place to do business. The co-located events attracted 5004 attendees keen to interact with 330 exhibitors representing the region’s best MRO and aircraft interiors companies. In particular, airline buyers from 71 airlines from the Middle East and Europe took the opportunity to learn more about the technologies, products and services available from existing and new contacts across the entire supply chain. Abdul Khaliq Saeed, CEO of Etihad Airways Engineering, said, “This is the best platform for us to ......read more

    Turkish Airlines won the “Lease Deal of the Year Award” at Airline Economics Aviation 100 Global Leaders Awards, and the “Aircraft Tax Lease of the Year” at Global Transport Financ

    Dubai UAE, February 12th, 2019   Turkish Airlines has been awarded “Lease Deal of the Year Award” by Airline Economics in the Awards Gala took place in Dublin on the 21st of January. In addition to this, the national flag carrier of Turkey has been also awarded “Aircraft Tax Lease of the Year” by Global Transport Finance in the Awards Gala took place in London on 31st of January, for the financing of its brand new B777-Freighter aircraft delivered in November 2018, with a total financing amount of 110 million Euros. The structure is an innovative, complex and unique French Tax Lease.    Commenting on those awards, Turkish Airlines Chief Financial Officer (CFO), Murat Şeker said; “First of all, I would like to thank both the Airline Economics and Global Transport Finance on ......read more

    Etihad Airways engineering and satair sign Memorandum of Understanding at MRO Middle East

    12 February 2019 - Dubai UAE Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates: Etihad Airways Engineering, the largest commercial aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services provider in the Middle East, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Satair, one of the world’s largest aviation spares and solution providers. The signing ceremony took place at MRO Middle East 2019 in Dubai with Abdul Khaliq Saeed, Chief Executive Officer, Etihad Airways Engineering and Terry Stone, Managing Director and Head of Sales and Support EMEA, Satair. Abdul Khaliq Saeed, Etihad Airways Engineering said: “We have a long-standing relationship with Satair and look forward to strengthening it further with this new MoU. As we continue to expand our extensive MRO capabilities and expand our global presence, this partnership will help us ......read more

    Emirates celebrates 20 years of operations in Lahore and Islamabad

    DUBAI, UAE: 12 February 2019 – Emirates has marked 20 years of successful operations in Lahore and Islamabad, two of Pakistan’s most populous cities. The award-winning airline has recorded solid year-on-year growth in Lahore and Islamabad over the years, carrying more than 8.4 million passengers on both routes in the last two decades.  Emirates’ hub, Dubai, has emerged as the most popular destination for passengers traveling from Lahore and Islamabad. Religious travel to Jeddah, Medina and Baghdad was also very frequent over the years while London, New York, Manchester and Birmingham were popular among leisure and business travellers. Jabr Al-Azeeby, Vice President Pakistan, Emirates Airline said: "We are embarking on a real milestone as we celebrate 20 years of service to Islamabad and Lahore.  ......read more

    Etihad Airways to introduce Airbus A380 on daily Seoul service

    February 11, 2019 - Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – Effective 1 July 2019, Etihad Airways will operate the Airbus A380 on its daily service linking Abu Dhabi and Seoul. The South Korean capital’s Incheon airport now joins London Heathrow, Paris Charles de Gaulle, New York JFK and Sydney as a destination served by the airline’s award-winning aircraft. Robin Kamark, Chief Commercial Officer, Etihad Aviation Group, said: “Since launching our services to Seoul Incheon in December 2010, the route has proved tremendously successful and we have welcomed over 1.2 million guests on our flights to and from Korea since then. This reinforces the strong ties between our two countries, and the importance Etihad continues to place on the Korean market. “The introduction of our award-winning Airbus A380 will provide ......read more

    Gulf Centre for Aviation Studies Recognized by Airport Council International

    10th February 2019, Abu Dhabi, UAE: The Gulf Centre for Aviation Studies (GCAS), the training arm of Abu Dhabi Airports, has been recognized and awarded by the Airport Council International (ACI). GCAS was recognized as the best performing ACI training center in the Asia-Pacific Region, with the highest number of students trained in 2018. The award was presented by Kevin Caron, Director, Capacity Building Programs at ACI and received by Zamzam Al Hammadi, General Manager GCAS during a special ceremony at the center’s headquarters, located at Al Bateen Executive Airport in the UAE capital of Abu Dhabi. Commenting on the award, Zamzam Alhammadi, General Manager GCAS, said: “It is an honor to be recognized by the ACI as the best performing ACI training center in the Asia-Pacific Region. We are dedicated to raising aviation ......read more

    Healthy Passenger Demand Continues in 2018 with Another Record Load Factor

    7 February 2019 United Arab Emirates:  The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced global passenger traffic results for 2018 showing that demand (revenue passenger kilometers or RPKs) rose by a healthy 6.5% compared to full-year 2017. Although this represented a slowdown compared to the 2017 annual growth of 8.0%, it was another year of above-trend growth. Full year 2018 capacity climbed 6.1%, and load factor edged up 0.3 percentage point to a record 81.9%, exceeding the previous high set in 2017.  December RPKs rose 5.3% against the same month in 2017, the slowest year-over-year pace since January 2018 and a continuation of the trend that saw demand growth decelerate to an annualized rate of 5% over the course of the 2018 second half compared to a 9% pace in the first half.  “2018 was another ......read more

