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    The Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi Inks Memorandum of Understanding with Al Dana Leather Factory at Arabian Travel Market

    Agreement to see Al Dana Leather Factory as part of authentic Emirati tours within the Emirati Experiences Programme Abu Dhabi, 22 April 2018:   The Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi) today announced that it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Al Dana Leather Factory (aLmandoos). The agreement was signed today (22 April) at the Arabian Travel Market (ATM) by HE Sultan Al Mutawa Al Dhaheri, Executive Director of the Tourism Sector Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi and Khalaf Mohamed Rashid Al Otaiba General Manager of Al Dana Leather Factory, in the presence of officials from both entities. This step follows DCT Abu Dhabi’s long-term strategy to transform Emirati-owned businesses into exceptional leisure attractions for visitors and tourists, thus ......read more

    Etihad Aviation Group Launches Four Initiatives To Commemorate The Year Of Zayed

    Initiatives include a Year of Zayed themed freighter which will carry out humanitarian missions, a Zayed themed A380 & Abu Dhabi experience, the Abu Dhabi Birdathon, and renamed Zayed Campus buildings which will host Young Aviators   April 21, 2018 - Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates - Etihad Aviation Group today unveiled its extensive Year of Zayed initiatives which are set to be launched throughout 2018.   Etihad Aviation Group’s initiatives are based on the four Year of Zayed themes, which are wisdom, respect, sustainability, and human development. The company’s initiatives are:   1) Humanitarian freighter 2) Zayed A380 & Abu Dhabi Experience 3) Abu Dhabi Birdathon 4) Zayed Campus & Young Aviators   Tony Douglas, Group Chief Executive Officer of Etihad Aviation ......read more

    Airport Show Attracts Influential Aviation Leaders for Global Airport Leaders Forum (GALF)

    Sheikh Ahmed: The region’s airports are investing in the latest technology and concepts to delight customers and stay ahead of the competition Passenger experience and digitisation among topics to be debated  CAPA ties-up with Reed Exhibitions as Event Partner for GALF Event to explore strategic challenges facing airports Held at DICEC on May 7 Dubai, April 18, 2018: An impressive line-up of influential leaders and experts from the world of aviation will address this year’s Global Airport Leaders’ Forum (GALF) on the opening day of the 18th edition of  Airport Show at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre (DICEC) on May 7 under the patronage and presence of His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of Dubai Civil Aviation Authority, Chairman of Dubai Airports and ......read more

    Etihad Cargo and IFHC Transport Vulnerable and Endangered Birds to Their Natural Habitats

    Abu Dhabi partnership sees thousands of Houbara bustards transported in last three years   Abu Dhabi, UAE, April 18, 2018:   Etihad Cargo and the International Fund for Houbara Conservation (IFHC), one of the world’s leading conservation programmes, have recently transported a shipment of more than 100 vulnerable Houbara bustards for release into their natural habitats. In the past three years, the partnership between the two organisations has led to the successful relocation and integration into the wild of more than 3,000 Houbara across the world.  The venture, which is part of the Sheikh Khalifa Houbara Reintroduction Programme, began in 2014, when the two organisations signed a partnership agreement. In 2017 alone, more than 2,000 birds were transported safely to countries in Asia and North ......read more

    German National Tourist Board promotes ‘Destination Germany' with broad portfolio of German tourism partners at ATM Dubai

    Dubai, 18 April 2018:   The German National Tourist Board (GNTB) has announced its strong participation at the Arabian Travel Market 2018 (ATM) trade show, to be held in Dubai from 22-25 April. As part of its push to grow tourism from the GCC region, the German National Tourist Board, together with 21 leading tourism enterprises from Germany, will be attending the four-day travel trade show in Dubai with its redesigned 120 square metre stand. Visitors to the German National Tourist Board’s stand will be able to meet a wide range of premium German tourism brands, including luxurious hotels, department stores and state-of-the-art medical clinics. To reflect the great touristic diversity that ‘Destination Germany’ offers, visitors will also have the chance to meet a broad selection of tourism ......read more

    After closing of the application process, over 4000 aspiring Emiratis across the UAE join the UAE astronauts program

        Only 0.1% will be successful     34% females     38 different careers     Official ‘Selection Committee’ has been appointed to screen applications and shortlist potential candidates for the programme  Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 16 April 2018:  Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre today announced that they have received over 4,000 applications from Emiratis across the UAE aspiring to go beyond the Earth’s atmosphere and become part of the UAE Astronaut Programme. The programme, funded by ICT Fund of the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA), was launched in December 2017 and was open for applications for a period of 3 months before closing registration on March 31, 2018.   For the past three months, Mohammed bin Rashid Space Center ......read more

    Hyperloop Transportation Technologies Begins Construction on World's First Full-Scale Passenger & Freight System

    HyperloopTT announces arrival of the first full-scale passenger and freight tubes and a first look at plans for the research and development facility in Toulouse, France.  Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, April 16, 2018:  Hyperloop Transportation Technologies (HyperloopTT) announced today the arrival of the first set of tubes designed to move both people and freight to their research and development center in Toulouse, France. With an interior diameter of 4.0 meters, the system is optimized both for passenger capsules and shipping containers. The first phase includes a closed 320 meter system that will be operational this year. In addition, a second full-scale system of 1 km elevated by pylons at a height of 5.8 meters will be completed in 2019. Both systems are fully upgradeable and will be utilized by both ......read more

    The Role of Artificial Intelligence, Big Data and Robotics in the Future of Aerospace Manufacturing

    Special session at the 4th Global Aerospace Summit to examine the digital and data driven future of aircraft manufacturing 15 April, 2018 – Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates:   Big data, artificial intelligence (AI) and robotics are powering exciting innovations across the aerospace industry, many of which are happening in the background, invisible to everyday airline customers. Local and international experts in aerospace manufacturing will gather at a special session on the final day of the 4th Global Aerospace Summit, taking place at the St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort between the 30th of April to the 1st of May, to discuss the future of manufacturing and how it impacts the aerospace industry. Attendees will explore an environment where advanced digital technologies are used on the shop floor to optimize ......read more

