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    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

    Rocket Carrying First-Ever Research and Earth Observation Cubesat Built by Khalifa University Students Successfully Launched to International Space Station

    MYSAT-1 launched to International Space Station on-board Cygnus NG-10 resupply mission The nanosatellite developed by students of Khalifa University Space Systems and Technology Master’s Concentration, established in partnership with Yahsat and Northrop Grumman Abu Dhabi- UAE: 21 November, 2018 -   Yahsat, UAE-based global satellite operator, wholly-owned by Mubadala Investment Company, and Khalifa University of Science and Technology, a research university dedicated to the advancement of learning through the discovery and application of knowledge, and Northrop Grumman Corporation, a leading global security company, today announced the successful launch of the MYSAT-1 CubeSat to the International Space Station (ISS) on board the Northrop Grumman Cygnus spacecraft. The launch took place at the Wallops Flight ......read more

    Abu Dhabi International Airport opens multi-faith prayer room in celebration of the UAE's value of Tolerance

    The new facility is located in Terminal 3 and comes as part of Abu Dhabi Airports’ Year of Zayed activities 20 November 2018, Abu Dhabi, UAE:   Abu Dhabi Airports inaugurated the multi-faith prayer room in Terminal 3 at Abu Dhabi International Airport (AUH). The opening this new facility reflects on Abu Dhabi Airports’ commitment to embed the UAE’s values of respect, acceptance and diversity.    The prayer room is located adjacent to the bus gates at Terminal 3, which has an annual capacity of 12 million passengers.    The launch of the multi-faith prayer room comes as the result of Abu Dhabi Airports’ primary focus on customers and commitment to providing excellent services. It also reflects the values of the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, Founder of the ......read more

    Plan b Group to Promote ‘Visit St Petersburg' Tourism Activities in the UAE

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates, November 20, 2018:  Dubai based Plan b Group has successfully bid for the ‘Visit St. Petersburg’ account. The acquisition of the destination marketing initiative mandates Plan b Group to promote St Petersburg within the UAE as a choice destination for business and leisure. Additionally, Plan b Group Founder & Chairman, Harmeek Singh has been appointed as ‘Visit St Petersburg’s’ representative in the country. “Through the ‘Visit St. Petersburg’ campaign, Plan b will do what we do best by promoting business and tourism opportunities from the UAE to the incredible city of St Petersburg. Our experience in integrated marketing services has given us this opportunity and the tie-up will see us implementing a 360-degree marketing strategy. Experiential ......read more

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    After closing of the application process, over 4000 aspiring Emiratis across the UAE join the UAE astronauts program

        Only 0.1% will be successful     34% females     38 different careers     Official ‘Selection Committee’ has been appointed to screen applications and shortlist potential candidates for the programme  Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 16 April 2018:  Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre today announced that they have received over 4,000 applications from Emiratis across the UAE aspiring to go beyond the Earth’s atmosphere and become part of the UAE Astronaut Programme. The programme, funded by ICT Fund of the ......read more

    Hyperloop Transportation Technologies Begins Construction on World's First Full-Scale Passenger & Freight System

    HyperloopTT announces arrival of the first full-scale passenger and freight tubes and a first look at plans for the research and development facility in Toulouse, France.  Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, April 16, 2018:  Hyperloop Transportation Technologies (HyperloopTT) announced today the arrival of the first set of tubes designed to move both people and freight to their research and development center in Toulouse, France. With an interior diameter of 4.0 meters, the system is optimized both for passenger capsules and shipping containers. The first phase includes ......read more

    The Role of Artificial Intelligence, Big Data and Robotics in the Future of Aerospace Manufacturing

    Special session at the 4th Global Aerospace Summit to examine the digital and data driven future of aircraft manufacturing 15 April, 2018 – Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates:   Big data, artificial intelligence (AI) and robotics are powering exciting innovations across the aerospace industry, many of which are happening in the background, invisible to everyday airline customers. Local and international experts in aerospace manufacturing will gather at a special session on the final day of the 4th Global Aerospace Summit, taking place at the St. Regis Saadiyat Island ......read more

    Finnair to offer a hand baggage only ticket type on selected North Atlantic routes

    April 12, 2018 United Arab Emirates:  Finnair is now offering a Light economy class fare, which includes hand baggage only, on its Helsinki-New York route. The change is part of a joint effort by Finnair and its Atlantic Joint Business (AJB) partners, British Airways, Iberia and American Airlines, to offer more options and aligned fare types for their customers on selected North Atlantic routes.  The Light fare, which has been available for Finnair’s domestic and European flights since 2015, is the lowest fare option in Finnair’s ticket offering and includes hand ......read more

