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    Emirates to operate first ever A380 to Beirut

    Historic one-off flight to test airport’s A380 operations and readiness  Dubai, UAE, 20 February 2018:   For the first time in Rafic Al Hariri International Airport’s history, Emirates will operate a special one-off A380 service to Beirut on 29 March. The airline’s flagship double-decker will become the first-ever scheduled A380 service to Beirut, and Emirates is working with the airport to test the operations and necessary infrastructure to accommodate an A380 service. The Emirates A380 service will operate as EK 957 and EK 958, departing Dubai at 0725hrs and arriving in Beirut at 1030hrs. The flight will depart Beirut at 1415hrs arriving in Dubai at 1905hrs on the same day. Sheikh Majid Al Mualla, Divisional Senior Vice President Commercial Operations, Centre said: “We are proud to fly ......read more

    Turkish Airlines starts flights to Freetown (Sierra Leone) as its 52nd destination to be served in Africa.

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates: February 20, 2018 –   Turkish Airlines, flying to more destinations in Africa than any other airline, marks another milestone in its international expansion with the launch of flights to Freetown, the capital of Sierra Leone. With existing services to city–hubs of Accra, Lagos, Bamako, Conakry, Dakar, Abidjan, Cotonou, Douala, Yaounde, N’Djamena, Ougadougou, Niamey, Cape Town, Johannesburg and more, Turkish Airlines now adds flights to Freetown as its 52nd destination in Africa.   Beginning February 24, Turkish Airlines will operate its Freetown flights 2 times per week on Tuesdays and Saturdays.   The services will provide a link between Istanbul Atatürk International Airport and the Lungi International Airport via Ouagadougou. The return flight will also ......read more

    Emirates Increases Capacity to Lisbon

    Airline resumes second daily service to the city  DUBAI, U.A.E., 20 February, 2018 –   Emirates today announced it will resume a second daily service to Portugal’s capital, Lisbon, from 1 June 2018. The flight will be operated by an Emirates Boeing 777-300ER in a three class cabin configuration, with eight private suites in First Class, 42 seats in Business Class, and 310 spacious seats in Economy Class. Portugal boasts a warm temperate climate and a long coastline of beaches, scenic villages and a rich culture and history, attracting visitors from all over the world. According to Turismo de Portugal, a record 21 million people visited the country in 2017, an increase of 10 percent when compared to the previous year, while Lisbon recorded a 16 percent increase. “Portugal is experiencing an ......read more

    Emirates to launch a new service to Auckland via Bali from 14 June 2018

    New service will be the only year-round flight between popular destinations Bali and Auckland Flight will meet increased demand between Emirates network and Bali, and provide a new connectivity option to visitors to New Zealand Dubai, 19 February 2018 –   Emirates today announced its plan to launch a new daily service from Dubai to Auckland via the island of Bali, Indonesia, starting from 14 June 2018.   The new service will offer global travellers a total of three daily services to New Zealand, complementing Emirates’ existing non-stop daily service between Dubai and Auckland and its current daily A380 service between Dubai and Christchurch via Sydney. Travellers will also enjoy a choice of three daily services between Dubai to Bali in the summer*, as the new flight adds to Emirates’ two ......read more

    Emirates SkyCargo transports first space satellite manufactured in the UAE

    Dubai, UAE, 15 Feb 2018-   Emirates SkyCargo, the freight division of Emirates, has transported KhalifaSat- the first satellite developed and built by Emirati engineers in the UAE at the Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC). As the first step in its journey to space, KhalifaSat was flown from Dubai to Incheon International Airport in South Korea on an Emirates SkyCargo Boeing 777 freighter aircraft that was specially chartered for the occasion. Emirates SkyCargo also unveiled a special branded truck to mark the event.   The KhalifaSat project was launched in 2013 by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, with the aim of manufacturing the first space satellite on UAE soil. Following its launch in 2018, the remote sensing satellite will ......read more

    The Allure of Mars: Making humans an inter-planetary species

    Of all the planets in our solar system, Mars has been the biggest subject of science-fiction movies and has captivated the interest of billionaires like Elon Musk and Richard Branson. What exactly is the appeal of the Red Planet and what hope does it hold for the future of humankind? Dubai, UAE, February 14, 2018:  The idea of humans living on Mars may seem today to be what used to be called a ‘moon shot’ – an awesome, fantastic, almost impossible to achieve endeavor – until humans actually walked on Luna. And it all starts with unmanned spacecraft mapping the surface, atmosphere, climate, composition, and a myriad other aspects of the Red Planet, culminating in building human settlements on Mars. Many plans are announced each year related to missions and settlements on Mars. Culling the chaff from the ......read more

    Etihad Aviation Group Launches Humanitarian Aid Mission for Rohingya Refugees

    Dubai, UAE, February 14, 2018:  Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates - Etihad Aviation Group (EAG) has launched a humanitarian aid mission in support of Rohingya refugee families. The campaign commenced with the distribution of garments, dry food packages, and blankets to more than 3,000 Rohingya families in Bahukhali Bazar in Bangladesh.   The initiative is funded by the generous miles donations of Etihad Guest members, in addition to donations made at various Abu Dhabi-based sporting and social events, as well as the electronic Dirham initiative. The mission also included humanitarian aid distribution at a hospital jointly operated by Malaysia, the United Arab Emirates and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The EAG delegation included Khaled Al Mehairbi, Senior Vice President & General Manager of Etihad Airport Services - ......read more

    Dubai Airports' new Modular Data Centre Complex (MDCC) a 'world first'

    Dubai, UAE – February 13, 2018 -  Dubai Airports today announced the successful completion of the world’s first Tier III certified Modular Data Centre Complex (MDCC)* at Dubai International (DXB) following a tour of the new facility by His Highness Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman of Dubai Airports. The project was led by Dubai Airports and delivered by Huawei - a leader in the field, in just over 400 days to coincide with UAE’s month of innovation being during February. The complex is equipped with next generation technologies to ensure the highest levels of availability, maintainability, resilience and seamless business continuity to support DXB's growing and complex operations. Dubai Airports worked closely with Huawei to design and build the Tier 3 pre-fabricated data centre incorporating ......read more