    Finnair to offer a hand baggage only ticket type on selected North Atlantic routes

    April 12, 2018 United Arab Emirates:  Finnair is now offering a Light economy class fare, which includes hand baggage only, on its Helsinki-New York route. The change is part of a joint effort by Finnair and its Atlantic Joint Business (AJB) partners, British Airways, Iberia and American Airlines, to offer more options and aligned fare types for their customers on selected North Atlantic routes.  The Light fare, which has been available for Finnair’s domestic and European flights since 2015, is the lowest fare option in Finnair’s ticket offering and includes hand baggage only. Checked baggage can also be conveniently purchased in advance on Finnair’s website or at the airport. All other ticket types continue to include checked baggage.  “Our Light fare offers more choice and ......read more

    Munich Airport reports record net annual profit of €155 million for 2017

    Airport increasingly serving as a springboard for intercontinental travel April 12, 2018 United Arab Emirates:  With consolidated earnings after taxes at around €155 million, Munich Airport achieved the best result in its history in 2017. The Group again achieved a yearon-year increase of €100 million in annual revenues to around €1.5 billion – hanks in large part to a substantial 5.5 percent rise in total passengers to 44.6 million. The airport's strong economic performance also paid off for the neighboring communities, which will again take in business tax revenues of €35 million. In view of the record figures, Dr. Michael Kerkloh, the President and CEO of Munich Airport, is confident that the company is well prepared for the challenges that ......read more

    Ferrari World Abu Dhabi Takes Home MENALAC 2018 Best Theme Park Award

    The region’s leading theme park demonstrated its excellence and passion with resounding success at the MENALAC Gala Event     Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, 11 April 2018: Last night, the Middle East & North Africa Leisure and Attraction Council (MENALAC) awarded Ferrari World Abu Dhabi accolades for ‘The Best Theme Park’ in their first industry gala event. The ceremony, held at the Ritz Carlton in DIFC, brought together leading decision makers and operators from the MENA region to celebrate the region’s success in the leisure and entertainment industry.       The MENALAC industry awards aim to reward quality entertainment operations, safety practices and exceptional industry personnel in the MENA region. The ‘Best Theme Park’ award recognized ......read more

    ETIHAD AIRWAYS BOOSTS SERVICES TO MOROCCO

        787 Dreamliner to Casablanca      Additional services to Rabat to meet seasonal demand Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, April 11, 2018:  Etihad Airways, the national airline of the UAE, is boosting its popular services to Morocco to meet increased demand to and from its two gateways in the North African kingdom. Effective 1 May, a three-class Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner will be introduced on the daily service from Abu Dhabi to Morocco’s commercial hub, Casablanca. The technologically advanced aircraft features 8 private First Suites, 28 Business Studios and 199 Economy Smart Seats.  The introduction of the 787 Dreamliner will also see a scheduling change that will optimise timings for customers travelling to and from Casablanca. Etihad Airways will maintain an early morning ......read more

    Airbus and Zodiac Aerospace enter into a partnership for a new lower-deck passenger sleeping facilities

        Sleeping berths would fit inside the aircraft’s existing cargo compartments.     Improving the passengers’ experience while enabling airlines to differentiate.     To be included in catalogue of certified solutions by 2020, initially on A330. United Arab Emirates, April 10, 2018:  Airbus and Zodiac Aerospace have partnered to develop and market lower-deck modules with passenger sleeping berths. The modules, which would fit inside the aircraft’s cargo compartments, offer new opportunities for additional services to passengers, improving their experience while enabling airlines to differentiate and add value for their commercial operations. The new passenger modules will be easily interchangeable with regular cargo containers during a typical turnaround if ......read more

    Airbus launches new Cabin-Flex option for A380 with Qantas

    Up to 11 more premium economy seats or seven business class seats. To be available in service from 2019. Dubai, UAE, April 10, 2018:   As part of the efficiency-boosting A380 cabin enablers, Airbus has developed a new option: “A380 Cabin-Flex”. This solution consists in a new cabin door area arrangement on the upper-deck, suitable for premium configuration with lower density seat counts, allowing airlines to gain revenue-earning floor-space for extra seating without compromising on passenger comfort. The enhancement is available either for line-fit and retrofit. Qantas has chosen to be the launch operator of the A380 Cabin-Flex on its current A380 fleet from mid-2019.   A380 Cabin-Flex makes available the extra space for additional seats by allowing the upper-deck at “Doors-3” ......read more

    Etihad Airways Enhances Its Onboard Food Offering With the Addition of ‘Weqaya' Menu Items

    Collaboration with the Department of Health – Abu Dhabi to bring healthy eating options on-board its flights Etihad Airways becomes the first airline in the region to achieve Weqaya status Abu Dhabi,  UAE, April 9, 2018:  Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, has collaborated with the Department of Health – Abu Dhabi, to introduce ‘Weqaya,’ a range of healthy food items, on-board its flights and in its lounges in Abu Dhabi.   Weqaya, meaning 'prevention,' is a programme established by the Department of Health - Abu Dhabi with the aim of encouraging people to eat a healthy and balanced diet to promote good health and wellbeing.   Starting in April, Etihad Airways will begin to offer a number of Weqaya dishes on menus in First and Business ......read more

    Bali beyond the beach

    One of the most interesting things about traveling is finding all the hidden places that aren’t part of a common travel guide. Bali is extremely famous for its great beaches but there are still some places that you that worth visiting. Let’s discover some of those. Explore all the leftover airplanes in Bali Bali has a big number of abandoned airplanes that are free to be explored for some strange reason. For all the adventurous travelers who want to live something besides sunbathing in one of Bali’s many beaches, you can also rent a car and set off on a hunt to find all these leftover airplanes. There is a big variety of airplanes, so you can find jets like Boeing 737, to small aircrafts with the ability to carry 4 persons the most. Go for snorkeling in Nusa Lembongan The hole area of Nusa Lembongan is a ......read more

