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    IATA and Eurofins Partner to Boost Travel with Testing

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

    Astronaut Mohammad AlMulla with astronauts Hazzaa AlMansoori & Sultan AlNeyadi

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

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

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

    Airbus Further Reduces its Beluga Fleet's Environmental Impact

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    flydubai Offers Attractive Fares for the Spring and Summer Period

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

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

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

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

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

    IATA Travel Pass Successfully Trialed on First International Flight

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

    Etihad Airways Achieves IATA's Level 4 NDC Certification

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

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

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

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

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

    Etihad Airways Extends Global Covid-19 Insurance

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

    Etihad Airways Accelerates Transformation Plan to Mitigate Impact of Pandemic

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

    January Air Cargo Demand Recovers to pre-COVID Levels

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

    From Bad to Worse: January Passenger Demand Falls Further

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

    Kamil Al-Awadhi Takes up Role at IATA

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

    Emirates to Fly Daily to Khartoum

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

    Other Top Stories from Travel, Tourism and Hotels
     
    First Passengers Travel Safely on a Hyperloop

    Josh Giegel, CTO and Co-Founder, and Sara Luchian, Director of Passenger Experience, make history as the first to ride-- bringing hyperloop one step closer to realisation in the Middle East DP World’s Chairman and CEO watches event first-hand in Nevada Enormous potential for the GCC to lead the world in hyperloop manufacturing, investment and job creation   United Arab Emirates -  November 09, 020:   Virgin Hyperloop made history today as the first people successfully traveled in a hyperloop pod. Dubai-based leading global provider of smart logistics ......read more

    Air Cargo Recovery Continues in September

    United Arab Emirates -  November 05, 2020:    The International Air Transport Association (IATA) released September data for global air freight markets showing that air cargo demand, while strengthening, remains depressed compared to 2019 levels.  • Global demand, measured in cargo tonne-kilometers (CTKs*), was 8% below previous-year levels in September (-9.9% for international operations). That is an improvement from the 12.1% year-on-year drop recorded in August. Month-on-month demand grew by 3.7% in September.   • Global capacity, measured in ......read more

    September Offers No Relief to Passenger Downturn

    - View the COVID-19 'Air travel slows in September, but cargo speeding up' presentation  - View the full September Air Passenger Market Analysis    United Arab Emirates -  November 05, 2020:     The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced that passenger demand in September remained highly depressed.    • Total demand (measured in revenue passenger kilometers or RPKs) was 72.8% below September 2019 levels (only slightly improved over the 75.2% year-to-year decline recorded in August). Capacity was down ......read more

    Airbus Showcases Tactilon Agnet 500 for Mobile Network Operators during CCWeek

    UAE 04 November 2020:  Airbus presents its Tactilon Agnet 500 critical collaboration platform tailored to Mobile Network Operators (MNOs) during CCWeek, the digital version of Critical Communications World 2020.   The Airbus collaboration platform’ Tactilon Agnet is a state-of-the-art Mission-Critical communication Service (MCS) for business and mission-critical users, based on the mobile telecommunications standard of the 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP).  For MNOs, Tactilon Agnet 500 gives smooth access to customers in the critical communications ......read more

    Mina Rashid Bags the Middle East's Leading Cruise Port Award at the World Travel Awards 2020

    Owing to its massive capacity and strategic location, the port is touted as a mega-hub for the maritime community in the region Dubai, United Arab Emirates, November 4, 2020: DP World, UAE Region’s Mina Rashid has won the award for the Middle East’s Leading Cruise Port for the 13th consecutive year at the World Travel Awards (WTA) 2020. Considered as a noteworthy accolade in the travel industry, the award included nominations of cruise ports from around the world. Over the years, Mina Rashid has gained recognition as one of the most preferred destinations for cruise lines ......read more

    Cebu Pacific Extends Flexible Booking Options for Passengers

    • Two-year Travel Fund and unlimited rebooking now covers travels until Dec. 31, 2020 • The Travel Fund, valid for two (2) years, can be used to book flights up to 12 months ahead, provided that transactions are done before the fund expires • This means customers can use their Travel Funds to book trips potentially until 2023   Dubai, UAE, November 04, 2020:  Cebu Pacific (CEB), the Philippines’ largest flag carrier, has extended the coverage of its flexible booking options for passengers travelling until December 31, 2020, allowing everyone to ......read more