    WGS 2018: For the Future of Mankind, Mars is the Next Frontier, Says Renowned Architect

    Dubai-UAE: 13 February, 2018 –  Session, ‘The Journey of Human Evolution’ and entitled ‘Why Evolution Leads to Mars?’ Bjarke Ingels, founder and Creative Partner of Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG). The segment explored why Mars is the next frontier for mankind.  World-renowned innovator and lead architect of the UAE’s Mars Science City project Bjarke Ingels conducted a widely visual presentation, engaging with the audience and pointing out that, over time, the advancements in technology have allowed mankind to utilize shorter hours in travelling from one end of the world to the other.  Elaborating on why Mars is the next frontier, he highlighted the resources of oxygen, carbon, and hidden water ice, and joked about the ‘fastest diet’ that could be achieved on the ......read more

    Leading Scientists, Astronauts Share Insights on why Space Exploration Matters at WGS 2018 Space Settlement Forum

    Dubai-UAE: 12 February, 2018 –   The practicalities, opportunities and challenges of space exploration were under the spotlight at the Space Settlement Forum on the inaugural day of the sixth World Government Summit (WGS 2018) in Dubai. The series of sessions attempted to answer the question: “In this era of inequality and serious issues facing mankind, such as climate change and political instability, is space exploration necessary?” It is necessary for resources, according to several experts. The prospect of tapping into Mars water was examined throughout the sessions. NASA released the Mars Water In-Situ Resource Utilization (ISRU) Planning Study, last year, which looked into how astronauts could reach for the Red Planet water. Richard Davis, Assistant Director for Science and Exploration in the Science ......read more

    Turkish Airlines has announced its 2018 January passenger and cargo traffic results.

    The national flag carrier of Turkey reached the highest Load Factor in January with 79.8% in its history. Total number of passengers carried went up by 37% reaching 5.7 million passengers. Thus, 5 million passenger level is exceeded first time in Turkish Airlines history for the month of January.   Dubai, United Arab Emirates – 12 February, 2018: Making the whole world more accessible for its passengers by flying to 300 international destinations than any other airline in the world, Turkish Airlines consistently continues to increase its total passenger number.    According to the recently announced ‘January 2018 Traffic Results’; Turkish Airlines reached the highest Load Factor in January with 79.8%. Total Load Factor improved by 7.3 points to 79.8% with an increase of 17% in Available ......read more

    Emirates firms up order for up to 36 additional A380s

    Aircraft of choice to continue airline’s successful growth Dubai, UAE, 12 February 2018 –   Emirates and Airbus firmed up an earlier Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) and signed a contract for the 20 additional A380s with a further 16 options to be confirmed at a later date. The total agreement for 36 aircraft is valued at US$16 bn based on latest list prices. Deliveries are to start as early as 2020. The agreement was signed at the World Government Summit by HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman and Chief Executive, Emirates Airline and Group; and Mikail Houari, Airbus President for Africa and Middle East. HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates, ruler of the Emirate of Dubai and Edouard Philippe, Prime Minister of France were also ......read more

    Former Indian Space Chief Presents Country as a Global Low-Cost Provider of Satellite Services at WGS 2018

    Man behind India’s first Mars mission shares the secret of his country’s success in outer space endeavors Dubai-UAE: 12 February, 2018 –  India’s spectacular Red Planet debut with a successful first Mars mission in 2014 brought it a great deal of international acclaim and attention.  “The world understood that the Indian space industry meant serious business,” said Dr Koppillil Radhakrishnan, former Chairman of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) that helmed the project, at a session titled ‘India’s Mission to Mars’, as part of the Space Settlements Forum during the sixth World Government Summit (WGS 2018).  India’s space program was born in 1963 and institutionalized with ISRO’s establishment in 1969 – the year the US put a man ......read more

    KhalifaSat, Emirates Mars Mission Spacecraft Hit Milestones

    The Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre unveils final design and flight model of the Emirates Mars Mission Hope Probe  As first satellite made in the Arab World, KhalifaSat, Ships for Launch  Mars 2117 to be funded by ICT  UAE Astronaut Programme has received over 170 applications from STEM candidates 12 February 2018, Dubai, UAE:   The final designs of the Hope Probe, the Arab World’s first interplanetary mission were unveiled today at the World Government Summit in Dubai. Details of the much-discussed Mars 2117 plan, which aims to create the first human settlement on Mars, and UAE’s astronaut programme, which will train Emiratis in space exploration, were also discussed. The MSRBC also released plans of the ‘KhalifaSat’ its third and UAE’s first completely ......read more

    WGS 2018: Space Settlement Forum Highlights Importance of STEM Education for Eliciting Interest in Space Exploration

    Amal Amin: The number of students keen on participating in MBRSC programs exceeds our expectations Cady Coleman: Mars is for women Dubai-UAE: 11 February, 2018 –   Eliciting interest in space and its exploration among students through STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education is an imperative in modern times, concluded the participants of the session titled ‘Inspiring Students and the World: Mars and STEM education’, held as part of the Space Settlement Forum in the run-up to the sixth World Government Summit (WGS 2018) in Dubai.   The discussion was moderated by Michael McGrath, former Engineering Director at the Laboratory for Atmospherics and Space Physics (LASP) at the University of Colorado Boulder in the US.    Amal Amin, Senior Payload ......read more

    German National Tourist Office Dubai appoints Sigrid de Mazieres as new Director for Gulf Countries

