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    Etihad Airways and Saudi Arabian Airlines (Saudia) Announce Codeshare Partnership and Further Cooperation

    Codeshare to cover 41 destinations on the two carriers’ networks Etihad Airways Engineering to provide select maintenance services for SAUDIA fleet at Abu Dhabi hub Discussions taking place to explore commercial cargo joint opportunities Plans to offer reciprocal ‘earn and burn’ on frequent flyer programmes October 22, 2018:  Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, and Saudi national flag carrier, Saudia, have announced a new codeshare partnership, providing customers with access to more than 40 leisure and business destinations in the home markets and across the world.   In addition to the codeshare agreement, the two carriers also announced plans for greater commercial cooperation in other fields, including frequent flyer programme benefits, cargo, and ......read more

    Carrera Enters F1™ Premium Partner of Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team

    Dubai, UAE, October 21, 2018:   Carrera, the iconic eyewear brand owned by Safilo, the fully integrated Italian eyewear creator, manufacturer and worldwide distributor of quality and trust, announces its entry into Formula 1 with a multi-year sponsorship agreement with the Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 team. The partnership will be unveiled during the Official Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team launch event on February 20th, when the Carrera logo will appear on Sauber Formula One car livery, on the sides of the visor of Race Helmets, and on the Race Overalls.  Carrera, the statement brand synonymous with pioneering design and outstanding quality in eyewear since 1956, stands for people who live by their own rules, continuously defying themselves and proudly approaching life, standing out from the crowd.  Since its ......read more

    Airport Show 2019 powered by 375 exhibitors from 60 countries

    Co-located events: ATC Forum and Airport Security Middle East New addition: CAPA Middle East & Africa Aviation Summit  New Innovation Hub to showcase disruptive technologies 75 per cent exhibitors returning to the show  Airport construction global spending: US$1.1 trillion  Dubai, October 21, 2018:   The world’s largest annual airport exhibition in Dubai is going to be power-packed when it returns for its 19th year run in April 2019 with a record 375 exhibitors expected from 60 countries. To be held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of Dubai Civil Aviation Authority, Chairman of Dubai Airports and Chairman and Chief Executive of Emirates Airline and Group, the Airport Show, organised by Reed Exhibitions Middle East, will take place at the ......read more

    Motiongate Dubai's Fright Nights Offers Something for Everyone this Halloween

    Come experience our family friendly Halloween during the day then watch the park transform at night with our 2 scare zones and live-acted ‘SAW’ Maze from 18th of October to 3rd of November Dubai, 20 October 2018: MOTIONGATE™ Dubai, the region’s largest Hollywood-inspired theme park, is the go-to destination this October for Halloween. The park will transform into a ghoulish paradise after dark, with its 2 zombies scare zones and all new SAW Maze every weekend from 18th of October to 3rd of November.   Debuting for the very first time in the UAE and the region, the true-to-film SAW Maze brings to life the terrifying tests and iconic traps from Lionsgate and Twisted Pictures’ blockbuster SAW films, one of the most successful horror franchises ever, grossing nearly $1 Billion at the worldwide box ......read more

    Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi Wins Top Accolades for Best Destination Campaign Film

    DCT Abu Dhabi recognised in two categories at the International Tourism Film Festival Maldives  Abu Dhabi, 20 October 2018:   The Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi) has been awarded two top honours at the International Tourism Film Festival Maldives (ITFFM) for its ‘Your Extraordinary Story’ destination brand campaign.  The winners of the 2018 ITFFM awards were announced this week at a prestigious three-day event, which was held at the Sun Siyam Iru Fushi resort, in the South Asian country, with DCT Abu Dhabi picking up the overall winner Grand Prix prize, as well as winning in the Best Tourism Destination (Cities) Film category.  The accolades follow similar success for the emirate’s destination campaign in July this year, when DCT Abu Dhabi won in the ......read more

    Lufthansa Group buys more new generation short- and medium-haul aircraft

    27 Airbus A320neo and A321neo options converted into firm orders Total investment according to list price of about 3 billion US dollars A total of 149 "Neos" for the Lufthansa Group are ordered  Dubai, UAE, October 20, 2018:  The Supervisory Board of Deutsche Lufthansa AG has approved the purchase of 27 short- and medium-haul aircraft. Purchase options for 24 Airbus A320neo and three A321neo will be converted into firm orders. With this decision, the Lufthansa Group is reacting to the positive market and earnings development and thus ensuring the necessary fleet size in the coming years. The total investment of this order amounts to a list price of about three billion US dollars. This increases the total number of A320neo and A321neo orders to 149 for the Group, 13 of them are already operating with ......read more

