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    Etihad Airways Celebrates President Xi Jinping's Visit With a Series of Cultural Activities

    Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, July 19, 2018:  Etihad Airways is saying ‘huānyíng’ (welcome) to President Xi Jinping with a series of activities during his presidential visit, aimed at celebrating Chinese culture and the close bilateral ties between China and the UAE. Guests flying with the airline today will receive Chinese flags and fortune cookies as they set off on their journey from Abu Dhabi International Airport, while its lounges will be illuminated in hues of red and yellow. The airline's headquarters will also be lit up in the Chinese national colours this evening. These lights will be clearly visible from the air for guests on flights departing Abu Dhabi. In addition, Etihad Airways has launched a video on social media to celebrate ten years of flying to China. Etihad Airways staff ......read more

    Finnair launches best in market in-flight internet service on European flights; invites customers to test the service

    Dubai, UAE, July 19, 2018:  Finnair is launching a new high-speed internet service on its narrow-body Airbus fleet on European flights. From July 19th onwards, Finnair customers will be able to enjoy the industry’s fastest in-flight connection speeds – even gate-to-gate - enabling each customer to use the internet as they do on the ground, from web surfing and online shopping to listening to music and even watching movies and TV shows from popular video streaming services. Finnair partnered with global communications company, Viasat Inc., to deliver the high-speed in-flight internet service, which has already been installed on 6 of Finnair’s narrow body Airbus aircraft. By the end of this summer about 20 aircraft are expected to be installed with internet connectivity, with the entire narrow-body Airbus fleet ......read more

    Emirates adds flights to France

    Lyon to become daily service with two extra flights per week Paris to get one additional flight per week Dubai, UAE, July 18, 2018:  Emirates today announced that it will introduce two additional flights to Lyon and one to Paris per week, complementing its existing schedule and providing even more choice and convenience to travellers.   The increase in frequency from five to seven between Lyon and Dubai will see the route become a daily service, while the extra flight to Paris brings to 21 the number of flights per week to the French capital, offering travellers three flights per day.   The Lyon flights will start on 2 August 2018, and will operate on a Tuesday and Thursday at the same time as the current flights, which depart Dubai as EK081 at 1435hrs and arrive in Lyon at 1930hrs. The return flight, ......read more

    Etihad Airways to Shine the Spotlight on Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019 at the Manchester City FCGame in Chicago

    The Etihad logo on the Club kit will be swapped for the Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019 logo for one match as Manchester City take on Borussia Dortmund in the International Champions Cup The match will take place at the Soldier Field stadium in Chicago on 20 July 2018  The Special Olympics World Games are being held in Abu Dhabi 14-21 March 2019 Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, July 18, 2018:   Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, has been Manchester City’s main club partner since 2009, with its logo as an instantly recognizable part of the club kit. But on 20 July, when Manchester City play Borussia Dortmund in Chicago, the airline’s branding will be replaced with the Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019 logo, ahead of the World Games being ......read more

    Finnair recognized as the ‘Best Airline in Northern Europe' for the 9th year in a row by Skytrax

    Dubai, UAE, July 18, 2018:   For the ninth consecutive year, Finnair has been named Northern Europe’s Best Airline by Skytrax at the World Airline Awards event in London. The World Airline Awards by Skytrax are based on an independent survey of over 20 million passenger entries taken between August 2017 to May 2018 and covered 335 airlines.   The World Airline Awards by Skytrax are regarded as the primary benchmarking tool for passenger satisfaction levels of airlines throughout the world. The passenger survey analyses customer satisfaction for the overall airline passenger experience, at both the airport and on board the aircraft: check-in to boarding, seat comfort, cabin cleanliness, food, beverages, in-flight entertainment and staff service.  “It is a truly an honor to receive this ......read more

    New Etihad Airways Whatsapp Service Set to Transform Customer Service Communications

    Initial service phase launched for premium guests at Abu Dhabi Airport Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates,  July 17, 2018:  Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, has launched a WhatsApp Business solution, allowing guests to communicate instantly with the airline via the popular messaging app.   The new service, which is the latest element of Etihad Airways’ digital strategy, will provide an enhanced offering to premium guests when they are at Abu Dhabi International Airport, allowing them to chat with the airline’s agents about their flights in a fast, personal, and efficient way.    In addition to communicating with customer service agents, the WhatsApp Business solution will be expanded in the future to enable guests to receive important messages ......read more

    Emirates receives IATA 753 compliance certification for baggage operations in its Dubai hub

    Dubai, UAE, July 16, 2018:  Emirates has been awarded IATA 753 compliance certification for its baggage operation in its home base of Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The certification underlines the carrier’s capabilities to diligently track bags that flow through its Dubai hub for departing, arriving and connecting customers.   IATA Resolution 753 requires airlines to track bags at four specific points in the baggage journey to ensure that at any time the status of each bag is known, facilitating a more pro-active customer approach to managing baggage challenges.    To achieve certification Emirates developed an integrated Baggage Management System (BMS) in-house called Wasla to provide full control of its worldwide baggage operations. Wasla receives baggage scanning information from across the ......read more

    DC Aviation Al-Futtaim expands managed aircraft fleet

    Dubai, UAE, July 16, 2018:   DC Aviation Al-Futtaim (DCAF) has added another Bombardier Challenger aircraft to its managed fleet.  The management contract will see DCAF provide full Flight Operational Aircraft Management services, in-house maintenance, Continuous Airworthiness Management Organization (CAMO), hangar parking and FBO handling at its facility at Al Maktoum International Airport.  Holger Ostheimer, Managing Director, DC Aviation Al-Futtaim said, “We welcome the addition of the new aircraft to our managed fleet and are extremely pleased that aircraft owners continue to place their trust in us. It is a true testament of our expertise and service offerings that we continue to attract interest from owners and operators as we provide bespoke aircraft management solutions to our VVIP ......read more

    Etihad Airways Adds a New Range of Buy on Board Products, Including Premium Local Snacks

    Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, July 15, 2018:  In addition to its complimentary inflight service and recently launched menu of Buy on Board products, Etihad Airways has introduced additional food and beverage items available for purchase to provide more choice for guests in Economy Class and further enhance their travel experience.    New snack options now include locally sourced brands Munchbox and Freakin’ Healthy, who promise to deliver healthier food options using natural ingredients, no added sugar and are GMO free. Now also available on board are Hunter’s Gourmet Potato and Vegetable Crisps which are all hand cut with no artificial colours, trans fat or preservatives, and are also GMO free.   Linda Celestino, Vice President Guest Experience and Delivery, said: “Etihad ......read more

    Emirates Opens First Dedicated Airport Lounge in Cairo

    Airline invests over US$ 3.6 million in the new premium offering Dubai, UAE, July 14, 2018:  Emirates today unveiled its 42nd dedicated lounge across its global network at Cairo International Airport (CAI). The lounge is now open to Emirates First Class and Business Class customers as well as Platinum and Gold members of Skywards, the airline’s loyalty programme.   Reflecting the airline’s ongoing commitment to Egypt, the Emirates Lounge in Cairo represents a US$ 3.6 million investment to provide premium customers with a seamless and enjoyable journey. Catering to three daily flights, the lounge offers customers even greater levels of comfort, hospitality and convenience as they start their Emirates experience in Cairo. Located at Departure Terminal 2, Level 2, above the secondary security check ......read more

    Finnair launches off-airport baggage collection and check-in service in London with AirPortr

    Dubai, UAE, July 11, 2018:  Finnair will begin offering a new baggage collection and check-in service from London Heathrow to enhance its customer experience in partnership with leading airport baggage innovators, AirPortr. The digital ancillary service is designed to enhance the customer experience for the airline’s London-based travellers, enabling them to arrange the collection of their baggage from the doorstep of their home or hotel, which is delivered and checked-in to their flight on their behalf. For Finnair customers who have checked in online, baggage can be collected at their London location up to a few hours prior to departure. This means all customers can now head straight through airport security when departing, enjoying hassle-free boarding and a smoother, more enjoyable journey – next seeing their ......read more

    dnata celebrates 25 years of international growth

    Dubai, UAE – 11 July 2018:   dnata, one of the world’s largest air services providers, celebrates the 25th anniversary of its first overseas operation. The Gerry’s Group in Pakistan and UAE-based dnata joined hands in July 1993 as Gerry’s dnata to provide ground handling services at Karachi Airport. The joint venture has since grown to become Pakistan’s largest cargo and ground handling company operating at seven major airports in the country. The establishment of dnata’s first international joint venture with Gerry’s Group led the way for the expansion of its international airport operations through acquisitions, partnerships, as well as organic growth. Today, dnata is a truly global player that ensures the aviation industry operates smoothly and efficiently in 84 countries ......read more

    Abu Dhabi Airports Celebrates Success at CIPS Middle East Supply Management Awards

    Abu Dhabi Airports’ Procurement and Logistics Department wins “Best People Development Initiative” and “Most Innovative Use of Technology” 11th July 2018, Abu Dhabi, UAE:   Abu Dhabi Airports’ Procurement and Logistics Department has won the “Best People Development Initiative” and “Most Innovative Use of Technology” at a ceremony held in Dubai by the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply – CIPS.  Recognized as international standards of excellence within the industry, the CIPS awards validate the outstanding work and effective performance achieved by Abu Dhabi Airports’ team. Saeed Al Zaabi, Senior Vice President of Abu Dhabi Airports’ Procurement & Logistics Department said: “The Procurement & Logistics Department ......read more

    Airbus unveils winners of its ‘Entaliq in KSA' initiative

    Under the patronage and in attendance of His Highness Prince Dr. Turki Bin Saud, President of King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology The initiative identifies and incubates top entrepreneurial talent and ventures from the aerospace and aviation sector  Dubai, UAE, July 09, 2018:  The winners of the ‘Entaliq in KSA’ initiative have been announced today at a ceremony held under the patronage and attendance of His Highness Prince Dr. Turki Bin Saud bin Mohammed Al Saud, President of King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology in Riyadh.   In line with the Saudi Vision 2030, ‘Entaliq in KSA’ in partnership with TAQNIA Aeronautics and Saudi Arabian Airlines is an initiative that empowers entrepreneurial talent from the aerospace sector.   A day before the closing ......read more

    Etihad Airways Adds More Benefits to the Extraordinary Abu Dhabi Pass

    Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, July 09, 2018:  Etihad Airways has added more options to its Extraordinary Abu Dhabi Pass including restaurants, leisure attractions and a five-star hotel, to provide visitors arriving in Abu Dhabi with more exclusive discounts and special offers.  On dining experiences, visitors can now also look forward to a 20 per cent discount off various dining outlets in Yas Mall, including Fish & Co, Mr Greek, Al Fanar and more. Tim Burnell, Etihad Airways Vice President Marketing, said: “Etihad is delighted to increase the number of exclusive discounts available with The Extraordinary Abu Dhabi Pass. Guests now have even more offers and opportunities to explore Abu Dhabi for less this summer, and discover for themselves the wealth of exciting opportunities our dynamic capital, and wider ......read more

    Emirates makes history with one-off A380 touchdown in Islamabad

    Dubai, UAE, 8 July 2018:   The Emirates A380 touched down in Islamabad today for a historic one-off service to Islamabad International Airport. This was the first time ever that the iconic double-decker aircraft has landed in Pakistan. The landing demonstrated the airport’s readiness to accommodate the A380, the world’s largest commercial passenger jet. The special Emirates A380 flight was operated by UAE national, Capt Abbas Shaban, Chief Pilot of Technical Operations and Pakistani national, First Officer Qadir Moin. The special flight, operating as EK 2524, was joined by a VIP delegation led by Sheikh Majid Al Mualla, Emirates’ Divisional Senior Vice President, Commercial Operations, Centre and Adil Al Ghaith, Emirates' Senior Vice President, Commercial Operations, GMEI (Gulf, Middle East and ......read more

