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    IATA and Eurofins Partner to Boost Travel with Testing

    United Arab Emirates -  April 17, 2021:   The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced an agreement with Eurofins to incorporate its worldwide COVID-19 testing network into IATA Travel Pass. Eurofins is a leader in bio-analytical testing with 800 laboratories across 50 countries. As part of the partnership, Eurofins’ dedicated COVID-19 portfolio encompassing multiple test types and hundreds of COVID-19 sampling stations globally will be made available through the IATA Travel Pass. Amid the pandemic, coronavirus testing is required for most international travel. As part of the IATA Travel Pass initiative, Eurofins laboratories will provide secure, verified test results to travelers using the app. This result is checked against the IATA Travel Pass registry of national entry requirements to produce ......read more

    Astronaut Mohammad AlMulla with astronauts Hazzaa AlMansoori & Sultan AlNeyadi

    United Arab Emirates -  April 15, 2021:   Astronaut Mohammad AlMulla, shared a great photo on his social media platforms and commented,  “In 2019, I met astronauts Hazzaa AlMansoori & Sultan AlNeyadi for the first time during the Dubai Airshow.  It was an unforgettable moment that fostered my passion for space exploration. Soon, we will meet in the blue astronauts’ suit & as members of the UAE Astronaut Programme.”

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    MBRSC Teams Up with Japan's ispace on Emirates Lunar Mission

    •         Emirates Lunar Mission’s ‘Rashid’ rover to go to the Moon on ispace’s Mission 1 in 2022 •         ispace to provide payload delivery, and communication and power services for the rover •         Agreement further strengthens UAE-Japan collaboration in space exploration •         The Emirates Lunar Mission is one of the initiatives under the Mars 2117 Programme, which aims to build a human colony on Mars   Dubai, UAE, 15 April 2021:  The Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) has signed a contract with Japan’s ispace, inc. (ispace), under which the latter will provide payload delivery services for the ambitious Emirates Lunar Mission. Under this agreement, ......read more

    Airbus Further Reduces its Beluga Fleet's Environmental Impact

    United Arab Emirates -  April 14, 2021:   Airbus has taken the next step in reducing its industrial carbon footprint with the maiden flight of a Beluga super-transporter using sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) from the aerospace company’s Broughton plant in the UK. The north Wales line station, which uses the Beluga fleet to transport aircraft wings to Toulouse, Hamburg and Bremen, becomes the second Airbus European site to use SAF, after Hamburg introduced the fuel to its cargo activities at the end of 2019. “This first flight by a Beluga transporter from Broughton, partially fuelled with SAF, marks an important milestone in Airbus’ ambition to decarbonise its industrial operations,” said Tony Derrien, Sustainable Aviation Fuels Project Manager, Airbus. “Combined with our ongoing ......read more

    Mohammed bin Rashid Announces the Names of the Second Batch of the UAE Astronaut Programme

    United Arab Emirates -  April 11, 2021:   The Emirati astronaut team strengthens the country's position in the field of space exploration and supports the Arab presence in this vital sector for the future of humanity , including the first female Arab astronaut Mohammed bin Rashid:“Today we announce two new Emirati astronauts, among them the first female Arab astronaut. We congratulate them and count on them to raise the name of the UAE ever higher in space.” •         Nora AlMatrooshi and Mohammed AlMulla join astronauts Hazzaa AlMansoori and Sultan AlNeyadi to form a team of four under the UAE Astronaut Programme. •         The UAE Astronaut Programme embodies the vision of the country's leadership by empowering young people to ......read more

    Mohammed Bin Rashid Announces the Names of the Second Batch of the UAE Astronaut Programme, Including the First Female Arab Astronaut

    The Emirati astronaut team strengthens the country's position in the field of space exploration and supports the Arab presence in this vital sector for the future of humanity   Mohammed bin Rashid: “Today we announce two new Emirati astronauts, among them the first female Arab astronaut. We congratulate them and count on them to raise the name of the UAE ever higher in space.”   • Nora AlMatrooshi and Mohammed AlMulla join astronauts Hazzaa AlMansoori and Sultan AlNeyadi to form a team of four under the UAE Astronaut Programme. • The UAE Astronaut Programme embodies the vision of the country's leadership by empowering young people to design the next 50 years, leading to the UAE Centennial 2071. • The new batch of the UAE astronauts includes Nora AlMatrooshi, the first female ......read more

    Managing Lost Items on Aircraft No Longer a Million-dollar Headache With Worldtracer Lost and Found Property

    New solution cuts cost by 90% and significantly reduces repatriation time  United Arab Emirates -  April 01, 2021:   SITA has launched WorldTracer Lost and Found Property, an artificial intelligence-enabled solution that solves a million-dollar headache for the air transport industry: how to quickly return items left behind on aircraft or in airports to their owners. Every year passengers leave millions of items – including phones, wallets and bags – on planes and in airports, costing the industry millions of dollars in repatriation costs. It can cost up to $95 to manage and repatriate a lost item, including registration, handling inquiries and customer calls, storage and postage.  Leveraging SITA’s WorldTracer solution, which is used in 2,200 airports by the majority of the ......read more

    IATA Urges Governments in the Middle East to Work Together to Develop a Roadmap to Restart Aviation

    United Arab Emirates -  April 01, 2021:  The International Air Transport Association (IATA) called on governments in the Middle East to develop re-start plans to safely re-link their citizens, businesses and economies to global markets when the COVID-19 epidemiological situation permits. IATA also called for regional coordination to ensure that the plans can be efficiently implemented and urged governments to remain vigilant about  the industry’s financial situation. “Re-establishing air connectivity will energize the economic recovery from COVID-19. With millions of jobs at risk from the prolonged shutdown, not a day should be lost once the epidemiological situation enables a re-opening. Restarting safely after a year or more in lockdown will need careful preparations. At the national level it is ......read more

