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    WMO and IATA Agree to Improve Aircraft Meteorological Reporting

    United Arab Emirates -  October 28, 2020:  The International Air Transport Association (IATA) and World Meteorological Organization have signed an agreement to increase and improve the automated reporting of meteorological data by commercial aircraft. The new initiative, called the WMO and IATA Collaborative AMDAR Programme (WICAP), aims to expand the existing WMO Aircraft Meteorological Data Relay (AMDAR) system to ensure coverage over data-sparse areas. It is expected to bring many additional and new partner airlines into the program, which is already supported by approximately 40 airlines and covers several thousand passenger and cargo aircraft.  “One of the many unfortunate aspects of the COVID-19 crisis has been the severe loss – of up to 90% - of aircraft-derived meteorological data as a result ......read more

    Airlines Unable to Cut Costs Deep Enough to Save Jobs

    - Read Alexandre de Juniac's remarks - View the COVID-19 'Can costs be downsized to make the industry cash positive' presentation (PDF)   United Arab Emirates -  October 28, 2020:     The International Air Transport Association (IATA) presented new analysis showing that the airline industry cannot slash costs sufficiently to neutralize severe cash burn to avoid bankruptcies and preserve jobs in 2021. IATA reiterated its call for government relief measures to sustain airlines financially and avoid massive employment terminations. IATA also called for pre-flight COVID-19 testing to open borders and enable travel without quarantine.   Total industry revenues in 2021 are expected to be down 46% compared to the 2019 figure of $838 billion. The previous analysis was for 2021 revenues to ......read more

    VFS Global Offers International Travel Insurance with Covid-19 Coverage

    • Travel insurance with COVID-19 cover is mandatory for travellers applying for visas to countries in the Schengen area, Russia, Turkey and Ukraine • Policy by global insurers complies with EU requirements and waives the exclusion of Epidemic and Pandemic diseases  • Covid-19 cover also available for those visiting other locations worldwide, including USA & Canada   United Arab Emirates -  October 26, 2020:    At a time when many residents in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) are preparing to head abroad for the first time in months, VFS Global, the world's largest visa outsourcing and technology services specialist for governments and diplomatic missions worldwide, has launched a travel insurance that will provide COVID-19 health-related coverage. Available through VFS ......read more

    Emirates to Operate A380 to Amman as Part of Expanded Schedule

    • Airline will also boost flights to 10 a week from 25 October • Emirates continues to gradually deploy the A380 in line with increased passenger demand   DUBAI, UAE 22 October 2020:  Emirates will be providing more options and choice for its customers in Jordan with the introduction of scheduled Airbus A380 services to Amman as part of its expanded schedule of 10 weekly services. The expanded flight schedule between Dubai and Amman demonstrates the airline's commitment to safely connect customers to and through Dubai to the Americas, Europe, Africa, and Asia Pacific.   The iconic A380 will begin serving travellers to and from Amman from 4 November. The airline currently operates the A380 to Cairo, Paris, London Heathrow, Guangzhou and Moscow.   The Emirates A380 experience is sought ......read more

    IATA Revises 2020 Passenger Traffic Forecast Down for the Middle East

    United Arab Emirates,  October 22, 2020:   The International Air Transport Association (IATA) downgraded its traffic forecast for the Middle East for 2020 to reflect a weaker-than-expected recovery. •       Full-year 2020 passenger numbers in the Middle East (to/from/within) are forecast to reach only 30% of 2019 levels, down significantly from the 45% that was projected in July  •       In absolute numbers, the Middle East is expected to see 60 million travelers in 2020 compared to the 203 million in 2019 •       In 2021, demand in the Middle East is expected to strengthen to 45% of 2019 levels to reach 90 million travelers to/from/within the region. •       A full return to 2019 levels is not expected until late ......read more

    Significant Fuel, Time & CO2 Savings Expected from Jordan / Israel Airspace Agreement

    United Arab Emirates,  October 22, 2020:  The International Air Transport Association (IATA) welcomed the recent overflight agreement between the Kingdom of Jordan and State of Israel that allows for flights to cross over both countries’ airspace. The agreement paves the way for commercial airlines to be able to fly through the Israel-Jordan corridor—which will shorten flight times, reducing fuel burn and CO2 emissions.  Airlines have historically flown around Israel when flying east / west operating over Middle East airspace. The direct routing through Jordanian and Israeli airspace will on average cut 106 km eastbound and 118 km westbound on flights operating from the Gulf States and Asia to destinations in Europe and North America.  Based on the number of eligible departure airports, this will ......read more

    The VIP Terminal at Dubai South Records Steep Growth in Business and Private Jets Movements Since July 2020

    • Double digit growth in Q3 2020 compared to the same period last year • Measures taken by the UAE government are the main drivers for the growth   Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 20 October 2020: Mohammed bin Rashid Aerospace Hub, at Dubai South announced a sharp growth in business and private jets movements since July 2020 at its VIP terminal despite the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic.   Aircraft movements during Q3 2020 recorded double-digit growth which amounted to 93% compared with the same period in 2019. Following a decline in figures leading up to April, heavily impacted by the pandemic on aviation and many other industries worldwide, numbers began climbing in May and mid-June before they eventually surpassed last year’s performance during summer months.   Medical travel and ......read more

    Cathay Pacific Welcomes In-Principle Agreement for Hong Kong-Singapore Air Travel Bubble