    New GNTO Director for Gulf Countries  Dubai, 8 February 2018 –  The German National Tourist Office (GNTO) in Dubai, the local affiliate of the German National Tourism Board, has appointed Sigrid de Mazieres as its new Director for the Gulf countries. In her role, Sigrid de Mazieres will be responsible for guiding the sales & marketing strategy, in order to promote ‘Destination Germany’ throughout the GCC region and to boost arrival numbers with the support of local as well as overseas trade partners and industry stakeholders. “Germany has been one of the preferred European destinations for GCC travellers since a long time, mainly for its great variety, ranging from rich cultural offerings, natural landscapes, luxurious shopping facilities and convenient infrastructure to high-quality ......read more

    Jazeera Airways announces FY2017 financial results

    Board recommends dividend of 35 fils per share   Kuwait - Feb 8, 2017:  Jazeera Airways KSC (Jazeera) today announced its 2017 full-year financial results. The company reported an operating result of KD7.7 million, and a net profit of KD8.2 million.    FY2017 Financial Highlights:  Operating revenue: KD56.6 million, up 7.3% from FY2016 Operating profit: KD7.7 million, down 12.1% from FY2016 Net profit: KD8.2 million, down 23.7% from FY2016 (FY2016 net profit included a one-off KD 2.4 million transfers from foreign currency translation reserve that were reclassified to Statement of Income) FY2017 Operational and Business Highlights Route Expansion: 3 new destinations launched (Doha, Baku, and Hyderabad, India) Load factor: 73.9%, up 6.7% from FY2016 Aircraft utilization: ......read more

    The Emirates Group Signs MoU with the Government of Andhra Pradesh

    Dubai, 08 February 2018 –   The Emirates Group, and its affiliated entities including flydubai, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) today with the Andhra Pradesh Economic Development Board, Government of Andhra Pradesh, to establish a framework for collaboration in various aviation areas to support and invest in the development of Andhra Pradesh’s aviation sector. The MoU was signed by His Highness Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman and Chief Executive Emirates Airline & Group, and Krishna Kishore, CEO, Andhra Pradesh Economic Development Board (APEDB), in the presence of representatives from both parties. Under the terms of the MoU, the Emirates Group and the State of Andhra Pradesh will work together to support the development of Andhra Pradesh’s aviation infrastructure by sharing ......read more

    CAPA – Centre for Aviation renews REED partnership to deliver leadership summits at the 2018 Dubai Airport Show

    Dubai, UAE, February 8, 2018:   CAPA – Centre for Aviation has renewed its partnership with Reed Exhibitions Middle East to deliver leadership summits geared towards the airport and ANSP sector at the 2018 Dubai Airport Show. Executives and decision makers from leading airport and ANSPs, alongside international aviation experts, will converge in Dubai for two high level forums dedicated to airports and ANSPs, the CAPA Global Airport Leaders Forum (GALF) on 07-May-2018 and CAPA Global ATC Summit on 08-May-2018. Co-located with the Dubai Airport Show 2018, the world’s largest gathering of airport exhibitors, the two conferences will be held at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Center, providing attendees with the opportunity to network and share key insights on strategic industry issues. Held ......read more

    Airbus' open aviation data platform Skywise continues to gain market traction

    AirAsia, Asiana Airlines and Etihad Airways sign-up for state-of-the-art Skywise Predictive Maintenance Services In total, more than 1,000 Airbus aircraft to be connected to Skywise Dubai, UAE, February 08, 2018:  AirAsia, Asiana Airlines and Etihad Airways have become the first airlines to use full aircraft data and advanced predictive analytics on Airbus’ open aviation data platform Skywise, with each signing a premium subscription contract covering Skywise Predictive Maintenance.    The agreements cover the retrofit of their respective A320 and A330 Family fleets with FOMAX* - a new on-board data-capture / transmission module which provides greatly expanded volumes of recorded aircraft data – only about 400 aircraft parameters could previously be recorded on an A320, compared with roughly ......read more

    Dubai Accelerating Momentum Towards Its 2020 Tourism Goals as 2017 Delivers a Record 15.8 Million International Overnight Visitors

    India becomes first source market to top 2 million annual visitors Visa-on-arrival status for both Russia and China exponentially elevates visitation from both markets Significant year-on-year growth in traffic volumes from majority of key source markets Dubai consolidates its position as fourth most visited city globally Dubai, UAE; 7 February 2018:  Dubai recorded a strong 6.2 per cent year-on-year increase in international overnight visitation in 2017, accelerating the 5 per cent growth witnessed in the previous year and propelling the emirate’s momentum towards its 2020 goal of welcoming 20 million visitors per year by the start of the next decade. According to the latest data published by Dubai’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (Dubai Tourism), a total of 15.79 million tourists ......read more

    Flying to more countries and international destinations than any other airline, Turkish Airlines invites you on a journey of discovery with its “Five Senses” campaign.

    Turkish Airlines presents its new commercial starring world famous heart surgeon and TV personality Dr. Oz at the Super Bowl LII. Dubai, UAE, February 05, 2018:  Turkish Airlines, winner of Skytrax’s “Best Airline in Europe” award six consecutive years, has just debuted its new commercial on Sunday, February 4th during the NFL’s final game and the most-watched show in U.S. TV history, the Super Bowl. Award-winning Danish director Martin Aamund took the reins for the film, which will be broadcast in many countries, that the national flag carrier flies to, across Europe, South Africa, the Far East, the Middle East, and the Americas including North America (Canada), Latin America, and the United States.  Shooting wrapped up within a month across diverse destinations served by Turkish Airlines in ......read more

    Abu Dhabi Concludes Successful Participation at the SATTE Exhibition, South Asia's Leading Travel Forum

