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    Air Arabia adds Izmir to growing Turkey network

    Izmir is the 5th destination in Turkey for Air Arabia Air Arabia is the only carrier in the UAE with direct flights to Izmir  Two flights per week serving Izmir from 27 June 2018 Sharjah, UAE; 21 January 2018:  Air Arabia, the Middle East and North Africa’s first and largest low-cost carrier (LCC), announced today that, from 27 June 2018, it will become the first airline to connect the UAE and the Turkish city of Izmir with a direct flight.   Izmir, which is the third largest city in Turkey, joins Istanbul, Antalya, Bodrum and Trabzon as the carrier’s fifth destination in the country.    The flight will operate twice a week on Wednesdays and Saturdays, departing Sharjah International Airport (SHJ) at 21:05 hours, and arriving the next day at Izmir’s Adnan Menderes ......read more

    Aircraft Interiors and MRO Innovations Coming to the Middle East

    Aircraft Interiors Middle East and MRO Middle East to Open This Week Dubai, UAE. 21 January 2018:  The key players and decision makers from the airline industry will be in Dubai World Trade Centre later this week, when Aircraft Interiors Middle East and MRO Middle East, produced by Aviation Week Network and Tarsus F&E LLC Middle East, take place 23-24 January. With 320 exhibitors expected, the event is set to be the largest yet, spanning all sectors within both the aircraft interior and maintenance, repair and overhaul industries. With around 5000 attendees expected to attend the co-located shows across the two days, AIME and MRO Middle East have become a must attend date in the industry’s calendar. With airlines in the region leading the way in terms of both innovation in passenger experience and expansion, the ......read more

    Emirates signs agreement for up to 36 additional A380s

    Commitment to grow its flagship A380 fleet Dubai, UAE, 18th January 2018 –  Dubai-based Emirates Airline has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to acquire up to 36 additional A380 aircraft. The agreement was signed this morning at the airline’s headquarters in Dubai by HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman and Chief Executive, Emirates Airline and Group, and John Leahy, Chief Operating Officer Customers, Airbus Commercial Aircraft. The commitment is for 20 A380s and an option for 16 more with deliveries to start in 2020, valued at US$16 billion at latest list prices.  Sheikh Ahmed said: “We’ve made no secret of the fact that the A380 has been a success for Emirates. Our customers love it, and we’ve been able to deploy it on different missions across our network, giving ......read more

    Emirates orders 36 A380s worth US$ 16 billion

    MOU for 20 firm orders and 16 options signed today Latest deal takes Emirates’ total Airbus A380 commitment to 178 aircraft units, underscoring the airline’s confidence in the programme Dubai, UAE, 18 January 2018 –  Emirates, the world’s largest international airline, today announced a US$ 16 billion (AED 58.7 billion) deal for 36 additional Airbus A380 aircraft, with 20 firm orders and 16 options. Emirates’ A380 fleet operates both GE and Rolls-Royce engines, and the airline is evaluating engine options for its latest A380 order. The additional Airbus A380s will be delivered to Emirates from 2020 onwards.  Together with the airline’s 101-strong A380 fleet and its current order backlog for 41 aircraft, this new order brings Emirates’ commitment to the A380 programme to 178 ......read more

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

    Dubai, UAE: 17th January 2018 –  Ahlan Business Class Lounge by Dubai International Hotel has been awarded the Priority Pass Middle East & Africa Airport Lounge of the Year Award.    Now in its thirteenth year, the awards are based on ratings provided by Priority Pass Members and recognize excellence within the world’s largest independent lounge membership program that includes more than 1000 airport lounges, in over 500 cities, and is this year celebrating its 25th Anniversary.   The winning lounge, with a capacity of 177 guests ensures that visitors can find a dedicated area that caters to their personal and professional needs. A Personalized Meet and Greet service, great food and beverage options, Wi-Fi connectivity, express spa treatments, child-friendly play area, special ......read more

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

    Take-offs and landings up 2.6% to over 400,000 Dubai, UAE, January 16, 2018:  Munich Airport's dynamic growth continued in 2017 with new traffic records in several categories: Passenger traffic increased by an impressive 2.3 million to a new all-time high of 44.6 million. This was a 5.5 percent gain over the 2016 figure. The airport also saw a strong surge in take-offs and landings, with an increase of more than 10,000 to approximately 405,000 – a gain of 2.6 percent. Without the reduction in services by Air Berlin in the summer period, followed by that airline's bankruptcy, the increase would have been even bigger. Another record is reported by the airfreight segment, which achieved a total turnover of around 379,000 tons in 2017 – a 7 percent gain over the previous year. "These are outstanding ......read more

    Airbus Commercial Aircraft delivers record performance

    Total deliveries reached 718 – four percent higher than the previous record 1,109 total net orders from 44 customers; Book-to-bill ratio at 1.5 Dubai, UAE, January 15, 2018:  Airbus’ Commercial Aircraft deliveries in 2017 were up for the 15th year in a row, reaching a new company record of 718 aircraft delivered to 85 customers. Deliveries were more than four percent higher than the previous record of 688 set in 2016. The 2017 total comprises: 558 single aisle A320 Family (of which 181 were A320neo – an increase of 166 percent over 2016); 67 A330s; 78 A350 XWBs (up by nearly 60 percent from 2016) and 15 A380s. Furthermore, to cap this resounding annual production achievement, Airbus achieved 1,109 net orders from 44 customers. At the end of 2017 Airbus’ overall backlog stood at 7,265 aircraft valued ......read more

    Turkish Airlines has performed well beyond expectations in 2017.