    Emirates Skycargo Becomes First Air Cargo Carrier to Deliver 50 Million Doses of Covid-19 Vaccines to More Than 50 Destinations

    Emirates SkyCargo transports 50 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines Air cargo carrier transported more than 220 tonnes of COVID-19 vaccines on over 150 flights to over 50 destinations Dubai, United Arab Emirates -  April 01, 2021:   In the run up to World Health Day (7 April), Emirates SkyCargo has become the first airline cargo carrier in the world to have transported more than 50 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines on its flights. The carrier has also transported more than 100 tonnes of syringes across the world to support the delivery of vaccines. Since the start of international distribution late last year, Emirates SkyCargo has transported over 220 tonnes of COVID-19 vaccines, equivalent to more than 50 million doses, on more than 150 flights from manufacturing locations to 50 destinations on its network ......read more

    Airbus to Boost “Cold” Technology Testing as Part of Its Decarbonisation Roadmap

    United Arab Emirates -  March 30, 2021:   Airbus has launched “Advanced Superconducting and Cryogenic Experimental powertraiN Demonstrator” (ASCEND) to explore the impact of superconducting materials and cryogenic temperatures on the performance of an aircraft’s electrical propulsion systems. The introduction of superconducting materials can lower electrical resistance, meaning that electrical current can supply power without energy loss. When coupled with liquid hydrogen at cryogenic temperatures (-253 degrees Celsius) electrical systems can be cooled in order to significantly increase the performance of the overall electric propulsion system. Airbus will use ASCEND to explore the feasibility of these promising technologies in order to optimise propulsion architecture ready for low-emission and ......read more

    Emirates Becomes First Airline to Operate A380 to Terminal 1 at Jeddah's King Abdulaziz International Airport

    Airline’s inaugural service into new terminal operated by newest A380 with premium economy Emirates becomes first airline to operate A380 to Terminal 1 at Jeddah’s King Abdulaziz International Airport   March 30, 2021:  Emirates has made its first A380 touchdown at Terminal 1 in Jeddah’s King Abdulaziz International Airport (KAIA), making it the first airline to operate the double-decker aircraft to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s latest aviation landmark. EK flight 2803 landed in Jeddah at 1810hrs yesterday and was greeted with a water cannon salute. For the inaugural A380 flight to the new world-class terminal, Emirates deployed its latest flagship featuring the much talked about premium economy seats, as well as signature enhancements across every cabin. With a generous pitch of up to ......read more

    IATA Launches EPIC to Enhance Digital Collaboration Across the Air Cargo Industry

    United Arab Emirates -  March 25, 2021:  The International Air Transport Association (IATA) today announced the launch of the IATA Enhanced Partner Identification and Connectivity (EPIC) platform to support the digitization of the global air cargo supply chain. EPIC simplifies the complex process of making digital connections across the air cargo value chain including enabling the efficient exchange of critical information such as messaging capabilities and identities. As the air cargo industry continues to digitalize, airlines, freight forwarders, ground handlers and customs authorities need to be able to securely work together digitally. This is a considerable  challenge as today more than 40,000 freight forwarders exchange messages with more than 450 airlines, and 23 third party messaging service providers. In ......read more

    flydubai Offers Attractive Fares for the Spring and Summer Period

    The airline is offering special return fares to select destinations starting from AED 755 and attractive packages from holidays by flydubai from AED 1,899 United Arab Emirates -  March 22, 2021:   flydubai announces attractive fares to select destinations that are available to book from AED 755. In addition, holidays by flydubai packages to Africa, Central Asia, Europe, the Subcontinent and the Middle East can be booked from as little as AED 1,899 per person. Whether travelling to visit family and loved ones back home or getting ready to take a well-earned break and travel somewhere new, flydubai is offering passengers more affordable and convenient travel options. The special return fares in Business Class and Economy Class are available to book until 01 April 2021 for travel up to 30 September 2021. Terms and ......read more

    To Celebrate ‘Happiness' Wizz Air Abu Dhabi Unveils 20% Discount On All Abu Dhabi Flights For 24 Hours

    To mark International Day of Happiness, the airline will launch exclusive 20% discount offer on 20 March across all Abu Dhabi routes 19 March 2021, Abu Dhabi, UAE: Wizz Air Abu Dhabi, the newest national airline of the UAE, has unveiled a 20% discount on all its Abu Dhabi routes to mark International Day of Happiness. For a period of 24 hours, starting from 12am on 20 March 2021, tickets will be available at a discounted price on wizzair.com and the airline’s mobile app, also available in Arabic. Following a year of restricted travel and recent vaccination rollout, the airline is keen to inspire happiness through the joy of travel.  Wizz Air Abu Dhabi has the youngest fleet composed of four brand new state-of-the-art Airbus A321neo aircraft, offering the lowest fuel burn, emissions and noise footprint. The airline ......read more

    Cebu Pacific launches back-to-back promo with “Buy One, Get One” flights, tickets as low as AED300 from Dubai to Manila!

