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    DC Aviation Group continues to grow its Aircraft Management fleet

    Adds Dassault 7X aircraft which is also available to charter for regional clients Dubai, United Arab Emirates, June 18, 2018:   Stuttgart headquartered DC Aviation Group (DCA), the German joint venture partner of DC Aviation Al-Futtaim (DCAF), continues to grow its aircraft management fleet with the addition of a Dassault Falcon 7X.  The new aircraft is also available for charter flights for DC Aviation Al-Futtaim clients in the region through DCA’s subsidiary – DC Aviation Malta.  With its three high-performance engines and cutting-edge aviation technology, the Falcon 7X provides extraordinary range and efficiency. Its uniquely quiet cabin with a standing height of 1.88 m, offers unmatched comfort for up to 12 passengers. Its range of over 11,000 km makes it a popular aircraft to charter. In ......read more

    Aircraft movements in Dubai rise by 50% in 8 years

    dans introduces 90 new procedures to enhance Dubai airspace capacity Privatisation offers scope for Air Navigation Service Providers Dubai, UAE, June 13, 2018:  Air Traffic Control is the cornerstone of the aviation sector and Dubai has implemented the most advanced procedure, keeping the safety of passengers and their timely travel as their ultimate priority and goal. This was stated by Abdulla Al Hashmi, Executive Vice President for Operations at Dubai Air Navigation Services (dans) in his keynote address at the ATC Forum, running along the Airport Show. dans has significantly transformed and developed its operations to cater to the ever-growing expansion in the aviation sector. "Operating closely with larger-than-life corporations such as Dubai Airports and Emirates airline and that has enabled us to become ......read more

    Emirates boosts flights for busy Umrah season

    Dubai, UAE, June 13, 2018:  Emirates will be boosting its flights to Jeddah during the busy Umrah season. The airline will operate 24 extra flights, adding more than 10,000 additional seats between Dubai and Jeddah from 12 June to 24 June. The additional flights will be serviced by the Boeing 777-300ER. Emirates’ additional flights will help accommodate more convenient travel through Dubai during the Umrah season, which starts in Ramadan and concludes in July. These services will run in parallel with Emirates’ regularly scheduled services to Jeddah, which includes three daily flights. The additional services can be accessed by travellers holding a valid Umrah visa. Adil Al Ghaith, Senior Vice President, Commercial Operations for Gulf, Middle East and Iran said: “Performing Umrah during the month of Ramadan ......read more

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

    Home check-in service in Dubai launched with UAE carrier flydubai and KSA carriers Saudia and flynas Dubai, United Arab Emirates, June 11,2018:  Passengers flying out from Dubai can now enjoy the convenience of checking in their baggage and getting their boarding passes from their home or hotel.   dnata is launching these new services through baggage technology and logistics company -  DUBZ, in which it recently acquired a majority stake. DUBZ was started in 2016 by three entrepreneurs who saw the opportunity to provide a practical and technology-enabled service to travellers in Dubai – the collection of baggage from their homes or hotels before a flight, and delivery of bags to the home or hotel on arrival in Dubai. Available 24 hours a day, the service can be booked online at www.dubz.com. DUBZ is a ......read more

    Emirates celebrates inaugural flight to London Stansted

    Travellers now have a choice of 10 Emirates flights a day to 3 airports in London Dubai, UAE, June 9, 2018:  Emirates celebrated the inaugural flight of its new daily service from Dubai (DXB) to London Stansted (STN). The Emirates Boeing 777-300ER touched down just before 1400hrs local UK time yesterday, and marked London Stansted as the 7th airport in the UK from which Emirates operates. This brings to 10 the number of daily flights between Dubai and three different London airports, with Stansted joining Gatwick and Heathrow. The aircraft deployed on the route is Emirates’ new three-class Boeing 777-300ER, featuring its state-of-the-art, fully-enclosed private suites in First Class, and refreshed Business and Economy Class cabins. With floor to ceiling sliding doors and sleek design features, the new First-Class suites ......read more

