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    Etihad Airways Reports Net Loss for 2016, One-off Impairments Impact Bottom Line While Passenger Revenues Remain Stable

    One-off impairments on aircraft and equity investments contribute to US$1.87 billion net loss  Passenger revenues steady on record passenger numbers and 79% load factors  11% reduction in unit costs helps to offset pressure on yields Group-wide strategic review well underway to drive change and improve performance  Abu Dhabi, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES, July 27, 2017:  Etihad Airways today announced its 2016 financial results, recording a net loss of US$ 1.87 billion on US$ 8.36 billion in revenues as one-off impairment charges and fuel hedging losses weighed against a solid performance of the core airline.     The core airline business achieved steady passenger revenues of US$ 4.9 billion and 79% load factors while carrying a record 18.5 million passengers. Available seat kilometres (ASKs) ......read more

    Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre joins Sentinel Asia initiative to support disaster management in the Asia-Pacific region

    Al Shaibani: MBRSC’s membership at Sentinel Asia reflects the approach of giving and humanitarian support, and is in-line with 2017’s initiative - Year of Giving   Dubai, UAE, July 27, 2017:  Mohammed Bin Rashid Space (MBRSC) has joined Sentinel Asia, an international initiative among space agencies, disaster management agencies, and international agencies for applying remote sensing and Web-GIS technologies to support disaster management in the Asia-Pacific region. The Center joined the initiative as part of its support to disaster risk reduction, and will contribute by providing DubaiSat-2 high-resolution data and is willing to effectively contribute through its long term Earth Observation program using future missions, such as KhalifaSat, which will be launched into space next year. H.E. Yousuf Al Shaibani, ......read more

    Lanseria International Airport Improves Convenience for Airlines and Passengers

    New SITA services includes South Africa’s first self-bag drop and mobile boarding   Dubai, UAE – 26 July 2017 – Lanseria International Airport is investing in SITA’s self-service technology that will add new convenience for passengers while providing improved common-use functionality for airlines. Using SITA’s self-service systems, passengers will now be able to quickly check-in and drop their bags before proceeding directly to the gate without having to visit a traditional check-in counter.    In a first for a South African airport, passengers who have checked-in online or on their mobile device can now tag and drop their bags in less than a minute using SITA’s Scan&Fly self bag-drop units. Scan&Fly’s plug-and-play design allows the bag-drop solution to be ......read more

    Armani Hotel Dubai Awarded First Green Globe Certification

    Dubai, UAE. July 26, 2017:  As a key part of its vision to operate sustainably, Armani Hotel Dubai has been awarded its first Green Globe certification. General Manager, Mark Kirby said, “Green Globe certification for Armani Hotel Dubai is a strong testament to our commitment to be a socially and environmentally responsible hotel operator, focused on international best practices in energy and water use efficiency and sustainable development.  “Since inception, we have focused on promoting green initiatives hotel-wide and encouraged the participation of not just our employees but also our guests and partners. Through our green programs– from recycling materials to minimizing food wastage and supporting environmental campaigns, we have set an industry benchmark in being a green hotel that works to secure a ......read more

    Etihad Airways Introduces Next-Generation Boeing 787 Between Abu Dhabi and Beirut

    Upgrade to widebody 787 Dreamliner provides significant capacity increase on key route Aircraft features industry-leading, award-winning cabins  Acclaimed Flying Nanny service now available on 787 Dreamliner flights to Beirut Dubai, UAE, July 25, 2017:  Etihad Airways today introduced the Boeing 787-9 on its scheduled daily service from Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), to Beirut, Lebanon.    The new 787 Dreamliner service replaces the Airbus A321 aircraft previously operating the airline’s EY535/EY538 flights to and from the Lebanese capital. The Boeing 787-9 features Etihad Airways’ next-generation Business and Economy Class cabins and is configured with 299 seats – 28 Business Studios and 271 Economy Smart Seats.   Mohammad Al Bulooki, Etihad ......read more