    With Cebu Pacific’s 5th sale this month, travellers can book for Dubai to Manila flights for as low as AED300 one-way base fare, and get an additional ticket for free once they book their trip Promos run from March 19 to 21, and cover the travel period from June 1, 2021, until August 31, 2021     Dubai, UAE, 19 March 2021: In line with its 25th anniversary celebration, Cebu Pacific—the Philippines’ largest national flag carrier—holds its 5th sale this month, offering back-to-back promos with its discounted Dubai-Manila tickets and buy-one-get-one flights.   As the world starts to embrace travel once again, UAE-based residents can now travel with a friend for free when they book a flight ticket to the Philippines, as CEB offers Dubai to Manila flights for as low as AED300 ......read more

    IATA Travel Pass Successfully Trialed on First International Flight

    United Arab Emirates -  March 18, 2021:  The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced the arrival at London’s Heathrow Airport of the first traveler using the IATA Travel Pass app to manage their travel health credentials.    “The successful implementation of IATA Travel Pass in this trial with Singapore Airlines passengers demonstrates that technology can securely, conveniently and efficiently help travelers and governments to manage travel health credentials. The significance of this to re-starting international aviation cannot be overstated,” said Alexandre de Juniac, IATA’s Director General and CEO.   JoAnn Tan, Acting Senior Vice President, Marketing Planning, Singapore Airlines, said: “Digital health credentials will be essential as borders ......read more

    Etihad Airways Achieves IATA's Level 4 NDC Certification

    Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – March 17, 2021:   Etihad Airways, the national airline of the UAE, has been awarded the New Distribution Capability (NDC) Level 4 certification, by the International Air Transport Association (IATA). NDC enhances communication between the airline industry and travel agents, which allows for more effective merchandising, competitive propositions and product personalisation.  The NDC standard allows Etihad to transform the way its products are retailed to corporations, leisure and business travellers by addressing the industry’s current distribution limitations such as time-to-market and product differentiation.  Level 4 is among the highest NDC certifications awarded by IATA and demonstrates that Etihad’s NDC Offer and Order capability now includes full service ......read more

    Etihad Airways Launches Sale to Morocco From AED 999 Return in Economy

    Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – March 15, 2021:  After Morocco’s recent addition to the ‘green list’, Etihad Airways is encouraging residents to enjoy quarantine free travel on arrival back into Abu Dhabi with the launch of its Casablanca Sale.  Valid for only 24 hours at etihad.com, fly from Abu Dhabi to Casablanca in Economy for just AED 999 return. This fare is limited to 500 seats on a first come first served basis. The sale starts at 11am on Monday, 15 March 2021 and ends at 11am on Tuesday, 16 March 2021, UAE time. Guests who book between 16 and 28 March 2021 will enjoy return fares starting from AED 1,995 in Economy, and Business fares from AED 9,995. Travellers can jet off anytime between 24 March – 30 June 2021. The service will operate with an initial twice weekly flight ......read more

    Dubai Airshow 2021 to bring Aerospace and Defence Startups to Launch Pad VISTA

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates – 07 March 2021:  Dubai Airshow 2021 is excited to introduce its new dedicated startup event, VISTA, which will be the ultimate platform for innovators, creators and market disruptors to display the latest technologies and play a part in accelerating the future of the aerospace and defence industries.    The co-located event will connect startups with venture capitalists who are looking for disruptive new entrants that can out-hustle the big players. The event will be attended by national leaders, CEOs, investors, developers, technology disruptors, operators, and other key experts. Successful entrepreneurs from established global startups will also be present to inspire and guide aspiring startups.   During the 5-day programme, VISTA will feature a number of sub-events in ......read more

    Etihad Airways Extends Global Covid-19 Insurance

    Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates - March 07, 2021:  Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, has extended its COVID-19 global wellness insurance cover until 30 September 2021.  Martin Drew, Senior Vice President Sales & Cargo, Etihad Airways, said: “Extending Etihad’s COVID-19 global wellness insurance reinforces the effectiveness of Etihad Wellness, the airline’s health and hygiene programme. It’s an added benefit automatically provided to all guests - no exceptions. “As Etihad continues to gradually expand its services to up to 60 destinations this spring, the airline wants to instil confidence to travel and hopes this additional cover will reassure guests Etihad is doing everything it can to keep them safe and protected.” Guests who are diagnosed ......read more

    Etihad Airways Accelerates Transformation Plan to Mitigate Impact of Pandemic

    • 4.2 million passengers carried in 2020 with seat load factor of 52.9% • Network capacity reduced by 64% to 37.5 billion ASKs in wake of pandemic  • Industry-leading Etihad Wellness programme developed to safeguard travellers  • First airline in the world with 100% of operating flight crew vaccinated   United Arab Emirates -  March 04, 2021:   Etihad Airways has announced its financial and operating results for 2020, recording a 76% fall in passengers carried throughout the year (4.2 million, compared to 17.5 million in 2019) as a result of lower demand and reduced flight capacity caused by the unparalleled global downturn in commercial aviation.   As a consequence of the Covid pandemic and ensuing flight and travel restrictions, total passenger capacity was ......read more

    January Air Cargo Demand Recovers to pre-COVID Levels

    United Arab Emirates -  March 03, 2021:    The International Air Transport Association (IATA) released January 2021 data for global air cargo markets showing that air cargo demand returned to pre-COVID levels (January 2019) for the first time since the onset of the crisis. January demand also showed strong month-to-month growth over December 2020 levels.  Because comparisons between 2021 and 2020 monthly results are distorted by the extraordinary impact of COVID-19, unless otherwise noted all comparisons to follow are to January 2019 which followed a normal demand pattern. •       Global demand, measured in cargo tonne-kilometers (CTKs*), was up 1.1.% compared to January 2019 and +3% compared to December 2020. All regions saw month-on-month improvement in air cargo demand, and North ......read more

    From Bad to Worse: January Passenger Demand Falls Further

    United Arab Emirates -  March 03, 2021:   The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced that passenger traffic fell in January 2021, both compared to pre-COVID levels (January 2019) and compared to the immediate month prior (December 2020).  Because comparisons between 2021 and 2020 monthly results are distorted by the extraordinary impact of COVID-19, unless otherwise noted all comparisons are to January 2019 which followed a normal demand pattern. • Total demand in January 2021 (measured in revenue passenger kilometers or RPKs) was down 72.0% compared to January 2019. That was worse than the 69.7% year-over-year decline recorded in December 2020.  • Total domestic demand was down 47.4% versus pre-crisis (January 2019) levels. In December it was down 42.9% on the previous year. ......read more

