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    Turkish Airlines reached 81.4% Load Factor in November 2018

    Dubai, UAE, December 15, 2018:  Turkish Airlines, who has recently announced its passenger and cargo traffic results for November 2018, reached 81.4% Load Factor in that month. On top of the strong base effect of the last year, growth in the number of passengers, revenue per kilometer and load factor, is an important indicator of the continued growing interest in Turkey and Turkish Airlines in the last quarter of the year as well.     According to the November 2018 Traffic Results;  The passenger growth trend continued in November, thus total number of passengers carried went up by 4% -compared to the same month of 2017- reaching 5.5 million passengers, and Load Factor went up to 81.4%.  In November 2018, Total Load Factor improved by 2 points -compared to the same period of 2017-, while ......read more

    Etihad Airways Travel Advice for 2018 Winter Holidays

    Dubai, UAE, December 13, 2018:  The Winter holidays are set to start soon with schools in the UAE breaking for holidays in the coming week, leading to a particularly busy time at Abu Dhabi Airport.   To ensure guests enjoy a convenient travel experience during this busy period, Etihad Airways has a number of travel tips and reminders to save time:   Early Check-in For the convenience of those guests who live downtown, early check-in is available at the Abu Dhabi City Terminal for AED30 per guest. Guests should arrive at Abu Dhabi International Airport at least three hours before take-off, accounting for extra road traffic.     Check-in and Boarding Times Economy Class check-in for non-US flights opens three hours before departure and closes one hour before departure. Guests travelling ......read more

    Cautious Optimism Extends into 2019 Airlines Heading for A Decade in the Black

    Dubai, UAE, December 13, 2018:  The International Air Transport Association (IATA) forecasts the global airline industry net profit to be $35.5 billion in 2019, slightly ahead of the $32.3 billion expected net profit in 2018 (revised down from $33.8 billion forecast in June). Highlights of expected 2019 performance include: The return on invested capital is expected to be 8.6% (unchanged from 2018) The margin on net post-tax profits is expected be 4.0% (basically unchanged from 3.9% in 2018) Overall industry revenues are expected to reach $885 billion (+7.7% on $821 billion in 2018) Passenger numbers are expected to reach 4.59 billion (up from 4.34 billion in 2018) Cargo tonnes carried are expected to reach 65.9 million (up from 63.7 million in 2018) Slower demand growth for both passenger traffic (+6.0% in 2019, ......read more

    IATA Launches Platform Enabling Airlines to Share Turbulence Data

    Dubai, UAE, December 13, 2018:  The International Air Transport Association (IATA) launched its Turbulence Aware data resource to help airlines avoid turbulence when planning routes tactically in flight. Turbulence Aware augments an airline’s ability to forecast and avoid turbulence by pooling and sharing (in real time) turbulence data generated by participating airlines.     Today airlines rely upon pilot reports and weather advisories to mitigate the impact of turbulence on their operations. These tools—while effective—have limitations due to the fragmentation of the data sources, inconsistencies in the level and quality of information available, and the locational imprecision and the subjectivity of the observations. For example, there is no standardized scale for the severity of turbulence ......read more

    Emiratisation Efforts Stepped Up in Support of New Tourism Vision 2025

    Enhanced industry nationalisation initiatives encouraging Emiratis to pursue careers in travel and tourism sector Dubai, UAE; 13 December 2018:   Dubai’s Department of Tourism & Commerce Marketing (Dubai Tourism) has announced plans to further drive industry Emiratisation efforts to create a strong pool of local talent that will play a key role in helping Dubai achieve its Tourism Vision 2025. As guided by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, nationalisation initiatives launched by Dubai Tourism’s vocational education institution, the Dubai College of Tourism (DCT), continue to raise awareness among prospective young job-seekers within the local community, offering opportunities to pursue tourist-facing roles across diverse ......read more

    Emirates takes delivery of its last Boeing 777-300ER aircraft

    A6-EQP is the 190th Boeing 777 aircraft to be delivered to Emirates Emirates’ modern and efficient fleet strategy to continue with future deliveries of Boeing 777-8 and 777-9 aircraft Dubai, UAE, 13 December 2018 - Emirates celebrated an important fleet milestone with the delivery of the final Boeing 777-300ER aircraft on its order books. A6-EQP is the 190th Boeing 777 aircraft to be delivered to Emirates, the world’s largest operator of Boeing 777 aircraft and also the only airline in the world to have operated all the six variants of the Boeing 777 family. One of out every eight 777 aircraft ever manufactured by Boeing has been delivered to Emirates. Emirates will also be one of the first airlines in the world to fly the two next generation models- the Boeing 777-8 and 777-9.  Watch a video of the delivery ......read more

    flydubai announces new fare structure offering passengers more choice

    Dubai, UAE, December 12, 2018:   Dubai-based flydubai launches new fare types offering passengers more choice when travelling in Economy. The new fare types are applicable for all bookings made from 02 December onwards and allows passengers to choose between Lite, Value and Flex bundles designed to cater to their different travel needs and budget. Passengers travelling in Business continue to benefit from great value for money with the existing business class fares that include a generous checked-in baggage allowance, meal options from an internationally inspired menu, complimentary inflight entertainment and many other add-ons. Commenting on the launch of the new fare structure, Hamad Obaidalla, Chief Commercial Officer at flydubai said: “As we enter a new chapter of the airline’s maturity we remain ......read more