    Turkish Airlines reached the highest Load Factor in December with 79.7% LF   Dubai, United Arab Emirates – 15 January, 2018:  Turkish Airlines has completed the year 2017 with a great success. The number of passengers in 2017 compared to previous year was increased of 9.3 percent and the flag carrier carried 68.6 millions passengers. Compared to the previous year the load factor reached 79.1% by increasing 4.7 points. The flag carrier has reached highest December load factor rate with 79.5% in the last month of 2017 in its history   Chairman of the Board and the Executive Committee of Turkish Airlines Mr M. İlker Aycı had gave the first signal of the global carrier’s proven success at the end of 2017, in January 2017 and Mr İlker Aycı had stated that; ‘‘ We ......read more

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

    New flight schedule offers Turkish passengers more seamless Far East/Australasia connections Passengers will have the option to fly in and out of two Istanbul points; Sabiha Gokcen Airport (SAW) or Istanbul Ataturk Airport (IST) Dubai, U.A.E., 15 January 2018:   Emirates today announced the resumption of flights between Dubai and Istanbul’s Sabiha Gokcen Airport, starting 8th June 2018. The resumption of services on the route will allow customers two destination options when travelling Emirates to Istanbul.   The flight will be operated five times a week by an Emirates Boeing 777-300ER in a three class cabin configuration, with eight private suites in First Class, 42 lie-flat seats in Business Class and 310 spacious seats in Economy Class. Together with Emirates’ other service to Istanbul, the ......read more

    November Peak Season Air Freight Demand Up 8.8%

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

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

    Make your 2018 holiday your biggest adventure yet!  Dubai, UAE, 11 January 2018:  Post the festive season, there’s nothing quite like planning your next holiday to chase away the holiday blues! British Airways has just announced the perfect way for residents across the UAE to brighten up their January with the launch of their massive global special fares campaign.  In addition, the UK carrier has revealed some of its top travel predictions for travellers from the Middle East, selecting a mix of must-see places from its network of over 200 destinations. Robert Williams, Head of Sales - Asia Pacific and the Middle East, said: “The Middle East is home to savvy holiday makers who want to explore new destinations, challenge themselves with exciting experiences and visit loved ones. We want our customers to ......read more

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

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

    Emirates and flydubai to offer travellers even more connections in 2018

    New codeshare destinations Krakow and Catania to be added Partnership now covers 81 destinations, offering customers a breadth of travel options to, from, and via Dubai Over 165,000 passengers have benefited from the partnership since launch Dubai, UAE, 9 January 2018 –  Emirates and flydubai will offer travellers even more connectivity and flight options in 2018, with new codeshare flights planned to Krakow in Poland from 8 April, and Catania in Italy from 13 June. Both Dubai-based airlines currently offer customers a breadth of travel options across their complementary networks, with codeshares to 81 destinations and more to follow.  The partnership initially began with codeshare flights to 29 cities, and this has quickly expanded to meet demand as customers realise the benefits of increased ......read more

    British Airways Invests in Substantial New Catering for World Traveller Customers

    Dubai, UAE, 9 January 2018:  British Airways is today announcing a multi-million pound investment in its World Traveller (long-haul economy cabin) catering, introducing an exciting and expanded new menu, which provides more quantity and quality to both meals and great snacking options throughout the flight.    Options now include: Pretzels with the welcome drink Four-course meal with starter, entrée, dessert, cheese and biscuits, accompanied by a bread roll and bottle of water Second meal or substantial snack depending on the length of the flight Regional meal options served according to destination Magnum ice-creams Tuck box with chocolates and crisps Hot breakfast on longer overnight flights Graze movie-snack box on longer* flights Complimentary drinks from the bar Previously customers ......read more

    Qabala joins Air Arabia's Azerbaijan network

    Qabala is the 2nd destination in Azerbaijan for Air Arabiaa Three flights per week serving Qabala from 27 June 2018 Sharjah, UAE; 08 January 2018:  Air Arabia, the Middle East and North Africa’s first and largest low-cost carrier (LCC), announced today that it will launch a new route in Azerbaijan, flying to the popular touristic city of Qabala from 27 June 2018. Air Arabia currently serve Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan with daily flights.   Featuring a moderate climate and a mountainous landscape, Qabala is a destination of choice for travellers looking to spend their summer closer to nature, immersed in the city’s scenic surroundings and rich cultural heritage.    The flight will operate three times a week on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, departing Sharjah International Airport (SHJ) at ......read more

    Emirates sends off UAE fans on special A380 flight to Kuwait

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

    ATC Forum to make debut at Airport Show 2018

    Air traffic management tops the challenges chart  GCAA projects 1.85 million flights per annum in 2030  Middle East passengers to reach 517 million by 2036 Global ATC equipment market worth US$4.23 billion   Latest technologies and solutions to be showcased Forum provides an effective discussion platform   Dubai, UAE, January 03, 2018: The Middle East region - home to the world’s top airport for international passengers in Dubai - continues recording impressive growth in flight movements and passenger and cargo volumes, thereby keeping up the civil aviation under the spotlight. Changing times and unbridled airports expansion running concurrently with massive growth in existing facilities is not without challenges. The Air Traffic Management (ATM) tops the chart of existing as well as future ......read more

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

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

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    GCAA Hosts the first Aviation Youth Circle at Emirates Engineering Hanger