    Kamil Al-Awadhi Takes up Role at IATA

    United Arab Emirates -  March 02, 2021:   The International Air Transport Association’s (IATA) new Regional Vice President for Africa and the Middle East (AME), Kamil Al-Awadhi, took up his position today. “This is the most challenging time for air transport—in AME and around the world. The top priority is reconnecting the world when governments are able to safely re-open borders without travel restrictions. And the immediate action is supporting governments in establishing benchmarks and plans for an orderly resumption of service. The crisis has also reinforced our determination to tackle some major issues—reducing emissions, modernizing process, and reforming air traffic management.  Under my watch, IATA will continue to be a driving force for asafe, reliable and sustainable aviation ......read more

    Emirates to Fly Daily to Khartoum

    United Arab Emirates -  March 01, 2021:   Emirates will boost its frequencies to Sudan with the introduction of daily flights to/ from Khartoum starting on 9 March 2021. The introduction of additional frequencies will provide more options and added convenience for those wishing to travel to Dubai and beyond to Emirates' network of over 90 destinations. Emirates continues to take measured steps to safely and gradually restart operations across its network whilst prioritising the health and safety of its customers and employees across every touchpoint of the travel journey.   Khalfan Al Salami, Country Manager Sudan commented on the boost of services to Khartoum: "The increase of frequencies to daily from Khartoum are a direct response to growing passenger demand for Emirates services, and are designed to ......read more

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    Roma Proves the Pace of the Hunter to Go 5th Overall, as Loeb Suffers Suspension Damage

    STAGE SIX: AL QAISUMAH TO HA’IL DISTANCE: 517KM (170KM ROAD / 347KM SPECIAL STAGE)       Driver Stage Ranking Stage time Difference to 1st General Ranking Overall time Difference to 1st NANI ROMA 7th 03:58:00 +19:33 5th 23:50:58 +1:36:55 SEBASTIEN ......read more

    Etihad Airways Launches New Year's Sale

    Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – January 05, 2021:  Etihad Airways, the national airline of the UAE, is encouraging residents to celebrate the start of the New Year with the launch of its New Year’s Sale – get two tickets for the price of one.  To give guests peace of mind and to offer an extra level of reassurance to travel, Etihad is the only airline in the world requiring 100% of its passengers to show a negative PCR test before departure, and on arrival in Abu Dhabi.  Travellers can jet off any time before 15 June 2021, and lay back and relax ......read more

    Roma and Loeb Put Bahrain Raid Xtreme in the Top Ten After Dakar Rally Desert Stage

    STAGE TWO: BISHA TO WADI AD-DAWASIR   DISTANCE: 685KM (228KM ROAD / 457KM SPECIAL STAGE)   Driver Stage Stage Difference to General Overall Difference Ranking time 1st Ranking time to 1st NANI ROMA 16th 04:38:32 +35:18 10th 07:59:13 +41:55 SEBASTIEN 6th 04:20:07 +16:53 7th 07:53:58 +36:40 LOEB     United Arab Emirates -  January 05, 2021:   Bahrain Raid Xtreme (BRX) took on the Saudi Arabian desert for stage two of the Dakar Rally 2021. Nani Roma and Sebastien Loeb had the chance to put the BRX Hunter to the test across vast ......read more

    Abu Dhabi Ports Hits 2020 Targets in Bid to Drive Global Trade and Logistics Industry

    Mergers, Acquisitions, Expansion, and Growth Achieved Despite Greatest Trade and Logistics Challenge in Recent Memory   Abu Dhabi, UAE – December 31, 2020: In facing the extraordinary challenge of a once in a generation pandemic, Abu Dhabi Ports has weathered 2020 particularly well, continuing to grow and expand its overall capacity and capabilities and emerge stronger than ever before. With the advent of COVID-19, the company successfully raised its profile worldwide as a responsible player in the trade and logistics sector with the Horns of Hope campaign. This innovative ......read more

    Emirates Takes A380 Experience to New Heights, Unveils Premium Economy Plus Enhancements Across All Cabins

    Dubai, UAE, 30 December 2020:   Emirates is taking its signature A380 experience to the next level with the unveil of a brand new Premium Economy cabin product, together with enhancements and a refreshed look across all cabins onboard its newest A380 aircraft.   Sir Tim Clark, President Emirates Airline said: "The Emirates A380 is already one of the most sought-after travel experiences in the skies, and now we’ve made it even better. While others cut back, Emirates is working hard to restore the products and services that we’ve had to suspend or ......read more

    DC Aviation Al-Futtaim Sees Pick Up in Private and Business Jet Activity

    Dubai, UAE - December 29, 2020:  Following the easing of air travel restrictions, DC Aviation Al-Futtaim (DCAF) has seen private and business jet activity pick up at its fully integrated facility at Dubai South. The increased activity in private and business aircraft movement is a result of the opening up of the economy and the various tourism-related initiatives undertaken by the government that has helped Dubai bounce back faster than other cities around the world. The increase in aircraft movement was also a result of the strengthening business activity across the GCC, Asia and ......read more

    Turkish Airlines Resumes Flights from United Arab Emirates

    United Arab Emirates -  December 28, 2020:   Turkish Airlines, Turkey’s national flag carrier, has resumed flights from the United Arab Emirates. As the airline that flies to more countries than any other airline in the world, flag carrier recommenced its operations from Dubai, scheduling seven flights per week with wide body aircrafts. Operations from Abu Dhabi will be resumed starting from 2 January with four weekly flights as well. Turkish Airlines will connect passengers via Istanbul Airport to more than 200 international flights, while providing its ......read more

    Etihad Airways Welcomes the Reopening of Abu Dhabi

    Abu Dhabi, UAE - December 23, 2020:   Following an announcement by the Abu Dhabi Emergency Crisis and Disasters Committee, effective 24 December 2020, entry restrictions into Abu Dhabi will be relaxed. International tourists, residents and travellers from selected destinations, flying with Etihad Airways, will be allowed to enter the emirate without the need to self-isolate for 14 days.  The list of countries eligible for entry without quarantine, referred to as ‘green’ countries, will be reviewed by the Department of Health on a two-week rolling basis. ......read more

