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    Emirates unveils new Real Madrid A380 decal

    Dubai, UAE, December 16, 2018:   Emirates, the world’s largest international airline and a main sponsor of Spanish football club, Real Madrid, today unveiled a new decal featuring action images of some of the club’s top players on one of its A380 aircraft. The new decal was created to mark the occasion of Real Madrid’s charter flight on an Emirates A380 from Madrid to Abu Dhabi today, where the team in their capacity as current European champions will compete with football club champions from other continents. The bespoke decal features first team players Marcelo, Luka Modrić, Sergio Ramos, Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema, and covers over 200 square metres on each side of the double decker aircraft. A time lapse video of the decal being placed onto the A380 can be viewed here. Decals featuring ......read more

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

    “Konnichiwa” Komatsu Dubai, UAE, December 16, 2018:  Cathay Pacific is introducing a new scheduled seasonal service to Komatsu next spring, making the beautiful natural landscapes and rich cultural attractions of Japan’s Ishikawa Prefecture more easily accessible to UAE travellers via Hong Kong. The new two-times-weekly service* will be operated on Wednesdays and Saturdays between 3 April 2019 and 26 October 2019 using Airbus A330-300 aircraft featuring both Business and Economy Class cabins. Cathay Pacific has operated charter flights to Komatsu, the gateway to Ishikawa, in central Honshu, at peak holiday periods over the past two years, and the introduction of the new scheduled service underlines the airline’s commitment to its key Japanese market. Tickets to and from Komatsu will be available ......read more

    Turkish Airlines reached 81.4% Load Factor in November 2018

    Dubai, UAE, December 15, 2018:  Turkish Airlines, who has recently announced its passenger and cargo traffic results for November 2018, reached 81.4% Load Factor in that month. On top of the strong base effect of the last year, growth in the number of passengers, revenue per kilometer and load factor, is an important indicator of the continued growing interest in Turkey and Turkish Airlines in the last quarter of the year as well.     According to the November 2018 Traffic Results;  The passenger growth trend continued in November, thus total number of passengers carried went up by 4% -compared to the same month of 2017- reaching 5.5 million passengers, and Load Factor went up to 81.4%.  In November 2018, Total Load Factor improved by 2 points -compared to the same period of 2017-, while ......read more

    Etihad Airways Travel Advice for 2018 Winter Holidays

    Dubai, UAE, December 13, 2018:  The Winter holidays are set to start soon with schools in the UAE breaking for holidays in the coming week, leading to a particularly busy time at Abu Dhabi Airport.   To ensure guests enjoy a convenient travel experience during this busy period, Etihad Airways has a number of travel tips and reminders to save time:   Early Check-in For the convenience of those guests who live downtown, early check-in is available at the Abu Dhabi City Terminal for AED30 per guest. Guests should arrive at Abu Dhabi International Airport at least three hours before take-off, accounting for extra road traffic.     Check-in and Boarding Times Economy Class check-in for non-US flights opens three hours before departure and closes one hour before departure. Guests travelling ......read more

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

    Dubai, UAE, December 13, 2018:  The International Air Transport Association (IATA) forecasts the global airline industry net profit to be $35.5 billion in 2019, slightly ahead of the $32.3 billion expected net profit in 2018 (revised down from $33.8 billion forecast in June). Highlights of expected 2019 performance include: The return on invested capital is expected to be 8.6% (unchanged from 2018) The margin on net post-tax profits is expected be 4.0% (basically unchanged from 3.9% in 2018) Overall industry revenues are expected to reach $885 billion (+7.7% on $821 billion in 2018) Passenger numbers are expected to reach 4.59 billion (up from 4.34 billion in 2018) Cargo tonnes carried are expected to reach 65.9 million (up from 63.7 million in 2018) Slower demand growth for both passenger traffic (+6.0% in 2019, ......read more

    IATA Launches Platform Enabling Airlines to Share Turbulence Data

    Dubai, UAE, December 13, 2018:  The International Air Transport Association (IATA) launched its Turbulence Aware data resource to help airlines avoid turbulence when planning routes tactically in flight. Turbulence Aware augments an airline’s ability to forecast and avoid turbulence by pooling and sharing (in real time) turbulence data generated by participating airlines.     Today airlines rely upon pilot reports and weather advisories to mitigate the impact of turbulence on their operations. These tools—while effective—have limitations due to the fragmentation of the data sources, inconsistencies in the level and quality of information available, and the locational imprecision and the subjectivity of the observations. For example, there is no standardized scale for the severity of turbulence ......read more

