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    Turkish Airlines reached the highest monthly Load Factor in August with 85.6% LF.

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates; 20 September 2018:  Turkish Airlines, who has recently announced the results of passenger and cargo traffic in August, achieved the highest monthly load factor (LF) in its history with 85.6%. On top of the strong base effect of August 2017, growth in the number of passengers, revenue per kilometer and load factor, is an important indicator of the continued growing interest in Turkey and Turkish Airlines.  According to August 2018 Traffic Results;      The passenger growth trend continued in August, thus total number of passengers carried went up by 2.4% reaching 7.6 million passengers, and Load Factor went up to %86.      In August 2018, Total Load Factor improved by 1.3 points, with a minimal increase of 0.5% in capacity (Available Seat Kilometer), while ......read more

    Gulf Centre for Aviation Studies hosts development course for students

    20th September 2018, Abu Dhabi, UAE:   The Gulf Centre for Aviation Studies (GCAS) has hosted 25 students for two sessions titled ‘The Seven Habits of Highly Effective Teens’, as part of Abu Dhabi Airports’ commitment to social responsibility, employee engagement and the development of the next generation of Emirati leaders. Consisting of 12 boys and 13 girls, all students attending were sons and daughters of Abu Dhabi Airports’ staff. The initiative provided a framework for enhanced employee engagement and work-life balance, giving staff an opportunity to involve family members in Abu Dhabi Airports’ training activities.  Delivered by a GCAS in-house instructor who is certified by Franklin Covey, the course saw the young students take part in a range of exercises and workshops that ......read more

    Etihad Airways Deepens Ties Between Uae and Saudi Arabia to Mark National Day

    Etihad’s Year of Zayed A380 to fly to Jeddah on Saudi Arabia National Day Al Nassr FC stars feature in congratulatory video Etihad collaborated with Emirati poet to write a unique poem Guests onboard to receive special gifts Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, September 20, 2018:  Etihad Airways has unveiled its series of activities to celebrate the leadership and people of Saudi Arabia on the 88th National Day of the Kingdom.   To mark the occasion on Sunday 23 September, the airline’s flagship Year of Zayed branded A380 will be deployed on EY311 and EY312, between Abu Dhabi and Jeddah. The flight crew operating the aircraft will be Saudi and UAE Nationals.    Ahmed Al Qubaisi, Senior Vice President Government and International Affairs said: “In recognition of the special bond ......read more

    Etihad airways operates iconic a380 to maldives to celebrate new male runway opening

    19 September 2018 Abu Dhabi, UAE – Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, has marked the opening of the new runway at Velana International Airport in the Maldives by operating one of its Airbus A380 aircraft to the island nation. The new 3,400 metre-long and 60-metre-wide runway is the first in the Maldives capable of supporting an A380. The special Etihad operation was piloted by First Officer, Ali Ahuson, who is from The Maldives. Etihad Airways’ A380 features a total capacity of 496 seats – up to two guests in The Residence, nine First Apartments, 70 Business Studios and 415 Economy Smart Seats.  

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    Global Aviation Safety Procedures and Regulations to be Analyzed Amidst Emergent Challenges

     - Local and international aviation leaders will convene in Dubai at 6th edition of World Aviation Safety Summit this December to address safety challenges 17 September 2018 – Dubai, UAE: Addressing the emergent safety challenges of the rapidly transforming global aviation industry, the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority is hosting the World Aviation Safety Summit (WASS), returning to Dubai this year in its sixth edition. Taking place on 11 and 12 December, WASS 2018 will examine responses to new safety threats such as carry-on powders, and highlight important tools and key strategies for maintaining air travel’s standing as one of the safest forms of mass transportation in the world. The Summit brings together local and international stakeholders and provides them with a platform to review and examine the ......read more

    Turkish Airlines brings style to the skies with new cabin crew uniforms

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates; 16 September 2018 -   In celebration of 85 successful years, Turkish Airlines has unveiled a fresh look with a new uniform specially designed for its cabin crew. The new uniforms will begin to be used following the opening of the Istanbul New Airport, the “new home” of the flag carrier airline. Inspired by many classic elements of Turkish design and culture, the new uniforms incorporate traditional patterns found in artisanal glassware, ceramics and calligraphy with contemporary textures and details. The collection combines shapes and colours found in Istanbul Bosphorus with a new ‘flow detail’, created to symbolise the effortless and dynamic energy flowing through Turkey’s most dynamic city as an intersection between East and West.  The global airline, which ......read more

    Etihad Cargo Increases Focus on Cold Chain Industry with ‘Freshfoward' Product

    Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, September 12, 2018:   Etihad Cargo today adds to its growing list of specialised products with the launch of FreshForward, affirming its support for a cold chain industry that is also responsible for importing perishable goods to the UAE. The new product ensures items such as fresh fruits, vegetables, dairy, fish, meat and flowers move seamlessly across Etihad Cargo’s global network until they reach their final destination. More specifically at the Abu Dhabi hub, it prioritises the transfer of perishable cargo from the aircraft into a dedicated centre, and subsequently onto reefer trucks to be delivered directly to the customer’s doorstep anywhere in the UAE. This marks a milestone in the expansion of Etihad’s value chain offering to include last-mile delivery in its ......read more

    DP World Wins “INNOVATOR OF THE YEAR” Award

    Gulf Business Awards cite collaboration with Virgin Hyperloop One to develop DP World Cargospeed     Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 11 September 2018:  Global trade enabler DP World has been awarded the Gulf Business Innovator of the Year Award for its collaboration with Virgin Hyperloop One to develop the DP World Cargospeed system that will deliver on-demand freight at the speed of flight and closer to the cost of trucking. The award was received on behalf of the two technology partners by Adnan Al Abbar, Senior Vice President - Planning & Project Management, DP World at gala ceremony hosted by Gulf Business magazine, in the presence of industry leaders, government dignitaries and the media.  The award, which is adjudged by an experts panel and a public vote, cites the spirit of collaboration that ......read more