    Emirates to launch third daily service to Moscow's Domodedovo Airport

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 7th June 2018:  Emirates, the largest international airline in the world, today announced it will start a third daily service between Moscow’s Domodedovo (DME) Airport and Dubai, commencing on 25th October 2018. Emirates has been serving the Russian market since 1st July 2003 and already flies twice daily to Domodedovo on Airbus A380 and Boeing 777-300ER and daily to St Petersburg (LED). Demand for travel has grown significantly over recent years, leading to the airline’s launch of this third flight to Moscow. The new service will be operated by an Emirates Boeing 777-300ER in a three class cabin configuration, with eight private suites in First Class, 42 lie flat seats in Business Class and 310 spacious seats in Economy. This service will cater for leisure and business passengers, ......read more

    Abu Dhabi Airports initiates heat stress awareness campaign

    6th June 2018, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates:  Abu Dhabi Airports promotes intensive health and safety measures for the nearing summer season as it commenced its annual ‘Beat the Heat’ campaign. Launched in support of the Abu Dhabi Occupational Safety & Health Centre (OSHAD)’ Code of Practice 11.0, the informative campaign aims to boost awareness among staff and contractors on the effects of heat stress and how to safely cope with the extreme weather conditions expected during Ramadan and the succeeding months.  The program, which takes course until September, features Arabic, English, Urdu and Hindi training sessions across the Abu Dhabi International Airport, Al Ain International Airport and Al Bateen Executive Airport. The sessions detail important methods on controlling heat stress such as ......read more

    Finnair starts codeshare cooperation with Cathay Dragon and extends its network in Asia

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates, June 5, 2018:  Finnair and Cathay Pacific Airlines, based on Hong Kong, have agreed on a new codeshare cooperation on the routes operated by Cathay Dragon, Cathay Pacific Airline’s affiliate, between Hong Kong and selected destinations in Asia. The new codeshare agreement adds four new destinations to Finnair’s network in Asia. From 15th of June onwards Finnair customers can connect with Cathay Dragon’s flights from Hong Kong to •    Hanoi and Danang, Vietnam    •    Yangon, Myanmar •    Phnom Penh and Siem Reap, Cambodia      These new codeshare-flights can be booked from 5th of June. In addition, subject to regulatory approval, from 11th of July Finnair customers can connect from Hong ......read more

    Emirates Maritime Arbitration Centre attends Posidonia 2019 in Greece

    Posidonia is one of the most prestigious shipping events globally, taking place biennially Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 05 June 2018:  Continuing its work with the international maritime and arbitration communities, the Emirates Maritime Arbitration Centre (EMAC) sponsored and attended the Posidonia, The International Shipping Exhibition in Greece this year. Posidonia is a must-attend event for all maritime concerns, attracting over 10,000 visitors from the international shipping community. This international exhibition began in 1969 and ever since has been held biennially. “Posidonia is no doubt one of the biggest and most influential maritime events on the shipping calendar. It provides a platform for the entire maritime community worldwide to come together to discuss trends and share the views of some of the ......read more

    Airlines Denounce Human Trafficking and Commit to Action

    5 June 2018, United Arab Emirates:  The International Air Transport Association (IATA) 74th Annual General Meeting (AGM) unanimously approved a resolution denouncing trafficking in persons, and committing to a number of actions related to anti-trafficking initiatives. An estimated 24.9 million people are illegally trafficked and live in conditions of modern slavery. The extensive reach of the global air transport network means that unfortunately, airlines are used by traffickers to facilitate their activities.  “Aviation is the business of freedom, flying 4 billion people to every corner of the earth last year alone. Some, however, try to use our networks nefariously. Trafficking in people creates misery for millions, and funds criminal gangs and terrorism. As a responsible industry, our members are determined to ......read more

    Volotea now offers flights between Munich and Montpellier as well as Munich and Zaragoza

    Dubai, UAE, June 5, 2018:  Taking off with Volotea for the Mediterranean: The Spanish airline now operates two weekly flights with a Boeing 717 from Munich to Montpellier in the south of France and to Zaragoza in north-eastern Spain. The Montpellier service departs on Tuesdays and Fridays, and the flights to Zaragoza on Mondays and Thursdays. Other destinations already served by Volotea from Munich are Bordeaux, Mykonos and Asturias. The new flights will serve three enchanting cities: At the center of Montpellier is the car-free historic town center, lined by splendid mansions, and the Place de la Comédie, with the opera house. Vacationers can reach the Mediterranean coast, just a few kilometers away, by tram or bus. Zaragoza is Spain's fifth largest city. The Ebro, the second-longest river on the Iberian Peninsula, ......read more