    Etihad Airways Launches Dedicated in-flight Guest Medical Services

    Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, July  08, 2018:  Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, has launched two specialised services for air travellers with pre-existing medical conditions, ensuring continuity of care and in-flight safety. The one-stop-shop services – the first in the region to be offered by an airline – will be carried out by members of the Etihad medical team, all of whom are qualified in aviation and transport medicine. The first service allows guests, who require medical clearance prior to travel, the opportunity to request an Etihad aviation doctor to visit them and conduct an evaluation in consultation with their attending physician. All medical forms and assessments will be completed by the Etihad doctor on-site, leading to a recommendation about their “fit ......read more

    Shopping assistance for Arabic-speaking passengers in the summer months

    July 07, 2018:  Following the successful Chinese Shopping Assistant Project in Terminal 2 and the excellent results of the pilot project for Arabian guests in 2017, Munich Airport is ready to offer the "Arabic Shopping Assistant Service" again this summer. From July 16 until September 2, 2018, Arabic-speaking passengers in Terminal 2 can request the help of a personal shopping assistant.  The assistants, who are native speakers of Arabic will be available daily from 9:30 am to 9:30 pm to help overcome the cultural and language barriers between passengers and sales staff. This service, which is free of charge for passengers, is intended to create a pleasant and convenient shopping experience. The shopping assistants can help with such issues as sales tax refunds and duties. They are easy to spot, with uniforms ......read more

    Emirates to operate extra flights for busy Hajj season

    Dubai, UAE, July 05, 2018:  Emirates will be operating extra flights to Jeddah and Medina to help facilitate travel for pilgrims heading to and from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for Hajj. Emirates will be operating 33 additional flights to Jeddah and Medina from 6 to 31 August to support the journey for pilgrims expected to travel to the Holy City of Mecca during Hajj this year. These services will run in parallel with Emirates’ regularly scheduled services to Jeddah and Medina. These additional flight services are available to travellers holding a valid Hajj visa. This year, top inbound destinations Emirates is expecting Hajj pilgrims to come from are Pakistan, Senegal, the United States, the UK, Australia, Indonesia, the Ivory Coast and Nigeria.  Adil Al Ghaith, Emirates’ Senior Vice President, Commercial ......read more

    Air Freight Growth Continues to Grow Modestly in May, Up 4.2%

    Dubai, UAE, July 05, 2018:  The International Air Transport Association (IATA) released data for global air freight markets showing that demand, measured in freight tonne kilometers (FTKs), rose 4.2% in May 2018, compared to the same period the year before. This was slightly down from the 5.2% (revised from 4.1%) growth in annual demand recorded in April 2018.   Freight capacity, measured in available freight tonne kilometers (AFTKs), grew by 6.2% year-on-year in May 2018. This was the fourth month in a row that capacity growth outstripped demand growth.    After a weak start to 2018, demand for global air freight has now resumed a modest trend upwards. However, the rapid growth seen in 2017 is now over, with demand growing at a significantly slower pace in 2018. In IATA’s mid-year industry outlook, ......read more

    Turkish Airlines signed a significant global agreement with American Express Global Business Travel (Amex GBT).

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates – 5th July, 2018:   Turkish Airlines signed a significant deal with American Express Global Business Travel (Amex GBT), one of the world's leading agencies for corporate travel. With this agreement, signed by Turkish Airlines Chairman of the Board and the Executive Committee, M. İlker Aycı, and Amex GBT’s Board Chairman, Greg O’Hara, within today, Turkish Airlines expands its existing collaboration with AMEX to a global partnership, which was on  regional scale between 2014-2017 and including just Europe, North America and Asia / Pacific regions. The global carrier who has added the "South America" region to the new joint service area with Amex GBT, will also become one of the airlines supported by Amex GBT at the top level, within the scope of this ......read more

    Emirates Engineering reconfigures second Boeing 777-200LR aircraft

    Dubai, UAE, 05 July 2018-   Emirates Engineering has successfully completed the reconfiguration of the second Boeing 777-200LR aircraft in its fleet. The conversion of the aircraft from three to two cabin classes was executed fully in-house at the Emirates Engineering hangars in Dubai. The reconfigured aircraft also features new, wider Business class seats in a 2-2-2 format, a new social area in business class, as well as a fully refreshed Economy class providing customers a superior inflight experience. The first reconfigured Emirates Boeing 777-200LR aircraft took to the skies in early March 2018. The eight remaining Boeing 777-200LR aircraft in Emirates’ fleet will be progressively reconfigured by mid-2019 and deployed to a number of other cities on the airline’s global network including Santiago, Chile- ......read more

    Airbus to reveal winners of the second edition of ‘Entaliq in KSA'

    Under the patronage and in attendance of His Highness Prince Dr.Turki Bin Saud, President of King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology The initiative identifies and incubates top entrepreneurial talents and ventures from the aerospace sector in Saudi Arabia. Riyadh, KSA – 04 July, 2018:   Airbus has announced that the closing ceremony of ‘Entaliq in KSA’ initiative, held in partnership with TAQNIA Aeronautics and Saudi Arabian Airlines, will take place on 9th July 2018, at the King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology in Riyadh. The ceremony will be held under the patronage and in attendance of His Highness Prince Dr. Turki Bin Saud bin Mohammed Al Saud, President of King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology. The top 10 finalists will get the opportunity to pitch their ideas to ......read more

    Jazeera Airways Statement

    Dubai, UAE, July 04, 2018:  The International Air Transport Association (IATA) can confirm that rumors claiming that Jazeera Airways is no longer an IATA member airline and IOSA registered carrier are incorrect.  Jazeera Airways has been an IATA Member since 19 May 2011 and is an IATA Operational Safety Audit (IOSA) certified airline. The airline is scheduled to start the standard IOSA renewal process later this year.  IOSA is the benchmark for global safety management in airlines. All IATA members are registered and must remain registered in order to maintain IATA membership.  