    United Arab Emirates,  October 18, 2020:   Cathay Pacific welcomes the announcement of an in-principle agreement between the authorities in Hong Kong and Singapore to set up an Air Travel Bubble between the two cities.  Cathay Pacific Chief Customer and Commercial Officer Ronald Lam said: “Singapore is a popular destination for Hong Kong travellers for both leisure and business purposes. We are grateful to the authorities in Hong Kong and Singapore for reaching this agreement, which importantly will enable passengers travelling between the two cities to do so without any restrictions on the purpose of their travel nor with any quarantine requirements for those with negative test results.  “This is a milestone development for Hong Kong and an important first step in facilitating the ......read more

    Etihad Airways Champions the UAE's Frontline Heroes

     Programme of benefits available in partnership with the Frontline Heroes Office   Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – October 18, 2020:  Etihad Airways, the national airline of the UAE, has partnered with the Frontline Heroes Office to demonstrate its support and recognition towards frontline heroes across the UAE. In a Memorandum of Understanding signed between Etihad Airways and the Frontline Heroes Office, the two organisations set out their commitment to the professionals who have put themselves on the frontline  in times of need to protect the UAE community.    In support of the Frontline Heroes Office, Etihad Airways has unveiled exclusive benefits for frontline heroes that include a 15% discount on Etihad Airways flights and preferential rates for Etihad Holidays’ range of ......read more

    IATA Welcomes US Military Report on Low Risk of Catching COVID-19 on a Flight

    United Arab Emirates,  October 18, 2020:   The International Air Transport Association (IATA) welcomed the release of the results of testing by the United States Transportation Command (US Transcom) confirming the low risk of COVID-19 transmission onboard an aircraft. The US Transcom testing, which was conducted in August, found that “the overall exposure risk from aerosolized pathogens, like coronavirus, is very low” on the types of airline aircraft typically contracted to move Department of Defense (DOD) personnel and their families, US Transcom stated. More than 300 aerosol releases, simulating a passenger infected with COVID-19, were performed over eight days using United Airlines Boeing 767-300 and 777-200 twin aisle aircraft.  “Last week, IATA reported that since the start of 2020 there ......read more

    ACI and IATA Call for Urgent Industry-Wide Support to Underpin Recovery

    Direct financial assistance and coordinated global action on testing needed   Read Alexandre de Juniac’s remarks   United Arab Emirates,  October 14, 2020:   Airports Council International (ACI) World and the International Air Transport Association (IATA) reinforced the urgent call for governments to use testing as a means to safely re-open borders and re-establish global connectivity and to prevent the systemic collapse of the aviation industry with non-debt generating financial support.   The dual measures would protect countries from the importation of COVID-19 cases, avert an employment crisis in the travel and tourism sector, and ensure that the critical aviation structure remains viable and able to support the economic and social benefits on which the world relies. The ......read more

    Airbus Delivers A320 Family MSN10,000 to Middle East Airlines

    United Arab Emirates,  October 10, 2020:   Middle East Airlines (MEA) has taken delivery of Airbus’ A320 Family aircraft with manufacturer serial number 10,000. MSN10,000 is the third A321neo to join the all Airbus MEA fleet, taking the fleet size to 18 aircraft. MEA received its first A321neo aircraft earlier in 2020 and will be taking another six A321neos over the coming months.  The handover of the aircraft took place in Toulouse in the presence of Mohamad El-Hout, Chairman and Director General of MEA.  “We are honoured to receive the state of the art A321neo with its distinctive serial number 10,000 coinciding with the 75th anniversary of Middle East Airlines and specially after receiving MSN5,000 back in 2012. Since we first acquired an A320 Family aircraft in 2003, we have not only ......read more

    ACI World and IATA in Joint Push for Globally Consistent Approach to Testing

    Joint presentation to ICAO to urge replacing quarantine with risk-based testing United Arab Emirates,  October 08, 2020:   Airports Council International (ACI) World and the International Air Transport Association (IATA) have made a joint call for a globally-consistent approach to testing international passengers as an alternative to quarantine measures. The global shut down of air transport as a result of COVID-19 travel restrictions has had a catastrophic impact on employment. Some 4.8 million industry jobs have been lost or are under threat.  Governments must cooperate to remove quarantine restrictions and restart air travel. A systematic approach to COVID-19 testing will provide an effective way to give governments the confidence to re-open borders without quarantine.  The aviation industry, ......read more

    Etihad Airways Becomes the First Airline in the UAE to Roll Out Electronic Technical Logs

     Partnership with the UAE’s General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) accelerates the vision for paperless operations   Abu Dhabi, UAE – October 07, 2020:  Etihad Airways, the national airline of the UAE, is the country’s first airline to implement electronic technical logs (eTech logs) for airline operations. The approval from the General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) for implementation on Etihad’s freighter fleet accelerates the journey towards paperless airline operations which is a key initiative for Etihad Airways and the GCAA. The implementation on Etihad’s Boeing 777 freighter fleet follows three months of trials in partnership with the GCAA, where eTech logs replaced paper logbooks currently used by flight crew and engineers to document all flight and maintenance information. ......read more

    Airbus Corporate Jets Launches ACJ Twotwenty Business Jet

    #ACJTwoTwenty #ACJ United Arab Emirates,  October 07, 2020:   Airbus Corporate Jets has launched the ACJ TwoTwenty business jet, creating a whole new market segment “The Xtra Large Bizjet.” This offer includes for the first time a flexible cabin catalogue, addressing the requirements of the heavy and long-range business jet categories. “We are proud to extend the ACJ product Family with the launch of the ACJ TwoTwenty. The aircraft combines intercontinental range, unmatched personal space and comfort for all passengers. This latest technology platform offers unbeatable economics and unrivalled reliability,”said Benoit Defforge, President ACJ. “Based on its compelling market appeal, we see promising demand for this aircraft in the growing business jet market.” While occupying the ......read more