    Delegation reinforces Abu Dhabi’s position as a leading destination of distinction for culture, heritage and history among Indian tourists Abu Dhabi, 5 February 2018:  The Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi has concluded its successful participation at the SATTE Conference in New Delhi, India, which took place from January 31st to February 2nd, 2018. This marks the sixth time that Abu Dhabi has led a delegation to take part in this renowned travel and tourism platform. The 25th edition of South Asia’s leading travel show gathered 14 destination partners, tour operators, and government entities working across inbound, outbound, and domestic travel including Emirates Tours & Safari, Arabian Adventures, Emirates Palace and Royal Arabian Tours amongst others.  The forum enabled Abu Dhabi to ......read more

    Emirates Group Celebrates Outstanding Employees at Annual Najm Chairman's Awards

    DUBAI, U.A.E. – 1 February 2018 –  The Emirates Group today honoured its top employees for their extraordinary commitment to excellence, performance, and service.          The ‘Najm Chairman’s Awards’ ceremony took place at Emirates’ Group Headquarters, and was presented Sir Tim Clark, President Emirates Airline on behalf of His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al-Maktoum, Chairman and Chief Executive of Emirates Airline & Group. Colleagues, families and friends of this year’s winners also gathered to support and cheer on their loved ones and colleagues. HH Sheikh Ahmed said: “Every year, we come together to celebrate the outstanding achievements of our employees. Their hard work, tenacity, compassion, and continued pursuit of excellence are vital to ......read more

    2017 Marked by Strong Passenger Demand, Record Load Factor

    Dubai, UAE, February 01, 2018:   The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced global passenger traffic results for 2017 showing that demand (revenue passenger kilometers or RPKs) for the year ended 31 December rose 7.6% compared to 2016. This was well above the 10-year average annual growth rate of 5.5%. While the rate of demand growth slowed to 6.2% in December 2017, compared to December 2016, this largely was owing to less favorable comparisons to the even stronger growth trend seen in the year-ago period. Full year 2017 capacity rose 6.3%, and load factor climbed 0.9 percentage point to a record calendar-year high of 81.4%. “2017 got off to a very strong start and largely stayed that way throughout the year, sustained by a broad-based pick-up in economic conditions. While the underlying economic ......read more

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    flydubai expands its footprint in Moscow with new service to Sheremetyevo International Airport

    First carrier to operate direct daily flights to Sheremetyevo International Airport from the UAE from 29 November flydubai’s network in Russia to grow to 11 points served by 47 weekly flights Dubai, United Arab Emirates‎; 25 October 2017:   Dubai-based flydubai today announced the start of its new daily flights to Sheremetyevo International Airport (SVO) from 29 November. This will increase the airline’s frequency to the Russian capital to double daily with the existing service to Vnukovo International Airport (VKO).   flydubai first started ......read more

    MBRSC's Sustainable Autonomous House wins the Emirates Energy Award 2017

    Al Shaibani: The House has advanced technical, engineering and environmental solutions for the efficient use of energy natural resources MBRSC is continuously conducting studies and researches in the field of sustainable autonomous houses to develop new green technologies Ahli: MBRSC Sustainable Autonomous House reduces energy consumption by 75% Dubai, UAE, October 25, 2017:  The Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) Sustainable Autonomous House, the first of its kind Passive House for a hot and humid climate, won the gold Emirates Energy Award 2017 – under the category ......read more

    Emirates airline and a consortium of aviation partners to build the world's first Aviation X-Lab at Area 2071

    The Experimental Lab will host senior executives and experts from every facet of aviation industry The X-Lab will host an annual challenge at Area 2071 to rethink the transportation industry The first challenge will be announced in November, with teams convening in Dubai in the Spring of 2018 to begin their work. 25 October 2017, Dubai, UAE:  In the continued effort to achieve the vision of “UAE Centennial Plan 2071”, Emirates airline and a consortium of industry partners are announcing a partnership to build the world’s first sector-wide Experimental (X) ......read more

    Are we Nearly There Yet? Under 12s Bored 49 Minutes into Their Long-Haul Flight

    Emirates reveals the secret to keeping your kids entertained on the plane with the Child Boredom Quotient Under 12s bored 49 minutes and 47 seconds into their long-haul journey Top 3 worries for parents when travelling with their children on a plane include entertaining their children (64%), disturbing other passengers (43%) and keeping their kids hydrated (23%) Sitting sweetly: 41% of parents admit that they have resorted to bribing their children with sweets, chocolate and crisps in exchange for good behaviour whilst on a flight A third of parents (33%) also rely on electronic ......read more

    2036 Forecast Reveals Air Passengers Will Nearly Double to 7.8 Billion

    Dubai, UAE, October 25, 2017:  The International Air Transport Association (IATA) expects 7.8 billion passengers to travel in 2036, a near doubling of the 4 billion air travelers expected to fly this year. The prediction is based on a 3.6% average Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) noted in the release of the latest update to the association’s 20-Year Air Passenger Forecast.    “All indicators lead to growing demand for global connectivity. The world needs to prepare for a doubling of passengers in the next 20 years. It’s fantastic news for innovation ......read more

    IATA awards platinum to Lufthansa

    Lufthansa ranks at top position regarding mobile service offers The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has now presented Lufthansa with the "Fast Travel Platinum Award" for its mobile self-service solutions.   With the "Fast Travel Program", IATA pursues the goal of making passengers' journeys more enjoyable. In particular, the trip is to be made easier for the guest and waiting times are to be reduced. The program includes check-in, baggage check-in, document check, flight transfers, self-boarding and baggage claim. The "Fast Travel ......read more

    Apple Pay Coming to Etihad's Customers

    Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE), October 24, 2017:   Etihad Airways is now providing its customers Apple Pay, transforming mobile payments with a fast, secure and convenient way to pay for flights and travel. Available on the Etihad Airways mobile app, Apple Pay allows customers, for the first time in the UAE, to pay securely with just a touch of a finger. Etihad Airways’ customers can now buy flights and other products such as ‘Extra Legroom Seats’, ‘Preferred Seats’ and excess baggage with their iPhone or iPad by simply touching a ......read more