    World Aviation Safety Summit to establish dangerous goods handling strategies

    Local and international aviation leaders set to discuss most pertinent safety trends related to dangerous goods handling 17 October 2018, Dubai, UAE: T  he 6th Annual World Aviation Safety Summit (WASS) will provide a focus on approaches for handling dangerous goods, organizers of the event revealed today. Hosted by the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority, WASS 2018 is set to return for its sixth edition on December 11 and 12 at Roda Al Bustan, Dubai.   More than 1.25 million dangerous goods shipments are handled and transported by air each year, according to statistics from the International Air Transport Association (IATA), with air cargo forecast to increase 4.9% annually for the next five years. Against the backdrop of this expected rise in dangerous goods transportation, WASS 2018 will address areas at the ......read more

    Lufthansa Group optimizes hub management of the network airlines and prepares for moderate growth in summer 2019

    Goal: increase in quality and improved on-time ratings Multi-hub planning approach to be consistently continued in 2019 Munich: Strengthening commitment to Asia Dubai, UAE, October 16, 2018:  Lufthansa Group continues to consistently optimize the management of its hubs in Munich, Frankfurt, Zürich and Vienna. The main focus is on the flexible multi-hub system: newly integrated processes mean that Lufthansa Group is increasingly able to move fleets and traffic wherever the conditions are best for quality, growth and cost effectiveness.   Specifically, the Lufthansa Executive Board decided to accelerate its growth at the Munich location and develop the Bavarian capital into a hub with a focus on Asia. Lufthansa Group anticipates high single-digit year-over-year growth for the network airlines at this hub for ......read more

    TRT World now live on Turkish Airlines

    TRT World channel is now active on Turkish Airlines, delivering live television programming for passenger consumption.   Dubai, United Arab Emirates; 16th October 2018 -   Turkish Airlines now also extend live TRT World broadcast across its wide-body aircrafts for its passengers to enjoy programming from Turkey’s first English broadcaster.  Commenting on the initiative Turkish Airlines Chairman of the Board and the Executive Committee, M. İlker Aycı said; “As the national flagship airline of Turkey, where the East and West meet, we offer Turkish hospitality to our guests on board. Today we are proud to offer TRT World’s objective perspective and alternative approach to news making to 122 countries we fly.” İbrahim Eren, Director General and Chairman of TRT, said; ......read more

    IndiGo begins new daily flights to Abu Dhabi International Airport

    The low-cost Indian carrier to offer two new daily services, connecting AUH with Cochin International Airport and Calicut International Airport 16th October 2018, Abu Dhabi, UAE:   Abu Dhabi International Airport (AUH) today welcomed the IndiGo’s inaugural flight to and from India, commencing daily flights that connect the UAE capital with Cochin International Airport (COK) and Calicut International Airport (CCJ).    Dubai, UAE, October 16, 2018:  IndiGo is amongst the fastest growing low-cost carriers in the world, bringing a simple philosophy of low-cost fares, on-time flights and a courteous, hassle-free travel experience. With its fleet of 189 Airbus A320 and 12 ATR aircraft, the airline offers over 1200 daily flights and connects 48 domestic destinations and 11 international ......read more

    New home for Air India Express at Abu Dhabi International Airport's Terminal 1

    All Air India Express flights to arrive and depart from Terminal 1 at AUH The flag carrier airline of India offers 7 daily flights from AUH to six destinations across India Abu Dhabi, UAE, October 16, 2018:   Air India Express flights, wholly subsidiary of Air India, arriving to and from the UAE capital are now arriving and departing from Terminal 1 at Abu Dhabi International Airport (AUH). Originally the airline departed from Terminal 1, and arrived to Terminal 2.    The transition from Terminal 2 to Terminal 1 for the arrivals occurred on September 30 and is in line with Abu Dhabi Airports’ commitment to ensuring quality service and a seamless passenger experience.   The Indian subcontinent remains one of the most popular destinations for travellers departing from AUH, ......read more