    Strong Passenger Demand Resumes; Record Load Factor in February

    5 April 2018 United Arab Emirates:  The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced global passenger traffic results for February showing a rebound in traffic growth following the slower demand experienced in January, which was owing to temporary factors including the later timing of the Lunar New Year in 2018.  Total revenue passenger kilometers (RPKs) for the month rose 7.6%, compared to February 2017, up from 4.6% year-over-year growth in January. Monthly capacity (available seat kilometers or ASKs) increased by 6.3%, and load factor rose 0.9 percentage point to 80.4%, surpassing the previous record for the month of 79.5%, which was set in February 2017.  “As expected, we saw a return to stronger demand growth in February, after the temporary slowdown in January. This is being supported by ......read more

    ETIHAD AIRWAYS TRIALS VIRTUAL REALITY TECHNOLOGY FOR FUTURE AIRPORT LOUNGE EXPERIENCE

    Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, April 03, 2018:  Etihad Airways has started trialing SkyLights Aero Virtual Reality (VR) entertainment technology at its flagship First Class Lounge and Spa and Business Class Premium Lounge, at Abu Dhabi International Airport’s Terminal 3. The aim of the month-long trial is to gather customer feedback to determine the airline’s future lounge entertainment offering at Abu Dhabi’s state-of-the-art Midfield Terminal.    SkyLights is a leading provider of entertainment solutions, working closely with leading airline industry partners to leverage the latest cinematic VR technology to transform their inflight and ground experience. The company has offices in San Francisco, Paris and Toulouse.    Linda Celestino, Etihad Airways Vice President Guest Experience ......read more

    Emirates is recruiting for cabin crew in Dubai

    Dubai, UAE, 02 April 2018:  Emirates is looking for motivated and service-oriented candidates to join its multinational cabin crew team. The airline will be organising Open Days for cabin crew recruitment in Dubai in the month of April. Emirates will hold Cabin Crew Open Days on 13 and 28 April. Candidates can get details on the venue and the timing by visiting http://www.emiratesgroupcareers.com/cabin-crew/ Emirates is looking for open-minded, helpful, and friendly candidates to deliver its award-winning onboard experience to customers. Applicants hoping to give their careers a flying start can walk in with an up-to-date curriculum vitae (CV) in English, and a recent photograph. Prior online registration is not required to attend the Open Day. However, important information about the requirements for the ......read more

    Etihad Airways Inaugurates Eco Residence for Cabin Crew in Masdar City Abu Dhabi

    Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates April 2, 2018:  Etihad Airways has officially opened its Etihad Eco Residence, Abu Dhabi’s first purpose-built, sustainable Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum rated cabin crew accommodation. The project is the result of a unique partnership between the UAE’s national airline and the Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company, Masdar. The Etihad Eco Residence was inaugurated in the presence of Khaled Al Qubaisi, Chief Executive Officer, Aerospace, Renewables & Information Communications Technology (ICT) for Mubadala, by Tony Douglas, Group Chief Executive Officer, Etihad Aviation Group. Also present was Mohamed Jameel Al Ramahi, Chief Executive Officer for Masdar, alongside senior executives from Etihad Airways and Masdar.  The complex, which comprises 500 ......read more

    ETIHAD AIRWAYS ELIMINATES 195,000 TONNES OF CARBON EMISSIONS IN 2017

    Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, April 02, 2018:  Etihad Airways successfully eliminated around 195,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions in 2017, thanks to a wide range of fuel-saving initiatives across its network. Following a number of improvements aimed at enhancing operational efficiencies, Etihad was able to reduce the amount of fuel consumed by its aircraft by over 62,000 tonnes of fuel. The result represents a 3.3 per cent improvement from the year before, and is the equivalent of 850 flights between Abu Dhabi and London. For instance, flight plan adjustments across the network reduced approximately 900 hours of flying time, leading to a saving of 5,400 tonnes of fuel and eliminating approximately 17,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions. Last year, Etihad Airways also retired several older aircraft in favour ......read more

    Biometrics for Better Travel

    SITA report outlines how biometrics in identity management will transform passenger processing United Arab Emirates, Dubai – 1 April, 2018:   Biometric technology is emerging as the top solution for airlines and airports to automate identity checks amid rising passenger numbers. This is according to Biometrics for Better Travel: An ID Management Revolution, a report published today by SITA. It outlines how using biometrics to check passenger’s identity will power faster and more secure self-service processes at airports as passenger numbers are set to almost double to 7.8 billion by 2036. Airlines and airports are already investing in various forms of biometric technology and SITA’s report explores innovative ID management programs that are transforming the travel experience today. In the future, these ......read more

    Emirates trials innovative headsets in its Dubai airport lounges for an immersive cinematic experience

    Dubai, UAE, 29 March 2018:  Emirates is providing an immersive cinematic experience in its lounges in Dubai International Airport by providing Skylights theatre headsets to customers. The headsets are being trialled in the Business Class lounge in Concourse B for the month of April and in the First Class lounge in concourse B in May. The introduction of these innovative new headsets is part of Emirates’ continued commitment to improve the customer experience both on the ground and in flight. Offering a fixed-screen with a wide-angle field of view for 3D and 2D content, each Skylight theatre headset weighs only 120g and offers a Full HD viewing experience. Its in-built sound and video allow customers to fully immerse themselves in what they are watching. A mix of content will be available including 3D & 2D ......read more

    First Airbus A321LR completes hot weather tests at Sharjah International Airport

    Transatlantic mission capable single aisle on track for 2018 entry into service 29th March, Sharjah, UAE:   Airbus’ first A321LR has completed a set of hot weather tests at Sharjah International Airport. The hot weather tests which began on Tuesday 27th March, were performed to check the aircraft’s systems’ behaviour with a focus on the cabin, including cooling performance on the ground. The tests are part of a 100-hour flight test programme following the aircraft’s maiden flight on 31st January 2018. The trip marks the third time that Airbus has chosen to test its aircraft in the UAE due to the optimal weather conditions combined with excellent facilities. The aircraft, MSN7877, powered by CFM International LEAP-1A engines, will complete transatlantic missions for EASA and FAA Type ......read more