    Looming Cash Crisis Threatens Airlines

    United Arab Emirates,  October 07, 2020:  The International Air Transport Association (IATA) warned that the airline industry will burn through $77 billion in cash during the second half of 2020 (almost $13 billion/month or $300,000 per minute), despite the restart of operations. The slow recovery in air travel will see the airline industry continuing to burn through cash at an average rate of $5 to $6 billion per month in 2021. IATA called on governments to support the industry during the coming winter season with additional relief measures, including financial aid that does not add more debt to the industry’s already-highly-indebted balance sheet. To date, governments around the world have provided $160 billion in support, including direct aid, wage subsidies, corporate tax relief, and specific industry tax relief ......read more

    Etihad Airways Launches Global Student Offers

    Abu Dhabi – October 05, 2020:  Etihad Airways, the national carrier for the UAE, is making it easier for students to travel between university and home or to discover new horizons and cultures, with the launch of its Global Student offer.  Students who book before 30 November 2020, for travel by 30 September 2021, will save up to 10% on Economy tickets and 5% on Business class tickets.  Family members who want to jet off as well can benefit from the same discount provided their tickets are booked under the same reservation and they travel with the student.  Travellers who book using this promotional fare will have an increased baggage allowance of up to 40kg in Economy and up to 50kg in Business, or one additional checked bag if travelling to/from USA or Canada.   For additional peace of ......read more

    Abu Dhabi's Environmental Priorities Taking to the ‘Air' with New MOU Between Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi And Etihad Aviation Group

    Abu Dhabi, 1 October 2020: The Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi (EAD) and Etihad Aviation Group (Etihad) joined forces by signing a memorandum of understanding that details collaboration on several critical environmental programmes. The programmes were all designed to align with international challenges and Abu Dhabi’s environmental agenda. The Agency and Etihad have selected globally significant priorities for partnership that include: the reduction of single-use plastics on flights, assessing carbon emission offsets and the protection and conservation of biodiversity through awareness campaigns and screenings on in-flight entertainment. Moreover, both parties will collaborate on an integrated and sustainable waste management plan across Etihad’s activities. Her Excellency Dr Shaikha Salem Al Dhaheri, ......read more

    PCR Test Now Included in All Etihad Airways Tickets From Abu Dhabi

    Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – October 01, 2020:  From 1 October until 31 December 2020, Etihad Airways, the national airline of the UAE, will offer PCR tests included in all air tickets booked by customers in the UAE for flights departing from Abu Dhabi International Airport, with the exception of services to China.   The airline is collaborating with Life Medical Diagnostic Center (Life Dx) to offer convenient testing between 48 to 96 hours prior to departure, at its network of collection facilities in the UAE. Travellers flying First or Business will also have the option of selecting tests at their home. The quick and easy process can be booked directly with Life Dx.     Dr. Nadia Bastaki, Etihad Aviation Group Vice President Medical Services, said: “This is a significant development ......read more

    Mumbai Airport Introduces Mobile-Enabled Kiosks to Meet New COVID-19 Requirements

    SITA's technology enables passengers to use their smart phones to operate check-in kiosks United Arab Emirates,  October 01, 2020:   Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport has introduced nearly 50 of SITA’s mobile-enabled kiosks, becoming one of the first airports in India to deliver a completely contactless way for passengers to check-in for their flight. The technology allows passengers to use their mobile device to interact with kiosks. This significantly reduces the need to touch surfaces in the airport and meets the Ministry of Civil Aviation’s (MoCA’s) new passenger processing guidelines aimed at reducing the risk of spreading COVID-19 infections.  Developed in response to rapidly changing passenger requirements as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the ......read more

    Kleindienst Group to Deliver the World's Most Sustainable Tourism Project in The Heart of Europe, Off the Coast of Dubai

     A number of micro jungles, hanging gardens, a rainforest, expanded marine habitat and coral reefs, zero discharge policy, sustainable transportation and solar-powered electricity will make the Heart of Europe the most sustainable tourism destination in the world   Date: Dubai, UAE; October 01, 2020   Key Highlights 1.     The Heart of Europe will be the world’s first ‘Zero’ discharge tourism project on a cluster of man-made islands;  2.     A rainforest, a number of micro-jungles, hanging gardens are unique features that will attract visitors – local, regional and international – to the project and help strengthen Dubai’s position on the global tourism map;  3.     The Rainy Street will offer rains as soon as the ......read more

    Green Recovery of Air Transport a Priority for Industry Leaders

    United Arab Emirates,  October 01, 2020:   The Despite the current crisis facing the global aviation industry, its commitment to pursuing sustainability remains strong, particularly as the sector starts to recover. Speaking at the Global Sustainable Aviation Forum, industry leaders reiterated that long-term climate action should be a priority alongside economic recovery in the coming years. Executive Director of the cross-industry Air Transport Action Group, Michael Gill said: “Air transport is in the midst of the deepest shock in its history. We expect a reduction of up to 4.8 million jobs in the sector by the end of the year and a massive hit to our ability to connect the world. However, as we plan for the recovery of air connectivity, we also must prioritise our environmental progress. “Our sector has ......read more

    AURAK Satellite Ground Station Successfully Received the First Decoded Signal from "MeznSat"

    United Arab Emirates,  September 30, 2020:  The satellite ground station of the American University in Ras Al-Khaimah (AURAK) dedicated to track and communicate with the “MeznSat” satellite, has successfully received the first decoded signal from the satellite, which was successfully launched yesterday afternoon from Russia. The ground station at the university campus was designed by AURAK students to track the satellite, receive data from it and send commands, has received the first signal from “MeznSat” while it was passing in the airspace of United Arab Emirates at exactly 1:41 AM, local time (29th Sept 2020). The AURAK Satellite ground station is also designed to communicate with other satellites in the orbit. Dr. Abdel Halim Jallad, the supervisor of "MeznSat" project at AURAK ......read more