    Dubai South unveils the Aviation One office complex

    Dubai, UAE, December 11, 2018:  Dubai South unveiled today the Aviation One office complex, the Dubai South flagship commercial property on the sideline of MEBAA 2018.  “The Aviation one is a premium and one-stop shop business facility. A unique commercial complex in new Aviation District at Dubai South, Aviation One is located next to the VIP Terminal the heart of the General Aviation District at Dubai South,” said Tahnoon Saif, Chief Executive Officer of the Aviation District at Dubai South. Unveiling this modern business address in the heart of the new aviation capital of the world, was one of many activities Aviation District, Dubai South had during MEBAA show 2018. Other activities included hosting VIP guests to introduce them to the facilities of the VIP terminal, as well as signings with other ......read more

    Air India Express launches its new route to Kannur from Abu Dhabi International Airport

    3 weekly flights to connect Abu Dhabi with the new destination in India   11th December 2018, Abu Dhabi, UAE:   Abu Dhabi International Airport (AUH) welcomed yesterday Air India Express inaugural flight from Kannur, India, commencing 3 weekly flights that connect the UAE Capital’s airport with Kannur International Airport (CNN).   The inaugural Air India Express flight from Kannur touched down in Abu Dhabi on Sunday 9th December at 12:30pm marking the start of a brand new route for the airline, with Abu Dhabi as the first destination for the airline from Kannur. Following the inaugural activity, the 3 weekly non-stop flights from Kannur will arrive at AUH at 11:30am and depart at 12:30pm on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays.    Abu Dhabi Airports’ Chief Commercial Officer, ......read more

    Dubai Tourism Highlights Importance of Digital Maturity and Revenue Management in Hospitality Sector

    New independent report assesses the digital maturity of Dubai’s hotel sector highlighting best practice digital technology  80% of hotel searches and 60% of travel searches in the Middle East and North Africa made using mobile phones, emphasising importance of digital, social and mobile first strategy Revenue management training sessions rolled out to stakeholders, stimulating global price competitiveness  Dubai, UAE, 10 December 2018:   Dubai’s Department of Tourism & Commerce Marketing (Dubai Tourism) has unveiled a third-party research report on the digital maturity of hotels in the emirate, with the objective of further improving the competitiveness of the travel and tourism industry. The report was commissioned by Dubai Tourism as part of its on-going commitment to facilitate and ......read more

    New ACH145 Mercedes-Benz Style Cabin Model Highlights First Presence at MEBAA for Airbus Corporate Helicopters

    Dubai, 6th December 2018 –   For the first time, Airbus Corporate Helicopters (ACH) will take part in MEBAA Dubai, the Middle East's leading business aviation exhibition.   Located at Chalet A15, ACH will display a new ACH145 cabin model equipped with the Mercedes-Benz Style interior, part of the range of interior designs by partner brands and designers: ACH Editions.  The model will showcase the elegant interior design inspired by the luxury-class saloons of the automotive manufacturer matched with the features of the outstanding medium sized, twin-engine helicopter. Mercedes-Benz Style brings classic elegance and style to combine with perfect form and function of the ACH145, delivering best-in-class standards of business and private travel.  In addition, a range of high-quality materials and ......read more

    Fresh island breeze in Switzerland? Get to know the most surprising experiences in Switzerland from Lakefront fun in summers to alpine wonderland in winter!

    IMAGES: https://we.tl/t-riYunpUUUZ   December 06, 2018:  Charm, atmosphere and pure relaxation are guaranteed when visiting Switzerland.  Enjoy the Mediterranean flair in Summer while Island hopping in Ascona-Locarno, create your very own watch in Geneva or challenge your taste buds by tasting over 30 different kind of chocolates in Zurich. During the colder months, visit Switzerland to indulge in world-class skiing and the ultimate spa experiences set in true winter wonderlands.   ISLAND FEELING IN ASCONA-LOCARNO   Enjoy stunningly beautiful Brissago Islands on Lake Maggiore with their diverse botanical gardens. Easy to reach by boat from Ascona or Locarno, the islands feature exotic flowers and plants as well as a gourmet restaurant set in a historical villa. The perfect base to discover ......read more

    Abu Dhabi International Airport Becomes First Transport Hub to Harvest Energy and Data from Passengers' Footsteps in Middle East

    Masdar, in collaboration with Pavegen, creates data and energy harvesting walkway at Abu Dhabi’s Gateway 5th December, 2018, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates:  Abu Dhabi International Airport has officially announced the launch of an interactive walkway which converts the footsteps of travellers into off-grid electricity and data.  Abu Dhabi Airports has commissioned Pavegen, the award-winning UK clean-tech company, in collaboration with Masdar (Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company) to construct a 16-square metre energy harvesting walkway. The path connects two terminals within the capital’s high-tech airport, which handles around 2 million passengers a month and is the first application of its kind in a commercial airport in the Middle East. The footsteps of around 8,000 travellers per day are being ......read more

    Emirates adds additional A380 service between Johannesburg and Dubai

    Starting 1 December – two of the four daily Emirates flights to Johannesburg are being operated by the iconic A380 Dubai, UAE, December 05, 2018:   Emirates, the world’s largest international airline, has introduced an additional Airbus A380 service to Johannesburg (O.R. Tambo International Airport), effective 1 December, replacing the previous Boeing 777 aircraft on the route. EK762 (JNB-DXB) and EK761 (DXB-JNB) are now served by the flagship A380 aircraft.   This change in aircraft supports growing demand in South Africa, a 14% increase in seat capacity will be as a direct result of deployment of the second A380 to Johannesburg. The Emirates Airbus A380 aircraft serving the Dubai-Johannesburg route will offer a total of 519 seats in a three-class configuration, with 429 spacious seats in ......read more