    Etihad Airways Updates Travel Rules for Passengers Departing the UK

    Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – December 22, 2020:  Following an announcement by the National Crisis and Disaster Management Authority, effective 24 December 2020, Etihad Airways requires all guests flying from the United Kingdom to present a negative PCR test within 72 hours validity of their flight departure time.    Etihad is the only airline in the world requiring 100% of its passengers to show a negative PCR test before travelling and again on arrival into Abu Dhabi, ensuring peace of mind for all on board.   PCR tests must be conducted at a government ......read more

    DC Aviation Al-futtaim Provides Exclusive on-site Express COVID-19 Testing for Passengers

    Service which is offered in partnership with HealthHub provides greater convenience and privacy for VVIP customers    Dubai, UAE, December 21, 2020:  DC Aviation Al-Futtaim’s (DCAF) customers arriving at its ultra-luxury FBO at Dubai South will now have the added convenience of taking the express Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test at its VIP lounge.  DCAF has partnered with Al-Futtaim’s HealthHub, an integrated healthcare provider, to offer this exclusive service – a first from an FBO in the UAE.  The express COVID-19 tests are provided ......read more

    IATA Unveils Key Design Elements of IATA Travel Pass

    United Arab Emirates -  December 20, 2020:   The International Air Transport Association (IATA) unveiled key design elements of the IATA Travel Pass. IATA Travel Pass is a mobile app to help travelers easily and securely manage their travel in line with any government requirements for COVID-19 testing or vaccine information.   “Testing is the immediate solution to safely re-open borders and re-connect people. And eventually this is likely to transition to vaccination requirements. In either case, a secure system to manage COVID-19 testing or vaccination ......read more

    Popular Indian title ICL started operation in Dubai

    December 17, 2020:  Under the mother brand name of india's popular Non Banking Financial Sector "ICl FINCORP', Dubai witnessed the launching of its Tourism firm ICL TOURS AND TRAVELS LLC by KG Anil Kumar, its Chairman & Maniging Director. KG Anilkumar mentioned that the ICL FONCORP group has plans in pipeline to expand its verticals in UAE and other Gulf Countries including NBFC offices, Travel & Tours firms, Fashion wear ceners, Medical care and Health Laboratories etc. As part of the inaugural ceremony in Dubai Oudh Metha Office outlet, ICL Tours and Travels ......read more

    Etihad Airways Wins Big at the Aviation Business Awards

    • Etihad Airways wins ‘Environmental Initiative of the Year’  • Etihad Engineering wins inaugural ‘Pride of Aviation Award’ • Etihad Aviation Training named ‘Training Provider of the Year’   Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – December 17, 2020:   Etihad Airways, the national airline of the UAE, took home three awards following last night’s Aviation Business Awards, held in Dubai. The airline collected the ‘Environmental Initiative of the Year’, while its training division Etihad Aviation ......read more

    IATA Renews Call on Governments to Consider Aviation Workers as Essential for Vaccination

    United Arab Emirates -  December 16, 2020:  The International Air Transport Association (IATA) renewed its call on governments to ensure that employees in the aviation sector are considered as essential workers during the impending COVID-19 vaccine campaign, once health care workers and vulnerable groups have been protected. IATA’s 76th Annual General Meeting (AGM) had unanimously adopted a resolution to this effect. “We are not asking for aviation workers to be on top of the list, but we need governments to ensure that transportation workers are ......read more

    Etihad Inaugurates Pioneering 2020 Ecodemonstrator Aircraft Into Service

    • 2020 ecoDemonstrator enters service after year of sustainability initiatives following launch of Etihad Greenliner Program in November 2019 at The Dubai Airshow • Despite impact of Covid19 on global aviation, Etihad implemented key sustainability initiatives in 2020, including:  o January 2020: Flagship Greenliner aircraft enters service o January 2020: Operated 787 EcoFlight from Abu Dhabi to Brussels with optimised routing; minimum single use plastics; and other fuel efficiency initiatives o January 2020: Announced minimum target of zero net carbon emissions by ......read more

    Al Nahda Centre, the Ultra Modern Facility to Get Your Visas Stamped or Renewed in Two Hours Is Open to Serve the Public

    Sub Title: First in the Region, Just Two hours turnaround time to finish complete visa stamping & emirates id process.   Say good bye to the regular visa stamping process which takes long ques and a minimum of 4 days waiting period. Head over to Al Nahda Centre in Al Qusais, Dubai and opt for the service of your choice. As part of DHA’s continuous emphasis on improving the Visa related services, Al Nahda Centre is equipped with highly customized services especially the fast-track facility which enables the general public to complete the whole visa stamping, visa renewal ......read more

    Al Futtaim Lexus launches All-New Lexus IS in UAE

    • New model features bold exterior styling, athletic silhouette and sophisticated performance • Comes with 10.3-inch touchscreen multimedia system with Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ compatibility • Now available at Lexus showrooms across the UAE, the new Lexus IS incorporates state-of-the-art technologies including the latest Lexus Safety System+ • Al Futtaim Lexus customers will get a complimentary three-year service package when opting for the all-new 2021 Lexus IS models   Dubai, UAE – 10 December 2020 - Striking a perfect balance ......read more

    Cebu Pacific announces resumption of daily Dubai-Manila flights starting December 14, adopts multi-layered safety initiatives to boost travel confidence

    Increase in frequency coincides with Cebu Pacific’s ‘Juan Love’ campaign to help create sustainable local tourism in the new normal To continue inspiring everyone to travel again, CEB launches its trademark sale today for as low as AED1 one-way base fare starting December 10 until December 12   Dubai, UAE, December 9, 2020: Cebu Pacific (CEB), the Philippines’ largest national flag carrier, has announced today in a virtual press conference that it is resuming its daily flights from Dubai to Manila starting December 14, 2020. This increase in frequency ......read more