    Emirates Takes Home a Double Win at Condé Nast Traveller Readers' Travel Awards

    The airline was voted ‘Best Business Airline’ and ‘Best Airline – Long-Haul Holiday’ by Conde Nast Traveller readers  Dubai, UAE, September 05, 2018:   Emirates celebrated a double win this week at the Condé Nast Traveller Readers’ Travel Awards, after being named ‘Best Business Airline’ and ‘Best Airline – Long-Haul Holiday’. The airline won the prestigious accolades based on votes from Condé Nast Traveller readers’ for the best travel experiences in the world. The Condé Nast Traveller Readers’ Travel Awards 2018 questionnaire ran online from 4th March 2018 to 3rd May 2018. Richard Jewsbury, Emirates’ Divisional Vice President- United Kingdom collected the awards on behalf of Emirates at the London Ceremony and said: “We ......read more

    1.5 Million Etihad Guest Miles to Be Won at Abu Dhabi Mall

    Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates September 05, 2018:  Etihad Guest, the loyalty programme of Etihad Airways, has partnered with Abu Dhabi Mall, giving shoppers the chance to win up to 1.5 million Etihad Guest Miles between now and 26 September 2018.   For every AED 200 spent at the mall, shoppers will be eligible to enter the weekly draw to win 300,000 Etihad Guest Miles, enough for 10 flights to Sri Lanka, five flights to the Seychelles or two flights to Los Angeles.    Yasser Al Yousuf, Etihad Guest Managing Director, said: “For the back to school shopping season, we are proud to join Abu Dhabi Mall to provide shoppers additional rewards for their purchases. The lucky winners of the weekly 300,000 miles will have a vast choice of how to use their winnings — from flights, hotel stays and ......read more

    Etihad Airways Congratulates First Uae Astronauts Who Will Be Sent to the International Space Station

    Hazza Al Mansouri and Sultan Al Nayadi selected from more than 4,000 applicants Etihad has special partnership with Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre UAE national airline’s medical centre now performing astronaut medical assessments Dubai, UAE, September 04, 2018:  Etihad Airways has offered its heartfelt congratulations to Emiratis, Hazza Al Mansouri and Sultan Al Nayadi, who have been selected as the first Arab Nationals to visit the International Space Station.   Hazza and Sultan were chosen ahead of more than 4,000 candidates for the landmark mission to the habitable satellite hovering above earth.    The Emirati pair conducted extensive medical examinations performed by specialists at the Etihad Aeromedical Centre in June as part of their selection process.   Etihad also ......read more

    Dubai HeliShow 2018 partners with Dubai Civil Aviation Authority to fuel growth of the helicopter industry

    UAE, 3 September 2018 - Under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, the Royal Pavilion at Al Maktoum International Airport in Dubai South will host the Dubai HeliShow 2018, from November 6 to 8, 2018. The event which is held every two years, is supported by the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority (DCAA), as a strategic partner of this international aircraft technology and operation exhibition, that provides an ideal platform to identify the emerging trends and to learn about the latest technological innovations related to commercial helicopters and in areas of civil defense. The Dubai Civil Aviation Authority has supported the Dubai Helishow as a part of its efforts to strengthen cooperation with the aviation industry leaders and to support efforts to ......read more

    Emirates SkyCargo transports first group of horses for the FEI World Equestrian Games™ Tryon 2018

    Largest air horse charter for a single sporting event  Dubai, UAE, 3 September 2018-   Emirates SkyCargo, the freight division of Emirates, has successfully transported the first group of 67 horses for the FEI World Equestrian Games™ Tryon 2018. The horses were flown from Liege, Belgium to Greenville-Spartanburg, USA in an Emirates SkyCargo Boeing 777 freighter aircraft. This is the first of the nineteen flights that Emirates SkyCargo will be operating as a special charter for one of the most important events in the global sporting calendar. With over 500 horses being flown for the Games, this is the largest air horse charter that has been undertaken for a single sporting event. Emirates SkyCargo worked with Peden Bloodstock, a leading international horse transportation specialist to execute the ......read more

    Solid Traffic Growth, Record Load Factor in July

    Dubai, UAE, September 03, 2018:  The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced healthy global passenger demand for July with all regions reporting growth. Total revenue passenger kilometers (RPKs) rose 6.2%, compared to the same month last year. While this was down from 8.1% year-over-year growth in June, it nevertheless marked a solid start to the peak passenger demand season. Monthly capacity (available seat kilometers or ASKs) increased by 5.5% and load factor rose 0.6 percentage point to a record high for July of 85.2%. “The industry posted another month of solid traffic growth. And the record load factor shows that airlines are becoming even more efficient in terms of deploying capacity to meet demand. However, rising costs -- particularly fuel -- will likely limit the stimulus we would expect from lower ......read more

    Abu Dhabi Airports Launches 'Flight of the Children of Zayed' Initiative

    Abu Dhabi Airports organizes trip for 31 orphans to Sir Bani Yas Island 2nd September 2018, Abu Dhabi, UAE:   Abu Dhabi Airports has launched its ‘Flight of the Children of Zayed’ initiative. In collaboration with Emirates Red Crescent, Abu Dhabi Airports organized a trip for 31 orphans on August 31st to Sir Bani Yas Island. The initiative falls within the framework of Abu Dhabi Airports’ ongoing corporate social responsibility and Year of Zayed program. Abu Dhabi Airports is committed to organizing various social initiatives and sponsoring charities in line with its vision of becoming the world’s leading airports group. As a part of the ‘Flight of the Children of Zayed’, Abu Dhabi Airports collaborated with various authorities including the Federal Authority For Identity and ......read more