    BMW Group sales increase in October

    Dubai, UAE, December 04, 2018:  More than 200,000 vehicles delivered in October, up 1.7% +++ All three major sales regions contributed to year-to-date growth +++ BMW sales grow in October and year-to-date +++ BMW X3 sales more than double in October +++ Electrified sales up over 40% in year-to-date +++ Munich. The BMW Group has sold more cars in October than ever before in the month, despite the current challenging economic and political situation. The company delivered 200,883 vehicles to customers around the world, an increase of 1.7% on the same month last year. That result brings the company’s year-to-date sales total to 2,035,695, up 1.3% compared with the first ten months of the previous year.   “In a highly volatile environment, we have achieved steady sales growth both in October and the year to ......read more

    Abu Dhabi Airports to host ACI Airport Exchange 2019

    Prestigious event to take place in November 2019 in the UAE capital Abu Dhabi Airports host appointment announced during handover ceremony at ACI Airport Exchange 2018 in Oslo, Norway 4th December 2018, Abu Dhabi, UAE:   Abu Dhabi Airports is to host the Airport Council International (ACI) Airport Exchange 2019. The announcement was made during an official handover ceremony at the 2018 edition of the event last week in Oslo, Norway.   The special handover ceremony at the close of ACI Airport Exchange 2018 saw Mohammed Al Katheeri, SVP Strategy and Communications at Abu Dhabi Airports officially receive the hosting rights and responsibilities to Abu Dhabi Airports.   Bringing together 1,500 airport leaders and hundreds of speakers, the ACI Airport Exchange is a major annual event that is hosted by ......read more

    UAE Carriers announce aircraft formation to celebrate 47th National Day and Year of Zayed

    Dubai, UAE - 1 December 2018:   Emirates, Etihad, flydubai and Air Arabia will be performing a flypast tomorrow over the UAE as a centrepiece performance to celebrate the UAE’s 47th National Day and the Year of Zayed. All four UAE carriers will be taking their flagship aircraft to the skies from 1pm (local time) and will be flying with the Al Fursan aerobatic display team. We encourage the public to take photos and videos however please remember not to put the formation at risk by using drones and to comply with all GCAA rules and ‘No Fly Zones’ for Unmanned Aircraft/Drones. The flypast will be flying across the following emirates at approximately the below times: Ras Al Khaimah -  13:40hrs Umm Al Quwain - 13:48hrs Sharjah Corniche - 13:52hrs Dubai - Jumeira 1 -  13:55hrs Dubai - ......read more

    Turkish Airlines signed a deal with HAVELSAN to receive flight simulators that support pilot training.

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 28 November 2018 –   Turkish Airlines, who signed a new agreement today with HAVELSAN, produced the first domestic simulator to be used in pilot training for Boeing 737NG in previous period, continues its support for the further expansion of Turkey’s domestic and national production concept. Within the scope of this agreement, which signed today by Turkish Airlines Chairman of the Board and the Executive Committee, M. İlker Aycı, and HAVELSAN Board Chairman, Prof. Dr. Hacı Ali Mantar, within a special ceremony held in Turkish Airlines Headquarters, HAVELSAN will produce full-flight simulators with international D-level certification for the national flag carrier airline’ Boeing 737MAX and Airbus A320CEO/NEO type aircrafts. Already having 14 simulators in its ......read more

    Emerging technologies helping airports tackle increasing security threats

    Airport security market to surpass US$16 billion mark Smart technologies fuelling airport security market ME airports face a range of threats on a daily basis Dubai, November 28, 2018: New technology plays a vital role to ensure security at airports at a time when new vulnerabilities are emerging with the merger of cyber and physical threats. Security and safety technologies play a vital role in managing fast clearance checks for passengers. There is huge competition among airports in providing fast immigration and security checks. Officials say that balance is needed to ensure safety standards but at the same time managing fast flow of passengers. This is where technology plays a big role.  The Airport Security Market is projected to hit US$16 billion by 2024, according to Global Market Insights, Inc. The threat ......read more

    Emirates invests in latest bus fleet to enhance on-ground comfort for Economy Class passengers

    Dubai, UAE, 27 November 2018 –   To provide passengers with even more comfortable transfers when they arrive, depart or transit at Dubai international Airport, Emirates has taken the initiative to bring in a fleet of new high tech buses for airside passenger operations. These new dedicated buses will ferry Emirates’ passengers between the terminals and its aircraft at remote stands.  Ten of these new buses are already in service. 30 more will be delivered by January 2019, with the entire fleet to comprise 128 buses by 2020. Adel Al Redha, Emirates’ Executive Vice President and Chief Operations Officer said: “In line with our “Fly Better” brand promise, Emirates has taken the decision to invest in our own customised buses to transport customers airside at our Dubai airport hub. ......read more

    Lewis Hamilton Wins the 10th Edition of the Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

    The biggest ever day of #AbuDhabiGP celebrations culminated with glory for the five-time champion Mercedes driver and a performance by US rock legends Guns N’Roses Dubai, UAE, November 26, 2018:  Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, 25 November 2018: Lewis Hamilton took his 11th win of the 2018 F1® calendar and sealed his fifth championship winning season in style at the FORMULA 1 2018 ETIHAD AIRWAYS ABU DHABI GRAND PRIX on Sunday evening.  In a thrilling race that started with an-all Mercedes front row, Hamilton battled hard for the win, keeping the Ferrari of Sebastian Vettel and the Red Bull of Max Verstappen at bay in the closing laps as the sun set on Yas Marina Circuit, the 10th edition of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix and the 2018 season.  During the biggest Abu Dhabi Grand Prix weekend to date that earlier ......read more

