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    ABU DHABI'S CALIDUS MAKES PROGRESS ON AIR AND LAND

    Company reports further development of B-250 light attack aircraft  and reveals details of new Wahash infantry fighting vehicle (IFV)  FEBRUARY 18, 2019 – Calidus LLC today unveils details of its new Wahash infantry fighting vehicle (IFV) and reports further progress in development of its B-250 light attack aircraft. As a fast-growing defense-technology pioneer based in Abu Dhabi, Calidus is working to strengthen the capabilities of the UAE defense industry. “Our products fill an important need among many military forces for solutions that are both cutting-edge and cost-effective. This is our message and IDEX 2019 provides an ideal platform from which to share it,” said Abdulla Alsayed Alhashmi, Calidus senior vice-president. “The Calidus team has made tremendous strides in the four years ......read more

    Defence spending on the up in the Middle East

    Dubai Airshow To Host Defence Delegations and Exhibitors Dubai, UAE. 17 February 2019: The Middle East is cited by Deloitte as one of the key regions that are expected to contribute to industry performance in the near term, in its 2019 global aerospace and defence industry outlook. It states that defence spending in the region is expected to increase as oil prices stabilise at much higher levels compared to recent years. The Dubai Airshow has a well deserved reputation for representing all sectors of the aerospace industry and the 2019 edition, taking place 17-21 November at DWC, Dubai Airshow Site, will be no exception.  At the Dubai Airshow 2017, the UAE Ministry of Defence spent more than $4 billion on new products, services and technologies from a range of companies that were exhibiting at the event. “The great ......read more

    Airbus and Emirates reach agreement on A380 fleet, sign new widebody orders

    Emirates to reduce its A380 orderbook by 39 aircraft Orders 40 A330neo and 30 A350s Last delivery of A380 scheduled for 2021   Dubai UAE, 16 February 2019 - Following a review of its operations, and in light of developments in aircraft and engine technologies, Emirates is reducing its A380 orderbook from 162 to 123 aircraft. Emirates will take delivery of 14 further A380s over the next two years. As a consequence and given the lack of order backlog with other airlines, Airbus will cease deliveries of the A380 in 2021.   Emirates has also decided to continue growing with Airbus’ newest generation, flexible widebody aircraft, ordering 40 A330-900 and 30 A350-900 aircraft.   “As a result of this decision we have no substantial A380 backlog and hence no basis to sustain production, ......read more

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

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

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

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

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

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

    DC Aviation Group completes major maintenance check on Challenger 850 aircraft

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

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

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

    Aime and MRO Middle East end on the up

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

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

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

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

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

    Emirates celebrates 20 years of operations in Lahore and Islamabad

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

    Etihad Airways to introduce Airbus A380 on daily Seoul service

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

    Gulf Centre for Aviation Studies Recognized by Airport Council International

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

    Healthy Passenger Demand Continues in 2018 with Another Record Load Factor

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

    Etihad Airways and Royal Jordanian Announce New Codeshare Partnership

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Now Boarding from MIA: Facial Recognition Departures

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

    Aircaft Interiors Market to Reach $40.2 Billion by 2025

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

    Emirates Forges Codeshare Partnership with China Southern Airlines

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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    Abu Dhabi Airports participates in Bahrain International Air Show

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

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

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

    Emirates launches special fares to over 20 global destinations

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

    Groundwork begins at historical Mina Al Sultan Qaboos

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

    Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Aviation Award

    “A Global Award for a Global Industry” Dubai, UAE, November 08, 2018:  In just a few decades, the aviation sector has had a transformative effect on the UAE economy and we believe that it is time to celebrate the achievements of the aviation industry globally and to acknowledge and promote the far-reaching impacts that aviation has on global trade thanks to the connectivity that it affords.  This inspired the UAE to establish the Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Aviation Award that aims to shine light on States, Business Organizations and Individuals ......read more

    Justin Rose wins the 2018 Turkish Airlines Open

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates; 7 November 2018 –   Justin Rose secured victory at the Turkish Airlines Open 2018, beating Haotong Li  in a play-off at the Regnum Carya Golf and Spa Resort in Antalya.  A par on the first-play-off hole in Turkish Airlines Open history was enough for a win that saw Rose crowned the best golfer in the world and it was also the first time in his career that he has defended a title.  Rose trailed third-round leader Li by three shots going into the final day and both players bogeyed 18 to remain locked at -17 after 72 ......read more

    Strengthening Aviation Benefits in MENA

    6 November 2018 (Dubai, UAE) -The International Air Transport Association (IATA) urged governments in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) to maximize the economic and social benefits of aviation.  “Aviation currently supports 2.4 million jobs and $130 billion in economic activity across the MENA region. That represents 3.3% of all employment and 4.4% of all GDP in the region. Over the next 20 years we expect passenger numbers to grow by 4.3% annually. As aviation’s leaders we must work together and with governments to realize this potential---and the economic and ......read more

    Etihad Airways Launches Model Diary of Xiaowen at China International Import Expo