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

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

    Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, January 2, 2018 –  Etihad Airport Services (EAS) Ground, a division of Etihad Aviation Group, has announced several key UAE National appointments within a new structure that lays the foundation for the coming years.   The internal appointments are all based at Abu Dhabi Airport and will involve critical transitional duties as EAS Ground moves across to the Midfield Terminal which is due to be opened in 2019.  The six UAE Nationals have all worked for a number of years at EAS Ground, receiving specially-tailored training and career planning progammes, which have equipped them for their new management roles.  In addition, many of them have undertaken overseas airport postings, as well as placements across the Etihad Airways Group, providing crucial development ......read more

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

    Dubai, December, 29 2017 - Dubai has been named the World's Greatest New Year's Eve Destination for 2018 by The World Travel Guild. The string of city-wide celebrations occuring across the Emirate this year to ring in 2018 will be unmatched by any other city in the world, says the organization.  The festivities will be led by a light show at the Burj Khalifa, the worlds tallest building. Emaar group, the property developers and producers of the show have dubbed the event "Light Up 2018" and will be looking to set a Guiness World Record with what they have been teasing will be an incredible laser and water show unlike anything ever seen before.  Upwards of 1.5 million people are expected to converge on Downtown Dubai to experience "Light Up 2018" which is free to the public and will be replacing ......read more

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

    Dubai – 27 Dec 2017:   As the New Year draws closer, everything is set and ready by Dubai Customs to handle large influx of travelers in Dubai’s airports over the festive season. The Passenger Operations Department of Dubai Customs has taken all measures and arrangements necessary to facilitate the movement of passengers and tourists arriving to or transiting through Dubai during this peak traffic season.  In DXB terminals 1, 2 and 3 as in Al Maktoum Airport, Dubai Customs’ passenger operations teams are all geared up to make the flow of passengers and visitors coming to Dubai for New Year’s celebrations and Dubai Shopping Festival not only smooth sailing but also a happy and enjoyable experience.    While ensuring faster customs clearance for passengers and their luggage during the ......read more

    Emirates celebrates the Year of Zayed inflight and in the air

    Dubai, UAE, 27 December 2017 -  Emirates will be sharing the legacy of the late His Highness Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan to a global audience in 2018. To celebrate the ‘Year of Zayed’, Emirates is featuring the achievements of HH Sheikh Zayed in the pages of its official inflight magazine, Open Skies each month. The ‘Year of Zayed’ commences in 2018 and coincides with the centennial of the birth of the UAE’s founding father. Over the course of 2018, the award-winning monthly title from Motivate Publishing will share a host of classic images and stories of HH Sheikh Zayed, celebrating his legacy and honouring his memory. The magazine will dedicate pages to highlight his role in establishing the Federation as well as his local, regional and international successes. In addition, each article ......read more

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

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

    Turkey's exports to the GCC on a steady rise

    Turkish defense and aerospace companies make a beeline for the UAE Dubai, 21 December 2017:  TİM Tanıtım Organizasyon İç ve Dış Ticaret A.Ş. (TİM A.Ş), the specialised organisation of Turkish exporters, has revealed that the UAE was Turkey's top export markets in the GCC at USD 62 million followed by Saudi Arabia (USD 48 million). Turkey's exports to the GCC have been on a steady rise since 2011 when the government launched several indigenous programs, including for helicopters, drones, frigates and corvettes, tanks, missile systems, and a fighter jet. Other exports include electronic and electro-mechanical systems, software, management systems, cyber-security solutions flight simulators. Turkey's defense and aerospace exports have almost doubled globally in five ......read more

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    Armani Hotel Dubai wins top honour at 2017 Dubai Sustainable Tourism Awards

    Dubai, UAE, December 4, 2017:  Armani Hotel Dubai’s sustainability initiatives have been recognised at the 2017 Dubai Sustainable Tourism Awards with Abdul Quddus Sheikh, Director of Engineering, honoured as ‘Sustainability Champion’ for demonstrating excellence in implementing and delivering sustainable development initiatives at the hotel. Under Abdul Quddus Sheikh’s leadership, Armani Hotel Dubai achieved impressive results in energy and water savings in addition to reducing its carbon footprint, and reinforced responsible environmental practices as an ......read more

    First elite group of members join the ‘Future Aviation Lounge' supported by DAFZA

    UAE, November 29, 2017 – His Highness (H.H.) Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman of the Dubai Airport Freezone Authority (DAFZA), welcomed the joining of the initial group of elite governmental entities and multinational companies from the aviation sector in Dubai to the Future Aviation Lounge (FAL), an initiative that was recently launched by His Highness (H.H.) Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai. FAL is a first-of-its-kind business social network based on artificial intelligence (AI) technology that foresees ......read more

    Emirates Celebrates the UAE's 46th National Day with Special Offers to 46 Destinations

    Dubai, U.A.E., 29th November 2017-  To celebrate the UAE’s 46th National Day, Emirates is offering travellers special fares to 46 destinations and a bonus Skywards miles offer when they avail the special fares. The offers are valid for booking until 10th December 2017, for outbound travel between 1 December 2017 and 10 June 2018.  Travellers in the UAE can look forward to excellent fares to 46 destinations across the globe in Economy Class and Business Class in celebration of National Day. Special fares in Economy Class start from as low as AED 835 return to Kuwait, AED 905 ......read more