    Cathay Pacific Group Releases Combined Traffic Figures For October 2018

    Dubai, UAE, November 25, 2018:  Cathay Pacific Group has released combined Cathay Pacific and Cathay Dragon traffic figures for October 2018 that show an increase in both the number of passengers and cargo and mail uplifted compared to the same month in 2017. Cathay Pacific and Cathay Dragon carried a total of 2,950,532 passengers last month, an increase of 0.9% compared to October 2017. The passenger load factor increased 0.3 percentage points to 81.6%, while capacity, measured in available seat kilometres (ASKs), increased by 3.8%. In the first ten months of 2018, the number of passengers carried grew by 1.9% while capacity increased by 3.1%. The two airlines carried 192,522 tonnes of cargo and mail last month, an increase of 6.5% compared to the same month last year. The cargo and mail load factor rose by 1.1 percentage ......read more

    What You Need To Know Before You Move To Dubai

    Many people especially professionals are moving to Dubai while many more are considering to do so. It’s clear to see why Dubai is such an appealing place for professionals, it has the best infrastructure, businesses over there offer workers some exceptional remuneration packages and it’s highly conservative meaning those who want to live in a calm, serene and peaceful environment are able to do so. However, deciding to move to Dubai should not just be a hash decision, there are many things that one needs to consider including the following.  Dubai is Hot The first thing that we have to say about Dubai is that it is very hot especially in the summer. Temperatures can easily eclipse 45 degree Celsius! While everyone moving to Dubai ought to know this, the beauty of Dubai is that every building and facility including ......read more

    Rocket Carrying First-Ever Research and Earth Observation Cubesat Built by Khalifa University Students Successfully Launched to International Space Station

    MYSAT-1 launched to International Space Station on-board Cygnus NG-10 resupply mission The nanosatellite developed by students of Khalifa University Space Systems and Technology Master’s Concentration, established in partnership with Yahsat and Northrop Grumman Abu Dhabi- UAE: 21 November, 2018 -   Yahsat, UAE-based global satellite operator, wholly-owned by Mubadala Investment Company, and Khalifa University of Science and Technology, a research university dedicated to the advancement of learning through the discovery and application of knowledge, and Northrop Grumman Corporation, a leading global security company, today announced the successful launch of the MYSAT-1 CubeSat to the International Space Station (ISS) on board the Northrop Grumman Cygnus spacecraft. The launch took place at the Wallops Flight ......read more

    Abu Dhabi International Airport opens multi-faith prayer room in celebration of the UAE's value of Tolerance

    The new facility is located in Terminal 3 and comes as part of Abu Dhabi Airports’ Year of Zayed activities 20 November 2018, Abu Dhabi, UAE:   Abu Dhabi Airports inaugurated the multi-faith prayer room in Terminal 3 at Abu Dhabi International Airport (AUH). The opening this new facility reflects on Abu Dhabi Airports’ commitment to embed the UAE’s values of respect, acceptance and diversity.    The prayer room is located adjacent to the bus gates at Terminal 3, which has an annual capacity of 12 million passengers.    The launch of the multi-faith prayer room comes as the result of Abu Dhabi Airports’ primary focus on customers and commitment to providing excellent services. It also reflects the values of the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, Founder of the ......read more

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    Airport Show 2019 powered by 375 exhibitors from 60 countries

    Co-located events: ATC Forum and Airport Security Middle East New addition: CAPA Middle East & Africa Aviation Summit  New Innovation Hub to showcase disruptive technologies 75 per cent exhibitors returning to the show  Airport construction global spending: US$1.1 trillion  Dubai, October 21, 2018:   The world’s largest annual airport exhibition in Dubai is going to be power-packed when it returns for its 19th year run in April 2019 with a record 375 exhibitors expected from 60 countries. To be held under the patronage of His Highness ......read more

    Motiongate Dubai's Fright Nights Offers Something for Everyone this Halloween

    Come experience our family friendly Halloween during the day then watch the park transform at night with our 2 scare zones and live-acted ‘SAW’ Maze from 18th of October to 3rd of November Dubai, 20 October 2018: MOTIONGATE™ Dubai, the region’s largest Hollywood-inspired theme park, is the go-to destination this October for Halloween. The park will transform into a ghoulish paradise after dark, with its 2 zombies scare zones and all new SAW Maze every weekend from 18th of October to 3rd of November.   Debuting for the very first time in the UAE and the ......read more

    Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi Wins Top Accolades for Best Destination Campaign Film

    DCT Abu Dhabi recognised in two categories at the International Tourism Film Festival Maldives  Abu Dhabi, 20 October 2018:   The Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi) has been awarded two top honours at the International Tourism Film Festival Maldives (ITFFM) for its ‘Your Extraordinary Story’ destination brand campaign.  The winners of the 2018 ITFFM awards were announced this week at a prestigious three-day event, which was held at the Sun Siyam Iru Fushi resort, in the South Asian country, with DCT Abu Dhabi picking up ......read more

    Lufthansa Group buys more new generation short- and medium-haul aircraft

    27 Airbus A320neo and A321neo options converted into firm orders Total investment according to list price of about 3 billion US dollars A total of 149 "Neos" for the Lufthansa Group are ordered  Dubai, UAE, October 20, 2018:  The Supervisory Board of Deutsche Lufthansa AG has approved the purchase of 27 short- and medium-haul aircraft. Purchase options for 24 Airbus A320neo and three A321neo will be converted into firm orders. With this decision, the Lufthansa Group is reacting to the positive market and earnings development and thus ensuring the necessary ......read more