    What's Happening at Rove Hotels

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    Etihad Airways Partners with Alibaba's Tmall and Alitrip to Launch Five Specially Branded Aircraft for the Tmall 11.11 Global Shopping Festival

    Dubai, UAE, October 21, 2017:   Etihad Airways and Alibaba’s Tmall and Alitrip will today debut a specially branded aircraft livery for the 11.11 Global Shopping Festival 2017. Five aircraft emblazoned with this special 11.11 exterior will depart from Abu Dhabi travelling to four destinations in Greater China - Beijing, Shanghai, Chengdu and Hong Kong. In the coming month, these five aircraft will carry this unique branding to over 40 cities across Etihad Airways' global network.    China has over 721 million internet users and the ecommerce industry in ......read more

    First A330neo successfully completes maiden flight

    Three dedicated flight-test aircraft to perform all flight testing for both the A330-800 and A330-900 variants; Development on track for A330-900 entry into service in the middle of 2018. Dubai, UAE, October 19, 2017:  The first of three A330neo Family development aircraft to fly – MSN1795, an A330-900 variant – has landed at Toulouse-Blagnac, France at 14:10 hrs local time after successfully completing its first flight which lasted 4 hours and 13 minutes. The aircraft was powered by the latest technology Rolls-Royce Trent 7000 turbofans.   The crew in ......read more

    Dubai Airports signs agreement with Union Insurance Company

    Dubai, UAE, October 19, 2017:  Dubai Airports, operator of the world’s number one airport for international passengers – Dubai International (DXB), and Dubai World Central, has signed an agreement with Union Insurance Company, a leading provider of customer-focused insurance solutions to individuals and corporations in the region, to provide life insurance solutions to Dubai Airports employees  Ann-Marie Campbell, Executive Vice President of Human Resources Development at Dubai Airports said:   “We are very pleased to introduce this new initiative to ......read more

    Abu Dhabi Fund for Development Allocates US$50 Million for Development of Velana International Airport in Maldives

    Works include new 3,400-metre runway, passenger terminal, infrastructure upgrade Abu Dhabi-UAE: 18 October, 2017:  Abu Dhabi Fund for Development (ADFD), the leading national entity for development aid, extended a US$50 million (AED183.65 million) concessionary loan to the Maldivian government to develop the Velana International Airport in Malé. The Velana International Airport Development Project includes the construction of a new 3,400-metre runway with a breakwater and rehabilitation of the old runway. In addition, the funding will help build a new west passenger terminal and a ......read more

    Airbus and Bombardier Announce C Series Partnership

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    Etihad Airways Launches Hand Baggage Only Trial

    Trial the result of customer demand for no bag fares on key GCC routes  Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, October 17, 2017:   Etihad Airways is trialling a new hand baggage only ‘Deal Fare’ on two key routes this winter season, for bookings between 18 October to 18 December, allowing travellers to purchase lower fares in Economy Class if no checked baggage is required.  The trial fare includes a complimentary carry-on baggage allowance of 7kg and is available on flights between Abu Dhabi, Bahrain and Kuwait for travel until 31 March 2018.  Etihad ......read more

    Steigenberger Reveals the Secret…

    Dubai, UAE, October 16, 2017:   A secret no more, Steigenberger Hotel Business Bay opens its doors to a brand new venue – The Secret Terrace, a sparkly and enchanted spot to unwind and hang out, with a chilled rooftop vibe. Open from Wednesday, October 18th onwards, the venue kicks off with its first ever Ladies Night hosted by Vicky, the most graceful and serene hostess in the land. Close your eyes and picture this - a charmingly decorated and deeply comfortable outdoor space that overlooks Dubai’s skyline. Feel the day slip away as you sink into the comfy cushion ......read more

    Next Gen Aerospace Programme to spark ‘lift off' for regional youth education and engagement

    15 October 2017, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates:  A new generation of space leaders and scientists are set to be inspired by Next Gen Aerospace - a new programme which comes as part of preparations towards the Global Aerospace Summit 2018, to be held in Abu Dhabi. Next Gen Aerospace Programme is dedicated to youth engagement and education, inviting students to a range of activities to develop skills and learn about opportunities within the aerospace sector.  The Next Gen Aerospace Programme includes a University Roadshow, Summit Focus Days and a Young Space Leaders initiative. ......read more

    Emirates launches US$15 million campaign to promote Dubai hub and inspire travel

    Set to iconic soundtrack by Queen, campaign features airline’s global network and onboard product Dubai, UAE, 15 October 2017:   Emirates today launched a US$15 million campaign to inspire travel and promote the airline’s extensive network of global destinations including its home and hub, Dubai. The campaign is backed by the iconic soundtrack “Don’t stop me now” by British rock band Queen, which was found in a scientific study to be the most uplifting or “feel-good” tune on the UK charts in the past 50 years.  The ad spot ......read more

    Airline New Distribution Capability to Get Boost from ATPCO and SITA

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates – 12 October 2017:   ATPCO and SITA today announced that they are joining forces to provide the airline industry with NDC Exchange, an industry-owned platform to support the adoption of IATA’s New Distribution Capability (NDC) for air fares and ancillary sales. NDC Exchange will enable quick adoption of NDC, lower the cost of compliance to the schema, while supporting complex interlining as airlines migrate to the new distribution format. NDC is designed to enable the travel industry to transform the way air products are retailed to ......read more

    MY Dubai - The City Sign by Apical Reform

    Dubai-UAE: 12 October, 2017:   In January 2014 Shaikh Hamdan Bin Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, launched the social media hashtag #MyDubai, inviting the Emirate's residents and visitors to write the social media biography of the city. Since then, across the various social media platforms, countless pictures and videos have been shared using the metadata tag. Each post tells a unique story of the Dubai experience. The progressive design studio Apical Reform visualises the Emirate's vibrant spirit and its emotional bond with residents and visitors ......read more