    IATA DGR for Electronic Flight Bags Takes Off

    Emirates Airline Signs Multi-Year Subscription Dubai, UAE, 28 November 2017 (Geneva) –  The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced that Emirates Airline is the launch customer for the IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations (DGR) for Electronic Flight Bags (eFB). This important innovation brings the IATA DGR into the cockpit where flight crew make important pre- and in-flight safety decisions. “For almost 60 years IATA’s DGR has been helping the industry safely transport air cargo. The DGR for eFB places the most comprehensive resource on the carriage ......read more

    Top Must-Visit Attractions For Your Dubai Trip

    Are you planning for a trip to Dubai? Well you made the right choice!! But it is recommended to have an idea of the famous destinations to visit Dubai before planning the trip so that you don’t miss out the gems of the places which is worth the penny that you saved for such trips. It is always a smart decision to get acquainted to the places before visiting any tourist destinations like Dubai along with making the best use of Latest Indian Deals. Here are some of the most recommended destinations in Dubai which you need to visit to make the trip worth and ......read more

    Al Fursan aerobatics team to put on a show above the Old Corniche in Ras Al Khaimah

    On the Occasion of UAE National Day Ras Al Khaimah, UAE – 27 November 2017:  Ras Al Khaimah Old Corniche will be the setting for a special performance by the Al Fursan aerial display team on the 28th of November 2017 at 3:50PM. The display performances will include an array of breath-taking aerial manoeuvres that include ‘corsair loop’, ‘swan right barrel roll’, ‘flag cross’ as well as the signature ‘UAE DNA’. The “Al Fursan” (The Knights) are the United Arab Emirates Air Force aerobatic display team. The team flies ......read more

    Abu Dhabi Enhances Tourist Experience with New Visa On Arrival Process at Abu Dhabi International Airport

    New Visa Counter to issue transit and tourist visas to arrival and layover travellers in 30 minutes  96-hour transit visa a chance to explore Abu Dhabi  Abu Dhabi, 27th November 2017:  The Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi, jointly with Abu Dhabi Airports, Etihad Airways and General Directorate of Residence and Foreigners Affairs - Abu Dhabi, announced today the launch of a new visa counter to facilitate the visa application process and grant both transit and arriving passengers visas to Abu Dhabi within 15 to 30 minutes. The new service, located at ......read more

    Dubai Tourism Announces Winners of Dubai Sustainable Tourism Awards 2017

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 26 November 2017: The winners of the inaugural Dubai Sustainable Tourism Awards have been announced by Dubai’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (Dubai Tourism). Comprising 17 different categories, the Awards recognise and celebrate the important work of Dubai’s hotels and tourism companies in advancing sustainability within the emirate’s tourism industry. Held at The Westin Dubai Al Habtoor City last week, the awards ceremony was attended by His Excellency Helal Saeed Almarri, Director General of Dubai Tourism, His Excellency, Mr ......read more

    IATA Introduces I-ASC Survey to Enhance Safety through a Safety Culture

    Dubai, UAE, November 21, 2017:  The International Air Transport Association (IATA) launched the IATA Aviation Safety Culture (I-ASC) survey to support airlines in the implementation of Safety Management Systems (SMS) and building a strong safety culture in compliance with the recently upgraded standards and recommended practices (SARPS) of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). ICAO safety management SARPS are contained in Annex 19, Safety Management, of the Convention on International Civil Aviation. In July 2016, Annex 19 was amended to strengthen safety management ......read more

    Etihad Airways Swiss Flights Become All-Boeing 787 Dreamliner Services

    Geneva to join Zurich as carrier’s fifth European Dreamliner destination   Abu Dhabi, UAE, November 20, 2017:   Etihad Airways’ flights to and from Switzerland will become an all-Boeing 787 Dreamliner operation with the aircraft being deployed on the Abu Dhabi – Geneva route, effective 25 March 2018.   The Dreamliner flights to Geneva will complement the airline’s existing 787 Dreamliner scheduled services connecting Abu Dhabi and Zurich, becoming the fifth European city to be served by the carrier’s rapidly growing fleet of next ......read more

    Cathay Pacific Group to roll out inflight Wi-Fi across its wide-body fleet from mid-2018

    With broadband connectivity, customers will have more than the cabin to roam when the seat belt sign is turned off Dubai, UAE, November 19, 2017:  The Cathay Pacific Group will introduce high-speed Wi-Fi to its Boeing 777 and Airbus A330 fleets from mid-2018, in response to its customers’ growing demand for inflight connectivity. This follows the successful introduction of broadband services to its Airbus A350-900 aircraft. Cathay Pacific Chief Customer and Commercial Officer Paul Loo said: “We have been listening to our customers who have told us that staying connected ......read more

    Finland Visa Application Centres now open in Abu Dhabi and Dubai

    Dubai, UAE, November 19, 2017:  Residents of the United Arab Emirates can now apply for visas to Finland at the  new Finland  Visa  Application  Centres  launched  in  Abu  Dhabi  and  Dubai by the  Embassy  of Finland in Abu Dhabi,on 16 November 2017. Applicants can visit the new centres, operatedby VFS Global,to submit visa applications and enrol for biometrics.  The Abu Dhabi centre, centrally located at Shining Tower on Mubarak Bin Mohammed ......read more