    Etihad Airways and Royal Jordanian Announce New Codeshare Partnership

    Etihad Airways to codeshare on Royal Jordanian services to select points in Europe, North Africa and Canada Royal Jordanian customers to have access to Etihad destinations across Asia and Australia   February 07, 2019 - Abu Dhabi, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – Etihad Airways, the national airline of the UAE, and Jordanian flag carrier, Royal Jordanian, have announced a new codeshare partnership which will provide their customers with greater access to key leisure and business destinations in North Africa, Europe, Canada, Asia and Australia. The codeshare flights will be open for sale on 7 February 2019, with the first travel date from 15 February.    This is the first such partnership between the two airlines, who offer multiple daily services between their respective hubs in Abu Dhabi and Amman. The ......read more

    Treat your loved one to a romantic Venetian gondola cruise at Riverland™ Dubai on 14 Feb

    Dubai, 7 February 2019: Looking to surprise your loved one with an unforgettable experience on 14 February? Riverland™ Dubai, the charming dining and entertainment locale at Dubai Parks and Resorts offers couples the chance to celebrate the most romantic day of the year with an enchanting gondola ride, followed by a dinner under the stars in the classic Venetian flat-bottomed boat. Treat your loved one to this memorable 45-minute to 1 hour private cruise that includes a sumptuous dinner for two, priced at AED500 per couple. The picturesque private gondola ride down the river past the medieval French Town is a great way to celebrate the occasion. The special experience is available until 16 February. Riverland™ Dubai is a uniquely themed dining and entertainment destination showcasing four different zones. The French ......read more

    Air Freight Demand Ends Year Up 3.5%, Despite Softening Late 2018

    6 February 2019  (Dubai, UAE) – The International Air Transport Association (IATA) released full-year 2018 data for global air freight markets showing that demand, measured in freight tonne kilometers (FTKs) grew by 3.5% compared to 2017. This was significantly lower than the extraordinary 9.7% growth recorded in 2017.     Freight capacity, measured in available freight tonne kilometers (AFTKs), rose by 5.4% in 2018, outpacing annual growth in demand. This exerted downward pressure on the load factor but yields proved resilient.    Air cargo’s performance in 2018 was sealed by a softening in demand in December. Year-on-year, December demand decreased by 0.5%. This was the worst performance since March 2016. Freight capacity, however, grew by 3.8%. This was the tenth month in a row ......read more

    WTM London 2018 Facilitates a Record £3.4 Billion in Travel Industry Deals

    WTM London 2018, the event where ideas arrive, will generate a record £3.4 billion in travel and tourism industry deals, surpassing the figure of £3.1 billion from WTM London 2017. February 5, 2019 Dubai United Arab Emirates:  The global travel and tourism industry continues to grow with more than £1.4 billion trips predicted to taking place globally in 2019, with the number predicted to rise to £1.8 billion by 2030. Inbound tourism to the UK is approaching 40 million trips annually, while Brits make almost 73 million outbound trips each year. WTM London 2018 reflected this growth with an increase in visitors of more than 4% to a record 32,462, with the event seeing a total of almost 89,000 (88,742) visits from 51,409 participants. In total 4,664 exhibitors from 182 countries and regions took part in ......read more

    Now Boarding from MIA: Facial Recognition Departures

    Lufthansa is first airline to replace boarding passes for cameras on flights from Miami Dubai, UAE – 4 February 2019 – Passengers departing from Miami International Airport to Munich on Lufthansa flight 461 can now board with the quick click of a camera instead of a boarding pass and passport, thanks to the airport’s launch of biometric exit technology last week.  “MIA continues to explore innovative ways of streamlining and expediting the travel experience for visitors to our community,” said Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez. “I look forward to seeing biometric exit technology expand throughout MIA and enhance the level of customer service for its passengers.”  Through a partnership between MIA, Lufthansa, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and global air ......read more

    Aircaft Interiors Market to Reach $40.2 Billion by 2025

    Driving Factors Include Increased Orders, Passenger Traffic Growth and Retrofitting February 04, 2019 - Dubai, UAE The aircraft interiors market is predicted to be worth $40.2 billion by 2025, according to marketsandmarkets. With the industry seeing such growth, Aircraft Interiors Middle East (AIME), returning to Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC) 11-12 February for its tenth edition, is yet again set to provide the ideal platform for solution providers and suppliers to meet with representatives of airlines from around the world. AIME traditionally attracts global airline representatives and the 2019 edition is no exception, with representatives from KLM, Air France and Tunisair confirmed to attend the two day event alongside those from Etihad, Emirates and Oman Air. One of the key drivers for industry growth is increased ......read more

    Emirates Forges Codeshare Partnership with China Southern Airlines

    Emirates’ first codeshare partnership with a Chinese carrier Agreement with China’s largest airline covers 18 routes including domestic points in China and Middle Eastern and African destinations, complementing expansive networks of both airlines   Dubai, U.A.E, 2 February 2019 - Emirates and China Southern Airlines (IATA code: CZ) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to progress a comprehensive reciprocal codeshare agreement, which is set to open up new destinations for passengers travelling between China and the Middle East and Africa. The partnership with the Guangzhou-based carrier also allows Emirates’ passengers to enjoy seamless connectivity on domestic flights within China, adding eight new destinations to its global network. The Chinese cities covered by the codeshare agreement ......read more

    Leading Aviation Engineering Companies Team Up to Form the Independent Aircraft Modifier Alliance

    Dubai, UAE, January 30, 2019:  A group of significant players in the aviation industry are cooperating to form a new alliance in the field of aircraft modification. As leading companies in the retrofit industry, Etihad Airways Engineering, EAD Aerospace, Lufthansa Technik and Envoy Aerospace have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to form the Independent Aircraft Modifier Alliance (IAMA). IAMA aims to encourage aircraft owners and operators to modify and modernise their fleets through high quality equipment and rigorous inspections, irrespective of which IAMA members provide the engineering services. Aircraft modifications, such as the installation of new cabins, connectivity solutions or avionics systems can be approved and documented through a Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) offered by providers such as the IAMA ......read more