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    Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Announces New Regional Director, Middle East & Africa

    Dubai, UAE, July 04, 2018:  Rolls-Royce has announced that César Habib has been appointed as Regional Director, Middle East & Africa from 1 August 2018. He will be based in Dubai. Habib joined Rolls-Royce from BMW in 2015 as Head of Ownership Services, and oversaw the development and record growth of the company’s aftersales business. More recently, in his current role as Head of Bespoke, he has overseen record sales and continued development of the unique Rolls Royce Bespoke business. The Middle East is one of the company’s leading regions for Bespoke orders. Prior to Rolls-Royce, Habib held a number of BMW Group senior positions in Sales, Aftersales, Sales Channel Development and Business Development. This included five years based in the regional BMW office in Dubai. Born in Lebanon to a Lebanese father ......read more

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    Emirates to launch third daily service to Moscow's Domodedovo Airport

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 7th June 2018:  Emirates, the largest international airline in the world, today announced it will start a third daily service between Moscow’s Domodedovo (DME) Airport and Dubai, commencing on 25th October 2018. Emirates has been serving the Russian market since 1st July 2003 and already flies twice daily to Domodedovo on Airbus A380 and Boeing 777-300ER and daily to St Petersburg (LED). Demand for travel has grown significantly over recent years, leading to the airline’s launch of this third flight to Moscow. The new service will be ......read more

    Abu Dhabi Airports initiates heat stress awareness campaign

    6th June 2018, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates:  Abu Dhabi Airports promotes intensive health and safety measures for the nearing summer season as it commenced its annual ‘Beat the Heat’ campaign. Launched in support of the Abu Dhabi Occupational Safety & Health Centre (OSHAD)’ Code of Practice 11.0, the informative campaign aims to boost awareness among staff and contractors on the effects of heat stress and how to safely cope with the extreme weather conditions expected during Ramadan and the succeeding months.  The program, which takes course until ......read more

    Finnair starts codeshare cooperation with Cathay Dragon and extends its network in Asia

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates, June 5, 2018:  Finnair and Cathay Pacific Airlines, based on Hong Kong, have agreed on a new codeshare cooperation on the routes operated by Cathay Dragon, Cathay Pacific Airline’s affiliate, between Hong Kong and selected destinations in Asia. The new codeshare agreement adds four new destinations to Finnair’s network in Asia. From 15th of June onwards Finnair customers can connect with Cathay Dragon’s flights from Hong Kong to •    Hanoi and Danang, Vietnam    •    Yangon, ......read more

    Emirates Maritime Arbitration Centre attends Posidonia 2019 in Greece

    Posidonia is one of the most prestigious shipping events globally, taking place biennially Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 05 June 2018:  Continuing its work with the international maritime and arbitration communities, the Emirates Maritime Arbitration Centre (EMAC) sponsored and attended the Posidonia, The International Shipping Exhibition in Greece this year. Posidonia is a must-attend event for all maritime concerns, attracting over 10,000 visitors from the international shipping community. This international exhibition began in 1969 and ever since has been held ......read more

    Airlines Denounce Human Trafficking and Commit to Action

    5 June 2018, United Arab Emirates:  The International Air Transport Association (IATA) 74th Annual General Meeting (AGM) unanimously approved a resolution denouncing trafficking in persons, and committing to a number of actions related to anti-trafficking initiatives. An estimated 24.9 million people are illegally trafficked and live in conditions of modern slavery. The extensive reach of the global air transport network means that unfortunately, airlines are used by traffickers to facilitate their activities.  “Aviation is the business of freedom, flying 4 billion ......read more

    Volotea now offers flights between Munich and Montpellier as well as Munich and Zaragoza

    Dubai, UAE, June 5, 2018:  Taking off with Volotea for the Mediterranean: The Spanish airline now operates two weekly flights with a Boeing 717 from Munich to Montpellier in the south of France and to Zaragoza in north-eastern Spain. The Montpellier service departs on Tuesdays and Fridays, and the flights to Zaragoza on Mondays and Thursdays. Other destinations already served by Volotea from Munich are Bordeaux, Mykonos and Asturias. The new flights will serve three enchanting cities: At the center of Montpellier is the car-free historic town center, lined by splendid mansions, and ......read more

    Etihad Airways Paris Flights to Go All -AIRBUS A380

    Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, June 5, 2018:  Effective 1 October, 2018, Etihad Airways will operate the Airbus A380 on its second daily service linking Abu Dhabi and Paris Charles de Gaulle. This will transform the airline’s operation between the UAE and French capitals into a year-round all-A380 service, joining London Heathrow as the second European destination enjoying daily multiple visits by Etihad’s award-winning double-decker aircraft. The introduction of the aircraft on the second daily service will provide business and leisure travellers between both cities ......read more

    IATA, Deloitte Develop Airport Ownership and Regulation Guidance Recognizing the Strategic National Importance of Airports

    04 June 2018 Dubai, United Arab Emirates:  The International Air Transport Association (IATA) and Deloitte have published guidance materials for governments considering public-private partnerships (PPP) and other forms of privatization programs for airport infrastructure.   “Airports provide critical infrastructure. It is important that governments considering privatization or PPP take a long-term view and focus on solutions that will maximize the economic and social benefits of connectivity. The aim of Airport Ownership and Regulation is to help governments make ......read more

    Solid Profits Despite Rising Costs

    4 June 2018 Dubai, United Arab Emirates:  The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced its expectation for airlines to achieve a collective net profit of $33.8 billion (4.1% net margin) in 2018. This is a solid performance despite rising costs, primarily fuel and labor, but also the upturn in the interest rate cycle. These rising costs are the main driver behind the downward revision from the previous forecast of $38.4 billion in December 2017. In 2017 airlines earned a record $38.0 billion (revised from the previously estimate of $34.5 billion). Comparisons to this, ......read more