    Abu Dhabi Airports signs Memorandum of Understanding with Healthpoint

    19th November 2017 - Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates:   Abu Dhabi Airports has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Healthpoint, part of Mubadala’s network of healthcare providers, as its preferred healthcare partner. Healthpoint will provide premium medical services to Abu Dhabi Airports’ staff and their families, and facilitate cooperation between both parties on other areas of potential collaboration.   The MOU was signed by Abdul Majeed Al Khoori, Acting Chief Executive Officer of Abu Dhabi Airports, and Dr. Mai Al Jaber, Deputy Medical ......read more

    Lockheed Martin Integrates New Engine for Fury Unmanned Air Vehicle

    Upgrades to system project increase of endurance up to 15 continuous hours of flight time Fury, the expeditionary, runway-independent unmanned air vehicle (UAV) has engine updates that will further increase its flight endurance. Engineering tests performed by Lockheed Martin indicate that Fury will be able to stay in the air for 15 continuous hours, making it one of the highest endurance unmanned systems in its class. Courtesy Lockheed Martin. DUBAI, Nov. 15, 2017 –  Fury, the expeditionary, runway-independent unmanned air vehicle (UAV) now has engine updates that will ......read more

    Turkish Airlines Announces 2017 Q3 Financial Results

    With USD 939 million in 2017 Q3, Turkish Airlines posts record operating net profit of all 3rd quarters in company history Dubai, United Arab Emirates - 15 November 2017:  Turkish Airlines, given the financial discipline and dynamic demand management applied since the beginning of 2017, with USD 939 million in 2017 Q3, posted record net profit of all 3rd quarters in company history. The 9-monthly operating net profit is recorded as USD 956 million. The successful 3rd quarter marked a 23 percent increase on total revenues compared to the same period of 2016, reaching USD 3.6 ......read more

    Emirates partners with Thales for next generation broadband connectivity

    Next generation of Wi-Fi on Emirates will use Thales solutions with Inmarsat GX global network for best in class connectivity with speeds of up to 50Mbps Dubai, UAE, 15 Nov 2017:   Emirates and Thales have signed a new agreement to equip its Boeing 777X fleet with the next generation broadband inflight connectivity using Inmarsat GX global network. The partnership will give Emirates customers best in class connectivity on its Boeing 777X aircraft due for delivery starting in 2020. Emirates and Thales already have an existing multi-million dollar deal to fit its Boeing 777X ......read more

    Finnair starts flight ticket sales directly via WeChat in China as the first European airline, enables payments with WeChat Pay

    Dubai, UAE, November 15, 2017:  Finnair is launching flight ticket sales directly via its official WeChat account in China as the first European airline. It is now also possible to use WeChat Pay as a payment method for the flight tickets sold through its official WeChat account. Finnair customers are now able to search for Finnair flight tickets, book their flights and complete their purchase with WeChat Pay, all directly through Finnair's official WeChat account. This enhances the user experience as customers stay within the same platform throughout the entire booking ......read more

    Wataniya Airways to add 25 A320neo Family aircraft

    Airline to upgrade its fleet with fuel-efficient single-aisle aircraft Dubai, 14th November 2017:   Golden Falcon Aviation, the exclusive aircraft provider of Wataniya airways has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for 25 Airbus A320neo Family aircraft. The agreement was signed at the Dubai Airshow 2017 by Dr. Hamad Al-Tuwaijri, Chairman of Golden Falcon Aviation, and John Leahy, Chief Operating Officer Customers, Airbus Commercial Aircraft in the presence of Ali Al Fouzan, Chairman of Wataniya Airways. Wataniya Airways resumed operations in July 2017 and currently ......read more

    IATA Calls for Valuable Lessons to be learnt from PED Ban

    14 November 2017 (Abu Dhabi):   The International Air Transport Association (IATA) called for aviation security to be further strengthened by addressing four key areas; closer government-to-government cooperation to eliminate the long-term challenges of extraterritorial measures, the universal application of global standards,  better information-sharing among governments and with industry, and  the efficient implementation of new and existing technology capabilities. “Governments and the industry are partners in aviation security. Airlines have ......read more

    Emirates SkyCargo becomes preferred logistics partner for Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre

    Dubai, UAE, 14 November 2017:  Emirates SkyCargo has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) to become the preferred logistics partner for the Dubai based space science and advanced technology research and development centre.  The MoU was signed in the presence of His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman and Chief Executive of Emirates Airline and Group, by Nabil Sultan, Emirates Divisional Senior Vice President, Cargo and by Salem Al Marri, Assistant Director General for Scientific and Technical Affairs, Mohammed Bin ......read more

    Dubai Airshow 2017 Welcomes Industry Firsts and Innovations

    Global aviation sector chooses Dubai as launch platform for new technology Dubai, UAE. 14/11/2017:  Dubai Airshow 2017 opened yesterday with a magnificent fly-past: the first time two Emirates wide body aircraft – the Boeing 777-300ER and A380 – have performed a flying display together. The aircraft were closely followed by the UAE’s air display team, Al Fursan. Both the Emirates 777-300ER and A380 flying display aircraft were decorated with the HH Sheikh Zayed decal as a tribute to the late founding father of the UAE. The Emirates aircraft were operated by a ......read more

    Emirates Flight Training Academy officially inaugurated

    World class training facility to address growing need for pilots globally Dubai, UAE, 14 November 2017:  Emirates Flight Training Academy, the state of the art facility for training ab initio pilots was officially inaugurated today by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai during the Dubai Airshow.  Dignitaries present at the opening included His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai; His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed ......read more