    Qantas and Emirates partnership update

    Airlines apply to regulators to extend partnership until 2023 Submission includes adjustments to trans-Tasman services Co-ordinated route changes improve connectivity and schedule choice across combined network Sydney/Dubai, 11 October 2017:  Qantas and Emirates today announce additional network changes under the joint partnership which provide customers with greater year round frequency and more services between Australia and New Zealand.*  These changes reflect customer demand and the airlines’ respective network strengths and provide more options for ......read more

    Airbus Corporate Jets wins new ACJ319neo order

    Builds on best cabin flying even farther Dubai, UAE, October 10, 2017:  Airbus Corporate Jets (ACJ) has won a new A319neo  order, from an Asian customer that is trading up from a traditional business jet, highlighting the market appeal of the aircraft family’s proven cabin and improved intercontinental range. The order means that new and existing customers have now placed a total of nine orders – three ACJ319neo and six ACJ320neo - for the new ACJ320 family. Customers include Acropolis Aviation, Comlux, K5 Aviation and undisclosed clients. “The ACJ320neo ......read more

    The General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) signs an agreement to regulate air transport services between the United Arab Emirates and the Kingdom of Bahrain

    Dubai, UAE, October 10, 2017:  In light of the Bahrain Ministry of Transportation and Communications' objective to upgrade all of its services, especially in the air transport sector with the close cooperation between the United Arab Emirates and its sister the Kingdom of Bahrain, the General Civil Aviation Authority witnessed an MOU signing ceremony on Sunday morning, 8th October 2017, between the two countries after a successful round of negotiations hosted by the Kingdom of Bahrain. HE Saif Mohammed Al Suwaidi, Director General of UAE GCAA Expressed his thanks and appreciation ......read more

    Abu Dhabi Air Expo 2018 Setting a New Stage for its 5th Edition

    Abu Dhabi Aviation & Aerospace Week 9th October, 2017, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates:  Al Bateen Executive Airport, the first dedicated business aviation airport in the region, officially launched today the fifth edition of Abu Dhabi Air Expo in response to huge demand from key industry professionals to participate. Abu Dhabi Air Expo 2018 will be held from 26th to 28th February 2018, as part of Abu Dhabi Aviation and Aerospace Week, under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed ......read more

    Abu Dhabi Cruise Sector embarks upon a Regional Trade Roadshow

    Abu Dhabi’s cruise tourism sector, led by the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi , is continuing its series of international promotions and conventions ahead of the start of the 2017/18 cruise season with a four-city regional travel trade roadshow in Saudi Arabia and Kuwait from 8 – 12 October 2017.   Showcasing the Emirate’s distinct cruise offering, the roadshow is being staged to drive growth in GCC bookings for Arabian Gulf cruises and will see the Department of Culture and Tourism attend the annual GCC travel industry roadshow which run ......read more

    Air Arabia opens new sales office and city check-in services in Dubai

    Sharjah, UAE; 7 October 2017:  Air Arabia, the Middle East and North Africa’s first and largest low-cost carrier (LCC) has further strengthened its operations in Dubai with the opening of a new sales office and city terminal check-in services in Dubai.  The new office is located at Emaar Towers in Deira and will be open from Saturday to Thursday, 09:00 am to 10:00 pm.  Inaugurating the new office, Adel Al Ali, Group Chief Executive Officer of Air Arabia commented: “We are pleased to further strengthen our services in Dubai and the UAE through the new sales ......read more

    Security, Infrastructure, Rising Taxes and Charges, Smarter Regulation Top Agenda at IATA Aviation Day – MENA

    Dubai, UAE, October 5, 2017:  The International Air Transport Association (IATA) highlighted five priorities which must be addressed in order for aviation to deliver maximum economic and social benefits in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region.   Muhammad Ali Albakri, IATA’s Regional Vice President for the Middle East & Africa noted that aviation currently supports 2.4 million jobs in the MENA region and contributes $157.2 billion in GDP. “Aviation has the power to generate significant prosperity. A safe, secure, efficient and sustainable air transport ......read more

    Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre launches its 3rd Annual EMM Science Workshop

    Sharaf: The Science community in the UAE is witnessing remarkable development October 5, 2017, Dubai, United Arab Emirates:  Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre, the entity in charge of designing, implementing and supervising all the phases of the Emirates Mars Mission- Hope mission under the supervision of the UAE Space Agency, has announced the launch of the 3rd Annual EMM Science Workshop. The workshop will be part of the Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre Science Event (MBRSC Science Event), that will be held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, ......read more

    Greater Urgency Required to Tackle Emissions Challenge

    Dubai, UAE, October 5, 2017:  The International Air Transport Association (IATA) called for greater urgency in the partnership between governments and airlines to keep aviation at the leading edge of industries in managing their climate change impact.    The call came on the eve of the first anniversary of the historic global agreement on a Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA) at the 39th Assembly of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).   “CORSIA was a historic demonstration of what can be achieved ......read more

    Double Digit Demand Growth for Freight Continued in August

    Dubai, UAE, October 5, 2017:  The International Air Transport Association (IATA) released data for global air freight markets showing that demand, measured in freight tonne kilometers (FTKs), increased by 12.1% in August 2017, compared to the same period a year ago. This was the fifth time in six months of double-digit gains on the previous year’s performance. Demand is growing at exceptional speed when compared to the five-year average growth rate of 4.4%. Freight capacity, measured in available freight tonne kilometers (AFTKs), grew by 4.7% year-on-year in August 2017. Demand ......read more

    GCAA Celebrates UAE Civil Aviation Day

    Dubai, UAE, October 5, 2017:  The General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) today celebrates the UAE Civil Aviation Day, which was inaugurated by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum on October 5th 2014, as part of the UAE’s efforts to elevate awareness around the Aviation sector amongst both nationals and non-nationals in UAE.    The day marks the progress and achievements of the aviation sector to date, celebrating the history of aviation in the UAE, as well as looking to the future of the industry. The celebration also highlights the achievements and ......read more