    Best Practices for COVID-19 Market Stimulation

    - View the COVID-19 Government Action for Market Stimulation presentation   United Arab Emirates -  December 09, 2020:   The International Air Transport Association (IATA) called on governments to add market stimulation measures to the support they are giving to keep aviation financially viable. Such measures would encourage travel while systematic testing protocols enable a safe re-opening of borders.  • Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, governments have helped airlines survive the crisis with approximately $173 billion in various forms of ......read more

    Etihad Airways Launches First Aircraft Carbon Offset Programme in Middle East

    Abu Dhabi, UAE – December 08, 2020:   Etihad Airways, the national airline of the UAE, has committed to purchasing carbon offsets, to completely neutralise the CO2 emissions of its flagship “Greenliner” 787-10 aircraft for a full year of operations in 2021. The initiative is the start of the airline’s journey to reduce CO2 emissions to 50 percent of 2019 levels by 2035, and to achieve full net zero emissions by 2050 – a first for any airline in the Gulf and one of the first to set a target of this scale in the industry. Separately the airline will ......read more

    States Urged to Follow Global Guidelines on Crew Testing

    United Arab Emirates -  December 08, 2020:   The International Air Transport Association (IATA) and the International Federation of Air Line Pilots’ Associations (IFALPA) jointly called on governments to follow the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Council Aviation Recovery Task Force (CART) guidelines to exempt crews from COVID-19 testing that is applied to air travelers. The CART guidelines specifically recommend that crew members should not be subject to screening or restrictions applicable to other travelers. Furthermore, according to CART, health ......read more

    Etihad Becomes First Airline to Join UK's Leading Digital Aviation Research Project'

    Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates -  December 08, 2020:   Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, has joined the £65 million Digital Aviation Research and Technology Centre (DARTeC) consortium, due to open next year at Cranfield University in the UK.    As the first airline to join the DARTeC consortium and a leading industry innovator, Etihad’s expertise across the fundamental fields of sustainability, operational efficiency, safety and improved passenger experience will lend valuable insight and real-world operational ......read more

    Air Cargo Recovery Continues at a Slower Pace in October

    United Arab Emirates -  December 08, 2020:  The International Air Transport Association (IATA) released October data for global air freight markets showing that air cargo demand continued to improve but at a slower pace than the previous month and remains below previous year levels.   • Global demand, measured in cargo tonne-kilometers (CTKs*), was 6.2% below previous-year levels in October (-7.5% for international operations). That is an improvement from the 7.8% year-on-year drop recorded in September. However, the pace of recovery in October was slower than ......read more

    Etihad Becomes First Airline to Join UK's Leading Digital Aviation Research project

    Abu Dhabi, UAE – December 07, 2020:   Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, has joined the £65 million Digital Aviation Research and Technology Centre (DARTeC) consortium, due to open next year at Cranfield University in the UK.    As the first airline to join the DARTeC consortium and a leading industry innovator, Etihad’s expertise across the fundamental fields of sustainability, operational efficiency, safety and improved passenger experience will lend valuable insight and real-world operational capability to the ......read more

    Complete Care for Your Complete Peace of Mind

    Cathay Pacific is providing free COVID-19 insurance to all passengers so they can travel knowing they’re covered   United Arab Emirates -  December 07, 2020:  Cathay Pacific is helping customers travel with confidence by collaborating with AXA General Insurance Hong Kong Limited to provide free COVID-19 coverage to all passengers whenever they fly with us.    Customers who fly with Cathay Pacific from 7th December 2020 to 28 February 2021 will be covered for medical expenses related to a COVID-19 diagnosis incurred whilst overseas. Cathay ......read more

    Emirates Welcomes its First of Three A380s to be Delivered in December

    Delivery flight partially powered by sustainable aviation fuel Emirates welcomes its first of three A380s to be delivered in December     Dubai, United Arab Emirates -  December 07, 2020:  Emirates has welcomed MSN A6-EVL, its 116th A380 as the first of three A380s to join its fleet in 2020. The aircraft arrived in Dubai in the early hours of Saturday morning, powered by a blend of conventional jet fuel and sustainable aviation fuel. Emirates is scheduled to receive two more A380 aircraft later this month, one of which will feature its long-awaited signature ......read more

    VFS Global begins Processing of Applications at India Consular Application Centres in Six US Cities

    • Effective 04 November 2020, Indian diaspora and other customers across the United States can submit applications for OCI, passport, renunciation of Indian citizenship, and GEP verification services at any one of VFS Global’s centres in Washington DC, New York, San Francisco, Chicago, Atlanta, Houston • Last month, VFS Global was appointed as the exclusive service provider for the Government of India for visa, OCI, passport, renunciation of Indian citizenship, and Global Entry Programme (GEP) verification services in the United States • VFS Global manages 44 ......read more

    Launch Success for UAE's FalconEye Satellite

    FalconEye will offer unprecedented Earth observation capability to UAE Government and economy    United Arab Emirates -  December 03, 2020:  The Earth observation satellite FalconEye was successfully launched last night from the European Spaceport (CSG) in Kourou, French Guiana by an Arianespace Soyuz rocket.   Owned and operated by the United Arab Emirates, FalconEye was developed by Airbus Defence and Space and Thales Alenia Space as co-prime contractors. The FalconEye system will support the needs of the UAE’s Armed Forces. The satellite ......read more

    A look back at how Dubai's partnership with the European Tour has driven tourism in the region