    Moderate Freight Growth Continues in July, Up 2.1%

    Dubai, UAE, August 29, 2018:  The International Air Transport Association (IATA) released data for global air freight markets showing that demand, measured in freight tonne kilometers (FTKs), rose 2.1% in July 2018, compared to the same period the year before. This was the slowest pace of growth seen since May 2016 and well below the five-year average growth rate of 5.1%.    Freight capacity, measured in available freight tonne kilometers (AFTKs), grew by 3.8% year-on-year in July 2018. This was the fourth time in five months that capacity growth outstripped demand growth.    While the temporary grounding of the Nippon Cargo Airlines fleet may have exaggerated a slowdown in growth at the beginning of July, there are three indications that slower growth will continue:  The inventory ......read more

    The Emirates Group celebrates ‘Daughters of Zayed' on Emirati Women's Day

    Dubai, UAE, 28 August 2018:  To celebrate Emirati Women’s Day, the Emirates Group unveiled a special video tribute to the late HH Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the founding father of the United Arab Emirates, who was a driving force in supporting the advancement of women in the country.   Released on Emirates’ social media platforms, the one-minute video draws a parallel between Sheikh Zayed’s vision decades ago and the pivotal roles occupied by Emirati women today. The video concludes with a heartfelt declaration affirming Emirati women’s pride and determination to continue on the path of success as ‘daughters of Zayed’.    “I’d like to take this opportunity to thank all Emirati women for breaking barriers and continuing to make us proud. Their hard ......read more

    Etihad Celebrates Contribution of Female Workforce to Mark Emirati Women's Day

    Women represent more than half of the UAE National employees at Etihad Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, August 28, 2018:   Etihad Aviation Group is marking 2018 Emirati Women’s Day by hosting several events at its Abu Dhabi headquarters and releasing a video series that focuses on women in aviation.   The special events taking place at Etihad include circle discussions allowing Etihad’s female employees to share their unique stories. A photography exhibition featuring portraits of pioneering female leaders from a range of UAE working environments, including aviation, is also being displayed at the headquarters.   The video series – which will be broadcast on Etihad’s social media channels – champions the role of women in the aviation group and offers a ‘day ......read more

    DAFZA Announces Strong 2018 H1 Business Results

    DAFZA achieves 27% Increase in YoY new rental revenues HH Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed: “DAFZA’s results for 2018 H1 are a direct reflection of the successful economic development strategy”  Director General Dr. Mohammed Al Zarooni: “These results underscore the flexible business and investment environment provided by DAFZA”  Key results include: 11% growth in operational profit 8% growth in total revenues 15% growth in number of registered companies  43% increase in leasable area    Dubai, United Arab Emirates - August 28, 2018:   Dubai Airport Freezone Authority (DAFZA) has announced strong business results for the first half of 2018, showing an 11% growth in the EBID in comparison with the same period of 2017 and a growth of new rental ......read more

    AlMannaei: The UAE has spared no efforts since its inception in empowering and building the abilities of women

    Sharjah,  28, August 2018:  On the occasion of Emirati Women’s day, HE Abdulla M. AlMannaei, Chairman and Managing Director of Emirates Auction, stressed that the UAE has spared no efforts since its inception in empowering and building the abilities of women, as well as aiding them in overcoming difficulties in order to participate in all areas of life. AlMannaei stated that Emirati women have been a pioneering partner in the development of the UAE, and that the footprint of Emirati Women can be found in all the successes and achievements of the UAE for decades now. He added that Emirati women occupy some of the highest positions in the country, both at the public and private sectors, and have proved to be vital in raising the global status of this country in various fields. AlMannaei expressed his thanks and ......read more

    Emirates to add a fourth daily flight to Riyadh

    Dubai, UAE, August 27, 2018:  Emirates will boost its services to Riyadh with the addition of a fourth daily flight to the Saudi capital from 1 September 2018. The addition of the fourth daily service will take the total number of weekly Emirates flights serving Riyadh to 28.  Adil Al Ghaith, Senior Vice President Commercial Operations, Gulf, Middle East & Iran said:  “Emirates’ expanded schedule to Riyadh will offer more travel options and choice for business travellers and families alike who are looking to visit Dubai. There are strong passenger flows between Riyadh and Dubai so enhancing our services makes business sense, and further underscores Riyadh’s importance within our global network. The fourth daily flight will be serviced by the Boeing 777-300ER in a three class configuration.  ......read more

    Emirates' celebrates its inaugural flight to Edinburgh with special fares

    Dubai, UAE: 27 August 2018:  To celebrate the inaugural flight to Edinburgh on October 1st, Emirates is offering passengers attractive fares to the Scottish capital. Travellers in the UAE can book special fares on all Economy and Business Class travel starting today until 10th September 2018 for travel between 1st October and 31st May 2019. Economy Class passengers can enjoy fares starting from AED 2,495 and Business Class passengers can enjoy fares starting from AED 13,165. Edinburgh is the airline’s second destination in Scotland after Glasgow and its 8th in the United Kingdom. Scotland is a popular destination for leisure and business travellers for its rich history, gourmet food, cultural scene and architectural attractions such as the Edinburgh Castle. The Scottish capital is the second most visited city in the ......read more

    Emirates SkyCargo transports flood relief cargo for Kerala

    Dubai, UAE, 23 August 2018:  Emirates SkyCargo will carry flood relief cargo of over 175 tons to Kerala, India, joining the UAE community in their support of the people of Kerala.  Over more than a dozen flights, the air cargo operator will transport the relief goods, which have been donated by various UAE-based businesses and organisations, to Thiruvananthapuram - the nearest online Emirates station to the areas most affected by the flood. The goods, including lifesaving boats, blankets and dry food items, will be handed over to the local flood relief and aid organisations for distribution. 