    Insufficient Capacity Dampens Air Cargo in August

    United Arab Emirates,  September 30, 2020:  The International Air Transport Association (IATA) released data for global air freight markets in August showing that improvement remains slow amid insufficient capacity. Demand moved slightly in a positive direction month-on-month; however, levels remain depressed compared to 2019. Improvement continues at a slower pace than some of the traditional leading indicators would suggest. This is due to the capacity constraint from the loss of available belly cargo space as passenger aircraft remain parked.     • Global demand, measured in cargo tonne-kilometers (CTKs*), was 12.6% below previous-year levels in August (-14% for international operations). That is a modest improvement from the 14.4% year-on-year drop recorded in July. Seasonally-adjusted demand grew ......read more

    Successful Meznsat Launch Marks Another Milestone in UAE's Space Program

    Satellite built by American University of Ras Al Khaimah students launches into space under the supervision of the UAE Space Agency    RAS AL KHAIMAH - SEPTEMBER 29, 2020: The launch of the MeznSat satellite is a noteworthy accomplishment and a significant contribution from Ras Al Khaimah to the UAE’s position in the global space sector, asserted the American University of Ras Al Khaimah (AURAK) following the official announcement that the MeznSat launch was a success. Sixteen students from the American University of Ras Al Khaimah are celebrating the successful launch of their self-built MeznSat satellite, which will orbit the Earth collecting data on greenhouse gas concentrations and monitor the occurrence of red tide algae in the Arabian Gulf. The project reflects the University’s commitment to support ......read more

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    Flexibility in Visa Rules, Enhanced Health Precautions for Students Travelling to the UK for New Academic Year

    • Health precautions introduced throughout the visa application system, including the doorstep ‘On Demand Mobile Visa’ service available for student visa customers.  • UK Visas and Immigration has introduced greater flexibility in visa rules, allowing students to apply for visas when they are able to travel to the UK, rather than at the start of their studies. • Students completing courses online will still be eligible to apply for the Graduate Route, provided they are in the UK by 06 April 2021.    September 02, 2020:  As part of its ......read more

    IATA Calls for Borders to Open and Continued Relief Measures

    - Read Alexandre de Juniac's remarks - View the COVID-19 Slow expansion of air travel in July presentation    United Arab Emirates,  September 01, 2020:  The International Air Transport Association (IATA) is calling on governments to work together to urgently find ways to re-establish global connectivity by re-opening borders and to continue with relief measures to sustain airlines during the COVID-19 crisis.    IATA’s call reflects deep industry frustration as government policies such as closed borders, travel restrictions and ......read more

    Sluggish Improvement in Passenger Demand Continues in July

    United Arab Emirates,  September 01, 2020:  The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced that passenger demand in July (measured in revenue passenger kilometers or RPKs), continued at critically low levels--79.8% below July 2019 levels. This was somewhat better than the 86.6% year-over-year decline recorded in June, primarily driven by domestic markets, most notably Russia and China. Market reopening in the Schengen Area helped to boost international demand in Europe, but other international markets showed little change from June. Capacity was 70.1% below 2019 levels ......read more

    Flydubai Offers Passengers Free Global Cover for COVID-19

    The Dubai-based carrier’s new service covers COVID-19 health expenses and quarantine costs and offers passengers more confidence and peace of mind on their travel journey United Arab Emirates,  September 01, 2020:  Dubai-based airline flydubai has announced today that passengers booking with flydubai for travel between 01 September and 30 November 2020 will automatically receive free global cover for COVID-19. The new service covers passengers’ health expenses and quarantine costs if diagnosed with COVID-19 during their trip and is valid for 31 days from the time ......read more

    July Air Cargo Demand Stable, Capacity Remains Constrained

    United Arab Emirates,  September 01, 2020:  The International Air Transport Association (IATA) released data for global air freight markets in July showing air cargo demand is stable but at lower levels than 2019. While there is some month-to-month improvement, it is at a slower pace than some of the traditional leading indicators would suggest. This is due to the capacity constraint from the loss of available belly cargo space as passenger aircraft remain parked.     • Global demand, measured in cargo tonne-kilometers (CTKs*), fell by 13.5% in July (-15.5% ......read more

    Etihad Airways and Emirates Red Crescent Support Victims of Beirut Explosion

    Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates - August 31, 2020:  Etihad Airways, the national airline of the UAE, and Emirates Red Crescent (ERC), a humanitarian organisation that supports official authorities, launched initiatives to support Lebanon after the Beirut explosion.  Etihad organised aid to support residents who had been injured or displaced from their homes in Beirut and gathered donations including medical equipment, clothes, and amenity bags, masks, shoes and blankets. In addition, Etihad and ERC supplied tents to provide shelter for those who had lost their homes and five ......read more

    Dubai to be Swiss-Belhotel International's Regional Management Hub for Europe, Middle East, Africa and India

    As part of Swiss-Belhotel International’s group development, the Europe, Middle East, Africa (EMEA) and India regions have been merged together. The executive team based in Dubai will now also be responsible for the group’s operations in Europe while working closely with Mr. Gavin M. Faull, Chairman and President of Swiss-Belhotel International to develop new opportunities across the continent. The brand’s flagship hotel Swiss-Belhotel du Parc, Baden Switzerland will be the operational base for Europe. Making the announcement, Mr. Faull, stated, “This latest ......read more