    Etihad Aviation Group Celebrates UAE Flag Day

    Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – November 03, 2020:    Etihad Aviation Group celebrates UAE Flag Day with a group of socially distanced employees, to mark this important day in the UAE calendar. The ceremony was held today at the Etihad Aviation Group headquarters in Khalifa City in Abu Dhabi. ...read more

    UPS Releases 3Q 2020 Earnings

    • Consolidated Revenue Increased 15.9%; Growth Across All Segments • Diluted EPS of $2.24, Up 11.4%; Adjusted* Diluted EPS Up 10.1% to $2.28 • YTD Cash from Operations of $9.3B; Adjusted Free Cash Flow of $5.9B   ATLANTA – November 1, 2020 – UPS (NYSE:UPS) today announced third-quarter 2020 consolidated revenue of $21.2 billion, a 15.9% increase over the third quarter of 2019.  Consolidated average daily volume increased 13.5% year over year.  Net income was $2.0 billion for the quarter, 11.8% above the same period in 2019, or 10.7% on an ......read more

    Kuwait Airways Takes Delivery of its First Two A330neos

    October 31, 2020:    Kuwait Airways, the national airline of Kuwait, has received its first two A330neos. These aircraft are the first of eight A330neos ordered by the airline. The carrier currently operates a fleet of 15 Airbus aircraft comprising seven A320ceos, three A320neos and five A330ceos.  This event also marks Airbus’ first A330-800 delivery. The new generation widebody aircraft is the latest addition to Airbus’ product line, highlighting the company's strategy to keep offering its airline customers unbeatable economics, increased operational ......read more

    WMO and IATA Agree to Improve Aircraft Meteorological Reporting

    United Arab Emirates -  October 28, 2020:  The International Air Transport Association (IATA) and World Meteorological Organization have signed an agreement to increase and improve the automated reporting of meteorological data by commercial aircraft. The new initiative, called the WMO and IATA Collaborative AMDAR Programme (WICAP), aims to expand the existing WMO Aircraft Meteorological Data Relay (AMDAR) system to ensure coverage over data-sparse areas. It is expected to bring many additional and new partner airlines into the program, which is already supported by ......read more

    Airlines Unable to Cut Costs Deep Enough to Save Jobs

    - Read Alexandre de Juniac's remarks - View the COVID-19 'Can costs be downsized to make the industry cash positive' presentation (PDF)   United Arab Emirates -  October 28, 2020:     The International Air Transport Association (IATA) presented new analysis showing that the airline industry cannot slash costs sufficiently to neutralize severe cash burn to avoid bankruptcies and preserve jobs in 2021. IATA reiterated its call for government relief measures to sustain airlines financially and avoid massive employment terminations. IATA also called ......read more

    VFS Global Offers International Travel Insurance with Covid-19 Coverage

    • Travel insurance with COVID-19 cover is mandatory for travellers applying for visas to countries in the Schengen area, Russia, Turkey and Ukraine • Policy by global insurers complies with EU requirements and waives the exclusion of Epidemic and Pandemic diseases  • Covid-19 cover also available for those visiting other locations worldwide, including USA & Canada   United Arab Emirates -  October 26, 2020:    At a time when many residents in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) are preparing to head abroad for the first time in months, VFS ......read more

    Emirates to Operate A380 to Amman as Part of Expanded Schedule

    • Airline will also boost flights to 10 a week from 25 October • Emirates continues to gradually deploy the A380 in line with increased passenger demand   DUBAI, UAE 22 October 2020:  Emirates will be providing more options and choice for its customers in Jordan with the introduction of scheduled Airbus A380 services to Amman as part of its expanded schedule of 10 weekly services. The expanded flight schedule between Dubai and Amman demonstrates the airline's commitment to safely connect customers to and through Dubai to the Americas, Europe, Africa, and Asia ......read more

    IATA Revises 2020 Passenger Traffic Forecast Down for the Middle East

    United Arab Emirates,  October 22, 2020:   The International Air Transport Association (IATA) downgraded its traffic forecast for the Middle East for 2020 to reflect a weaker-than-expected recovery. •       Full-year 2020 passenger numbers in the Middle East (to/from/within) are forecast to reach only 30% of 2019 levels, down significantly from the 45% that was projected in July  •       In absolute numbers, the Middle East is expected to see 60 million travelers in 2020 compared to the 203 million in 2019 •  ......read more