    IATA and Airlines for America Launch Baggage Tracking Campaign

    23 July 2017 (Geneva):  The International Air Transport Association (IATA) and Airlines for America (A4A), have launched a year-long global campaign related to baggage tracking with the goal of reducing mishandled bags in addition to increasing efficiency in baggage operations.  Annually, more than 4 billion bags are carried by airlines globally. Less than 0.43 percent do not arrive with their owners. The industry is determined to do even better and has agreed to Resolution 753 (R753). By June 2018, airlines have committed to being able to track a bag when it is accepted at the airport, loaded onto the aircraft, transferred to the arrival system or put into the transfer system for carriage by another airline. Airlines should also be able to share this tracking information with interline carriers as needed. “Arriving ......read more

    Abu Dhabi Summer Season Stakeholders Set for Emirate-Wide Programme of Entertainment

    Abu Dhabi, UAE – 18 July 2017:  Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority (TCA Abu Dhabi), the organiser of this year’s Abu Dhabi Summer Season running from July 20 to August 20, held a networking meeting with partners and stakeholders at the Manarat Al Saadiyat on Saadiyat Island to help drive the success of the event. Representatives from the Authority met with companies from the public and private sectors to see how all could work together during the month-long programme of entertainment across the emirate. This year’s edition of Abu Dhabi Summer Season is being held at venues and malls across Abu Dhabi, Al Ain Region and Al Dhafra Region and includes ten live shows, hundreds of retail discounts at 12 participating malls, restaurant deals and the chance to win one of five luxury BMW cars.

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    Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority Reports Double-Digit Year-on-Year Visitor Growth in H1

    Robust January-June growth in domestic and international visitors, hotel guest nights and length of stay keeps Emirate on track to welcome 900,000 visitors in 2017 ‘Best-ever’ summer predicted as hotels report 27 per cent year-on-year increase in June guest arrivals Ras Al Khaimah, UAE – 13th July, 2017: Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority (RAKTDA), which develops the emirate’s tourism infrastructure and initiates its domestic and overseas promotions, has revealed Ras Al Khaimah is on track to surpass its annual visitor target after the emirate’s hotels reported a 10 per cent year-on-year increase in international guest arrivals during the first six months of the year.   In addition to double-digit year-on-year growth in guest arrivals during H1, average hotel occupancy jumped to ......read more

    Abu Dhabi Tops Leading UK Travel Firm's “Most Wanted” List for 2017

    13 July 2017   Gold Medal, a leading UK travel company, has heralded Abu Dhabi as one of its most popular destinations for this summer following a surge in demand from British holidaymakers visiting the United Arab Emirates (UAE). As a travel consolidator, offering a variety of online travel services and products including airfares, hotel reservations and car rental to travel agents, Gold Medal , has reported a remarkable 294 per cent rise on the previous year in forward 2017 summer holiday bookings from the UK to the UAE capital. Etihad Airways operates five weekly flights from Edinburgh, and flies twice daily from Manchester and three daily Airbus A380 flights from London Heathrow, to Abu Dhabi. James Harrison, Etihad Airways General Manager UK, said: “We are very pleased that Abu Dhabi is proving so ......read more

    Dubai expects to welcome record high passenger numbers at airports this summer

      Sheikh Ahmed:  Smart technology enabling passengers to speed through passport control within seconds Angela Gittens: Financial health of airport industry intact Khalid Al Arif: Middle East needs system similar to Eurocontrol for air traffic management Dubai, July 12, 2017:  Dubai is set to witness a record high passenger numbers at airports this summer. Last year, passenger traffic in July was 14 per cent higher compared to previous year and Dubai Airports welcomed over 22.4 million people from July to September.  “This year, we expect passenger numbers to surpass last year numbers,” said His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of Dubai Civil Aviation Authority (DCAA) and Chairman of Dubai Airports, in his message in the latest issue of Via Dubai, the official monthly ......read more

    DC Aviation Al-Futtaim to start offering jet fuel from its facility at Dubai South

    Dubai, UAE, July 11, 2017:  DC Aviation Al-Futtaim is expanding its services to its private and business jet clients to include the sale of Jet A-1 fuel from its facility at Dubai South. Attached is the press release and an image of a business jet being refuelled at the DCAF facility.