    Stretch, relax and rejuvenate: Cathay Pacific opens The Sanctuary by Pure Yoga

    Hong Kong’s home airline creates dedicated yoga and meditation space at The Pier Business Class lounge   Dubai, UAE, January 30, 2019:  A visit to Cathay Pacific’s Business Class lounge at The Pier in Hong Kong has just become even more beneficial for mind, body and soul following the opening of The Sanctuary by Pure Yoga.   Designed in partnership with The Pure Group, The Sanctuary by Pure Yoga is a 700 square-foot area divided into two zones – The Body Sanctuary, which is dedicated to yoga, and The Mind Sanctuary, where travellers can meditate to focus and calm the mind.   Cathay Pacific General Manager Customer Experience and Design, Vivian Lo said: “Wellness is becoming increasingly important to our customers and The Sanctuary by Pure Yoga in our Pier Business Class lounge ......read more

    Turkish Airlines Expands Its UAE Reach with New Route from Sharjah International Airport

    The April 2019 launch reinforces the airlines status of flying to more international destinations than any other in the world   Dubai, UAE, January 29, 2019:  Turkish Airlines has announced another milestone in its international expansion with the launch of direct flights between Sharjah and its Istanbul hub. With existing services from Dubai International Airport, Al Maktoum International Airport (cargo flights), and Abu Dhabi International Airport, Turkish Airlines’ new Sharjah route marks its fourth destination into the UAE.   Turkish Airlines started its journey into the UAE more than 38 years ago with the first flights operating to/from Abu Dhabi since 1981. The first Turkish Airlines flight to/from Dubai inaugurated over 36 years ago.    Flights from Sharjah International Airport ......read more

    Emirates serves over 20,000 plant-based meals on board during ‘Veganuary'

    Requests for vegan meals on board increase by over 40% in January Dubai, UAE, 29 Jan 2019:  Emirates served over 20,000 plant-based meals across all classes in January, known to Vegans worldwide as Veganuary. The worldwide movement, to encourage Veganism especially in January has seen on board requests for vegan meals increase by over 40% this month.  The airline caters to all its customers and has a range of dedicated menus for medical or religious meal requirements which are designed with a team of nutritionists and chefs. Vegan meals rank as the third most commonly requested special meal in Economy Class. Last month, travellers voted Emirates as the Best Airline for Vegan Meals in a poll by Vegan News. Emirates has over 170 plant-based recipes in its kitchen to cater to its vegan customers. Emirates’ team ......read more

    flydubai goes to Tashkent

    flydubai becomes the first UAE-based airline to operate direct flights to Uzbekistan With the launch of five flights a week to Tashkent, flydubai will offer 33 weekly flights to seven points in Central Asia   The new destination will operate as a codeshare route with Emirates with a Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft  Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 28 January 2019:   Dubai-based flydubai today has announced the start of flights to Tashkent (TAS) the capital of Uzbekistan. The five times weekly service between Dubai and Tashkent will start from 11 March 2019 and will become a daily operation from 31 May 2019.    flydubai has been flying to Central Asia since November 2010 with the launch of operations to Ashgabat in Turkmenistan, followed by the launch of flights to Bishkek in Kyrgyzstan in ......read more

    Etihad Aviation Group Participates in Global Investment in Aviation Summit (GIAS)

    Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, 28 January, 2019:   Etihad Aviation Group is participating in the Global Investment in Aviation Summit (GIAS) held over three days in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE). The summit is an opportunity for aviation leaders and experts from around the world to gather and explore investment opportunities, hear from subject matter experts and showcase the latest technology trends within the sector.  Etihad is represented at the event by numerous divisions, each showcasing innovative solutions and range of services available to those looking to invest in aviation. Amongst them are Etihad Airport Services (EAS) which provides extensive catering and ground support services not only to Etihad Airways but also to third party aviation operators and the hospitality industry. In addition, EAS provides ......read more

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    Abu Dhabi Airports hosted the Airports Council International Asia Pacific Regional HR Committee Fall meeting

    The workshop held at the Gulf Center for Aviation Studies brought together more than 35 airport HR professionals from key Asia Pacific airports  26th December 2018, Abu Dhabi, UAE:   Abu Dhabi Airports hosted the Airports Council International Asia-Pacific Regional HR Committee Fall meeting at the Gulf Center for Aviation Studies (GCAS) in Abu Dhabi between the 11th and 13th December. The three-day event, was an opportunity for Airport HR professionals to reflect on the successes of 2018, and look forward to 2019’s opportunities.  The event brought together ......read more

    Etihad Airways to Introduce Boeing 787 Dreamliner on Daily Hong Kong Service

    Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, December 23, 2018:   Etihad Airways will introduce the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner on its daily scheduled service from Abu Dhabi to Hong Kong, effective 31 March 2019. The two-class aircraft will replace the Airbus A330-200 aircraft currently operating the route   The new 787-9 Dreamliner service to Hong Kong will feature the airline’s next-generation Business and Economy cabins, configured with 299 seats - 28 Business Studios and 271 Economy Smart Seats -  a capacity increase of six seats in Business and 31 in Economy in ......read more

    DCT Abu Dhabi launches a new annual season on Abu Dhabi's calendar, the Retail Abu Dhabi (RAD) Season