    Munich Airport reports record net annual profit of €155 million for 2017

    Airport increasingly serving as a springboard for intercontinental travel April 12, 2018 United Arab Emirates:  With consolidated earnings after taxes at around €155 million, Munich Airport achieved the best result in its history in 2017. The Group again achieved a yearon-year increase of €100 million in annual revenues to around €1.5 billion – hanks in large part to a substantial 5.5 percent rise in total passengers to 44.6 million. The airport's strong economic performance also paid off for the neighboring communities, ......read more

    Ferrari World Abu Dhabi Takes Home MENALAC 2018 Best Theme Park Award

    The region’s leading theme park demonstrated its excellence and passion with resounding success at the MENALAC Gala Event     Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, 11 April 2018: Last night, the Middle East & North Africa Leisure and Attraction Council (MENALAC) awarded Ferrari World Abu Dhabi accolades for ‘The Best Theme Park’ in their first industry gala event. The ceremony, held at the Ritz Carlton in DIFC, brought together leading decision makers and operators from the MENA region to celebrate the region’s success in the leisure and entertainment ......read more

    ETIHAD AIRWAYS BOOSTS SERVICES TO MOROCCO

        787 Dreamliner to Casablanca      Additional services to Rabat to meet seasonal demand Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, April 11, 2018:  Etihad Airways, the national airline of the UAE, is boosting its popular services to Morocco to meet increased demand to and from its two gateways in the North African kingdom. Effective 1 May, a three-class Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner will be introduced on the daily service from Abu Dhabi to Morocco’s commercial hub, Casablanca. The technologically advanced aircraft features 8 private First Suites, 28 ......read more

    Airbus and Zodiac Aerospace enter into a partnership for a new lower-deck passenger sleeping facilities

        Sleeping berths would fit inside the aircraft’s existing cargo compartments.     Improving the passengers’ experience while enabling airlines to differentiate.     To be included in catalogue of certified solutions by 2020, initially on A330. United Arab Emirates, April 10, 2018:  Airbus and Zodiac Aerospace have partnered to develop and market lower-deck modules with passenger sleeping berths. The modules, which would fit inside the aircraft’s cargo compartments, offer new opportunities for additional services to ......read more

    Airbus launches new Cabin-Flex option for A380 with Qantas

    Up to 11 more premium economy seats or seven business class seats. To be available in service from 2019. Dubai, UAE, April 10, 2018:   As part of the efficiency-boosting A380 cabin enablers, Airbus has developed a new option: “A380 Cabin-Flex”. This solution consists in a new cabin door area arrangement on the upper-deck, suitable for premium configuration with lower density seat counts, allowing airlines to gain revenue-earning floor-space for extra seating without compromising on passenger comfort. The enhancement is available either for line-fit and ......read more

    Etihad Airways Enhances Its Onboard Food Offering With the Addition of ‘Weqaya' Menu Items

    Collaboration with the Department of Health – Abu Dhabi to bring healthy eating options on-board its flights Etihad Airways becomes the first airline in the region to achieve Weqaya status Abu Dhabi,  UAE, April 9, 2018:  Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, has collaborated with the Department of Health – Abu Dhabi, to introduce ‘Weqaya,’ a range of healthy food items, on-board its flights and in its lounges in Abu Dhabi.   Weqaya, meaning 'prevention,' is a programme established by the Department of ......read more

    Sultanate of Oman to put spotlight on market competitiveness at Riyadh Travel Fair 2018

    The Sultanate of Oman’s Ministry of Tourism announced that it will participate at the Riyadh Travel Fair 2018 along with leading players in regional and international travel and tourism to showcase the Sultanate’s latest and most competitive tourism projects set as major attractions for Saudi and regional tourists. The travel trade show, which will take place from April 10 to 13, 2018, plays a strategic importance in bridging linkages among major travel, tourism, and hospitality decision makers both from the public and private sectors to discuss current and future trends within ......read more

    Bali beyond the beach

    One of the most interesting things about traveling is finding all the hidden places that aren’t part of a common travel guide. Bali is extremely famous for its great beaches but there are still some places that you that worth visiting. Let’s discover some of those. Explore all the leftover airplanes in Bali Bali has a big number of abandoned airplanes that are free to be explored for some strange reason. For all the adventurous travelers who want to live something besides sunbathing in one of Bali’s many beaches, you can also rent a car and set off on a hunt to find ......read more