    Turkish Airlines' Load Factor reached to 83.4% in September

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates; 14th October 2018 -  Turkish Airlines has recently announced the passenger and cargo traffic results for September and left behind a month of high load factor with 83.4% performance. On top of the strong base effect of September 2017, 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.    According to September 2018 Traffic Results;  The passenger growth trend continued in September, thus total number of passengers carried went up by 1% reaching about 7 million passengers, and Load Factor went up to %83.4.  In September 2018, Total Load Factor improved by 2 points, while international Load Factor increased by 2 points to 83%, domestic Load Factor increased ......read more

    UNESCO names Pafos this season's must visit destination

    UNESCO and National Geographic list Cypriot city among top European destinations in “travel differently, travel deeper” round-up Visitor numbers to Cyprus from the UAE up by 55.5% year-on-year Dubai, UAE, 14 October 2018:   The Cypriot coastal city of Pafos has been selected as one of this season’s must visit destinations by UNESCO and National Geographic. The listing as one of the top World Heritage Sites in Europe, comes off the back of record visitor numbers from the UAE this summer. During August this year, Cyprus welcomed a 55.5 per cent increase in visitors from the UAE, compared to August 2017 with Kuwait and Bahrain also seeing increases of 33.1% and 22.8% respectively. The Gulf arrivals contributed to some 66,532 August visitors from Asia. At just a four-hour-flight from the GCC, Cyprus is ......read more

    Jeddah Airport delegation applauds Dubai Customs' experience in facilitating travel and maintaining security

    October 13, 2018:   A Saudi delegation from the customs of King Abdul Azziz International Airport in Jeddah highly applauded the high advanced level Dubai Customs has reached. During their visit to the Passenger Operations Department in Dubai International Airport, Terminal 3, the Saudi visitors expressed admiration and willingness to benefit from the knowledge and experience Dubai Customs has in this field.  Customs Director General at King Abdulaziz International Airport, Bandar Al-Rahili, said they are visiting Dubai International Airport to learn about the best practices applied by Dubai Customs to serve passengers and facilitate their arrivals and departures. The visitors toured the sections of the Passenger Operations Department and viewed the latest technologies and devices used in thwarting smuggling ......read more

    “Space will make you a better citizen” - Former NASA astronaut's address to Emirati students at the Mohamed Bin Zayed Majlis for Future Generations

    Eyes on the skies at the Majlis for Future Generations as budding astronauts meet with NASA, The Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre, and Yahsat Dubai, UAE, October 10, 2018:  The Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) has been fuelling the UAE’s journey to the stars since its inception, and has recently made significant strides in achieving the country’s goal of becoming a leading spacefaring nation. This year, two Emiratis were chosen to be the first in space, with the aim of flying to the International Space Station in April 2019. The UAE has committed to further develop their locally-grown capacities as well, with the Hope probe set to arrive on Mars in 2021 to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the founding of the UAE. At the Mohammed Bin Zayed Majlis for Future Generations, MBRSC along with a host of space ......read more

    Sixth Turkish Airlines World Golf Cup played in Istanbul

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates; 6 October 2018:  Turkish Airlines, a global leader in civil aviation, brought its ever-growing Turkish Airlines World Golf Cup to Kemer Golf & Country Club in Istanbul between the 28th-30th September.  The airline, being the first in terms of country and international destinations that reached worldwide, prides itself on its award-winning Business Class service and its many other innovative and distinguished services that performed for offering its passengers an unparalleled flight experience, together with its commitment to the Turkish Airlines World Golf Cup, which has more than 8,000 invited guests competing in more than 100 destinations around the world within this year. Turkish Airlines is firmly committed to the aspirational vision of sporting competition and trusts in its ......read more

    Air Transport Cooperation Promotion Conference Chinese Yunnan Province delegation calls to jointly build an Air Silk Road between UAE and China