    It has been 31 years since the European Tour first came to Dubai for the Dubai Desert Classic in 1989. 67-year-old Mark James was the inaugural winner of an event that many were sure would just be a once-off, after all, how could golf in Dubai survive? Indeed, a distance of 8000kms separated Dubai from the birthplace of golf, Scotland, and you couldn't imagine a more contrasting landscape. Well, here we are in 2020 having witnessed three prosperous decades of collaboration between Dubai and the European Tour. It does, now with the benefit of hindsight, look like an inspired ......read more

    Etihad Airways to Commence Direct Services From Beijing to Abu Dhabi

    • Non-stop flights to Abu Dhabi and beyond now from two gateways in China - Shanghai and Beijing  • Convenient connections from China to 20 destinations via Abu Dhabi  • From Wellness Ambassadors to inclusive COVID-19 global wellness insurance cover, Etihad is doing everything to provide a secure and hygienic environment across the entire guest journey    Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – Etihad Airways will commence another service from China, with flights from Beijing to Abu Dhabi, capital of the United Arab Emirates, from 7 December. The ......read more

    SCTDA, UAE Youth Hostel and Sharjah Archaeology Authority collaborate to help improve youth tourism services and preserve traditional hostels

    H.E. Khalid Jasim Al Midfa: “We are committed to working together to develop and enhance the quality of tourism facilities in Sharjah and preserve historical edifices that reflect the emirate’s rich history” November 29, 2020- The Sharjah Commerce and Tourism Development Authority (SCTDA) has signed a strategic Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the UAE Youth Hostel Association and the Sharjah Archaeology Authority, with the aim of enhancing the guidelines, standards and mechanisms in managing youth hostels and improving the quality of services provided to the youth ......read more

    Genesis Luxury Flagship SUV the GV80 Debuts in the Middle East & Africa

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates, November 26, 2020 – Today, Genesis Middle East & Africa HQs officially launched The GV80, its first sport-utility vehicle.  The “G” in the GV80 marque represents Genesis and the "v" means versatility that only a Genesis SUV can offer. The production GV80 realizes the vision of the GV80 Concept first shown at the 2017 New York International Auto Show. Athletic Elegance Takes New Shape   The GV80 SUV joins the lineup alongside the G70, The All-new G80 and G90 sedans with more than a common thread of design ......read more

    International Air Connectivity Crisis Threatens Global Economic Recovery

    United Arab Emirates -  November 26, 2020:   The International Air Transport Association (IATA) released data revealing that the COVID-19 crisis has had a devastating impact on international connectivity, shaking up the rankings of the world’s most connected cities.  • London, the world’s number one most connected city in September 2019, has seen a 67% decline in connectivity. By September 2020, it had fallen to number eight.    • Shanghai is now the top ranked city for connectivity with the top four most connected cities all in ......read more

    Why the United Arab Emirates is a Must-Visit Destination for Motorsports Fans

    Throughout the past decade, the number of tourists visiting the United Arab Emirates has continued to rise. According to data from Statista, the country recorded international tourism figures of approximately 21 million people in 2017, which was 6.9 million more than in 2012. There are numerous reasons why the UAE is becoming a go-to holiday destination among globe-trotting travelers. Aside from the rich architectural history, entertainment possibilities, and shopping opportunities, the region boasts an action-packed motorsports pedigree.    Since its early days, the ......read more

    Deep Losses Continue Into 2021

    - View the Economic Performance of the Airline Industry Report - View the Outlook for Air Transport and the Airline Industry presentation - View the Industry Statistics Fact sheet   United Arab Emirates -  November 25, 2020:   The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced a revised outlook for airline industry performance in 2020 and 2021. Deep industry losses will continue into 2021, even though performance is expected to improve over the period of the forecast.  • A net loss of $118.5 billion is expected for 2020 (deeper than the ......read more

    IATA AGM Calls for Governments to Support Safe and Sustainable Industry Restart

    United Arab Emirates -  November 25, 2020:   The International Air Transport Association (IATA) 76th Annual General Meeting (AGM) unanimously approved a resolution re-confirming the airlines’ unwavering commitment to safely and sustainably re-connect the planet. The resolution called on governments to:   • Ensure the industry’s viability with continued financial and regulatory support, • Aid the industry in reaching its 2050 goal of cutting emissions to half of 2005 levels while exploring pathways to net zero carbon emissions through ......read more

    Steps Forward for Testing to Reopen Borders Without Quarantine

    United Arab Emirates -  November 24, 2020:    The International Air Transport Association (IATA) welcomes the publication of the Manual on Testing and Cross Border Risk Management Measures by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). This document provides governments a risk-based assessment tool for using testing programs that could alleviate quarantine requirements.  It is a critical output produced by the ICAO Collaborative Arrangement for the Prevention and Management of Public Health Events in Civil Aviation (CAPSCA). CAPSCA brings together the ......read more

    IATA Travel Pass Key to Reopening Borders Safely

    United Arab Emirates -  November 23, 2020:    The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced that it is in the final development phase of the IATA Travel Pass, a digital health pass that will support the safe reopening of borders.  Governments are beginning to use testing as a means of limiting the risks of COVID-19 importation when re-opening their borders to travelers without quarantine measures. IATA Travel Pass will manage and verify the secure flow of necessary testing or vaccine information among governments, airlines, laboratories and ......read more

    El Al Israel Airlines and Etihad Airways to Explore Greater Cooperation Following MOU Signing

    MOU scope includes provision for: • Joint codeshare services  • Plans to offer reciprocal ‘earn and burn’ on frequent flyer programmes • Cooperation in the fields of Engineering and Cargo services in Abu Dhabi and Tel Aviv   Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates/Tel Aviv, Israel - EL AL Israel Airlines, the national airline of Israel, and Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, are set to explore deeper cooperation following the signing of a virtual Memorandum of Understanding (MOU).   The wide-ranging MOU ......read more

    Here's Everything You Need to Know About Applying for a Visa in a Post-Pandemic World