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    Gulf Air becomes the first national carrier to fly the A320neo in the region

    Dubai, UAE, August 19, 2018:  Gulf Air, the flag carrier of the Kingdom of Bahrain, took delivery of its first A320neo today. The aircraft, powered by CFM LEAP-1A engines, made its maiden journey from Toulouse to Bahrain, landing at the Bahrain International Airport at 16:00 local time.  The aircraft is the first of the 29 A320neo Family aircraft ordered during the 2016 Bahrain International Airshow. This delivery also makes Gulf Air the first Middle Eastern national carrier to fly the A320neo. Gulf Air currently operates 28 Airbus aircraft. The new addition complements the airline’s existing fleet and thanks to Airbus’ overall fleet commonality, the airline will benefit from low operating costs, optimum fuel efficiency and seamless, best-in-class passenger comfort of any single aisle aircraft. Featuring ......read more

    Meaningful encounters – Finnair and Finavia bring together two directors from east and west to create a film about beautiful connections

    Dubai, UAE, August 18, 2018:  Finnair has been connecting east and west for 35 years, and Helsinki Airport has grown into a major hub for travel between Asia and Europe. Finnair and Finavia, the operator of Helsinki Airport, are celebrating this milestone with a short film that speaks of meaningful encounters that take place when people travel. To illustrate the concept of meaningful encounters, Finnair and Finavia brought together two filmmakers from opposite sides of the globe to create a short film. The end result is a 13-minute short film titled “East and West Side Story”, directed by Swedish director Johan Storm and Korean director Wookie, both celebrated directors in their respective countries. The film will be introduced during an exclusive premiere at Helsinki Airport on September 6, 2018. Each director ......read more

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

    Delegation reinforces Abu Dhabi’s position as a leading destination of distinction for culture, heritage and history among Indian tourists Abu Dhabi, 5 February 2018:  The Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi has concluded its successful participation at the SATTE Conference in New Delhi, India, which took place from January 31st to February 2nd, 2018. This marks the sixth time that Abu Dhabi has led a delegation to take part in this renowned travel and tourism platform. The 25th edition of South Asia’s leading travel show gathered 14 destination ......read more

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

    DUBAI, U.A.E. – 1 February 2018 –  The Emirates Group today honoured its top employees for their extraordinary commitment to excellence, performance, and service.          The ‘Najm Chairman’s Awards’ ceremony took place at Emirates’ Group Headquarters, and was presented Sir Tim Clark, President Emirates Airline on behalf of His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al-Maktoum, Chairman and Chief Executive of Emirates Airline & Group. Colleagues, families and friends of this year’s winners also gathered to support and ......read more

    2017 Marked by Strong Passenger Demand, Record Load Factor

    Dubai, UAE, February 01, 2018:   The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced global passenger traffic results for 2017 showing that demand (revenue passenger kilometers or RPKs) for the year ended 31 December rose 7.6% compared to 2016. This was well above the 10-year average annual growth rate of 5.5%. While the rate of demand growth slowed to 6.2% in December 2017, compared to December 2016, this largely was owing to less favorable comparisons to the even stronger growth trend seen in the year-ago period. Full year 2017 capacity rose 6.3%, and load factor climbed ......read more

    First A321LR successfully completes maiden flight

    Airbus’ newest Single Aisle adds range up for transatlantic flight capability Dubai, UAE, February 01, 2018:   Airbus’ first A321LR (Long Range), MSN7877, has accomplished its maiden flight following a mission lasting 2 hours and 36 minutes. The aircraft powered by CFM Leap-1A engines is now set to undergo a nearly 100 hour flight test programme, including trans-Atlantic missions, for EASA and FAA Type Certification in Q2 2018. Entry into service is targeted for Q4 2018. The aircraft’s crew comprised: Experimental Test Pilots Yann Beaufils and Peter Lofts as ......read more

    Air Freight Demand up 9% in 2017, Strongest Growth Since 2010

    Dubai, UAE, February 01, 2018:   The International Air Transport Association (IATA) released full-year 2017 data for global air freight markets showing that demand, measured in freight tonne kilometers (FTKs) grew by 9.0%. This was more than double the 3.6% annual growth recorded in 2016.   Freight capacity, measured in available freight tonne kilometers (AFTKs), rose by 3.0% in 2017. This was the slowest annual capacity growth seen since 2012. Demand growth outpaced capacity growth by a factor of three. Air cargo’s strong performance in 2017 was sealed by a ......read more

    Etihad Airways Introduces New Baggage Policy'

    Abu Dhabi,  (UAE) January 31, 2018 –  Etihad Airways has introduced a new baggage policy tailored to varying customer requirements in the international markets it serves.  The changes allow for a simpler baggage structure as the allowance for all markets, excluding the US and Canada, is now based on total weight rather than the number of bags checked in.  Etihad Airways Executive Vice President Commercial, Mohammad Al Bulooki, said: “In line with global best practice and market trends, Etihad Airways has developed a baggage policy that best ......read more

    Emirates to launch services to Santiago de Chile via Sao Paulo

    Airline’s fourth South American passenger route will be served with five weekly flights New service will see Emirates fly 12 times a week to Sao Paulo Passengers can now travel between Chile and Brazil with Emirates Dubai, 31 January 2018 –   Emirates, the world’s best airline according to TripAdvisor 2017, today announced its plan to launch a new, five times a week, service from Dubai to Santiago International Airport (SCL), via the Brazilian city of Sao Paulo, starting on July 5, 2018. The new service will see Emirates fly an additional five times ......read more

    Etihad Airways Introduces Special Fares to Dublin to Mark the Lifting of Visa Requirements for Uae Nationals

    Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates January 31, 2018–   Etihad Airways, the national airline of the UAE, has introduced special fares for its Abu Dhabi – Dublin flights to celebrate the lifting of visa requirements for UAE nationals travelling to Ireland, which comes into effect today. The special fares start from AED 2,885 in Economy Class and AED 15,215 in Business Class (including applicable taxes and surcharges). Mohammad Al Bulooki, Etihad Airways’ Executive Vice President Commercial, said: “Etihad Airways has witnessed considerable demand for its Abu ......read more

    Creatures of Habit

    Dubai, UAE, 31 January 2018:   UAE residents are creatures of habits when they travel, a study has found.  56 per cent of adults in the UAE admit they always go through the same habits and rituals to ensure their journey and holiday goes to plan. Fliers also follow the same routines when it comes to the time they arrive at the airport, the food and drink they consume when on holiday and even going to the toilet before boarding. It also emerged that 76 per cent of adults in the UAE believe they are an organised traveller, while 21 per cent admit that although they ......read more