    New video launch features Chinese model Xiaowen Ju as part of Etihad Airways’ ‘Runway to Runway’ campaign Dubai, UAE, November 06, 2018:  Etihad Airways today launched a brand new video in its Model Diary series at the China International Import Expo, profiling iconic Chinese fashion model Xiaowen Ju during her recent trip to Abu Dhabi, capital of the United Arab Emirates. Based in New York City, the world-renowned model developed the new video as part of Etihad Airways’ ongoing ‘Runway to Runway’ series, which supports and showcases the global ......read more

    Mixed picture behind 2% Increase in September Air Freight Growth

    06 November 2018 (Dubai, UAE) - The International Air Transport Association (IATA) released data for global air freight markets showing that demand, measured in freight tonne kilometers (FTKs), rose 2.0% in September 2018, compared to the same period the year before. This pace of growth was relatively unchanged from the previous month but was less than half the five-year average growth rate of 5.1%.    Freight capacity, measured in available freight tonne kilometers (AFTKs), grew by 3.2% year-on-year in September 2018. This was the seventh month in a row that capacity growth ......read more

    Alpha Aviation Academy Partners With Etihad Aviation Training for Core Flying Skills Training

    Etihad Aviation Training to offer core flying skills training to Alpha Aviation Academy’s student pilots at state-of-the-art facility in Al Ain The partnership enhances the UAE’s position as a growing global hub of aviation training Dubai, UAE, November 06, 2018:  Etihad Aviation Training (EAT) and Alpha Aviation Academy, the largest Multi Pilot training programme in MENA, have launched a partnership for the delivery of the Core Flying Skills components of Alpha’s pilot training programme.   EAT is a well-established Approved Training Organisation ......read more

    Turkish Airlines embarks on a new journey from Istanbul New Airport

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates; 5 November 2018 –   Turkish Airlines welcomes a new era of Turkish Aviation with the opening of Istanbul New Airport. The world’s largest international hub will be home to Turkey’s national flag carrier and establishes Istanbul’s place as the centre of the globe for aviation and travel. The smart airport, thanks to its strategic location at the crossroads of east and west, has great potential for Turkish Airlines and the global aviation industry and will welcome 200 million passengers per year upon final ......read more

    Emirates unveils world's first integrated “biometric path”, raising the bar for airport customer experience

    Use of biometric technology across multiple points from check-in to boarding is first in the world in terms of its integration across airport stakeholders Advanced stage of implementation with testing programme already “live”, and pilot trials involving passengers to follow In phased development since 2015, the multi-million dollar programme is part of Emirates’ continued investment to offer an industry-leading customer experience Dubai, UAE, 29 October 2018 –   Emirates is gearing up to launch the world’s first “biometric path” ......read more

    Turkish Airlines signed a Frequent Flyer Program (FFP) Agreement with the Brazilian-based Azul Brazilian Airlines.

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates; 28th October 2018 -   One of the most prominent airline loyalty programs today with 10 million members, Turkish Airlines frequent-flyer program, Miles&Smiles offers its members mileage accrual and redemption opportunities on flights with Turkish Airlines and partner airline flights. In addition to its existing partnerships with 27 Star Alliance member airlines, Miles&Smiles has launched a Frequent Flyer Program (FFP) Partnership with Brazilian carrier Azul Brazilian Airlines by signing an agreement.   The signature ceremony of the ......read more

    IATA Outlines Urgent Priorities to Minimize Brexit Impacts

    25 October 2018 (Dubai, UAE) - The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has called for urgent action by the UK and the European Union to put in place contingency planning for the continuation of air services in the event of a ‘no-deal Brexit’, and to move much faster to bring certainty to three critical air transport issues: The uninterrupted continuation of air connectivity The framework for regulating safety and security, and The policies and processes needed for efficient border management “These are the most critical areas because there are no ......read more

    IATA Forecast Predicts 8.2 billion Air Travelers in 2037

    Eastward Shift in 20 year forecast Protectionism could reduce aviation’s benefits Dubai, UAE, October 25, 2018:  The International Air Transport Association (IATA) revealed that present trends in air transport suggest passenger numbers could double to 8.2 billion in 2037.   The latest update to IATA’s 20-Year Air Passenger Forecast, shows that an increasing shift Eastwards in the center of gravity of the industry is behind the continued strong growth. Over the next two decades, the forecast anticipates a 3.5% compound annual growth rate (CAGR), leading to ......read more

    Etihad Airways to Introduce Boeing 787 on Services to Kuala Lumpur and Brussels

    Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, October 25, 2018:  Etihad Airways will introduce the Boeing 787-9 on its daily scheduled services from Abu Dhabi to Kuala Lumpur, effective 20 December this year, and to Brussels, effective 3 January 2019.    The new two-class 787 Dreamliner service features Etihad Airways’ next-generation Business and Economy Class cabins, configured with 299 seats - 28 Business Studios and 271 Economy Smart Seats.   Robin Kamark, Etihad Aviation Group Chief Commercial Officer, said: “Kuala Lumpur and Brussels are two very important ......read more

    Emirates invites travellers to “Fly Better”