    Chinese cargo airline Uni-top Airlines set to start operations between Kunming and Dubai  Dubai, UAE, October 6, 2018:  Chinese carrier Uni-top Airlines is planning to operate B747 freighter flight between Kunming in China and Dubai, according to Mr Yang Fan, Vice President of Uni-top Airlines. Addressing an air transport cooperation promotion conference held by Chinese Yunnan provincial delegation in Kempinski Hotel Mall of Emirates in Dubai, Mr Yang Fan said: “In order to support the development of civil aviation and trade between China and the UAE, Uni-top airlines is planning to operate B747 freighter flight with 3 flights per week between Kunming and Dubai.”  The Chinese carrier currently operates B747F and A300F. Mr Joe Beydoun, Head of Cargo Business Relationships Commercial & ......read more

    Knock Down Barriers Limiting Aviation's Benefits

    Dubai, UAE, October 04, 2018:  The International Air Transport Association (IATA) called for European transport leaders to eliminate the barriers which limit the contribution of the aviation industry to Europe’s competitiveness.    “Two centuries ago, the Congress of Vienna agreed the borders of a new Europe. Today I call on Europe’s leaders, meeting in Vienna, to knock down barriers that limit the economic and social benefits that Europe’s aviation sector can generate,” said Alexandre de Juniac, IATA’s Director General and CEO, in an address to the European Aviation Summit in Vienna.   In 2036, 1.5 billion travelers will need to travel to/from/within Europe, creating jobs and driving a modern globally-connected economy. But Europe’s preparation to accommodate this ......read more

    Emirates is Middle East & Africa Airline of the Year at Aviation 100 Awards

    Airline also scoops up ‘Deal of the Year for Innovation’ award Dubai, UAE - 4 October 2018:   Emirates, the world’s largest international airline, has won the Aviation 100 ‘Middle East & Africa Airline of the Year’, awarded by Airline Economics magazine. The Aviation 100 awards recognise aviation’s most outstanding performers, as well as the most innovative and successful finance and leasing deals closed in the last 12 months. The awards were held during the Airline Economics Growth Frontiers Dubai 2018 conference gala dinner. Emirates and its financing partners also won ‘Deal of the Year for Innovation’, which resulted from a leasing transaction of five Airbus A380s. Nirmal Govindadas, Senior Vice President Corporate Treasury received both awards on behalf of Emirates ......read more

    Etihad Airways to Increase Frequency to London for the Festive Season

    Etihad Airways to add a 4th daily Abu Dhabi to London service during winter peak   Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE), October 04, 2018:   Effective 15 December 2018 - 13 January 2019, Etihad Airways will increase its flights from Abu Dhabi to London Heathrow, from three to four daily services, to meet peak demand this festive season.    The flights will be operated by a two-class Boeing 787-9, featuring 28 Business Studios and 271 Economy Smart Seats.   James Harrison, General Manager for Etihad Airways in the United Kingdom and Ireland, said: “We are thrilled to announce more flights to London over the festive period. This is a busy time for local guests travelling between both capitals and the extra service will allow more choice and flexibility in their ......read more

    Aviation Marks Ten Years of Emissions Strategy, Reaffirms Carbon Commitments

    Dubai, UAE, October 04, 2018:   The International Air Transport Association (IATA) joined air transport businesses and associations to reaffirm its commitment to a sustainable future as the aviation industry marked ten years since agreeing an ambitious joint strategy for reducing carbon emissions.   “Ten years ago, the entire aviation sector committed to a joint strategy for carbon-neutral growth and to work towards a carbon-free future. That was a daring goal. But with hard work and solid commitment of industry and government, carbon-neutral growth from 2020 will be a reality. And we are already looking beyond. By 2050 we will cut our net emissions to half 2005 levels,” said Alexandre de Juniac, IATA’s Director General and CEO, speaking at the Air Transport Action Group (ATAG) Global ......read more

    Etihad Airways and No1 Lounges Launch ‘The House'

    Innovative partnership sees the creation of stylish new lounge brand Exclusive and improved ground experience for the airline’s eligible guests at key locations outside Abu Dhabi, starting with London Heathrow Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, 3 October 2018:   Etihad Airways has launched a contemporary airport lounge brand in partnership with No1 Lounges. To be known as 'The House', the project is the result of a unique collaboration between the airline and the award-winning lounge provider, which will operate the new brand.   The project begins at London Heathrow, where Etihad Airways' lounge will be rebranded 'The House, home of Etihad Airways and other leading airlines'. The scope of the new lounge brand may be expanded to include other lounges.   No1 ......read more