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    Air Arabia First International Flight to Commence Operations at Sohar Airport

    10 July 2017 Air Arabia, the Middle East and North Africa’s first and largest low-cost carrier (LCC) launched its inaugural flight to Sohar yesterday, making it the first international flight to commence operations at the Sohar Airport. The Air Arabia flight will operate three times a week, on Sundays, Mondays and Wednesdays, departing from Sharjah International Airport (SHJ) at 08:00 hours, and arriving at Sohar International Airport (OHS) at 08:40 local time. The return flight departs from Sohar at 09:20, landing in Sharjah at 10:00 local time. The new route complements Air Arabia’s existing operations in Muscat and Salalah, boosts travel and trade opportunities between the two Gulf countries, and provides hassle-free travel options to the residents of Sohar. 

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    Passenger Demand Moderates from Recent Peak but Stays Strong

    9 July 2017 (Dubai, UAE) - The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced global passenger traffic results for May showing that demand (measured in revenue passenger kilometers, or RPKs) rose 7.7% compared to the same month in 2016. This was slower than the 10.9% growth recorded in April. However, this still was well ahead of the 5- and 10-year average growth rates. Capacity climbed 6.1%, and load factor rose 1.2 percentage points to 80.1%, which was a record high for the month. All regions, excluding the Middle East and North America, posted record-high May load factors.    After adjusting for inflation, airfares at the start of the second quarter were around 6% lower than a year ago. IATA estimates that this contributed to around two-fifths of the annual growth in passenger traffic seen in May. However, ......read more

    Global Air Freight Demand Increases 13% in May

    Dubai, UAE, July 6, 2017:  The International Air Transport Association (IATA) released data for global air freight markets showing that demand, measured in freight tonne kilometers (FTKs), grew 12.7% in May 2017 compared to the year-earlier period. This was up from the 8.7% annual growth recorded in April 2017 and is more than three times higher than the five year average growth rate of 3.8%.  Freight capacity, measured in available freight tonne kilometers (AFTKs), grew by 5.2% year-on-year in May 2017.  The continued growth of air freight demand is consistent with an improvement in world trade. This, in turn, corresponds with new global export orders remaining close to a six-year high in May. There are, however, some signs that the cyclical growth period may have peaked. The global inventory-to-sales ratio, for ......read more

    British Airways Announces Partnership with the White Company

    British Airways today announced its plans to give customers a great night’s sleep in the sky through a partnership with the luxury lifestyle brand, The White Company.  The iconic British retailer will supply bedding and amenity kits in Club World as part of the airline’s £400m customer investment plan, with a focus on excellence in the premium cabins and more choice and quality for all. Later this year, customers travelling in Club World between Heathrow and New York JFK will be given a new elegant day cushion which will double up as a fantastic lumbar support when working or relaxing on board.  Exclusively for British Airways, The White Company have also designed a bespoke, luxuriously soft large pillow and white cotton pillowcase to enhance customers’ comfort and to help them sleep well in the ......read more

    Air Arabia touches down in Trabzon, Turkey

    Trabzon joins Istanbul as Air Arabia’s latest Turkish destination Five weekly flights connecting Sharjah and Trabzon  Sharjah, UAE; 5 July 2017:  Air Arabia, the Middle East and North Africa’s first and largest low-cost carrier (LCC) launched its inaugural flight to Trabzon as its latest Turkish destination.    The new seasonal and direct service provides passengers the chance to discover Turkey’s historic port city, in addition to its already existing services to Istanbul.   The flight operates five times weekly on Sundays, Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays. On Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays the flight departs Sharjah International Airport at 21:45, and arrives at Trabzon International Airport at 00:20 local time the next day. The return service will depart ......read more

    flydubai to roll out new uniform

    Wednesday, July 5, 2017:  Dubai-based flydubai is excited to announce today the roll out of a new uniform as it enters its ninth year of operation. The new design will be worn by more than 2,500 uniformed staff across the flydubai network; including Pilots, Cabin Crew, Training, Engineering and Maintenance staff as well as members of staff at the airport and flydubai Travel Shops. This is the carrier’s first uniform redesign since its first flight took to the sky on 01 June 2009. The roll out of this new look is scheduled to coincide with the introduction of the airline’s first Boeing 737 MAX 8, which will join the flydubai fleet later this year. For an exclusive look at the new uniform before it’s rolled out, check out the video below. Commenting on the launch of the new uniform, Ghaith Al Ghaith, Chief ......read more