    Etihad Airways Named ‘Airline of the Year' in the UK for Fourth Consecutive Year

    Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, October 4, 2017:  Etihad Airways, the national airline of the UAE, has been named ‘Airline of the Year’ in the United Kingdom for the fourth consecutive year by the Travel Trade Gazette (TTG). The Abu Dhabi-based airline beat strong competition to take the top prize at the ceremony, held at London’s Lyceum Theatre and attended by 750 leading figures from the British travel industry. Mohammad Al Bulooki, Etihad Airways’ Executive Vice President Commercial, said: “To be awarded the coveted ‘Airline of the ......read more

    Etihad Airways Improves Timings on Abu Dhabi – Medina Route

    Three additional weekly flights will also be introduced during peak winter period   Abu Dhabi, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES, October 3, 2017:   Etihad Airways is re-timing its daily Abu Dhabi – Medina flights to a daytime operation and will also introduce three additional weekly services during the peak winter period.   Effective 1 February 2018, the current overnight departure from Abu Dhabi will be replaced by a mid-morning flight offering an attractive schedule for travellers flying between the UAE’s capital city and Medina in the Kingdom of Saudi ......read more

    MBRSC extends the deadline to receive Explore Mars Competition proposals to October 14

    Competition will be part of MBRSC Science Event where scientific studies and space missions’ projects to the Red Planet  Two top winners will receive valuable prizes of AED 10,000 & 5000 October 3, 2017, Dubai, United Arab Emirates:  Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre, has announced the extension of the deadline to receive Explore Mars Competition proposals to October 14. University students who are interested to participate in the competition can send their projects to science@mbrsc.ae or apply on the competition page on MBRSC Science Event website.  During ......read more

    Emirates marks 15th year of connecting Japan to the world

    Dubai, UAE – 3 October 2017:  In October 2002, Emirates became the first airline to link Japan and the Gulf region with non-stop flights when it introduced its four-times-per-week service to Osaka. Now serving three points in Japan daily, Emirates, the world’s largest international airline, has carried over 3.9 million passengers* in 15 years of service to Japan. The number of passengers carried in Emirates’ first year of operations–roughly 66,000 in 2002—has grown to nearly 530,000 passengers carried between Dubai and Tokyo (Narita and Haneda) and Osaka in ......read more

    Emirates and flydubai - Together. Explore the world.

    Emirates and flydubai partnership announces first codeshare routes With the start of the partnership, Emirates will codeshare on 29 routes operated by flydubai Passengers can book from 03 October with travel commencing on 29 October Reach more destinations easily, frequently and quickly Dubai, United Arab Emirates; 02 October 2017:  Following the commencement of their partnership, Emirates and flydubai today announced that Emirates will expand its network to 29 flydubai destinations across three continents. The new partner network, through its codeshare, will offer ......read more

    Maximus Air Operates Humanitarian Relief Flights to Barbados

    Delivering urgent support and aid in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, 01 October 2017:  Maximus Air, the Abu-Dhabi based aviation company and the largest all-cargo airline in the UAE, has provided vital humanitarian relief to Barbados in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma, which caused catastrophic damage when it swept across the Caribbean and several US states in early September this year. The airline sent three relief flights to the area between the 15th and 21st September to provide relief cargo for those who were affected by the disaster. Maximus ......read more

    Masdar Institute's SEAS Harvest Marks Critical Milestone in Development of Sustainable Aviation Biofuel

    Harvesting of the First Crop of Oil-Rich Plants Grown in the Desert Using Seawater Brings the UAE Closer to Fueling Aircraft with Locally-Produced Biofuel  Abu Dhabi-UAE: 30 September, 2017:  Masdar Institute of Science and Technology’s Sustainable Bioenergy Research Consortium (SBRC) – a non-profit entity supported by Etihad Airways, Boeing, Takreer, Safran and General Electric – today announced that its flagship project, the Seawater Energy and Agriculture System (SEAS), has reached a critical milestone in its development of sustainable aviation biofuels ......read more

    GCAA supports female empowerment in the aviation sector working alongside men to revamp the aviation industry in the UAE

    Dubai, UAE, September 30, 2017:  In the light of celebrating Emirati Women's day, The General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) in the UAE announced conducting a specialized training course to encourage and support the prominent role of females in the aviation sector. The three day training course titled 'Strategic Planning and Innovation in Aviation' took place in the Jumeirah Creek Side Hotel from the 24th to the 26th of September 2017. The course was led by Ms. Laila Bin Hareb, Assistant Director General for Strategy & International Affairs Sector in GCAA.Various topics ......read more

    Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre wins the first IAF Excellence in 3G Diversity Award at IAC 2017

    Dubai, UAE, September 28, 2017:  Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre wins the first IAF Excellence in 3G Diversity Award at the International Astronautical Congress. The Centre received the award from the International Astronautical Federation (IAF) for its contributions to the fostering of “3G” (Geography, Generation, Gender) Diversity within the space sector. Eng. Salem Al Marri, Assistant Director General for Scientific & Technical Affairs at MBRSC received the Award from the President of IAF, Dr. Jean-Yves Le Gall and Chair of the Award Committee, Mrs. Mary Snitch, ......read more

    Emirates SkyCargo obtains revalidation of pharma certification at Dubai hub

    Over 51,000 tonnes of pharma cargo transported globally in one year since launch of specialised pharma product Dubai, UAE, 28 September 2017:  Emirates SkyCargo has received a revalidation of the European Union Good Distribution Practices (EU GDP) certification for pharma operations at its hub in Dubai. The annual surveillance audit for the revalidation was conducted by Bureau Veritas, Germany.  The air cargo carrier originally received its EU GDP certification in 2016 for its operations across the Emirates SkyCentral cargo terminals at Dubai International Airport and Dubai ......read more