    The global travel industry has cautiously come back to life after months of inactivity. Many countries are now welcoming visitors and flights have resumed.  United Arab Emirates -  November 18, 2020:    However, travelling in the post-coronavirus world will bring its share of challenges as travel policies undergo necessary alterations. You as a traveller, must understand the changing world and take adequate measures to make your trip as smooth as possible. The key to doing so is to ensure that you understand the “new normal” for the very first step of your ......read more

    New IATA Guidance Prepares for Global Vaccine Distribution

    United Arab Emirates -  November 17, 2020:   The International Air Transport Association (IATA) released guidance to ensure that the air cargo industry is ready to support the large-scale handling, transport and distribution of a COVID-19 vaccine. IATA’s Guidance for Vaccine and Pharmaceutical Logistics and Distribution provides recommendations for governments and the logistics supply chain in preparation for what will be the largest and most complex global logistics operation ever undertaken.     Reflecting the complexity of the challenge, the ......read more

    Why Dubai is Not a Middle Eastern Vegas

    Hot weather, luxury hotels, lively attractions, middle of the desert – on the surface, Las Vegas and Dubai may seem similar from the outside. Both Las Vegas and Dubai are world famous tourist destinations, drawing in millions of visitors each year. But when looking for a place to visit, the two may not be as similar as they seem from the outside. Keep reading to discover exactly why Dubai is not a middle eastern Vegas… Similarities While we will go on to discuss the vast differences between the two tourist hotspots, it has to be said that the two locations have a few ......read more

    Seventh edition of Sharjah Hospitality Forum highlights new and innovative solutions to accelerate tourism recovery

    Event’s first virtual edition discusses opportunities and challenges during COVID-19 era Confidence in future of local tourism sector growing in light of UAE’s fast response in combating COVID-19 Rising need to develop and update current tourism strategies to meet new reality High turnout of international and local participants recorded November 16, 2020: Under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammad Al Qasimi, Crown Prince and Deputy Ruler of Sharjah and Chairman of Sharjah Executive Council, the Sharjah Hospitality Forum 2020 (SHF 2020) today (Monday, ......read more

    Etihad Airways Announces New Route to Israel

    Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – November 16, 2020:   Etihad Airways, the national airline of the UAE, will launch daily scheduled year-round flights to Tel Aviv, the economic and technological centre of Israel.  The launch of flights follows the normalisation of diplomatic ties between the two nations, and the signing of the Abraham Accords between the UAE and Israel in Washington D.C. on 15 September. Only a month later, Etihad became the first GCC carrier to operate a commercial passenger flight to and from Tel Aviv on 19 October 2020.  Mohammad Al Bulooki, ......read more

    Yas Theme Parks Win Big at the MENALAC Awards

    Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, 15 November 2020:  Yas Theme Parks took home prestigious awards at this year’s Middle East and North Africa Leisure & Attractions Council (MENALAC) virtual awards ceremony. Each theme park, in addition to Farah Experiences, the management and operations company of Yas Theme Parks and attractions, walked away with an award or more during the exciting ceremony. Warner Bros. World™ Abu Dhabi was awarded under three categories: Best Day Out, Best Theme Park, and Best New Leisure/Entertainment Concept for its Teen Titans Training Academy. ......read more

    61 Candidates Shortlisted for the Second Batch of the UAE Astronaut Programme

    • The candidates have been shortlisted from 4,305 applicants • The Programme is aimed at further strengthening the UAE’s position in human space flight   Dubai, UAE, 15 November 2020: The Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) today announced that 61 out of 4,305 applicants have been shortlisted for the second batch of the UAE Astronaut Programme, that aims to find the next two astronauts who will join the UAE’s astronaut corps and further the country’s ambition for crewed space missions.    4,305 applicants had applied for the ......read more

    IATA Welcomes Updated ICAO CART Guidance

    United Arab Emirates -  November 12, 2020:   The International Air Transport Association (IATA) welcomes the publication of the second edition of Take-off: Guidance for Air Travel through the COVID-19 Public Health Crisis by the International Civil Aviation Organization’s (ICAO) Council Aviation Recovery Task Force (CART).   The CART brings together the expertise of ICAO, public health authorities, individual member states, and industry bodies to support. Under its leadership, the first edition of the Take-off guidance was issued in June 2020 in response to the ......read more

    Airlines and Air Transport Workers Call for Urgent Government Assistance to Prevent Jobs Catastrophe

    United Arab Emirates -  November 10, 2020:   The International Air Transport Association (IATA) and the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) issued a joint statement calling for urgent government intervention to prevent an employment catastrophe in the aviation industry.   Estimates from the Air Transport Action Group suggest some 4.8 million aviation workers’ jobs are at risk as a result of air travel demand falling more than 75% (August 2020 compared to August 2019). The impact of COVID-19 related border restrictions and quarantine measures ......read more

    7th edition of Sharjah Hospitality Forum to explore tourism challenges and prospects of recovery and growth

    Forum to be held virtually for the first time in line with established precautionary measures to prevent spread of COVID-19 Leading local and international experts and stakeholders to discuss latest developments in tourism and explore ways to accelerate industry recovery Khalid Jasim Al Midfa: “We will continue our initiatives to support tourism and enhance its role as a vital contributor to the national economy.” 10 November 2020: The Sharjah Commerce and Tourism Development Authority (SCTDA) announced that it will organize the Sharjah Hospitality Forum (SHF) on ......read more

    Etihad Makes Bold Changes to Organisational Structure to Address Impact of Covid-19 Pandemic

    •         Decisive steps taken to implement new operating model for Etihad as mid-sized carrier •         New streamlined structure is leaner, flatter and scaleable to support organic growth as air travel resumes •         Continued focus on safety, security and service and industry-leading Etihad Wellness programme   Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – November 09, 2020:   Etihad today announced a new organisational structure that will position the business to deliver on its ......read more

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