    Emiratisation Efforts Stepped Up in Support of New Tourism Vision 2025

    Enhanced industry nationalisation initiatives encouraging Emiratis to pursue careers in travel and tourism sector Dubai, UAE; 13 December 2018:   Dubai’s Department of Tourism & Commerce Marketing (Dubai Tourism) has announced plans to further drive industry Emiratisation efforts to create a strong pool of local talent that will play a key role in helping Dubai achieve its Tourism Vision 2025. As guided by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, nationalisation initiatives launched by Dubai Tourism’s vocational education institution, the Dubai College of Tourism (DCT), continue to raise awareness among prospective young job-seekers within the local community, offering opportunities to pursue tourist-facing roles across diverse ......read more

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

    A6-EQP is the 190th Boeing 777 aircraft to be delivered to Emirates Emirates’ modern and efficient fleet strategy to continue with future deliveries of Boeing 777-8 and 777-9 aircraft Dubai, UAE, 13 December 2018 - Emirates celebrated an important fleet milestone with the delivery of the final Boeing 777-300ER aircraft on its order books. A6-EQP is the 190th Boeing 777 aircraft to be delivered to Emirates, the world’s largest operator of Boeing 777 aircraft and also the only airline in the world to have operated all the six variants of the Boeing 777 family. One of out every eight 777 aircraft ever manufactured by Boeing has been delivered to Emirates. Emirates will also be one of the first airlines in the world to fly the two next generation models- the Boeing 777-8 and 777-9.  Watch a video of the delivery ......read more

    flydubai announces new fare structure offering passengers more choice

    Dubai, UAE, December 12, 2018:   Dubai-based flydubai launches new fare types offering passengers more choice when travelling in Economy. The new fare types are applicable for all bookings made from 02 December onwards and allows passengers to choose between Lite, Value and Flex bundles designed to cater to their different travel needs and budget. Passengers travelling in Business continue to benefit from great value for money with the existing business class fares that include a generous checked-in baggage allowance, meal options from an internationally inspired menu, complimentary inflight entertainment and many other add-ons. Commenting on the launch of the new fare structure, Hamad Obaidalla, Chief Commercial Officer at flydubai said: “As we enter a new chapter of the airline’s maturity we remain ......read more

    Dubai South unveils the Aviation One office complex

    Dubai, UAE, December 11, 2018:  Dubai South unveiled today the Aviation One office complex, the Dubai South flagship commercial property on the sideline of MEBAA 2018.  “The Aviation one is a premium and one-stop shop business facility. A unique commercial complex in new Aviation District at Dubai South, Aviation One is located next to the VIP Terminal the heart of the General Aviation District at Dubai South,” said Tahnoon Saif, Chief Executive Officer of the Aviation District at Dubai South. Unveiling this modern business address in the heart of the new aviation capital of the world, was one of many activities Aviation District, Dubai South had during MEBAA show 2018. Other activities included hosting VIP guests to introduce them to the facilities of the VIP terminal, as well as signings with other ......read more

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

    3 weekly flights to connect Abu Dhabi with the new destination in India   11th December 2018, Abu Dhabi, UAE:   Abu Dhabi International Airport (AUH) welcomed yesterday Air India Express inaugural flight from Kannur, India, commencing 3 weekly flights that connect the UAE Capital’s airport with Kannur International Airport (CNN).   The inaugural Air India Express flight from Kannur touched down in Abu Dhabi on Sunday 9th December at 12:30pm marking the start of a brand new route for the airline, with Abu Dhabi as the first destination for the airline from Kannur. Following the inaugural activity, the 3 weekly non-stop flights from Kannur will arrive at AUH at 11:30am and depart at 12:30pm on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays.    Abu Dhabi Airports’ Chief Commercial Officer, ......read more