    UK and UAE Launch Joint Venture at Dubai Airshow

    Host of groundbreaking deals unveiled on opening day Dubai, UAE. November 14, 2017:  UK Secretary of State for International Trade, Dr Liam Fox, today witnessed the signing of a groundbreaking new joint venture between the UK and the UAE, as the Dubai Airshow 2017 opened its doors and immediately facilitated a host of major business deals. The agreement, between target manufacturer QinetiQ and Middle East General Enterprises will see the UK-based firm invest in the development of both infrastructure and training capability designed to enable a new Emirati workforce to provide the ......read more

    New Calidus B-250 aircraft to feature Rockwell Collins Pro Line Fusion® integrated avionics

    New light attack aircraft with multi-role capabilities from Calidus launched at Dubai Airshow Pro Line Fusion avionics provide flexibility for implementation on multi-role aircraft DUBAI (Nov. 14, 2017):  Rockwell Collins has been selected by Calidus, a new aircraft manufacturer in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), to provide Pro Line Fusion® on the new B-250 light attack aircraft with multi-role capabilities. Launched at the Dubai Airshow, the aircraft is designed for combat and asymmetric warfare.   “The UAE aerospace and defense industry continues to grow ......read more

    Etihad Airways Showcases Innovation to Royalty at Dubai Airshow

    Dubai Airshow, UAE, November 13, 2017:   Etihad Airways today welcomed a Royal delegation to its aircraft display on the opening day of the Dubai Airshow 2017.  The UAE's national airline is displaying three aircraft at this year’s edition of the bi-annual event – an Airbus A380, an Airbus A320 “flying testbed” and an Embraer Phenom 100E from the Etihad Flight College (EFC). The ‎aircraft were toured by Lieutenant General His Highness Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior and His Highness Sheikh ......read more

    $US17 Billion Deals in Opening Four Hours of 15th Dubai Airshow

    Emirates, Boeing, UAE Ministry of Defence all reveal high ticket deals Dubai, UAE. November 13, 2017:  Dubai Airshow 2017 opened its doors at DWC, Dubai Airshow Site today, Sunday November 12, to a record number of exhibitors, aircraft on display, visitors – and an array of ground-breaking deals. His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, opened the 15th Dubai Airshow before taking a walking tour around the 645,000 square metre site, pausing to speak with several exhibitors. He was accompanied by His ......read more

    Airbus displays comprehensive range of weapons for armed C295

    Dubai, UAE, November 12, 2017:  Airbus Defence and Space is showcasing its new C295 Armed ISR (Intelligence Surveillance & Reconnaissance) version at the Dubai Airshow. A C295 is exhibited on static display flanked by a wide range of weapons which have been selected to be integrated onto this versatile platform. The company has signed a series of agreements with air-to-surface weapon suppliers paving the way for flight-trials to qualify their products to equip the C295. Since the previously announced memorandum of understanding with Roketsan of Turkey, similar arrangements have ......read more

    Emirates places US$15.1 billion order for 40 Boeing 787 Dreamliners at 2017 Dubai Airshow

    Latest announcement for 40 Boeing 787-10 Dreamliners, worth US$ 15.1 billion, takes Emirates’ total wide-body commitment with Boeing to 204 units Emirates’ Chairman and Chief Executive says order underscores airline’s fleet strategy and optimism for future of aviation in the region and globally Dubai, UAE, 12 November 2017:   Emirates, the world’s largest international airline, today announced a US$ 15.1 billion (AED 55.4 billion) commitment for 40 Boeing 787-10 Dreamliners. In the presence of HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice ......read more

    flydubai showcases its first Boeing 737 MAX 8 at the Dubai Airshow

    Airline is the first operator in the region to take delivery of the new aircraft type Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 12 November 2017:  Dubai-based flydubai marks its fifth Dubai Airshow by unveiling its brand-new Boeing 737 MAX 8. This is the first aircraft to be delivered from the largest single-aisle Boeing aircraft order placed in the Middle East in the 2013 edition of the show. The new aircraft, bearing the UAE registration mark A6-MAX, is the first of 76 aircraft on order from Boeing; all of which will be delivered by 2023. Six of these aircraft will join the flydubai fleet by ......read more

    Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre participates at Dubai Airshow 2017

    The Centre will showcase the Emirates Mars Mission’s Hope probe model for the first time and IAC 2020 plan November 11, 2017, Dubai, United Arab Emirates:  The Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) participates at Dubai Airshow 2017, one of the most prominent and important aerospace events in the world, which runs from 12th to 16th November 2017. During the participation, MBRSC will showcase the Emirates Mars Mission’s Hope probe model for the first time, its plan to host the International Astronautical Congress 2020 in Dubai, as well as, other programs launched or led ......read more

    Heathrow Airport delegation applauds Dubai Customs services

    Dubai – 11 November 2017:  A delegation from Heathrow Airport applauded the world class level of services rendered by Dubai Customs through customs entry points at Dubai International Airport.  The British delegation, upon their visit to Passenger Operation Department at Dubai International Airport, toured the place and were briefed on the best practices implemented by Dubai Customs to serve passengers and clients in the best possible way using the latest equipment and technology.  The British delegation, headed by Elizabeth Down, head of detection unit at Heathrow ......read more