    More Than 650 Outlets Sign Up for Spectacular New Code Red Sale Campaign Across Abu Dhabi Special offers for shopping, hospitality, events, dining and more will take place across the UAE capital from 26th December 2018 to 5th February 2019 Abu Dhabi, 23 December 2018 –   The Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi) has announced the imminent launch of its Retail Abu Dhabi (RAD) Season, a new annual retail and shopping season which will run across the capital. Taking place from 26th December 2018 to 5th February 2019, visitors and residents ......read more

    CNN speaks to the CEO of The Emirates Group as Dubai Intl Airport welcomes its one billionth customer

    Dubai, UAE, December 22, 2018:  As Dubai International (DXB) welcomes its one billionth international customer, CNN’s John Defterios spoke to H.H Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum –Chairman of Dubai Airports and CEO of The Emirates Group.   During the interview with Defterios, Al Maktoum discussed the crucial role customers have played in helping Dubai International reach their goal, saying “It’s always about the customers. The more you please your customers, they will come again and again.”   Al Maktoum also commented on the US Federal ......read more

    Turkish Airlines Corporate Club won the First-Ever GT Tested Reader Survey Award for “Best Corporate Travel Program for Business Travelers”.

    The global airline also received two awards for “Best Airline for Business Class” and “Best Airport Staff/Gate Agents” for the second consecutive year. Dubai, UAE, December 20, 2018:  Turkish Airlines, flying to more countries and international destinations than any other airline in the world, is the recipient of three 2018 GT Tested Reader Survey awards by Global Traveler magazine, including the first-ever award for “Best Corporate Travel Program for Business Travelers” for its prestigious Turkish Airlines Corporate Club program. In addition, the ......read more

    Emirates brings iconic Asian Cup trophy to Dubai ahead of highly anticipated AFC Cup 2019

    Dubai, UAE, December 20, 2018:  Emirates, the official airline partner of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) and AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019 has flown the iconic AFC Asian Cup trophy to Dubai ahead of the much-anticipated AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019. The AFC Asian Cup trophy travelled from Tokyo, making a stop in Hong Kong and continuing on EK 383 before arriving in Dubai. The AFC Asian Cup is the most prestigious national team event in Asia and one of the most widely viewed sporting events in the world. It is being held on UAE soil for the first time since 1996. Emirates has been the ......read more

    The Five Reasons You Really Need Travel Insurance

    Dubai, UAE, December 20, 2018:  AXA, one of the largest international players in the GCC and the no. 1 global insurance brand for the 10th consecutive year, has some helpful advice for people looking to travel over the next few days.   Passport, tickets and money are the three things on any traveler’s checklist, but the need for travel insurance is frequently overlooked and it is probably one of the most important things to consider before you leave the country.   Despite what you might have heard, travel insurance is remarkably inexpensive.  AXA is keen ......read more

    Chinese visitors to GCC will increase 81% by 2022 says ATM report

    2.9 million Chinese tourists will travel to GCC in 2022 Saudi Arabia to experience highest proportionate increase in arrivals from China, with a projected CAGR of 33% between 2018 and 2022 25% of delegates, exhibitors and attendees were interested in doing business with China at Arabian Travel Market 2018 Dubai, UAE, December 19, 2018:  The number of Chinese tourists travelling to the GCC is expected to increase 81% from 1.6 million in 2018 to 2.9 million in 2022, according to data published ahead of Arabian Travel Market (ATM) 2019, which takes place at Dubai World Trade ......read more

    Etihad Airways to Introduce Boeing 787 Dreamliner to Barcelona

    Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, December 19, 2018:  Etihad Airways will introduce the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner on its scheduled services from Abu Dhabi to Barcelona, effective 22 February 2019, replacing the Airbus A330-200 currently operating the recently launched route.   The deployment of the larger 787 Dreamliner to Barcelona has been timed to coincide with the Mobile World Conference taking place in the city from 25-28 February, during which Etihad Airways will provide daily flights. The airline will increase frequency to a permanent daily operation from 31 ......read more

    Emirates and South African Airways to expand strategic partnership with enhanced codeshare agreement

    Dubai, UAE, 18 December 2018 -   Emirates, the world’s largest international airline and South African Airways (SAA), the South African flag carrier, are expanding their strategic cooperation with enhancements to its codeshare agreement, opening up new destinations for both Emirates and SAA customers. Pending governmental approval, SAA and Emirates have signed an enhanced commercial partnership which will see the relationship between the two carriers grow and strengthen their already successful codeshare agreement signed in 1997, across a wide spectrum of commercial and ......read more

    Global Investment in Aviation Summit Links Developed and Emerging Markets through Investment in Aviation Industry

    The first edition of the Global Investment in Aviation Summit (GIAS 2019), slated to take place in Dubai on January 28 & 29, 2019. GIAS 2019 to bring together world’s top industry experts and professionals. GIAS 2019 is held in the light of the expected growth rates and capital inflows into the aviation industry due to the steady and remarkable increase in demands for air transport, as the world’s safest mode of transportation, in addition to its reasonable costs. Dubai, UAE, December 18, 2018:  The first edition of the Global Investment in Aviation Summit ......read more

    Emirates to operate A380 to Glasgow

    Dubai, UAE, December 17, 2018:  Emirates today announced it will introduce a daily A380 service for a temporary period between Glasgow and Dubai from 16 April 2019.  It will be the first time the popular double decker aircraft will operate on a scheduled basis to Scotland. The larger capacity A380 will replace Emirates’ current twice daily Boeing 777 service between Glasgow and Dubai from 16 April until 31 May 2019, during which time Dubai Airports plan to close Dubai International’s (DXB) southern runway for upgrade works, and the single runway operations require ......read more