    World Aviation Safety Summit to establish dangerous goods handling strategies

    Local and international aviation leaders set to discuss most pertinent safety trends related to dangerous goods handling 17 October 2018, Dubai, UAE: T  he 6th Annual World Aviation Safety Summit (WASS) will provide a focus on approaches for handling dangerous goods, organizers of the event revealed today. Hosted by the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority, WASS 2018 is set to return for its sixth edition on December 11 and 12 at Roda Al Bustan, Dubai.   More than 1.25 million dangerous goods shipments are handled and transported by air each year, according to statistics ......read more

    Lufthansa Group optimizes hub management of the network airlines and prepares for moderate growth in summer 2019

    Goal: increase in quality and improved on-time ratings Multi-hub planning approach to be consistently continued in 2019 Munich: Strengthening commitment to Asia Dubai, UAE, October 16, 2018:  Lufthansa Group continues to consistently optimize the management of its hubs in Munich, Frankfurt, Zürich and Vienna. The main focus is on the flexible multi-hub system: newly integrated processes mean that Lufthansa Group is increasingly able to move fleets and traffic wherever the conditions are best for quality, growth and cost effectiveness.   Specifically, the Lufthansa ......read more

    TRT World now live on Turkish Airlines

    TRT World channel is now active on Turkish Airlines, delivering live television programming for passenger consumption.   Dubai, United Arab Emirates; 16th October 2018 -   Turkish Airlines now also extend live TRT World broadcast across its wide-body aircrafts for its passengers to enjoy programming from Turkey’s first English broadcaster.  Commenting on the initiative Turkish Airlines Chairman of the Board and the Executive Committee, M. İlker Aycı said; “As the national flagship airline of Turkey, where the East and West meet, we offer ......read more

    IndiGo begins new daily flights to Abu Dhabi International Airport

    The low-cost Indian carrier to offer two new daily services, connecting AUH with Cochin International Airport and Calicut International Airport 16th October 2018, Abu Dhabi, UAE:   Abu Dhabi International Airport (AUH) today welcomed the IndiGo’s inaugural flight to and from India, commencing daily flights that connect the UAE capital with Cochin International Airport (COK) and Calicut International Airport (CCJ).    Dubai, UAE, October 16, 2018:  IndiGo is amongst the fastest growing low-cost carriers in the world, bringing a simple philosophy of ......read more

    New home for Air India Express at Abu Dhabi International Airport's Terminal 1

    All Air India Express flights to arrive and depart from Terminal 1 at AUH The flag carrier airline of India offers 7 daily flights from AUH to six destinations across India Abu Dhabi, UAE, October 16, 2018:   Air India Express flights, wholly subsidiary of Air India, arriving to and from the UAE capital are now arriving and departing from Terminal 1 at Abu Dhabi International Airport (AUH). Originally the airline departed from Terminal 1, and arrived to Terminal 2.    The transition from Terminal 2 to Terminal 1 for the arrivals occurred on ......read more

    Turkish Airlines' Load Factor reached to 83.4% in September

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates; 14th October 2018 -  Turkish Airlines has recently announced the passenger and cargo traffic results for September and left behind a month of high load factor with 83.4% performance. On top of the strong base effect of September 2017, growth in the number of passengers, revenue per kilometer and load factor, is an important indicator of the continued growing interest in Turkey and Turkish Airlines.    According to September 2018 Traffic Results;  The passenger growth trend continued in September, thus total number of passengers ......read more

    UNESCO names Pafos this season's must visit destination

    UNESCO and National Geographic list Cypriot city among top European destinations in “travel differently, travel deeper” round-up Visitor numbers to Cyprus from the UAE up by 55.5% year-on-year Dubai, UAE, 14 October 2018:   The Cypriot coastal city of Pafos has been selected as one of this season’s must visit destinations by UNESCO and National Geographic. The listing as one of the top World Heritage Sites in Europe, comes off the back of record visitor numbers from the UAE this summer. During August this year, Cyprus welcomed a 55.5 per cent increase in ......read more

    Jeddah Airport delegation applauds Dubai Customs' experience in facilitating travel and maintaining security

    October 13, 2018:   A Saudi delegation from the customs of King Abdul Azziz International Airport in Jeddah highly applauded the high advanced level Dubai Customs has reached. During their visit to the Passenger Operations Department in Dubai International Airport, Terminal 3, the Saudi visitors expressed admiration and willingness to benefit from the knowledge and experience Dubai Customs has in this field.  Customs Director General at King Abdulaziz International Airport, Bandar Al-Rahili, said they are visiting Dubai International Airport to learn about the best ......read more

    “Space will make you a better citizen” - Former NASA astronaut's address to Emirati students at the Mohamed Bin Zayed Majlis for Future Generations

    Eyes on the skies at the Majlis for Future Generations as budding astronauts meet with NASA, The Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre, and Yahsat Dubai, UAE, October 10, 2018:  The Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) has been fuelling the UAE’s journey to the stars since its inception, and has recently made significant strides in achieving the country’s goal of becoming a leading spacefaring nation. This year, two Emiratis were chosen to be the first in space, with the aim of flying to the International Space Station in April 2019. The UAE has committed to further develop ......read more

    Sixth Turkish Airlines World Golf Cup played in Istanbul

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates; 6 October 2018:  Turkish Airlines, a global leader in civil aviation, brought its ever-growing Turkish Airlines World Golf Cup to Kemer Golf & Country Club in Istanbul between the 28th-30th September.  The airline, being the first in terms of country and international destinations that reached worldwide, prides itself on its award-winning Business Class service and its many other innovative and distinguished services that performed for offering its passengers an unparalleled flight experience, together with its commitment to the Turkish ......read more