    The Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) released an Image Captured from Space by KhalifaSat,the Wildfires Burning through Northern and Central California in the United States

    the wildfires burning through Northern and Central California in the United States of America     Dubai, UAE, 27 August 2020: The Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) released an image captured from space by KhalifaSat, which shows the wildfires burning through Northern and Central California in the United States of America.  These are some of the largest wildfires in the history of California with firefighters and crews trying their best to bring it under control. KhalifaSat was fully developed at MBRSC facilities by Emirati engineers and was ......read more

    Yahsat Boosts Thuraya's Next Generation Capabilities With a Commitment of Over AED 2 Billion

    • Airbus selected to build ‘Thuraya 4-NGS,’ the next generation L-band mobile telecommunication system   • Future system will expand coverage, boost speeds, and transform products and solutions   • Investment will reinforce Yahsat’s and Thuraya’s leadership in the industry for commercial and government solutions across the EMEA and APAC regions     Abu Dhabi / United Arab Emirates, August 27, 2020:  Airbus has been selected by Al Yah Satellite Communications Company (Yahsat), the UAE’s leading global ......read more

    Visa Application Centre for Visas to Lithuania Opens in Abu Dhabi and Dubai

    • Managed and operated by VFS Global, the centres have started accepting visa application submissions from residents and citizens of the United Arab Emirates from 17 August 2020 • Offers Platinum and Premium Lounge as well as Mobile Biometric services for enhanced convenience • The centre to operate from Sunday to Thursday between 0900 to 1700 hrs   United Arab Emirates, August 27, 2020:   Citizens and expatriate residents of the UAE can apply for visas to Lithuania at the new Visa Application Centers jointly launched by the Embassy of Lithuania in ......read more

    EcoDemonstrator Program Begins Testing with Etihad's 787 Dreamliner: Interview Opportunity and Executive Quotes

    Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, August 26, 2020:     Interviews are available with Etihad executives to discuss the Etihad / Boeing strategic partnership and ecoDemonstrator collaboration, as well as Etihad’s wider sustainability agenda:    • Etihad is delivering on its commitment for its Boeing 787 Dreamliner to be a test-bed to accelerate technology development making aviation safer and more sustainable now and into the future  • The ecoDemonstrator, and at a broader level Etihad’s Greenliner programmer, is an ......read more

    Travelers Face Risk of Penalties for Refusing to Wear Face Covering

    United Arab Emirates, August 25, 2020:   The International Air Transport Association (IATA) is appealing to all travelers to wear face covering during the travel journey for the safety of all passengers and crew during COVID-19. Wearing face coverings is a key recommendation of the International Civil Aviation Organization’s (ICAO) guidance for safe operations during the pandemic, as developed jointly with the World Health Organization and governments.  IATA is emphasizing the need for passengers to comply with the recommendation following recent reports of ......read more

    Abu Dhabi Airports Welcomes Passengers Travelling Aboard Middle East Airlines

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    H.E. Talal Humaid Belhoul Reviews Developments at the Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre

    Management provides update on the Hope Probe and future strategic plans of the Centre   Dubai, UAE, 19th August 2020: The Board of Directors of the Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) held a meeting chaired by H.E. Talal Humaid Belhoul, Vice President, MBRSC to discuss developments related to future projects at the Centre, aligned with the strategic plan of the UAE’s National Space Programme.  The meeting was attended by H.E. Hamad Obaid Al Mansoori, Chairman, MBRSC, H.E. Yousuf Hamad AlShaibani, Director-General, MBRSC along with the members of the Board of ......read more

    Etihad Airways to Operate Special Flights From Abu Dhabi to Bengaluru, Delhi, and Mumbai

    Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, August 19, 2020:   Effective 21 August, Etihad Airways will operate a series of special passenger flights from Abu Dhabi to Bengaluru, Delhi, and Mumbai.   The flights can be booked 24/7 through Hala Travel Management, Etihad’s travel management arm, by calling +971 2 511 7777, or via email at support@htm.ae. Flights must be booked at least 24 hours in advance. The mandatory documentation required will be collected and processed by Hala travel consultants.     Travellers leaving Abu Dhabi to India are required to show a ......read more

    Cebu Pacific to Resume Domestic Passenger Flights in and Out Manila; Twice Weekly Dubai-Manila Flights Continue

    Dubai, UAE, August 18, 2020:  Cebu Pacific (CEB), the Philippines’ largest national flag carrier, and its regional brand Cebgo, will resume majority of their domestic flights to and from Manila on August 19, 2020, following the announcement of General Community Quarantine (GCQ) over the National Capital Region and adjacent provinces.   Since the announcement of the Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine (MECQ) from August 3 to August 18, CEB has been continuously operating flights to and from its Cebu hub, specifically to Clark and Davao.   CEB also intends to ......read more

    Etihad Airways Expands Air-Rail Partnership With Accesrail in Europe

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    Health Checklist to Help Airlines Implement ICAO COVID-19 Guidance

    18 August 2020:  The International Air Transport Association (IATA) released an airline self-assessment health checklist to support the International Civil Aviation Organization’s (ICAO) Take-off: Guidance for Air Travel through the COVID-19 Public Health Crisis. The Take-off guidance is the global standard framework of risk-based temporary measures for governments and the air transport value chain for safe operations during the COVID-19 crisis.   “Safety is always the number one priority for air transport. And the challenges of COVID-19 have added a new ......read more

    Abu Dhabi Airports Free Zone sees increase of new customers by 109% in H1 of 2020

    -      In the first half of 2020, the company witnessed a 109% increase in registered companies in the aviation, logistics, and trading sectors -      Major international companies, Honeywell and SMSA Express, signed agreements with ADAFZ Abu Dhabi, UAE – 16 August 2020: Abu Dhabi Airports Free Zone (ADAFZ), a wholly owned subsidiary of Abu Dhabi Airports, has recorded a 109% increase in the number of companies registering with the free zone authority in the first half of 2020, as compared to the same period in 2019.  ADAFZ has also welcomed two ......read more