    Securing Aviation's Future

    Smarter Regulation, Global Standards, Infrastructure 4 June 2018, Dubai, United Arab Emirates:  The International Air Transport Association (IATA) called for governments to facilitate the growth of global connectivity by avoiding creeping re-regulation, maintaining the integrity of global standards, and addressing a capacity crisis. The call came in the IATA Director General’s Report on the Air Transport Industry at the 74th IATA Annual General Meeting (AGM) and World Air Transport Summit. “On aviation’s core mission to deliver safe, secure, accessible and ......read more

    Introducing oneworld connect - a new way for airlines to link to the world's premier alliance

    Dubai, UAE, June 4, 2018:  oneworld has launched a new platform for linking up to the world’s premier airline alliance – enabling customers to enjoy more services and benefits across an even more extensive global network. The first airline to join in the new capacity as a oneworld connect partner will be Fiji Airways. A date will be announced in due course for when Fiji Airways will start offering oneworld connect services and benefits. oneworld connect is the first new membership platform unveiled by oneworld since the alliance was originally announced 20 years ago. ......read more

    Emirates to launch A380 services to Osaka, Japan

    Daily A380 service effective 28th October – two of three Japanese gateways will be served by the iconic Airbus flagship   Dubai, UAE, June 4, 2018:  Emirates, the world’s largest international airline, will introduce regular scheduled commercial Airbus A380 services to Osaka (KIX) in Japan on 28 October 2018*. The deployment of the double-decker aircraft represents a capacity increase of 38%, and means that travellers will enjoy the comfort of an A380 to and from two Japanese gateways, as the flagship aircraft already operates daily from Narita International ......read more

    Abu Dhabi Airports to participate at the 142nd IATA Slots Conference

    3rd June, 2018, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates:   Abu Dhabi Airports announced today that it will be taking part in the 142nd IATA Slots Conference in Vancouver, Canada to open and enhance links within the aviation industry. The company will be joining Abu Dhabi’s Department of Culture & Tourism (DCT) and the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC).  Set to run from the 19-21 June, IATA Slots Conference is a semi-annual forum that attracts over 1,200 delegates across 75 exhibitors and sponsors, representing 230 airlines, and 75 schedules-facilitated and ......read more

    Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority offers a complimentary, luxury shuttle transfer from DXB to RAK for the summer season

    The Ras Al Khaimah Shuttle Bus offers visitors and residents an easy and comfortable journey to and from the Emirate  The complimentary transfer offer is available from 1st June till 30th September 2018 Ras Al Khaimah – UAE – 3 June 2018:   Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority (RAKTDA) today announced that its RAK Shuttle service connecting Dubai Airport to the Emirate will be complimentary for visitors over the summer months.  Free WIFI, water bottles and maps will be provided on board, giving tourists and residents alike the opportunity to ......read more

    Etihad Airways to Launch New Service to Barcelona

    New flights between Abu Dhabi and Barcelona effective 21 November 2018 Starting with five weekly flights, service to increase to daily from 31 March 2019 Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, June 03, 2018:   Etihad Airways has announced the introduction of a new scheduled service linking Abu Dhabi, capital of the UAE, and Barcelona, Spain, effective 21 November 2018. The route will initially be operated five times a week by a two-class Airbus A330-200 before becoming a daily operation from 31 March 2019.   Barcelona will become the second city in Spain served ......read more

    Aviation Leaders Assemble in Sydney for IATA's 74th Annual General Meeting

    Dubai, UAE, May 31, 2018:  The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced that leaders of the global air transport industry are gathering in Sydney, Australia, for the Association’s 74th Annual General Meeting (AGM) and World Air Transport Summit. Hosted by Qantas, the event will include addresses by Sir Peter Cosgrove, Governor-General of Australia; Michael McCormack, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Transport; and Dr Fang Liu, Secretary General, International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). “Sydney will be the capital of air transportation as ......read more

    Strengthen Economic Regulation of Australia's Airports

    Dubai, UAE, May 31, 2018:  The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has called for economic regulation of airports in Australia to be strengthened. “At a time when we have an infrastructure crisis globally, Australia has a good story to tell. The plans for a new airport at Badgerys Creek are encouraging, as are efforts for cooperation between civil and military authorities to more efficiently use airspace.  But we need to take a serious look at airport charges. Last year the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission raised concerns about the effectiveness of ......read more

    dnata expands partnership with EGYPTAIR in Dubai

    Dubai, 30 May 2018:   dnata, one of the world’s largest air services providers, expands its partnership with EGYPTAIR in Dubai.  Starting today, dnata will provide the airline with premium cargo handling services from its best-in-class facility at Dubai World Central (DWC).  EGYPTAIR will initially operate one cargo flight a week between Dubai and Cairo using an Airbus A300F aircraft. dnata has been providing ground handling services to EGYPTAIR at Dubai International Airport since 2005.  The expansion of the partnership underlines the attraction of Dubai ......read more

    Emirates Skywards introduces enriched family programme to allow 100% pooling of Miles

    Dubai, UAE, 30 May 2018:  Emirates Skywards has revamped its family offering to provide a richer, more rewarding programme called ‘My Family’. Family members can now pool up to 100% of Skywards Miles earned on Emirates flights, allowing them to redeem rewards faster than before. Each member can pool up to 100% of their miles earned on Emirates flights and the nominated contribution of Miles from each member can be adjusted at any time. Emirates Skywards has a global membership of 20 million and all members are eligible to join ‘My Family’. Each account can have ......read more

    Emirates Engineering executes first complete landing gear change for Emirates A380 aircraft