    Sharjah Commerce and Tourism Development Authority unveiled details of Sharjah Light Festival 2018

    Emirates  UAE, January 30,2018 - Sharjah Commerce and Tourism Development Authority (SCTDA) has announced the details of the 8th edition of the Sharjah Light Festival, which will be held with the participation of an exciting lineup of top internationally renowned artists during its 11-day run, in 18 locations under the theme "Culture in Sharjah" from February 7 to the 17th,2018. The details were unveiled during a press conference held (Monday, January 29, 2018) at Al Hisn Fort Museum in Sharjah.  In his speech, H.E. Khalid Jasim Al Midfa, Chairman of the SCTDA, said ......read more

    Etihad Airways Expands Services to Nigeria

    January 29, 2018 Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates –  Etihad Airways today reaffirmed its commitment to Nigeria with the announcement of two additional weekly flights on the popular Abu Dhabi–Lagos route, taking it to a daily service.    The new Tuesday and Thursday services will start on 1 May 2018. The route will continue to be operated by a two-class Airbus A330, with 22 Business Class seats and 240 in Economy.    Mohammad Al Bulooki, Etihad Airways Executive Vice President Commercial, said: “Nigeria is an important market for Etihad and ......read more

    Lufthansa joins the aviation elite as Europe's only five-star airline in the Middle East

    Skytrax awards quality rating for premium service and first-rate comfort Dubai, UAE, January 29, 2018:  Lufthansa has received five-star certification from British aviation consulting specialist, Skytrax, making it the first airline outside Asia for this achievement. The quality rating for premium service and first-rate comfort has placed Lufthansa in the select group of now ten airlines that have been given this coveted rating. The Skytrax jury has already been awarding five stars to Lufthansa First Class for years – now the entire airline has received the same ......read more

    SriLankan Airlines adds four narrow-body fights to its daily wide-body operations

    Dubai, UAE, January 29, 2018:  SriLankan Airlines, the National Carrier of Sri Lanka and a member of the oneworld airline alliance has introduced four narrow body flights to support its daily wide-body operations between Dubai and its Colombo hub. Accordingly, the additional flights are operated on Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday.   This step has been taken in view of the growing demand for air travel between the two cities and the enhanced service is expected to allow the National Carrier to facilitate more passengers.   SriLankan Airlines Manager-UAE, Ms. ......read more

    A350-1000 touches down at Muscat International Airport as part of Middle East and Asia-Pacific demonstration tour

    The visit reaffirmed Airbus’ ongoing commitment to the Sultanate and its flourishing aviation sector. Dubai, UAE, January 28, 2018:   The largest member of Airbus' market-leading widebody product line, the A350-1000, has stopped at Muscat International Airport on the 28th of January 2018 as part of its Middle East and Asia-Pacific tour. The visit to Muscat, in partnership with Oman Airports Management Company and Oman Air, was held with the aim of highlighting Airbus’ firm commitment to the Sultanate. It further reaffirms Airbus’ confidence in ......read more

    A350-1000 begins Demonstration Tour in the Middle-East and Asia-Pacific

    Airbus shows the world’s most advanced widebody aircraft Dubai, UAE, January 27, 2018:  The A350-1000, the newest member of Airbus’ leading Widebody family, has embarked on a three-week Demonstration Tour to the Middle-East and Asia-Pacific region.  The Demonstration Tour follows the completion of a successful flight test campaign, which lasted less than one year and culminated in joint EASA and FAA type certification, demonstrating the aircraft’s excellent design, performance and maturity. The A350-1000 tour comes ahead of the first customer delivery to ......read more

    SriLankan Airlines bags record monthly revenue of $100.1 million

    Dubai, UAE, January 27, 2018:  SriLankan Airlines, the national carrier of Sri Lanka and a member of the oneworld alliance, achieved the highest ever monthly revenue in Company history in December 2017. The air-transport operation of the Company recorded a stand-alone revenue of US Dollar 100.1 million – the first instance in the 38-year history of the airline where monthly operating revenue reached this landmark figure. The airline attributes the increase in revenue to its expanded network and continuous improvement in revenue management processes.A total of 566,627 passengers ......read more

    Emirates to launch non-stop Dubai-Newark service with a second daily flight from 1 June

    New York JFK services reduced from four daily, to three a day from 25 March Daily services reinstated to Fort Lauderdale and Orlando from 25 March Adjustments to US services made in line with commercial demand Dubai, UAE, January 25, 2018:  Emirates will introduce a new non-stop service between Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) and Dubai from 1 June 2018, adding to its existing daily flight which operates with a stop in Athens, Greece. The new non-stop service will be operated with an Emirates Boeing 777-300ER, offering 8 suites in First Class, 42 seats in ......read more

    Turkish Airlines announced its “2018 Targets”

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates – 24 January, 2018:   After completing 2017 successfully, Turkish Airlines has now set its targets for 2018, the year in which the carrier will move its hub to the 3rd Airport of Istanbul.   According to the non-consolidated 2018 budget that was approved by the Board of Directors under the presidency of M. İlker Aycı, Chairman of the Board and the Executive Committee of Turkish Airlines, the guidance regarding the Incorporation's targets and expectations for the year 2018 are as follows;   Traffic ......read more

    Visa-free Travel to Ireland for UAE Nationals

    Lifting of visa requirement to foster stronger relations between the United Arab Emirates and Ireland Abu Dhabi, 24 January 2018:  The Minister for Justice and Equality of Ireland, Mr Charlie Flanagan T.D., announced the lifting of the visa requirement for citizens of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) travelling to Ireland with effect from the 31st January 2018.  He has signed an Order to give effect to this decision.  Minister Flanagan, who led a trade mission to United Arab Emirates as Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, said the removal of visa requirements is a ......read more