    Emirates Adds Birmingham, Cebu and Houston, Taking Its Network to 74 Cities

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    Swiss-Belhotel International Announces Group Restructuring

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    Second Phase of UAE Resident Return Programme to Ease Re-Entry to Abu Dhabi

    •      Residents of Abu Dhabi can now travel and return home freely without having to wait for ICA approval to return •      Travellers on all Etihad flights to, from, and via Abu Dhabi will be required to have a mandatory PCR test  Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, August 12, 2020:  Effective immediately, the Authority for Identity and Citizenship (ICA) and the National Crisis & Emergency Management Authority (NCEMA) have launched the second phase of the UAE Resident Return Programme, which now removes the need for residents of Abu ......read more

    Etihad Airways and ADNOC Distribution Expand Their Partnership Bringing More Benefits to Loyalty Programme Members

    • Launch of the first cross-conversion partnership between Etihad Guest and ADNOC Distribution following the success of the Fuel Up & Fly Off programme • Members can now convert their Etihad Guest Miles and ADNOC Rewards Points between programmes to spend at ADNOC Distribution stations, Oasis convenience stores or within the Etihad Guest programme. . Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates - August 11, 2020:  Etihad Guest, the award-winning loyalty programme of Etihad Airways, the national airline of the UAE, together with ADNOC Distribution, the UAE’s leading fuel ......read more

    Cebu Pacific to Increase Flight Frequency on Manila-Dubai-Manila Route Starting August 13

    Dubai, UAE, August 10, 2020:  Cebu Pacific (CEB), the Philippines’ largest national flag carrier, will increase its flight frequency between Manila and Dubai from its current once weekly to twice weekly starting August 13, 2020. CEB’s Dubai-Manila flights are scheduled to operate every Monday and Friday, while its Manila-Dubai service operates every Sunday and Thursday. With this added frequency, Filipinos who are currently in the UAE can find it easier to make plans for their essential travel to the Philippines.  In addition, CEB has also adjusted its passenger ......read more

    Face Shields Now Required for Cebu Pacific Passengers

    Dubai, UAE, August 6, 2020:  In line with directives issued by the Philippine government, Cebu Pacific, the Philippines’ largest national flag carrier, is making it compulsory for all passengers—including travellers flying the Dubai-Manila route—to wear face shields throughout the entire flight, effective August 15, 2020.   This is on top of the mandatory use of face masks upon entering the Dubai airport terminal until arrival of passengers at their destination.  CEB also continues to implement enhanced bio-security preventive measures to keep all ......read more

    Etihad Airways Reports Strong Start to 2020 With Second Quarter Heavily Impacted by COVID-19

    • Record Q1 performance – showing a 34% year-on-year improvement  • 3.5 million passengers carried • 71% seat load factor  • Operating revenues US$ 1.7 billion  • Cargo revenues improved by US$ 130 million (37%) to US$ 0.49 billion • 27% reduction in direct operating costs to US$ 1.9 billion  • 21% reduction in general and administrative expenses to US$ 0.40 billion • Available Seat Kilometres (ASK) reduced by 53% to 23.69 billion     Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE) – August ......read more

    UPS Releases 2Q 2020 Earnings

    •       Consolidated Average Daily Volume Surged to Record 20.9% Growth •       2Q20 Diluted EPS of $2.03, Up 4.6%; Adjusted* Diluted EPS up 8.7% to $2.13 •       YTD Cash from Operations of $5.9B; Adjusted Free Cash Flow of $3.9B   Dubai – August 05, 2020 – UPS (NYSE:UPS) announced second-quarter 2020 consolidated revenue increased to $20.5 billion, a 13.4% increase from the second quarter of 2019.  Net income was $1.8 billion for the quarter; adjusted net income was $1.9 billion, ......read more

    Riyadh Travel Fair 2020 Postponed for the 2nd Time this Year

    Riyadh Travel Fair 2021 scheduled for 15 – 18, March 2021     5th of August 2020:  Riyadh Travel Fair 2020 has been postponed for the 2nd time in 2020 due to the Covid–19 pandemic. The decision was made in the interest of public health and safety by officials at ASAS Exhibitions and Conference Organizing Company, the company responsible for organizing the annual travel fair.   Riyadh Travel Fair 2020 was initially scheduled to be held last March, with the date then postponed to September 2020.    Riyadh Travel Fair is planning to return in ......read more

    Leadership Succession for IATA's Customer, Financial and Digital Services

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates, August 04, 2020:   The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced that Muhammad Albakri, IATA’s Regional Vice President for Africa and the Middle East (AME), will be appointed Senior Vice President for Customer, Financial and Digital Services (CFDS), based in Geneva and effective 1 March 2021. At that time Aleks Popovich, who currently holds the position, will retire.  “Over the past 16 years Aleks has driven some of the most critical elements of IATA’s operations, while leading major transformational projects for ......read more

    Etihad Airways Introduces Microbebarrier™ Face Protection for Premium Passengers

    Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates -  August 04, 2020:   Etihad Airways, the national airline of the UAE, has launched innovative new protective wear for First and Business class guests. As part of its new health and hygiene programme, Etihad Wellness, premium passengers will receive a snood style facemask for use throughout their journey and beyond.  The soft reusable snood has been treated with MicrobeBARRIER™ fabric treatment, a broad spectrum antimicrobial treatment, laboratory tested and proven to reduce the presence of germs in fabrics. With this long-lasting ......read more