    Emirates joins Ghana in making aviation history: One-off A380 lands in Accra

    Airline supports Kotoka International Airport’s new Terminal Dubai – 2 October, 2018:   The Emirates A380 aircraft made a historic touch down at the Kotoka International Airport’s Terminal 3, as a one-off service to the new terminal. The airline’s flagship double-decker has become the first-ever scheduled A380 service to Ghana, demonstrating the airport’s readiness to accommodate the A380, the world’s largest commercial passenger jet. The special Emirates A380 flight was operated by Accra-born Ghanaian, Capt Solomon Quainoo and UAE national, First Officer Faisal Alhammadi. The A380 flight, operating as EK 787, was joined by a top-level delegation led by Orhan Abbas, Emirates’ Senior Vice President, Commercial Operations - Africa, H.E. Ahmed Ramadan – Ambassador of Ghana ......read more

    Airlines and Airports Are Investing in Biometrics to Deliver a Seamless Passenger Journey

    SITA CEO says collaboration is key to deliver secure and easy travel Dubai, UAE, September 30, 2018:  Airlines and airports are investing to deliver secure and easy travel for passengers, with biometric technology a key priority. This is according to research released today by global IT provider SITA. The SITA 2018 Air Transport IT Insights show how biometrics are being incorporated into the evolution of self-service at the world’s airports. Over the next three years, 77% of airports and 71% airlines are planning major programs or R&D in biometric ID management. Barbara Dalibard, CEO, SITA, said: “Secure and seamless travel is a must for the air transport industry. It is encouraging to see that both airlines and airports are investing in biometric technology to deliver a secure, paperless way to identify ......read more

    Etihad Airways Launches Hand Baggage Only Fare

    Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, September 29, 2018:   Etihad Airways has launched a new hand baggage only ‘Deal Fare’ across selected destinations, allowing travellers to purchase lower fares in Economy Class if no checked baggage is required.  The ‘Deal Fare’ includes a complimentary carry-on baggage allowance of 7kg and is available on flights between Abu Dhabi, Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Lebanon, Egypt and Azerbaijan.    Robin Kamark, Etihad Airways Chief Commercial Officer, said: “After a successful trial of the ‘Deal Fare’ late last year, purchasing behaviour demonstrated guests appreciate having more choice and like to be able to select the travel option that best meets their needs.    “We are enhancing our product offering ......read more

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    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 ......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 ......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 ......read more

    Khareef season in Oman drives in large tourist turnout

    The Oman Ministry of Tourism has revealed a large turnout of tourists visiting the Sultanate in time for the Khareef season, which takes place every year from June to early September. The latest report from the National Centre for Statistics and Information (NCSI) noted the number of tourists visiting Dhofar reached 52,017 between June 21 and July 3, 2018, an increase of 35.4 per cent, as compared to the same period last year which recorded 38,404. Dhofar, and its famous city Salalah, remains a highly preferred destination during this period because of its cool refreshing weather. One of the ......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 ......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 ......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 ......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 ......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 ......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 ......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 ......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 ......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 ......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 ......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 ......read more

    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 ......read more

    Etihad Aviation Group Announces New Structure

    Robust organisational structure to deliver transformation of the group  New leadership team announced: promotion of Mohammad Al Bulooki to Chief Operating Officer, appointment of Robin Kamark as Chief Commercial Officer, and Ibrahim Nassir as Chief Human Resources & Organisational Development Officer, as part of new seven-strong C-suite  Almost half of the leadership team are UAE nationals Dubai, UAE, July 03, 2018:  Etihad Aviation Group today announced a new organisational structure and operating model, effective immediately, to deliver on its mandate as it ......read more

    Emirates announces one-off A380 service into Islamabad, Pakistan

    Dubai, UAE, 3 July 2018:   Emirates, the world’s largest international airline, announced today that it will deploy a one-off A380 service to Islamabad on 8 July 2018. The airline’s iconic double-decker will make its inaugural arrival in Islamabad on a special flight EK2524/EK2525. The A380 flight will depart Dubai on 8 July 2018 at 0800hrs and arrive in Islamabad at 1210hrs. The flight will depart Islamabad at 1540hrs arriving in Dubai at 1745hrs on the same day. “We are proud to bring our flagship A380 aircraft to Islamabad, and we look forward to ......read more