    Air Transport Cooperation Promotion Conference Chinese Yunnan Province delegation calls to jointly build an Air Silk Road between UAE and China

    Chinese cargo airline Uni-top Airlines set to start operations between Kunming and Dubai  Dubai, UAE, October 6, 2018:  Chinese carrier Uni-top Airlines is planning to operate B747 freighter flight between Kunming in China and Dubai, according to Mr Yang Fan, Vice President of Uni-top Airlines. Addressing an air transport cooperation promotion conference held by Chinese Yunnan provincial delegation in Kempinski Hotel Mall of Emirates in Dubai, Mr Yang Fan said: “In order to support the development of civil aviation and trade between China and the UAE, Uni-top airlines is ......read more

    Knock Down Barriers Limiting Aviation's Benefits

    Dubai, UAE, October 04, 2018:  The International Air Transport Association (IATA) called for European transport leaders to eliminate the barriers which limit the contribution of the aviation industry to Europe’s competitiveness.    “Two centuries ago, the Congress of Vienna agreed the borders of a new Europe. Today I call on Europe’s leaders, meeting in Vienna, to knock down barriers that limit the economic and social benefits that Europe’s aviation sector can generate,” said Alexandre de Juniac, IATA’s Director General and CEO, in an ......read more

    Emirates is Middle East & Africa Airline of the Year at Aviation 100 Awards

    Airline also scoops up ‘Deal of the Year for Innovation’ award Dubai, UAE - 4 October 2018:   Emirates, the world’s largest international airline, has won the Aviation 100 ‘Middle East & Africa Airline of the Year’, awarded by Airline Economics magazine. The Aviation 100 awards recognise aviation’s most outstanding performers, as well as the most innovative and successful finance and leasing deals closed in the last 12 months. The awards were held during the Airline Economics Growth Frontiers Dubai 2018 conference gala dinner. Emirates ......read more

    Etihad Airways to Increase Frequency to London for the Festive Season

    Etihad Airways to add a 4th daily Abu Dhabi to London service during winter peak   Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE), October 04, 2018:   Effective 15 December 2018 - 13 January 2019, Etihad Airways will increase its flights from Abu Dhabi to London Heathrow, from three to four daily services, to meet peak demand this festive season.    The flights will be operated by a two-class Boeing 787-9, featuring 28 Business Studios and 271 Economy Smart Seats.   James Harrison, General Manager for Etihad Airways in the United Kingdom and Ireland, ......read more

    Aviation Marks Ten Years of Emissions Strategy, Reaffirms Carbon Commitments

    Dubai, UAE, October 04, 2018:   The International Air Transport Association (IATA) joined air transport businesses and associations to reaffirm its commitment to a sustainable future as the aviation industry marked ten years since agreeing an ambitious joint strategy for reducing carbon emissions.   “Ten years ago, the entire aviation sector committed to a joint strategy for carbon-neutral growth and to work towards a carbon-free future. That was a daring goal. But with hard work and solid commitment of industry and government, carbon-neutral growth from 2020 ......read more

    Etihad Airways and No1 Lounges Launch ‘The House'

    Innovative partnership sees the creation of stylish new lounge brand Exclusive and improved ground experience for the airline’s eligible guests at key locations outside Abu Dhabi, starting with London Heathrow Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, 3 October 2018:   Etihad Airways has launched a contemporary airport lounge brand in partnership with No1 Lounges. To be known as 'The House', the project is the result of a unique collaboration between the airline and the award-winning lounge provider, which will operate the new brand.   The ......read more

    Emirates joins Ghana in making aviation history: One-off A380 lands in Accra

    Airline supports Kotoka International Airport’s new Terminal Dubai – 2 October, 2018:   The Emirates A380 aircraft made a historic touch down at the Kotoka International Airport’s Terminal 3, as a one-off service to the new terminal. The airline’s flagship double-decker has become the first-ever scheduled A380 service to Ghana, demonstrating the airport’s readiness to accommodate the A380, the world’s largest commercial passenger jet. The special Emirates A380 flight was operated by Accra-born Ghanaian, Capt Solomon Quainoo and UAE national, ......read more

    Airlines and Airports Are Investing in Biometrics to Deliver a Seamless Passenger Journey

    SITA CEO says collaboration is key to deliver secure and easy travel Dubai, UAE, September 30, 2018:  Airlines and airports are investing to deliver secure and easy travel for passengers, with biometric technology a key priority. This is according to research released today by global IT provider SITA. The SITA 2018 Air Transport IT Insights show how biometrics are being incorporated into the evolution of self-service at the world’s airports. Over the next three years, 77% of airports and 71% airlines are planning major programs or R&D in biometric ID ......read more

    Etihad Airways Launches Hand Baggage Only Fare

    Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, September 29, 2018:   Etihad Airways has launched a new hand baggage only ‘Deal Fare’ across selected destinations, allowing travellers to purchase lower fares in Economy Class if no checked baggage is required.  The ‘Deal Fare’ includes a complimentary carry-on baggage allowance of 7kg and is available on flights between Abu Dhabi, Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Lebanon, Egypt and Azerbaijan.    Robin Kamark, Etihad Airways Chief Commercial Officer, said: “After a successful trial of ......read more

    His Excellency Khalid Jasim Al Midfa, Chairman, SCTDA on World Tourism Day 2018

    “In light of today’s celebration of the World Tourism Day 2018 with the theme ‘Tourism and the Digital Transformation’, the Sharjah Commerce and Tourism Development Authority highlights the positive impact of modern digital technologies in creating a more meaningful tourism experience for our visitors in the Emirate of Sharjah. There is no question to the great benefits of technologies to modern living and the tourism sector has rapidly adopted the developments in the field. Technologies such as digital maps and mobile applications have facilitated and greatly enhanced ......read more

    2nd Annual Travel Tech ME Congress offer insight into the travel & tourism's future in the region

    Experts gather today at the annual event to discuss  the latest developments in the industry Dubai, 26 September 2018: The second edition of Travel Tech ME Congress launches today in Dubai, the leading event is organized by Verve Management UAE, and will be held over two days with participation of local and regional travel & tourism experts from the travel industry, with key speakers from the leading travel & tourism operators, top solution providers, and academics to exchange ideas, to discuss the recent challenges and strategy to promote to this ......read more

    Turkish Airlines has implemented two new projects to give better service to its Business class passengers flying intercontinental.