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

    New independent report assesses the digital maturity of Dubai’s hotel sector highlighting best practice digital technology  80% of hotel searches and 60% of travel searches in the Middle East and North Africa made using mobile phones, emphasising importance of digital, social and mobile first strategy Revenue management training sessions rolled out to stakeholders, stimulating global price competitiveness  Dubai, UAE, 10 December 2018:   Dubai’s Department of Tourism & Commerce Marketing (Dubai Tourism) has unveiled a third-party research report on the digital maturity of hotels in the emirate, with the objective of further improving the competitiveness of the travel and tourism industry. The report was commissioned by Dubai Tourism as part of its on-going commitment to facilitate and ......read more

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

    Dubai, 6th December 2018 –   For the first time, Airbus Corporate Helicopters (ACH) will take part in MEBAA Dubai, the Middle East's leading business aviation exhibition.   Located at Chalet A15, ACH will display a new ACH145 cabin model equipped with the Mercedes-Benz Style interior, part of the range of interior designs by partner brands and designers: ACH Editions.  The model will showcase the elegant interior design inspired by the luxury-class saloons of the automotive manufacturer matched with the features of the outstanding medium sized, twin-engine helicopter. Mercedes-Benz Style brings classic elegance and style to combine with perfect form and function of the ACH145, delivering best-in-class standards of business and private travel.  In addition, a range of high-quality materials and ......read more

    Fresh island breeze in Switzerland? Get to know the most surprising experiences in Switzerland from Lakefront fun in summers to alpine wonderland in winter!

    IMAGES: https://we.tl/t-riYunpUUUZ   December 06, 2018:  Charm, atmosphere and pure relaxation are guaranteed when visiting Switzerland.  Enjoy the Mediterranean flair in Summer while Island hopping in Ascona-Locarno, create your very own watch in Geneva or challenge your taste buds by tasting over 30 different kind of chocolates in Zurich. During the colder months, visit Switzerland to indulge in world-class skiing and the ultimate spa experiences set in true winter wonderlands.   ISLAND FEELING IN ASCONA-LOCARNO   Enjoy stunningly beautiful Brissago Islands on Lake Maggiore with their diverse botanical gardens. Easy to reach by boat from Ascona or Locarno, the islands feature exotic flowers and plants as well as a gourmet restaurant set in a historical villa. The perfect base to discover ......read more

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

    Masdar, in collaboration with Pavegen, creates data and energy harvesting walkway at Abu Dhabi’s Gateway 5th December, 2018, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates:  Abu Dhabi International Airport has officially announced the launch of an interactive walkway which converts the footsteps of travellers into off-grid electricity and data.  Abu Dhabi Airports has commissioned Pavegen, the award-winning UK clean-tech company, in collaboration with Masdar (Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company) to construct a 16-square metre energy harvesting walkway. The path connects two terminals within the capital’s high-tech airport, which handles around 2 million passengers a month and is the first application of its kind in a commercial airport in the Middle East. The footsteps of around 8,000 travellers per day are being ......read more

    Emirates adds additional A380 service between Johannesburg and Dubai

    Starting 1 December – two of the four daily Emirates flights to Johannesburg are being operated by the iconic A380 Dubai, UAE, December 05, 2018:   Emirates, the world’s largest international airline, has introduced an additional Airbus A380 service to Johannesburg (O.R. Tambo International Airport), effective 1 December, replacing the previous Boeing 777 aircraft on the route. EK762 (JNB-DXB) and EK761 (DXB-JNB) are now served by the flagship A380 aircraft.   This change in aircraft supports growing demand in South Africa, a 14% increase in seat capacity will be as a direct result of deployment of the second A380 to Johannesburg. The Emirates Airbus A380 aircraft serving the Dubai-Johannesburg route will offer a total of 519 seats in a three-class configuration, with 429 spacious seats in ......read more

    BMW Group sales increase in October

    Dubai, UAE, December 04, 2018:  More than 200,000 vehicles delivered in October, up 1.7% +++ All three major sales regions contributed to year-to-date growth +++ BMW sales grow in October and year-to-date +++ BMW X3 sales more than double in October +++ Electrified sales up over 40% in year-to-date +++ Munich. The BMW Group has sold more cars in October than ever before in the month, despite the current challenging economic and political situation. The company delivered 200,883 vehicles to customers around the world, an increase of 1.7% on the same month last year. That result brings the company’s year-to-date sales total to 2,035,695, up 1.3% compared with the first ten months of the previous year.   “In a highly volatile environment, we have achieved steady sales growth both in October and the year to ......read more