    Etihad Airways Paris Flights to Go All -AIRBUS A380

    Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, June 5, 2018:  Effective 1 October, 2018, Etihad Airways will operate the Airbus A380 on its second daily service linking Abu Dhabi and Paris Charles de Gaulle. This will transform the airline’s operation between the UAE and French capitals into a year-round all-A380 service, joining London Heathrow as the second European destination enjoying daily multiple visits by Etihad’s award-winning double-decker aircraft. The introduction of the aircraft on the second daily service will provide business and leisure travellers between both cities with more options to experience Etihad’s latest award-winning cabins and products. The airline has operated the A380 between Abu Dhabi and Paris on one of its two daily flights since 1 July 2017, with the service performing very strongly since its ......read more

    IATA, Deloitte Develop Airport Ownership and Regulation Guidance Recognizing the Strategic National Importance of Airports

    04 June 2018 Dubai, United Arab Emirates:  The International Air Transport Association (IATA) and Deloitte have published guidance materials for governments considering public-private partnerships (PPP) and other forms of privatization programs for airport infrastructure.   “Airports provide critical infrastructure. It is important that governments considering privatization or PPP take a long-term view and focus on solutions that will maximize the economic and social benefits of connectivity. The aim of Airport Ownership and Regulation is to help governments make better-informed decisions using best-practices gleaned from decades of experience with the good, the bad and the ugly of airport privatizations,” said Alexandre de Juniac, IATA’s Director General and CEO.  Airport Ownership and Regulation ......read more

    Solid Profits Despite Rising Costs

    4 June 2018 Dubai, United Arab Emirates:  The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced its expectation for airlines to achieve a collective net profit of $33.8 billion (4.1% net margin) in 2018. This is a solid performance despite rising costs, primarily fuel and labor, but also the upturn in the interest rate cycle. These rising costs are the main driver behind the downward revision from the previous forecast of $38.4 billion in December 2017. In 2017 airlines earned a record $38.0 billion (revised from the previously estimate of $34.5 billion). Comparisons to this, however, are severely distorted by special accounting items such as one-off tax credits which boosted 2017 profits. Profits at the operating level, though still high by past standards, have been trending slowly downwards since early 2016, as a ......read more

    Securing Aviation's Future

    Smarter Regulation, Global Standards, Infrastructure 4 June 2018, Dubai, United Arab Emirates:  The International Air Transport Association (IATA) called for governments to facilitate the growth of global connectivity by avoiding creeping re-regulation, maintaining the integrity of global standards, and addressing a capacity crisis. The call came in the IATA Director General’s Report on the Air Transport Industry at the 74th IATA Annual General Meeting (AGM) and World Air Transport Summit. “On aviation’s core mission to deliver safe, secure, accessible and sustainable connectivity, the state of our industry is strong and getting stronger. And with “normal” levels of profitability we are spreading aviation’s benefits even more widely. But there are challenges. Smarter regulation needs to ......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. oneworld is in discussion with other carriers interested in participating in the programme, from various parts of the world including the Americas, Asia-Pacific and Europe. Each oneworld connect partner will need to have a minimum of three oneworld ......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 Airport. The A380 will replace the 777-300ER aircraft currently operating on the EK316/EK317 service to and from Osaka.   The Emirates’ Airbus A380 aircraft serving the Dubai-Osaka route will offer a total of 489 seats in a three-class ......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 fully-coordinated airports. The conference provides a comprehensive platform for the allocation of slots among IATA and non-IATA airlines worldwide at fully-coordinated airports and to reach a concord on the schedule adjustments based on the airport capacity ......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 enjoy a hassle-free start and end to their holiday or staycation in Ras Al Khaimah.     Visitors will be able to plan and book their shuttle bus tickets online at www.rakshuttle.com, choosing between two convenient pickup points ......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 by Etihad Airways, complementing the airline’s existing daily service to the capital Madrid. The new link will provide business and leisure travellers with convenient timings to travel between Abu Dhabi and Barcelona, also providing seamless ......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 aviation leaders gather for the 74th IATA AGM and World Air Transport Summit (WATS). The airline industry is in its ninth consecutive year of profitability. And solid progress is being made on the top priorities of safety, security and sustainability. ......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 Australia’s price monitoring regulatory regime for airport charges. They were not convinced that it does enough to constrain the market power of Australia’s main airports. We agree with the ACCC’s view,” said Alexandre de ......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 as an air cargo hub and the demand for dnata’s reliable and quality services and dedicated team.   Including EGYPTAIR, dnata’s cargo operations serve over 120 airlines at 43 airports handling over 3 million tonnes of cargo a ......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 up to 8 family members including a nominated Family Head. “We’re always working to enhance our offerings to ensure our members are given greater value, choice and flexibility at every touchpoint across the Emirates Skywards ......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 mechanism of the aircraft includes the gear extension and retraction systems, braking and steering controls, and other monitoring systems. The landing gear of the world’s largest commercial aircraft can support a weight of close to 570 tonnes on ......read more