    AED 60 Million invested by Dubai Air Navigation Services to enhance the Air Traffic Management Sector

    2017 an exceptional year for Dubai Air Navigation Services HH Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed: 2017 witnessed the launch of 3 strategic projects that transform the Aviation Sector H.E. Mohammed A. Ahli: The strategic projects included the establishment of the Contingency Approach Control Room, Dubai Academy for Air Traffic Management and the Air space restructuring project Expansion of Dubai’s airspace enabled annual savings of AED 53 million to carriers utilising Dubai Airports Dubai Academy for Air Traffic Management receives 24,000 applications prior to its official inauguration Air Traffic Control Officers at dans managed more than 500,000 air traffic movements across Dubai Airspace during 2017, and movement forecasts for 2020 indicate more than 600, 000 movements anticipated Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 28th March ......read more

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    First Ultra Long Range A350 XWB makes its debut

    Singapore Airlines prepares to resume world’s longest commercial flights Dubai, UAE, March 01, 2018:   The first Ultra Long Range version of the A350 XWB has rolled out of the Airbus final assembly line in Toulouse. The latest variant of the best-selling A350 XWB Family will be able to fly further than any other commercial airliner and will enter service with launch operator Singapore Airlines later this year.  Altogether, Singapore Airlines has ordered seven A350-900 Ultra Long Range aircraft, which it will use on non-stop flights between Singapore and the US, ......read more

    Aim for 1 Billion Passengers to Fly on Sustainable Aviation Fuel Flights by 2025

    Dubai, UAE, February 27, 2018:   The International Air transport Association (IATA) set out an aim  for one billion passengers to fly on flights powered by a mix of jet fuel and sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) by 2025. This aspiration was identified on the tenth anniversary of the first flight to blend sustainable aviation fuel and ordinary jet fuel.   On 24 February 2008, a Virgin Atlantic Boeing 747 flew from London to Amsterdam with sustainable aviation fuel in one of its engines. The flight demonstrated the viability of drop-in biofuels, which can be blended with ......read more

    Turkish Airlines started flights to Freetown, as its 52nd destination to be served in Africa.

    Beginning today, new direct flights to Freetown (Sierra Leone) also bring the total countries and destinations that reached by the flag carrier to 121, and 301, respectively.    Dubai, United Arab Emirates - February 26th, 2018:   Turkish Airlines, flying to more destinations in Africa than any other airline, marks another milestone in its international expansion with the launch of flights to Freetown, the capital of Sierra Leone.    With existing services to city–hubs of Accra, Lagos, Bamako, Conakry, Dakar, Abidjan, Cotonou, Douala, Yaounde, ......read more

    Airbus inspires young Saudi entrepreneurs through ‘Entaliq in KSA' initiative

    Experts from industry leaders will share invaluable insights to enrich and enhance participants’ ideas during the first ‘Entaliq in KSA’ workshop.  Dubai, UAE, 26 February, 2018:   Airbus will host a workshop to help aspiring entrepreneurs in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to develop and enhance their respective business models, as part of its ‘Entaliq in KSA’ programme.  The workshop, will be held at Airbus’ offices in Riyadh on the 28th of February 2018 in the presence of partners such as TAQNIA Aeronautics, Rockwell Collins, ......read more

    Dubai Miracle Garden celebrates upcoming 90th anniversary of Mickey Mouse with record-breaking 18-metre floral sculpture

    Mickey Mouse sculpture – created as part of a new licensing deal between Dubai Miracle Garden and The Walt Disney Company - earns Dubai Miracle Garden a GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS title  The sculpture feature is Disney’s first character floral display in the Middle East and is made from almost 100,000 plants and flowers, and weighs almost 35 tons  Dubai, UAE (February 26, 2018):   Dubai Miracle Garden - the world’s largest natural flower garden – today marked the upcoming 90th anniversary of Mickey Mouse with the unveiling of an 18-metre floral ......read more

    IATA Releases 2017 Airline Safety Performance

    Dubai, UAE, February 24, 2018:  The International Air Transport Association (IATA) released data for the 2017 safety performance of the commercial airline industry showing continued strong improvements in safety. The all accident rate (measured in accidents per 1 million flights) was 1.08, an improvement over the all accident rate of 1.68 in 2016 and the rate of 2.01 for the previous 5-year period (2012-2016). The 2017 rate for major jet accidents (measured in jet hull losses per 1 million flights) was 0.11, which was the equivalent of one major accident for every 8.7 million ......read more

    Etihad Airways Adds Second Daily Flight to Rome

    Abu Dhabi, UAE, February 22, 2018:  Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), today announced the addition of a second daily direct flight from its Abu Dhabi hub to Rome, effective 25 March 2018. The new service will take the total number of Etihad Airways’ flights on the route to 14 a week.   The additional frequencies will be introduced in phases, beginning 25 March 2018, with five extra weekly flights, rising to a twice-a-day service from 1 May 2018.   The double-daily schedule will provide greater choice to local passengers ......read more

    Finnair extends the operating period for its Chicago and San Francisco routes

    Dubai, UAE, February 21, 2018:  Finnair is extending the operating period for both its Chicago and San Francisco routes during the upcoming fall. The Helsinki-Chicago route will be extended until December 3 with two weekly flights. Originally, the route was set to operate from April 19 until October 27. Chicago is the largest city in the American Midwest and a global hub for business, leisure and the arts. Finnair started a seasonal service to Chicago during the summer of 2015. The Helsinki-San Francisco route will now be extended until December 5 with two weekly frequencies. ......read more

    Finnair opens direct flights to Minsk, the capital of Belarus

    Dubai, UAE, February 21, 2018:  Finnair is expanding its network and will open a direct, year-round route between Helsinki and Minsk on June 9, 2018. Flights between Helsinki and Minsk will be operated twice per week, on Tuesdays and Saturdays, with an Embraer 190 aircraft. Currently, Finnair also co-operates with Belavia on the Helsinki-Minsk route and Finnair’s own flights will bring the total amount of weekly flights up to five.  Minsk is well known for its history, architecture and cultural arts scene. The city’s many museums and historical sites also offer ......read more

    Emirates to operate first ever A380 to Beirut

    Historic one-off flight to test airport’s A380 operations and readiness  Dubai, UAE, 20 February 2018:   For the first time in Rafic Al Hariri International Airport’s history, Emirates will operate a special one-off A380 service to Beirut on 29 March. The airline’s flagship double-decker will become the first-ever scheduled A380 service to Beirut, and Emirates is working with the airport to test the operations and necessary infrastructure to accommodate an A380 service. The Emirates A380 service will operate as EK 957 and EK 958, departing Dubai at ......read more

    Turkish Airlines starts flights to Freetown (Sierra Leone) as its 52nd destination to be served in Africa.