    MBRSC Releases 0.7 Meter Satellite Image “Mosaic” Captured by KhalifaSat

    • Currently “Mosaic” images of Abu Dhabi and Dubai have been released • “Mosaic” images of all other Emirates will be released in due course     Dubai, UAE, 04, August 2020: The Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) today announced the completion of an updated map of the Abu Dhabi and Dubai using the UAE's first high-resolution satellite image “Mosaic”, captured by KhalifaSat. The system captures a matrix of individual digital images to create a single high-resolution picture of the UAE’s terrain. This imaging ......read more

    Cebu Pacific Advisory: Suspension of Domestic Passenger Flights to/from Manila – Aug 4 to 18, 2020

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates, August 03, 2020:  in line with the announcement of Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine (MECQ) over Metro Manila and adjacent provinces, and continued community quarantine over the rest of the country.   CEB will continue to operate the following domestic flights:   • Clark-Cebu-Clark, every Tuesday  • Cebu-Davao-Cebu, every Tuesday   CEB also intends to operate the following international flights:   Frequency 5J 18 Manila-Dubai Every Sunday 5J 19 Dubai-Manila Every Monday 5J 194 ......read more

    Cebu Pacific Mounts More International Flights From August 1

     Following Dubai-Manila-Dubai flight restart, operations in Seoul, Singapore, Taipei, Tokyo and Osaka resume Dubai, United Arab Emirates, August 03, 2020:  Following the restart of its once-a-week flights between Manila and Dubai in mid-July, Cebu Pacific (CEB), the Philippines’ largest national flag carrier, resumes flights between Manila and key Asian destinations beginning August 1. CEB has begun its twice weekly (Wednesday and Saturday) one-way flights from Tokyo (Narita) to Manila on August 1. Twice weekly (Thursday and Saturday) flights between Manila and ......read more

    IATA Calls for a Harmonized Approach to Restart Aviation in the Middle East

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates, July 29, 2020:   IATA has called on governments in the Middle East to harmonize biosafety measures for passengers across the region as aviation restarts. A global framework for restarting aviation while protecting public health has been agreed by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and published in the Take-Off  guidance. However, inconsistent application of these biosafety measures along with unnecessary border constraints are deterring passengers and suppressing the resumption of air travel in the Middle East.  “We ......read more

    Recovery Delayed as International Travel Remains Locked Down

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates, July 29, 2020:   The International Air Transport Association (IATA) released an updated global passenger forecast showing that the recovery in traffic has been slower than had been expected. In the base case scenario:   • Global passenger traffic (revenue passenger kilometers or RPKs) will not return to pre-COVID-19 levels until 2024, a year later than previously projected.  • The recovery in short haul travel is still expected to happen faster than for long haul travel. As a result, passenger numbers will recover faster than ......read more

    Air Cargo Recovery Continues in June but at a Slow Pace

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates, July 29, 2020:  The International Air Transport Association (IATA) released data for global air freight markets in June showing improvement, but at a slower pace than some of the traditional leading indicators would suggest.    • Global demand, measured in cargo tonne-kilometers (CTKs*), fell by 17.6% in June (-19.9% for international operations) compared to the previous year. That is a modest improvement from the 20.1% year-on-year drop recorded in May.  • Global capacity, measured in available cargo tonne-kilometers ......read more

    Cebu Pacific Celebrates Eid Al Adha with AED79 Seat Sale

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates, July 28, 2020:    Highlights    • UAE-based overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) and residents can now plan their next travel to the Philippines as Cebu Pacific, the Philippines’ largest national flag carrier, holds a AED79 seat sale in time for the celebration of Eid Al Adha    • The seat sale, which will run from July 28 until July 31, allows travellers to book Dubai-Manila flights for as low as AED79, for travel between November 1, 2020 and March 31, 2021. Even better, bookings made during this seat ......read more

    Sharjah assures top-level safety of residents and tourists visiting the emirate's tourism establishments through ‘Sharjah Safe for Tourism' stamp

    SCTDA implements the initiative in line with ‘Safe Travels’ stamp launched by the World Travel and Tourism Council July 27, 2020: To assure tourists that Sharjah’s travel and tourism establishments are looking after their health and safety, the Sharjah Commerce and Tourism Development Authority (SCTDA) has launched the ‘Sharjah Safe for Tourism’ stamp, a mark of assurance given to all establishments in Sharjah which fully adhere to the public health protocols and guidelines aimed at preventing the spread of COVID-19. The stamp follows the measures set out by ......read more

    Hope Probe Team Touch Down at Abu Dhabi International Airport for Hero's Return

    Abu Dhabi, UAE – 25 July 2020: Abu Dhabi International Airport welcomed the return of UAE Space Agency delegation, participating in Emirates Mars Mission launch when they landed on home soil after a flight from Haneda International Airport in Japan. Representatives from Abu Dhabi Airports were on the tarmac to welcome the team back into the UAE, following the successful launch of the Hope Probe on 20 July 2020 from the Tanegashima launch pad in Japan. Speaking on the return of the team into the UAE, Shareef Hashim Al Hashmi, Chief Executive Officer of Abu Dhabi Airports, commented: ......read more

    Etihad and Boeing Strengthen Strategic Partnership With Maintenance Support for Boeing 787 Fleet

    Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – July 22, 2020: Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, has signed agreements with Boeing Global Services for the provision of maintenance support on its fleet of Boeing 787s.   These agreements are part of the strategic partnership between Etihad and Boeing signed in November 2019, in line with Etihad’s ongoing commitment to achieve excellence in all aspects of operational reliability, maintenance, and on-board experience.    Key to the agreements is a Component Services Program for more than ......read more