    Read the Fine Print Before Buying Travel Insurance, UAE Residents Urged as New Year Holidays Beckon

    Budget Policies Leave Holidaymakers Short on Cover in an Emergency Expats Have Specific Concerns for Medical Terms and Conditions Take Special Care When Buying ‘Added Extra’ Insurance Online Dubai, UAE, December 17, 2018:  UAE residents are being urged to check the fine print on their travel insurance before flying abroad during the New Year period, with some policies potentially leaving them short on cover in an emergency.   Paul Brierley of Nexus Insurance Brokers says gaps in provision are especially problematic when travel insurance is offered as an ......read more

    Emirates unveils new Real Madrid A380 decal

    Dubai, UAE, December 16, 2018:   Emirates, the world’s largest international airline and a main sponsor of Spanish football club, Real Madrid, today unveiled a new decal featuring action images of some of the club’s top players on one of its A380 aircraft. The new decal was created to mark the occasion of Real Madrid’s charter flight on an Emirates A380 from Madrid to Abu Dhabi today, where the team in their capacity as current European champions will compete with football club champions from other continents. The bespoke decal features first team ......read more

    Dubai Adds Spanish Cruise Line to Its Homeporting Roster

    Pullmantur Cruise Line makes regional debut with maiden call of Horizon  Dubai, UAE; 16 December 2018:   Dubai Tourism alongside its public and private sector partners welcomed cruise ship Horizon into Dubai, marking the debut of Pullmantur Cruise Lines in the region. To commemorate the occasion, a traditional ‘Plaques and Keys Exchange’ ceremony was hosted on board in the presence of the President and CEO of Pullmantur Cruises and the ship’s captain, as well as key industry stakeholders. Reaffirming Dubai’s position as the ‘Cruise Hub of the ......read more

    Cathay Pacific expands its Japan network with new route to Ishikawa Prefecture from April 2019

    “Konnichiwa” Komatsu Dubai, UAE, December 16, 2018:  Cathay Pacific is introducing a new scheduled seasonal service to Komatsu next spring, making the beautiful natural landscapes and rich cultural attractions of Japan’s Ishikawa Prefecture more easily accessible to UAE travellers via Hong Kong. The new two-times-weekly service* will be operated on Wednesdays and Saturdays between 3 April 2019 and 26 October 2019 using Airbus A330-300 aircraft featuring both Business and Economy Class cabins. Cathay Pacific has operated charter flights to Komatsu, the gateway ......read more

    Turkish Airlines reached 81.4% Load Factor in November 2018

    Dubai, UAE, December 15, 2018:  Turkish Airlines, who has recently announced its passenger and cargo traffic results for November 2018, reached 81.4% Load Factor in that month. On top of the strong base effect of the last year, growth in the number of passengers, revenue per kilometer and load factor, is an important indicator of the continued growing interest in Turkey and Turkish Airlines in the last quarter of the year as well.     According to the November 2018 Traffic Results;  The passenger growth trend continued in November, thus total number of ......read more

    How to spend your leisure time in Dubai

    If you are planning a rich vacation abroad, chockfull of exciting adventures, memorable nights, fun-filled days, and enough photos to fill your cameras to bursting, then Dubai is sure to be on your list of prospective destinations. Now, you are on your vacation and have landed in Dubai. After checking into the hotel, what do you do next? Where do you go? Or if you don’t want to move from your comfortable bed and don’t want to sleep either, what do you do? For one, you could hit a Beach. Dubai beaches are famous for scenic eateries, beachside bars, latest fashion boutiques, ......read more

    Etihad Airways Travel Advice for 2018 Winter Holidays

    Dubai, UAE, December 13, 2018:  The Winter holidays are set to start soon with schools in the UAE breaking for holidays in the coming week, leading to a particularly busy time at Abu Dhabi Airport.   To ensure guests enjoy a convenient travel experience during this busy period, Etihad Airways has a number of travel tips and reminders to save time:   Early Check-in For the convenience of those guests who live downtown, early check-in is available at the Abu Dhabi City Terminal for AED30 per guest. Guests should arrive at Abu Dhabi International Airport at least ......read more

    Cautious Optimism Extends into 2019 Airlines Heading for A Decade in the Black

    Dubai, UAE, December 13, 2018:  The International Air Transport Association (IATA) forecasts the global airline industry net profit to be $35.5 billion in 2019, slightly ahead of the $32.3 billion expected net profit in 2018 (revised down from $33.8 billion forecast in June). Highlights of expected 2019 performance include: The return on invested capital is expected to be 8.6% (unchanged from 2018) The margin on net post-tax profits is expected be 4.0% (basically unchanged from 3.9% in 2018) Overall industry revenues are expected to reach $885 billion (+7.7% on $821 billion in ......read more

    IATA Launches Platform Enabling Airlines to Share Turbulence Data

    Dubai, UAE, December 13, 2018:  The International Air Transport Association (IATA) launched its Turbulence Aware data resource to help airlines avoid turbulence when planning routes tactically in flight. Turbulence Aware augments an airline’s ability to forecast and avoid turbulence by pooling and sharing (in real time) turbulence data generated by participating airlines.     Today airlines rely upon pilot reports and weather advisories to mitigate the impact of turbulence on their operations. These tools—while effective—have limitations due to the ......read more