    Strong Passenger Demand Resumes; Record Load Factor in February

    5 April 2018 United Arab Emirates:  The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced global passenger traffic results for February showing a rebound in traffic growth following the slower demand experienced in January, which was owing to temporary factors including the later timing of the Lunar New Year in 2018.  Total revenue passenger kilometers (RPKs) for the month rose 7.6%, compared to February 2017, up from 4.6% year-over-year growth in January. Monthly capacity (available seat kilometers or ASKs) increased by 6.3%, and load factor rose 0.9 percentage point ......read more

    ETIHAD AIRWAYS TRIALS VIRTUAL REALITY TECHNOLOGY FOR FUTURE AIRPORT LOUNGE EXPERIENCE

    Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, April 03, 2018:  Etihad Airways has started trialing SkyLights Aero Virtual Reality (VR) entertainment technology at its flagship First Class Lounge and Spa and Business Class Premium Lounge, at Abu Dhabi International Airport’s Terminal 3. The aim of the month-long trial is to gather customer feedback to determine the airline’s future lounge entertainment offering at Abu Dhabi’s state-of-the-art Midfield Terminal.    SkyLights is a leading provider of entertainment solutions, working closely with leading airline industry ......read more

    Emirates is recruiting for cabin crew in Dubai

    Dubai, UAE, 02 April 2018:  Emirates is looking for motivated and service-oriented candidates to join its multinational cabin crew team. The airline will be organising Open Days for cabin crew recruitment in Dubai in the month of April. Emirates will hold Cabin Crew Open Days on 13 and 28 April. Candidates can get details on the venue and the timing by visiting http://www.emiratesgroupcareers.com/cabin-crew/ Emirates is looking for open-minded, helpful, and friendly candidates to deliver its award-winning onboard experience to customers. Applicants hoping to give their ......read more

    Etihad Airways Inaugurates Eco Residence for Cabin Crew in Masdar City Abu Dhabi

    Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates April 2, 2018:  Etihad Airways has officially opened its Etihad Eco Residence, Abu Dhabi’s first purpose-built, sustainable Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum rated cabin crew accommodation. The project is the result of a unique partnership between the UAE’s national airline and the Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company, Masdar. The Etihad Eco Residence was inaugurated in the presence of Khaled Al Qubaisi, Chief Executive Officer, Aerospace, Renewables & Information Communications Technology (ICT) for Mubadala, by ......read more

    ETIHAD AIRWAYS ELIMINATES 195,000 TONNES OF CARBON EMISSIONS IN 2017

    Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, April 02, 2018:  Etihad Airways successfully eliminated around 195,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions in 2017, thanks to a wide range of fuel-saving initiatives across its network. Following a number of improvements aimed at enhancing operational efficiencies, Etihad was able to reduce the amount of fuel consumed by its aircraft by over 62,000 tonnes of fuel. The result represents a 3.3 per cent improvement from the year before, and is the equivalent of 850 flights between Abu Dhabi and London. For instance, flight plan adjustments across the ......read more

    Biometrics for Better Travel

    SITA report outlines how biometrics in identity management will transform passenger processing United Arab Emirates, Dubai – 1 April, 2018:   Biometric technology is emerging as the top solution for airlines and airports to automate identity checks amid rising passenger numbers. This is according to Biometrics for Better Travel: An ID Management Revolution, a report published today by SITA. It outlines how using biometrics to check passenger’s identity will power faster and more secure self-service processes at airports as passenger numbers are set to almost double to ......read more

    Emirates trials innovative headsets in its Dubai airport lounges for an immersive cinematic experience

    Dubai, UAE, 29 March 2018:  Emirates is providing an immersive cinematic experience in its lounges in Dubai International Airport by providing Skylights theatre headsets to customers. The headsets are being trialled in the Business Class lounge in Concourse B for the month of April and in the First Class lounge in concourse B in May. The introduction of these innovative new headsets is part of Emirates’ continued commitment to improve the customer experience both on the ground and in flight. Offering a fixed-screen with a wide-angle field of view for 3D and 2D content, ......read more