    Al Masaood Automobiles signs partnership with Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi for the ‘2018 Unbox the Amazing'

    Al Masaood Automobiles has partnered with the Department Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi) for Abu Dhabi Summer Season’s (ADSS) ‘2018 Unbox the Amazing’ promotions. Through this partnership, Al Masaood will provide four Nissan Patrol cars during raffle draws to be held every two weeks throughout the eight-week campaign across malls in Abu Dhabi during Abu Dhabi Summer Season. The partnership which was announced in an event attended by H.E. Sultan Al Mutawa Al Dhaheri, Executive Director of Tourism Sector of DCT Abu Dhabi and Irfan Tansel, Chief ......read more

    Sita's Bagjourney – Industry Choice for 100% Bag Tracking

    20 airlines sign up to use SITA’s technology in just six months Dubai, UAE, July 02, 2018:  Global air transport IT provider SITA has announced that its technology, BagJourney, is managing baggage for an increasing number of the world’s airlines. In the first six months of this year alone, more than 20 airlines have chosen the solution. SITA BagJourney is one of the key technologies helping the industry meet the IATA Resolution 753 requirement to track every stage of every bag’s journey. To meet the conditions of Resolution 753, airlines must track every item ......read more

    Emirates A380 makes one-off landing in Muscat

    Emirates celebrates 25 years of operation in Muscat with the arrival of its A380 – one of the shortest A380 flights in the world Operation confirms readiness of new airport for A380 operations Dubai, UAE – 01 July 2018:   The Emirates A380 touched down in Muscat earlier today for a one-off scheduled flight to Muscat International Airport (MCT). This special flight also marks 25 years of Emirates’ service to Oman, and reaffirms the newly opened airport’s infrastructure readiness for A380 operations.   The Emirates A380, the ......read more

    Sultanate to host Symposium on Atherosclerosis in 2024

    Muscat, Oman, June 28, 2018 - The Board of the International Atherosclerosis Society (IAS) has just announced at the General Assembly at the ISA 2018 (the XVIIIth International Symposium on Atherosclerosis) in Toronto, Canada that the Oman Society of Lipid & Atherosclerosis (OSLA) has won the bid to host the Triennial International Symposium on Atherosclerosis in 2024 in the Sultanate of Oman. The 3-day event has an expected attendance of up to 2,500 delegates. This, the 20th edition, will be the first time that the conference will be hosted in the Middle East with the first one held ......read more

    Turkish Airlines started to directly fly between Bodrum, one of the most famous tourist destinations in Turkey, and London during the 2018 summer season.

    Dubai, United Arab Enirates – 27th June 2018:   Having increased its capacity for many destinations with the arrival of summer season, Turkish Airlines now enables its passengers to directly fly between Bodrum, and London. The flights have been introduced as Turkey is tipped to be ‘the’ holiday destination for Brits seeking sun, sea, sand, and peace in 2018.      Bodrum-London flights, which started by June 13th, 2018, will be operated two times a week, as on Wednesdays and Saturdays during this summer season.    Turkish ......read more

    Emirates Flight Catering builds world's largest vertical farming facility in Dubai

    US$40 million investment in joint venture with US-based Crop One Holdings, Inc. Proven, market-leading growing systems used to produce fresh, nutritious and safe leafy greens on a daily basis, using 99% less water Sustainable, energy-efficient platform maximizes agricultural self-sufficiency for the UAE Dubai, U.A.E., 27 June 2018:   Emirates Flight Catering (EKFC) and Crop One will co-invest US$40 million to build the world’s largest vertical farming facility near Al Maktoum International Airport at Dubai World Central. The project is a joint venture with ......read more

    Year of Zayed immigration stamps launched at Abu Dhabi Airport

    New entry and exit stamps will be used for the remainder of the year 27 June 2018, Abu Dhabi, UAE:  In partnership with The Department of Immigration , Abu Dhabi International Airport (AUH) has rolled out new immigration stamps commemorating the Year of Zayed.  All travelers requiring an entry or exit stamp while traveling to or from the airport will receive a special Year of Zayed themed mark in their passport, replacing the regular immigration stamp for the remainder of 2018. Abdul Majeed Al Khoori, Acting Chief Executive Officer at Abu Dhabi Airports, said: ......read more