    Emiratisation Efforts Stepped Up in Support of New Tourism Vision 2025

    Enhanced industry nationalisation initiatives encouraging Emiratis to pursue careers in travel and tourism sector Dubai, UAE; 13 December 2018:   Dubai’s Department of Tourism & Commerce Marketing (Dubai Tourism) has announced plans to further drive industry Emiratisation efforts to create a strong pool of local talent that will play a key role in helping Dubai achieve its Tourism Vision 2025. As guided by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, nationalisation initiatives launched by ......read more

    Emirates takes delivery of its last Boeing 777-300ER aircraft

    A6-EQP is the 190th Boeing 777 aircraft to be delivered to Emirates Emirates’ modern and efficient fleet strategy to continue with future deliveries of Boeing 777-8 and 777-9 aircraft Dubai, UAE, 13 December 2018 - Emirates celebrated an important fleet milestone with the delivery of the final Boeing 777-300ER aircraft on its order books. A6-EQP is the 190th Boeing 777 aircraft to be delivered to Emirates, the world’s largest operator of Boeing 777 aircraft and also the only airline in the world to have operated all the six variants of the Boeing 777 family. One of out ......read more

    flydubai announces new fare structure offering passengers more choice

    Dubai, UAE, December 12, 2018:   Dubai-based flydubai launches new fare types offering passengers more choice when travelling in Economy. The new fare types are applicable for all bookings made from 02 December onwards and allows passengers to choose between Lite, Value and Flex bundles designed to cater to their different travel needs and budget. Passengers travelling in Business continue to benefit from great value for money with the existing business class fares that include a generous checked-in baggage allowance, meal options from an internationally inspired menu, ......read more

    Dubai South unveils the Aviation One office complex

    Dubai, UAE, December 11, 2018:  Dubai South unveiled today the Aviation One office complex, the Dubai South flagship commercial property on the sideline of MEBAA 2018.  “The Aviation one is a premium and one-stop shop business facility. A unique commercial complex in new Aviation District at Dubai South, Aviation One is located next to the VIP Terminal the heart of the General Aviation District at Dubai South,” said Tahnoon Saif, Chief Executive Officer of the Aviation District at Dubai South. Unveiling this modern business address in the heart of the new ......read more

    Air India Express launches its new route to Kannur from Abu Dhabi International Airport

    3 weekly flights to connect Abu Dhabi with the new destination in India   11th December 2018, Abu Dhabi, UAE:   Abu Dhabi International Airport (AUH) welcomed yesterday Air India Express inaugural flight from Kannur, India, commencing 3 weekly flights that connect the UAE Capital’s airport with Kannur International Airport (CNN).   The inaugural Air India Express flight from Kannur touched down in Abu Dhabi on Sunday 9th December at 12:30pm marking the start of a brand new route for the airline, with Abu Dhabi as the first destination for the airline from ......read more

    Dubai Tourism Highlights Importance of Digital Maturity and Revenue Management in Hospitality Sector

    New independent report assesses the digital maturity of Dubai’s hotel sector highlighting best practice digital technology  80% of hotel searches and 60% of travel searches in the Middle East and North Africa made using mobile phones, emphasising importance of digital, social and mobile first strategy Revenue management training sessions rolled out to stakeholders, stimulating global price competitiveness  Dubai, UAE, 10 December 2018:   Dubai’s Department of Tourism & Commerce Marketing (Dubai Tourism) has unveiled a third-party research report ......read more

    New ACH145 Mercedes-Benz Style Cabin Model Highlights First Presence at MEBAA for Airbus Corporate Helicopters

    Dubai, 6th December 2018 –   For the first time, Airbus Corporate Helicopters (ACH) will take part in MEBAA Dubai, the Middle East's leading business aviation exhibition.   Located at Chalet A15, ACH will display a new ACH145 cabin model equipped with the Mercedes-Benz Style interior, part of the range of interior designs by partner brands and designers: ACH Editions.  The model will showcase the elegant interior design inspired by the luxury-class saloons of the automotive manufacturer matched with the features of the outstanding medium sized, twin-engine ......read more

    Abu Dhabi International Airport Becomes First Transport Hub to Harvest Energy and Data from Passengers' Footsteps in Middle East

    Masdar, in collaboration with Pavegen, creates data and energy harvesting walkway at Abu Dhabi’s Gateway 5th December, 2018, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates:  Abu Dhabi International Airport has officially announced the launch of an interactive walkway which converts the footsteps of travellers into off-grid electricity and data.  Abu Dhabi Airports has commissioned Pavegen, the award-winning UK clean-tech company, in collaboration with Masdar (Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company) to construct a 16-square metre energy harvesting walkway. The path connects two terminals ......read more

    Emirates adds additional A380 service between Johannesburg and Dubai

    Starting 1 December – two of the four daily Emirates flights to Johannesburg are being operated by the iconic A380 Dubai, UAE, December 05, 2018:   Emirates, the world’s largest international airline, has introduced an additional Airbus A380 service to Johannesburg (O.R. Tambo International Airport), effective 1 December, replacing the previous Boeing 777 aircraft on the route. EK762 (JNB-DXB) and EK761 (DXB-JNB) are now served by the flagship A380 aircraft.   This change in aircraft supports growing demand in South Africa, a 14% increase in seat ......read more

    BMW Group sales increase in October

    Dubai, UAE, December 04, 2018:  More than 200,000 vehicles delivered in October, up 1.7% +++ All three major sales regions contributed to year-to-date growth +++ BMW sales grow in October and year-to-date +++ BMW X3 sales more than double in October +++ Electrified sales up over 40% in year-to-date +++ Munich. The BMW Group has sold more cars in October than ever before in the month, despite the current challenging economic and political situation. The company delivered 200,883 vehicles to customers around the world, an increase of 1.7% on the same month last year. That result brings the ......read more