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates: February 20, 2018 –   Turkish Airlines, flying to more destinations in Africa than any other airline, marks another milestone in its international expansion with the launch of flights to Freetown, the capital of Sierra Leone. With existing services to city–hubs of Accra, Lagos, Bamako, Conakry, Dakar, Abidjan, Cotonou, Douala, Yaounde, N’Djamena, Ougadougou, Niamey, Cape Town, Johannesburg and more, Turkish Airlines now adds flights to Freetown as its 52nd destination in Africa.   Beginning February 24, Turkish Airlines will ......read more

    Emirates Increases Capacity to Lisbon

    Airline resumes second daily service to the city  DUBAI, U.A.E., 20 February, 2018 –   Emirates today announced it will resume a second daily service to Portugal’s capital, Lisbon, from 1 June 2018. The flight will be operated by an Emirates Boeing 777-300ER in a three class cabin configuration, with eight private suites in First Class, 42 seats in Business Class, and 310 spacious seats in Economy Class. Portugal boasts a warm temperate climate and a long coastline of beaches, scenic villages and a rich culture and history, attracting visitors from all over ......read more

    Emirates to launch a new service to Auckland via Bali from 14 June 2018

    New service will be the only year-round flight between popular destinations Bali and Auckland Flight will meet increased demand between Emirates network and Bali, and provide a new connectivity option to visitors to New Zealand Dubai, 19 February 2018 –   Emirates today announced its plan to launch a new daily service from Dubai to Auckland via the island of Bali, Indonesia, starting from 14 June 2018.   The new service will offer global travellers a total of three daily services to New Zealand, complementing Emirates’ existing non-stop daily service ......read more

    Emirates SkyCargo transports first space satellite manufactured in the UAE

    Dubai, UAE, 15 Feb 2018-   Emirates SkyCargo, the freight division of Emirates, has transported KhalifaSat- the first satellite developed and built by Emirati engineers in the UAE at the Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC). As the first step in its journey to space, KhalifaSat was flown from Dubai to Incheon International Airport in South Korea on an Emirates SkyCargo Boeing 777 freighter aircraft that was specially chartered for the occasion. Emirates SkyCargo also unveiled a special branded truck to mark the event.   The KhalifaSat project was launched in 2013 by ......read more

    The Allure of Mars: Making humans an inter-planetary species

    Of all the planets in our solar system, Mars has been the biggest subject of science-fiction movies and has captivated the interest of billionaires like Elon Musk and Richard Branson. What exactly is the appeal of the Red Planet and what hope does it hold for the future of humankind? Dubai, UAE, February 14, 2018:  The idea of humans living on Mars may seem today to be what used to be called a ‘moon shot’ – an awesome, fantastic, almost impossible to achieve endeavor – until humans actually walked on Luna. And it all starts with unmanned spacecraft mapping the ......read more

    Etihad Aviation Group Launches Humanitarian Aid Mission for Rohingya Refugees

    Dubai, UAE, February 14, 2018:  Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates - Etihad Aviation Group (EAG) has launched a humanitarian aid mission in support of Rohingya refugee families. The campaign commenced with the distribution of garments, dry food packages, and blankets to more than 3,000 Rohingya families in Bahukhali Bazar in Bangladesh.   The initiative is funded by the generous miles donations of Etihad Guest members, in addition to donations made at various Abu Dhabi-based sporting and social events, as well as the electronic Dirham initiative. The mission also included ......read more

    Dubai Airports' new Modular Data Centre Complex (MDCC) a 'world first'

    Dubai, UAE – February 13, 2018 -  Dubai Airports today announced the successful completion of the world’s first Tier III certified Modular Data Centre Complex (MDCC)* at Dubai International (DXB) following a tour of the new facility by His Highness Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman of Dubai Airports. The project was led by Dubai Airports and delivered by Huawei - a leader in the field, in just over 400 days to coincide with UAE’s month of innovation being during February. The complex is equipped with next generation technologies to ensure the highest ......read more

    WGS 2018: For the Future of Mankind, Mars is the Next Frontier, Says Renowned Architect

    Dubai-UAE: 13 February, 2018 –  Session, ‘The Journey of Human Evolution’ and entitled ‘Why Evolution Leads to Mars?’ Bjarke Ingels, founder and Creative Partner of Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG). The segment explored why Mars is the next frontier for mankind.  World-renowned innovator and lead architect of the UAE’s Mars Science City project Bjarke Ingels conducted a widely visual presentation, engaging with the audience and pointing out that, over time, the advancements in technology have allowed mankind to utilize shorter hours in ......read more

    Leading Scientists, Astronauts Share Insights on why Space Exploration Matters at WGS 2018 Space Settlement Forum

    Dubai-UAE: 12 February, 2018 –   The practicalities, opportunities and challenges of space exploration were under the spotlight at the Space Settlement Forum on the inaugural day of the sixth World Government Summit (WGS 2018) in Dubai. The series of sessions attempted to answer the question: “In this era of inequality and serious issues facing mankind, such as climate change and political instability, is space exploration necessary?” It is necessary for resources, according to several experts. The prospect of tapping into Mars water was examined throughout the ......read more

    Turkish Airlines has announced its 2018 January passenger and cargo traffic results.