    First Airbus A321LR completes hot weather tests at Sharjah International Airport

    Transatlantic mission capable single aisle on track for 2018 entry into service 29th March, Sharjah, UAE:   Airbus’ first A321LR has completed a set of hot weather tests at Sharjah International Airport. The hot weather tests which began on Tuesday 27th March, were performed to check the aircraft’s systems’ behaviour with a focus on the cabin, including cooling performance on the ground. The tests are part of a 100-hour flight test programme following the aircraft’s maiden flight on 31st January 2018. The trip marks the third time that Airbus has chosen ......read more

    AED 60 Million invested by Dubai Air Navigation Services to enhance the Air Traffic Management Sector

    2017 an exceptional year for Dubai Air Navigation Services HH Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed: 2017 witnessed the launch of 3 strategic projects that transform the Aviation Sector H.E. Mohammed A. Ahli: The strategic projects included the establishment of the Contingency Approach Control Room, Dubai Academy for Air Traffic Management and the Air space restructuring project Expansion of Dubai’s airspace enabled annual savings of AED 53 million to carriers utilising Dubai Airports Dubai Academy for Air Traffic Management receives 24,000 applications prior to its official ......read more

    Etihad Airways Launches Boeing 787 Dreamliner on Geneva Route

    Abu Dhabi, UAE, March 27, 2018:  Etihad Airways launched its flagship Boeing 787 Dreamliner on the Abu Dhabi – Geneva route on Sunday, 25 March, beginning with the summer schedule.   Geneva is the second Swiss destination after Zurich served by Etihad Airways’ next generation aircraft which is fast becoming the backbone of the Abu Dhabi-based carrier’s long-haul fleet. The three-class aircraft, featuring eight First Suites, 28 Business Studios and 199 Economy Smart Seats, replaces the Airbus A330s previously operating daily on the route, and offers additional ......read more

    Airbus' Little Engineer A380 workshops take centre stage at Future Aviators Youth Week

    More than sixty 13-15 year old Emirati students, learn to identify A380 components and assembly process during interactive workshops. Dubai, 26th March 2018:  Airbus has announced that the Airbus Little Engineer A380 assembly workshop has taken place at the fourth annual ‘Future Aviators Youth Week’ organized by the General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) in Fujairah.  During a two-day workshop, more than 60  Emirati students (males and females) between the ages of  13 and 15 years old, learned to identify the key components that are needed to build an ......read more

    Qantas and Emirates Welcome ACCC Reauthorisation Of Their Partnership For Another Five Years

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 24 March 2018:  Qantas and Emirates welcome the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s (ACCC) reauthorisation of their partnership until 2023. For customers, the continuation of the joint business, announced in August 2017, will deliver expanded services, greater schedule choice, increased frequent flyer benefits and an ongoing commitment to the development of world class products and travel experiences. Comments from Qantas International CEO Alison Webster: “The ACCC’s reauthorisation of our joint business is an ......read more

    How To Plan The Ultimate Trip To Dubai

    Having evolved from a fishing village to one of the largest cities in the world, the towering spectacle of Dubai is not to be underestimated. Voted in 2017 as the most popular destinations for tourists, this bustling city is increasing in popularity for a variety of reasons. As the perfect blend of traditional culture and futuristic modernity, Dubai is one of those cities that has so much to offer that no matter how long your holiday takes, you’ll still never be able to see everything. With the world’s tallest skyline and the shopping malls that are the size of towns, everything ......read more

    Turkish Airlines has added Samarkand to its flight network.

    Dubai, UAE, March 21, 2018:  Samarkand which was added to the list of "World Cultural Heritage" and was taken under preservation by UNESCO , has been added to the flight network as the 302nd destination of Turkish Airlines.   Samarkand, founded on the Silk Road and one of the most important transportation lines of world trade for centuries, has become 2nd destination of Turkish Airlines to be operated in Uzbekistan after capital city Tashkent     Turkish Airlines CEO; Bilal Ekşi  has made a speech at the opening ceremony held at ......read more

    Emirates deploys special ‘Year of Zayed' aircraft to mark first international flight at new Muscat International Airport terminal

    Emirates first international foreign carrier to land at the new terminal Dubai, UAE, March 21, 2018:   Emirates was the first international airline to land a scheduled commercial flight at the newly inaugurated passenger terminal at Muscat International Airport last night. To mark the occasion the airline deployed one of its special ‘Year of Zayed’ Boeing 777-300ER aircraft, highlighting the ties between Oman and the UAE. Flight EK 864 landed at 5:55pm, and was the first international flight to operate to the new passenger terminal. Passengers on board came from ......read more