    Other Top Stories from Travel and Tourism
     
    Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre participates at Dubai Airshow 2017

    The Centre will showcase the Emirates Mars Mission’s Hope probe model for the first time and IAC 2020 plan November 11, 2017, Dubai, United Arab Emirates:  The Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) participates at Dubai Airshow 2017, one of the most prominent and important aerospace events in the world, which runs from 12th to 16th November 2017. During the participation, MBRSC will showcase the Emirates Mars Mission’s Hope probe model for the first time, its plan to host the International Astronautical Congress 2020 in Dubai, as well as, other programs launched or led ......read more

    Heathrow Airport delegation applauds Dubai Customs services

    Dubai – 11 November 2017:  A delegation from Heathrow Airport applauded the world class level of services rendered by Dubai Customs through customs entry points at Dubai International Airport.  The British delegation, upon their visit to Passenger Operation Department at Dubai International Airport, toured the place and were briefed on the best practices implemented by Dubai Customs to serve passengers and clients in the best possible way using the latest equipment and technology.  The British delegation, headed by Elizabeth Down, head of detection unit at Heathrow ......read more

    Emirates Group announces half-year performance for 2017-18

    Group: Revenue up 6% to AED 49.4 billion (US$ 13.5 billion), and profit of AED 2.3 billion (US$ 631 million), up 77%. Results due to capacity optimisation and efficiency initiatives, easing of strong US dollar, and steady business growth. Emirates: Revenue up 6% to AED 44.5 billion (US$ 12.1 billion), and profit lift of 111% to AED 1.7 billion (US$ 452 million). 29.2 million passengers carried, up 4%, on overall capacity expansion of 2%. dnata: Revenue up 7% to AED 6.3 billion (US$ 1.7 billion), profit up 20% to AED 659 million (US$ 180 million). 330,317 aircraft handled, up 11%, 1.5 ......read more

    Abu Dhabi awarded ‘Best Stand Design' at World Travel Market London

    Louvre Abu Dhabi-themed stand prevails over stiff competition from leading cities around the world Abu Dhabi, 08 November 2017:  The Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi announced today that it has received the coveted accolade “Best Stand Design” at the “Best Stand Awards” at the World Travel Market (WTM) taking place in London, UK from 6-8 November. The Emirate's stand beat more than 5,000 exhibitors from 188 countries across destinations, technology and private sector companies. Commenting on this win, Sultan Al Al Dhaheri, Acting ......read more

    Emirates Flight Training Academy welcomes its first Embraer Phenom 100EV

    Dubai, UAE, 09 November 2017:  The Emirates Flight Training Academy, a launch customer for the new Phenom aircraft, has taken delivery of its first Embraer Phenom 100EV entry-level jet in Dubai. The aircraft, A6-DWC, is the first of the five Phenom 100EVs that will make up the training fleet of the Academy.  The aircraft was assembled at Embraer’s production facility in Melbourne, Florida, USA. Over the last few months, several teams from Embraer worked on the final stages of aircraft production including assembly, testing and painting. A6-DWC is the eighth Phenom ......read more

    Finnair adds capacity to Stockholm, expands cooperation with Swedish regional airline BRA

    Dubai, UAE, November 9, 2017:  Finnair will add connections to Stockholm’s Bromma airport, and deepen its cooperation with the Swedish regional airline BRA. With the new frequencies, Finnair adds capacity between Bromma and Helsinki by a total of 40%, offering up to 7 connections per day between both cities. The new connections to Stockholm’s conveniently located downtown airport further improve Finnair’s offering for the Swedish market, which is one of Finnair’s key markets. Finnair also flies to Stockholm Arlanda airport with up to 8 connections a ......read more