    “Meal Selection Before Flight” Dubai, United Arab Emirates; 26 September 2018 -   Awarded many times for its in-flight catering services, Turkish Airlines has carried its service a step further and implemented a new project enabling Business class passengers to choose their meals before the flight. With this service, which is applicable to the below-mentioned intercontinental destinations departing from Istanbul, Business class passengers can view the meal details and visuals of the main dishes and make their choices on the webpage and/or mobile application.  ......read more

    Etihad Guest Programme Welcomes Air Europa as New Airline Partner

    Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, September 26, 2018:  Etihad Guest, the award-winning loyalty programme for Etihad Airways, has announced a new partnership with Air Europa, enhancing the benefits for its members by allowing them to earn and spend Etihad Guest Miles when flying with the Spanish carrier.   The partnership allows members to also accumulate miles on codeshare flights operated and marketed by Etihad Airways in partnership with Air Europa. In addition, Etihad Guest members can redeem miles for tickets across the Air Europa network.  Yasser Al ......read more

    Emirates introduces new platform for local businesses to reach Dubai-bound customers

    Two new ice TV channels will be dedicated to promoting things to do in Dubai and the UAE    Dubai, UAE, 24 September 2018:   Emirates continues to push boundaries with their award-winning ice entertainment system, with the launch of two new ice TV channels dedicated to promoting the wide range of activities in Dubai and the UAE. The channels will be on ice in December. The innovative solution will help Dubai and UAE businesses promote themselves to the over 5 million customers who fly on Emirates each month.   Dubai and the UAE are home to a growing list ......read more

    Building for the Future: Turkish Airlines Corporate Club Conference hosts global business travel professionals in Istanbul.

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates; 23 September 2018:  Turkish Airlines, the airline flying to more countries than any other airline, hosted the Turkish Airlines Corporate Club Conference on 17-18 September in Istanbul, in partnership with the Global Business Travel Association (GBTA).   The conference is an annual international event where industry leaders come together and discuss the future of business travel. This year’s event saw 900 participants attend from 71 countries across the widest international flight network that Turkish Airlines operates. The program features ......read more

    Terrific Tokushima makes it 10!

    The Cathay Pacific Group’s newest destination in Japan underlines a year of exceptional growth for Hong Kong’s home airline   Dubai, UAE, September 23, 2018:  The Cathay Pacific Group will introduce a scheduled seasonal service from Hong Kong to Tokushima in Japan, as its record-breaking year of network  expansion continues.    The new two-times-weekly service to Tokushima, gateway to the island destination of Shikoku, is the 10th route that the Group will have launched in 2018. The route will be operated by Cathay Dragon and launches from ......read more

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

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates; 20 September 2018:  Turkish Airlines, who has recently announced the results of passenger and cargo traffic in August, achieved the highest monthly load factor (LF) in its history with 85.6%. On top of the strong base effect of August 2017, growth in the number of passengers, revenue per kilometer and load factor, is an important indicator of the continued growing interest in Turkey and Turkish Airlines.  According to August 2018 Traffic Results;      The passenger growth trend continued in August, thus total number of passengers ......read more

    Gulf Centre for Aviation Studies hosts development course for students

    20th September 2018, Abu Dhabi, UAE:   The Gulf Centre for Aviation Studies (GCAS) has hosted 25 students for two sessions titled ‘The Seven Habits of Highly Effective Teens’, as part of Abu Dhabi Airports’ commitment to social responsibility, employee engagement and the development of the next generation of Emirati leaders. Consisting of 12 boys and 13 girls, all students attending were sons and daughters of Abu Dhabi Airports’ staff. The initiative provided a framework for enhanced employee engagement and work-life balance, giving staff an opportunity to ......read more

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

    Etihad’s Year of Zayed A380 to fly to Jeddah on Saudi Arabia National Day Al Nassr FC stars feature in congratulatory video Etihad collaborated with Emirati poet to write a unique poem Guests onboard to receive special gifts Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, September 20, 2018:  Etihad Airways has unveiled its series of activities to celebrate the leadership and people of Saudi Arabia on the 88th National Day of the Kingdom.   To mark the occasion on Sunday 23 September, the airline’s flagship Year of Zayed branded A380 will be deployed on EY311 and ......read more

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

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

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

     - Local and international aviation leaders will convene in Dubai at 6th edition of World Aviation Safety Summit this December to address safety challenges 17 September 2018 – Dubai, UAE: Addressing the emergent safety challenges of the rapidly transforming global aviation industry, the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority is hosting the World Aviation Safety Summit (WASS), returning to Dubai this year in its sixth edition. Taking place on 11 and 12 December, WASS 2018 will examine responses to new safety threats such as carry-on powders, and highlight important tools and key ......read more