    Emirates Group announces half-year performance for 2017-18

    Group: Revenue up 6% to AED 49.4 billion (US$ 13.5 billion), and profit of AED 2.3 billion (US$ 631 million), up 77%. Results due to capacity optimisation and efficiency initiatives, easing of strong US dollar, and steady business growth. Emirates: Revenue up 6% to AED 44.5 billion (US$ 12.1 billion), and profit lift of 111% to AED 1.7 billion (US$ 452 million). 29.2 million passengers carried, up 4%, on overall capacity expansion of 2%. dnata: Revenue up 7% to AED 6.3 billion (US$ 1.7 billion), profit up 20% to AED 659 million (US$ 180 million). 330,317 aircraft handled, up 11%, 1.5 ......read more

    Abu Dhabi awarded ‘Best Stand Design' at World Travel Market London

    Louvre Abu Dhabi-themed stand prevails over stiff competition from leading cities around the world Abu Dhabi, 08 November 2017:  The Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi announced today that it has received the coveted accolade “Best Stand Design” at the “Best Stand Awards” at the World Travel Market (WTM) taking place in London, UK from 6-8 November. The Emirate's stand beat more than 5,000 exhibitors from 188 countries across destinations, technology and private sector companies. Commenting on this win, Sultan Al Al Dhaheri, Acting ......read more

    Emirates Flight Training Academy welcomes its first Embraer Phenom 100EV

    Dubai, UAE, 09 November 2017:  The Emirates Flight Training Academy, a launch customer for the new Phenom aircraft, has taken delivery of its first Embraer Phenom 100EV entry-level jet in Dubai. The aircraft, A6-DWC, is the first of the five Phenom 100EVs that will make up the training fleet of the Academy.  The aircraft was assembled at Embraer’s production facility in Melbourne, Florida, USA. Over the last few months, several teams from Embraer worked on the final stages of aircraft production including assembly, testing and painting. A6-DWC is the eighth Phenom ......read more

    Finnair adds capacity to Stockholm, expands cooperation with Swedish regional airline BRA

    Dubai, UAE, November 9, 2017:  Finnair will add connections to Stockholm’s Bromma airport, and deepen its cooperation with the Swedish regional airline BRA. With the new frequencies, Finnair adds capacity between Bromma and Helsinki by a total of 40%, offering up to 7 connections per day between both cities. The new connections to Stockholm’s conveniently located downtown airport further improve Finnair’s offering for the Swedish market, which is one of Finnair’s key markets. Finnair also flies to Stockholm Arlanda airport with up to 8 connections a ......read more

    “Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre” participates in the 10th edition of the Dubai Government Excellence Program

    Amer Al Sayegh: Innovation is the main feature that distinguishes the UAE space projects, by relying on new methods of project management and developing smart technologies MBRSC is insistently working to build an integral space industry in the UAE November 8, 2017, Dubai, United Arab Emirates:  "Innovation is the main feature that distinguishes the UAE space projects, by relying on new methods of project management and developing smart technologies," said Eng. Amer Al Sayegh, KhalifaSat Project Manager at Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC), during his participation ......read more

    Emirates and flydubai Further Expand Partnership, Announce New Codeshare Destinations

    Nearly 14,000 sectors ticketed during the first week of operation New exotic destinations included such as: Zanzibar, Kathmandu and Kilimanjaro Combined network expected to reach 240 destinations by 2022 Dubai, 7 November 2017:  Building on the success of the initial phase of their partnership, Emirates and flydubai today announced 16 additional destinations to which Emirates’ passengers will be able travel on a single ticket. The new, expanded network now includes sought-after destinations such as Zanzibar, Kathmandu and Kilimanjaro. Travellers can book on ......read more

    Emirates' new Boeing 777 First Class product to debut in Europe

    Flyers on airline’s Brussels and Geneva routes to be first to experience new cabins from 1st December  DUBAI, U.A.E., 6th November 2017:   Emirates today confirmed that its first two Boeing 777-300ER aircraft fitted with its soon-to-launch First Class product will operate from Dubai to the airline’s Belgian and Swiss destinations starting from 1st December 2017. Emirates’ new First Class cabin will feature six private suites laid out in a 1-1-1 layout, compared to the eight private suites in a 1-2-1 layout on its existing 777 fleet. In addition ......read more

    The Flag Island Creates Guinness World Record

    Iconic UAE destination raises world’s largest flag during Flag Day celebrations Sharjah, November 05, 2017:  The Flag Island, Sharjah’s iconic tourist destination, has entered the Guinness World Records after raising the world’s largest flag. The successful attempt formed part of the spectacular national festivities the island organised on Thursday and Friday as part of the nationwide Flag Day celebrations. Measuring 70 metres in length and 35 metres in width, the flag broke the Guinness World Record for the largest flag hoisted on a fixed flagpole. The Flag ......read more

    Emirates dedicates 100th A380 livery to HH Sheikh Zayed with special tribute

    Special tribute livery has image of the UAE’s visionary leader adorning both sides of the aircraft A total of 10 aircraft in Emirates’ fleet  will carry the special livery Special tribute decal will run from November 2017 and throughout 2018, the ‘Year of Zayed’ Dubai, 5 November 2017:  Emirates yesterday unveiled a special tribute to the late HH Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the founding father of the United Arab Emirates, with a bespoke livery for its 100th A380 carrying one of his most memorable images. Watch the video of the special ......read more

    Dubai Celebrates Four Wins at the World Travel Awards 2017

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 2 November 2017:  Dubai is celebrating four award wins at The World Travel Awards 2017 held recently in the emirate - accolades that once again cement the city’s standing as a tourism pioneer in the region. Established in 1993 to reward and celebrate excellence across all sectors of the tourism industry, The World Travel Awards brand is globally recognised as the ultimate hallmark of quality in tourism.  Issam Kazim, CEO, Dubai Corporation for Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DCTCM), said: “Tourism is a central pillar of Dubai’s ......read more