    DAE receives Aviation 100 M&A Deal of the Year award

    Dubai, U.A.E., 23rd January 2018 –  Dubai Aerospace Enterprise (DAE) Ltd. is pleased to announce that it has received the M&A Deal of the Year award from Airline Economics during its Aviation 100 Global Leader Awards ceremony in Dublin, Ireland last night. This award is recognition of DAE’s high-profile acquisition of the leading aircraft lessor AWAS in 2017, which propelled DAE into the top tier of global aircraft lessors. DAE Capital now features an owned, managed and committed fleet of nearly 400 aircraft with a value of over $14 billion. The Aviation 100, an ......read more

    Hamilton is the Official Timekeeper of the Red Bull Air Race World Championship 2018

    With eight races to look forward to in 2018, it will be another whirlwind year on the Air Race tour as Hamilton travels the world on our timekeeping mission.    Dubai, UAE, January 23, 2018:  Proceedings take off in Abu Dhabi at the beginning of February in a repeat of last season’s opener. We go to Cannes in April, Wiener Neustadt in Austria follows in May, then Budapest in June and [Asia 1] in early August. Kazan in Russia hosts race six at the end of August, we head to Indianapolis in early October and then to [Asia 2] where the final race takes place in ......read more

    Turkish Airlines announces their first offer for 2018

    Dubai, United Arabic Emirates – 22 January, 2018:   Turkish Airlines is starting off 2018 with a special offer for their valued customers in the UAE. Passengers can enjoy a discount of up to 60% on flights to major cities across Europe, The United States and Canada.  Economy class passengers can benefit from a 60% discount now applied on flights to New York, Los Angeles, Toronto, Paris, Frankfurt, London, and Rome, a 40% discount on flights to Miami, Washington, Malaga, Prague, Berlin, and Boston and a 30% discount on flights to Montreal, Chicago, Houston, Lisbon and ......read more

    Air Arabia adds Izmir to growing Turkey network

    Izmir is the 5th destination in Turkey for Air Arabia Air Arabia is the only carrier in the UAE with direct flights to Izmir  Two flights per week serving Izmir from 27 June 2018 Sharjah, UAE; 21 January 2018:  Air Arabia, the Middle East and North Africa’s first and largest low-cost carrier (LCC), announced today that, from 27 June 2018, it will become the first airline to connect the UAE and the Turkish city of Izmir with a direct flight.   Izmir, which is the third largest city in Turkey, joins Istanbul, Antalya, Bodrum and Trabzon as the ......read more

    Aircraft Interiors and MRO Innovations Coming to the Middle East

    Aircraft Interiors Middle East and MRO Middle East to Open This Week Dubai, UAE. 21 January 2018:  The key players and decision makers from the airline industry will be in Dubai World Trade Centre later this week, when Aircraft Interiors Middle East and MRO Middle East, produced by Aviation Week Network and Tarsus F&E LLC Middle East, take place 23-24 January. With 320 exhibitors expected, the event is set to be the largest yet, spanning all sectors within both the aircraft interior and maintenance, repair and overhaul industries. With around 5000 attendees expected to attend ......read more

    Emirates signs agreement for up to 36 additional A380s

    Commitment to grow its flagship A380 fleet Dubai, UAE, 18th January 2018 –  Dubai-based Emirates Airline has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to acquire up to 36 additional A380 aircraft. The agreement was signed this morning at the airline’s headquarters in Dubai by HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman and Chief Executive, Emirates Airline and Group, and John Leahy, Chief Operating Officer Customers, Airbus Commercial Aircraft. The commitment is for 20 A380s and an option for 16 more with deliveries to start in 2020, valued at US$16 billion at ......read more

    Emirates orders 36 A380s worth US$ 16 billion

    MOU for 20 firm orders and 16 options signed today Latest deal takes Emirates’ total Airbus A380 commitment to 178 aircraft units, underscoring the airline’s confidence in the programme Dubai, UAE, 18 January 2018 –  Emirates, the world’s largest international airline, today announced a US$ 16 billion (AED 58.7 billion) deal for 36 additional Airbus A380 aircraft, with 20 firm orders and 16 options. Emirates’ A380 fleet operates both GE and Rolls-Royce engines, and the airline is evaluating engine options for its latest A380 order. The ......read more

    Ahlan Business Class Lounge by Dubai International Hotel wins Priority Pass Middle East & Africa Airport Lounge of the Year Award

    Dubai, UAE: 17th January 2018 –  Ahlan Business Class Lounge by Dubai International Hotel has been awarded the Priority Pass Middle East & Africa Airport Lounge of the Year Award.    Now in its thirteenth year, the awards are based on ratings provided by Priority Pass Members and recognize excellence within the world’s largest independent lounge membership program that includes more than 1000 airport lounges, in over 500 cities, and is this year celebrating its 25th Anniversary.   The winning lounge, with a capacity of 177 guests ensures ......read more

    Passenger traffic at Munich Airport rises to new all-time high of 44.6 million

    Take-offs and landings up 2.6% to over 400,000 Dubai, UAE, January 16, 2018:  Munich Airport's dynamic growth continued in 2017 with new traffic records in several categories: Passenger traffic increased by an impressive 2.3 million to a new all-time high of 44.6 million. This was a 5.5 percent gain over the 2016 figure. The airport also saw a strong surge in take-offs and landings, with an increase of more than 10,000 to approximately 405,000 – a gain of 2.6 percent. Without the reduction in services by Air Berlin in the summer period, followed by that airline's ......read more

    Airbus Commercial Aircraft delivers record performance

    Total deliveries reached 718 – four percent higher than the previous record 1,109 total net orders from 44 customers; Book-to-bill ratio at 1.5 Dubai, UAE, January 15, 2018:  Airbus’ Commercial Aircraft deliveries in 2017 were up for the 15th year in a row, reaching a new company record of 718 aircraft delivered to 85 customers. Deliveries were more than four percent higher than the previous record of 688 set in 2016. The 2017 total comprises: 558 single aisle A320 Family (of which 181 were A320neo – an increase of 166 percent over 2016); 67 A330s; 78 A350 ......read more

    Turkish Airlines has performed well beyond expectations in 2017.