    ETIHAD AIRWAYS AND SWISS SIGN CODESHARE AGREEMENT

    Abu Dhabi, UAE, March 21, 2018:  Etihad Airways and Swiss International Air Lines (SWISS) have launched a new codeshare partnership with bookings effective immediately. Under the agreement, Etihad Airways will have its EY flight code on SWISS services between Geneva and Zurich, two key gateway cities served in Switzerland from Abu Dhabi. SWISS will market its LX code on Etihad Airways’ services between Zurich and Abu Dhabi, offering its passengers codeshare flights to and from the UAE’s capital city. The codeshare services are bookable now, for travel from 26 ......read more

    Aerotropolis: Designs to Transform the Passenger Experience

    March 21, 2018 UAE:  Dubai International Airport was named the busiest international airport for the fourth consecutive year in 2017, measured by total passengers at 88.2 million, an increase of 5.5 per cent from 2016. Therefore, it makes sense for the UAE to maximise economic opportunities for its tourist industry by looking at how to positively affect the passenger experience. Major airports have become key engines powering local economic development, attracting aviation-linked businesses of all types. These include, hotel, entertainment, retail, food and beverage, ......read more

    Turkish Airlines launches its direct flights to Aqaba, its 2nd destination to be served in Jordan.

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates – 20 March 2018:   With existing services to Amman, Turkish Airlines now adds Aqaba to its flight network as the 2nd destination in Jordan.    Beginning from today, Aqaba flights will be operated 3 times per week. Round trip fares are available from Istanbul to Aqaba starting at 404 US Dollars (including taxes and fees).    Additionally, there is a special offer for Miles&Smiles members to be used for their trips departing from Turkey provided that completed by 11th June 2018, and the trips departing from Aqaba ......read more

    Dubai Reaffirms Its Position as the Cruise Hub of the Region at Seatrade Cruise Global

    Dubai Tourism highlights the city’s position as a leading winter cruise destination; on track to welcome 1 million cruise tourists by 2020/2021 cruise season  Dubai, UAE 20 March 2018:  Dubai’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (Dubai Tourism) highlighted Dubai’s growing popularity as a global cruise destination viable for pre-cruise and post-cruise stopovers and an apt homeport in the region at the Seatrade Cruise Global in Florida, USA, a leading event for the cruise industry.  Dubai Tourism exhibited under the Cruise Arabia banner, bringing ......read more

    Exploring new cultures just got more rewarding with Cathay Pacific

    Dubai, UAE, March 19, 2018:  As temperatures across the United Arab Emirates begin to rise, the dawn of spring brings new beginnings and opportunities to explore new cultures and destinations at their best. This spring, Cathay Pacific is providing more reasons to travel by launching special promotional fares to 30 global destinations. Cathay Pacific Area Manager Middle East Jonathan Ng said: “With moderate temperatures and fewer crowds gathering at popular attractions, spring is the ideal time of year to travel to destinations across Asia and further afield – there are ......read more

    Significant Step Forward in the Digitization of the Dangerous Goods Supply Chain

    Dubai, UAE 17 March 2018:  The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has taken a significant step forward in the digitalization of the dangerous goods supply chain following the adoption of the e-Dangerous Goods Declaration (e-DGD) standards.  The e-DGD is an electronic approach to manage the IATA Dangerous Goods Declaration (DGD), leveraging industry initiatives to digitalize data and embrace data sharing platform principles. This aligns with and supports industry initiatives to modernize air cargo processes efficiently and share critical data among ......read more

    Digitization, Trade Facilitation, Safety and People Development Top Agenda at WCS

    17 March 2018 Dubai, UAE:  The International Air Transport Association (IATA) highlighted four priorities for the future success of the air cargo industry: accelerating the digitization of the supply chain, enforcing regulations for lithium batteries, more efficient trade facilitation and developing the next generation of air cargo leaders. “Air cargo had an exceptional year in 2017 with 9% growth. And we expect a very healthy 4.5% expansion of demand in 2018. There are great opportunities in e-commerce and the movement of time-and-temperature sensitive goods such as ......read more

    IATA Innovates Dangerous Goods Handling

    Dubai, UAE, 17 March 2018:  The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has launched an innovative new solution for the air cargo industry: Dangerous Goods AutoCheck (DG AutoCheck) that will enhance safety and improve efficiency in the transport of dangerous goods by air and support the industry’s goal of a fully digitized supply chain. “The air transport industry handles in excess of 1.25 million dangerous goods shipments transported per year. With the air cargo growth forecast at 4.9% per year over the next five years this number will rise ......read more