    Abu Dhabi Airports to host ACI Airport Exchange 2019

    Prestigious event to take place in November 2019 in the UAE capital Abu Dhabi Airports host appointment announced during handover ceremony at ACI Airport Exchange 2018 in Oslo, Norway 4th December 2018, Abu Dhabi, UAE:   Abu Dhabi Airports is to host the Airport Council International (ACI) Airport Exchange 2019. The announcement was made during an official handover ceremony at the 2018 edition of the event last week in Oslo, Norway.   The special handover ceremony at the close of ACI Airport Exchange 2018 saw Mohammed Al Katheeri, SVP Strategy and Communications ......read more

    UAE Carriers announce aircraft formation to celebrate 47th National Day and Year of Zayed

    Dubai, UAE - 1 December 2018:   Emirates, Etihad, flydubai and Air Arabia will be performing a flypast tomorrow over the UAE as a centrepiece performance to celebrate the UAE’s 47th National Day and the Year of Zayed. All four UAE carriers will be taking their flagship aircraft to the skies from 1pm (local time) and will be flying with the Al Fursan aerobatic display team. We encourage the public to take photos and videos however please remember not to put the formation at risk by using drones and to comply with all GCAA rules and ‘No Fly Zones’ for Unmanned ......read more

    4 US States to Visit in 2019

    With more than 50 superb states to choose from, and an endless array of towns and cities to explore, it is easy to feel spoilt for options when planning a US trip. Rather than picking a random destination on a map, make an informed decision to ensure you book a break that complements your vacation needs, personality and budget. To help select the best spot for your next vacation, here are four US states to visit in 2019.      1.  Texas As Texas is the largest state in America, you can guarantee you will have plenty of things to see and do during a visit. Not only ......read more

    Turkish Airlines signed a deal with HAVELSAN to receive flight simulators that support pilot training.

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 28 November 2018 –   Turkish Airlines, who signed a new agreement today with HAVELSAN, produced the first domestic simulator to be used in pilot training for Boeing 737NG in previous period, continues its support for the further expansion of Turkey’s domestic and national production concept. Within the scope of this agreement, which signed today by Turkish Airlines Chairman of the Board and the Executive Committee, M. İlker Aycı, and HAVELSAN Board Chairman, Prof. Dr. Hacı Ali Mantar, within a special ceremony held in ......read more

    Emerging technologies helping airports tackle increasing security threats

    Airport security market to surpass US$16 billion mark Smart technologies fuelling airport security market ME airports face a range of threats on a daily basis Dubai, November 28, 2018: New technology plays a vital role to ensure security at airports at a time when new vulnerabilities are emerging with the merger of cyber and physical threats. Security and safety technologies play a vital role in managing fast clearance checks for passengers. There is huge competition among airports in providing fast immigration and security checks. Officials say that balance is needed to ensure ......read more

    Emirates invests in latest bus fleet to enhance on-ground comfort for Economy Class passengers

    Dubai, UAE, 27 November 2018 –   To provide passengers with even more comfortable transfers when they arrive, depart or transit at Dubai international Airport, Emirates has taken the initiative to bring in a fleet of new high tech buses for airside passenger operations. These new dedicated buses will ferry Emirates’ passengers between the terminals and its aircraft at remote stands.  Ten of these new buses are already in service. 30 more will be delivered by January 2019, with the entire fleet to comprise 128 buses by 2020. Adel Al Redha, Emirates’ ......read more

    Lewis Hamilton Wins the 10th Edition of the Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

    The biggest ever day of #AbuDhabiGP celebrations culminated with glory for the five-time champion Mercedes driver and a performance by US rock legends Guns N’Roses Dubai, UAE, November 26, 2018:  Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, 25 November 2018: Lewis Hamilton took his 11th win of the 2018 F1® calendar and sealed his fifth championship winning season in style at the FORMULA 1 2018 ETIHAD AIRWAYS ABU DHABI GRAND PRIX on Sunday evening.  In a thrilling race that started with an-all Mercedes front row, Hamilton battled hard for the win, keeping the Ferrari of Sebastian ......read more

    Cathay Pacific Group Releases Combined Traffic Figures For October 2018

    Dubai, UAE, November 25, 2018:  Cathay Pacific Group has released combined Cathay Pacific and Cathay Dragon traffic figures for October 2018 that show an increase in both the number of passengers and cargo and mail uplifted compared to the same month in 2017. Cathay Pacific and Cathay Dragon carried a total of 2,950,532 passengers last month, an increase of 0.9% compared to October 2017. The passenger load factor increased 0.3 percentage points to 81.6%, while capacity, measured in available seat kilometres (ASKs), increased by 3.8%. In the first ten months of 2018, the number of ......read more

    Top Sports Activities in Dubai

    Dubai is known for its sporting culture, and health and fitness is often a firm interest for citizens. With is rolling desert terrain, as well as state of the art facilities, Dubai lends itself to a variety of sports. If you are keen to try a new activity, or just prefer to watch, there are sports for everyone to enjoy. This guide shows you some of the top sports activities in Dubai. Horse Racing Racing horses is a popular sport to watch and place bets on live, or with gambling sites like Unibet as a fun way to unwind. Some of the most prestigious racing events take place in Dubai, such ......read more

    Rocket Carrying First-Ever Research and Earth Observation Cubesat Built by Khalifa University Students Successfully Launched to International Space Station