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

    United Arab Emirates,  October 22, 2020:  The International Air Transport Association (IATA) welcomed the recent overflight agreement between the Kingdom of Jordan and State of Israel that allows for flights to cross over both countries’ airspace. The agreement paves the way for commercial airlines to be able to fly through the Israel-Jordan corridor—which will shorten flight times, reducing fuel burn and CO2 emissions.  Airlines have historically flown around Israel when flying east / west operating over Middle East airspace. The direct routing through Jordanian ......read more

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

    • Double digit growth in Q3 2020 compared to the same period last year • Measures taken by the UAE government are the main drivers for the growth   Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 20 October 2020: Mohammed bin Rashid Aerospace Hub, at Dubai South announced a sharp growth in business and private jets movements since July 2020 at its VIP terminal despite the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic.   Aircraft movements during Q3 2020 recorded double-digit growth which amounted to 93% compared with the same period in 2019. Following a decline in figures leading up to ......read more

    A First-Time Traveler's Guide to Dubai

    Dubai, referred to as the city of gold, is famous for offering the extremes of almost everything you can imagine. If you’ve been scouring the internet gleaming for as much information as you can before hopping on to the next flight to Dubai, this first-time traveler’s guide can come in handy. From the vast desert to the blue sea and from the tallest building in the world to the jaw-dropping malls, you must soak in as much of this world as possible. With excellent restaurants serving cuisines from all over the globe to the sunny beaches, Dubai is full of excitement at every ......read more

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

    United Arab Emirates,  October 18, 2020:   Cathay Pacific welcomes the announcement of an in-principle agreement between the authorities in Hong Kong and Singapore to set up an Air Travel Bubble between the two cities.  Cathay Pacific Chief Customer and Commercial Officer Ronald Lam said: “Singapore is a popular destination for Hong Kong travellers for both leisure and business purposes. We are grateful to the authorities in Hong Kong and Singapore for reaching this agreement, which importantly will enable passengers travelling between the two cities to do so ......read more

    Etihad Airways Champions the UAE's Frontline Heroes

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

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

    United Arab Emirates,  October 18, 2020:   The International Air Transport Association (IATA) welcomed the release of the results of testing by the United States Transportation Command (US Transcom) confirming the low risk of COVID-19 transmission onboard an aircraft. The US Transcom testing, which was conducted in August, found that “the overall exposure risk from aerosolized pathogens, like coronavirus, is very low” on the types of airline aircraft typically contracted to move Department of Defense (DOD) personnel and their families, US Transcom stated. More ......read more

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

    Direct financial assistance and coordinated global action on testing needed   Read Alexandre de Juniac’s remarks   United Arab Emirates,  October 14, 2020:   Airports Council International (ACI) World and the International Air Transport Association (IATA) reinforced the urgent call for governments to use testing as a means to safely re-open borders and re-establish global connectivity and to prevent the systemic collapse of the aviation industry with non-debt generating financial support.   The dual measures would protect countries ......read more

    Airbus Delivers A320 Family MSN10,000 to Middle East Airlines

    United Arab Emirates,  October 10, 2020:   Middle East Airlines (MEA) has taken delivery of Airbus’ A320 Family aircraft with manufacturer serial number 10,000. MSN10,000 is the third A321neo to join the all Airbus MEA fleet, taking the fleet size to 18 aircraft. MEA received its first A321neo aircraft earlier in 2020 and will be taking another six A321neos over the coming months.  The handover of the aircraft took place in Toulouse in the presence of Mohamad El-Hout, Chairman and Director General of MEA.  “We are honoured to receive the state of the ......read more

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

    Joint presentation to ICAO to urge replacing quarantine with risk-based testing United Arab Emirates,  October 08, 2020:   Airports Council International (ACI) World and the International Air Transport Association (IATA) have made a joint call for a globally-consistent approach to testing international passengers as an alternative to quarantine measures. The global shut down of air transport as a result of COVID-19 travel restrictions has had a catastrophic impact on employment. Some 4.8 million industry jobs have been lost or are under threat.  Governments ......read more

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

     Partnership with the UAE’s General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) accelerates the vision for paperless operations   Abu Dhabi, UAE – October 07, 2020:  Etihad Airways, the national airline of the UAE, is the country’s first airline to implement electronic technical logs (eTech logs) for airline operations. The approval from the General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) for implementation on Etihad’s freighter fleet accelerates the journey towards paperless airline operations which is a key initiative for Etihad Airways and the GCAA. The ......read more