    “Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre” participates in the 10th edition of the Dubai Government Excellence Program

    Amer Al Sayegh: Innovation is the main feature that distinguishes the UAE space projects, by relying on new methods of project management and developing smart technologies MBRSC is insistently working to build an integral space industry in the UAE November 8, 2017, Dubai, United Arab Emirates:  "Innovation is the main feature that distinguishes the UAE space projects, by relying on new methods of project management and developing smart technologies," said Eng. Amer Al Sayegh, KhalifaSat Project Manager at Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC), during his participation ......read more

    Emirates and flydubai Further Expand Partnership, Announce New Codeshare Destinations

    Nearly 14,000 sectors ticketed during the first week of operation New exotic destinations included such as: Zanzibar, Kathmandu and Kilimanjaro Combined network expected to reach 240 destinations by 2022 Dubai, 7 November 2017:  Building on the success of the initial phase of their partnership, Emirates and flydubai today announced 16 additional destinations to which Emirates’ passengers will be able travel on a single ticket. The new, expanded network now includes sought-after destinations such as Zanzibar, Kathmandu and Kilimanjaro. Travellers can book on ......read more

    Emirates' new Boeing 777 First Class product to debut in Europe

    Flyers on airline’s Brussels and Geneva routes to be first to experience new cabins from 1st December  DUBAI, U.A.E., 6th November 2017:   Emirates today confirmed that its first two Boeing 777-300ER aircraft fitted with its soon-to-launch First Class product will operate from Dubai to the airline’s Belgian and Swiss destinations starting from 1st December 2017. Emirates’ new First Class cabin will feature six private suites laid out in a 1-1-1 layout, compared to the eight private suites in a 1-2-1 layout on its existing 777 fleet. In addition ......read more

    The Flag Island Creates Guinness World Record

    Iconic UAE destination raises world’s largest flag during Flag Day celebrations Sharjah, November 05, 2017:  The Flag Island, Sharjah’s iconic tourist destination, has entered the Guinness World Records after raising the world’s largest flag. The successful attempt formed part of the spectacular national festivities the island organised on Thursday and Friday as part of the nationwide Flag Day celebrations. Measuring 70 metres in length and 35 metres in width, the flag broke the Guinness World Record for the largest flag hoisted on a fixed flagpole. The Flag ......read more

    Emirates dedicates 100th A380 livery to HH Sheikh Zayed with special tribute

    Special tribute livery has image of the UAE’s visionary leader adorning both sides of the aircraft A total of 10 aircraft in Emirates’ fleet  will carry the special livery Special tribute decal will run from November 2017 and throughout 2018, the ‘Year of Zayed’ Dubai, 5 November 2017:  Emirates yesterday unveiled a special tribute to the late HH Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the founding father of the United Arab Emirates, with a bespoke livery for its 100th A380 carrying one of his most memorable images. Watch the video of the special ......read more

    Dubai Celebrates Four Wins at the World Travel Awards 2017

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 2 November 2017:  Dubai is celebrating four award wins at The World Travel Awards 2017 held recently in the emirate - accolades that once again cement the city’s standing as a tourism pioneer in the region. Established in 1993 to reward and celebrate excellence across all sectors of the tourism industry, The World Travel Awards brand is globally recognised as the ultimate hallmark of quality in tourism.  Issam Kazim, CEO, Dubai Corporation for Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DCTCM), said: “Tourism is a central pillar of Dubai’s ......read more

    Etihad Airways Announces Design Competition Winner

    Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, November 2, 2017:   Last month, Etihad Airways launched a competition to engage four young Emirati fashion designers to create new onboard loungewear.  The competition drew almost 71,000 votes via highly regarded UAE fashion publication Zahrat Al Khaleej’s social media channels.   Four UAE based designers kicked-off the competition through a challenging set of criteria: the design themes had to involve strong Emirati and UAE influences, working with traditional patterns, accents and must be contemporary and ......read more