    Hamburg – A Perfect Family Destination

    Rising GCC tourist numbers to Hamburg reaffirm city’s popularity Dubai, 4 July 2017 – Recent tourist numbers and overnight hotel stay figures in the port city of Hamburg have reaffirmed the city’s popularity among travellers from the GCC region, according to the Hamburg Tourism Board. The latest source market report has also revealed that Arab Gulf states are one of the most dynamic markets for Hamburg.  The inflow of GCC tourists into Hamburg is expected to rise further as new attractions and landmarks have been added to the city, including Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, a modern music concert hall located within the HafenCity Hamburg quarter.  The new and iconic landmark is considered a unique architectural masterpiece comprising three concert halls, a hotel, residential apartments and the publicly ......read more

    Technology Boosts Passenger Satisfaction at Bag Collection and Borders

    2017 Passenger IT Trends Survey shows tech is making a difference at every step of the journey  Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 04 July, 2017– Passenger satisfaction is higher during the airline journey when self-service technologies are used, particularly at bag tag and collection, and passport checkpoints. This is according to the 2017 SITA Passenger IT Trends Survey, a global survey released today by IT provider SITA and co-sponsored by Air Transport World. The survey shows that passengers rate their journey very highly with an overall satisfaction rate of 8.2 of out 10 but this is boosted even further when technologies such as mobile services and biometrics are used. Ilya Gutlin, President, Air Travel Solutions, SITA, said: “Passengers are increasingly comfortable with the use of technology in their everyday ......read more

    DAE announces resignation of Joramco Chief Executive Officer

    Dubai, U.A.E., 3 July 2017:  Dubai Aerospace Enterprise (DAE) Ltd. announced today that Mr. Osama Fattaleh, Chief Executive Officer of Joramco has submitted his resignation to pursue his interests outside the industry. His permanent replacement will be announced in due course. Mr. Amjad Korshlow, Chief Financial Officer of Joramco will serve as Acting Chief Executive Officer till a permanent replacement is named. Joramco Chairman and DAE Managing Director Khalifa H. AlDaboos said: “Mr Fattaleh played a key role in stabilizing Joramco’s performance during his tenure at the company. We wish him well in his future endeavors. In the meantime, Joramco is well served by a deep management team that is fully committed to providing world-class products and services to our clients. We look forward to the next chapter of ......read more

    Etihad Airways' Luxurious Dreamliner Commences Services into Beijing

    2 July 2017 Guests will experience industry-leading, next-generation cabins 27 per cent increase in Business Class capacity on Beijing-Abu Dhabi route Seamless one-stop connections over Abu Dhabi hub to over 40 business and leisure destinations across the Gulf region, Europe, Africa and North America.   An Etihad Airways Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner touched down in Beijing today after its inaugural flight from Abu Dhabi, capital of the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Flight EY888 departed Abu Dhabi at 09:30pm local time yesterday and arrived in Beijing at 08:50am today.   To celebrate the milestone event, a ribbon-cutting ceremony was held in Abu Dhabi, attended by senior executives from Etihad Airways, the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in the UAE, and the Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture ......read more

    Vet warns of travel restrictions over the summer months

    Dubai, UAE, June 24, 2017:  With the end of the school year upon us, many families will be planning to leave Dubai’s hot summer until the cooler start of the school year in September. Dr Sara Elliott, at British Veterinary Hospital in Dubai, explains the restrictions pet owners will face with the increase in travel plans for pets. She said: “With the inevitable mass exodus over the summer we always have a huge increase of enquiries about pet travel arrangements. While it’s wonderful for your pets to be able to enjoy the great outdoors with mum, dad and the kids, there are some key elements pet owners need to be aware of from both a health and safety perspective for their pet as well as a legal one. Ideally pet owners will have planned in advance and pets will have been sent ahead in April or May, especially ......read more