    Airbus Corporate Jets Launches ACJ Twotwenty Business Jet

    #ACJTwoTwenty #ACJ United Arab Emirates,  October 07, 2020:   Airbus Corporate Jets has launched the ACJ TwoTwenty business jet, creating a whole new market segment “The Xtra Large Bizjet.” This offer includes for the first time a flexible cabin catalogue, addressing the requirements of the heavy and long-range business jet categories. “We are proud to extend the ACJ product Family with the launch of the ACJ TwoTwenty. The aircraft combines intercontinental range, unmatched personal space and comfort for all passengers. This latest technology platform ......read more

    Looming Cash Crisis Threatens Airlines

    United Arab Emirates,  October 07, 2020:  The International Air Transport Association (IATA) warned that the airline industry will burn through $77 billion in cash during the second half of 2020 (almost $13 billion/month or $300,000 per minute), despite the restart of operations. The slow recovery in air travel will see the airline industry continuing to burn through cash at an average rate of $5 to $6 billion per month in 2021. IATA called on governments to support the industry during the coming winter season with additional relief measures, including financial aid that does ......read more

    Etihad Airways Launches Global Student Offers

    Abu Dhabi – October 05, 2020:  Etihad Airways, the national carrier for the UAE, is making it easier for students to travel between university and home or to discover new horizons and cultures, with the launch of its Global Student offer.  Students who book before 30 November 2020, for travel by 30 September 2021, will save up to 10% on Economy tickets and 5% on Business class tickets.  Family members who want to jet off as well can benefit from the same discount provided their tickets are booked under the same reservation and they travel with the ......read more

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

    Abu Dhabi, 1 October 2020: The Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi (EAD) and Etihad Aviation Group (Etihad) joined forces by signing a memorandum of understanding that details collaboration on several critical environmental programmes. The programmes were all designed to align with international challenges and Abu Dhabi’s environmental agenda. The Agency and Etihad have selected globally significant priorities for partnership that include: the reduction of single-use plastics on flights, assessing carbon emission offsets and the protection and conservation of biodiversity through ......read more

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

    Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – October 01, 2020:  From 1 October until 31 December 2020, Etihad Airways, the national airline of the UAE, will offer PCR tests included in all air tickets booked by customers in the UAE for flights departing from Abu Dhabi International Airport, with the exception of services to China.   The airline is collaborating with Life Medical Diagnostic Center (Life Dx) to offer convenient testing between 48 to 96 hours prior to departure, at its network of collection facilities in the UAE. Travellers flying First or Business will also have ......read more

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

    SITA's technology enables passengers to use their smart phones to operate check-in kiosks United Arab Emirates,  October 01, 2020:   Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport has introduced nearly 50 of SITA’s mobile-enabled kiosks, becoming one of the first airports in India to deliver a completely contactless way for passengers to check-in for their flight. The technology allows passengers to use their mobile device to interact with kiosks. This significantly reduces the need to touch surfaces in the airport and meets the Ministry of ......read more

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

     A number of micro jungles, hanging gardens, a rainforest, expanded marine habitat and coral reefs, zero discharge policy, sustainable transportation and solar-powered electricity will make the Heart of Europe the most sustainable tourism destination in the world   Date: Dubai, UAE; October 01, 2020   Key Highlights 1.     The Heart of Europe will be the world’s first ‘Zero’ discharge tourism project on a cluster of man-made islands;  2.     A rainforest, a number of micro-jungles, hanging gardens are unique features ......read more

    Green Recovery of Air Transport a Priority for Industry Leaders

    United Arab Emirates,  October 01, 2020:   The Despite the current crisis facing the global aviation industry, its commitment to pursuing sustainability remains strong, particularly as the sector starts to recover. Speaking at the Global Sustainable Aviation Forum, industry leaders reiterated that long-term climate action should be a priority alongside economic recovery in the coming years. Executive Director of the cross-industry Air Transport Action Group, Michael Gill said: “Air transport is in the midst of the deepest shock in its history. We expect a reduction of ......read more

    Why do People Travel?

    People travel for different reasons. Experiencing new cultures makes one have a broader view of the world. There are many different ways to live.Meeting new people from different cultures helps open up the mind to different viewpoints and to a greater understanding of oneself.    In the last 20-30 years and more extotic destinations have become more easily accessible, and cheaper than before.  While travelling different changellanges and settings arise on a daily basis, these changellanges help us to learn how to deal with situations that are out of our comfort zone. Thus ......read more

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

    United Arab Emirates,  September 30, 2020:  The satellite ground station of the American University in Ras Al-Khaimah (AURAK) dedicated to track and communicate with the “MeznSat” satellite, has successfully received the first decoded signal from the satellite, which was successfully launched yesterday afternoon from Russia. The ground station at the university campus was designed by AURAK students to track the satellite, receive data from it and send commands, has received the first signal from “MeznSat” while it was passing in the airspace of United ......read more