    MYSAT-1 launched to International Space Station on-board Cygnus NG-10 resupply mission The nanosatellite developed by students of Khalifa University Space Systems and Technology Master’s Concentration, established in partnership with Yahsat and Northrop Grumman Abu Dhabi- UAE: 21 November, 2018 -   Yahsat, UAE-based global satellite operator, wholly-owned by Mubadala Investment Company, and Khalifa University of Science and Technology, a research university dedicated to the advancement of learning through the discovery and application of knowledge, and Northrop ......read more

    Abu Dhabi International Airport opens multi-faith prayer room in celebration of the UAE's value of Tolerance

    The new facility is located in Terminal 3 and comes as part of Abu Dhabi Airports’ Year of Zayed activities 20 November 2018, Abu Dhabi, UAE:   Abu Dhabi Airports inaugurated the multi-faith prayer room in Terminal 3 at Abu Dhabi International Airport (AUH). The opening this new facility reflects on Abu Dhabi Airports’ commitment to embed the UAE’s values of respect, acceptance and diversity.    The prayer room is located adjacent to the bus gates at Terminal 3, which has an annual capacity of 12 million passengers.    The ......read more

    Plan b Group to Promote ‘Visit St Petersburg' Tourism Activities in the UAE

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates, November 20, 2018:  Dubai based Plan b Group has successfully bid for the ‘Visit St. Petersburg’ account. The acquisition of the destination marketing initiative mandates Plan b Group to promote St Petersburg within the UAE as a choice destination for business and leisure. Additionally, Plan b Group Founder & Chairman, Harmeek Singh has been appointed as ‘Visit St Petersburg’s’ representative in the country. “Through the ‘Visit St. Petersburg’ campaign, Plan b will do what we do best by promoting business ......read more

    Emirates Group announces half-year performance for 2018-19

    Group: Revenue up 10% to AED 54.4 billion (US$ 14.8 billion), and profit of AED 1.1 billion (US$ 296 million), down 53%. Results impacted by significant increase in fuel cost, unfavourable currency movements, and one-time transaction in dnata. Emirates: Revenue up 10% to AED 48.9 billion (US$ 13.3 billion), and profit decline of 86% to AED 226 million (US$ 62 million). 30.1 million passengers carried, up 3%, on overall capacity expansion of 3%. Dubai’s attraction as a destination remains strong with the airline carrying 9% more customers to its hub city. dnata: Revenue up 11% to ......read more

    Turkish Airlines reached 83.4% Load Factor in October

    14 November 2018:  Turkish Airlines, who has recently announced its passenger and cargo traffic results for October, reached 83.4% load factor in that month. On top of the strong base effect of the last year, the growth in the number of passengers, revenue per kilometer and load factor, is an important indicator of the continued growing interest in Turkey and Turkish Airlines in the last quarter of the year as well.    According to the October 2018 Traffic Results;  The passenger growth trend continued in October, thus total number of passengers carried went up ......read more

    Awesome Island Vacation Tips.

    Checklist to having an Awesome Island Vacation Vacations are exciting. It is a time to relax and be free from all your routine stress. During vacation, you should always be prepared for any situation that is likely to occur. Hence, before going for a vacation, you should ensure to carry out some critical research. Indeed, you may have done some studies to help you book your ticket and select the right place for vacation, but there is more to planning than just booking your tickets. Confirm Rentals If you plan to rent a car while you are on vacation, it will be better to call and ......read more

    Abu Dhabi Airports participates in Bahrain International Air Show

    Abu Dhabi Airports CEO Bryan Thompson: Abu Dhabi Airports is a Leading Example in the Airports    13th November 2018, Abu Dhabi, UAE: Abu Dhabi Airports today announced its participation at the Bahrain International Air Show, held November 14 – 16 at the Sakhir Airbase, where it is set to exhibit alongside partners at the UAE national pavilion. Abu Dhabi Airports took part in the event alongside key local stakeholders.    Commenting on Abu Dhabi Airports’ participation at the Middle East’s fastest growing airshow, CEO Bryan Thompson said: ......read more

    Looking to Fund Your 2019 Vacation? Here's How!

    Have you always wanted to go to the likes of Dubai, but have no idea how you are going to afford the trip of a lifetime? There are many reasons why you may be struggling to come up with the cash. Perhaps you have been hit by unemployment in recent months or drowning in so many bills that your vacation has become the last on your priority list. If you have no clue on the options of how you are going to afford your vacation in 2019, here are some top financial tips you should be considering right now as a way of funding the big trip: Set up a separate savings account One of the most ......read more

    Emirates launches special fares to over 20 global destinations

    Plan ahead and enjoy competitive fares for UAE National Day holiday weekend Dubai, UAE – 12 November, 2018:   Emirates is offering special fares in the UAE to over 20 global destinations in its network. Passengers can now take advantage of the upcoming UAE National Day long weekend and plan a short holiday getaway, or visit family and friends back home, within Emirates’ vast network. The offer applies to bookings made today until 22nd November 2018 for travel until 31st July 2019. Economy Class passengers can enjoy fares to Colombo starting at AED 1,495, London ......read more

    Groundwork begins at historical Mina Al Sultan Qaboos

    JV between OMRAN and DAMAC International paves way for region’s largest waterfront transformation  Dubai, UAE – 08 November 2018: Groundwork is now underway at Mina Al Sultan Qaboos (MASQ), annouced DAMAC International today, the strategic partner to the joint venture with Oman Tourism Development Company (OMRAN), the government’s tourism development arm. The transformation of the historical port into a USD 2 billion integrated waterfront destination, which includes hotels, residences, food and beverage, retail and entertainment offerings, is inline with the National ......read more

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