    The national flag carrier of Turkey reached the highest Load Factor in January with 79.8% in its history. Total number of passengers carried went up by 37% reaching 5.7 million passengers. Thus, 5 million passenger level is exceeded first time in Turkish Airlines history for the month of January.   Dubai, United Arab Emirates – 12 February, 2018: Making the whole world more accessible for its passengers by flying to 300 international destinations than any other airline in the world, Turkish Airlines consistently continues to increase its total passenger ......read more

    Emirates firms up order for up to 36 additional A380s

    Aircraft of choice to continue airline’s successful growth Dubai, UAE, 12 February 2018 –   Emirates and Airbus firmed up an earlier Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) and signed a contract for the 20 additional A380s with a further 16 options to be confirmed at a later date. The total agreement for 36 aircraft is valued at US$16 bn based on latest list prices. Deliveries are to start as early as 2020. The agreement was signed at the World Government Summit by HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman and Chief Executive, Emirates Airline and Group; and Mikail ......read more

    Former Indian Space Chief Presents Country as a Global Low-Cost Provider of Satellite Services at WGS 2018

    Man behind India’s first Mars mission shares the secret of his country’s success in outer space endeavors Dubai-UAE: 12 February, 2018 –  India’s spectacular Red Planet debut with a successful first Mars mission in 2014 brought it a great deal of international acclaim and attention.  “The world understood that the Indian space industry meant serious business,” said Dr Koppillil Radhakrishnan, former Chairman of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) that helmed the project, at a session titled ‘India’s Mission to ......read more

    KhalifaSat, Emirates Mars Mission Spacecraft Hit Milestones

    The Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre unveils final design and flight model of the Emirates Mars Mission Hope Probe  As first satellite made in the Arab World, KhalifaSat, Ships for Launch  Mars 2117 to be funded by ICT  UAE Astronaut Programme has received over 170 applications from STEM candidates 12 February 2018, Dubai, UAE:   The final designs of the Hope Probe, the Arab World’s first interplanetary mission were unveiled today at the World Government Summit in Dubai. Details of the much-discussed Mars 2117 plan, which aims to create the ......read more

    WGS 2018: Space Settlement Forum Highlights Importance of STEM Education for Eliciting Interest in Space Exploration

    Amal Amin: The number of students keen on participating in MBRSC programs exceeds our expectations Cady Coleman: Mars is for women Dubai-UAE: 11 February, 2018 –   Eliciting interest in space and its exploration among students through STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education is an imperative in modern times, concluded the participants of the session titled ‘Inspiring Students and the World: Mars and STEM education’, held as part of the Space Settlement Forum in the run-up to the sixth World Government Summit (WGS 2018) in ......read more

    German National Tourist Office Dubai appoints Sigrid de Mazieres as new Director for Gulf Countries

    New GNTO Director for Gulf Countries  Dubai, 8 February 2018 –  The German National Tourist Office (GNTO) in Dubai, the local affiliate of the German National Tourism Board, has appointed Sigrid de Mazieres as its new Director for the Gulf countries. In her role, Sigrid de Mazieres will be responsible for guiding the sales & marketing strategy, in order to promote ‘Destination Germany’ throughout the GCC region and to boost arrival numbers with the support of local as well as overseas trade partners and industry stakeholders. “Germany has ......read more

    DAFZA and International Center of Islamic Economy launch the Entrepreneurs Forum

    The Dubai Airport Freezone Authority (DAFZA) and the International Center for Islamic Economy (ICIE) have announced the launch of the ‘Innovation Ideas’ competition for the Islamic economy sector, in line with DAFZA's efforts in promoting Dubai as a leading city and a global center for Islamic economic activities. The competition was launched during the Entrepreneurs Forum held yesterday (Wednesday 7th February 2018) at Le Meridien Hotel in Dubai. The Entrepreneurs Forum, which is gold sponsored by “National Bonds”, attracted investors, economic institutions, ......read more

    Jazeera Airways announces FY2017 financial results

    Board recommends dividend of 35 fils per share   Kuwait - Feb 8, 2017:  Jazeera Airways KSC (Jazeera) today announced its 2017 full-year financial results. The company reported an operating result of KD7.7 million, and a net profit of KD8.2 million.    FY2017 Financial Highlights:  Operating revenue: KD56.6 million, up 7.3% from FY2016 Operating profit: KD7.7 million, down 12.1% from FY2016 Net profit: KD8.2 million, down 23.7% from FY2016 (FY2016 net profit included a one-off KD 2.4 million transfers from foreign currency translation ......read more

    The Emirates Group Signs MoU with the Government of Andhra Pradesh

    Dubai, 08 February 2018 –   The Emirates Group, and its affiliated entities including flydubai, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) today with the Andhra Pradesh Economic Development Board, Government of Andhra Pradesh, to establish a framework for collaboration in various aviation areas to support and invest in the development of Andhra Pradesh’s aviation sector. The MoU was signed by His Highness Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman and Chief Executive Emirates Airline & Group, and Krishna Kishore, CEO, Andhra Pradesh Economic Development Board ......read more

    CAPA – Centre for Aviation renews REED partnership to deliver leadership summits at the 2018 Dubai Airport Show

    Dubai, UAE, February 8, 2018:   CAPA – Centre for Aviation has renewed its partnership with Reed Exhibitions Middle East to deliver leadership summits geared towards the airport and ANSP sector at the 2018 Dubai Airport Show. Executives and decision makers from leading airport and ANSPs, alongside international aviation experts, will converge in Dubai for two high level forums dedicated to airports and ANSPs, the CAPA Global Airport Leaders Forum (GALF) on 07-May-2018 and CAPA Global ATC Summit on 08-May-2018. Co-located with the Dubai Airport Show 2018, the world’s ......read more