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

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates; 16 September 2018 -   In celebration of 85 successful years, Turkish Airlines has unveiled a fresh look with a new uniform specially designed for its cabin crew. The new uniforms will begin to be used following the opening of the Istanbul New Airport, the “new home” of the flag carrier airline. Inspired by many classic elements of Turkish design and culture, the new uniforms incorporate traditional patterns found in artisanal glassware, ceramics and calligraphy with contemporary textures and details. The collection combines shapes and ......read more

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

    Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, September 12, 2018:   Etihad Cargo today adds to its growing list of specialised products with the launch of FreshForward, affirming its support for a cold chain industry that is also responsible for importing perishable goods to the UAE. The new product ensures items such as fresh fruits, vegetables, dairy, fish, meat and flowers move seamlessly across Etihad Cargo’s global network until they reach their final destination. More specifically at the Abu Dhabi hub, it prioritises the transfer of perishable cargo from the aircraft into a ......read more

    DP World Wins “INNOVATOR OF THE YEAR” Award

    Gulf Business Awards cite collaboration with Virgin Hyperloop One to develop DP World Cargospeed     Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 11 September 2018:  Global trade enabler DP World has been awarded the Gulf Business Innovator of the Year Award for its collaboration with Virgin Hyperloop One to develop the DP World Cargospeed system that will deliver on-demand freight at the speed of flight and closer to the cost of trucking. The award was received on behalf of the two technology partners by Adnan Al Abbar, Senior Vice President - Planning & Project Management, DP ......read more

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

    The airline was voted ‘Best Business Airline’ and ‘Best Airline – Long-Haul Holiday’ by Conde Nast Traveller readers  Dubai, UAE, September 05, 2018:   Emirates celebrated a double win this week at the Condé Nast Traveller Readers’ Travel Awards, after being named ‘Best Business Airline’ and ‘Best Airline – Long-Haul Holiday’. The airline won the prestigious accolades based on votes from Condé Nast Traveller readers’ for the best travel experiences in the world. The Condé Nast Traveller ......read more

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

    Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates September 05, 2018:  Etihad Guest, the loyalty programme of Etihad Airways, has partnered with Abu Dhabi Mall, giving shoppers the chance to win up to 1.5 million Etihad Guest Miles between now and 26 September 2018.   For every AED 200 spent at the mall, shoppers will be eligible to enter the weekly draw to win 300,000 Etihad Guest Miles, enough for 10 flights to Sri Lanka, five flights to the Seychelles or two flights to Los Angeles.    Yasser Al Yousuf, Etihad Guest Managing Director, said: “For the back to school ......read more

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

    Hazza Al Mansouri and Sultan Al Nayadi selected from more than 4,000 applicants Etihad has special partnership with Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre UAE national airline’s medical centre now performing astronaut medical assessments Dubai, UAE, September 04, 2018:  Etihad Airways has offered its heartfelt congratulations to Emiratis, Hazza Al Mansouri and Sultan Al Nayadi, who have been selected as the first Arab Nationals to visit the International Space Station.   Hazza and Sultan were chosen ahead of more than 4,000 candidates for the landmark mission to ......read more

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

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

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

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

    Solid Traffic Growth, Record Load Factor in July

    Dubai, UAE, September 03, 2018:  The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced healthy global passenger demand for July with all regions reporting growth. Total revenue passenger kilometers (RPKs) rose 6.2%, compared to the same month last year. While this was down from 8.1% year-over-year growth in June, it nevertheless marked a solid start to the peak passenger demand season. Monthly capacity (available seat kilometers or ASKs) increased by 5.5% and load factor rose 0.6 percentage point to a record high for July of 85.2%. “The industry posted another month of ......read more

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

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

    Moderate Freight Growth Continues in July, Up 2.1%

    Dubai, UAE, August 29, 2018:  The International Air Transport Association (IATA) released data for global air freight markets showing that demand, measured in freight tonne kilometers (FTKs), rose 2.1% in July 2018, compared to the same period the year before. This was the slowest pace of growth seen since May 2016 and well below the five-year average growth rate of 5.1%.    Freight capacity, measured in available freight tonne kilometers (AFTKs), grew by 3.8% year-on-year in July 2018. This was the fourth time in five months that capacity growth outstripped demand ......read more

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

    Dubai, UAE, 28 August 2018:  To celebrate Emirati Women’s Day, the Emirates Group unveiled a special video tribute to the late HH Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the founding father of the United Arab Emirates, who was a driving force in supporting the advancement of women in the country.   Released on Emirates’ social media platforms, the one-minute video draws a parallel between Sheikh Zayed’s vision decades ago and the pivotal roles occupied by Emirati women today. The video concludes with a heartfelt declaration affirming Emirati women’s pride ......read more

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

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

    DAFZA Announces Strong 2018 H1 Business Results

    DAFZA achieves 27% Increase in YoY new rental revenues HH Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed: “DAFZA’s results for 2018 H1 are a direct reflection of the successful economic development strategy”  Director General Dr. Mohammed Al Zarooni: “These results underscore the flexible business and investment environment provided by DAFZA”  Key results include: 11% growth in operational profit 8% growth in total revenues 15% growth in number of registered companies  43% increase in leasable area    Dubai, United Arab ......read more

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

    Sharjah,  28, August 2018:  On the occasion of Emirati Women’s day, HE Abdulla M. AlMannaei, Chairman and Managing Director of Emirates Auction, stressed that the UAE has spared no efforts since its inception in empowering and building the abilities of women, as well as aiding them in overcoming difficulties in order to participate in all areas of life. AlMannaei stated that Emirati women have been a pioneering partner in the development of the UAE, and that the footprint of Emirati Women can be found in all the successes and achievements of the UAE for decades now. He ......read more

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