    Dubai, UAE, 25th October 2018:   Emirates, one of the world’s most awarded airlines for its industry-leading services, invites global travellers to “Fly Better” with the launch of its bold new brand promise. “On this day in 1985, Emirates flew its first customers from Dubai to Karachi. While the airline has grown exponentially since, our promise to customers remains unchanged - flying Emirates means enjoying a better flying experience,” said Sir Tim Clark, President Emirates Airline. “The drive to innovate and ‘be better’ is ......read more

    Russian visitors to GCC to increase 125% by 2023

    Increase in Russian tourists to GCC to create an extra 2.9 million room nights over coming five years Relaxed visa regulations and additional airline routes continue to drive growth Dubai, UAE, October 23, 2018:  The number of Russian tourists travelling to the GCC is expected to increase 125% from 933,000 in 2018 to 2.1 million in 2023, according to data published ahead of Arabian Travel Market 2019, which takes place at Dubai World Trade Centre from 28 April – 1 May 2019.   The latest research published by Colliers International predicts the increase in ......read more

    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 ......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 ......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 ......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 ......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 ......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 ......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 ......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 ......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 ......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 ......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 ......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 ......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 ......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 ......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 ......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 ......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 ......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 ......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 ......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, ......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 ......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 ......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, ......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 ......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 ......read more

    His Excellency Khalid Jasim Al Midfa, Chairman, SCTDA on World Tourism Day 2018

    “In light of today’s celebration of the World Tourism Day 2018 with the theme ‘Tourism and the Digital Transformation’, the Sharjah Commerce and Tourism Development Authority highlights the positive impact of modern digital technologies in creating a more meaningful tourism experience for our visitors in the Emirate of Sharjah. There is no question to the great benefits of technologies to modern living and the tourism sector has rapidly adopted the developments in the field. Technologies such as digital maps and mobile applications have facilitated and greatly enhanced ......read more

    2nd Annual Travel Tech ME Congress offer insight into the travel & tourism's future in the region

    Experts gather today at the annual event to discuss  the latest developments in the industry Dubai, 26 September 2018: The second edition of Travel Tech ME Congress launches today in Dubai, the leading event is organized by Verve Management UAE, and will be held over two days with participation of local and regional travel & tourism experts from the travel industry, with key speakers from the leading travel & tourism operators, top solution providers, and academics to exchange ideas, to discuss the recent challenges and strategy to promote to this ......read more

    Turkish Airlines has implemented two new projects to give better service to its Business class passengers flying intercontinental.

    “Meal Selection Before Flight” Dubai, United Arab Emirates; 26 September 2018 -   Awarded many times for its in-flight catering services, Turkish Airlines has carried its service a step further and implemented a new project enabling Business class passengers to choose their meals before the flight. With this service, which is applicable to the below-mentioned intercontinental destinations departing from Istanbul, Business class passengers can view the meal details and visuals of the main dishes and make their choices on the webpage and/or mobile application.  ......read more

    Etihad Guest Programme Welcomes Air Europa as New Airline Partner

    Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, September 26, 2018:  Etihad Guest, the award-winning loyalty programme for Etihad Airways, has announced a new partnership with Air Europa, enhancing the benefits for its members by allowing them to earn and spend Etihad Guest Miles when flying with the Spanish carrier.   The partnership allows members to also accumulate miles on codeshare flights operated and marketed by Etihad Airways in partnership with Air Europa. In addition, Etihad Guest members can redeem miles for tickets across the Air Europa network.  Yasser Al ......read more

    Emirates introduces new platform for local businesses to reach Dubai-bound customers

    Two new ice TV channels will be dedicated to promoting things to do in Dubai and the UAE    Dubai, UAE, 24 September 2018:   Emirates continues to push boundaries with their award-winning ice entertainment system, with the launch of two new ice TV channels dedicated to promoting the wide range of activities in Dubai and the UAE. The channels will be on ice in December. The innovative solution will help Dubai and UAE businesses promote themselves to the over 5 million customers who fly on Emirates each month.   Dubai and the UAE are home to a growing list ......read more

    Building for the Future: Turkish Airlines Corporate Club Conference hosts global business travel professionals in Istanbul.

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates; 23 September 2018:  Turkish Airlines, the airline flying to more countries than any other airline, hosted the Turkish Airlines Corporate Club Conference on 17-18 September in Istanbul, in partnership with the Global Business Travel Association (GBTA).   The conference is an annual international event where industry leaders come together and discuss the future of business travel. This year’s event saw 900 participants attend from 71 countries across the widest international flight network that Turkish Airlines operates. The program features ......read more

    Terrific Tokushima makes it 10!

    The Cathay Pacific Group’s newest destination in Japan underlines a year of exceptional growth for Hong Kong’s home airline   Dubai, UAE, September 23, 2018:  The Cathay Pacific Group will introduce a scheduled seasonal service from Hong Kong to Tokushima in Japan, as its record-breaking year of network  expansion continues.    The new two-times-weekly service to Tokushima, gateway to the island destination of Shikoku, is the 10th route that the Group will have launched in 2018. The route will be operated by Cathay Dragon and launches from ......read more

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