    Etihad Airways and China Southern Airlines Announce Codeshare Partnership

    22 June 2017   Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, and China Southern Airlines, Asia’s largest airline, have announced a new codeshare partnership, which comes into effect on 22 June 2017. This increases the number of codeshare agreements operated by the Abu Dhabi-based airline to 53.  Under the agreement, China Southern Airlines will put its 'CZ' code on Etihad Airways’ daily services between Beijing (PEK)/Shanghai (PVG)/Chengdu (CTU) and Abu Dhabi.  The codeshare partnership will give China Southern guests the opportunity to book codeshare flights to and from Abu Dhabi, and connect onto Etihad’s network of over 100 destinations worldwide.   Mohammad Al Bulooki, Etihad Airways’ Executive Vice President Commercial, said: “The codeshare ......read more

    Etihad Airways Introduces New Changes to Ground and Inflight Services

    22 June 2017 New ‘Neighbour-Free Seat’ paid option in Economy Class Premium Lounge access now a paid option for Economy Class  Business Class paid upgrade for First Class Lounge and Spa access Chauffeur services for Business and First Class to become a paid option at all international destinations Economy Class guests now able to pay for Etihad Chauffeur services Continued complimentary chauffeur services in Abu Dhabi for all eligible Business and First Class guests Etihad Airways is introducing a series of changes designed to offer increased value and flexibility based on customer feedback.  The airline is to amend its chauffeur policy following a review of usage by premium guests across all major markets. The complimentary chauffeur service will be retained at Etihad Airways’ Abu ......read more

    Munich Airport Launches New Service for Arabic-Speaking Guests

    Personal Arabic shopping assistant in the summer months From July 24 up to and including September 10, 2017, Munich Airport will offer Arabic-speaking personal shopping assistants on request in Terminal 2. They will be available to bridge any cultural or language gaps between passengers and the personnel serving them in airport shops. The native Arabic speakers can also guide travelers through the Terminal 2 shopping world and provide detailed information on offers and products. The service will be free of charge for passengers, and is intended to provide them with a pleasant shopping experience. The shopping assistants can also help in case of questions on sales tax refunds or customs formalities. They will be easy to spot by their uniform with the embroidered text "Arabic Shopping Assistant". All shops in Terminal 2 ......read more

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    Fall In Love With These Exotic and Romantic Hotels in Dubai

    When you are travelling as a newly wed couple, then you would deserve the best and the finest service for your trip to make it even more enchanting and mesmerizing. So when you are planning to go to Dubai, you must know that you are heading to the Pearl of Asia.   Dubai has some of the most romantic and exotic locations for the people who are planning to have a destination wedding, celebrate their anniversary, or babymoon, or just trying to escape to the paradise. These hotels and inns in Dubai have special rates and packages just for two of you.   These hotels also have ......read more

    Media Advisory Peak Summer Season Travel

    21 June 2017  The peak summer travel period is fast approaching with many travellers making plans for trips home or on holiday. The combination of the Eid public holiday, school break and the summer season means that 22 June to 24 August will be a particularly busy time at Abu Dhabi International Airport, with up to 3.3 million guests flying with Etihad Airways across the network over the next two months. To make sure that our guests enjoy a convenient travel experience during this busy period, we have a number of travel tips and reminders to save time. With the Etihad ......read more

    Skytrax Hat-Trick for Etihad Airways First Class

    21 June 2017 Airline wins three major awards for its industry-leading First Class at the annual World Airline Awards  Etihad Airways has once again been presented with three coveted awards for the World’s Best First Class, Best First Class Onboard Catering, and Best First Class Airline Seat at the annual Skytrax World Airline Awards. The event was held at the Musee de l’Air et de l’Espace, as part of the bi-annual Paris Airshow. The prestigious World Airline Awards are widely considered to be a global benchmark of airline excellence. Winners are chosen based on ......read more

    Etihad Airways Aircraft Operations Rated as One of the Cleanest and Quietest by Heathrow Airport