    Lufthansa Group achieves best result in its history

    Results for 2017 Adjusted EBIT increased around 70 percent to some EUR 3 billion Adjusted EBIT margin raised 2.9 percentage points to 8.4 percent Earnings growth primarily driven by the Group’s airlines (including cargo) Revenues up 12.4 percent to EUR 35.6 billion Unit costs further reduced 60 percent higher dividend proposed at EUR 0.80 per share Outlook for 2018 Stable unit revenue development expected Unit costs to be further reduced by 1 to 2 percent Higher fuel costs of some EUR 700 million expected to be largely compensated by improved operating ......read more

    Turkish Airlines Closes Airbus and Boeing Orders

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates – 15 March, 2018:   Turkish Airlines today announced on the PDP that, in order to insure the need for wide body aircraft, the Incorporation has decided to purchase 50 firm and 10 optional aircraft, a total of 60 wide body aircraft, of which 6 to be delivered in 2019, 14 in 2020, 10 in 2021, 12 in 2022, 11 in 2023 and 7 in the year 2024. According to this, a total of 30 B787-9 aircraft, of which 25 firm and 5 optional, will be purchased from Boeing and a total of 30 A350-900 aircraft, of which  25 firm and 5 optional will be purchased from ......read more

    Cathay Pacific Airways Limited Announces 2017 Annual Results

    Results   1H2017  2H2017 FY2017  FY2016 Change Revenue US$ million  5,894.1  6,609.8  12,503.9  11,921.3 +4.9% (Loss)/ profit attributable to the shareholders of Cathay Pacific  US$ million (263.6) 101.8 (161.8) (73.9) -119.0% (Loss)/earnings per share  US cents (6.7)  2.6  (4.1)  (1.9)   -119.2% Dividend per ......read more

    Dubai Airport Freezone Authority Announces New Partnership with Liaoning Chamber of Commerce UAE

    Memorandum of Understanding to focus on expanding bilateral trade and investment opportunities between UAE and Northeastern Chinese Province     Dubai, United Arab Emirates, March 13, 2018:   Dubai Airport Freezone Authority (DAFZA), one of the UAE’s leading free zones, has announced a new strategic partnership with Liaoning Chamber of Commerce UAE. The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) will increase collaboration between the two organizations to help expand bilateral trade and create new business and investment opportunities with Liaoning ......read more

    Munich Airport to develop unique, future-focused innovation campus

    Dubai, UAE, March 10, 2018:  Munich Airport is about to embark on a unique, future-focused project. Under the name LabCampus, the airport will develop an interdisciplinary idea and innovation center on the airport campus. The visionary project will foster cooperation between companies and industries by bringing together leading experts, companies – from start-ups to global players, creative minds and investors – at the heart of a thriving transportation hub with links to over 260 destinations worldwide and plenty of room for real estate development. "There are 150,000 ......read more

    Cozmo Travel expands its UAE presence, opens three more outlets

    The new branches are located in Bur Dubai, Al Quoz and Al Nahda - Sharjah. DUBAI – March 10, 2018:   Cozmo Travel, a member of the Air Arabia Group and a leading travel management company in the region, has launched three new sales outlets as part of its aggressive expansion strategies. With the opening of these new outlets in Bur Dubai, Al Quoz and Al Nahda – Sharjah, Cozmo Travel now operates a network of over 90 branches globally.  Commenting on the opening of new branches, Mr. Jamal Abdulnazar, CEO of Cozmo Travel, said, “We are very glad to open our ......read more

    Etihad Airways Launches Inaugural Flight to Baku

    First scheduled service linking the UAE and Azerbaijani capitals  New codeshare partnership with Azerbaijan Airlines Appointment of new Country Manager Azerbaijan   Abu Dhabi, UAE 3 March 2018:  Etihad Airways has launched the first ever scheduled flights linking Abu Dhabi and Baku.   The inaugural flight, EY297, departed Abu Dhabi yesterday carrying a special delegation including diplomats, dignitaries, media representatives, and senior members of Etihad Airways’ management team. On arrival in Baku, the aircraft was greeted with a traditional ......read more