    Airbus' open aviation data platform Skywise continues to gain market traction

    AirAsia, Asiana Airlines and Etihad Airways sign-up for state-of-the-art Skywise Predictive Maintenance Services In total, more than 1,000 Airbus aircraft to be connected to Skywise Dubai, UAE, February 08, 2018:  AirAsia, Asiana Airlines and Etihad Airways have become the first airlines to use full aircraft data and advanced predictive analytics on Airbus’ open aviation data platform Skywise, with each signing a premium subscription contract covering Skywise Predictive Maintenance.    The agreements cover the retrofit of their respective A320 and A330 ......read more

    Dubai Accelerating Momentum Towards Its 2020 Tourism Goals as 2017 Delivers a Record 15.8 Million International Overnight Visitors

    India becomes first source market to top 2 million annual visitors Visa-on-arrival status for both Russia and China exponentially elevates visitation from both markets Significant year-on-year growth in traffic volumes from majority of key source markets Dubai consolidates its position as fourth most visited city globally Dubai, UAE; 7 February 2018:  Dubai recorded a strong 6.2 per cent year-on-year increase in international overnight visitation in 2017, accelerating the 5 per cent growth witnessed in the previous year and propelling the emirate’s momentum ......read more

    Second Citizenship More Affordable Than Ever; but Time Is Running Out

    Experts at Savory & Partners, one of the largest companies in the Middle East that provides citizenship-by-investment programmes, said that high-net-worth families in the GCC contributed to a 76 per cent increase in demand for second passports from Europe or the Caribbean in the last quarter of 2017. But that demand will subside after 31st of March 2018 when prices are expected to increase. The top three nationalities that contributed to this spike in demand are Syrians with 31 per cent, followed by Yemenis by 18.6 per cent, and Lebanese by 9.7 per cent, although overall Yemenis still ......read more

    Flying to more countries and international destinations than any other airline, Turkish Airlines invites you on a journey of discovery with its “Five Senses” campaign.

    Turkish Airlines presents its new commercial starring world famous heart surgeon and TV personality Dr. Oz at the Super Bowl LII. Dubai, UAE, February 05, 2018:  Turkish Airlines, winner of Skytrax’s “Best Airline in Europe” award six consecutive years, has just debuted its new commercial on Sunday, February 4th during the NFL’s final game and the most-watched show in U.S. TV history, the Super Bowl. Award-winning Danish director Martin Aamund took the reins for the film, which will be broadcast in many countries, that the national flag carrier flies to, ......read more

    Abu Dhabi Concludes Successful Participation at the SATTE Exhibition, South Asia's Leading Travel Forum

    Delegation reinforces Abu Dhabi’s position as a leading destination of distinction for culture, heritage and history among Indian tourists Abu Dhabi, 5 February 2018:  The Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi has concluded its successful participation at the SATTE Conference in New Delhi, India, which took place from January 31st to February 2nd, 2018. This marks the sixth time that Abu Dhabi has led a delegation to take part in this renowned travel and tourism platform. The 25th edition of South Asia’s leading travel show gathered 14 destination ......read more

    Emirates Group Celebrates Outstanding Employees at Annual Najm Chairman's Awards

    DUBAI, U.A.E. – 1 February 2018 –  The Emirates Group today honoured its top employees for their extraordinary commitment to excellence, performance, and service.          The ‘Najm Chairman’s Awards’ ceremony took place at Emirates’ Group Headquarters, and was presented Sir Tim Clark, President Emirates Airline on behalf of His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al-Maktoum, Chairman and Chief Executive of Emirates Airline & Group. Colleagues, families and friends of this year’s winners also gathered to support and ......read more

    2017 Marked by Strong Passenger Demand, Record Load Factor

    Dubai, UAE, February 01, 2018:   The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced global passenger traffic results for 2017 showing that demand (revenue passenger kilometers or RPKs) for the year ended 31 December rose 7.6% compared to 2016. This was well above the 10-year average annual growth rate of 5.5%. While the rate of demand growth slowed to 6.2% in December 2017, compared to December 2016, this largely was owing to less favorable comparisons to the even stronger growth trend seen in the year-ago period. Full year 2017 capacity rose 6.3%, and load factor climbed ......read more

    First A321LR successfully completes maiden flight

    Airbus’ newest Single Aisle adds range up for transatlantic flight capability Dubai, UAE, February 01, 2018:   Airbus’ first A321LR (Long Range), MSN7877, has accomplished its maiden flight following a mission lasting 2 hours and 36 minutes. The aircraft powered by CFM Leap-1A engines is now set to undergo a nearly 100 hour flight test programme, including trans-Atlantic missions, for EASA and FAA Type Certification in Q2 2018. Entry into service is targeted for Q4 2018. The aircraft’s crew comprised: Experimental Test Pilots Yann Beaufils and Peter Lofts as ......read more

    Air Freight Demand up 9% in 2017, Strongest Growth Since 2010

    Dubai, UAE, February 01, 2018:   The International Air Transport Association (IATA) released full-year 2017 data for global air freight markets showing that demand, measured in freight tonne kilometers (FTKs) grew by 9.0%. This was more than double the 3.6% annual growth recorded in 2016.   Freight capacity, measured in available freight tonne kilometers (AFTKs), rose by 3.0% in 2017. This was the slowest annual capacity growth seen since 2012. Demand growth outpaced capacity growth by a factor of three. Air cargo’s strong performance in 2017 was sealed by a ......read more

    Etihad Airways Introduces New Baggage Policy'

    Abu Dhabi,  (UAE) January 31, 2018 –  Etihad Airways has introduced a new baggage policy tailored to varying customer requirements in the international markets it serves.  The changes allow for a simpler baggage structure as the allowance for all markets, excluding the US and Canada, is now based on total weight rather than the number of bags checked in.  Etihad Airways Executive Vice President Commercial, Mohammad Al Bulooki, said: “In line with global best practice and market trends, Etihad Airways has developed a baggage policy that best ......read more

    Emirates to launch services to Santiago de Chile via Sao Paulo

    Airline’s fourth South American passenger route will be served with five weekly flights New service will see Emirates fly 12 times a week to Sao Paulo Passengers can now travel between Chile and Brazil with Emirates Dubai, 31 January 2018 –   Emirates, the world’s best airline according to TripAdvisor 2017, today announced its plan to launch a new, five times a week, service from Dubai to Santiago International Airport (SCL), via the Brazilian city of Sao Paulo, starting on July 5, 2018. The new service will see Emirates fly an additional five times ......read more