    Dubai, UAE, June 20, 2017:  Etihad Airways has been given a top rating by London’s Heathrow Airport for its emissions and night-time noise performance during the first three months of 2017. The “Fly Quiet and Clean” League Table, the first of its kind to be produced by the airport, placed the UAE’s national airline among the top carriers for operating the cleanest and quietest fleets. The top rating recognition is the result of a programme of disciplined flying by Etihad Airways’ Operations which strictly manages airport approaches and departures, as ......read more

    Corporate, Government and Defence Strategies to be Marked Out at Global Aerospace Summit 2018

    -         Aerospace leaders to return to UAE capital to tackle industry challenges   -         Future of aerospace to be assessed at time of international unpredictability 19 June 2017 - Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates: 1,000 of the world’s aerospace, space and defence industry leaders will define the future of their sectors when they return to Abu Dhabi for the fourth edition of the Global Aerospace Summit 2018.  Corporate, government and military strategies will be marked out at the Summit, which will address some of the key ......read more

    Thanani sponsors Zayed Humanitarian Day Initiative launched by Ajman Tourism

    Ajman – UAE, June 20, 2017:  Thanani, the contemporary restaurant in Ajman’s serene Al Zorah pavilion hosted the official opening event of the ‘Zayed Humanitarian Day’ launched by Ajman Tourism Development Department (ATDD). The initiative which is aimed at training and integrating people of determination in the government and tourism sectors across Ajman commenced with a hearty and delectable Iftar served on the evening at Thanani who were also the official sponsors of the event. The initiative was launched under the patronage of Sheikh Abdulaziz bin ......read more

    Dubai Airshow New Features Set To Soar

    Exhibitor Commitments and Interest High Dubai, UAE. 19 June 2017:  The new features taking place at the Dubai Airshow 2017 including new sector specific pavilions, Space Pavilion, UAV Summit, Cargo Zone and the return of Airport Solutions, are set to bring focus to new market sectors when the show opens in November. The Space Pavilion and conference in particular is shaping up to be a key feature of the event, produced in partnership with the UAE Space Agency. Space exploration is a national priority for the UAE and this new feature has been developed to support the ......read more

    Etihad Airways Crowns Winner of ‘Taste the World' at Taste of London Festival

    Dubai, UAE, June 17, 2017:  Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, and one of the main sponsors of the Taste of London Festival, has crowned Dean Parker from The Manor restaurant in London, winner of its Taste the World competition. The competition took place on 15th June. The Taste the World Award is presented to one chef who best epitomises Etihad Airways’ food philosophy, a highly-acclaimed culinary offering which constantly pushes the boundaries to provide a superior guest experience. Each chef was independently judged by a panel consisting of an ......read more

    Arjaan by Rotana engages with media at exclusive Iftar gathering

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates (June 15, 2017):  Arjaan by Rotana, a popular hotel apartments property located in the heart of Dubai Media City, recently hosted an exclusive Iftar for members of the media fraternity in Dubai.  More than 20 media personnel ranging from travel publications, dailies and lifestyle publications shared a moment of togetherness in the holy month. The locally-grown hospitality brand is guided by the values of nurturing lifelong relationships over time and engaging with its stakeholders - from guests and investors to media. Media provides Arjaan by Rotana a ......read more

    Splash 'n' Party: Eid Carnival Party and Father's Day Offerings

    Treat kids to some soaking wet play at Splash ‘n’ Party - Dubai’s favourite Kids waterpark. With the kid’s holiday break fast approaching and hours of recreational time needing to be filled, Splash ‘n’ Party offers an array of fun-filled water based activities and engaging onsite entertainment all guaranteed to keep active little ones amused. Fathers Day – 18th June, 2017 With Father's Day on June 21st, we've got a special treat for every kid's favourite superhero. Might sound like a present for Mommy to relax, the splash-tastic fun ......read more

    Hargeisa joins Air Arabia's growing African network

    Two weekly flights connecting Sharjah and Hargeisa starting July 4th   Sharjah, UAE; 14 June 2017:  Air Arabia, the Middle East and North Africa’s first and largest low-cost carrier (LCC), announced today that starting 4 July 2017, Hargeisa will be the newest African destination added to its growing international network.  Air Arabia marked its entry into the African market in 2004, and currently serves six destinations across Egypt, Sudan and Kenya from its main hub in Sharjah. The new flights to Hargeisa, Somaliland will operate twice a week, on Tuesdays and ......read more