    Turkish Airlines reached the highest Load Factor in December with 79.7% LF   Dubai, United Arab Emirates – 15 January, 2018:  Turkish Airlines has completed the year 2017 with a great success. The number of passengers in 2017 compared to previous year was increased of 9.3 percent and the flag carrier carried 68.6 millions passengers. Compared to the previous year the load factor reached 79.1% by increasing 4.7 points. The flag carrier has reached highest December load factor rate with 79.5% in the last month of 2017 in its history   Chairman of the Board ......read more

    Emirates Resumes Service to Sabiha Gokcen Airport; Offering Flights to Two Points in Istanbul

    New flight schedule offers Turkish passengers more seamless Far East/Australasia connections Passengers will have the option to fly in and out of two Istanbul points; Sabiha Gokcen Airport (SAW) or Istanbul Ataturk Airport (IST) Dubai, U.A.E., 15 January 2018:   Emirates today announced the resumption of flights between Dubai and Istanbul’s Sabiha Gokcen Airport, starting 8th June 2018. The resumption of services on the route will allow customers two destination options when travelling Emirates to Istanbul.   The flight will be operated five times a week ......read more

    November Peak Season Air Freight Demand Up 8.8%

    Dubai, UAE, January 14, 2018:  The International Air Transport Association (IATA) released data for global air freight markets showing that demand, measured in freight tonne kilometers (FTKs), climbed 8.8% in November 2017 compared to the year-earlier period. This was an increase from the 5.8% annual growth recorded in October 2017. Despite indicators pointing to air cargo having passed a cyclical growth peak, demand remains strong. Freight capacity, measured in available freight tonne kilometers (AFTKs), rose by 4.0% year-on-year in November. This was the 16th consecutive month in ......read more

    British Airways launches sale across all cabins for travel until December 12, 2018

    Make your 2018 holiday your biggest adventure yet!  Dubai, UAE, 11 January 2018:  Post the festive season, there’s nothing quite like planning your next holiday to chase away the holiday blues! British Airways has just announced the perfect way for residents across the UAE to brighten up their January with the launch of their massive global special fares campaign.  In addition, the UK carrier has revealed some of its top travel predictions for travellers from the Middle East, selecting a mix of must-see places from its network of over 200 destinations. Robert ......read more

    IBM signs US$85 million private cloud managed services agreement with Emirates airline

    The new agreement will see IBM manage Emirates’ enterprise IT infrastructure for its mission-critical global operations  DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – 10 January 2018:  IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced that it has signed a ten-year, approximately US$85 million managed services agreement with Emirates airline. The agreement will enable Emirates to focus its efforts on highly strategic initiatives, while IBM handles the day-to-day management of its IT infrastructure.  Signed in Q3 2017, the new agreement expands upon a services agreement signed in 2016 and will ......read more

    Emirates and flydubai to offer travellers even more connections in 2018

    New codeshare destinations Krakow and Catania to be added Partnership now covers 81 destinations, offering customers a breadth of travel options to, from, and via Dubai Over 165,000 passengers have benefited from the partnership since launch Dubai, UAE, 9 January 2018 –  Emirates and flydubai will offer travellers even more connectivity and flight options in 2018, with new codeshare flights planned to Krakow in Poland from 8 April, and Catania in Italy from 13 June. Both Dubai-based airlines currently offer customers a breadth of travel options across their ......read more

    British Airways Invests in Substantial New Catering for World Traveller Customers

    Dubai, UAE, 9 January 2018:  British Airways is today announcing a multi-million pound investment in its World Traveller (long-haul economy cabin) catering, introducing an exciting and expanded new menu, which provides more quantity and quality to both meals and great snacking options throughout the flight.    Options now include: Pretzels with the welcome drink Four-course meal with starter, entrée, dessert, cheese and biscuits, accompanied by a bread roll and bottle of water Second meal or substantial snack depending on the length of the flight Regional meal ......read more

    Qabala joins Air Arabia's Azerbaijan network

    Qabala is the 2nd destination in Azerbaijan for Air Arabiaa Three flights per week serving Qabala from 27 June 2018 Sharjah, UAE; 08 January 2018:  Air Arabia, the Middle East and North Africa’s first and largest low-cost carrier (LCC), announced today that it will launch a new route in Azerbaijan, flying to the popular touristic city of Qabala from 27 June 2018. Air Arabia currently serve Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan with daily flights.   Featuring a moderate climate and a mountainous landscape, Qabala is a destination of choice for travellers looking to spend ......read more

    Emirates sends off UAE fans on special A380 flight to Kuwait

    Full flight of 519 fans depart to cheer on UAE team at Gulf Cup finals DUBAI, U.A.E., 6 Jan 2018:   Emirates’ special A380 flight to Kuwait took off earlier today carrying over 500 passionate fans who will cheer on the UAE National team in their bid to clinch the Gulf Cup.  Fans were treated to UAE flag scarves upon check-in to wear ahead of kick-off and show their support. Watch as fans gear up for the final match.  The Emirates A380, operating as EK 2555 and EK 2556, was fittingly emblazoned with the decal that makes a special tribute to HH Sheikh Zayed bin ......read more

    ATC Forum to make debut at Airport Show 2018

    Air traffic management tops the challenges chart  GCAA projects 1.85 million flights per annum in 2030  Middle East passengers to reach 517 million by 2036 Global ATC equipment market worth US$4.23 billion   Latest technologies and solutions to be showcased Forum provides an effective discussion platform   Dubai, UAE, January 03, 2018: The Middle East region - home to the world’s top airport for international passengers in Dubai - continues recording impressive growth in flight movements and passenger and cargo volumes, thereby keeping up the civil ......read more

    Emirates to operate special A380 flight to Kuwait for UAE supporters to attend Arabian Gulf Cup final