    Abu Dhabi Airports to host ACI Airport Exchange 2019

    Prestigious event to take place in November 2019 in the UAE capital Abu Dhabi Airports host appointment announced during handover ceremony at ACI Airport Exchange 2018 in Oslo, Norway 4th December 2018, Abu Dhabi, UAE:   Abu Dhabi Airports is to host the Airport Council International (ACI) Airport Exchange 2019. The announcement was made during an official handover ceremony at the 2018 edition of the event last week in Oslo, Norway.   The special handover ceremony at the close of ACI Airport Exchange 2018 saw Mohammed Al Katheeri, SVP Strategy and Communications at Abu Dhabi Airports officially receive the hosting rights and responsibilities to Abu Dhabi Airports.   Bringing together 1,500 airport leaders and hundreds of speakers, the ACI Airport Exchange is a major annual event that is hosted by ......read more

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

    Dubai, UAE - 1 December 2018:   Emirates, Etihad, flydubai and Air Arabia will be performing a flypast tomorrow over the UAE as a centrepiece performance to celebrate the UAE’s 47th National Day and the Year of Zayed. All four UAE carriers will be taking their flagship aircraft to the skies from 1pm (local time) and will be flying with the Al Fursan aerobatic display team. We encourage the public to take photos and videos however please remember not to put the formation at risk by using drones and to comply with all GCAA rules and ‘No Fly Zones’ for Unmanned Aircraft/Drones. The flypast will be flying across the following emirates at approximately the below times: Ras Al Khaimah -  13:40hrs Umm Al Quwain - 13:48hrs Sharjah Corniche - 13:52hrs Dubai - Jumeira 1 -  13:55hrs Dubai - ......read more

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

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 28 November 2018 –   Turkish Airlines, who signed a new agreement today with HAVELSAN, produced the first domestic simulator to be used in pilot training for Boeing 737NG in previous period, continues its support for the further expansion of Turkey’s domestic and national production concept. Within the scope of this agreement, which signed today by Turkish Airlines Chairman of the Board and the Executive Committee, M. İlker Aycı, and HAVELSAN Board Chairman, Prof. Dr. Hacı Ali Mantar, within a special ceremony held in Turkish Airlines Headquarters, HAVELSAN will produce full-flight simulators with international D-level certification for the national flag carrier airline’ Boeing 737MAX and Airbus A320CEO/NEO type aircrafts. Already having 14 simulators in its ......read more

    Emerging technologies helping airports tackle increasing security threats

    Airport security market to surpass US$16 billion mark Smart technologies fuelling airport security market ME airports face a range of threats on a daily basis Dubai, November 28, 2018: New technology plays a vital role to ensure security at airports at a time when new vulnerabilities are emerging with the merger of cyber and physical threats. Security and safety technologies play a vital role in managing fast clearance checks for passengers. There is huge competition among airports in providing fast immigration and security checks. Officials say that balance is needed to ensure safety standards but at the same time managing fast flow of passengers. This is where technology plays a big role.  The Airport Security Market is projected to hit US$16 billion by 2024, according to Global Market Insights, Inc. The threat ......read more

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

    Dubai, UAE, 27 November 2018 –   To provide passengers with even more comfortable transfers when they arrive, depart or transit at Dubai international Airport, Emirates has taken the initiative to bring in a fleet of new high tech buses for airside passenger operations. These new dedicated buses will ferry Emirates’ passengers between the terminals and its aircraft at remote stands.  Ten of these new buses are already in service. 30 more will be delivered by January 2019, with the entire fleet to comprise 128 buses by 2020. Adel Al Redha, Emirates’ Executive Vice President and Chief Operations Officer said: “In line with our “Fly Better” brand promise, Emirates has taken the decision to invest in our own customised buses to transport customers airside at our Dubai airport hub. ......read more

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

    The biggest ever day of #AbuDhabiGP celebrations culminated with glory for the five-time champion Mercedes driver and a performance by US rock legends Guns N’Roses Dubai, UAE, November 26, 2018:  Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, 25 November 2018: Lewis Hamilton took his 11th win of the 2018 F1® calendar and sealed his fifth championship winning season in style at the FORMULA 1 2018 ETIHAD AIRWAYS ABU DHABI GRAND PRIX on Sunday evening.  In a thrilling race that started with an-all Mercedes front row, Hamilton battled hard for the win, keeping the Ferrari of Sebastian Vettel and the Red Bull of Max Verstappen at bay in the closing laps as the sun set on Yas Marina Circuit, the 10th edition of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix and the 2018 season.  During the biggest Abu Dhabi Grand Prix weekend to date that earlier ......read more