    Dubai, UAE, 29 May 2018-   Emirates Engineering has successfully accomplished the first complete replacement of landing gear on A6-EDF, the first Emirates Airbus A380 aircraft to have its entire landing gear system replaced at one time. Comprising five sets of landing gear - two under the wings, two under the body, and one nose landing gear, the work was planned and executed in-house, at the Emirates Engineering hangars in Dubai. Every Emirates Airbus A380 aircraft has a landing gear system with a total of 22 landing wheels. In addition to the wheels, the landing gear ......read more

    Finnair opens a new year-round route to Hanover for summer 2019 and increases capacity to Dubai for winter 2018-2019

    Dubai, United Arab, Emirates, May 29, 2018:  Continuing with its growth in the German market, Finnair will be launching a new route to Hanover, Germany, next summer. The new route will start on April 29 with five weekly frequencies and will become a daily and year-round frequency as of June 1, 2019. Hanover is one of Northern Germany’s largest cities and hosts several important fair and trade events throughout the calendar year. Hanover will be Finnair’s seventh destination in Germany. Finnair flies year-round to Berlin, Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Munich and ......read more

    Emirates announces start of scheduled A380 service into Hamburg

    Daily A380 service effective 29th October – first and only airline with scheduled A380 operations at Hamburg Airport – all German Emirates gateways served by the iconic Airbus flagship Dubai, UAE, May 28, 2018:  Emirates, the world’s largest international airline, announced today that it will introduce the first scheduled commercial Airbus A380 service to Hamburg. To commemorate the inaugural arrival in Hamburg on 29 October, the A380 will be deployed on the morning service (EK059/EK060), while from 30 October the A380 will be regularly deployed on the afternoon ......read more

    Etihad Cargo Operates its First “Year of Zayed” Humanitarian Flights to Kazakhstan and India

    27 May 2018 - Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – Etihad Cargo, the cargo division of Etihad Airways, the national airline of the UAE, has launched its first humanitarian freighter missions. The initiatives are part of the group’s extensive Year of Zayed programme, which will take place throughout 2018. The specially branded Year of Zayed Boeing 777 freighter aircraft departed Abu Dhabi – first to Almaty in Kazakhstan and then to Hyderabad in India – carrying special provisions to be distributed to those in need during the Holy Month of Ramadan. The humanitarian ......read more

    More Asia Miles and better rewards on Cathay Pacific

    Enhancing customer experiences through changes to the Asia Miles rewards programme   Dubai, UAE, May 27, 2018:  Cathay Pacific Group customers will earn more Asia Miles on the vast majority of their flights and have more access to redemption bookings following changes to Asia Miles, the airlines’ rewards programme.   Cathay Pacific Chief Customer and Commercial Officer Paul Loo said the changes demonstrate the airlines’ commitment to recognising and rewarding loyal members.   “We have been listening to our customers and have been looking ......read more

    Emirates Airline Festival of Literature Student Writing Competitions Launch for 2019

    Dubai, 23 May 2018:  Calling all young aspiring writers! Entries are now open for The Emirates Airline Festival of Literature’s creative writing competitions for students across the UAE. The Taaleem Award for poetry and the Oxford University Press story-writing competitions have become fixtures in the academic calendar, with the number of entries growing every year.  “The student writing competitions give aspiring writers and poets a chance to showcase their writing skills and the amazing poems and stories that we are sent show how wonderfully creative the young ......read more

    Turkish Airlines, that Flies to the Most Countries of the World, has Added Krasnodar to its Flight Network as the 303rd Destination

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates -- May 20th, 2018: Krasnodar has become the 10th destination of the flag carrier which operates its flight to Moscow, St. Petersburg , Sochi, Rostov, Kazan, Ekaterinburg, Voronezh, Samara and Ufa in Russia currently .     Krasnodar flights will be operated 5 times per week in both directions, as starting from today.   At the opening ceremony , Chief Marketing Officer of Turkish Airlines Mr. Ahmet Olmuştur  stated that ; ‘’Turkish Airlines flying to the most countries of the world; continues to work on growth ......read more

    Lufthansa Group and Travix announce NDC partnership

        Lufthansa Group and Travix intensify longstanding partnership with joint approach on NDC under the Airline Group’s upcoming NDC Partner Programme      Travix customers will benefit from access to Lufthansa Group NDC Smart Offer     Improved display of all Lufthansa Group offers on Travix’ brands Cheap-Tickets, BudgetAir, Vliegwinkel, Vayama and Flugladen in all countries The Lufthansa Group and Travix have signed a multi-year agreement connecting one of the leading global online travel agencies directly to the Lufthansa ......read more

    Turkish Airlines Announced its 2018 April Passenger and Cargo Traffic Results

    The flag carrier airline has reached the 83.2% LF in April. Dubai, United Arab Emirates -- May 16th, 2018: Turkish Airlines, performed a brilliant year in 2017, maintains this success with the same momentum in 2018 as well. The national flag carrier has now put its signature under the thriving results recorded in April, after announcing its successful first quarter results a short while ago. According to the April 2018 Traffic Results;    Upon the double-digit passenger increases in the first quarter of 2018, total number of passengers carried went up by 15% reaching ......read more

    Etihad Airways Introduces Ai Robot Sophia to Abu Dhabi

    Abu Dhabi, UAE, May 16, 2018:   Watch as popular UAE influencer Khalid al Ameri joins Sophia the Robot – the world’s most advanced Artificially Intelligent robot – to explore Abu Dhabi and discover all the excitement and emotions one can experience on a visit to the capital of the United Arab Emirates. Sophia is officially the first robot to race Yas Marina Circuit, ride the world’s fastest rollercoaster at Ferrari World Abu Dhabi, and experience the beauty of Louvre Abu Dhabi in this new video released by Etihad Airways. She is accompanied throughout by ......read more

    Sharjah Commerce and Tourism Development Authority to lead Sharjah delegates to ITB China 2018