    Emirates wins Best Entertainment award at 2017 APEX Passenger Choice Awards

    Sir Tim Clark honoured with APEX CEO Lifetime Achievement Award Emirates awarded a Five-Star Global Airline Official Airline Rating DUBAI, U.A.E., 27 September 2017:  Emirates clinched the Passenger Choice award for Best Entertainment at the 2017 APEX Passenger Choice Awards held in Long Beach, California, USA this week. Emirates’ president, Sir Tim Clark, was honoured with the CEO Lifetime Achievement Award.   The airline also won Best Original Video for its Welcome to ice product video and was given a Five-Star Global Airline Official Airline Rating, the ......read more

    Turkish Airlines announces a commitment to order 20 + 20 787-9 Dreamliners, talks with Boeing started

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 27th September, 2017:   During Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s visit to New York to join the United Nations General Assembly, Boeing and Turkish Airlines announced a commitment to order 40 787-9 Dreamliners. "Our agreement to purchase 787 Dreamliners is a significant step forward in enhancing our passengers’ flight experience as these aircraft are the latest and one of the most advanced in the world," said M. İlker Aycı, Chairman of the Board and the Executive Committee, Turkish Airlines. "This order ......read more

    Emirates to introduce additional flights to Stockholm

    Three extra flights a week throughout the winter season DUBAI, U.A.E., 27th September 2017:  Emirates today announced that it will introduce three additional flights per week to the Swedish capital, complementing Emirates’ existing schedule and providing more choice to travellers from 8th December 2017. The new scheduled flights will be added to meet the growing demand for travel on the route, particularly during the winter season. Since launching its current daily scheduled service in September 2013, Emirates has continued to grow demand for both inbound and outbound travel. ......read more

    DAE Appoints Jeff Wilkinson as Joramco's CEO

    Dubai, U.A.E., 27September 2017:  Dubai Aerospace Enterprise (DAE) Ltd. announces the appointment of Jeff Wilkinson as Chief Executive Officer of its subsidiary company, Jordan Aircraft Maintenance Limited (Joramco).  Jeff was most recently Chief Executive Officer of Etihad Airways Engineering based in Abu Dhabi responsible for several core business functions including Airframe and Component maintenance services, Supply Chain Management, Design Engineering, CAMO, Line and Light maintenance. He led a team of over 3,000 professionals to drive a new strategic direction including ......read more

    APEX Recognizes Finnair as a 2018 Four Star Global Airline Based on Customer Reviews and Feedback

    Finnair has been awarded a 2018 Four Star Global Airline rating by the Airline Passenger Experience Association (APEX), a non-profit membership trade organization comprised of the world's leading airlines, suppliers and major media groups. The ratings recognize excellence in airline passenger experience and are based entirely on verified feedback given by customers. Travelers and reviews were validated against confirmed itineraries and geo-location on mobile devices. Finnair was one of 470 airlines rated through July 31 of this year. Only 15% of airlines worldwide received sufficient ......read more

    Emirates service to Tunis becomes daily

    DUBAI, U.A.E., 25 September 2017:  Emirates has reaffirmed its commitment to Tunis by increasing the frequency of flights between Dubai and Tunis from six to seven a week starting 30th October 2017. The additional Dubai – Tunis flight will be operated every Monday with an Emirates Boeing 777-300ER aircraft offering eight luxurious private suites in First Class, 42 lie-flat seats in Business Class and plenty of room to relax in Economy Class with 310 seats. The added flight will give passengers in Tunis greater access to Emirates’ global route network, particularly ......read more

    DAFZA & International Center of Islamic Economy introduce ‘Transformation Forum'

    UAE, September 25, 2017- The Dubai Airport Freezone Authority (DAFZA) and International Center of Islamic Economy are preparing to launch the first edition of the annual Transformation Forum on November 22, 2017 at the Le Méridien Dubai Hotel and Conference Centre. The event will provide a stimulating environment for the development of Shar’iah-compliant products and services giving an ideal platform for supervisory bodies and financial institutions to share ideas and ways to drive transformation towards Islamic Finance. The first-of-its kind event will showcase many Shar’iah ......read more

    Return of British Airways' Flying With Confidence Course to Tackle Growing Number of Passengers Who Fear Aircraft Travel

    39 per cent of UAE residents claim their fear of flying grows with age with 31 per cent of residents citing turbulence as the main cause of their phobia; Led by Captain Steve Allright, the day-long course will take place on 18 October 2017 Sheraton Grand Hotel on Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai   Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 25 September 2017:   A fifth of UAE residents recognise they have a fear of flying, with 31 percent citing turbulence as the main cause of their phobia, leading many to avoid business trips, visiting loved ones, or worldwide ......read more

    Airline and Airport Cios Embrace Artificial Intelligence

    Disruption management, chatbots and mobile services key focus for industry’s CIOs   United Arab Emirates, Dubai, 24 September 2017:   Airlines and airports are embracing new technologies and turning to artificial intelligence (AI) to support their customer service. Over the next three years 52% of airlines plan major AI programs or R&D and 45% of airports will invest in R&D in the next five years, according to the SITA 2017 Air Transport IT Trends Insights.   Airlines are looking at how technology can help minimize the impact of disruption on the ......read more

    Azure Beach opens its doors taking guests straight to the heart of the Mediterranean

    Dubai, UAE, September 20, 2017:   In a city where sun and sand reign supreme and you can enjoy outdoor living for more than nine months of the year, Dubai welcomes Azure Beach, a new Mediterranean-inspired beach destination, to its infamous collection of shore side hang-outs, having officially opened its doors on the 26 June 2017.  Opening in the highly anticipated Rixos Premium Dubai JBR, the Rixos’s second property in Dubai, Azure Beach will cater to both tenants of the Rixos Residences and esteemed hotel guests, complementing the exceptional services and world class ......read more

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