    Etihad Airways Travel Advice for 2018 Summer Holidays

    Dubai, UAE, June 26, 2018:  The summer holidays are set to start soon with schools in the UAE breaking for holidays in the coming weeks, 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 three ......read more

    Abu Dhabi International Airport enhances traveler experience this summer season

    25th June 2018 - Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates:   With its offering of transit visas on arrival, flight updates via social media, efficient and innovative passenger processing systems and an upgraded, stronger Wi-Fi service to ensure great connectivity, Enriching Tourist Experience is at the heart of all initiatives at Abu Dhabi International Airport (AUH) this summer. “Abu Dhabi Airports prioritizes passenger safety above all else. We have worked hard to add the element of utmost convenience to this, to ensure that all passengers passing through Abu Dhabi International ......read more

    Yet another strategic step from Turkish Airlines before moving to the Istanbul New Airport Turkish Airlines, ZTO Express and PAL Air Ltd.

    Sign for a Great Partnership Dubai, United Arab Enirates – 25th June 2018:   The media briefing and signing ceremony of the joint venture between Turkish Airlines’ Turkish Cargo successfully representing Turkey all around the world, Chinese cargo giant ZTO and Hong Kong based PAL Air Ltd. took place today in Istanbul. The partnership regarded not only as a huge strategic step for Turkey prior to the opening of the Istanbul New Airport but a game changer for the global express transport business, was sealed and signed by Turkish Airlines Chairman of the Board and ......read more

    Abu Dhabi Airports Opens New Sleeping Facility for Transfer passengers in Terminal 3

    New 24/7 sleeping service to offer flexible hourly bookings 20th June, 2018, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates:   Abu Dhabi Airports today announced the opening of Aerotel’s new airport transit sleeping facility at the Abu Dhabi International Airport. The latest addition marks the airport’s second facility that is operated by Aerotel of Plaza Premium Group. Open 24 hours a day, the hotel offers flexible hourly booking slots which gives easy access for transit passengers seeking a quick power rest. Its offers include a 2-hour day package between 09:00 to 20:00 and a ......read more

    Etihad Airways Passes Biennial Iata Safety Audit

    Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, June 20, 2018:   Etihad Airways, the national airline of the UAE, has once again successfully passed the biennial IATA Operational Safety Audit (IOSA). The Abu Dhabi-based airline met all required standards – with the highest possible result of zero findings and zero observations – after the IOSA team examined more than 800 of the airline’s safety procedures and processes in detail. IOSA seeks to ensure that airlines are compliant with safety requirements and recommended practices determined by IATA and is the most ......read more

    Emirates to deploy a one-off A380 service to Muscat

    The airline celebrates its 25th year of service to Oman Dubai, UAE - 20 June 2018:  Emirates will be operating a one-off A380 service to Muscat International Airport on 1 July 2018. This special flight of the world’s largest commercial passenger aircraft is part of the airline’s celebration of its 25th year of service to Oman this year, and also re-affirms the newly opened airport infrastructure to handle A380 operations. The new passenger terminal at Oman International Airport recently opened its doors in March 2018. The Emirates A380 service will operate as EK ......read more

    Connected aircraft to save aviation industry $15 billion per year and 21.3 million tonnes of CO2 emissions by 2035

    London School of Economics predicts move towards connected aircraft will transform aviation airline operations and safety into a strategic asset  Connected aircraft could lead to 2.5% reduction in fuel burn per flight, equating to 21.3 million tonnes of CO2 annually Connectivity has the power to save airlines $11 billion each year by reducing the impact and likelihood of delays, cancellations and diversions Dubai, UAE, June 19, 2018:  The connected aircraft, enabled by satellite communications, has the potential to save airlines $15 billion annually in operational ......read more

    Abu Dhabi International Airport Achieves Sustainability Milestone

     AUH earns accreditation level of ‘reduction’ for the first time from ACI Airport Carbon Accreditation 18th June, 2018, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates:   Abu Dhabi International Airport (AUH) has earned an accreditation level of ‘reduction’ from the Airports Council International’s (ACI’s) Airport Carbon Accreditation program. The program provides a unique common framework and tools for active carbon management at airports, covering operational activities that contribute most to carbon emissions.  In 2011, AUH was the first ......read more