    Etihad Airways to Suspend Abu Dhabi - Dallas/Fort Worth Route in 2018

    Abu Dhabi, UAE, November 2, 2017:   Etihad Airways has announced the suspension of its Abu Dhabi – Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) route effective 25 March 2018, as it will become commercially unsustainable following American Airlines’ unilateral decision to terminate its codeshare agreement with the airline. Peter Baumgartner, Etihad Airways Chief Executive Officer, said: “The unfortunate decision by American Airlines to terminate a commercial relationship that benefited both carriers has left Etihad with no choice but to suspend flights between our Abu Dhabi home and ......read more

    DC Aviation Al-Futtaim to open second hangar during Dubai Airshow

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates, November 02, 2017:  DC Aviation Al-Futtaim (DCAF), a joint venture between Dubai-based Al-Futtaim group and Germany’s DC Aviation, has confirmed the opening of its second hangar on the inaugural day (November 12) of the Dubai Airshow.  The 7,500sqm hangar will more than double the hangar capacity bringing its total land-side plot area to 24,000sqm and apron area to 13,000sqm. The new hangar will enable DCAF to add two single-aisle aircraft maintenance bays and provide enough space for an additional workshop and equipment storage. It will also ......read more

    “Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre” announces KhalifaSat's success in passing the Solar Panel Deployment test

    Passing the Solar Panel Deployment test confirms the satellite’s full capability of conducting the entire operations smartly after its launch into space Al Shaibani: KhalifaSat puts the satellites manufacturing industry in the UAE in an international competitive position Al Sayegh: KhalifaSat’s success in opening the solar panels at this phase in the manufacturing process shows the efficient overall operations of its engineering, electrical and mechanical aspects Dubai, UAE, November 1, 2017:  The Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) has announced the success ......read more

    SITA's World-Class Tech Solutions to Bring Istanbul New Airport to Life

    SITA will deliver the most advanced airport experience when the world’s largest airport opens in 2018 Dubai, United Arab Emirates  – 1 November 2017:  Istanbul New Airport, one of the world’s most ambitious airport projects, has appointed global IT provider SITA to bring the region’s most advanced airport to life. SITA will deliver a wide range of airport, passenger and baggage processing solutions to deliver a world-class experience, showcasing the future of air travel. İGA, the contractor and designated operator of the new airport, has brought ......read more

    September Air Freight Demand Slows Slightly but Still Up 9.2%

    Dubai, UAE, November 1, 2017:   The International Air Transport Association (IATA) released data for global air freight markets in September 2017 showing that demand (measured in freight tonne kilometers or FTKs), rose 9.2% compared to the same month in 2016. This was the slowest pace of growth seen in five months. However, it was still significantly higher than the five-year average growth rate of 4.4%.   Freight capacity (measured in available freight tonne kilometers or AFTKs), rose by 3.9% compared to September of last year —less than half the pace of demand ......read more

    Emirates unveils aircraft with new Expo 2020 Dubai livery

    Dubai, UAE, 01 November 2017:   Emirates has unveiled the first aircraft in its fleet with a new livery dedicated to Expo 2020 Dubai. The decal was installed on A6-EPK, an Emirates Boeing 777-300ER aircraft, at the Emirates Engineering hangar.  The unique and striking livery is based on the Expo 2020 logo inspired by an ancient gold ring excavated in Dubai and it underlines Emirates’ support for the vision of Expo 2020 Dubai. Emirates is the Official Airline Partner of Expo 2020 Dubai.  Emirates will be installing three different decal designs to reflect the ......read more

    Emirates' Algiers Service to become Daily

    DUBAI, U.A.E., - 30th October 2017:   Emirates, the world’s best airline according to TripAdvisor 2017, will be adding an extra flight to its service between Dubai and Algiers, making it a daily service from 13th December 2017. The launch of the additional flight will complement Emirates’ current six flights a week, and further boost inbound and outbound passenger traffic and cargo flows between Algeria and Dubai, and Emirates’ worldwide network. The new service will operate every Wednesday with an Emirates Boeing 777-300, in a three class configuration ......read more

    MBRSC hosts the second United Nations/United Arab Emirates - High Level Forum: "Space as a Driver for Socio-Economic Sustainable Development" between 6 & 9 November

    Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre hosts the second United Nations/United Arab Emirates - High Level Forum: "Space as a Driver for Socio-Economic Sustainable Development" between 6 & 9 November  The Forum Delivers Dubai Declaration on its first meeting which emphasizes the four pillars of Space2030 - the 2030 global space agenda Al Shaibani: Dubai Declaration holds various perspectives and creates new opportunities that fosters integrated directions and practices which support the sustainability of the space sector The UAE has taken solid steps in the developing, ......read more

    Passengers Want Technology to Give Them More Control Over Their Travel Experience

    Dubai, UAE, October 30, 2017:  The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced the results of its 2017 Global Passenger Survey (GPS) which revealed that passengers expect technology to give them more personal control over their travel experience.    Based on 10,675 responses from around the globe, the survey provided insight into what passengers want from their air travel experience. Topping the list were:  Automation of more airport processes  A single identity token for all travel processes using biometric identification  Real-time ......read more

    SITA CEO Rallies Airlines and Airports in Community Fight Against Cyber Threats

    Dubai, UAE, October 29, 2017:  The air transport industry has cybersecurity as a top priority with 95% of airlines and 96% of airports investing resources into major cybersecurity programs or pilots over the next three years. Yet research released today from global IT provider SITA shows there is still room for improvement with only one third of boards at airlines, and a fifth at airports, having fully integrated cybersecurity into their business plans.  Speaking today at a gathering of European air transport industry leaders, Barbara Dalibard, CEO of SITA, highlighted that while ......read more

    Finnair transforms its booking experience with Amadeus' newest digital retailing API

    The new technology brings flexibility to Finnair’s online retailing experience, allowing booking flows to be adapted to what works best for the traveller Dubai, UAE, October 26, 2017:  Finnair is partnering with Amadeus to make travel bookings easier and more flexible for customers across all of its online platforms. The Finnair website and the Finnair mobile app account for one quarter of the company’s sales, forming the single most important sales channel for the airline. “We want to make the shopping experience more intuitive and enjoyable for our ......read more

    Cathay Pacific awarded IATA CEIV Pharma Certification

    Certification recognises the carrier’s capabilities in handling high-value, time-sensitive pharmaceutical products Dubai, UAE, October 26, 2017:  Cathay Pacific has become the first airline in Hong Kong to be awarded IATA CEIV Pharma Certification, a globally-recognised pharmaceutical product handling accreditation. The certification underlines the carrier’s capabilities in the treatment and transportation of high-value, time-sensitive and temperature-controlled pharmaceutical products with speed, consistency and efficiency. In harness with aviation industry ......read more

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    2036 Forecast Reveals Air Passengers Will Nearly Double to 7.8 Billion

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

    IATA awards platinum to Lufthansa

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

    Apple Pay Coming to Etihad's Customers

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

    What's Happening at Rove Hotels

    Dubai, UAE, October 24, 2017:  Rove Hotels, the smart, fuss-free, affordable hotels for the new generation of modern travellers offers a variety of culinary options and entertainment for rovers and visitors alike to enjoy. From the family favourite brunch or the all-new happy hour at the newest social and dining hotspot ‘The Daily’, to experiencing vibrant energy of the city’s rich cultural traditions and world-class entertainment at the monthly Impro Nights, to staycations offers away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, kick start your next adventure with ......read more

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

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

    First A330neo successfully completes maiden flight

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

    Dubai Airports signs agreement with Union Insurance Company

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

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

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

    Airbus and Bombardier Announce C Series Partnership

    Airbus to acquire majority stake in the C Series Aircraft Limited Partnership Partnership brings together two complementary product lines, with 100-150 seat market segment expected to represent more than 6,000 new aircraft over the next 20 years Combination of Airbus’ global reach and scale with Bombardier’s newest aircraft family to create significant value for customers, suppliers, employees and shareholders Significant C Series production costs savings anticipated by leveraging Airbus’ supply chain expertise Commitment to Québec: C Series Aircraft Limited ......read more

    Etihad Airways Launches Hand Baggage Only Trial

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

    Steigenberger Reveals the Secret…

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

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

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

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

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

    Airline New Distribution Capability to Get Boost from ATPCO and SITA

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

    MY Dubai - The City Sign by Apical Reform

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

    Qantas and Emirates partnership update

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

    Airbus Corporate Jets wins new ACJ319neo order

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

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

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

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

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

    Abu Dhabi Cruise Sector embarks upon a Regional Trade Roadshow

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

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

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

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