    Dubai, UAE, January 3, 2018:  As instructed by HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Emirates’ Chairman and Chief Executive today announced that Emirates airline will operate a special A380 flight to Kuwait for UAE supporters to attend the finals of the Arabian Gulf Cup.  The UAE team will face Oman in the final match which will be held this Friday, 5 January. ...read more

    GCAA Hosts the first Aviation Youth Circle at Emirates Engineering Hanger

    Dubai, UAE, 03 January 2018:  The UAE’s General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) hosted a highly constructive Youth Circle entitled ‘Youth & Sustainability in Aviation’ in conjunction with the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Emirates Engineering in one of Emirates’ maintenance hangars at Dubai International Airport. The Circle was attended by around 70 young people from the UAE representing a range of technical and managerial backgrounds in the aviation sector. The aim of the gathering was to discuss issues that young Emiratis face in building sustainable careers ......read more

    Etihad Airport Services Ground Prepares for the Future with Key Emirati Appointments

    Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, January 2, 2018 –  Etihad Airport Services (EAS) Ground, a division of Etihad Aviation Group, has announced several key UAE National appointments within a new structure that lays the foundation for the coming years.   The internal appointments are all based at Abu Dhabi Airport and will involve critical transitional duties as EAS Ground moves across to the Midfield Terminal which is due to be opened in 2019.  The six UAE Nationals have all worked for a number of years at EAS Ground, receiving specially-tailored training and career ......read more

    Dubai Wins Red Diamond Award for World's Greatest New Year's Celebration!

    Dubai, December, 29 2017 - Dubai has been named the World's Greatest New Year's Eve Destination for 2018 by The World Travel Guild. The string of city-wide celebrations occuring across the Emirate this year to ring in 2018 will be unmatched by any other city in the world, says the organization.  The festivities will be led by a light show at the Burj Khalifa, the worlds tallest building. Emaar group, the property developers and producers of the show have dubbed the event "Light Up 2018" and will be looking to set a Guiness World Record with what they have been ......read more

    Dubai Customs passenger operations geared up to handle busy New Year's festive season

    Dubai – 27 Dec 2017:   As the New Year draws closer, everything is set and ready by Dubai Customs to handle large influx of travelers in Dubai’s airports over the festive season. The Passenger Operations Department of Dubai Customs has taken all measures and arrangements necessary to facilitate the movement of passengers and tourists arriving to or transiting through Dubai during this peak traffic season.  In DXB terminals 1, 2 and 3 as in Al Maktoum Airport, Dubai Customs’ passenger operations teams are all geared up to make the flow of passengers and ......read more

    Emirates celebrates the Year of Zayed inflight and in the air

    Dubai, UAE, 27 December 2017 -  Emirates will be sharing the legacy of the late His Highness Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan to a global audience in 2018. To celebrate the ‘Year of Zayed’, Emirates is featuring the achievements of HH Sheikh Zayed in the pages of its official inflight magazine, Open Skies each month. The ‘Year of Zayed’ commences in 2018 and coincides with the centennial of the birth of the UAE’s founding father. Over the course of 2018, the award-winning monthly title from Motivate Publishing will share a host of classic images and ......read more

    The 24 Palaces de France : Welcome to the world of expertise and excellence à la française

    Dubai, UAE, December 23, 2017:  The 24 Palaces de France and their teams of professionals, the General Managers, the Chefs and the services, invite you to stay with them and live the excellence à la française and hospitality experiences. They are today all gathered by Atout France, the Tourism in France Development agency, on this momentous portrait by the photographer Rip Hopkins, illustrating THE emblematic view of Paris thanks to the staging on the rooftop of the Arc de Triomphe.  Their one and only principle : ready to host you. France is the world's favourite ......read more

    Turkey's exports to the GCC on a steady rise

    Turkish defense and aerospace companies make a beeline for the UAE Dubai, 21 December 2017:  TİM Tanıtım Organizasyon İç ve Dış Ticaret A.Ş. (TİM A.Ş), the specialised organisation of Turkish exporters, has revealed that the UAE was Turkey's top export markets in the GCC at USD 62 million followed by Saudi Arabia (USD 48 million). Turkey's exports to the GCC have been on a steady rise since 2011 when the government launched several indigenous programs, including for helicopters, drones, frigates and corvettes, tanks, missile ......read more

    Cathay Pacific and Cathay Dragon to introduce new ‘smart bag' policy

    Dubai, UAE, December 21, 2017:  Effective 1 January 2018, smart bags with non-removable lithium batteries will not be accepted as cabin or checked baggage Cathay Pacific and Cathay Dragon will be introducing new policies surrounding the carriage of ‘smart bags’, which are a new type of innovative luggage featuring integrated lithium batteries for the purpose of charging an external device or to provide power to the wheels of the bag. Smart bags will not be considered a portable electronic device (PED); their batteries will be handled as a power bank or spare ......read more

    Emirates to launch London Stansted service from June 2018

    Daily service will be operated by Emirates’ new Boeing 777-300ER featuring the latest cabin interiors including fully enclosed private suites in First Class  New route will connect businesses from the London Stansted Cambridge Corridor with Emirates global network of over 154 destinations worldwide Dubai, 20 December 2017 –  Emirates today announced that it is to launch a new daily route from Dubai (DXB) to London Stansted (STN) on 8 June, 2018. With its strategic position close to the tech and pharma hubs of Cambridge and Peterborough, Emirates will be the ......read more

    Air Arabia to boost Turkish network with new summer route to Bodrum

    Bodrum is the 4th destination in Turkey for Air Arabia Three flights per week serving Bodrum starting 13 June 2018 Sharjah, UAE; 20 December 2017:  Air Arabia, the Middle East and North Africa’s first and largest low-cost carrier (LCC), announced today that it will launch a new seasonal route to Bodrum in Turkey, commencing from 13 June 2018.   The flight will operate three times a week on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, departing Sharjah International Airport (SHJ) at 21:45 hours, and arriving the next day at Bodrum’s Milas Mugla International Airport (BJV) ......read more

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