    Insufficient Capacity Dampens Air Cargo in August

    United Arab Emirates,  September 30, 2020:  The International Air Transport Association (IATA) released data for global air freight markets in August showing that improvement remains slow amid insufficient capacity. Demand moved slightly in a positive direction month-on-month; however, levels remain depressed compared to 2019. Improvement continues at a slower pace than some of the traditional leading indicators would suggest. This is due to the capacity constraint from the loss of available belly cargo space as passenger aircraft remain parked.     • ......read more

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

    Satellite built by American University of Ras Al Khaimah students launches into space under the supervision of the UAE Space Agency    RAS AL KHAIMAH - SEPTEMBER 29, 2020: The launch of the MeznSat satellite is a noteworthy accomplishment and a significant contribution from Ras Al Khaimah to the UAE’s position in the global space sector, asserted the American University of Ras Al Khaimah (AURAK) following the official announcement that the MeznSat launch was a success. Sixteen students from the American University of Ras Al Khaimah are celebrating the successful ......read more

    Greater Digital Transformation and Use of Emerging Technologies to Drive Aerospace Recovery

    Virtual edition of the premier thought-leadership forum welcomed global industry leaders from across aviation, aerospace, space and defence sectors  29 September, 2020 – Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates:  Increasing use of emerging technologies and faster digital transformation will help support the recovery of aerospace and aviation. That was one of the key points of agreement amongst international experts on day one of the Global Aerospace Summit 2020, which began today in a virtual format. The Summit included a line up of industry leaders from across the world who ......read more

    Etihad Cargo Reinforces Pharmaceutical Shipment Expertise With Pharmalife Launch

    Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – September 29, 2020:   Etihad Cargo, the cargo and logistics arm of Etihad Aviation Group, has reinforced its pharmaceutical logistics expertise with the launch of PharmaLife, a specialised pharma and healthcare product which replaces the carrier’s TempCheck product. As the first carrier in the Middle East to gain IATA’s Centre of Excellence for Independent Validators (CEIV) certification for pharmaceutical logistics, the PharmaLife launch highlights Etihad Cargo’s prioritisation of the pharma and healthcare sectors. The ......read more

    Industry Leaders to Address Recovery of Aviation and Future Sector Growth at Global Aerospace Summit 2020

      Virtual edition of the premier thought-leadership forum to take place on 28 and 29 September 28 September, 2020 – Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates:  The Global Aerospace Summit 2020 commences this week in a virtual format on 28 and 29 September, where industry leaders from across the globe will convene online to address the aviation, aerospace, space and defence sectors biggest challenges and opportunities.  Hosted by Mubadala Investment Company and EDGE, the Summit will analyse how the aerospace and aviation industries can quickly recover, where efforts ......read more

    New Italy Visa Application Centre Opens in Dubai

    • Centre inaugurated by Ms. Valentina Setta, Consul General of Italy in Dubai, on 27 September 2020 • Managed and operated by VFS Global, the centre has started accepting applications from customers for limited visa categories     United Arab Emirates,  September 27, 2020:  Residents of Dubai, Sharjah, Ajman, Umm al Quwain, Ras Al Khaimah and Fujairah in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) can apply for visas to Italy at the new Visa Application Centre jointly launched by the Consulate General of Italy in the UAE, and VFS Global, the world's largest ......read more

    World Tourism Day 2020

    United Arab Emirates - September 27, 2020:  His Excellency Mohamed Khalifa Al Mubarak, Chairman of the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi, said: “Tourism is one of the cornerstones of economic development. This is why, over the past few years, we have developed the tourism infrastructure in the emirate of Abu Dhabi, in line with the knowledge economy strategies implemented by the government. This includes enhancing the tourism workforce and encouraging more talent to contribute to the growth of the sector.” He continued: “This year, World Tourism Day ......read more

    MBRSC Commemorates One Year Anniversary of the first Emirati Astronaut's Launch to the ISS

    Dubai, UAE, 26 September 2020:  The Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) today commemorates the one-year anniversary of the historic launch of the first Emirati to space and the first Arab to the International Space Station. Emirati astronaut Hazzaa AlMansoori embarked on the 8-day mission onboard the Russian spacecraft Soyuz MS-15, at 5:57 pm UAE time on September 25, 2019 from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.  The successful launch was a major achievement for the Arab world and a new dawn for the region’s space sector. The accomplishment was the realization ......read more