    Cathay Pacific Group Releases Combined Traffic Figures For October 2018

    Dubai, UAE, November 25, 2018:  Cathay Pacific Group has released combined Cathay Pacific and Cathay Dragon traffic figures for October 2018 that show an increase in both the number of passengers and cargo and mail uplifted compared to the same month in 2017. Cathay Pacific and Cathay Dragon carried a total of 2,950,532 passengers last month, an increase of 0.9% compared to October 2017. The passenger load factor increased 0.3 percentage points to 81.6%, while capacity, measured in available seat kilometres (ASKs), increased by 3.8%. In the first ten months of 2018, the number of passengers carried grew by 1.9% while capacity increased by 3.1%. The two airlines carried 192,522 tonnes of cargo and mail last month, an increase of 6.5% compared to the same month last year. The cargo and mail load factor rose by 1.1 percentage ......read more

    What You Need To Know Before You Move To Dubai

    Many people especially professionals are moving to Dubai while many more are considering to do so. It’s clear to see why Dubai is such an appealing place for professionals, it has the best infrastructure, businesses over there offer workers some exceptional remuneration packages and it’s highly conservative meaning those who want to live in a calm, serene and peaceful environment are able to do so. However, deciding to move to Dubai should not just be a hash decision, there are many things that one needs to consider including the following.  Dubai is Hot The first thing that we have to say about Dubai is that it is very hot especially in the summer. Temperatures can easily eclipse 45 degree Celsius! While everyone moving to Dubai ought to know this, the beauty of Dubai is that every building and facility including ......read more

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    Securing Aviation's Future

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

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

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

    Emirates to launch A380 services to Osaka, Japan

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

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

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

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

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

    Etihad Airways to Launch New Service to Barcelona

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

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

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

    Strengthen Economic Regulation of Australia's Airports

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

    dnata expands partnership with EGYPTAIR in Dubai

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Emirates announces start of scheduled A380 service into Hamburg

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

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

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

    More Asia Miles and better rewards on Cathay Pacific

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

    Emirates Airline Festival of Literature Student Writing Competitions Launch for 2019

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

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

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

    Lufthansa Group and Travix announce NDC partnership

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

    Turkish Airlines Announced its 2018 April Passenger and Cargo Traffic Results

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

    Etihad Airways Introduces Ai Robot Sophia to Abu Dhabi

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

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

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

    Emirates provides special Ramadan service for customers observing the holy month

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

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

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

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

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

    Airport Show remarkable success

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

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

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

    Emirates Group Announces 2017-18 results

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

    Emirates to launch a daily service to Edinburgh

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

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

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

    New Airports under Construction with Amazing Designs, Facilities and Technology

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

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

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

    Dubai HeliShow 2018 Announces Partnership with Dubai South

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

    Dubai Airport Show 2018 opens

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

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

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

    Emirates Skywards Boosts Reward Opportunities with Increased Flexibility in Managing Miles

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Mubadala-Hosted Youth Circle Spotlights STEM Skills at Global Aerospace Summit

    Top executives from Abu Dhabi’s investment arm and Lockheed Martin highlight the possibilities of future careers with young audience Abu Dhabi United Arab Emirates, 30 April 2018:  Leaders from Mubadala Investment Company PJSC (Mubadala), the Abu Dhabi-based global investor, and Lockheed Martin, the global security and aerospace company, today engaged in a Youth Circle focused on mentoring the aerospace leaders of tomorrow.  Held on the sidelines of the Global Aerospace Summit in Abu Dhabi, the Youth Circle discussed and debated options on engaging ......read more

    Global Aerospace Summit 2018 to Showcase Technological Revolution of Aerospace Sector

    New experience zone to display state of the art solutions for the aerospace, space, aviation and defence industries including the XMini, Atlas aerospace simulator and Vimana block chain drone  30 April 2018, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates: The fourth industrial revolution and advancements in technology within the aerospace sector will be analysed and displayed through dedicated sessions and a new experience zone at Global Aerospace Summit 2018.  The Global Aerospace Summit will focus on the transformation taking place in the global manufacturing landscape, and what this ......read more