    Cebu Pacific Issues Dubai-Manila, Manila-Dubai Passenger Guidelines

    Highlights:    • Cebu Pacific (CEB), the Philippines’ largest national flag carrier, has issued passenger guidelines for those flying between Dubai and Manila to ensure smooth travel    • Passengers flying from Dubai to Manila have to undergo a COVID-19 RT-PCR (swab) test upon arrival, follow mandatory quarantine procedures, and register on the Electronic-Case Investigation Form (e-CIF) system of the Philippine Red Cross, Philippine Immigration Arrival and Health Declaration Form, and OASIS Online Registration—for registered OFW ......read more

    Etihad and Boeing Extend Partnership With Sustainability-focused Ecodemonstrator Testing

    Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates — July 20, 2020:   Etihad Airways and Boeing will work together starting in August on the seventh iteration of the ecoDemonstrator programme to test innovative technologies in the air, building on the core innovation and sustainability tenets of their strategic partnership signed in November 2019.  The ecoDemonstrator programme utilises commercial aircraft as flying testbeds to accelerate technology development that will make commercial aviation safer and more sustainable now and into the future. The 2020 program will be the first to use ......read more

    Etihad Airways to Resume Flights to Shanghai

    Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – July 20, 2020:   Effective 27 July, Etihad Airways will resume passenger flights from Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates, to Shanghai, China. The service will operate with an initial weekly flight using a Boeing 777-300ER, featuring Business and Economy cabins.   Robin Kamark, Etihad Aviation Group Chief Commercial Officer, said: “We are delighted to announce the resumption of scheduled services to China, as we gradually return to more destinations on our global network, supporting the recovery of economic and ......read more

    Quote from H.E Khalifa Al Mansour, ADX Chief Executive, on the Emirate “Hope Mars” Space Mission

    Abu Dhabi – July 20th  2020:   “With the Emirate “Hope Mars” Mission launched to space today, this is the Arab world’s first inter-planetary mission that is taking off for a seven-month journey to study the dynamics in the Martian atmosphere. By building up the Emirati capabilities in the field of interplanetary exploration, we are pushing our limits to make new discoveries. Our young nation is creating a brand-new industry that is transforming our science community. “Hope Mars” is opening new frontiers of possibility for our youth and ......read more

    Euronews Speaks to UAE Minister for Advanced Sciences Ahead of Mars Mission Launch

    After a six-year long project, the Emirates Mars Mission is set to take off into space on Friday   Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 16 July 2020:  Ahead of its live broadcast from inside the Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Center later this week, Europe’s number one international news channel, Euronews, spoke to Her Excellency Sarah bint Yousif Al Amiri, Minister for Advanced Sciences in the United Arab Emirates about how the Mars Hope Mission team are feeling before the anticipated launch, how the country’s investment in scientific investigation and innovation will ......read more

    Etihad Airways Adds More Destinations to Its Hand Baggage Only Fare

    Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates - July 15, 2020:   Etihad Airways has expanded its hand baggage only ‘Deal Fare’ which allows travellers to purchase lower fares in Economy Class if no checked baggage is required, to include destinations across Europe and Asia.     The ‘Deal Fare’ includes a complimentary carry-on baggage allowance of 7kg and was initially only available on flights between Abu Dhabi, Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Lebanon, Egypt and Azerbaijan. Throughout July and August 2020, Etihad is introducing the ......read more

    Condor Boosts Fuel Economy with SITA's eWAS

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates, July 14, 2020:   German leisure airline Condor is making significant enhancements to fuel optimization through the deployment of eWAS to more than 700 pilots and dispatchers. The signing with SITA’s aircraft domain of expertise – which includes the provision of eWAS Pilot and eWAS Dispatch applications – brings several major benefits for the popular holiday airline. As severe weather events become more frequent and intense, eWAS Pilot delivers both forecasts and satellite-based observation data, enabling Condor’s crews to avoid ......read more

    Wizz Air Abu Dhabi Announces Initial Network of 6 Routes

    FIRST 2 BASED AIRCRAFT STARTING ON 1 OCTOBER     Abu Dhabi, UAE - 12 July 2020: Wizz Air Abu Dhabi, the newest national airline of the United Arab Emirates announced today that it will base two state-of-the-art brand new Airbus A321neo aircraft and start 6 highly anticipated routes from Abu Dhabi on 1 October 2020. Tickets are already on sale on wizzair.com and the airline’s mobile app with fares starting as low as AED 129 **.   Wizz Air Abu Dhabi, the joint-venture established between ADQ, one of the region’s largest holding companies, and Wizz Air ......read more

    Etihad Aviation Group Launches ‘Al Watani', A New Local Content Programme for Suppliers

    • Suppliers based in the UAE and international businesses with a local presence can now register • Eligible suppliers will be awarded a ‘Local Content Partner’ certificate from Etihad Aviation Group, valid for two years • Certified suppliers will be deemed strategic partners across the supply chain in the local market    Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – July 12, 2020:  Etihad Aviation Group is proud to announce the launch of Al Watani programme, a new local content programme for suppliers who would like to partner with the national ......read more

    Etihad Airways to Resume Special Passenger Services to and From Abu Dhabi to Six Destinations in India

    • Special flights to and from Bengaluru, Chennai, Delhi, Hyderabad, Kochi, and Mumbai     Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – July 12, 2020:  Following the partial lifting of international flight restrictions by UAE and Indian authorities on travel for eligible individuals to and from Abu Dhabi to India, Etihad Airways will resume a limited number of special flights to six Indian gateways. The airline will operate services from Abu Dhabi to Bengaluru, Chennai, Delhi, Hyderabad, Kochi, and Mumbai.    All eligible passengers travelling from ......read more

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