    Etihad Airways Announces Design Competition Winner

    Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, November 2, 2017:   Last month, Etihad Airways launched a competition to engage four young Emirati fashion designers to create new onboard loungewear.  The competition drew almost 71,000 votes via highly regarded UAE fashion publication Zahrat Al Khaleej’s social media channels.   Four UAE based designers kicked-off the competition through a challenging set of criteria: the design themes had to involve strong Emirati and UAE influences, working with traditional patterns, accents and must be contemporary and ......read more

    Etihad Airways to Suspend Abu Dhabi - Dallas/Fort Worth Route in 2018

    Abu Dhabi, UAE, November 2, 2017:   Etihad Airways has announced the suspension of its Abu Dhabi – Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) route effective 25 March 2018, as it will become commercially unsustainable following American Airlines’ unilateral decision to terminate its codeshare agreement with the airline. Peter Baumgartner, Etihad Airways Chief Executive Officer, said: “The unfortunate decision by American Airlines to terminate a commercial relationship that benefited both carriers has left Etihad with no choice but to suspend flights between our Abu Dhabi home and ......read more

    DC Aviation Al-Futtaim to open second hangar during Dubai Airshow

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates, November 02, 2017:  DC Aviation Al-Futtaim (DCAF), a joint venture between Dubai-based Al-Futtaim group and Germany’s DC Aviation, has confirmed the opening of its second hangar on the inaugural day (November 12) of the Dubai Airshow.  The 7,500sqm hangar will more than double the hangar capacity bringing its total land-side plot area to 24,000sqm and apron area to 13,000sqm. The new hangar will enable DCAF to add two single-aisle aircraft maintenance bays and provide enough space for an additional workshop and equipment storage. It will also ......read more

    “Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre” announces KhalifaSat's success in passing the Solar Panel Deployment test

    Passing the Solar Panel Deployment test confirms the satellite’s full capability of conducting the entire operations smartly after its launch into space Al Shaibani: KhalifaSat puts the satellites manufacturing industry in the UAE in an international competitive position Al Sayegh: KhalifaSat’s success in opening the solar panels at this phase in the manufacturing process shows the efficient overall operations of its engineering, electrical and mechanical aspects Dubai, UAE, November 1, 2017:  The Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) has announced the success ......read more

    SITA's World-Class Tech Solutions to Bring Istanbul New Airport to Life

    SITA will deliver the most advanced airport experience when the world’s largest airport opens in 2018 Dubai, United Arab Emirates  – 1 November 2017:  Istanbul New Airport, one of the world’s most ambitious airport projects, has appointed global IT provider SITA to bring the region’s most advanced airport to life. SITA will deliver a wide range of airport, passenger and baggage processing solutions to deliver a world-class experience, showcasing the future of air travel. İGA, the contractor and designated operator of the new airport, has brought ......read more

    September Air Freight Demand Slows Slightly but Still Up 9.2%

    Dubai, UAE, November 1, 2017:   The International Air Transport Association (IATA) released data for global air freight markets in September 2017 showing that demand (measured in freight tonne kilometers or FTKs), rose 9.2% compared to the same month in 2016. This was the slowest pace of growth seen in five months. However, it was still significantly higher than the five-year average growth rate of 4.4%.   Freight capacity (measured in available freight tonne kilometers or AFTKs), rose by 3.9% compared to September of last year —less than half the pace of demand ......read more

    Emirates unveils aircraft with new Expo 2020 Dubai livery

    Dubai, UAE, 01 November 2017:   Emirates has unveiled the first aircraft in its fleet with a new livery dedicated to Expo 2020 Dubai. The decal was installed on A6-EPK, an Emirates Boeing 777-300ER aircraft, at the Emirates Engineering hangar.  The unique and striking livery is based on the Expo 2020 logo inspired by an ancient gold ring excavated in Dubai and it underlines Emirates’ support for the vision of Expo 2020 Dubai. Emirates is the Official Airline Partner of Expo 2020 Dubai.  Emirates will be installing three different decal designs to reflect the ......read more

    Emirates' Algiers Service to become Daily

    DUBAI, U.A.E., - 30th October 2017:   Emirates, the world’s best airline according to TripAdvisor 2017, will be adding an extra flight to its service between Dubai and Algiers, making it a daily service from 13th December 2017. The launch of the additional flight will complement Emirates’ current six flights a week, and further boost inbound and outbound passenger traffic and cargo flows between Algeria and Dubai, and Emirates’ worldwide network. The new service will operate every Wednesday with an Emirates Boeing 777-300, in a three class configuration ......read more

    MBRSC hosts the second United Nations/United Arab Emirates - High Level Forum: "Space as a Driver for Socio-Economic Sustainable Development" between 6 & 9 November

    Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre hosts the second United Nations/United Arab Emirates - High Level Forum: "Space as a Driver for Socio-Economic Sustainable Development" between 6 & 9 November  The Forum Delivers Dubai Declaration on its first meeting which emphasizes the four pillars of Space2030 - the 2030 global space agenda Al Shaibani: Dubai Declaration holds various perspectives and creates new opportunities that fosters integrated directions and practices which support the sustainability of the space sector The UAE has taken solid steps in the developing, ......read more

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