    French Innovation and Technology to be Showcased Once Again at Airport Show Dubai 2018

    From May 7 to  9 2018 at DWTC Participation of SMEs focused on ground support equipment, lighting, ticketing and passenger information systems  Presence of big companies such as ADPI, VINCI, THALES United Arab Emirates: April 29, 2018: Business France is organising the French Pavilion at Airport Show Dubai from the 7th to 9th of May 2018 at Dubai World Trade Center, across 156 m² in Za'abeel Hall 5. Renowned for their expertise and know-how in relation to airport services French companies will be at the forefront of the exhibition to showcase their products and ......read more

    High Profile Industry Leaders to Define Future Of Aerospace And Mass Transportation At Global Aerospace Summit 2018

     His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed al Maktoum and Tony Douglas to address international aerospace leaders during live interviews with CNN’s John Defterios   His Excellency Mohammed bin Ahmed Al Bowardi, Minister of State for Defence Affairs to open proceedings with Ministerial Address  28 April 2018 Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates:  Defining the future of aerospace, mass transportation and urban mobility will be the central focus of day one at the Global Aerospace Summit 2018, which is taking place from 30 April to 2 May 2018 in Abu Dhabi at the ......read more

    Emirates Introduces Home Check-in in Dubai

    Dubai, UAE, 25 April 2018 - Emirates has introduced Home Check-in, a new service which allows customers to check in for their flights from anywhere in Dubai. The service is available for customers across all classes travelling on Emirates flights. The new service enables Emirates passengers to complete the security check and check-in from the comfort of their home, hotel or office and have their luggage transported to the airport prior to their flight. An Emirates check-in agent will arrive at the preferred location to weigh and tag the bags as well as check-in the customers and issue ......read more

    Central Hotels to Go Paperless in Rooms with Crave Interactive

    In keeping with its paperless initiative to protect the environment, Central Hotels has entered into an agreement with Crave Interactive to install digital Guest Room Tablet directories across its hotels. Crave Interactive is a world leading developer of cloud-based digital guest service solutions for hotels and was recently named as 2018’s top-rated guest room tablet provider in the Hotel Tech Report Awards. Making the announcement, Mr. Ahmad Al Abdulla, Chairman of Central Hotels, stated, “In the age of smartphones and smart technology, guests increasingly expect their hotel ......read more

    HMH announces the signing of its new environmentally responsible ECOS Hotel at Arabian Travel Market 2018

    In line with its robust expansion plans, HMH – Hospitality Management Holding has announced today at Arabian Travel Market 2018 that it has signed the management agreement for an environmentally responsible hotel in the UAE under its hotel brand, ECOS Hotels. On this occasion Mr. Brett Schafer, Chief Executive Officer of Faisal Holding (which owns HMH together with Manafa) said, “With the intent of developing a strong pipeline in the hospitality sector we look forward to more opportunities to strengthen our existing brands as we achieve greater recognition in the Middle East ......read more

    The Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi Inks Memorandum of Understanding with Al Dana Leather Factory at Arabian Travel Market

    Agreement to see Al Dana Leather Factory as part of authentic Emirati tours within the Emirati Experiences Programme Abu Dhabi, 22 April 2018:   The Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi) today announced that it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Al Dana Leather Factory (aLmandoos). The agreement was signed today (22 April) at the Arabian Travel Market (ATM) by HE Sultan Al Mutawa Al Dhaheri, Executive Director of the Tourism Sector Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi and Khalaf Mohamed Rashid Al Otaiba General Manager ......read more

    Sultanate of Oman to showcase strong collaboration between government and private sector at Arabian Travel Market 2018

    The Sultanate of Oman’s Ministry of Tourism (MOT) will showcase its global leadership in exceptional tourism services featuring the latest projects and attractive natural tourism spots at the Arabian Travel Market 2018, which will kick off on Sunday (April 22, 2018) at the Dubai World Trade Center. The delegation, led by H.E. Maitha bint Saif Al Mahrouqi, Undersecretary of the MOT, which include 25 companies and industry pioneers, will promote Oman’s most competitive assets that make the country as the destination of choice by regional tourists. The Ministry of Tourism’s ......read more

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