    SITA Partners with Safety Line to Make Flights More Sustainable

    Saving aircraft fuel during the climb and cruise phases of a flight is a major opportunity to reduce aviation CO2 emissions   United Arab Emirates,  September 24, 2020:  SITA, the global IT provider for the air transport industry, is partnering with start-up Safety Line to help pilots and airlines limit carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions and operational costs by reducing fuel consumption of aircraft at key flight stages. A flight can be roughly divided into three phases: climb, cruise and descent. Safety Line, a young French company that specializes in predictive big data ......read more

    Etihad Airways Celebrates Its Pledge To the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia on Their 90th National Day

    • Etihad to resume flights to three destinations in Saudi Arabia in October 2020 • The ‘Choose Saudi Arabia’ Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner flew to 46 destinations since 23 September 2019   September 23, 2020:  Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, is honoured to celebrate the leadership and people of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia on the 90th National Day of the Kingdom.   To mark the occasion, the airline created an infographic to showcase the flight path of the special liveried “Choose Saudi Arabia” Boeing ......read more

    IATA Calls for Systematic COVID-19 Testing Before Departure

    Read Alexandre de Juniac’s remarks   United Arab Emirates,  September 23, 2020:   The International Air Transport Association (IATA) called for the development and deployment of rapid, accurate, affordable, easy-to-operate, scalable and systematic COVID-19 testing for all passengers before departure as an alternative to quarantine measures in order to re-establish global air connectivity. IATA will work through the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and with health authorities to implement this solution quickly.   International travel ......read more

    MBRSC Inks Strategic Partnership Agreement with NASA to Train Four Emirati Astronauts

    Under the new partnership, Emirati astronauts Hazzaa AlMansoori and Sultan AlNeyadi will undergo specialised training at the Johnson Space Center Two astronauts from the second batch of the UAE Astronaut Programme will also join the 2021 NASA Astronaut Candidate Class Agreement paves the way for Emirati astronauts to play a major role in future space exploration missions   United Arab Emirates,  September 22, 2020:  The Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) today announced that they have signed a ......read more

    Airbus Reveals New Zero-Emission Concept Aircraft

    #zeroe #zeroemissionsday #decarbonisation #sustainability #hydrogen     United Arab Emirates,  September 21, 2020:  Airbus has revealed three concepts for the world’s first zero-emission commercial aircraft which could enter service by 2035. These concepts each represent a different approach to achieving zero-emission flight, exploring various technology pathways and aerodynamic configurations in order to support the Company’s ambition of leading the way in the decarbonisation of the entire aviation industry.   All of these concepts rely on ......read more

    Abu Dhabi International Airport Introduces New Fast Track Flight Connections Initiative to Facilitate the Transfer Passengers' Journey

    The aim of the new initiative at Abu Dhabi International Airport (AUH) is to increase the speed of transferring through the airport by 27%, reduce missed connections, and enable a seamless passenger experience It is implemented in collaboration with the General Civil Aviation Authority, the Department of Municipalities and Transport, the General Administration of Customs, Abu Dhabi Airports, Etihad Airways and international airport partners. Abu Dhabi, UAE – 19 September 2020:  Abu Dhabi International Airport has launched a new initiative for international transfer ......read more

    Cebu Pacific Issues Refund Statement

    Dubai, UAE, September 17, 2020:  As many know, the tourism and aviation industries have been among the worst hit by COVID-19 and currently, Cebu Pacific is only able to operate 10% of its pre-COVID network.   Since the start of this pandemic, we have received an unprecedented number of refund requests due to the flight cancellations brought about by the lockdown. Our refund process then was originally not designed to handle this volume of requests, and this resulted to a backlog. We have since then revamped our procedures in order to address this.    To date, we have ......read more

    Survey: 91% of Domestic Travellers Want to Experience More of the UAE in 2020/2021, With Ras Al Khaimah Emirate of Choice

    Dubai, UAE, 14 September 2020:  A travel survey of thousands of people across the UAE conducted by dnata Travel, the country's longest-standing travel provider, has revealed that almost 100% of domestic travellers want to experience more of the UAE throughout the next year.   A total 91% of respondents replied positively to considering more domestic travel in 2020/2021, whilst the emirate of Ras Al Khaimah proved most popular, with 55% of respondents stating they would like to explore more of the emirate in the next year. Fujairah and Dubai followed respectively, making up ......read more

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