    As part of the ongoing intensive efforts to meet Sharjah’s target of 10 million tourists by 2021, an elite group of government and private organizations from the emirate to be led by Sharjah Commerce and Tourism Development Authority (SCTDA) will travel to Shanghai to join this year’s edition of the prestigious ITB China taking place from May 16 to May 18, 2018.  China is a key tourism market for Sharjah, which has received a total of 120,356 hotel guests in 2017 from the world’s most populous nation. The delegates will comprise top officials from, Sharjah Airport ......read more

    Emirates provides special Ramadan service for customers observing the holy month

    The airline will mark Eid Al Fitr celebrations on board with sweets for customers Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 15th May 2018:  Emirates will commence its signature Ramadan service for customers during the holy month, expected to begin on May 17th. Emirates’ Ramadan service consists of specially crafted iftar meals on board, relevant programming on its ice inflight entertainment system, and the distribution of dates and water on the ground for those breaking their fast. Emirates provides iftar boxes with a nutritional meal for customers breaking their fast on ......read more

    Turkish Airlines' "Troia” Themed Aircraft is now in the Sky

    The global carrier specially designed its A321-type aircraft with a livery of the ‘Trojan Horse’ image after the Republic of Turkey Ministry of Culture and Tourism announced 2018 as “The Year of Troia”. Dubai, United Arab Emirates -- May 12th, 2018: Following the Republic of Turkey Ministry of Culture and Tourism announced 2018 as “The Year of Troia”, that coincides with the 20th anniversary of the admission of the archaeological site of Troia to UNESCO's World Cultural Heritage List, various introductory activities continue to be conducted on a ......read more

    Air Arabia reports strong first quarter 2018 net profit of AED110 million, up 8%

    Sharjah, United Arab Emirates,  May 10, 2018:  Air Arabia PJSC today reported strong financial results for the first quarter of 2018 as the Middle East’s first and largest low cost carrier continued to deliver solid commercial and operational results.   Air Arabia reported a net profit of AED110 million for the three months ending March 31, 2018, an 8 percent increase compared to the corresponding 2017 figure of AED102 million. In the same period, the airline posted a turnover of AED877 million, an 8 percent increase compared to the first quarter of last ......read more

    Airport Show remarkable success

    Deals worth millions signed at the world’s largest airport show Avsec Center of Dubai Police to host next year’s ICAO board meeting in Dubai during Airport Show 2019 Dubai, May 9, 2018:  The 18th edition of Airport Show concluded on Wednesday with participants reporting signing of substantial deals worth millions and collaborations. The largest annual event of its kind hosted over 350 exhibitors from 60 countries, with the largest number of dedicated pavilions ever, representing Europe, US and Asia, along with over 7,500 visitors. This year’s event also saw ......read more

    UAE Women to be Future Capital, Long-Term Contributor to UAE Success

    Young Emirati girls and boys have strong potential Women make up 50% of 180 engineers at Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre Dubai, May 9, 2018 – UAE women will continue to be the future capital and long-term contributor to the success of the UAE. This was stated by Her Excellency Jameela bint Salem Al Muhairi, the first-ever woman Minister of State for Public Education in her keynote address at the 3rd Women in Aviation General Assembly on Wednesday on the side lines of the 18th edition of the Airport Show. The conference was held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh ......read more

    Emirates Group Announces 2017-18 results

    Group records 30th consecutive year of profit of AED 4.1 billion (US$ 1.1 billion) Solid business growth in line with capacity increases leading to a record revenue of more than AED 100 billion (US$ 27.2 billion) for the 1st time Improved cash balance of AED 25.4 billion (US$ 6.9 billion) Declares a dividend of AED 2.0 billion (US$ 545 million) to the Investment Corporation of Dubai   Emirates reports a profit of AED 2.8 billion (US$ 762 million), 124% better than the previous year Airline capacity crosses 61 billion ATKM with a net addition of 9 new aircraft to the ......read more

    Emirates to launch a daily service to Edinburgh

    Edinburgh becomes airline’s second destination in Scotland after Glasgow Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 8 MAY 2018:  Emirates, the largest international airline in the world, today announced it will start a daily service between Scotland’s capital city, Edinburgh, and Dubai, from 1 October 2018. Edinburgh will become Emirates’ second destination in Scotland after Glasgow and its 8th in the United Kingdom after the airline starts its daily service to London Stansted in June. The new service will be operated by an Emirates Boeing 777-300ER in a three ......read more

    Etihad Rail DB Awarded ISO 22301-2012 Business Continuity Management Certification

    The first heavy rail operator in the MENA region to achieve Business Continuity Management System ISO certification Abu Dhabi, UAE, 08 May 2018:   Etihad Rail DB, the operator of the UAE’s national railway network, is the first heavy rail operator in the MENA region to achieve Business Continuity Management System ISO 22301-2012 certification and one of a few transport industry players in the world to be certified.  The company’s certification was awarded by DNV GL Business Assurance Group, one of the world’s largest certification service ......read more

    New Airports under Construction with Amazing Designs, Facilities and Technology

    US$1.1 trillion to be spent globally on airport-related construction  Middle East has US$58 billion aviation-related projects  Airports to handle 7.8 billion passengers in 2036 Over 1,953 airports in 176 countries, with US top on the list Dubai, May 08, 2018: If there is one thing which is constant, it is new airports construction.  In fast-growing economic and populous regions such as Asia-Pacific, Middle East and Africa, investments in new airports construction remain strong. The total value of the global airport construction projects pipeline stands at US$721.7 ......read more

    City, University of London expands aviation course offering, meeting Gulf demand for skilled professionals

         Launch of an MSc in Airport Management is designed to ensure quality training of airport managers in the region      All course modules are offered in City’s Dubai facilities at the DIFC Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 8 May 2018:  City, University of London’s Dubai Centre has announced the launch of a Master of Science (MSc) in Airport Management for junior managers looking to boost their career prospects in today’s fast-growing airport industry. Starting in September, this course has been designed to cater to the ......read more