    DC Aviation Group continues to grow its Aircraft Management fleet

    Adds Dassault 7X aircraft which is also available to charter for regional clients Dubai, United Arab Emirates, June 18, 2018:   Stuttgart headquartered DC Aviation Group (DCA), the German joint venture partner of DC Aviation Al-Futtaim (DCAF), continues to grow its aircraft management fleet with the addition of a Dassault Falcon 7X.  The new aircraft is also available for charter flights for DC Aviation Al-Futtaim clients in the region through DCA’s subsidiary – DC Aviation Malta.  With its three high-performance engines and cutting-edge aviation ......read more

    Aircraft movements in Dubai rise by 50% in 8 years

    dans introduces 90 new procedures to enhance Dubai airspace capacity Privatisation offers scope for Air Navigation Service Providers Dubai, UAE, June 13, 2018:  Air Traffic Control is the cornerstone of the aviation sector and Dubai has implemented the most advanced procedure, keeping the safety of passengers and their timely travel as their ultimate priority and goal. This was stated by Abdulla Al Hashmi, Executive Vice President for Operations at Dubai Air Navigation Services (dans) in his keynote address at the ATC Forum, running along the Airport Show. dans has ......read more

    Emirates boosts flights for busy Umrah season

    Dubai, UAE, June 13, 2018:  Emirates will be boosting its flights to Jeddah during the busy Umrah season. The airline will operate 24 extra flights, adding more than 10,000 additional seats between Dubai and Jeddah from 12 June to 24 June. The additional flights will be serviced by the Boeing 777-300ER. Emirates’ additional flights will help accommodate more convenient travel through Dubai during the Umrah season, which starts in Ramadan and concludes in July. These services will run in parallel with Emirates’ regularly scheduled services to Jeddah, which includes three ......read more

    Oman Ministry of Tourism-led ‘Summer Offers 2018' campaign continues to gain traction

    UAE, June 11, 2018- The Oman Ministry of Tourism has reported that its ‘Summer Offers 2018’ campaign launched under the theme ‘Experience Oman’ is continuously gaining traction amid the strong influx of regional and international travelers visiting the Sultanate.  Rolled out on May 21, 2018 to enhance and revitalize the local tourism sector, the initiative is part of the Ministry’s efforts to promote Oman as a leading business and leisure destination in line with Oman Tourism Strategy 2040. Under the three-month ‘Summer Offers 2018,’ 51 ......read more

    2018 edition of Dubai HeliShow gears up with over 60 exhibitors and visitors from more than 30 countries

    UAE, June 11, 2018 - The 2018 edition of the Dubai HeliShow is all geared up for its run from November 6 to 8 at the Royal Pavilion, Al Maktoum International Airport, Dubai South under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai. The show is expected to be participated in by over 60 exhibitors and visitors coming from more than 30 countries. Now on its seventh edition, the exciting three-day event will feature leading global speakers and top companies from Hungary, USA, Canada, Australia, Italy, Lithuania, ......read more

    dnata acquires majority stake in baggage storage and delivery service company, DUBZ

    Home check-in service in Dubai launched with UAE carrier flydubai and KSA carriers Saudia and flynas Dubai, United Arab Emirates, June 11,2018:  Passengers flying out from Dubai can now enjoy the convenience of checking in their baggage and getting their boarding passes from their home or hotel.   dnata is launching these new services through baggage technology and logistics company -  DUBZ, in which it recently acquired a majority stake. DUBZ was started in 2016 by three entrepreneurs who saw the opportunity to provide a practical and technology-enabled service to ......read more

    Emirates celebrates inaugural flight to London Stansted

    Travellers now have a choice of 10 Emirates flights a day to 3 airports in London Dubai, UAE, June 9, 2018:  Emirates celebrated the inaugural flight of its new daily service from Dubai (DXB) to London Stansted (STN). The Emirates Boeing 777-300ER touched down just before 1400hrs local UK time yesterday, and marked London Stansted as the 7th airport in the UK from which Emirates operates. This brings to 10 the number of daily flights between Dubai and three different London airports, with Stansted joining Gatwick and Heathrow. The aircraft deployed on the route is Emirates’ ......read more

    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

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