    Dubai Now Among Top 10 Destinations for International Meetings

    2016 saw 24% growth in the total number of international meetings over 2015, according to UIA rankings. 138% growth achieved since 2012 Dubai, United Arab Emirates: 13 June 2017: Dubai has emerged as one of the top 10 destinations for international meetings, according to the latest edition of the International Meetings Statistics Report published last week by Union of International Associations (UIA). The report ranked 1,157 cities globally based on the total number of international meetings that took place during the year. Previously ranked 14th in the 2015 edition, Dubai has moved ......read more

    This Eid Break, Whisk Your Family Away To Some Dreamy Destinations

    Explore the salty winds of Galle, the never-ending Samui sunsets, and the culturally diverse Kuala Lumpur Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 11th June 2017:  The Eid holidays are the perfect occasion to relax and spend time with family.   The extended weekend is the best time to pack your bags and go abroad to escape the summer temperatures and the maddening city life. To avoid burning last minute holes in your pocket, stay smart and pre-plan your Eid vacation to these top budget-friendly getaways. From the laid back serenity of Galle to the iconic views of Kuala Lumpur, there is an ......read more

    Special Treat to Mark PH's 119th Independence Day from Cebu Pacific

    Great news for Cebu Pacific passengers flying out of Dubai! The Philippines’ largest carrier celebrates Philippine Independence Day by giving all passengers the freedom to bring more gifts and ‘pasalubong’ for their loved-ones as Cebu Pacific offers a total baggage allowance that exceeds a typical ‘balikbayan box.’ CEB extends its promo granting its valued guests additional baggage allowance free-of-charge. Until November 30, 2017, all passengers originating from Dubai travelling to Manila who pre-purchase a 40-kilogram baggage allowance will get an extra ......read more

    Cebu Pacific defers A321NEO aircraft deliveries; orders 7 A321CEO planes

    Dubai, UAE, June 8, 2017:  Leading Philippine carrier Cebu Pacific (PSE: CEB) has placed an order with Airbus for an additional seven A321CEO (Current Engine Option) aircraft, for delivery from March 2018. The aircraft will meet the airline’s increased capacity requirements pending the start of delivery of 32 A321NEO aircraft, which will now begin in 4TH quarter of 2018. CEB has chosen to defer the A321NEO deliveries due to delays with the Pratt & Whitney engines selected to power the aircraft. “We have decided to take a conservative approach to the introduction of the ......read more

    Etihad Aviation Group Statement on Negotiations with TUI

    Dubai, UAE, June 8, 2017:  Etihad Aviation Group confirms that it has terminated negotiations with TUI AG, in relation to a potential joint venture involving the leisure operations of Air Berlin Group and the German TUIfly company. Etihad has taken this decision following many months of negotiations, in good faith, during which time the parties have been unable to reach agreement on the final nature of such a joint venture. The leisure operations of Air Berlin group will now continue to operate as a separate business unit, under the NIKI brand.  Further details of this ......read more

    This Ramadan, experience the comfort and convenience of VFS Global's special offers available all month

    Dubai, UAE, June 8, 2017:  VFS Global, the world’s leading technology and outsourcing services company for visa processing, has launched special offers providing visa applicants with just the convenience they are looking for this Ramadan. From extended working hours to special discounts, VFS Global’s Ramadan offers on its specialised services ensures applicants in the United Arab Emirates experience a level of comfort and ease like no other! Ramadan special offers for VFS Global applicants (applicable from 25 May to 28 June 2017) include: Extended working hours at the ......read more

    Qantas to Host 74th IATA AGM in Sydney

    Dubai, UAE, June 7, 2017:  The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced that Qantas will host the 74th IATA Annual General Meeting (AGM) and World Air Transport Summit. The event will attract the top leadership of the air transport industry to Sydney, Australia, from 3 5 June 2018. “Sydney is an excellent choice to become the capital of the global air transport industry in June 2018. I am confident that Qantas will be an excellent host, as they were when we last met there in 2000. Australia’s pioneering tradition on aviation matters carries on to this day ......read more