    Etihad Airways Introduces Special Fares to Dublin to Mark the Lifting of Visa Requirements for Uae Nationals

    Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates January 31, 2018–   Etihad Airways, the national airline of the UAE, has introduced special fares for its Abu Dhabi – Dublin flights to celebrate the lifting of visa requirements for UAE nationals travelling to Ireland, which comes into effect today. The special fares start from AED 2,885 in Economy Class and AED 15,215 in Business Class (including applicable taxes and surcharges). Mohammad Al Bulooki, Etihad Airways’ Executive Vice President Commercial, said: “Etihad Airways has witnessed considerable demand for its Abu ......read more

    Creatures of Habit

    Dubai, UAE, 31 January 2018:   UAE residents are creatures of habits when they travel, a study has found.  56 per cent of adults in the UAE admit they always go through the same habits and rituals to ensure their journey and holiday goes to plan. Fliers also follow the same routines when it comes to the time they arrive at the airport, the food and drink they consume when on holiday and even going to the toilet before boarding. It also emerged that 76 per cent of adults in the UAE believe they are an organised traveller, while 21 per cent admit that although they ......read more

    Sharjah Commerce and Tourism Development Authority unveiled details of Sharjah Light Festival 2018

    Emirates  UAE, January 30,2018 - Sharjah Commerce and Tourism Development Authority (SCTDA) has announced the details of the 8th edition of the Sharjah Light Festival, which will be held with the participation of an exciting lineup of top internationally renowned artists during its 11-day run, in 18 locations under the theme "Culture in Sharjah" from February 7 to the 17th,2018. The details were unveiled during a press conference held (Monday, January 29, 2018) at Al Hisn Fort Museum in Sharjah.  In his speech, H.E. Khalid Jasim Al Midfa, Chairman of the SCTDA, said ......read more

    Etihad Airways Expands Services to Nigeria

    January 29, 2018 Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates –  Etihad Airways today reaffirmed its commitment to Nigeria with the announcement of two additional weekly flights on the popular Abu Dhabi–Lagos route, taking it to a daily service.    The new Tuesday and Thursday services will start on 1 May 2018. The route will continue to be operated by a two-class Airbus A330, with 22 Business Class seats and 240 in Economy.    Mohammad Al Bulooki, Etihad Airways Executive Vice President Commercial, said: “Nigeria is an important market for Etihad and ......read more

    Lufthansa joins the aviation elite as Europe's only five-star airline in the Middle East

    Skytrax awards quality rating for premium service and first-rate comfort Dubai, UAE, January 29, 2018:  Lufthansa has received five-star certification from British aviation consulting specialist, Skytrax, making it the first airline outside Asia for this achievement. The quality rating for premium service and first-rate comfort has placed Lufthansa in the select group of now ten airlines that have been given this coveted rating. The Skytrax jury has already been awarding five stars to Lufthansa First Class for years – now the entire airline has received the same ......read more

    SriLankan Airlines adds four narrow-body fights to its daily wide-body operations

    Dubai, UAE, January 29, 2018:  SriLankan Airlines, the National Carrier of Sri Lanka and a member of the oneworld airline alliance has introduced four narrow body flights to support its daily wide-body operations between Dubai and its Colombo hub. Accordingly, the additional flights are operated on Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday.   This step has been taken in view of the growing demand for air travel between the two cities and the enhanced service is expected to allow the National Carrier to facilitate more passengers.   SriLankan Airlines Manager-UAE, Ms. ......read more

    A350-1000 touches down at Muscat International Airport as part of Middle East and Asia-Pacific demonstration tour

    The visit reaffirmed Airbus’ ongoing commitment to the Sultanate and its flourishing aviation sector. Dubai, UAE, January 28, 2018:   The largest member of Airbus' market-leading widebody product line, the A350-1000, has stopped at Muscat International Airport on the 28th of January 2018 as part of its Middle East and Asia-Pacific tour. The visit to Muscat, in partnership with Oman Airports Management Company and Oman Air, was held with the aim of highlighting Airbus’ firm commitment to the Sultanate. It further reaffirms Airbus’ confidence in ......read more

    A350-1000 begins Demonstration Tour in the Middle-East and Asia-Pacific

    Airbus shows the world’s most advanced widebody aircraft Dubai, UAE, January 27, 2018:  The A350-1000, the newest member of Airbus’ leading Widebody family, has embarked on a three-week Demonstration Tour to the Middle-East and Asia-Pacific region.  The Demonstration Tour follows the completion of a successful flight test campaign, which lasted less than one year and culminated in joint EASA and FAA type certification, demonstrating the aircraft’s excellent design, performance and maturity. The A350-1000 tour comes ahead of the first customer delivery to ......read more

    SriLankan Airlines bags record monthly revenue of $100.1 million

    Dubai, UAE, January 27, 2018:  SriLankan Airlines, the national carrier of Sri Lanka and a member of the oneworld alliance, achieved the highest ever monthly revenue in Company history in December 2017. The air-transport operation of the Company recorded a stand-alone revenue of US Dollar 100.1 million – the first instance in the 38-year history of the airline where monthly operating revenue reached this landmark figure. The airline attributes the increase in revenue to its expanded network and continuous improvement in revenue management processes.A total of 566,627 passengers ......read more

    Emirates to launch non-stop Dubai-Newark service with a second daily flight from 1 June

    New York JFK services reduced from four daily, to three a day from 25 March Daily services reinstated to Fort Lauderdale and Orlando from 25 March Adjustments to US services made in line with commercial demand Dubai, UAE, January 25, 2018:  Emirates will introduce a new non-stop service between Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) and Dubai from 1 June 2018, adding to its existing daily flight which operates with a stop in Athens, Greece. The new non-stop service will be operated with an Emirates Boeing 777-300ER, offering 8 suites in First Class, 42 seats in ......read more

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