    Airbus inspires young Saudi innovators during ‘Entaliq in KSA' workshop

    Aerospace experts shared their insights with aspiring entrepreneurs in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Riyadh, KSA, 1 March, 2018:  Airbus announced the successful conclusion of its insightful aviation workshop in Riyadh, part of its ‘Entaliq in KSA’ programme that aims to present aspiring Saudi entrepreneurs with a brief yet rich perspective on innovations in the global aerospace industry.   The workshop, held at Airbus offices in Riyadh, was attended by 15 young innovators. During the session a number of aviation experts shared their insights and experiences with the ......read more

    Emirates Skywards marks milestone with 20 million members

    Dubai, UAE, March 01, 2018:  Emirates Skywards, the award-winning loyalty programme of Emirates airline, has reached 20 million members. To celebrate this major milestone, Emirates Skywards will be celebrating with its members. Those travelling from Dubai on Emirates flights during the week beginning 4th March 2018 can look forward to little surprises at check-in, on board and in the lounges for some of its longest-standing members. In an average month, Emirates Skywards welcomes 220,000 new members across the globe. The top 5 countries with the largest member bases are spread across ......read more

    With Aviation Sector Taking Off Strongly, More Women Taking To The Skies

    Sheikh Ahmed: Women have played a key role in the success and development of the aviation industry in the UAE UAE stands out in MENA for highest number of women in aviation 42 per cent of Emirates staff are women 12 out of 248 airlines are led by women Over 5,000 women pilots worldwide  558,000 commercial pilots needed globally by 2034 Dubai, UAE, March 01, 2018:  Compared with other countries in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, the UAE has more women pilots, captains, aircraft engineers, mechanics, aircraft maintenance and air traffic controllers, among ......read more

    First Ultra Long Range A350 XWB makes its debut

    Singapore Airlines prepares to resume world’s longest commercial flights Dubai, UAE, March 01, 2018:   The first Ultra Long Range version of the A350 XWB has rolled out of the Airbus final assembly line in Toulouse. The latest variant of the best-selling A350 XWB Family will be able to fly further than any other commercial airliner and will enter service with launch operator Singapore Airlines later this year.  Altogether, Singapore Airlines has ordered seven A350-900 Ultra Long Range aircraft, which it will use on non-stop flights between Singapore and the US, ......read more

    Aim for 1 Billion Passengers to Fly on Sustainable Aviation Fuel Flights by 2025

    Dubai, UAE, February 27, 2018:   The International Air transport Association (IATA) set out an aim  for one billion passengers to fly on flights powered by a mix of jet fuel and sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) by 2025. This aspiration was identified on the tenth anniversary of the first flight to blend sustainable aviation fuel and ordinary jet fuel.   On 24 February 2008, a Virgin Atlantic Boeing 747 flew from London to Amsterdam with sustainable aviation fuel in one of its engines. The flight demonstrated the viability of drop-in biofuels, which can be blended with ......read more

    Turkish Airlines started flights to Freetown, as its 52nd destination to be served in Africa.

    Beginning today, new direct flights to Freetown (Sierra Leone) also bring the total countries and destinations that reached by the flag carrier to 121, and 301, respectively.    Dubai, United Arab Emirates - February 26th, 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, ......read more

    Airbus inspires young Saudi entrepreneurs through ‘Entaliq in KSA' initiative

    Experts from industry leaders will share invaluable insights to enrich and enhance participants’ ideas during the first ‘Entaliq in KSA’ workshop.  Dubai, UAE, 26 February, 2018:   Airbus will host a workshop to help aspiring entrepreneurs in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to develop and enhance their respective business models, as part of its ‘Entaliq in KSA’ programme.  The workshop, will be held at Airbus’ offices in Riyadh on the 28th of February 2018 in the presence of partners such as TAQNIA Aeronautics, Rockwell Collins, ......read more

    Dubai Miracle Garden celebrates upcoming 90th anniversary of Mickey Mouse with record-breaking 18-metre floral sculpture

    Mickey Mouse sculpture – created as part of a new licensing deal between Dubai Miracle Garden and The Walt Disney Company - earns Dubai Miracle Garden a GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS title  The sculpture feature is Disney’s first character floral display in the Middle East and is made from almost 100,000 plants and flowers, and weighs almost 35 tons  Dubai, UAE (February 26, 2018):   Dubai Miracle Garden - the world’s largest natural flower garden – today marked the upcoming 90th anniversary of Mickey Mouse with the unveiling of an 18-metre floral ......read more

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