    Dubai HeliShow 2018 Announces Partnership with Dubai South

    UAE, 7 May 2018 – Under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of UAE and Ruler of Dubai, the Dubai HeliShow, the biennial international helicopter technology and operations exhibition dedicated to the helicopter industry, will showcase for the first time the latest trends in helicopters at the Royal Pavilion at the Al Maktoum International Airport as part of Dubai South’s strategic move to become a world-class regional hub for helicopter operations and maintenance. Dubai South, a master-planned city and the ......read more

    Dubai Airport Show 2018 opens

    300-plus exhibitors from over 90 countries 18th edition of Airport Show introduces two new co-located events- Air Traffic Control (ATC) forum and Aviation Security conference Middle East aviation maintains exceptional growth USD1.1 trillion in airport infrastructure projects are planned or under way May 07, 2018, Dubai (UAE):   His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of Dubai Civil Aviation Authority, Chairman of Dubai Airports, Chairman and Chief Executive of Emirates Airline and Group and Patron of Airport Show, opened the 18th edition of Airport ......read more

    Emirates ‘Year of Zayed' Aircraft Land on Six Continents for the 6th of May

    Emirates celebrates HH Sheikh Zayed’s centennial birthday with six special livery landings DUBAI, UAE – 6 May 2018: Emirates has landed six of its special ‘Year of Zayed’ livery aircraft on six continents for the 6 May centennial birthday of the UAE’s Founding Father, Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan. His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman & Chief Executive, Emirates Airline & Group, said: “Today, we celebrate the centennial anniversary of the birth of the UAE’s founding father, His Highness Sheikh Zayed, who dedicated ......read more

    Emirates Skywards Boosts Reward Opportunities with Increased Flexibility in Managing Miles

    Cost of buying, gifting and transferring of Skywards Miles is now more attractive Members can now reinstate expired Miles Dubai, UAE, 5 May 2018 – Emirates Skywards has made it even easier to redeem reward flights and earn travel and lifestyle rewards by giving members more flexibility in managing their Skywards Miles. Members of Emirates’ award-winning loyalty programme can now buy, gift or transfer Miles to their loved ones at a more attractive rate.   The cost of buying or gifting Miles has been adjusted to USD 30 per 1,000 Miles, while transferring ......read more

    USD 2.5 billion invested in space sector start-ups throughout 2017

    14 start-ups founded in the Middle East among those to have received significant financial investments 150 students attend final day of the Global Aerospace Summit 2018, with opportunities for future space leaders topping the agenda World’s youngest woman to fly around the world inspires students in opening address 2 May 2018, Abu Dhabi, UAE:   A total of 217 space sector start-ups and entrepreneurs received funding exceeding USD 2.5 billion throughout 2017, with 14 having been founded in the Middle East, audiences heard at the final day of the Global Aerospace ......read more

    Cathay Pacific Group strengthens link from Dubai to Davao City and Medan, via Hong Kong

    Flights will link Hong Kong with these rapidly growing ASEAN cities for the first time, underlining a year of record expansion for the group United Arab Emirates, May 02, 2018:  The Cathay Pacific Group’s network continues to grow from strength to strength with regional airline Cathay Dragon introducing two new services, to Davao City and Medan, from 28 and 29 October respectively.  The cities are the eighth and ninth new destinations the group has announced during an unprecedented year of expansion and will boost Hong Kong’s connections with two of ASEAN’s ......read more

    Innovative Austrian-made Aircraft recovery product to be showcased at Dubai Airport Show 2018

    Dubai, UAE, May 02, 2018:   Stranded or damaged aircraft on the runway or defective baggage and container trailers are always a hurdle for the operations of an airport, causing air traffic delays and elevated costs.  Hence “KNOTT” together with their Middle East representatives from “con-act” will introduce and showcase recovery equipment and the robust design of KNOTT Airport baggage and container trailers, specified for Airport ground support equipment (GSE) on stand 4340 at the Dubai Airport Show 2018 from May 7th to 9th 2018. The Airport ......read more

    FREE STOPOVERS OFFERED BY ETIHAD TO ALL ECONOMY CLASS GUESTS FROM THE MIDDLE EAST, AFRICA & PAKISTAN

    Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, 1 May 2018:   Etihad Airways is offering one night’s free accommodation in Abu Dhabi to all guests travelling in Economy Class from destinations* in the Middle East, Africa and Pakistan, and stopping over in the nation’s capital.  The offer is valid from 1 May 2018 until 15 September 2018 and the travel period is until 30 September 2018. The hotels included in the offer are the Radisson Blu on Yas Island and the Yas Island Rotana. Mohammad Al Bulooki, Etihad Airways’ Executive Vice President Commercial, said: ......read more

    Space missions to help solve critical issues on energy, nutrition and water conservation

    Space industry shown to be a great model for international cooperation as Arab space leaders gather at Global Aerospace Summit   Blue Origin announces aim to run regular deep space and lunar missions within 10 years  UAE Mars Scientific City to be complete in 2021  01 May 2018, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates:  The space sector will help solve critical issues around renewable energy, transportation, nutrition and water conservation according to His Excellency Dr. Ahmad bin Abdullah Humaid Belhoul Al Falasi, Minister of State for Higher Education and ......read more

    HH Sheikh Theyab Bin Mohamed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Marks The Launch of Etihad Airways' “Year of Zayed” A380 Aircraft

    April 30, 2018 - Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – H.H. Sheikh Theyab bin Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Chairman of Abu Dhabi Department of Transport, has inspected the specially-designed Etihad Airways’ “Year of Zayed” A380 at Etihad Airways Engineering’s facilities in Abu Dhabi. H.H. Sheikh Theyab was joined by H.E. Mohamed Mubarak Fadhel Al Mazrouei, Chairman of Etihad Aviation Group, and Tony Douglas, Group Chief Executive Officer, Etihad Aviation Group, as well as members of the Etihad senior leadership team. The A380 in “Year of Zayed” ......read more

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