    Governments Need to Support Production of Sustainable Aviation Fuels

    6 June 2017 (Dubai, UAE) - The International Air Transport Association (IATA) 73rd Annual General Meeting (AGM) approved a resolution calling for governments to implement policies to accelerate the deployment of sustainable aviation fuels (SAF). The Resolution also reaffirmed the industry’s commitment to work with governments to implement the Carbon Offset and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA) global CO2 emissions agreement.  “The CORSIA agreement is a vital part of our strategy on combatting aviation emissions. We are committed to carbon neutral growth ......read more

    Strong Profits Continue -Labor, Fuel and Supplier Costs on the Rise-

    6 June 2017 (Dubai, UAE) - The International Air Transport Association (IATA) revised its 2017 industry profitability outlook upwards. Airlines are expected to report a $31.4 billion profit (up from the previously forecast $29.8 billion) on revenues of $743 billion (up from the previously forecast $736 billion).  “This will be another solid year of performance for the airline industry. Demand for both the cargo and passenger business is stronger than expected. While revenues are increasing, earnings are being squeezed by rising fuel, labor and maintenance expenses. Airlines are ......read more

    Closer Collaboration Key to Enhancing Aviation Security

    6 June 2017 (Dubai, UAE) – The International Air Transport Association (IATA) 73rd Annual General Meeting (AGM) adopted a resolution reaffirming the airline industry’s commitment to safety and security. It also called for greater collaboration among all government and industry stakeholders to keep flying secure with risk mitigation measures that maximize the protection of passengers and crew while minimizing disruption to passengers and the economy at large.  “Aviation is a target for terrorists intent on destroying the freedom that is at the heart of our business. ......read more

    Defending the Business of Freedom

    Dubai, UAE, June 6, 2017:  The International Air Transport Association (IATA) reported that the global airline industry’s performance on safety, sustainability and profitability is solid, but the industry faces the threat of protectionist measures being implemented by governments. IATA also called for governments to enhance their collaboration with the industry to meet rising security challenges, avert a looming infrastructure crisis and to build smarter regulation.   The Director General’s Report on the Global Air Transport Industry was delivered to the 73rd IATA ......read more

    Airlines Commit to Air Cargo Modernization

    Dubai, UAE, June 6, 2017:  The International Air Transport Association (IATA) 73rd Annual General Meeting (AGM) adopted a resolution to accelerate the modernization and transformation of the air cargo industry. The resolution builds on the momentum created by the entry into force of the World Trade Organization’s (WTO’s) Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA).  “The TFA commits governments to making trade faster, cheaper and more efficient. Air cargo processes are stuck in another century. To ensure that air cargo is ready to benefit from the expected $1 trillion ......read more

    Victoria Kashakashvili Appointed As New Assistant F&B Manager of Four Points by Sheraton Bur Dubai

    Dubai, UAE, June 5, 2017:  Four Points by Sheraton Bur Dubai is delighted to welcome back Victoria Kashakashvili as Assistant Food & Beverage Manager. In her new position, Victoria will be in charge of all F&B outlets at the 125-room business hotel located in the historic heart of Dubai and take charge of all F&B operations. Victoria’s journey with Starwood started in 2002 on home ground at Tbilisi, Georgia. After a stint in Kuwait, Victoria came on board the F&B team at Four Points by Sheraton Bur Dubai from June 2006 till 2015, where she served across various ......read more

    Abu Dhabi Airports' Free Zone Grants Its 200th License

    4th June 2017, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates: Abu Dhabi Airports’ Free Zone (ADAFZ) is thriving as the destination of choice for businesses, as it issues its 200th trade license today to NATS. NATS is the UK's leading provider of air traffic control services. Each year the company handles 2.5 million flights and 250 million passengers in UK airspace alone. In addition to providing services to 14 UK airports, and managing all upper airspace in the UK, NATS is working with customers around the world, and prides itself on extending its services to the Middle East region. With ......read more

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